Monthly Archives: January 2014

TRUST

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BUT SHE TRUSTED GOD

Ruth in the Old Testament was possibly at the lowest point in her life just before she met Boaz. All the natural factors were against her. She was a poor widow and a Moabitess—a Gentile in the Jewish nation of Israel.
But she trusted God for favor when she went looking for a field to glean in. She said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor” (Ruth 2:2).

Noticed what Ruth was conscious of? Favor! She wasn’t conscious of her natural circumstances that were against her. And because of that, her situation was turned around completely.

The Bible tells us that she happened to come to the part of the field that belonged to Boaz. And to cut the long story short, Boaz saw Ruth, fell in love with her and married her.

Beloved, when you approach your situation today, be conscious of the Lord’s favor that is all over you! His favor will cause you to be at the right place at the right time, and say the right things at the right time, turning the negative situations in your life around and giving you good success!
 

 

 

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COURAGE

AETHE REWARD IS SET IN PLACE :

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” – (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV)

Have you ever thought about the fact that a reward is put into place before anyone ever claims it? Right now, there are rewards for certain fugitives on the loose. That money is already in a fund just waiting for someone to step up and claim it. All a person has to do is find the fugitive, and the money will be released.

In the same way, God has a reward that has already been set in place for you and me, too. It’s just waiting to be released. But, there are conditions to that reward as well. God says, “If you will just seek Me, I will give you the reward. If you will just make an effort to please Me, if you will just get up in the morning and thank Me, if you will just read the scripture, I’ll pour out My blessing.” You may not understand it all, but God says, “That’s okay. I will give you the reward because your heart is in the right place, and you are making the effort.”

Today, there is nothing more important that seeking God in all your ways. When you go about your day, keep Him on your mind. Talk to Him and ask for His direction. Seek Him because you will find Him and find peace, abundance, joy and victory all the days of your life

LIVING AND RESTING IN HIS GRACE

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. – Proverbs 3:5–6, AMP

Depending on the Lord’s grace and resting in His finished work does not mean doing nothing. Just look at Apostle Paul, who lived by God’s grace. He saw first-hand how a revelation of God’s grace turned him into the effective and hardworking apostle that he was (1 Corinthians 15:10).

How do we rest in the Lord and still find ourselves effectively doing what we need to do? It’s simple—just do what you ought to do, but do it trusting in the Lord’s favor, not in your smarts or careful planning. Whatever you need to do today, do it with an inward rest, without worrying or fretting, knowing that He loves you, is in charge and is for you.

For example, let’s say that you’ve got a job interview coming up. First, commit the matter to the Lord. Ask Him for wisdom and favor. Then, prepare for the interview—read up on the company. On the day of the interview, dress appropriately and go for it, all the while having an inward rest as you trust the Lord for His wisdom and favor. As you do what’s needed, He will guide you and empower you to do what’s really needful and right. He’ll also give you favor with your interviewers.

Beloved, rest in His grace today and let the Lord lead you to good success!

COURAGE WITH COLD FEET

‘Benaiah…went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.’ 2 Samuel 23:20 NIV

Benaiah was one of King David’s ‘mighty men’. His résumé reads: ‘Benaiah…was a valiant fighter… He…went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.’ That’s what is called ‘courage with cold feet’. The greatest courage of all is showing courage in the face of fear. Someone said, ‘Courage is just fear that has said its prayers.’ When you know you have heard clearly from God, you are filled with faith in that moment. It puts steel in your spine. But then, as you move out in faith, you encounter the lions of fear. ‘What if this doesn’t work? What if I fail? What will people say?’ Suddenly you’re having an attack of the ‘what ifs’.

Mark Twain said, ‘Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.’ You have to decide whether you’re going to become a warrior-or a worrier. There’s no middle ground. When you’re faced with a health crisis, a family crisis or a financial crisis, you either choose to stand on God’s Word and fight, or give in to worry. This side of Heaven we will never fully understand why bad things happen to good people. But we know that God is good-all the time!

