Proverbs 12:22 The LORD detests lying lips, but He delights in those who tell the truth.God hates lying in any form. He hates it because He is the source of all truth. In fact, that describes His very character. Jesus said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life” (John 14:6). In contrast, satan is identified as “the father of lies” (John 8:44) Are you lying about something or someone? Are you dishonest in your dealings? Do you exaggerate about what you’ve done? Are you lying about someone to make yourself look better? Are you lying about your age? That is a sin before God. If you haven’t been truthful, repent today, God is willing to forgive you and help you live the righteous life He desires.
Psalm 78:19‘ Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?’This is the question the Israelites asked even after God did so many miracles in the wilderness for them. God delivered them out of the hand of the Pharaoh, defeated his army, split the Red sea and many many more. But whenever there was a lack or a trial, doubt arose in their minds and they started fretting and murmuring. Doubt in what God can and will do for us, will rob us of our confidence in Him. Don’t question His faithfulness, regardless of how difficult things may be. God is able. The Lord can do more than you could ever ask or think in your situation. Trust Him completely.
‘You have delivered me from ALL my troubles…’What a joy to be able to look back and reflect on God’s faithfulness. David could look back and declare that the Lord had delivered him. Perhaps, as you look back on the years and months gone by, you can see His hand in your affairs? You can be thankful and expectant that the Lord can and will deliver you even now.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness and lovingkindness towards me. Like David, I can say the Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the bear and the mouth of the lion will deliver me out of this situation too. I have confidence in Your mighty hand. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
When the Apostle Paul was saying his farewell to the elders of the church in Ephesus, he made this statement: “I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). He was able to say that he did not hold anything back, but spoke the whole of God’s truth. One of the errors that can trip us up in our walk with God is focusing on parts to the exclusion of the whole. We need to be grounded in the whole counsel of God. It is the whole counsel of God, not parts, that is the foundation for the church and for the Christian life. It is the whole counsel of God that will protect us from deception. It is the whole counsel of God that will keep us from getting unbalanced.As we become students of the Word–asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Bible to us– and as we make knowing Jesus our highest priority, we will become grounded in the Truth of the gospel.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).Hardship lasts only for a season – When we’re going through something really hard, it’s difficult to imagine things will ever improve. And satan considers these seasons an opportune time to whisper lies like “a loving God wouldn’t allow this in your life” or “God doesn’t care about you because He’s not coming to your rescue.” Don’t believe satan’s falsehoods. God cares. He sees. He knows. And this season in your life will end. Being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from challenge. In fact, Jesus told us we’d have trouble in this world. Yet we’re often angry and surprised when we encounter hardships. Just remember, we have the ultimate victory because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. For this reason, we can give thanks and praise despite struggles.
Most of us think of David as the shepherd boy who slew Goliath. We also remember the dark side of his life, the great sin he committed with Bathsheba. What we don’t realize is that David was very much a human being like us. He made many blunders just like we do and suffered loses that words cannot describe and was under great emotional strain. “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”(1 Samuel 30:6) This is one of the most wonderful statements ever made. There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in dark places, like David, the situation looks hopeless. What should we do? Be discouraged? Give up? If we are children of God, we will encourage ourselves in the Lord. Sometimes the Lord puts us in such a spot so we will turn to Him. He wants to make Himself real to us. Turn to Him and be encouraged. He will strengthen you and help you.