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
Maybe, you are wondering how God could still love you because of what you have done. When children fail or do things they aren’t supposed to do, parents may be disappointed, and they may discipline them, but their love for their child never changes, waivers or fails. If you read Hosea 11, you will understand the love of our God. Israel failed many a times. But God kept pursuing them relentlessly. Even though they were unfaithful to Him, He kept loving them unconditionally. Such is His unfailing love. God’s love is not based on what you have done but based on what Jesus did on the cross. People may have rejected you and hurt you, not God- He is love, He will always love you. His love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
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.
When we begin our walk with the Lord, we often start out listening for an audible voice, for God to speak to us as a human. While waiting on that, we can ignore the other hundred ways that the Holy Spirit is already speaking to us. You may be praying about something and see a verse that you have read a dozen times may reveal something new, or a familiar song suddenly comes alive and ministers to you, you might get an email on the subject, you may have a dream or a vision, and just maybe you will even hear an audible voice. I have experienced all of these and more in my own life at some point. There is no set pattern, and the Lord speaks to each of us differently, but be assured that He does still speak today. Above all, when you pray, take a moment to listen. Because the Lord says, “My sheep hear My voice.” John 10:27
1 Thessalonians 3:13 ‘May He strengthen your hearts…!’
To face the issues and challenges of life, our hearts need to be strong. Our hearts can fail us due to fear, worry and concern. The Lord understands how faint and frail you are and is the One who strengthens your hearts. He will make your heart strong so that you can face life with confidence.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask that You would come and strengthen and establish my heart. Strengthen me so that I can stand secure in the storms of life and having done all to stay standing in Your strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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.
The true servant of God longs to do what is right and just, eager to walk with Him and to please Him. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6). It’s a relentless and passionate pursuit of God and His righteousness. And what will happen when this passionate appetite is a part of one’s life? What does Jesus promise? “They shall be satisfied.” What a picture of contentment! Oh, the servant with an appetite for righteousness will be filled. Isn’t it comforting to hear that promise?
Prayer: Lord, increase my appetite for You. Make me hungry and thirsty for Your righteousness. Don’t let me get distracted by lesser things. Fill me I pray, In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What does a mother really want for her children? For me, I want my children to reach their full potential, have good values and character. I truly believe they can only achieve these if they walk with the Lord in the light of His word. I have always prayed that they might know their Saviour and live for Him all the days of their lives.
Prayer: from Psalm 90:12, Lord Jesus, “Teach my children to number their days aright, that they may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Colossians 1:9-10) “I ask You God to fill them with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that they may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Amen