So when bad things happen, you will either give in to fear and allow it to destroy your peace and well-being, or you will become a warrior armed with God’s Word and rise up against it. When fear threatens to engulf your mind, stand up with the Psalmist and say, ‘Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.’ (Psalm 56:3 NKJV)

DON’T BE JUDGMENT-FOCUSED :

…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them… – 2 Corinthians 5:19

On which two ancient cities did God rain brimstone and fire? If your answer is Sodom and Gomorrah, you are right. But if you think that God was all eager to destroy the two cities, you are wrong!

God wasn’t willing at all. He was not on a sin hunt. He was on a righteousness hunt so that He could spare the cities. (Genesis 18:23–32) And I believe that if Abraham had asked God, “What if You can find just one righteous man?” God’s answer would have been the same: “I will not destroy the place for the sake of one righteous man.”

Today, the righteousness of one Man — Jesus — has come. Jesus died for our sins and rose again for our justification. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not counting our sins against us!

Therefore, no judgment will fall on you today because it fell on Jesus 2,000 years ago at Calvary. And if God was gracious enough to remove Lot and his family before the judgment fell (Genesis 19:12–22), how much more will He do for you who are no longer under judgment!

And because God does not judge you, don’t be like Lot’s wife, who became a pillar of salt when she turned around to look at the brimstone and fire. (Genesis 19:24–26) She wanted to see God’s judgment, even though the angels had warned, “Don’t look back, lest you be destroyed.” (Genesis 19:17)

So don’t be judgment-focused and look back at the sins you have committed. God is not against you. He is for you and on your side. He remembers that He has already judged and punished your sins in the body of His Son. And because He is faithful to His Son and to what His Son has done, He will never judge or punish you. Any trouble that you might have today is not from Him. But He will show you a way of escape because He is on your side. He loves you and has your best interests at heart.

Beloved, God is not out to get you. He is out to bless you. And He wants you blessed more than you can ever ask or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)

Thought For The Day :
Don’t be judgment-focused because God is not against you. He is for you and on your side.

A VITAL NECESSITY :

“Set your mind and heart to seek (inquire of and require as your vital necessity) the Lord your God…” – (1 Chronicles 22:19 AMP)

What things do you consider a vital necessity in your life? In other words, what can’t you live without? Most people would immediately think of food, water and shelter; but in reality, we can’t really live unless our minds and hearts are set on seeking the Lord. Sure, you can exist without seeking Him, but you are called to more than just mere existence. You are called to live…to thrive…to enjoy your life abundantly! The good news is that you have complete control over what you set your mind and heart on. You decide what you think about.

I encourage you today; set your mind and heart on seeking the Lord! Write down your favorite scriptures and commit them to memory. Whenever you can, think about those verses. Meditate on God and His infinite love. Make a habit of seeking Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

When you require the Lord as a vital necessity, you will truly enjoy living the abundant life He has in store for you!

THERE IS A FRIEND

The Lord  is a Friend, Redeemer and Deliverer
AAA man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

“The children of Israel were oppressed, Along with the children of Judah;  All who took them captive have held them fast;  They have refused to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; The LORD of hosts is His name. He will thoroughly plead their case, That He may give rest to the land, And disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon. Jeremiah 5-“34

Jesus Christ is the  friend who loves at all times, who sticks closer than a brother and is born for adversity. He Himself having suffered, being tempted, is able to aid those who are tempted. He who was  made like His brethren, is the  merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. He is the strength and high tower for His people. He is their shield and great reward and wisdom. He is all that they need.

