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My Dad Filled The Gas Tank

In high school I never paid for gas but when I went to college and came home I loved knowing my dad would go fill my car up for me. And it was always close to "E" when he filled it! Back then that probably saved me $10! But ten dollars was a lot! When they came to see me they would fill up my gas tank, buy me some groceries and take me out to eat. I would be good for the rest of the week and that was wonderful!

The same is true with God. I find that if I worship Him on Sunday mornings, I am encouraged. I have not always had that so I cannot tell you how important it is to leave on Sunday, from church, knowing that the Holy Spirit has filled my tank. Often times by the time we get to church we are running on fumes!

If ever I have needed extra encouragement it has been this year! I need to spend quality time with God every day. Matthew 4: 4, “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” We were created to desire to connect with God. He wants to connect with us, spend time with us. If we claim to be a follower of Jesus, then His Word is essential in our life! The Bible tells us how to become a Christian and how to live that life every day. Jesus let God's Word sustain Him and it helped Him in times of temptation. I always say, if Jesus needed it, you know we do! God's Word gives us the strength to face what life throws us! Matthew 7: 24-27, "'Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 'But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.'” As 2020 continues to bring us uncertainty we can know one thing is constant and that is God. Malachi 3: 6, "For I am the Lord, I do not change..." God's Word gives us security. He does not change His mind and He keeps His word.

We are told in Scripture to memorize verses and keep their truths in our hearts. Remember that is how Jesus fought Satan when Satan was trying to tempt Him. Jesus used scripture.

Psalm 119: 11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” This will help us in tough times when we do not know what else to do. God speaks to us through His Word, comforting us and guiding us. When we go to Him for guidance, we won't mess up!

We are to think about God's Truths day and night. Psalm 1: 2, “but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night…” If we truly long for God and His Truth, then we must seek it. Not just on Sunday but every day. If we keep His truth in our heart, we will be blessed. This is why King David said, "his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night." When we meditate on God's Word we gain spiritual wisdom, something reserved for His believers. The more we meditate on God's Word, the more our life is filled with God's love, grace and mercy. It is a wonderful and fascinating experience to have a personal relationship with God and walk daily with Him. It lifts you up and gives you peace! A peace that we cannot understand - even in 2020! Even during an election. Philippians 4: 7, "...and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Try it, you'll love it!


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