1 I look up to the mountains—
      does my help come from there?
 2 My help comes from the Lord,
      who made heaven and earth! 

3 He will not let you stumble;
      the one who watches over you will not slumber.
 4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
      never slumbers or sleeps.

 5 The Lord himself watches over you!
      The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
 6 The sun will not harm you by day,
      nor the moon at night.

 7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
      and watches over your life.
 8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
      both now and forever.

Written by an unknown author, Psalm 121 (above) relates the story that we will never outgrow the need for God’s protection in our life. The Good News, however, is that we don’t have to worry, because God will ALWAYS be there to protect us.

Good and bad may come and go, but God is here forever to stay. No matter what you may be experiencing in life, God is with you. ‘Emmanuel’ means ‘God With Us.’ This is such a great description of God. He is with us no matter where we are, no matter who we are, and no matter what we do, He is present to protect us.

Just when you think you’ve taken all you can, rely on God – He will help you get through it!

does God simply say . . . ?

1“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:1-4

God is very specific in many instructions. Here, Jesus states “when you give to the needy” ….  He is not simply saying to do it, He is implying that this is something we already know to do in our own heart. He doesn’t have to remind us to do it, but simply guides and directs us how to do it: in secret. Don’t make a big stink about it and go bragging to your friends or co-workers – as Nike says “Just do it!”