Psalm 51:6 “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being.” Although lying is rampant and socially acceptable in our culture, it violates one of God’s most foundational principles for living. God desires for us at all times to speak the truth. God takes lying very seriously. God is a God of truth. Truth has its origin in God. In fact, Jesus states that He is “the truth.” It defines who He is. Lying is opposite to His nature; it is the nature of satan, he is the father of lies, and his mission is to steal, kill, and destroy. Trust is often broken when we lie. So let’s make it our choice today and every day, to always tell the truth – no matter how much trouble we are in. It’s a choice we need to make.
Proverbs 10:25 ‘When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.“Storms of life’ are an inevitable part of our human existence. When the storms come, they have the potential to whirl us away. With Jesus in our lives, we have a firm foundation on which we can stand. Stand secure on your foundation, you will be kept safe and secure.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You that You are the foundation of my life. I can stand secure and safe because You are the anchor and rock on which I stand and therefore the storms of life will not whirl me away. Amen.
No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed. Nahum 1:15When the Lord delivered Israel out of Egypt, and Moses led them into the wilderness, the Egyptian army followed them to overpower them and take them back as captives to Egypt. They were at the shores of the Red sea with no way of escape. You know the story, how God opened the Red sea and Israel crossed over safely to the other side while the Egyptian army drowned in the sea. No one escaped to pursue God’s people. Today, are you afraid of those pursuing you and intimidating you? The blood of Jesus is your shield. Nobody can cross that shield and get to you. God will deal with your enemy as He did with the Egyptians. He will not let the enemy have his way. He will carry you on eagle’s wings safely to your destination.
Jesus told a story that gives us a glimpse of God’s heart for us. In the parable of the Prodigal Son, the son goes his own way and squanders his inheritance. When his life fell apart, the son realized his folly and returned home. What was the Father’s response? It wasn’t “I told you so!” Rather, “while he was still a long way off, his Father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.“ Then the father threw a party! Imagine!The LORD is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. Psalm 103:13 We have a Father who loves us like nobody else does.
A heart of stone is a cold, lifeless, often bitter and full of sin and disobedience. We love less and expect more. Some people’s heart has hardly any emotions or feelings for others. God wants to remove this stony heart and give us a tender heart- a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). It is God’s intention that our hearts are obedient and filled with love and compassion. Not only that, God wants us to have a new spirit. Through the power of His Holy Spirit and His word, He renews a right spirit within us. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we become a new person, a new creation. All the old desires leave us. We become totally new- with a sense of purpose and meaning to life. Our desire now is to please God and to fulfill His will and calling for our lives. Lord, I rededicate myself to You. Give me a new heart and a new spirit I pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
God is a God of mercy and grace. Understanding mercy is often difficult for us as we tend to be a generation of “I hope they get what they deserve.” God, however, is merciful to even the worst sinner. Romans 3:23-24 says “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” We are all sinners and do not meet His standards of righteousness . But, through His mercy and grace He provided a way for our sins to be forgiven through our acceptance of Christ Jesus—even though we don’t deserve. Micah 7:18 says, “Who is a God like You, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of His people? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”Mercy is offered to you and me alike. How would you respond to His mercy?
Psalm 1:6’The LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.‘Doing the right thing and obeying God’s word always lead to blessing in the long term. The wicked may prosper for a moment, but their end is destruction. God watches over our path and that is so comforting. Even though the path seems rugged and thorny, His eyes are upon us and He will preserve our lives.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that right now You are watching over me and my life. I choose to do what honours and pleases You, for I know that in the end I will see Your blessing and favour resting on me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar spoke, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:24–25) Yes, Daniel’s friends were not alone in the fiery furnace. The Lord was with them. The ropes that had bound them turned into ashes but not a hair in their head was singed. The presence of Christ made all the difference. Today, if you are going through a time of fiery testing, let Christ’s presence bring you comfort and peace. He will walk with you. He will shield you. And when it’s over, you will come out stronger and fine as gold. Don’t fear the furnace; trust God.
‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.’ 1 Chronicles 16:34 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 What do you have that you did not receive from God? Everything we own and have, we ultimately received from God and we owe Him thanks.Let’s start this week with a different attitude. Start by giving thanks to God for His faithfulness. We all can find reason to be discouraged. But HE is faithful and you have a reason to rejoice.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the many blessings that I enjoy from Your hand. You are truly a faithful God and I thank You for Your love and kindness towards me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
‘The LORD will indeed provide what is good, and our land will yield its increase.’If you are worried about your life, how will make ends meet, or pay your bills or provide for your children, remember, “the Lord is your Provider.” He will indeed provide you with what is good and needed in your life. He will satisfy all your need in miraculous ways. Let your eyes look to Him alone.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You are my provider. You are the One who knows my need and knows how to meet that need. You are indeed faithful and good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.