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PSALMS 34:10

The young lion is the emblem of power and self-resource. Yet these sometimes lack, but the earnest seekers after Divine truth and righteousness never.

Psalm 34:10.

If we may trust the superscription of this psalm, it was written by David at one of the very darkest days of his wanderings, probably in the Cave of Adullam, where he had gathered around him a band of outlaws, and was living, to all appearance, a life uncommonly like that of a brigand chief, in the hills. One might have pardoned him if, at such a moment, some cloud of doubt or despondency had crept over his soul. But instead of that his words are running over with gladness, and the psalm begins ‘I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.’ Similarly here he avers, even at a moment when he wanted a great deal of what the world calls ‘good,’ that ‘they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.’ There were lions in Palestine in David’s time. He had a fight with one of them, as you may remember, and his lurking place was probably not far off the scene of Samson’s exploits. Very likely they were prowling about the rocky mouth of the cave, and he weaves their howls into his psalm: ‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good.’

So, then, here are the two thoughts-the struggle that always fails and the seeking that always finds.

I. The struggle that always fails.

‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger.’ They are taken as the type of violent effort and struggle, as well as of supreme strength, but for all their teeth and claws, and lithe spring, ‘they lack, and suffer hunger.’ The suggestion is, that the men whose lives are one long fight to appropriate to themselves more and more of outward good, are living a kind of life that is fitter for beasts than for men. A fierce struggle for material good is the true description of the sort of life that hosts of us live. What is the meaning of all this cry that we hear about the murderous competition going on round us? What is the true character of the lives of, I am afraid, the majority of people in a city like Manchester, but a fight and a struggle, a desire to have, and a failure to obtain? Let us remember that that sort of existence is for the brutes, and that there is a better way of getting what is good; the only fit way for man. Beasts of prey, naturalists tell us, are always lean. It is the graminivorous order that meekly and peacefully crop the pastures that are well fed and in good condition-’which things are an allegory.’

‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger’-and that, being interpreted, just states the fact to which every man’s experience, and the observation of every man that has an eye in his head, distinctly say, ‘Amen, it is so.’ For there is no satisfaction or success ever to be won by this way of fighting and struggling and scheming and springing at the prey. For if we do not utterly fail, which is the lot of so many of us, still partial success has little power of bringing perfect satisfaction to a human spirit. One loss counterbalances any number of gains. No matter how soft is the mattress, if there is one tiny thorn sticking up through it all the softness goes for nothing. There is always a Mordecai sitting at the gate when Haman goes prancing through it on his white horse; and the presence of the unsympathetic and stiff-backed Jew, sitting stolid at the gate, takes the gilt off the gingerbread, and embitters the enjoyment. So men count up their disappointments, and forget all their fulfilled hopes, count up their losses and forget their gains. They think less of the thousands that they have gained than of the half-crown that they were cheated of.

In every way it is true that the little annoyances, like a grain of dust in the sensitive eye, take all the sweetness out of mere material good, and I suppose that there are no more bitterly disappointed men in this world than the perfectly ‘successful men,’ as the world counts them. They have been disillusionized in the process of acquisition. When they were young and lusted after earthly good things, these seemed to be all that they needed. When they are old, and have them, they find that they are feeding on ashes, and the grit breaks their teeth, and irritates their tongues. The ‘young lions do lack’ even when their roar and their spring ‘have secured the prey,’ and ‘they suffer hunger’ even when they have fed full. Ay! for if the utmost possible measure of success were granted us, in any department in which the way of getting the thing is this fighting and effort, we should be as far away from being at rest as ever we were.

