Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
This is the promise that God gives to every believer who is willing to put his total trust in Him. God will give us a peace, not just in some circumstances but in all. We will have peace about our family, about our finances and about our health. When we surrender our lives to Him, the God of peace gives us a peace that “surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). It is a peace that guards both our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. It’s a deep-down peace.
Consider Job in the Old Testament. When he lost everything, his wife told him to curse God and die. He refused and, instead, responded to God in faith, and “the Lord gave to Job twice as much as he had before”. (Job 42:10)
Maybe you have lost much in life and you are wondering, “Is there any hope for me?” God promises—“Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.” Zechariah 9:12
If He declared it, He will do it!
Every single aspect of bondage and oppression can be traced back to sin, and to the devil. The Spirit of the Lord in a believer brings total and complete freedom from every bondage. Have you ever met someone who is literally enslaved and harassed by addiction? That person is in agony and wants to opt out, yet they find themselves completely helpless.
This is because freedom requires God’s power to set you free from your oppressor. The Holy Spirit has come with the power to set you free from all forms of oppression in your life. If you are struggling with any kind of addiction or bondage, invite the Holy Spirit in your life. He alone can set you totally free. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
But I am among you as the One who serves. Luke 22:27
How could the Son of God make such a statement? What a contrast between our leaders and our Lord Jesus Christ! What a high standard He has set before us! The leaders of this world lord it over their subjects, but our Lord washed His disciples’ feet. The Lord of the universe serving His creation!! I cannot comprehend this kind of humility. Aren’t we called to emulate our Lord.
Prayer: Father, we are in awe of your love and humility. Help us to serve you with gladness, humility and love. Remove pride and arrogance from us. Help us to reflect your love here on earth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
“Who am I, LORD God…. that You have brought me this far? You, LORD, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. 1Chronicles 17 16,26
David marvels that God has brought him from such a lowly position, Who am I, O Lord God? God raised him up from a shepherd to the position of a king. Like David, aren’t we all astonished at the way God has saved us and brought us this far?
Consider how the Lord has walked with us and protected us thus far….How He has been faithful and good to us in every situation, though many a times we have been unfaithful. How He has delivered and rescued us, how miraculously He has come through every challenge we faced.
Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
Jesus spoke these words to Nicodemus, a religious man, but was spiritually bankrupt.
What does that mean?
It means to be “born from above, born of the Spirit.” It is a radical heart change that only God can do. You might think, “Well, I’m not one of those ‘born again’ type.” According to Jesus, you can’t be a genuine Christian without being born again. That can be brought about only by the work of the Holy Spirit. If this was true for Nicodemus, a great teacher of Israel, it is certainly true for all of us. We must be born again. All we have to do is simply accept the work of Jesus’ death on the cross and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. It is a marvelous miracle of mercy.
Imagine the Lord is near to you all day. Imagine that He is present at every meeting, that He sits next to you at your computer as you type your emails, that He is sitting at your kitchen table at meals, that He’s next to you in your car as you get stressed in traffic jams. Walk with the Lord today, conscious of His presence at all times, and you will be well on your way to being gentle with people. And the people you meet will sense that His power is at work in you. People know a gentle person when they see one. And people appreciate a gentle person more than a hostile one!
Prayer: Dear Lord, let my gentleness be evident this day and always as I walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
We know that in all things God works for good for those who love Him, for those who are called according to His purpose.
Bad things happen to people all the time. At such times it is natural to turn to God and ask, “Why Lord, why is this happening to me?” There may be times when we are at a complete loss to understand what is happening to us, and why. Then more than ever, we need to move forward trusting in Him, confident in the knowledge that His love and His power will carry us through.
Prayer: Father God, we are troubled and stressed, and the circumstances are beyond our control. Help us to rest secure in the fact that You are working out everything for our good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.