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Psalm 121
Matthew 21:18-22

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

At times, even the most sincere and fervent believer has doubts.  Given difficult circumstances our faith can become shaky and uncertain.  The Psalmist reminds us to go back to the basis of our faith – the one who created the universe and its inhabitants.  God promises help in times of distress and encourages us in our faith walk.  As our faith increases our journey seems easier.  God will guide us, sustain us and keep us steady if we remain faithful in our belief.  He reminds us in Matthew that as disciples our faith can move mountains.

Pray to remain strong in faith and encourage others in their faith walk.

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Janet

 

Psalm 121

1I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?

2My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

3He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

4He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

5The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

6The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

7The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

8The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Matthew 21:18-22

18In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once. 20When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” 21Jesus answered them, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done. 22Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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