God wants to lift you up

Scripture Notes on Psalm 146 The Lord sets the prisoners free. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. The Lord loves the righteous.  (Psalm 146:7b-8) Everybody gets knocked down sometimes. Everybody bears a burden at some point. The question is not, “How can I keep from […]

Jesus is your power to overcome

Scripture Notes on 1 John 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  (1 John 4:4) False doctrine and deceitful spirits are constantly at war against the children of God. There is a battle raging at all times […]

Jesus loved you with His life

Scripture Notes on 1 John 3 By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  (1 John 3:16) Love is not just a feeling, it is a choice to act. It is a demonstrated desire to put someone else’s needs […]

Jesus is your eternal reward

Scripture Notes on 1 John 2 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  (1 […]

Jesus is your faithful forgiver

Scripture Notes on 1 John 1 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9) If you betray someone you love, you will discover that a barrier begins to grow between you. There may be no retribution on their […]

God’s promises are on their way

Scripture Notes on 2 Peter 3 The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9) Sometimes it can seem as if our prayers go unanswered.  Sometimes it can seem as if God […]

God is your support when you’re slipping

Scripture Notes on Psalm 145 The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.  (Psalm 145:14) Nobody stands up straight all the time. Life in a broken world assures us that in every life there will come times when we find ourselves slipping in one way or another. Then what? That’s when God […]

God gives you strength for your battles

Scripture Notes on Psalm 144 Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle… (Psalm 144:1) You are in a fight. Christian, your life is part of a cosmic struggle between light and darkness, and though Jesus has guaranteed your victory in Him, there is still much to […]

God is your gracious rescuer

Scripture Notes on 2 Peter 2 and if He rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the […]

God has granted you the ability to grow

Scripture Notes on 2 Peter 1 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence… For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith…”  (2 Peter 1:3, 5a) God’s amazing grace is the most […]