..“Why are we sitting here until we die?” – 2 Kings 7:3
Four lepers living outside the city walls were living on scraps of bread thrown over the wall each day. But now no more scraps were coming their way. Mustering their courage, they went into the Syrian camp, there was no one there, but the tents were full of food and valuables.
Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent… let us go and tell the king’s household”’
This story teaches us three important truths:-
First, that crisis becomes our friend when it moves us to take action.
Second, that – once we take a step of faith – God will move on our behalf.
Finally, it teaches us that when God blesses us, we can’t keep it to ourselves, EVEN THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL.
As Christians, we are required to express His compassion toward the needy—particularly the widow and the orphan. The Bible offers us a very speciﬁc deﬁnition of what God accepts as genuine religion. It’s found in James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
It’s very simple, “Caring for widows, orphans, and others that are forgotten and overlooked while we are keeping ourselves holy to God is what “Christianity” all about.
You may feel like many of the tasks you do for your family go unnoticed. Mothering is a thankless job. The hope comes in this: God sees every single thing you do for your family. He knows. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. The good news is that with endurance and prayer, eventually your family will one day look back at the work you’ve done, God will move their heart, and then, they will rise up and they will call you blessed!
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the family you’ve given me to serve. I pray you help me the serve them with joy. Let me find hope and contentment in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The word of God-
It makes us wise (2 Timothy 3:15)
It helps us grow up (1 Peter 2:2)
It directs our lives (Psalm 119:105)
It keeps us from sinning (Psalm 119:11)
It guarantees our success (Joshua 1:8)
It prepares us for God’s plan for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
If you talk to any backslider, you’ll find that before he ever backslid, he quit reading the Word. The Word is your ammunition. Don’t go to battleground called life, unarmed.
Flee from youthful lusts. 2 Timothy 2:22
To flee in Greek means to run to the point of vanishing. You run so far from the temptation that you can’t even see it any more. This truth is so simple, yet so profound! It’s also the area where so many stumble. When faced with temptation, many run a little – but not far enough. You must cut sin off at the root. If you’re weak in certain areas, don’t keep surrounding yourself with the opportunity to stumble. Avoid. Flee. There’s no wisdom in entertaining the thing sent to destroy you. Escape that temptation to the point of vanishing!
In His presence, there is an exceeding joy that can’t be compared. It’s not found in the things we can acquire. It’s not found in the sports we watch. It’s not found in anything the world can offer. His word says that in HIS presence is the fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).
How do you get into His presence? Just come to Him in prayer. Anytime you go before Him and pray, the Lord is near. When He is present before you, everything that seemed heavy becomes light. You sense His love, His power, His comfort, and His strength and finally- His joy.
When trials confront us we blame ourselves or others for the troubles we face; We don’t realize that God has brought us into a place of struggle. Sometimes, He brings us to a place of desperation where we feel helpless and hopeless. But our faith can be greatly encouraged when we understand that He has a purpose in it all. “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13).
He wants you to emerge from your trials stronger in character, stronger in faith, stronger in Jesus. Because He loves you!
‘Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.’
– The Lord longs to be gracious and kind to each one of us.
– He waits for us, like the prodigal son’s father did.
– When we draw close to Him, He draws close to us.
– Come close to God, He longs for us.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for this great promise. I choose to draw near to You. I desire to know more of You, I need you in my daily life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The LORD directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalm 37:23
God has a plan for your life. If you know and love Him, you can count on the fact that He promises to direct your steps and that He delights in every detail of your life (Psalm 37:23). You can also count on the fact that He promises to accomplish what concerns you (Psalm 138:8) and that your times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15).
As you begin a new month, remember, God is at work and though you may not see how, He is weaving His plan in your life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6)