There is no God besides Him and there is no other Rock like Him. He is the Redeemer of His people and the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Himself. He is the Lord their God, who teaches them to profit and who leads them  by the way they should go. He is the one who says:

Thus says the LORD:  “In an acceptable time I have heard You,  And in the day of salvation I have helped You;  I will preserve You and give You  As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth,  To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages;  That You may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’  To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’  “They shall feed along the roads,  And their pastures shall be on all desolate heights.  They shall neither hunger nor thirst,  Neither heat nor sun shall strike them;

For He who has mercy on them will lead them,  Even by the springs of water He will guide them.  I will make each of My mountains a road,  And My highways shall be elevated.  Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north and the west,  And these from the land of Sinim.”  Sing, O heavens!  Be joyful, O earth!  And break out in singing, O mountains!  For the LORD has comforted His people,  And will have mercy on His afflicted. Isaiah 49:8-17

He is the one who has saved, healed, preserved, and delivered His true ones. So that they may restore the earth, to cause them to  inherit the desolate heritages. To cause them to set His people free. His poor and afflicted people who say:

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.”  “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Surely they may forget,  Yet I will not forget you.  See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;  Your walls are continually before Me. Your sons shall make haste;  Your destroyers and those who laid you waste  Shall go away from you. Isaiah 49:8-17

God will never leave, fail nor forsake His people. They might by their own choices and actions leave Him but He will never, never leave them. He is always for and with and not against them. As a matter of fact He the strong and might one made an irrevocable promise:

When the enemy comes in like a flood,  The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.  “The Redeemer will come to Zion,  And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,”  Says the LORD. Isaiah 59:19-20

He still is the God who spoke to Moses and said to him:

“I am the LORD. “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them. “I have also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which they were strangers. “And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant.

“Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. ‘I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. ‘And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.’ ” So Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage. Exodus 6;2-9

This is what God wants to do for each one of His children. To establish His covenant with them. To bring them out under the burdens of the world. To rescue them from their bondage. To redeem them with an outstretched arm and great judgments. To take them as His people and to be their God. To bring them into the promised land of plenty and abundance so that they might know that He is the Lord. All His people have to do is to ask Him to do it for them.

For He is still the one the LORD their  God who goes with them  to fight for them against their  enemies, to save them and to give them victory. His word is always true for His true ones:

“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,  Who rides the heavens to help you,  And in His excellency on the clouds.  The eternal God is your refuge,  And underneath are the everlasting arms;  He will thrust out the enemy from before you,  And will say, ‘Destroy!’  Then Israel shall dwell in safety,  The fountain of Jacob alone,  In a land of grain and new wine;  His heavens shall also drop dew. Happy are you, O Israel!  Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD,  The shield of your help  And the sword of your majesty!  Your enemies shall submit to you,  And you shall tread down their high places.” Deuteronomy 33:26-29

For the Lord who had delivered David  from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul wants to do the same for all of His children so that they may say:

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation,  My stronghold and my refuge;  My Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.  ‘When the waves of death surrounded me,  The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.  The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;  The snares of death confronted me.  In my distress I called upon the LORD,  And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple,  And my cry entered His ears. “Then the earth shook and trembled;  The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken,  Because He was angry. 2 Samuel 22:2-8

But that is not all for God not only wants to be the shield, horn of their salvation, their stronghold and refuge but He wants to be their deliverer about whom David said:,

“The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice.  He sent out arrows and scattered them; Lightning bolts, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered, At the rebuke of the LORD, At the blast of the breath of His nostrils. “He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me; For they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. Deuteronomy 22:14-20

God will do these things for those who a righteous, who hands are clean, merciful and pure,  are blameless before Him and keep themselves from their iniquity. For His word states:

“The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness;  According to the cleanness of my hands  He has recompensed me.  For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God.  For all His judgments were before me;  And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.  I was also blameless before Him,  And I kept myself from my iniquity.  Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness in His eyes.  “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;  With the pure You will show Yourself pure;  And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.  You will save the humble people;  But Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down. Deuteronomy 22:14-28

Those who are haughty, deceiving, conniving, arrogant, proud, unrighteous, impure and not blameless will not find deliverance in the day of their calamity. For they have failed to understand the words of Jesus who stated:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”  Matthew 7:21-27

The path God has for His true ones is a sure and steady path. It is full of victories, miracles and blessings. He will move rapidly on their  behalf. He will change history just for them. He will move every mountain out and cast it in the sea just for them because they  are so precious to Him. They are not to  be afraid or concerned in the least little bit. For God will come through for them.

