We serve a wonderful Lord who knows of our weaknesses and our frailties.
The Lord is a comforter to the downtrodden and a strengthener towards those
who feel week in their spirits. Never allow yourself to question if God is
by your side. He has promised in His Word that He would never leave us
nor forsake us, but rather would be there to lift us up when we are low and
encourage us to move forward even in the midst of us wanting to give up. Be
encouraged to search the scriptures when you need to be strengthened for
the Bible declares in Psalm 119:105, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and
a light unto my path." Trust the Lord in every area of your life and know
that He has your best interest in mind, Always. (Hebrews 13:5-6) (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by today's message.
NAPOLEON'S BRUSH WITH DEATH
During Napoleon's invasion of Russia, his troops were battling in the
middle of yet another small town in that endless wintry land, when he was
accidentally separated from his men. A group of Russian Cossacks spotted
him and began chasing him through the twisting streets. Napoleon ran for
his life and ducked into a little furrier's shop on a side alley.
As Napoleon entered the shop, gasping for breath, he saw the furrier and
cried piteously, "Save me, save me! Where can I hide?" The furrier said,
"Quick, under this big pile of furs in the corner," and he covered
Napoleon up with many furs.
No sooner had he finished than the Russian Cossacks burst in the door
shouting, "Where is he? We saw him come in." Despite the furrier's protests
they tore his shop apart trying to find Napoleon. They poked into the pile
of furs with their swords but didn't find him. Soon, they gave up and left.
After some time, Napoleon crept out from under the furs, unharmed, just as
Napoleon's personal guards came in the door. The furrier turned to Napoleon
and said timidly, "Excuse me for asking this question of such a great man,
but what was it like to be under those furs, knowing that the next moment
would surely be your last?"
Napoleon drew himself up to his full height and said to the furrier
indignantly, "How could you ask me, the Emperor Napoleon, such a question?
Guards, take this impudent man out, blindfold him and execute him. I,
myself, will personally give the command to fire!"
The guards grabbed the furrier, dragged him outside, stood him against a
wall and blindfolded him. The furrier could see nothing, but he could hear
the guards shuffle into line and prepare their rifles. Then he heard
Napoleon clear his throat and call out, "Ready! Aim!" In that moment, a
feeling he could not describe welled up within him; tears poured down his
Suddenly the blindfold was stripped from his eyes. Although partially
blinded by the sunlight he could see Napoleon's eyes looking intently into
his own - eyes that seemed to see every dusty corner of his soul.
Then Napoleon said, "Now you know."
In all the struggles of life, it is very difficult to fully understand how
somebody else feels unless we have "sat where they sat." Fortunately for
the Christian, we have a Savior who understands our every trial and
temptation for as God's Word says, "For we have not an High Priest which
cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace
to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:15-16)
The Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to redeem mankind from their sins, but
also throughout His earthly life, the Lord Jesus went through every emotion
that we go through so that He may be able to sympathize with our weakness
and strengthen us to continue on. Be encouraged and remember that God
knows exactly how you feel when troubles come your way and has promised to
be there to lift you up and comfort your heart. Rely on the Lord and know
that He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 23:1-4 "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He
restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His
name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they
Psalm 91:9-11 "Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even
the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither
shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels
charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
Isaiah 26:1-4 "In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah;
We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may
enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in
the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem155.htm
Today's Selected Testimony: GOD NEVER GIVES UP
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony114.htm
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry