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Help in Troubled Times

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Are you going through something?Worried… Does the weight of your situation make you worry? Are dark, negative thoughts dominating your thinking?

Judy Ann has written some meditations that are guaranteed to turn your sorrow into rejoicing. Pray these prayers from your heart, and then meditate on the corresponding scriptures.

As you prayerfully seek His face, the Joy of the Lord will be your strength, leading you out of depression and into a place of worship.

 

Father, I come before the Throne of Grace to receive mercy and find grace to help me in this hour of need. LORD, You are my Refuge and my Fortress: my God, in You will I trust. You are my High Tower, and my Deliverer; my Shield, and again I say You are the One in whom I trust. O LORD, my Strength, You are my Refuge in the day of affliction, anguish, distress and adversity. If God be for me who…I say…who can be against me? In the name of Jesus, I decree that I am strong in the LORD and the power of His might. Amen.

 

 

I shall say of the Lord [that He is] my shelter and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust.

באֹמַר לַיהֹוָה מַחְסִּי וּמְצוּדָתִי אֱלֹהַי אֶבְטַח בּוֹ:

I shall say of the Lord [that He is] my shelter and my fortress: and all will learn from me. Now why do I say this?

Psalm 91:2 [CJB]

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

Psalm 91:2 [AMP]

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My kindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield in Whom I take refuge, Who flattens peoples beneath me.

בחַסְדִּי וּמְצוּדָתִי מִשְׂגַּבִּי וּמְפַלְטִי לִי מָגִנִּי וּבוֹ חָסִיתִי הָרֹדֵד עַמִּי תַחְתָּי:

Who flattens peoples beneath me: Who flattens and spreads out my people to rest in its place, as (Job 12:23): He spreads out (שוטח) the nations.” He makes them great. רוֹדֵד is the Aramaic translation of רוֹקַע, as the Targum renders (Exod. 39:3): וַיְרַקְעוּ, and they spread out; וְרַדִּידוּ. Others interpret הרודד, Who weakens peoples under me. But in an accurate revised version, [the reading is]: עמי, upon which the Masorah states: In three cases, the meaning is עמים, peoples, but the reading is עמי, and on תחתי, it says: the reading is תחתיו, under Him.

Psalm 144:2 [CJB]

My Steadfast Love and my Fortress, my High Tower and my Deliverer, my Shield and He in Whom I trust and take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.

Psalm 144:2 [AMP]

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O Lord, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail!

יטיְהֹוָה עֻזִּי וּמָעֻזִּי וּמְנוּסִי בְּיוֹם צָרָה אֵלֶיךָ גּוֹיִם יָבֹאוּ מֵאַפְסֵי אָרֶץ וְיֹאמְרוּ אַךְ שֶׁקֶר נָחֲלוּ אֲבוֹתֵינוּ הֶבֶל וְאֵין בָּם מוֹעִיל:

and my refuge: (mon vantement in French), my boast. And Menahem (Machbereth p. 123) classified it as an expression of a wonder. Cf. (Psalms 60:6) “You have given those who fear You a wonder to be wondrous (נֵס לְהִתְנוֹסֵס).”

to You nations will come: Eventually, the heathens will come to you and worship You of one accord, and they will say, “How did they make gods for themselves, and they are no gods?”

from the ends of: Like מִקְצֵה, from the end of.

handed down: an expression of an inheritance.

avail: an expression of use (תּוֹעֶלֶת).

Jeremiah 16:19 [CJB]

[Then said Jeremiah] O Lord, my Strength and my Stronghold, and my Refuge in the day of affliction, to You shall the nations come from the ends of the earth and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, emptiness, and futility, worthless things in which there is no profit!

Jeremiah 16:19 [AMP]

 

Father, in the name of Jesus, I am abiding in the Vine, and He abides in me to cultivate a harvest of love, joy, peace; forbearance, kindness, benevolence; meekness, and self-restraint in my life. I belong to Christ, having nailed my natural evil desires to His cross, where they were crucified. Father, I am not desirous of vainglory, and will not provoke or envy others, but I seek to bring forth those good fruits, which are to the praise and glory of God. Amen.

 

 

 

Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

1 “1)John 15:1 The seventh of the memorable “I am” statements. Jesus uses the words “I am” over twenty times in this Gospel. Especially memorable are those places where “I am” is followed by a metaphor that declares His deity and His relationship to mankind as Savior (this is the first of seven such references); see 8:12 (Light); 10:9 (Door); 10:11 (Good Shepherd); 11:25 (Resurrection); 14:6 (Way, Truth, Life); 15:5 (Vine).I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have given you [the teachings which I have discussed with you]. 4 Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me. 5 2)John 15:5 The seventh of the memorable “I am” statements. .I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples. 9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me; remain in My love [and do not doubt My love for you]. 10 If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11 I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.

Disciples’ Relation to Each Other

12 “This is My commandment, that you 3)John 15:12 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you keep on doing what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends, because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from My Father. 16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [ 4)John 15:16 Hermann Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon.as My representative] He may give to you. 17 This [is what] I command you: that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another.

John 15:1-17 [AMP]

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22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
   
23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [ 5)Galatians 5:23 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.that can bring a charge].

Galatians 5:22-23 [AMPC]

 

Father, we pray for those in our nation who have lost their jobs. You promised, and we believe that You supply to the full their every need. You know their work records and what they are doing. We ask You to set before them doors of employment that no one is able to shut. We pray that they will prize Wisdom and acknowledge that You are the One who gives power to get wealth. In everything they do give them the grace to put You first, and You will direct them and crown their efforts with success. Cause them to increase in Wisdom and in Favor with You, Father, and with man, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Finally, 6)Philippians 4:8 Lit brethren.believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].