The enemy will not have them and the storms of life will not destroy them. They can  watch and see His deliverance for them. He has it in the palm of His  hands and He will not stop until it is completed. His word is true:

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,  And my Lord has forgotten me.”  “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Surely they may forget,  Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;  Your walls are continually before Me.  Your sons shall make haste;  Your destroyers and those who laid you waste  Shall go away from you.  Lift up your eyes, look around and see;  All these gather together and come to you.  As I live,” says the LORD,  “You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament,  And bind them on you as a bride does.  “For your waste and desolate places, And the land of your destruction, Will even now be too small for the inhabitants;  And those who swallowed you up  will be far away. Isaiah 49:14-19

He is the Great Creator.

There is no other like Him.
The earth is full of the Creator’s spoken Words.
Not one Word will go void.
Not one syllable will go unanswered.
Not one letter will be left without another.
The Power in His Words will go on forever.

All man needs is in those precious words.
But man must step up to the plate and Work at learning them.
He must study, rehearse and digest them.
Then He will be full of the Beauty of the Lord.
Then He will be Full of His Person and Power.
The Choice is a daily one—Warrior or wimp.

The enemy will never stop his vigilance.
He is busy intimidating and belittling each person.
He is mocking and laughing and saying he knows better.
He is sure of his way and questions God’s Word is faithful.
He pretends friendship and mixes a little truth with his lies.
He tells you God can’t change circumstance and doesn’t love you.
If this trick doesn’t work then he tells you your better than everyone else.
Either way he has you.

Be careful my friend, the enemy is sly.
He is devious and persuasive.
You can depend on him to lie to you.
If you feel too small or too important then you know you have a problem.
Just surrender it to the Lord and He will take care of it.
Your power lies in a person.
His name is–Jesus Christ.

Your strength lies in trusting the promises in the Word.
Your courage lies in knowing what you have been called to do.
Your wisdom lies in listening to His Voice in your inner man.
Your freedom lies in the liberty that knowing the truth can bring.
Your position lies in recognizing you are merely a humble servant.
And your health lies in a deep relationship only With the LORD!

So surrender,
Study,
Walk,
Talk,
Exercise!

 

BETRAYERS

20111026 With every passing year, what Jesus said, “This will be a time for you to bear testimony.  Settle it therefore in your own minds not to meditate before hand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be delivered up (betrayed) even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you hey will put you to death; you will be hated by all for my names’ sake.  But not a hair of your head will perish.  By your endurance you will gain your life” (Lk. 21: 13 – 19).  Let the Lord deal with your betrayers  Turn them over to Jesus because Paul quoting God wrote, “Beloved never avenge yourself, but  leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord” (Lev. 19: 18; Heb. 10: 30).  Jesus will deal with them.  But, you must also remember that you are a member of a greater family, Jesus’ family, the family of God.  We have all had problems with natural family members as well as so-called Christian family members.  But, the more you serve Jesus, the more you will be attacked and betrayed.

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THE LAST WORD

ABPEOPLE PERISH

Proverb 29:18 says,”Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

The poorest person reading this today is not someone without money, it’s somebody without a vision. Let me say this. If you want to do something for God, you must have a vision.

You can go to Bible seminary, speak Greek and Hebrew, and have the ability to translate the Bible from its original languages. You can teach, preach, witness, sing, and strive in the ministry. But if you don’t have a vision, you won’t get anywhere.

You may say, “Well, I haven’t done so bad.” But the truth of the matter is, whatever you accomplished in your own strength doesn’t even compare to what you can accomplish when you have a vision of what God wants you to do.

