Teach us to number our days carefully

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Psalm 90
Eternal God and Mortal Man
A prayer of Moses, the man of God.

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1 Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation.

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2 Before the mountains were born,
before You gave birth to the earth and the world,
from eternity to eternity, You are God.

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3 You return mankind to the dust,
saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.”

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4 For in Your sight a thousand years
are like yesterday that passes by,
like a few hours of the night.

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5 You end their lives; they sleep.
They are like grass that grows in the morning—

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6 in the morning it sprouts and grows;
by evening it withers and dries up.

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7 For we are consumed by Your anger;
we are terrified by Your wrath.

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8 You have set our unjust ways before You,
our secret sins in the light of Your presence.

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9 For all our days ebb away under Your wrath;
we end our years like a sigh.

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10 Our lives last seventy years
or, if we are strong, eighty years.
Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow;
indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.

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11 Who understands the power of Your anger?
Your wrath matches the fear that is due You.

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12 Teach us to number our days carefully
so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.

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13 Lord—how long?
Turn and have compassion on Your servants.

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14 Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love
so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.

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15 Make us rejoice for as many days as You have humbled us,
for as many years as we have seen adversity.

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16 Let Your work be seen by Your servants,
and Your splendor by their children.

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17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us;
establish for us the work of our hands—
establish the work of our hands!


“Softly And Tenderly”

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23 thoughts on “Teach us to number our days carefully

  1. Daily Devotional — 1/3/17

    JESUS’ PRESENCE DOESN’T GUARANTEE OUR COMFORT
    A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown? Mark 4:37-38

    Many times storms can make it seem like Jesus doesn’t care. In this story Jesus’ humanity is evident. He was so tired he was sleeping through a storm which caused the disciples—some even professional fishermen—to fear for their lives.

    Without warning, Muslim background believers, Gulshan and Latifa, found themselves caught in a dangerous storm of opposition from local police—all because they had accepted an invitation to a Christian woman’s home to meet with several women who were not believers.

    While they were drinking tea and chatting, the police arrived and searched the house. When they could find no incriminating materials, the officers left. But a short time later, other policemen started filming all the ladies. Accusing the two Christian ladies of holding a religious meeting, the police took them into custody. They escorted them to a police station where they were pressured to admit involvement in “illegal missionary activities.”

    When they refused to sign, police detained and abused them for six hours. Gulshan was beaten so badly that she suffered a concussion. Only after their pastor intervened did the police let them receive treatment for their injuries.

    | Gulshan and Latifa left their hometown and sought refuge in one of Open Doors’ “Safe Houses” in another region of their country. For a month they were able to escape the brunt of the storm, staying in the “Safe House” until the pressures abated. Meanwhile, the judge hearing the women’s case fined them in absentia seven times the minimum monthly wage—more than a half year’s salary.

    “We were very happy to spend time away from all the tumult,” the two believers said as they later left the “Safe House” to return home. “We were able to learn more about spending time with God and being quiet before Him. To meet with other believers was a blessing and really encouraged us. And thank you so much for assisting us in paying these huge fines. You are a blessing!” the two women concluded.

    Though it seemed at first that Jesus did not care for or about them, those who were the hands and feet for Jesus came to the rescue and the storm was weathered with encouragement resulting in more boldness.

    RESPONSE: Today I will live in the awareness and peace that Jesus is in the storm with me. His presence doesn’t guarantee comfort, but it builds faith that He will ultimately calm the storm.

    PRAYER: Pray that all those feeling that Jesus doesn’t care about their storm will realize the power and comfort His presence can bring.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  2. I chose this very Psalm to read aloud yesterday morning.
    Also, several of us talking yesterday spoke of the importance of good stewardship of our time and of putting God FIRST. Read your Bible, pray, etc. FIRST in the morning.

    This post served as confirmation.

    This post was FULL of thought-provoking illustrations, also.
    Thanks, J.C.!

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  3. Omgoodness!!! I was sharing with a friend this morning on messaging that yesterday I was looking for a photo/clock “out of time” to put on my page. I didn’t do it because of a check from Holy Spirit that someone on the fence may be discouraged. She said the exact same thing. This is on FB, not WP!! Many young persons on there.
    Perfect! The days are so intense with all going on. Yet…..He is strengthening, girding (yes we are to do those, He has done it) and readying the remnant of those who are ready to serve and heal, those traumatized!

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  4. Does anyone else ever break out in prayer, warfare prayer in song to the Lord? In prayer language and native language too? Finding myself doing this frequently lately….

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    1. Hmm no never did that. Im most spiritually attuned in the night once the world silences around me. But its rare for me to have prolonged times just praying, its phrase there phrase there and so on.

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  5. This is new for me. Not referring to praying in the Spirit being new, just new that its in song and different.

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      1. Sonshine, I can’t carry a tune either but that’s o.k. 🙂
        I just purchased a used Old Hymnal and have desires to learn the piano and play them. Don’t know if that will ever happen.

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  6. Interesting video from a Scientific view. Published on 1/2/17. He talks about a huge coronal hole in the Sun and also a comet debris field heading towards Western North America and islands in the Pacific Ocean on 1/3/17.

