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PSALM OF THE DAY(PSALM 46)1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth.God is our refuge a...
11/26/2021

PSALM OF THE DAY

(PSALM 46)

1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

2. Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3. Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Selah

4. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

5. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

6. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7. The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Selah

8. Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.

9. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10. Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11. The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

PSALM OF THE DAY

(PSALM 46)

1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

2. Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3. Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Selah

4. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

5. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

6. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7. The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Selah

8. Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has made desolations in the earth.

9. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10. Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11. The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

His Nature and Our Motives…unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by...
11/26/2021

His Nature and Our Motives

…unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. MATTHEW 5:20

The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, “If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind.” Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke. Who can stand in the eternal light of God and have nothing for Him to rebuke? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that through His redemption He can place within anyone His own nature and make that person as pure and as simple as a child. The purity that God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and that is exactly what Jesus has undertaken to do through His redemption.

No one can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations— He gives us His teachings which are truths that can only be interpreted by His nature which He places within us. The great wonder of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He changes our heredity. He does not change human nature— He changes its source, and thereby its motives as well.

From My Utmost for His Highest

His Nature and Our Motives

…unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. MATTHEW 5:20

The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, “If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind.” Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke. Who can stand in the eternal light of God and have nothing for Him to rebuke? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that through His redemption He can place within anyone His own nature and make that person as pure and as simple as a child. The purity that God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and that is exactly what Jesus has undertaken to do through His redemption.

No one can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations— He gives us His teachings which are truths that can only be interpreted by His nature which He places within us. The great wonder of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He changes our heredity. He does not change human nature— He changes its source, and thereby its motives as well.

From My Utmost for His Highest

Happy Thanksgiving! God Bless You.
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless You.

Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless You.

PSALM OF THE DAY(Pslam 45)1. To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. A Song of...
11/25/2021

PSALM OF THE DAY

(Pslam 45)

1. To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love.

My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2. You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

3. Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One,
With Your glory and Your majesty.

4. And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;
And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.

5. Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies;
The peoples fall under You.

6. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

7. You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

8. All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia,
Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.

9. Kings’ daughters are
among Your honorable women;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

10. Listen, O daughter,
Consider and incline your ear;
Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;

11. So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, worship Him.

12. And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among
the people will seek your favor.

13. The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold.

14. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors;
The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.

15. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;
They shall enter the King’s palace.

16. Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons,
Whom You shall make princes in all the earth.

17. I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.

PSALM OF THE DAY

(Pslam 45)

1. To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love.

My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2. You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

3. Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One,
With Your glory and Your majesty.

4. And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;
And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.

5. Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies;
The peoples fall under You.

6. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

7. You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

8. All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia,
Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.

9. Kings’ daughters are
among Your honorable women;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

10. Listen, O daughter,
Consider and incline your ear;
Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;

11. So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, worship Him.

12. And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among
the people will seek your favor.

13. The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold.

14. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors;
The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.

15. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;
They shall enter the King’s palace.

16. Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons,
Whom You shall make princes in all the earth.

17. I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.

The Submission of the BelieverYou call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  JOHN 13:13Our Lord never ins...
11/25/2021

The Submission of the Believer

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. JOHN 13:13

Our Lord never insists on having authority over us. He never says, “You will submit to me.” No, He leaves us perfectly free to choose— so free, in fact, that we can spit in His face or we can put Him to death, as others have done; and yet He will never say a word. But once His life has been created in me through His redemption, I instantly recognize His right to absolute authority over me. It is a complete and effective domination, in which I acknowledge that “You are worthy, O Lord…” (Revelation 4:11). It is simply the unworthiness within me that refuses to bow down or to submit to one who is worthy. When I meet someone who is more holy than myself, and I don’t recognize his worthiness, nor obey his instructions for me, it is a sign of my own unworthiness being revealed. God teaches us by using these people who are a little better than we are; not better intellectually, but more holy. And He continues to do so until we willingly submit. Then the whole attitude of our life is one of obedience to Him.

If our Lord insisted on our obedience, He would simply become a taskmaster and cease to have any real authority. He never insists on obedience, but when we truly see Him we will instantly obey Him. Then He is easily Lord of our life, and we live in adoration of Him from morning till night. The level of my growth in grace is revealed by the way I look at obedience. We should have a much higher view of the word obedience, rescuing it from the mire of the world. Obedience is only possible between people who are equals in their relationship to each other; like the relationship between father and son, not that between master and servant. Jesus showed this relationship by saying, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). “…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). The Son was obedient as our Redeemer, because He was the Son, not in order to become God’s Son.

