“As for me, I look to the LORD for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.” Micah 7:7 The context of this chapter is one of gloom. In Micah 7, Israel was corrupt, but God was still present and promised to lead the people out of all the darkness they were facing. Despite the corruption that was going on, Micah turned to the Lord in faith. He proclaimed that he would wait upon the Lord. He knew that God would not only hear his request, but He would save him too. This promise isn’t just for Micah, but it is for you as well. God will bring you through your trial. Look to Him for help and wait confidently, not only does He hear your cries, He will answer them too. At just the perfect time, He will deliver you from the pain you are facing.
But He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’” (Luke 3:16)
Jesus will baptize us with fire, through the Holy Spirit, in power, burning, purging, changing, making you and me a new person!” Christianity is an experience with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. It changes you from the inside out. Rules and regulations can’t change the heart; but the Holy Spirit can. If you are struggling with any kind of sin or addiction, ask the Holy Spirit to purge you of it and set you free. He is the only one who can change you and make you brand new.
Pray: “God, we’re asking you to fill us with the Holy Spirit this day, so we can be the people you want us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Children seldom worry about what they are going to eat. They simply run to their parents saying, “I’m hungry.” They don’t stress about how much something costs, how long it takes to prepare or any such thing. Children simply trust that the parent who has always faithfully fed them will continue to do so. How often do we find ourselves stressed over things we face in our lives? When we depend on God like a child, we no longer need to worry.
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also graciously give us all things? – Romans 8:32
Knowing that God gave us His Only Son – Jesus should fill us with confidence that our Master cares deeply for our needs.
Romans 5:6 ‘When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.’
The Good News is that the Lord comes in our helplessness and gives us hope. He knows our struggles and our failures and steps in at the right time. As we remember His death and what He did for us on the cross, we celebrate hope. No matter how ‘utterly helpless’ our situation may be, He is our help and answer. He will enable us to live a life that He calls us to live.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for coming into the world to die and to give Your life as a sacrifice for me. I recognise that You are all I need. Help me in my walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.—Isaiah 41:10
God exhorts His children—not to be afraid. At times, the spiritual warfare we face is so intense we feel it is too heavy to bear. The enemy comes with all his arsenal and tries to bring us down to the point of being dismayed. It is at these times we must remember the word, “When you go out to war, and see horses and chariots, and a people more than you, be not afraid, for the Lord your God is with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6. Psalm 89:13 assures us, “You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand.” His hand is strong to protect us and give us victory. No matter what opposition we face, the right hand of God is able!
Jesus is the Great Shepherd who feeds us, carries us and leads us into green pastures. If you struggle feeling God’s nearness, I’d encourage you to meditate on this Scripture and picture yourself as a little lamb needing to be picked up. God uses many illustrations throughout the Bible to help us comprehend how He feels about us
A little lamb is helpless, defenseless and completely dependent on its shepherd, just like we are! I pray that God will give each one of us the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation today (Ephesians 1:17) in greater measure so that we will really know that our God and Father carries us in His arms, close to His heart just like a shepherd carries a little lamb.
1 John 1:5 ‘The Lord is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.’We should never doubt the Lord’s goodness towards us. Even if we are going through difficult times, His goodness remains. There is no darkness in Him at all, so let go of the mistaken tone of distrust. Reject every unwarranted suspicion regarding His faithfulness and believe that is He is always good and always righteous.
PRAYER: Lord, You are my light and my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid. I will believe that You are good and that there is ‘no darkness’ in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 51:6 “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being.” Although lying is rampant and socially acceptable in our culture, it violates one of God’s most foundational principles for living. God desires for us at all times to speak the truth. God takes lying very seriously. God is a God of truth. Truth has its origin in God. In fact, Jesus states that He is “the truth.” It defines who He is. Lying is opposite to His nature; it is the nature of satan, he is the father of lies, and his mission is to steal, kill, and destroy. Trust is often broken when we lie. So let’s make it our choice today and every day, to always tell the truth – no matter how much trouble we are in. It’s a choice we need to make.
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.