Issue #646 ~ January 11, 2021

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My Heart is Steadfast
"They spread a net for my feet - I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path - but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah"
Psalm 57:6

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast, I will sing and make music."
Psalm 57:7

Verse 6: "They spread a net for my feet - I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path - but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah"

The enemy here has done 3 things: (1) "They spread a net"; (2) "They dug a pit"; and (3) "they have fallen into it."

2 Corinthians 10:4, 5: "for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (NASB).

David says in the middle of verse 6: "I was bowed down in distress."

Paul confesses a similar situation in 2 Corinthians 1:8, 9: "For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead" (NASB).

"They dug a pit in my path - but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah."

Psalm 60:12: "With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies." (NIV).

Verse 7: "My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music."

In verse 6 the Psalmist was "bowed down," now in verse 7 "My heart is steadfast." What a wonderful contrast.

One thing in life we need to learn is we can go farther, do more, and endure more stress than we think we can as we press toward the finish line.

Jonathan Edwards said: "Resolved, never to do anything which I would be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life."

1 Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord" (NASB).

The fixed heart can find it can sing a song in the midst of the storm.

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
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2.  Pray: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)

3.  Praise: My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Psalm 108:1 (NIV)
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4.  Pray: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NASB)
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5.  Praise: God for your faithful prayers and financial support going into the new year of 2021. The prison ministry continues to grow as inmates ask for a copy of God's Word. If you wish to help in this ministry please send gifts, either through the website or check by mail marked for Prison Ministry.
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Let's sing together that very familiar and wonderful hymn "Trust and Obey":
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss, not a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.

Refrain
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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