Philippians 4:8 [AMP]

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‘I know your deeds. See, I have set before you an open door which no one is able to shut, for you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not renounced or denied My name.

Revelation 3:8 [CJB]

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Know Him in all your ways, and He will direct your paths.

ובְּכָל דְּרָכֶיךָ דָעֵהוּ וְהוּא יְיַשֵּׁר אֹרְחֹתֶיךָ:

Proverbs 3:6 [CJB]

 
7)Proverbs 3:6 One of the ancient rabbis said that all the essence of the Torah (Law) depends on this verse.In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

Proverbs 3:6 [AMP]

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Search for her, and she will exalt you; she will honor you when you embrace her.

חסַלְסְלֶהָ וּתְרוֹמְמֶךָּ תְּכַבֵּדְךָ כִּי תְחַבְּקֶנָּה:

Search for her: Heb. סלסלה search for her. Review it to examine it minutely, as in (Jeremiah 6:9): “as a vintager over the searchings (סלסלות)” who goes repeatedly through the vineyard and brings back his hand to search for the single grapes. In the expression of the Sages (Rosh Hashanah 26b), curls (מסלסל) his hair.

Proverbs 4:8 [CJB]

 
“Prize wisdom [and exalt her], and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.

Proverbs 4:8 [AMP]

 

Father thank You for Your goodness. My soul was melting because of trouble I was at my wits’ end. Then I cried to You my LORD in my trouble and You brought me out of my distresses. You calmed the storm and the waves are still. Now I am glad. Thank You for guiding me. I give thanks to You for Your goodness and for Your wonderful works to my children in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do work in mighty waters.

כגיוֹרְדֵי הַיָּם בָּאֳנִיּוֹת עֹשֵׂי מְלָאכָה בְּמַיִם רַבִּים:

   
24 They saw the deeds of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.

כדהֵמָּה רָאוּ מַעֲשֵׂי יְהֹוָה וְנִפְלְאוֹתָיו בִּמְצוּלָה:

   
25 He spoke, and He set up a tempest, and it raised its waves.

כהוַיֹּאמֶר וַיַּעֲמֵד רוּחַ סְעָרָה וַתְּרוֹמֵם גַּלָּיו:

   
26 They went up to the heavens, they came down to the depths; their soul melted with trouble.

כויַעֲלוּ שָׁמַיִם יֵרְדוּ תְהוֹמוֹת נַפְשָׁם בְּרָעָה תִתְמוֹגָג:

   
27 They were frightened and staggered like a drunkard, and all their wisdom was destroyed.

כזיָחוֹגּוּ וְיָנוּעוּ כַּשִּׁכּוֹר וְכָל חָכְמָתָם תִּתְבַּלָּע:

They were frightened: Heb. יחוגו. This is an expression of breaking. Similarly (Song 2:14): “in the clefts of (בחגוי) the rock” ; and similarly (Isa. l9:17), “And the land of Judah will be to Egypt for a dread (לחגא).”

   
28 They cried out to the Lord from their distress, that He take them out of their straits.

כחוַיִּצְעֲקוּ אֶל יְהֹוָה בַּצַּר לָהֶם וּמִמְּצוּקֹתֵיהֶם יוֹצִיאֵם:

   
29 The tempest He had set up [settled] into a calm, and their waves were stilled.

כטיָקֵם סְעָרָה לִדְמָמָה וַיֶּחֱשׁוּ גַּלֵּיהֶם:

   
30 They rejoiced that they were stilled, and He led them to the region of their desire.

לוַיִּשְׂמְחוּ כִי יִשְׁתֹּקוּ וַיַּנְחֵם אֶל מְחוֹז חֶפְצָם:

They rejoiced that they were stilled: The waves.
   
the region: Heb. מחוז, an expression of a border, and Menachem (p. 86) associated it with (Isa. 28:18): “and your limit (וחזותכם) with the grave,” your limit, that it should not enter our boundary. Similarly (1 Kings 7:4): “an edge (מחזה מול מחזה) opposite an edge,” three times. In Tanchuma, I found [this].

   
31 They shall thank the Lord for His kindness, and for His wonders to the children of men.

לאיוֹדוּ לַיהֹוָה חַסְדּוֹ וְנִפְלְאוֹתָיו לִבְנֵי אָדָם:

Psalm 107:23-31 [CJB]

23 Some go down to the sea and travel over it in ships to do business in great waters;
   
24 These see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.
   
25 For He commands and raises up the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.
   
26 [Those aboard] mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight.
   
27 They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits’ end [all their wisdom has come to nothing].
   
28 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.
   
29 He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still.
   
30 Then the men are glad because of the calm, and He brings them to their desired haven.
31 Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 107:23-31 [AMPC]

 

 

 

 

I will love You, O LORD, my strength…

 

 

I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
— Psalm 18:1-3

References   [ + ]

1. John 15:1 The seventh of the memorable “I am” statements. Jesus uses the words “I am” over twenty times in this Gospel. Especially memorable are those places where “I am” is followed by a metaphor that declares His deity and His relationship to mankind as Savior (this is the first of seven such references); see 8:12 (Light); 10:9 (Door); 10:11 (Good Shepherd); 11:25 (Resurrection); 14:6 (Way, Truth, Life); 15:5 (Vine).
2. John 15:5 The seventh of the memorable “I am” statements. .
3. John 15:12 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
4. John 15:16 Hermann Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon.
5. Galatians 5:23 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
6. Philippians 4:8 Lit brethren.
7. Proverbs 3:6 One of the ancient rabbis said that all the essence of the Torah (Law) depends on this verse.
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