No matter how old we are, darkness can be scary. Sometimes in life we are taken through seasons of uncertainty and despair. We are disoriented and unsure what to do, afraid to take a step in any direction. But God does not leave us nor forsake us even during our dark times. When darkness threatens to overwhelm us it’s important to see who we are following, who is with us- Jesus, the Light of the world. He will dispel every kind of darkness from your life. If we are in Him, we need not fear. This season will not last. At the break of dawn, the Light will shine forth. My God turns my darkness into light.“ Psalms 18:28
See to it that…no bitter root grows up to cause trouble. Hebrews 12:5
A bitter heart harbours hostility. When someone is bitter, the bitterness takes root in the heart and grows deeper. They have not dealt with an old hurt. A bitter person is hypersensitive and critical. Bitterness affects us physically, emotionally, and spiritually because the root of bitterness will steal your happiness, joy and peace. How do we get over it? By the grace of God, we need to bury that hurt and ask God to fill our hearts with forgiveness and love. It is so worth it when you forgive. But, you say, “Look what they’ve done!” But realize that they are not miserable, you are! You will discover that your life is more joyful when you uproot your bitterness. When you forgive, you set two people free and one of them is yourself.
Hebrews 13:15 ‘Through Jesus, let us continually offer to the Lord a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His Name.’
We can choose to either complain about everything or praise the Lord in all things. From our mouths should flow a constant stream of praise.
Sometimes the praise ‘costs’ us, because things may be difficult…
But keep on confessing the Name of Jesus and praising Him, for He deserves our praise.
PRAYER: Lord, I choose, regardless of my circumstances, to praise You and lift Your Name up high. May my mouth and my lips always bring praise and honour to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The prodigal was never safer than when he was driven to his father’s bosom. When he came to nothing, he realized His father was the only one who could give him that solace he got nowhere else. Our Lord sometimes has to take us through famine that it may make us seek him more. The best position for a Christian is living wholly and directly on God’s grace- “Having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (2 Corinthians 6:10) Let us never for a moment think that our standing is in our sanctification, our character, or our deeds, but know that because Christ offered a full atonement, therefore we are saved; for we are complete in Him. Having nothing of our own, but resting upon the merits of Jesus Christ. When are brought to a thirsting condition, we are sure to turn to the fountain of life-Jesus Christ, we are truly satisfied for He is our sustenance.
Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame.” (Isaiah 47:13-14).
One of the trends in society today is people are turning to horoscopes and New Age guides in order to see what the future holds for them. ‘Is it right and for a Christian to consult horoscopes? No, it is sheer foolishness to believe that life is determined by celestial bodies. Isaiah 58:11 : ‘The LORD will guide you always…..’ Clearly God wants to guide our lives, but that guidance is to come not from the celestial bodies but from the One who put them in their place and set them in their courses.
When I see my children do something good, godly and worthy, it gives me such great joy. Third John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Reflect upon how you are living today. Does your life honour God and give your parents joy? Does it gladden the heart of God? Live in such a way as to cause your parents to say, “Thank God for my children.”
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice. (Proverbs 23: 24- 25)
‘The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of distress; He cares for those who trust in Him.’
The Lord is good – never doubt or question His goodness towards you. Things may not always make sense, but He remains good and faithful. In the ‘day of distress’ He will not fail you, but He will be your stronghold. Trust in Him and let your whole heart rest secure in His care and love for you.
PRAYER: Lord, I declare that You are a Good, Good Father. I choose to trust You with the full knowledge that You will be my Stronghold in the midst of my challenges. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Adversity is a classroom in which we can learn more of Christ and become more like Him. Troubles point out our weaknesses and prompt us to rely on God in ways that we wouldn’t otherwise. We are forced to face problems and pressures that are too big for us to resolve. In this way, God gets our attention. Paul wrote, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (II Corinthians 12:7–10). One of the ultimate purposes of trials is to cause us to desire more of Christ in our lives. Trials reveal that on our own we can’t live in a way that honours God. We need to rely on God and need His grace every step of the way.
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
If we look for things to thank God for, we will find more and more reasons to be grateful. And if we look for things to complain about, we will find more and more reasons to complain.
When the Israelites came out of Egypt and went to the Promised Land, they kept complaining. They got bored of eating manna every day. So they complained about the miraculous food that God provided. They complained when they had no water. God miraculously supplied water for them, but we have no record that they were grateful for anything God provided.
That generation died in the wilderness because they refused to enter the Promised Land when God told them to. They didn’t trust God to deal with the giants there.
We can choose to develop the habit of thanking God. We can look for things to thank Him for. We can thank God and praise Him even when we don’t feel like it.
God promised Jacob, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.” Genesis 28:13-15
Maybe, you feel you have been wronged in your workplace or perhaps you have worked hard making ends meet and you feel your labour is in vain, nobody appreciates you.
Jacob must have felt the same. Laban cheated Jacob. He changed his wages 10 times. But Jacob was diligent and hard-working. He defeated the crafty Laban by hard work and by depending on God. God blessed Jacob, so he returned home a wealthy man. God is watching you. Your hard work will be rewarded. Situation will turn around. He will exalt you in due time. Do not give up hope!
Promotion comes from God: He puts down one, and sets up another. Psalm 75-6-7