Esther knew how dire the situation was. She fasted with her people. Esther put her life on the line and went into the king’s presence to plead for the lives of her people. It could have been a death sentence for her.
When the king saw Esther standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. Esther 5:1
You know, God works in miraculous ways. God moved the king’s heart and the Jews were saved and God’s name was glorified. When your life seems grim, and it appears that your story has taken a terrible turn, remember your King has the last word. Go into the presence of the King of kings and plead your case. He will have favor upon you and answer your prayer.
Have you gone a day without eating? Imagine not eating for a week. You will end up weak and ill. The same applies to our spiritual life; the Bible is food for our spiritual development. If we go too long without reading His word, we will feel spiritually weak and sick.
Why do we need the word? Jesus defeated the devil using the word of God. It is the sword of the spirit with which we can defeat the enemy. In times of trouble the Word of God is our stay. It is food for our soul and brings joy and drives out doubt. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. It is life and health to our bones. Jeremiah15:16, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”
God knows everything about you. He knows every thought you think. Before a word is on your tongue He knows it all. Psalm 139:4
Our Heavenly Father knows us so well. Isn’t it comforting to know that God loves us enough to know us. When you tell Him the deepest matters of your heart He is right there listening to you. Just when you’re struggling to get the words out, He knows exactly what you couldn’t quite say. Words may fail us. But He perfectly understands what we are going through. He looks past our words into our hearts. The deep hurts, the pain, the brokenness is known to Him. Would you trust Him with all the broken pieces of your life?
Jesus encountered lots of children throughout His ministry. He took children in His arms and blessed them. He used the gift of a child’s bread and fish to feed more than 5,000 people. He said that we must become humble like them to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Caring for children is not easy, and it often goes unappreciated. But to everyone who lovingly cares for children and leads them to Jesus, His words remain precious and true: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me” (Mark 9:37).
Jesus loves children. He invites us all to be the children of God, and we are safe in His love forever.
The Bible says, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).
In other words “we are His work of art.” The psalmist wrote, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it” (Psalm 139:13–14).
So why are we here on earth? To fulfill a master plan-A plan unique for each one of us. Even before we were conceived in our mother’s womb we were conceived in the heart of God for this very purpose. It’s incredible, but true.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you… (John 14:27).
Peace is something Jesus has given to us as our inheritance. But this doesn’t mean there is no trouble for a Christian. Jesus says, I give peace right in the midst of trouble, right in the midst of distress and turmoil and heartache and pressure. I can impart peace to your heart right there, and not as the world gives. Therefore, the Lord adds, do not let your hearts be troubled. You do not have to be upset and anxious, weary and worried. He will still the storm and quiet the waves. He is with you through it all and He will see you through.
We all need to start each day with trust in the Lord and commit our way into His hands. Whatever confronts us this day, the Lord will take care of it.
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Psalm 90:14
He satisfies every need of ours, even the need of love. We are never empty-He fills our cup, never lonely-His loving presence is always with us, never in need- He will satisfy every need. Therefore my heart sings for joy and rejoices in the God of my salvation.
Our Heavenly Father is zealous for the protection of His children. Anyone who harms His people touches the Lord. How you treat the Lord’s children could determine whether you are blessed or cursed. The Lord promises to protect His children against every attack of their enemies.
The Bible says that anyone who touches and harms the people of God touches the “apple of the Lord’s eye.” (Zechariah 2:8) God warns us, “If you touch My people you are poking your finger into My eye. Imagine the consequence of doing that. Let these words serve as a warning; at the same time, may all who are suffering harm be comforted.
An hour is coming, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father seeks such worshippers. John 4:23
I have often heard people grumble, “The time given in church for worship is too short for it to be anointed!”
While I do love praise and worship, I believe God’s anointing is upon those whose hearts are aimed towards the Lord, whose lives are lived for Him – in holiness and complete surrender to His Word and will, those who do not follow the pattern of the world but who offer themselves to God as living sacrifices. We are called to come just as we are…all that really matters is that we approach the throne of grace– simply loving, trusting and adoring our Holy God.
The disciples felt secure with Jesus as their Lord and Master because time and again, He had proven to be bigger than their situations –
When demons were encountered, He cast them out; when hungry, He multiplied loaves; when sickness threatened, He healed.
In John 14, Jesus was talking about leaving, they became anxious and worried.
“When I leave,” He said, “I will send someone who will listen to you, teach you, guide you, and look out for your well-being. – I will send you a Helper, an Advocate, a Counsellor – the Spirit of Truth, who will stay with you forever.”
You see, you are never alone. The blessed Holy Spirit is in you and with you!