For me, one of the wonderful things about the Psalms of David is the opportunity we have to see the heart of this mighty warrior. We see in Psalm 18, David’s overwhelming love for God, as well as his understanding that God is the One who grants him victory in his battles. Compare this attitude to other famous conquerors, such as Alexander the Great or Napoleon. They were men of great pride, who received praise and glory from the people around them. David never speaks of his own greatness and glory in battle, but rather gives all the glory and praise to the Lord. That’s why God called him “a man after My own heart.” He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. Psalm 18:16-17
Jesus sets the pattern for burden bearing. He calls to Himself all who are heavy-laden and gives them rest (Matthew 11:28-29). Since God wants us to conform to Christ’s likeness, we must imitate His care and concern for those who suffer. Acts 4:32 shows that the early church followed His example. To lift the load of poverty and despair, they pooled their resources so that no one was in need. A believer cannot wait until his life is clear of obstacles before reaching out to others, since that day may never come. Even though we have our own needs, we can still reach out to someone who is going through adversity.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We are to learn from the words of Ezekiel 22:30, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” We are to be those who stand in the gap, who lift up our nation with all its faults before the throne of God, and pray that He continues to work in our midst. Also, let’s seek the peace and prosperity of the nation in which God has placed us and pray for it because if it prospers, we too will prosper.
Our citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20
As believers in the Lord Jesus, we possess dual citizenship. Our temporary citizenship is on earth. We are here for a short time in order to live for Christ and make an impact for the kingdom. Our eternal citizenship is in heaven where we will live in the presence of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, forever. Therefore, regardless of the times we live in, the trials we face and the troubles that confront us, let us continuously build our hopes on things eternal.
Lord, let us be Kingdom minded people, transform us through the power of Your Holy Spirit so that we we’ll display Your character always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
‘You see, his (Abraham’s) faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.’
Faith and actions work together to bring about God’s purposes. Without faith, we cannot please God.
Without actions, we cannot achieve what the Lord has destined for us to achieve. Be filled with faith and let that faith inspire you to do what He tells you to do.
PRAYER: Lord, it is my desire that my life would bring You praise and honour. I choose to do more than just believe, I choose to obey Your leading and in this way be all You intended me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-16
It is so easy to be deceived by false prophets who sound good, and promote good, when they are ultimately destructive. You can tell them by what they omit rather than what they include, omitting from the whole counsel of God. They come as wolves dressed as sheep. The most ravenous of animals disguised as the most harmless of animals. This is the deceitfulness of the false prophets. You will know them by their fruit- their behavior, and their deeds. But the greatest test is their teaching. Does it line up with the Word of God? If not, it is false. This means we must know our Bibles ourselves. The best defense against a counterfeit is to know the original.
No matter what may be happening today, God has good things in store for your future! It may not be easy to see now but as believers in the Lord Jesus, we live by faith and not by sight. Or, you may have a child who is not on the right course. Or maybe you have nothing in your bank account and you don’t know how you are going to make ends meet. In the natural it all seems impossible. But we know God can do the impossible! Be encouraged today and don’t give up on your tomorrows because God has a good plan in store for you! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)
The Lord has committed Himself to instructing us. When we wait on Him, He will give us insight into our situation – since He sees all things, He knows what steps we are to take. We may be surprised at the instruction, though, for His ways are not our ways. The Lord provides guidance as He keeps watch over us. The Holy Spirit prompts to guide our actions and decisions. He alone can see the end from the beginning and knows the hidden dangers and what’s best for you. What troubled waters are you trying to navigate? The promise is a stepping stone to finding your way through those harsh circumstances.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
The LORD is my Shepherd. Psalm 23:1
The LORD is my Shepherd; therefore, I shall lack nothing, because I have the best possible shepherd taking care of me. He leads and feeds me, guards and guides us. Our Shepherd is good and gracious to us forever. It is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep. With our Good Shepherd beside us, we have no evil to fear. He watches over us and keeps us from being destroyed by ravenous beasts. And Because He is our Shepherd we have every good to look forward to! Hallelujah!
Galatians 6:8 For he who sows to his own flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption. Decay and ruin. BUT he who sows to the Spirit, will from the Spirit reap life – life eternal. Galatians 6:7 Don’t be deceived and misled. God will not allow Himself to be mocked, for whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. Ephesians 5:18 ‘Keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit!’ Listen to and obey His voice (often gentle nudging) Choose the LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS and walk away from THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH. Speak life, choose life and reject sin and death and do not entertain it!