THE END OF YOUR DROUGHT :

You, O God, sent a plentiful rain… – Psalm 68:9, NKJV

Every person goes through times of drought, or dry seasons, when we don’t see the changes we hoped for. We’ve got big dreams, we’re standing on God’s promises, but things stay the same. It’s dry and barren. Maybe you are blessed in one area and in a drought in another. It’s easy to think, “This is the way it’s always going to be. I’ll always have this struggle.” No, in 2014 that drought is coming to an end. Any area of brokenness, dryness, loneliness, every empty place, if you will stay in faith, God is going to rain down favor, healing, and restoration.

We declare that this year, you are going to see an abundance of rain! Every drought is only temporary. That dry season is not going to last forever. Struggle and lack is not your destiny. It’s temporary. Rain is headed your way! Declare it by faith, “Father, thank You that the drought is ending and the rain is coming; and in 2014, I will see an abundance of Your goodness in my life!

MAKE HIS WORD THE LAST WORD :

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. – Revelation 1:8

Jesus is the beginning and the ending. He is the Almighty. When He told us that in the Book of Revelation, He wasn’t just giving us a general piece of information about Himself. He was giving us a powerful truth we can apply now, today!

Let me show you how. He said He is the beginning. So no matter what challenge or situation you may be facing right now, you need to start with Him. John 1:1 says Jesus is the Word. That means, if you’re going to start with Jesus, you’re going to start with the Word. Don’t do anything until you find out what the Word has to say about it.

Then, stay on the Word. As Colossians 1:23 says, “Continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard.”

Continue in the faith. The only way the devil can defeat you is to pressure you into throwing away the Word. Everything he does, every challenge he brings you is intended to make you doubt the Word of God. So don’t let go of the Word, no matter what may happen. Settle it with God in prayer and stay with it forever. It is written!

Then end with the Word. Jesus said He was the first and the last. That means the word of your doctor is not the last word. Even the word of your pastor is not the last word. The Word of Jesus is the last Word!

Remember this: You are now what the Word says you are. You can do what the Word says you can do. And you can have what the Word says you can have. Begin to believe that. Begin to say it out loud in faith.

Now shout the victory. Yes, now! You don’t have to wait to see the outcome to celebrate. You have Jesus’ Word on the matter, so you know beyond any doubt that your breakthrough is coming. Once you’ve settled yourself on Him, you can be assured that He will have the last word!

PRECIOUS IN GOD’S EYES

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. —Psalm 116:15

In response to the news that a mutual friend of ours had died, a wise brother who knew the Lord sent me these words, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Ps. 116:15). Our friend’s vibrant faith in Jesus Christ was the dominant characteristic of his life, and we knew he was home with God in heaven. His family had that assurance as well, but I had been focused only on their sorrow. And it’s appropriate to consider others during their grief and loss.

But the verse from Psalms turned my thoughts to how the Lord saw the passing of our friend. Something “precious” is something of great value. Yet, there is a larger meaning here. There is something in the death of a saint that transcends our grief over their absence.

“Precious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones)” (The Amplified Bible). Another paraphrase says, “His loved ones are very precious to him and he does not lightly let them die” (The Living Bible). God is not flippant toward death. The marvel of His grace and power is that, as believers, our loss of life on earth also brings great gain.

Today we have only a glimpse. One day we’ll understand it in the fullness of His light.

So when my last breath
Shall rend the veil in twain
By death I shall escape from death
And life eternal gain.

Faith builds a bridge across the gulf of death.

A NEW THING

ACGET GOD’S OPINION! 

‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because…’ 1 Timothy 4:12NIV

Try as you may, you will never fulfil a dream that is not your own. Stop and think about your personal history. How have your plans, goals and desires been influenced by others? Is it possible your dreams are the result of who your parents think you are? Who think you are? Who you wish you were? Or are they the result of who you really are and what God meant you to be? You will live the life for which God created you, only after you figure this out. When a dream is right for you and you are right for a dream, the two cannot be separated from each other. TS Eliot said, ‘Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure it is what you want.’ Paul told Timothy, ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.’ Evidently certain people in the early church thought Timothy was too young and inexperienced to be in leadership. But Paul thought differently; and so did God. Cecil G. Osborne writes, ‘The young child has no clear picture of himself. He sees himself only in the mirror of his parents’ evaluation of himself… A child who’s told repeatedly that he is a bad boy, or is lazy, or no good, or stupid, or shy, or clumsy will tend to act out this picture which the parent or some other authority figure has given him.’ Let God, and God alone, tell you who you are and what you should do. Get His opinion, for in the end it’s the only one that counts!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue… – Proverbs 18:21

CALL FORTH WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE

When God saw darkness covering the waters, He said, “Let there be light,” and light existed. When Jesus saw a man’s withered hand, He said, “Stretch out your hand.” The man stretched it out and found it made whole.

Beloved, speak the good that you want to see, and not the bad that you may see in your circumstances. Instead of seeing yourself jobless, see yourself with a great job and call it forth. Say, “Because I’m God’s beloved, He will provide me with a fantastic job.” Then, start sending out those résumés!

Perhaps you want to get married. Instead of seeing yourself single for the rest of your life, see yourself having a wonderful marriage and call it forth. Say, “Because God favors me, I can’t wait to meet my life partner!” Then, trust the Lord to lead and position you to meet the right person!

Speak good over yourself because you know that God is for you, and step into the good plans that He has for you!

GOD IS FOR YOU, NOT AGAINST YOU :

ROMANS 8:31- What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Are you faced with challenges in your life right now? Are you having marital problems and financial woes? Maybe your child is going astray or an old illness has returned. What then will you say to all these things?

Do you know what God wants you to say? He wants you to say, “If God is for me, who can be against me?”

If you knew that the President or the Prime Minister was for you, you might believe that everything will be okay. But you have an even better backing! The Bible tells us that God, the Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, is for you! What problem can fasten its grip on you when the Almighty God is for you? Can the devil come successfully against you with God on your side?

If God is for you today, if God is for you right now, you don’t have to moan, “If only I had this…If only I didn’t say that…” And you don’t have to worry about the future: “What if this happens…What if we don’t have enough…” My friend, regretting the past and worrying about the future won’t change anything. Look to your heavenly Father, instead. Because He is for you at this present moment, you can be confident that He will help you and provide for you.

Beloved, God sent His Son to die for you. And Jesus gave you a blood-bought right to an abundant life full of meaning and purpose! He gave you a blood-bought right to walk in divine health all the days of your life! He gave you a blood-bought right to His supply even when the economy goes down!

You have all these things not because you deserve them, but because Jesus shed His blood and gave you the right to have them. All these blessings are yours today because God is for you! And if God is for you, who can be against you!

OUR DAILY BREAD — GREAT EXPECTATIONS

According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified. —Philippians 1:20

I once asked a counselor what the major issues were that brought people to him. Without hesitation he said, “The root of many problems is broken expectations; if not dealt with, they mature into anger and bitterness.”

In our best moments, it’s easy to expect that we will find ourselves in a good place surrounded by good people who like and affirm us. But life has a way of breaking those expectations. What then?

Stuck in jail and beset by fellow believers in Rome who didn’t like him (Phil. 1:15-16), Paul remained surprisingly upbeat. As he saw it, God had given him a new mission field. While under house arrest, he witnessed to the guards about Christ, which sent the gospel into Caesar’s house. And even though those opposing him were preaching the gospel from wrong motives, Christ was being preached, so Paul rejoiced (v.18).

Paul never expected to be in a great place or to be well liked. His only expectation was that “Christ will be magnified” through him (v.20). He wasn’t disappointed.

