But Jesus said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Far too often when we feel weak or powerless we respond with fear, anger, despair or desperation. But God is an endless source of strength. No problem that we face is too great for Him to solve. When we feel overwhelmed by our problems, we just need to lean on His strength, and His grace will see us through.
What are you struggling with? Rely on God to fill you with strength in your time of trial and temptation. His strength is capable of overcoming addiction, filling the ache of loneliness, pushing past discouragement and bringing comfort to soothe your grief.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful.”
“The Merciful” are those who feel the pain of others and do something about it. God is merciful to us. In spite of all our failures and shortcomings He is still provides for our needs, still forgives us and still loves us. Are we moved by the suffering of others to point of helping them, reaching out to them, being there for them? Or are we apathetic, critical and harsh? Jesus categorically states, “Only those who merciful will receive mercy.” If we haven’t been merciful, we will not receive mercy. There will always be a time when we need God’s help and mercy.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach us to be tender and merciful towards others. Remove my stony heart and give me a heart of flesh. Amen
Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.
Psalm 63:7-8: Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings.
Yes, when we take refuge under the shadow of His wings, He can sing for joy because our Lord sustains us, helps us and protects us. We don’t have to live in fear. Ruth understood this. She took refuge under the wings of the Almighty God. (Ruth 2:12) And when she made Him her refuge, He took care of all her needs, even the need of a husband.
With such benefits why do we resist accepting God’s offer of shelter by going our own way?
The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His child.“ Hebrews 12:6
This means when He disciplines us, He’s treating us as His children, and expressing His love for us. His divine purpose is always for our highest good, in keeping with the plans He has for us. Our Father’s nature is loving, compassionate and generous. As the perfect Father, He couldn’t bring any discipline into our lives that wouldn’t be for our ultimate benefit. These times can be hard, sometimes overwhelming. We may even feel abandoned and despondent. Child of God, do not despise the Lord’s discipline. His hand of love is leading you to a place of closeness to Him. He is refining you, burning off the dross in you, so He could see more of His Son in you.
Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. Isaiah 46:10
God’s promises tell us what He will do, but not when He will do it. Very often we lose patience and do things our way, like Abraham we may be pressurized into taking shortcuts, or like Moses we may take matters into our own hands. Our actions have consequences. Joseph, on the other hand, waited patiently and saw God’s promise fulfilled in His life. Though the testing was severe the reward was astounding.
Wait patiently; you will see God promises coming to fruition. Don’t rush, God will make all things beautiful in its time.
If only our spiritual eyes could be open to see the One who is with us always! We would never worry even for a moment. It’s only because we lose sight of His promise that we start focusing on the pressing issues around us. He promised us that He would be with us even to the end of age (Matthew 28:20). Therefore, we don’t have to face a single situation by ourselves. He is better that ten Presidents. His influence is greater than any king. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He can do for you what no one in the world can do- more than you ask or think. Rest child of God, Jesus has got this.
Jesus sees us just the way we are. He knows our weaknesses, our failures, our deepest fears. And yet He loves us! What a loving Saviour! What a message of hope to a lost and ever-changing world!
When you start to feel overwhelmed by the changes around you, take heart in the promise that Jesus remains the same through the ages, and that His love for you is everlasting.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, You are our firm foundation, our Rock, and our Fortress. Thank you that you never change! You are our Saviour, our Lord, and our Friend. Amen.
Contentment doesn’t come naturally to us. Even apostle Paul had to learn it.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12) Paul wrote this when he was in prison. How could he be content? The next verse reveals the secret- I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (V-13). Contentment is an ability we cultivate with God’s help and strength. No matter what you’re facing today, through prayer you can receive the strength to be content.
Lord, Give me a heart that is content and remove greed and selfishness from me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
When we start out our day first with a time of Bible reading and prayer, it makes an enormous difference in the way that day plays out. It’s the time He fills us with His strength and wisdom. Therefore, we’re better equipped to face the challenges of the day.
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
What a great pattern for us to follow! Setting aside time to seek Him everyday reminds us that we rely on Him daily!
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” – Psalm 16:1-2
True security comes when God is the center of all that we think or do. The Psalmist experienced the betrayal of loved ones in the most despairing situation in His life. He knew that circumstances shift and people change, yet it is God who keeps us safe in the midst trials. He is the only One who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Truly, He is the only one who has the best intentions for us. His thoughts toward us are for good and not evil; apart from Him we have no good thing. Men fail US but JESUS NEVER FAILS!