No longer do I call you servants…I have called you friends. John 15:15
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer…
Everything, absolutely everything-our worries, our pain, our weaknesses, our failures, our sorrows, our deepest secrets, we don’t need to carry them for a moment. He is our friend. He’d do anything for us. He laid down His life for us. Why don’t we carry our burdens to Him, today? See what peace He would offer in exchange for our turmoil.
The Lord told Jeremiah, “You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you” (Jer. 1:7), and Jesus told His disciples, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves” (Matt. 10:16). Yes, we may encounter threats, hardships, and even pain. But God assures us of His presence. “I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).You may be going through struggles, maybe you are the only believer in your family, persecuted for your faith, you feel lonely and tired to go on. But God has not left you for a moment. Talk to Him more, lean on Him. He will walk with you and carry your burdens for you.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him
if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
– Deuteronomy 4:29
When was the last time you truly searched after God? When was the last time you sought after the Father so that you could know Him better and appreciate Him more? And when we do that, like the prodigal son in Luke 15, we will find He’s waiting and watching for us to come home!
Precious Heavenly Father, I have walked far away from You. I want to draw close to You and know You more. Please reveal Yourself to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father– to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:6-8 Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
Worry means you are not trusting God enough. All things in your life are of concern to God, the big and the small. The God who cares to feed the birds and clothe the flowers, will He not take care of your needs. Start presenting your requests to God with thanksgiving knowing that He will answer you and give you the best. Remember He is your Father!
The Lord will vindicate His people and have compassion on His servants. Psalm 135:14
– The Lord will protect and defend you.
– Trust God to plead your cause.
– He is a God who delivers us and sets us free.
– He is a God of compassion and of loving-kindness, He’s the One who will vindicate you.
PRAYER: Lord, You are the ultimate judge and defender. I pray that You will work in my situation and make Your faithfulness a reality in my life.In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. Acts 16:7
Nearly everyone has experienced closed doors in our life at one time or another. Paul encountered such a predicament when he wanted to go into the region of Asia. He was later redirected to go to Macedonia by a vision where he had a fruitful ministry. Revelation 3:7 says, Jesus opens door that no man can shut and shuts doors that no man can open. Doors can shut emphatically on our plans even when we think they are God’s plans. We have to be discerning. Sometimes closed doors can mean God is leading us in another way. He will lead us in paths we never knew existed. He will open up opportunities that are far better than we wanted or thought was better for us.
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders You have done. The things You planned for us no one can recount to You (They would be too numerous to count). Psalm 40:5
– As we look back, we can remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness.
– As we look forward, we can know that He has good things in store.
– So you have no reason to doubt or limit God.
– Rather, live a life of constant expectation.
PRAYER: Lord, my God, thank You for Your unfailing love towards me. I receive this promise, knowing that You are not finished with me yet. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
“I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to Me.”—1 Samuel 9:16
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob not only sees, but He also hears. In Exodus 3: 7, He said He has both seen the affliction of His children and heard their cry. God hears both audible and inaudible words. Psalm 94: 9 says, “He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see?”
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
Psalm 34 : 6 says He is ready to hear the cry of the poor. Are you in need or in danger? Cry to the Lord and He will hear you.
You may think God is not helping you at all, but the very moment He heard your cry, He went into action. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17).
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
There are seasons in life where God takes us to a place of solitude. These are times when God prepares us for the great work ahead. These are tough times because our human nature always craves for companionship. We are not designed to be alone. The Bible says, “It is not good for a man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Then why do we have to go through these periods? Because, it is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.“
So if you are lonely, just throw yourself into His divine, loving and tender arms. This lonely phase is not going to go on and on. The Bible says in Psalm 68: 6, God sets the lonely in families, He leads forth the prisoners with singing.