Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I say? Luke 6:46
How often we say “Lord, Lord?” Christian vocabulary like praise the Lord, if the Lord wills etc. becomes part of our conversation. But do we really mean what we say? Is Jesus truly the Lord of our lives? Do we do what He tells us to do? Do we do things for Him but fail to obey His word?
We may have been judging the people around us-how they have been living their Christian lives. But today, let’s examine ourselves.
It’s me, it’s me O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13
God uses His heavenly resources to equip us to do His will. What hope and joy this brings! God Himself undertakes the task of shaping us into His servants provided we are willing to obey His instructions. The LORD will perfect that which concerns me.“ (Psalm 138:8)
Lord, Help me to obey You, walk me into every good work that is in Your will. I do not have what it takes to fulfill Your will for me. I often put my hope in vain places, please do in me only what You can do, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Luke 8:7
You can’t hear God when your mind is full of thoughts, worries, fears, and plans, or if you always have the TV on or you are constantly on your phone.
All of these distractions are what Jesus was referring to in Luke 8 as weeds. He says, those weeds grew with the seed and strangled it. If you are always on the go you can’t hear God. Weeds are a sign of neglect. When you neglect your time with God, the weeds start to grow in your life. 1 Kings 19:12 says, when God spoke to Elijah, it wasn’t in a wind or earthquake or fire; it was in a gentle whisper. If you want to hear God’s, you have to be still in His presence.
Moses was almost 80 years old when the Lord met him at the burning bush. Moses left Egypt when he was 40. Imagine that, he might have forgotten his life in Egypt, his calling, his people! But God had not forgotten him. God had not forgotten His people either.
Today, are you in a place where you have forgotten your calling? Maybe, you think God has forgotten the promises He’s made to you. Never, He will meet you where you are right now. He’ll lead you safely to the place He’s prepared for you. Don’t be discouraged. His promises never fail. He will fulfill His plan for your life.
“Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20
The situation around the prophet was utter chaos. He was weary and deeply troubled by Israel’s sin. Furthermore, God revealed to him about the impending judgment. He was terrified by the events that would follow. How did he respond? Habakkuk chooses to lean on God for strength. He proclaims, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19
What do you do when your strength fails, when you see hopelessness all around you? Trust in the faithfulness of God. Let God be the one who strengthens you. Let God lift you up, restore you and elevate you to heights you have never known.
The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:72
Every verse in the Bible is a gold nugget, and when we meditate on the Word, it’s like storing up gold in the treasuries of our hearts. Nothing is more advantageous in our Christian growth than the consistent, daily meditation on Scripture—not just reading it or studying it, but hiding it in our hearts, storing it in our minds, pondering it, until it works its way into our daily lifestyle.
This year let’s go for the gold!
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is His written Instruction Book to mankind. It answers every important question in life. It explains how to live and reveals the road to salvation. 2 Timothy 2:15 admonishes, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The Bible provides light to avoid pitfalls in the path of life. The Bible gives us wisdom to understand the crucial aspects of salvation. 2 Timothy 3:16 declares, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
God constantly encourages us to trust Him when we face the unknown. “I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron: and I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, which call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”
God desires our welfare. His plan for us is always good, and through His power He brings it to pass. What do we lack? Surely we are the most favored among all creation.
You may be saying, it’s another year and God hasn’t fulfilled any of the promises. God will. How He will do it may be hidden from us. But believe me, He is working behind the scenes, it will come to light very soon. Fear not!
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Suffering and evil are inevitable parts of this fallen world. But we have this assurance that God is in control of the universe, including the tiny corner we occupy. When He permits bad things to happen, we can be sure that He will continue to provide comfort and guidance as He shapes us into the people He wants us to be.
Many a times, we see immediate relief from trials. But at other times, He makes us wait. Only in eternity we will fully understand what God was doing in those difficult circumstances.
Who would have thought that a simple country-girl would one day become the queen of Persia? Imagine if someone had told Esther that she would be the next queen, and that she would save her people from annihilation? Would she have believed?
God has a great and grand purpose for our lives. Often His call is to follow paths we would not have chosen. When you move forward in obedience, empowered by His strength, propelled by His power, and confident in His provision, you will see Him accomplish great and mighty works through you.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).