A heart of stone is a cold, lifeless, often bitter and full of sin and disobedience. We love less and expect more. Some people’s heart has hardly any emotions or feelings for others. God wants to remove this stony heart and give us a tender heart- a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). It is God’s intention that our hearts are obedient and filled with love and compassion. Not only that, God wants us to have a new spirit. Through the power of His Holy Spirit and His word, He renews a right spirit within us. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we become a new person, a new creation. All the old desires leave us. We become totally new- with a sense of purpose and meaning to life. Our desire now is to please God and to fulfill His will and calling for our lives. Lord, I rededicate myself to You. Give me a new heart and a new spirit I pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
God is a God of mercy and grace. Understanding mercy is often difficult for us as we tend to be a generation of “I hope they get what they deserve.” God, however, is merciful to even the worst sinner. Romans 3:23-24 says “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” We are all sinners and do not meet His standards of righteousness . But, through His mercy and grace He provided a way for our sins to be forgiven through our acceptance of Christ Jesus—even though we don’t deserve. Micah 7:18 says, “Who is a God like You, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of His people? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”Mercy is offered to you and me alike. How would you respond to His mercy?
Psalm 1:6’The LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.‘Doing the right thing and obeying God’s word always lead to blessing in the long term. The wicked may prosper for a moment, but their end is destruction. God watches over our path and that is so comforting. Even though the path seems rugged and thorny, His eyes are upon us and He will preserve our lives.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that right now You are watching over me and my life. I choose to do what honours and pleases You, for I know that in the end I will see Your blessing and favour resting on me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.’ 1 Chronicles 16:34 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 What do you have that you did not receive from God? Everything we own and have, we ultimately received from God and we owe Him thanks.Let’s start this week with a different attitude. Start by giving thanks to God for His faithfulness. We all can find reason to be discouraged. But HE is faithful and you have a reason to rejoice.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the many blessings that I enjoy from Your hand. You are truly a faithful God and I thank You for Your love and kindness towards me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
‘The LORD will indeed provide what is good, and our land will yield its increase.’If you are worried about your life, how will make ends meet, or pay your bills or provide for your children, remember, “the Lord is your Provider.” He will indeed provide you with what is good and needed in your life. He will satisfy all your need in miraculous ways. Let your eyes look to Him alone.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You are my provider. You are the One who knows my need and knows how to meet that need. You are indeed faithful and good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
It is a comforting thought to know that we are not a terrible mistake, but a very special creation, “born in God’s thoughts."Psalm 139:13-15 For you created my inmost being;You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;Your works are wonderful,I know that full well.My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place,when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
You are dear, grand, and precious to Him!
There is something about those quiet morning hours before the hustle and bustle of the day that is so special. It is there, spending time in His word that I find strength for the day, strength to meet the trials and whatever else the day may hold. I know that many of us have very busy schedules, but that is all the more reason to seek God. King David saw the value of spending early mornings with God, even in the busy life of a king: “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” – Psalms 5:3 Take time each day with God, learning to put your confidence in Him. Those moments will be the most precious you will ever have. It is there you will find peace. It is there you will learn God’s will for you and find strength to accomplish it.
How comforting it is to know that wherever we are, God is with us. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations and wonder if God is paying attention. We may feel so alone and even depressed. We can’t feel God’s presence, and we need His guidance and help. Sometimes, no one really understands what we are going through but He does. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you…” God is with us, leading us, guiding us, loving us, delighting in us, providing for us – all with His unlimited resources. What do we need? Do we need strength, peace, love, joy, or hope? He has it all. You can trust God. No matter what is going on in your life, He is there!
Luke 10:41 HE answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.’ Just as the Lord was aware of Martha’s condition, so He knows your situation too. He knows your every anxious thought and your every troubling concern. His desire is that we would live free from this burden and weight. His Word to you is: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, My child!’
PRAYER: Lord, rid me of all anxiety and worry. May I live in the security of Your love and provision and may I be free from discouragement and distress that threatens to drown me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
…in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:17). Note the word- pour out —not a sprinkle, but a downpour—God has promised to give us the Spirit without limit. Jesus came with great power. Soon after His baptism, He was filled with the Spirit. It was wonderful indeed; He preached in a way no one had ever preached before, healing the sick, casting out demons, and doing many wonderful miracles. The power that Jesus manifested when He was here on earth is for us today. As with Christ, He gives us the Spirit without limit. After Christ ascended, the disciples went to Jerusalem and tarried until the Holy Spirit was poured on them. What happened? Simon preached and three thousand souls were added to the Kingdom! Miracles were happening. What was the secret? The apostles were tarrying and praying and received the Spirit without limit.