Philippians 1:6 I am certain that God, Who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished.’
We are all a work in progress! The Lord is not finished with you yet and He will continue to work in your life. The work He does in our lives is always a ‘good’ work with the prospect of wonderful things.
The good work that He is doing within you is an ongoing process, but it will be completed.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You are at work in my life. You are doing a wonderful and a good work in line with Your purposes and plans for my life. I embrace Your work in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
At some time in life all of us feel the loneliness of sorrow. Mary and Martha were saddened by the death of their brother, Lazarus, and Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” They were sorrowful because of a loss. Jesus wept with them. Jesus is with us in our sorrows. When we come to Jesus Christ, He does not promise to exempt us from trouble or sorrow. Tears will come, but we have a hope that our sorrows will turn into joy. In the midst of trials and agony and tears which come to us all, we do not grieve as one who is hopeless. Jesus turns our ash heaps into beauty, our mourning into dancing, clothes us with garments of praise and oh the joy we can experience by the power of the Holy Spirit!
In the ancient Olympic Games, a winning athlete was crowned with an olive wreath. To wear such a crown was a great honour. But this crown would wither. Paul wrote about a crown which would never fade- the crown of righteousness, God’s reward to those who would run the Christian race and finish well. (2 Timothy 4:8) As his life nears its end, Paul looks ahead with confidence and certainty. He had fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. He reminds each one of us, that, this crown awaits not only him, but all those who trust, serve and live for Christ. As you and I run the race set before us, let’s take time to reflect on our running, realizing that only with the Lord will we be able to run the race to the very best of our ability, and only with the Lord will we be able to finish strong.
‘I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you!’
The Lord brings different people into our lives and we should appreciate them. As you look back over your life can you recall people who have been a blessing? Let us be thankful to the Lord for those He brings into our lives. Let our lives also be a blessing, so that others will remember us with thankfulness.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the people I have in my life and those who You have brought across my path. I pray for those people in my sphere of influence and pray that I will be a source of blessing in their lives because You are alive in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Hebrews 12:6 For the Lord disciplines the one He loves.
God is gracious and merciful, but He is also holy and just. This requires Him to confront sin, which destroys the people He loves. Unless He can turn the hearts of His people from their wicked ways, they will not only harm themselves but also miss out on an intimate relationship with Him.
If you are being disciplined for sin, remember that it is because God loves you and wants to turn your heart back toward Him. Be grateful that God cares enough about you to want the very best for you, even if it means temporary pain, but it can bring permanent blessing.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Why are you so fearful and worried, dear one? Let go of your trials and let God hold you. He knows the plan for your life. He wrote your story from beginning to end. Your future is a memory to Him. He’s already there. You have to let go and let God lead you through life, trusting Him to get you to the other side.
Galatians 4:7 ‘Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir.’
What a privilege we have to be children of God! We are not slaves or servants, but we are sons and daughters. The Lord sees you as one of His very own beloved child. As His child we can enjoy what He has prepared for us – our inheritance!
PRAYER: Lord,thank You that through Jesus Christ my Saviour I am Your child, and how wonderful it is to know that You are my Father and I choose to settle for nothing less than Your best for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3: 23
When trouble strikes and our hearts grow faint we so often forget the goodness and love of our Father in Heaven for and we begin to doubt Him. When that happens we begin to be consumed by our stress and our fears and begin to blame God. When we recall His great love for us, reminding ourselves daily of His compassion toward us, our hearts gain strength. When the stresses of life begin to overwhelm you begin to reflect on the faithfulness of God in the past. Thank Him for how He rescued you, how He provided for you- the stress will slowly melt away
Gates and bars do well to protect a home or a city, but then only are they secure when God makes them strong. The true safety is in God’s defence of it. Psalm 127:1 says, unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards watch in vain. Is God your defence? Have you taken shelter and refuge in Him? You can rest assured that He will keep you and your home safe and secure. Your children will be blessed within your walls. Don’t live in fear, child of God. For He has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls. Psalm 147:13
Ephesians 3:20 ‘Now all glory to God, Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.’
The Lord is able to do more than you could ask or think. His mighty working power is at work within each one of us. His purpose for working in our lives goes beyond what we could imagine or think.
Give Him glory, He will accomplish more than we could in our own strength.
PRAYER: Lord, I bring You all praise and glory today. I declare that You are able to accomplish what You have planned and purposed for my life. Work within me I pray and may I ‘see’ more than I could have asked for or imagined. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.