You remember the old story of the Arabian Nights, about the wonderful palace that was built by magic, and all whose windows were set in precious stones, but there was one window that remained unadorned, and that spoiled all for the owner. His palace was full of treasures, but an enemy looked on all the wealth and suggested a previously unnoticed defect by saying, ‘You have not a roc’s egg.’ He had never thought about getting a roc’s egg, and did not know what it was. But the consciousness of something lacking had been roused, and it marred his enjoyment of what he had and drove him to set out on his travels to secure the missing thing. There is always something lacking, for our desires grow far faster than their satisfactions, and the more we have, the wider our longing reaches out, so that as the wise old Book has it, ‘He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase.’ You cannot fill a soul with the whole universe, if you do not put God in it. One of the greatest works of fiction of modern times ends, or all but ends, with a sentence something like this, ‘Ah! who of us has what he wanted, or having it, is satisfied?’ ‘The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger’-and the struggle always fails-’but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.’

II. The seeking which always finds.

Now, how do we ‘seek the Lord’? It is a metaphorical expression, of course, which needs to be carefully interpreted in order not to lead us into a great mistake. We do not seek Him as if He had not sought us, or was hiding from us. But our search of Him is search after one who is near every one of us, and who delights in nothing so much as in pouring Himself into every heart and mind, and will and life, if only heart, mind, will, life, are willing to accept Him. It is a short search that the child by her mother’s skirts, or her father’s side, has to make for mother or father. It is a shorter search that we have to make for God.

We seek Him by desire. Do you want Him? A great many of us do not. We seek Him by communion, by turning our thoughts to Him, amidst all the rush of daily life, and such a turning of thought to Him, which is quite possible, will prevent our most earnest working upon things material from descending to the likeness of the lions’ fighting for it. We seek Him by desire, by communion, by obedience. And they who thus seek Him find Him in the act of seeking Him, just as certainly as if I open my eye I see the sun, or as if I dilate my lungs the atmosphere rushes into them. For He is always seeking us. That is a beautiful word of our Lord’s to which we do not always attach all its value, ‘The Father seeketh such to worship Him.’ Why put the emphasis upon the ‘such,’ as if it was a definition of the only kind of acceptable worship? It is that. But we might put more emphasis upon the ‘seeketh’ without spoiling the logic of the sentence; and thereby we should come nearer the truth of what God’s heart to us is, so that if we do seek Him, we shall surely find. In this region, and in this region only, there is no search that is vain, there is no effort that is foiled, there is no desire unaccomplished, there is no failure possible. We each of us have, accurately and precisely, as much of God as we desire to have. If there is only a very little of the Water of Life in our vessels, it is because we did not care to possess any more. ‘Seek, and ye shall find.’

We shall be sure to find everything in God. Look at the grand confidence, and the utterance of a life’s experience in these great words: ‘Shall not want any good.’ For God is everything to us, and everything else is nothing; and it is the presence of God in anything that makes it truly able to satisfy our desires. Human love, sweet and precious, dearest and best of all earthly possessions as it is, fails to fill a heart unless the love grasps God as well as the beloved dying creature. And so with regard to all other things. They are good when God is in them, and when they are ours in God. They are nought when wrenched away from Him. We are sure to find everything in Him, for this is the very property of that infinite divine nature that is waiting to impart itself to us, that, like water poured into a vessel, it will take the shape of the vessel into which it is poured. Whatever is my need, the one God will supply it all.

You remember the old Rabbinical tradition which speaks a deep truth, dressed in a fanciful shape. It says that the manna in the wilderness tasted to every man just what he desired, whatever dainty or nutriment he most wished; that the manna became like the magic cup in the old fairy legends, out of which could be poured any precious liquor at the pleasure of the man who was to drink it. The one God is everything to us all, anything that we desire, and the thing that we need; Protean in His manifestations, one in His sufficiency. With Him, as well as in Him, we are sure to have all that we require. ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom . . . and all these things shall be added unto you.’

