For me, one of the wonderful things about the Psalms of David is the opportunity we have to see the heart of this mighty warrior. We see in Psalm 18, David’s overwhelming love for God, as well as his understanding that God is the One who grants him victory in his battles. Compare this attitude to other famous conquerors, such as Alexander the Great or Napoleon. They were men of great pride, who received praise and glory from the people around them. David never speaks of his own greatness and glory in battle, but rather gives all the glory and praise to the Lord. That’s why God called him “a man after My own heart.” He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. Psalm 18:16-17
Jesus sets the pattern for burden bearing. He calls to Himself all who are heavy-laden and gives them rest (Matthew 11:28-29). Since God wants us to conform to Christ’s likeness, we must imitate His care and concern for those who suffer. Acts 4:32 shows that the early church followed His example. To lift the load of poverty and despair, they pooled their resources so that no one was in need. A believer cannot wait until his life is clear of obstacles before reaching out to others, since that day may never come. Even though we have our own needs, we can still reach out to someone who is going through adversity.
Joseph looked up and saw his brother Benjamin. Then he declared, ‘May God be gracious to you, my son.’
Have you ever wished that someone would just look up and see what you are facing? The Lord wants to bring people into your life who will lift the load and help you.
The Lord will bring those into your life who will speak blessing over you, who will help you. I speak blessing over you: ‘May God be gracious to you, my friend.’
PRAYER: Lord, I receive Your blessing and favour spoken over my life. Thank You that You will bring the right people into my life who will help, guide and stand by me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have you made a mess of your life? Do you wish you could start over again? If that’s the way you feel, I have good news for you: God wants to make your life over anew, and He can do it today if you’ll let Him.
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” says the LORD. Jeremiah 18:6, God can take you right now where you are and make out of your life another vessel. God can mend a broken life if you give Him all the pieces. Just turn it over to Him and say, “Here it is, Lord.” God wants to give you a second chance. If there is something that the Lord is asking you to do, do it. Don’t be stubborn. The Lord, longs to be gracious to you. Surrender every area of your life to Him and see Him work wonders on your behalf.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We are to learn from the words of Ezekiel 22:30, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” We are to be those who stand in the gap, who lift up our nation with all its faults before the throne of God, and pray that He continues to work in our midst. Also, let’s seek the peace and prosperity of the nation in which God has placed us and pray for it because if it prospers, we too will prosper.
Our citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20
As believers in the Lord Jesus, we possess dual citizenship. Our temporary citizenship is on earth. We are here for a short time in order to live for Christ and make an impact for the kingdom. Our eternal citizenship is in heaven where we will live in the presence of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, forever. Therefore, regardless of the times we live in, the trials we face and the troubles that confront us, let us continuously build our hopes on things eternal.
Lord, let us be Kingdom minded people, transform us through the power of Your Holy Spirit so that we we’ll display Your character always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
‘You see, his (Abraham’s) faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.’
Faith and actions work together to bring about God’s purposes. Without faith, we cannot please God.
Without actions, we cannot achieve what the Lord has destined for us to achieve. Be filled with faith and let that faith inspire you to do what He tells you to do.
PRAYER: Lord, it is my desire that my life would bring You praise and honour. I choose to do more than just believe, I choose to obey Your leading and in this way be all You intended me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Pride refuses to depend on God and be subject to Him and takes the honour due to Him. What makes me reluctant to trust God but rather try to make the impossible happen all by myself? Pride. God hates pride. God resists the proud because the proud resist God. Pride will not admit to sin. The heart of pride never confesses, never repents, never asks for forgiveness. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). Isn’t it easy to see why? Humility is happy to do what pride will not. The humble heart is quick to acknowledge the need for God, eager to confess sin, willing to kneel before heaven’s throne. And it’s no wonder God makes His grace abound to the humble!