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.
Verse: 2 Timothy 4:17
‘The Lord stood with me and gave me strength…’
What an awesome picture of the Lord standing with us and giving us strength. HE is standing with you today – you are not alone. HE is closer than you could ever think or imagine. HE is more interested in you than you realise, and He will give you the strength you need.
PRAYER: Lord, may Your abiding presence be a living reality in my life today. May I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that You are with me and that You are making all things possible! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
2 Timothy 2:9b
‘But the Word of God cannot be chained.’
Never underestimate the Word of God in your daily life. His Word is powerful, living and active and able to achieve what He has said. Your situation may seem unchangeable, but His Word is more powerful than that. His Word does not change, and it will carry you through what you are facing.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that I can depend and rely on Your powerful and enduring Word in my life. If You say it, I believe it and that settles it! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)
When the Lord gives us a promise and when we step out on it in faith, we will see God doing things on our behalf. The priests, who carried the Ark of the Covenant into the Jordan River, saw God performing great wonders when they obeyed His instruction. They didn’t just stand there and stare at the water waiting for it to pile up on its own. Instead, they stepped into the water which was at flood stage. Immediately the water began to pile up and they crossed over on dry ground. Does God do miracles even now? What God promised the Israelites He did for them, and what He has promised you and me He will do for us. If we step out in faith, God will work on our behalf.
But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him.” (Esther 1:12) Although a pagan queen, Vashti had principles she refused to compromise. When Ahasuerus called for her to present herself before his guests, she refused to display herself to the leers of other men and thus refused the king’s command and therefore was removed from her position as queen. Whether at work, in social or in the political arena, Christians face tremendous pressure to participate in activities and attitudes contrary to God’s will and command. It’s important, however, that we take an uncompromising position when it comes to our principles. May the Lord strengthen each one of us to stand for our principles.
When we consider the vastness of creation, we often feel small and insignificant. But to Him we aren’t insignificant. The God who spoke the universe into existence, knows us and loves us. There is great peace to be found in the fact that He who created everything, owns everything, is in control of everything. It is out of His infinite abundance that He is able to supply our needs, order our footsteps with precision and walk us into every good He has for us. In Him we live and move and have our being. There’s nothing He cannot do for us. Put Your faith and trust in Him, today.
O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1
John 12:26 ‘If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be as well. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honour him.’
There are great rewards for those who choose to follow the Lord and serve Him. Once you have made your choice, you will never be separated from Him. What you are doing does not go unnoticed by the Lord. Your faithfulness and serving will bring you honour before your Heavenly Father.
PRAYER: Lord, it is my desire and my choice to follow and serve You with all my heart. May my life be an instrument in Your hands to bring hope, healing and life to those around me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 Timothy 4:12 ‘Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.’
You and I have a purpose and plan to fulfil- that is to be like shining lights and examples to those around us. Regardless of whether you are young or old, let His light shine through you. His light, shining through us, can change the world in which we live.
PRAYER: Lord, may I live a life pleasing in Your sight. May Your light shine through me so that all those around me will be aware of Your presence and may hope flood their souls as a result of my example. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.