Let us begin, dear brethren! with seeking, and then our struggling will not be violent, nor self-willed, nor will it fail. If we begin with seeking, and have God, be sure that all we need we shall get, and that what we do not get we do not need. It is hard to believe it when our vehement wishes go out to something that His serene wisdom does not send. It is hard to believe it when our bleeding hearts are being wrenched away from something around which they have clung. But it is true for all that. And he that can say, ‘Whom have I in heaven but Thee, and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee,’ will find that the things which he enjoys in subordination to his one supreme good are a thousand times more precious when they are regarded as second than they ever could be when our folly tried to make them first. ‘Seek first the Kingdom,’ and be contented that the ‘other things’ shall be appendices, additions, over and above the one thing that is needful.

Now, all that is very old-fashioned, threadbare truth. Dear brethren! if we believed it, and lived by it, ‘the peace of God which passes understanding’ would ‘keep our hearts and minds.’ And, instead of fighting and losing, and desiring to have and howling out because we cannot obtain, we should patiently wait before Him, submissively ask, earnestly seek, immediately find, and always possess and be satisfied with, the one good for body, soul, and spirit, which is God Himself.

‘There be many that cry, Oh! that one would show as any good.’ The wise do not cry to men, but pray to God. ‘Lord! lift Thou the light of Thy countenance upon us.’


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Struggle to write great content?

Did you know that the best time to write great content is when you are confident in what you are writing?

Is it believable or a little over the top?

Can it really transform lives?

Does your content have quality information?

Are you just showing off your skills or are you really using the simplest form to get your person of interest to understand what you have written, without a dictionary or internet for dummies?

Content that is difficult to understand will be rejected by a beginner and will not hold their interest at all. But for the more advanced it’s a well-known strategy.

Writing content in its simplest form makes the person of interest more excited about the idea and it fulfills there expectations and unique needs. Then it benefits you and the value of your information.

Answer these questions and deliver your content with confidence.

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When it comes to prayer even men in the bible prayed for a sudden need after Jesus solely gave instructions, in Matthew 6:5-13, Where and how you should pray.  He said; do not stand in the church or on the streets praying so you can be seen by men. Go into the room where you pray, close the door then pray to your Farther and you will receive a reward for your secret prayers openly.  Don’t pray the same thing over and over to have a huge quantity of words, because your Father knows what your needs are before you ask. So, Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:

Our Farther which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.                                                                                                                                                                                      And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.


I really do believe that each and every single prayer we could pray is between the walls of the Lord’s Prayer. As He has said, He knows what we have needed of before we ask him.


1 Kings 8:45

“Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.” This is part of Solomon’s prayer as he stood in front of the assembly with his hands stretched toward heaven. He asked the Lord to hear the prayer of the people when they go to war.


Nehemiah 11:17

“And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.” These levites were among the people to be residents in the Holy city of Jerusalem and they prayed prayers of thankgiving. It is always the right thing to do when you are thanking God for rebuilding the walls in your life.


Psalms 4:1

“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.” Here David is asking God to, relieve him from his distress, have mercy, to hear his prayer when he prays and give him an answer.


Psalms 55:1

“Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.” David asks God to hear his prayer and don’t ignore him. When we pray this prayer we have deep concerns that God is not listening and won’t give us an answer, but He always hear us and answer according to his will. He as our shepherd is always there for us.


Isaiah 56:7

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” God promises salvation for the foreigners who will serve Him, love His name, worship Him, keep the Sabbath, and His covenant. Then they will all have joy in his house of prayer. Even as foreigner means people from another country, I believe that He could be talking to the Gentiles as well. Just my opinion. But I know He goes the extra mile to keep peace in our lives.


Matthew 17:19-21

19 “Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, “Why could not we cast him out?”

20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

21 “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” The more we communicate with the Messiah we will know to do as He does and say what He says.


Matthew 21:22

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” He said that your prayer can be life changing, that if you will only believe, when you pray, you can have what you ask. This is a promise that only he can fulfill.


Luke 6:12

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” I’ve never prayed all night unto God. Jesus knew he needed the answer from God the Father to choose the twelve disciples. Father God knew how important each disciple would be to Jesus, to be obedient in the things of God.


Romans 12:10-14

10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

11 “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”

12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”

13 “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

14 “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” Here He is pleading to us to love one another. It’s His prayer that loving each other will help us to recognize the love God has for us.


