We know that in all things God works for good for those who love Him, for those who are called according to His purpose.
Bad things happen to people all the time. At such times it is natural to turn to God and ask, “Why Lord, why is this happening to me?” There may be times when we are at a complete loss to understand what is happening to us, and why. Then more than ever, we need to move forward trusting in Him, confident in the knowledge that His love and His power will carry us through.
Prayer: Father God, we are troubled and stressed, and the circumstances are beyond our control. Help us to rest secure in the fact that You are working out everything for our good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
Several times in the Scriptures the Lord has said this. He has often repeated it to make our assurance doubly sure.
This priceless Scripture does not promise us exemption from trouble, but it does secure us against desertion. We may be called to traverse strange ways, but we shall always have our Lord’s company, assistance, and provision.
We ought to be content with such things as we have, for he who has God has more than all the world besides. What can we have beyond the Infinite? What more can we desire than almighty Goodness.
C H Spurgeon
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Are you tired of failing over and over again and are tempted to give up? Do you feel whenever you try to be the best is the time you fail the most?
FAILURE- That awful dreaded word. What do we do when we fail? First, acknowledge your failure, accept God’s forgiveness, arise from the failure and start again.
No matter what you may be facing today, God is with you! And He says to you, “ I am not finished with you yet, I have a plan for you!”
In the midst of a life-threatening storm, the disciples thought that they were going to drown. They couldn’t keep their boat afloat and the boisterous waves kept battering against their boat. They were in the midst of a hopeless situation. And then Jesus appeared, walking on the water. They thought He was a ghost. But then Christ speaks those beautiful words which instantly reassured them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” As He stepped onto the boat, the wind and waves died down and everything was calm again.
Are the storms of life threatening to drown you? Do you feel hopeless? Invite Jesus into your boat. He is the only one who’s able to calm the storm.
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:15
When we make the choice that Joshua is talking about, it’s really a choice of priorities or the choice between right and wrong: what is most important to us–loving the things of the world or loving God? In the text, a single moment of choice is given to the Israelites. I believe that for us it is not a single choice or a single decision. If not daily, at least weekly or monthly we are presented with choices where we have to decide whether or not to serve God. In a world that is increasingly becoming secular, mentioning Jesus has become a taboo. We feel safer sitting on the fence rather than standing up for the right and displaying our faith.
Sometimes, this may mean losing a friend, a job and facing ridicule. Are we willing to take a stand for Jesus?
Romans 8:26 ‘And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness.’
– The Lord never abandons us but He comes to us to help us.
– He wants to come and take hold of your hand and hold you.
– Especially when we feel weak and frail He comes to take hold of us.
– In the process He empowers us to be able to walk in His strength.
PRAYER: Lord, how thankful and grateful I am to have You in my life. You are the one who takes me by the hand and gives me the strength and the power that I need. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Proverbs 3:27-28 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbour, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
As believers, we must reflect God’s goodness, generosity, and justice to the people around us. The Lord cares deeply about how we treat our neighbours. Our love for our fellow men is a reflection of our love for God and our trust in His sovereignty and justice. Look for opportunities to bless someone today. Some of you can do a little, others can do more, but all of us need to do good for those who need it when we have the power and the resources to do it
Aromas have the ability to stimulate a want in us. For example walking past that coffee shop and suddenly smelling your favourite blend, drifting through the door, is enough to immediately think, “I need a cup of coffee!”
Our Christ like aroma can have the same effect on those who don’t even know they need His love, by attracting them first to our sweetness then to the One who is so anxious to make Him known to them.
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:15)
Lord Jesus, make me your vessel today. Use me to fill people’s lives with joy so that they will want to know more about You. Amen
I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (Isaiah 46:10)
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. -Proverbs 19:21
Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? —Lamentations 3:37
Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. —Psalms 135:6
There are no coincidences for a Christian!
The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
– This is a promise of security.
– Your enemy will be confounded, and utterly destroyed.
– What is it that you fear today?
– God will bring it to pass.
PRAYER: Lord, You know what I am facing today. I hand the whole situation over to You. Thank You for fighting my battle. Thank You that you have marked me with Your precious blood so the enemy cannot touch me. As I endeavor to do what pleases You, I pray that You will cause me to live in victory. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.