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.
‘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.
A certain rich ruler asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, “Keep the commandments.” The young man said he’s kept the commandments since he was a boy. Then Jesus asked him to do something radical. “Sell everything you own and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. (Luke 18:22) We are told that the young man went away very sad because he was extremely wealthy. Was Jesus serious? Yes — He never lied. Was it just a test? No. Jesus said the same to His followers: If you’re not willing to leave everything, you cannot be My disciple. Is Jesus asking you to do something and you have been putting it off? Ask Him to show you when and what needs to leave your hand. Go to God and say, “Everything I have is Yours Lord. Show me what to do with it as Your faithful servant.” He will.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you… ( Acts 1:8). The power of the Holy Spirit does not come as a reward. Power is not a trophy at the end of a marathon. We need power at the start if we are to run the marathon for God. We may be disgraceful, perhaps stumbling in our walk, but that makes it so necessary for us to receive the Holy Spirit. He is not given on condition that we are perfect. He is given because we are not perfect. He has come because we need Him – for the best and for the worst of us. (REINHARD BONNKE)
Prayer: Holy Spirit I really need You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 We can be a prisoner to the thoughts in our mind, we can be held captive by wrong beliefs, addictions and any number of bondages. The only thing that can break the chains of bondage is the Truth. And the only valid truth is the Word of God-the Bible. The more you abide in the word, the greater freedom you will enjoy. God has revealed the truth in His Word—all the way from Genesis through Revelation. If you are hungry enough for freedom, get into God’s Word today.
‘Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!’
Listening to what the Lord says is only one step in the process. If we listen, and it does not result in action, we are stepping into deception. The moment we listen, hear, and apply the word of God to our lives, the Bible says, we are wise and our foundation is on Jesus Christ the Rock. So even when the storm comes and the wind blows, we are not shaken.
PRAYER: Lord, Help me to be a doer of Your word so that I can be all that You intended for me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Mark 10:48 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
In the midst of the bustling crowds and the noisy activity and with Bartimaeus shouting louder and louder, JESUS STOPS! Jesus did not overlook his callings. Jesus will stop for you too. He is not too busy to stop when you call upon Him. Jesus’ willingness to stop all the activity to deal with this blind beggar should be an encouragement to all of us. Jesus does not just stop, but He goes further and He ‘calls him to Himself and heals him! Perhaps, you are distressed today; call upon Him. He will come to you and will deliver you.
Is there anything competing with Christ for first place in your heart? Are you chasing after pleasure? Craving for what you see? Do you pride in achievements and possessions? If these things are what drive you, you’ll soon find yourself pursuing them at the expense of your intimacy with God. In the letter to the Colossians, Paul gives instruction that can guard our closeness with God. He says: Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2
PRAYER: Lord, Thank You for the privilege of fellowshipping with You. Help me to keep away from anything that might take Your place in my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).
Compare the lives of Abraham and Lot. Abraham is said to be a man who had fellowship with God. He was a man of faith. He believed God and we see his name in the Hall of Faith along with Abel, Noah, Moses and many others. On the other hand, we see Lot being impulsive all the time. He chose the best part of the land for himself, offered his daughters to the sinful men to be raped instead of calling out to God for help and it is never mentioned that He prayed or offered sacrifices to God. Here’s a lesson for all of us, if we walk in our own strength we can never stand when trials and testings come. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can overcome and live a life of faith and victory.