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      1. Well the bible says there be signs in the heavens before his coming. And we have them aplenty atm. And nations standing up against Israel Zechariah says will be cut in pieces. That specific is important to remember!

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  7. Sharing some scripture:

    Titus 2
    “Sound Teaching and Christian Living”

    But you must say the things that are consistent with sound teaching.
    2 Older men are to be level headed, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.
    3 In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
    4 so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,
    5 to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.
    6 In the same way, encourage the young men to be self-controlled
    7 in everything. Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching.
    8 Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
    9 Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in everything, and to be well-pleasing, not talking back
    10 or stealing, but demonstrating utter faithfulness, so that they may adorn the teaching of God our Savior in everything.
    11 For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people,
    12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age,
    13 while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    14 He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.
    15 Say these things, and encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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  8. Daily Devotional — 1/4/17

    FAITH AND FEAR
    Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:38-40

    Storms often bring out our true spiritual condition. Jesus was in the boat but the disciples still feared for their lives. He chastised them for their fear and their little faith! Thus our greatest need is not for the storm to end but to be freed from fear and have faith in Him while the storm rages.

    At an SSTS seminar in Central Asia, our translator looked at us at the close of our three-day session and commented, “Thank you for teaching us how to stand strong. God spoke to me a lot through this seminar. I was afraid to die but not anymore. I have peace to go and spread God’s Word.” She is now serving the Lord in a dangerous but strategic mission in her region.

    A middle aged man in North Korea was arrested after the police found a Bible in his home. He was terribly beaten and certain he would die. A Christian friend said, “When he came to faith, he made the decision that one day he would die for Christ. Every Christian in North Korea has made that choice. Every Christian in the country has the spirit of martyrdom in him. If you lose that spirit for one second, you cannot carry the burden of being a follower of Jesus.”

    A significant factor in dealing with fear—especially fear of dying—is realizing that we are already dead in Christ (Galatians 2:20). Former Open Doors colleague, Hector Tamez, says that this concept is clearly seen in the lives of Christians living in war zones of Latin America. The Christians, who were caught in the civil war between the government and Shining Path guerrillas in Peru, are a classic example for us. Here is how Hector expresses their commitment:

    They know that they are going to be killed. And they say, “In order to be a Christian here, you have to recognize that you are already dead in Christ. Once you recognize this, then any day that passes by in your life is a gain.”

    In some countries, surviving one day or one year means that you have one God-given day or year to testify not only with your words but with your deeds. Fear should not control your life! Christ should control your life!

    RESPONSE: When storms come my way, I will let them help me assess my own spiritual condition. I will affirm God’s power to overcome fear and live by faith in Him.

    PRAYER: Ask God to forgive you for your times of fearfulness and lack of faith. Pray that all members of the persecuted church would have faith in Jesus like these Peruvian believers.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  9. He makes it clear, that if we confess ANY sin — we will make it into heaven.
    We must confess such sin and not pretend it isn’t sin that we are in. This video brings forth truth and also tells us not to get into Judgment of others.
    Yes, we will be forgiven of all sin except that of Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

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  10. Daily Devotional — 1/5/17

    STORMS REVEAL NEW THINGS ABOUT JESUS
    He [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:40-41

    Thankfully storms ultimately do come to an end! We learn this as another insight from this passage of scripture. And the storms often reveal something new about Jesus. Here the disciples express their amazement that He even controls the winds and the waves. They had already spent considerable time with Jesus yet this experience actually terrified them. They had known Jesus as fully human to this point in their relationship. And now they are confronted with His being also fully divine—something that really terrified them.

    There is always something more to learn about Jesus and sometimes this happens in the storms of life. Twenty-three-year-old Maria fled with her parents from Bagdad, Iraq to the Kurdish north of the country because they had been threatened as Christians living in the capital.

    “I really struggled the first year,” she says. “But I knew I had to go on. I could not crawl up and mourn the things I had lost…Because I went to college here it was pretty easy to find a job. And what I really like is that I am safe here.”

    Maria had to leave everything behind but did not give up. She concludes, “Start with something small and you will slowly move on.”

    We received a report of a Christian arrested for selling Bibles in front of a university in another middle east Islamic country’s capital. He was repeatedly interrogated during six weeks of imprisonment. In a final effort to intimidate him, his captors brought his wife to the prison and threatened to execute him unless he renounced his Christian faith.

    “If I have to choose between my wife and children or Jesus Christ, then I choose Jesus,” he reportedly told his captors. When this and other attempts failed to coerce him to renounce his faith, he was finally released from prison. He was forced to sign a letter agreeing not to sell Christian literature, although he continued to actively evangelize in parks and other open-air areas.

    “I don’t know why, but I cried the whole day,” he said upon release, adding that he wished he could have been martyred for his faith. “I felt very close to heaven in prison. I was happy that the Lord had heard my prayers for my love to be a sacrifice in that small prison cell. But it seems that the Lord wished me to be alive and active in His work again.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will be thankful that the storms in my life will come to an end. I will deliberately seek to discover something new about Jesus and what He wants me to be for Him.

    PRAYER: Pray that you—and believers everywhere—will have spiritual eyes and ears to see, hear and learn new lessons from Jesus in the storms of life.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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