Our citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20
As believers in the Lord Jesus, we possess dual citizenship. Our temporary citizenship is on earth. We are here for a short time in order to live for Christ and make an impact for the kingdom. Our eternal citizenship is in heaven where we will live in the presence of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, forever. Therefore, regardless of the times we live in, the trials we face and the troubles that confront us, let us continuously build our hopes on things eternal.
Lord, let us be Kingdom minded people, transform us through the power of Your Holy Spirit so that we we’ll display Your character always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Pride refuses to depend on God and be subject to Him and takes the honour due to Him. What makes me reluctant to trust God but rather try to make the impossible happen all by myself? Pride. God hates pride. God resists the proud because the proud resist God. Pride will not admit to sin. The heart of pride never confesses, never repents, never asks for forgiveness. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). Isn’t it easy to see why? Humility is happy to do what pride will not. The humble heart is quick to acknowledge the need for God, eager to confess sin, willing to kneel before heaven’s throne. And it’s no wonder God makes His grace abound to the humble!
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
When we keep our eyes focused on the Lord, we know He is always with us. Regardless of the battles we may be facing, He is our strength. With Him by our side, we will not be shaken. You see, satan knows that if we take our eyes off the Lord, then our eyes will be focused on the mountains that surround us. But when we look to Jesus, you will know His joy, His peace, His strength and you will know He is able to handle anything that comes your way.
Prayer: Lord help my mind to be stayed on You, so that I will have peace at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Nothing dampens the fires of enthusiasm more than discouragement. When you are discouraged, the glow of excitement for the Lord dims like embers of a dying fire. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, The Lord Himself will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Don’t give discouragement a foothold. All of us face disappointments and setbacks. But no matter what happens, keep trusting in Jesus and keep obeying His word. Discouragement is like a dark tunnel. The only thing that will brighten your path is to fan the flames of your faith until it is a fire. How do we do that? Read His word, meditate on it day and night, sing praises to God and pray without ceasing.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Life surrounds us with many reasons to be anxious and concerned. The Lord tells us not be anxious but to pray about everything. Thank Him beforehand because He is going to take care of all that concerns you. Hasn’t He promised that He would feed us, clothe and carry us to the end?
PRAYER: Lord, I bring all the issues that concern me and bring anxiety and stress into my life, and I give them to You right now. I choose to trust You and I will not entertain anxiety, fear or doubt. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Our lives are a training ground and God is actively building our faith through the various difficulties we face. Jesus said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can speak to the mountain and it will move.” Matthew 17:20 Faith speaks to the mountain but doubt speaks about the mountain. No matter how great the mountain is, that is standing in the way of victory, no matter how impossible it seems, keep speaking to the mountain. It has to move in the name of Jesus. Don’t lose heart, don’t give up. You will see it uproot itself and fall into the sea. God is faithful to His word.
We all go through seasons of sadness, depression, fear and doubt. Many great men of God in the Bible, like Moses, Job, Elijah went through overwhelming valleys of doubts and fears. Elijah wanted God to take his life. Moses ran away in fear, Job cursed the day he was born. King David cried out in sadness many times through the psalms. Paul wrote, “God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (2 Corinthians 7:6), certainly knew seasons of darkness and despair. So if you find yourself under the heavy weight of depression today, you’re not alone in your struggle. God knows your suffering. Your dark circumstances are not beyond His power to heal, restore and redeem. God will give you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3
“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.” Colossians 1:9
The Lord is the One who will lead and guide you through this New Year. He wants to gives us the ‘knowledge of His will’ through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. When we don’t know what to do we can call on Him and ask Him to give us wisdom. You are not meant to walk this year alone, He is with you and He will lead you.
PRAYER: Lord, As I begin this year, I pray that You will come and give me the knowledge of what Your will is for my life. I pray that You will give me the wisdom and understanding I need to make the right decisions and the right moves. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
It is when we stumble or fail, that we value and appreciate the grace of God. We fall face down and confess our sins and receive His grace with a grateful heart. But as time passes and we have been walking faithfully in the path of righteousness for some time, it is then we get familiar with grace. We take our success for granted often forgetting where we started. We become judgmental and look upon others with contempt. In 1 Corinthians 15:10, Paul said, “I am what I am by the grace of God” attributing his success to the grace of God. He is careful to mention that he was the worst of sinners- a persecutor of the church. Let us never in the best of days forget the grace of God as we did in our worst