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As Seen On TV

If you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s (maybe a little earlier and a little later), and if you watched any amount of TV, you were introduced to the infomercial. Some lasted 5 minutes, some took an entire hour. These infomercials exist to bring high pressure sales tactics right to your home, FREE of charge! With sayings like “Act now, and you’ll see this offer doubled,” or “this offer won’t be seen in stores” or “if you order in the next 5 minutes,” millions of homes have been filled with things they don’t need because they acted NOW. The same goes for any high pressure sales situation. How many of us have wandered on to a car lot, or a furniture show room, just to look, and have walked away with something we don’t intend? I’m guilty, and because of that guilt, I have a time share, only usable every other year, which, don’t get me wrong, I use, and have benefited from, but could do without. These offers always have fine print. Much like the offers we get from the one who hates our souls and seeks to tempt us by either bringing us away from God’s plan, or by trying to get us to take by force what God has already said He would give us. We are impatient by nature, and the enemy of our souls seeks to capitalize on that impatience. “Did God really say,” “If you ARE a child of God…” “If you would just bend to me, I will…” These are things Satan used in Scripture, and his tactics have not really changed much. Through impatience and a sense of urgency, he convinces us to take what we already were promised, to look at God’s provision and demand more, or to compromise to obtain our goals that God already promised us an outcome on. And every time we give in to the demands, we feel the weight of our actions. Loved ones, our God is not a god of hurry, but of action. He tells us to wait on Him, because He knows the right time and place for everything. He knows when would be the BEST time to receive, the BEST time to act, and the BEST time to be still. Even in the waiting, in the trials, in the sufferings, and the pain, He provides what is needed and provides blessings. He is the quieter of our souls. He gives us everything we need. We just need to wait on Him.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 37

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.

But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives; for those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.

I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.

Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever. For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.

The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death. The LORD will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree. But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.

Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace. But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

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