1 Corinthians 7:3-7

3 “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.”

4 “The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.”

5 “Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”

6 “But I speak this by permission, [and] not of commandment.”

7 “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.” The husband and wife should be sanctified to each other.


1 Peter 3:7

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”  He’s saying that if husbands don’t treat their wives with respect that this would be a sure way for their prayers to be hindered. Because the wives are the weaker partner, but a gracious gift that He has given.


Colossians 4:2-6

2 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”

3 “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.”

4 “That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

5 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time”

6 “Let you’re your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” He instructs us be devoted to praying, being watchful and always thankful. Pray for other ministries. Use wisdom when you are dealing with those that don’t have as much as you do. Talk to them with grace and seasoned with the word of God, so that you will have an answer for everyone.


 While we are praying

 John 14:12-16

12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

14 “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

16 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”


John 15:7-8

7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”


Communicating in prayer with God the Father through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ brings us a much better reward than we could ever ask or think. We will definitely find out who he is in every area of our lives. Because we can trust God to know exactly why we asked for what we asked.  In Matthew 7:7-8, as we pray, faith will come, He says ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. He’s the Creator that rule over all creation and He uses us to pray in His Sons’ name Jesus.



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How To Manage Your Money When You Just Lost Your Job

What To Consider When You No Longer Have A Job

Figuring out how to manage your money is tough enough when you’ve got a job, but whole new dimensions of management worries appear when you lose your job. There are several notions to consider immediately following the loss of a job that may help to save money and ease the burden.

Your Last Check

Your former employer likely still owes you money, whether it’s the last paycheck from a lag payroll, a severance package based on an employment contract, a sales commission still due to you or an unpaid bonus. Find out the amount of money you are owed, and the date and time that money will be sent to you or transferred to your bank account. Have a contact person within your former employment’s Human Resources in the event the money does not arrive on time.

Income Insurance

Check to see if you signed up over the last few years with a bank, credit card company or insurance agent for one or more of these insurance policies:

  • Payment protection, usually in conjunction with a mortgage, installment loan or credit card balance
  • Long-term income protection
  • Short-term protection from income loss

All three make payments to you or to your debtors if you lose your primary source of income. Find out how to make a claim and do so immediately. Even though there will be a waiting period before payments can be made, it’s a good idea to submit the claim as soon as possible.


Unemployment Benefits

Apply right away. Every state in the United States provides some form of unemployment benefit payable to you when you lose your job. The program is funded by each individual state in conjunction with the federal government. Eligibility rules will vary from state to state, but, at the very least, you should be able to get at least 26 weekly payments based on your most recent income level. Be aware that unemployment benefits might be determined to be taxable as income. Extended benefits may be available during times of national fiscal crisis.

COBRA Rights

Though the United States health insurance system may be in turmoil now and for the next few years, there’s still COBRA, the means by which the health insurance you had with your company can be continued while you’re unemployed. COBRA stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. The company you were previously employed with must have at least 20 employees for you to be eligible. You are not required to take the COBRA plan, so compare the cost of the other health insurance options you have against the COBRA payments.

A New Budget

Now that your income has changed, you may want to re-evaluate how you manage your money and perhaps look to adopt new saving strategies. Expenses such as mortgage payments, rent, insurance and utilities are required payments. Most of these required payments can be negotiated to result in easier payment schedules, or reduced interest. In order to save money and budget , you should consider all other expenses as items that you can substantially reduce or cut out completely.

Sometimes losing your job can make it seem like the world is coming to an end but it shouldn’t be seen as such a negative thing. Instead, think of the loss of a job as a new beginning, and a way to find another job or career that can be more fulfilling and rewarding.      http://www.freemoney.com/how-to-manage-your-money-just-lost-job/

Most people really loose it when the boss say, ” We’re going to have to let you go.”

Just know that it’s not the end of the world. Here in this article are some great tips to help you keep your head on straight.