From My Utmost for His Highest

The Submission of the Believer

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. JOHN 13:13

Our Lord never insists on having authority over us. He never says, “You will submit to me.” No, He leaves us perfectly free to choose— so free, in fact, that we can spit in His face or we can put Him to death, as others have done; and yet He will never say a word. But once His life has been created in me through His redemption, I instantly recognize His right to absolute authority over me. It is a complete and effective domination, in which I acknowledge that “You are worthy, O Lord…” (Revelation 4:11). It is simply the unworthiness within me that refuses to bow down or to submit to one who is worthy. When I meet someone who is more holy than myself, and I don’t recognize his worthiness, nor obey his instructions for me, it is a sign of my own unworthiness being revealed. God teaches us by using these people who are a little better than we are; not better intellectually, but more holy. And He continues to do so until we willingly submit. Then the whole attitude of our life is one of obedience to Him.

If our Lord insisted on our obedience, He would simply become a taskmaster and cease to have any real authority. He never insists on obedience, but when we truly see Him we will instantly obey Him. Then He is easily Lord of our life, and we live in adoration of Him from morning till night. The level of my growth in grace is revealed by the way I look at obedience. We should have a much higher view of the word obedience, rescuing it from the mire of the world. Obedience is only possible between people who are equals in their relationship to each other; like the relationship between father and son, not that between master and servant. Jesus showed this relationship by saying, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). “…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). The Son was obedient as our Redeemer, because He was the Son, not in order to become God’s Son.

From My Utmost for His Highest

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11/24/2021

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PSALM OF THE DAY(Psalm 44)1. To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.We have heard with our ears, O ...
11/24/2021

PSALM OF THE DAY

(Psalm 44)

1. To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.

We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:

2. You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.

3. For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them.

4. You are my King, O God;
Command victories for Jacob.

5. Through You we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.

6. For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.

7. But You have saved us from our enemies,
And have put to shame those who hated us.

8. In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever.

Selah

9. But You have cast us off and put us to shame,
And You do not go out with our armies.

10. You make us turn back from the enemy,
And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.

11. You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
And have scattered us among the nations.

12. You sell Your people for next to nothing,
And are not enriched by selling them.

13. You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scorn and a derision to those all around us.

14. You make us a byword among the nations,
A shaking of the head among the peoples.

15. My dishonor is
continually before me,
And the shame of my face has covered me,

16. Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
Because of the enemy and the avenger.

17. All this has come upon us;
But we have not forgotten You,
Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.

18. Our heart has not turned back,
Nor have our steps departed from Your way;

19. But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals,
And covered us with the shadow of death.

20. If we had forgotten the name of our God,
Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,

21. Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.

22. Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

23. Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
Arise! Do not cast us off forever.

24. Why do You hide Your face,
And forget our affliction and our oppression?

25. For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
Our body clings to the ground.

26. Arise for our help,
And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.

PSALM OF THE DAY

(Psalm 44)

1. To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.

We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:

2. You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.

3. For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them.

4. You are my King, O God;
Command victories for Jacob.

5. Through You we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.

6. For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.

7. But You have saved us from our enemies,
And have put to shame those who hated us.

8. In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever.

Selah

9. But You have cast us off and put us to shame,
And You do not go out with our armies.

10. You make us turn back from the enemy,
And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.

11. You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
And have scattered us among the nations.

12. You sell Your people for next to nothing,
And are not enriched by selling them.

13. You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scorn and a derision to those all around us.

14. You make us a byword among the nations,
A shaking of the head among the peoples.

15. My dishonor is
continually before me,
And the shame of my face has covered me,

16. Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
Because of the enemy and the avenger.

17. All this has come upon us;
But we have not forgotten You,
Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.

18. Our heart has not turned back,
Nor have our steps departed from Your way;

19. But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals,
And covered us with the shadow of death.

20. If we had forgotten the name of our God,
Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,

21. Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.

22. Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

23. Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
Arise! Do not cast us off forever.

