In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.  Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.  For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. Ps 71:1-5 (KJV)

Blessed Redeemer, we come to Your holy temple to reverence and behold the beauty of Your Holiness. Be gracious to reveal Yourself anew to us. Help us not be too familiar with You, to lose the essence of our salvation.

Father, this day reveal Yourself afresh unto us, let all glory, honour be ascribe unto You alone. Amen!

Beloved, have you ever felt you have been forsaken by the Lord? Are there situation in your life, family, career, asking you, where is your God? Are you afraid to look straight into the eyes of your challenger and declare to it that you know Whom you are serving , for God will never forsake you.

Praise the Lord my dearly beloved, on this blessed day, the day we learn more on how to receive answers from our Father through prayer. May the Lord reveal Himself afresh.

Press forward into His presence this day, for He will never leave you nor forsake you:

“Forsake me not, O Lord.” Psalm 38:21

Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without His constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer, “Forsake me not, O Lord.” “Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe.”

A little child, while learning to walk, always needs the nurse’s aid. The ship left by the pilot drifts at once from her course. We cannot do without continued aid from above; let it then be your prayer today, “Forsake me not. Father, forsake not Thy child, lest he fall by the hand of the enemy. Shepherd, forsake not Thy lamb, lest he wander from the safety of the fold. Great Husbandman, forsake not Thy plant, lest it wither and die. ‘Forsake me not, O Lord,’ now; and forsake me not at any moment of my life.

Forsake me not in my joys, lest they absorb my heart. Forsake me not in my sorrows, lest I murmur against Thee. Forsake me not in the day of my repentance, lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith, lest faith degenerate into presumption. Forsake me not, for without Thee I am weak, but with Thee I am strong. Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous, and full of snares, and I cannot do without Thy guidance.

The hen forsakes not her brood, do Thou then evermore cover me with Thy feathers, and permit me under Thy wings to find my refuge. ‘Be not far from me, O Lord, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.’ ‘Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!'”

Probably someone is yet to understand fully the need for such a perseverance prayer? The message below will help to shed more light why you need to tell your creator daily “forsake me not”. It will help you not to lose hope when your world come clashing down either by the evil manipulators or by the wrong steps you took.

Reading what happened to others and how God intervened in such a situation will surly guide you through.

 On Not Loosing Hope

The tragedy of man is not that he dies, but what dies within him while he still lives.“– Albert Schweitzer

Some years ago, the wife of a close friend walked out on the marriage, leaving the husband with their four children, all under 10 years of age. When this catastrophe struck, he had just completed his Ph.D., and was embarking upon a promising teaching career at a prestigious university. Desperate now for help in raising his children, he found it necessary to relinquish his position and return to the city of his parents to enlist their assistance.

Early one morning before driving his U-Haul truck of household goods the 1400 miles north, he stopped by to say good-bye. It was painfully obvious that he was deeply crushed by the desertion of his wife, and the uncertain future awaiting him. So we talked, wept, and prayed… and finally bid farewell.

 And as he climbed into the cab of the truck with his four small children he looked down, eked out a smile, and said, Well Dwight, I still have HOPE.” As his vehicle disappeared from sight I was reminded of the words penned by St. Paul:

Werejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, HOPE. And HOPE does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.“(Romans 2:2b-5)

Today, eight years later, my friend and his clan are doing beautifully. The children give every evidence of maturing spiritually and socially into responsible adults. Recently he was appointed the head of his department in a respected institution of higher learning.

With the sparkle back in his eyes, it is apparent that he is experiencing God’s promise that “HOPE does not disappoint us… “

So what do you do when the bottom falls out of your life?

  • Allow that which lies within you to die while you are still alive? Or
  • Choose to place your HOPE in the character and promises of God?

Why are you downcast, O my soul?Put your HOPE in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God… ‘For I know the plans I have for youplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future.'” (Psalm 43:5; Jeremiah 29:11) (adapted from FOTM)

I believed more light has been shed and you are gaining more understanding in His Word. Beloved, His Word is our Sword, no solider gets into the battle without a sword and we are living daily on the battle field, do not lay aside your sword not even for second lest the enemy, the devil and his agents come clashing on you.

Thank God for Jesus Christ, Who will never leave you nor forsake you least you fall into despair.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

 

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.