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971st -- Laying Awake At Night


There are many moments in life when we are tempted to worry and fear what
the future holds. Whether we receive a bad report about our health, our 
job or our finances, we should address it with faith and confidence. We 
shouldn't become hysterical and allow fear to take root in our hearts 
because the Lord who has created all things is still in control of our 
lives. Those who depend on Him already know that God sees the end result
of the path that they're still traveling on. Nothing can take God by 
surprise and if we who depend on Him act in a manner that is less than 
trusting than how can we expect God to faithfully meet our needs? What we
must remember is that faith is our greatest asset and that's the only thing
that pleases God. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to
please God because he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He
is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Isaiah 26:3) (Hebrews 11:6)

Faith is what we hold on to until the answer comes. The word faith is 
defined in Hebrews 11:1 like this “Faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen.” When we pray in faith and ask God
to meet our needs, we should not stop asking until that need has been met.
That is when faith manifests itself. The Lord Jesus tells us to ask, seek
and knock. I believe the Lord wants us to pray in triplicate because He 
doesn't want us to give up when the answer doesn't come immediately or as
we had hoped it would. (Luke 11:9-13)

We must remember that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent which 
means He is all powerful and knows all things at all times in all places. 
There is nothing too hard for the Lord, but we must trust Him and have 
faith that our needs will be met. Be encouraged to trust the Lord with 
your life. He loves you more than you'll ever know and wishes to lead 
your life on to the best path. When we depend on Him, our hearts can rest 
confidently because the Lord will never fail His beloved child. (Jeremiah 31:3)

I hope this message encourages your heart to trust the Lord in every area
of your life. He is the solid Rock who will never fail or forsake us.


I was a young boy reading a book on the floor of our living room. A few 
feet away a fire was blazing inside our old coal stove. Its warmth filled
the room. Still, my Dad looked chilled and weak as he sat in his chair 
under a blanket. Times were tough financially so a few weeks earlier he 
had taken a higher paying job in an underground coal mine. He had started
work with high hopes of bringing in more money for his family. He had also
started the job, however, with a case of the flu. Working in the cold, damp
mine had quickly turned it into pneumonia and he had been forced to quit 
and go back to his old job as a mechanic.

My Mom walked into the room and told me to put up the book because it was
time for bed. I saw the worried look on her face when she looked at my 
Dad. For days he had come home coughing because he couldn’t afford to miss
any more work. Putting in full days working on cars while fighting the 
infection had left him pale and thin.

I walked into my bedroom next to the living room while my Mom gave Dad 
some soup and straightened his blanket. For a long time I lay awake scared
while I listened to the voices drifting in from the living room. I 
wondered if my Dad would ever be well again. Then I heard something I 
hadn’t heard in a while: laughter. Its sweet sound floated on the air. 
First my Mom’s, then my Grandma’s, and finally my Dad’s happy laughter 
filled my ears. I noticed too that for the first time in weeks my Dad 
wasn’t coughing. At that moment I felt safe, happy, and loved. I knew that
my family was going to be alright and that we were rich in everything that
mattered. I said “Thank You” to God for making my Daddy well and then fell
blissfully asleep, wrapped in the love that binds us all together.

It is that love which is the real wealth of this world. May your life 
always be rich in it. 

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 20:6-9 “Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; He will hear 
him from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some
trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of 
the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and
stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”

Psalm 145:14-19 “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those
that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and Thou givest them 
their meat in due season. Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the 
desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and
Holy in all His works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him,
to all that call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that
fear Him: He also will hear their cry, and will save them.”

Habakkuk 3:17-19 “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall 
fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields
shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there 
shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy
in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and He will make
my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places...”

1 Peter 5:10-11 “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His
eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make
you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion
for ever and ever. Amen.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: THE BRIGHTEST STAR
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem101.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: WHO WILL DELIVER ME?
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony112.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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