24. Why do You hide Your face,
And forget our affliction and our oppression?

25. For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
Our body clings to the ground.

26. Arise for our help,
And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.

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PSALM OF THE DAY (PSALM 46) 1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3. Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah 4. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. 5. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. 6. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 7. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 8. Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
His Nature and Our Motives …unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. MATTHEW 5:20 The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, “If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind.” Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke. Who can stand in the eternal light of God and have nothing for Him to rebuke? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that through His redemption He can place within anyone His own nature and make that person as pure and as simple as a child. The purity that God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and that is exactly what Jesus has undertaken to do through His redemption. No one can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations— He gives us His teachings which are truths that can only be interpreted by His nature which He places within us. The great wonder of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He changes our heredity. He does not change human nature— He changes its source, and thereby its motives as well. From My Utmost for His Highest
Happy Thanksgiving! God Bless You.
PSALM OF THE DAY (Pslam 45) 1. To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love. My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2. You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. 3. Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty. 4. And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. 5. Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; The peoples fall under You. 6. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 7. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. 8. All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. 9. Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. 10. Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father’s house; 11. So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him. 12. And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among the people will seek your favor. 13. The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; Her clothing is woven with gold. 14. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. 15. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King’s palace. 16. Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, Whom You shall make princes in all the earth. 17. I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.
The Submission of the Believer You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. JOHN 13:13 Our Lord never insists on having authority over us. He never says, “You will submit to me.” No, He leaves us perfectly free to choose— so free, in fact, that we can spit in His face or we can put Him to death, as others have done; and yet He will never say a word. But once His life has been created in me through His redemption, I instantly recognize His right to absolute authority over me. It is a complete and effective domination, in which I acknowledge that “You are worthy, O Lord…” (Revelation 4:11). It is simply the unworthiness within me that refuses to bow down or to submit to one who is worthy. When I meet someone who is more holy than myself, and I don’t recognize his worthiness, nor obey his instructions for me, it is a sign of my own unworthiness being revealed. God teaches us by using these people who are a little better than we are; not better intellectually, but more holy. And He continues to do so until we willingly submit. Then the whole attitude of our life is one of obedience to Him. If our Lord insisted on our obedience, He would simply become a taskmaster and cease to have any real authority. He never insists on obedience, but when we truly see Him we will instantly obey Him. Then He is easily Lord of our life, and we live in adoration of Him from morning till night. The level of my growth in grace is revealed by the way I look at obedience. We should have a much higher view of the word obedience, rescuing it from the mire of the world. Obedience is only possible between people who are equals in their relationship to each other; like the relationship between father and son, not that between master and servant. Jesus showed this relationship by saying, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). “…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). The Son was obedient as our Redeemer, because He was the Son, not in order to become God’s Son. From My Utmost for His Highest
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PSALM OF THE DAY (Psalm 44) 1. To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old: 2. You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. 3. For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them. 4. You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. 5. Through You we will push down our enemies; Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. 6. For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me. 7. But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us. 8. In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Selah 9. But You have cast us off and put us to shame, And You do not go out with our armies. 10. You make us turn back from the enemy, And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves. 11. You have given us up like sheep intended for food, And have scattered us among the nations. 12. You sell Your people for next to nothing, And are not enriched by selling them. 13. You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and a derision to those all around us. 14. You make us a byword among the nations, A shaking of the head among the peoples. 15. My dishonor is continually before me, And the shame of my face has covered me, 16. Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the enemy and the avenger. 17. All this has come upon us; But we have not forgotten You, Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant. 18. Our heart has not turned back, Nor have our steps departed from Your way; 19. But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals, And covered us with the shadow of death. 20. If we had forgotten the name of our God, Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god, 21. Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart. 22. Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 23. Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. 24. Why do You hide Your face, And forget our affliction and our oppression? 25. For our soul is bowed down to the dust; Our body clings to the ground. 26. Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
One of God’s Great “Don’ts” Do not fret— it only causes harm. PSALM 37:8 Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then? If this “Do not” doesn’t work there, then it will not work anywhere. This “Do not” must work during our days of difficulty and uncertainty, as well as our peaceful days, or it will never work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work for anyone else. Resting in the Lord is not dependent on your external circumstances at all, but on your relationship with God Himself. Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God’s plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God. Have you been propping up that foolish soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God to handle? Set all your opinions and speculations aside and “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about whatever concerns you. All our fretting and worrying is caused by planning without God. From My Utmost for His Highest