If our expectation is to make Christ visible to those around us regardless of where we are or who we are with, we will find those expectations met and even exceeded. Christ will be magnified.

Lord, forgive me for making my life all about what I expect and not about glorifying You regardless of my circumstances. May Your love, mercy, and justice be magnified through me today.

Make it your only expectation to magnify Christ wherever you are and whoever you are with.

HAVE YOU TAKEN YOUR LOVE BREAK TODAY?

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. – John 15:9

In your workplace, you probably take coffee breaks, lunch breaks, tea breaks and definitely toilet breaks. Why not do the same in your spiritual life — take time out for breaks, especially love breaks?

What is a love break? It is the time you take to enjoy and feed on the love of Jesus for you. At any time during the day, wherever you are, find a quiet spot and feed on the love of Jesus. Just sit down and talk to Him. Say to Him, “Thank You, Jesus, for loving me. Nothing is going to happen to me that You don’t already know about. Jesus, when I could not save myself, You died for me. You gave up Your life for me. What else will You not do for me!”

Such love breaks are typified in the Old Testament by Aaron the high priest and his sons eating the breast of the animal sacrificed. (Leviticus 7:31) The breast of the animal speaks of the love of Jesus. Today, you are a priest to God. (Revelation 1:6) So spend time feeding on the love of Jesus for you, and see yourself nourished, strengthened and sustained by His love. Jesus is our High Priest today. This means that His food is in loving us. He enjoys loving us and is also “nourished” by His love for us.

But do not forget that the breast was roasted by fire (Leviticus 7:35), which speaks of God’s judgment on Jesus as He hung on the cross because He was carrying our sins. So as you feed on Jesus’ love for you, see Him loving you at the cross. When things around you are not going well, do not allow the devil to say to you, “If God loves you, how come these things are happening to you?” My friend, interpret God’s love for you based on the cross, not on your present circumstances.

During the day, when you are hard at work, when busyness sets in, when problems pile up or when discouragement comes, just stop everything and take a love break with Jesus! Let Jesus love you. Let yourself enjoy being loved by Him. Lean on His bosom, abide in His love and be nourished by His love for you!

Thought For The Day :

Be nourished by God’s love for you today!

FORGET THE PAST, SEE JESUS DO A NEW THING!

…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13–14

Despite having repented and getting saved, Apostle Paul could have dwelled on his serious past mistake of persecuting the early church. He could have chosen to live a life of regret and thus fail to fulfill God’s call on his life. But he didn’t. Instead, he chose to forget the past, “reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”

My friend, don’t live in the past. Whether it’s a failed marriage, a huge mistake you made, or a hurtful remark from someone, leave them all in the past and move forward. By all means, learn from your mistake. But look to Christ as your success, wisdom, comfort and strength, and see Him do anew thing in your life by His unmerited favor.

See Him giving you stronger and blessed relationships through His wisdom and grace. See Him giving you a better job with better benefits. See Him restoring your health sevenfold. Consider not “the things of old,” but consider or meditate on His better promises (Hebrews 8:6). That’s how you move forward into His good success!

KNOWING GOD’S PLAN

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John 1:23, “He said, I [am] the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”

John knew who he was and what he was called to do. This was one of the keys to his success.

Unlike most of us, John did not have an identity crisis growing up. He knew God’s plan and purpose for his life from the beginning and he spent his entire life preparing for it.

God has a plan for your life just as surely as he did for John the Baptist. To succeed in life, you must find God’s plan for your life and then devote yourself to fulfilling that plan.

It is not enough to simply “do your own thing” and then ask God’s blessing upon it. Once you know you are doing God’s will, you never have to ask for God’s blessing. God’s will is already blessed.

The Lord created you with a purpose in mind. Your talents and abilities were given you to fulfill His purpose. Although you may find limited success using these talents for your own uses, you will never find your true potential until they are directed by and for the Lord.

The good news is that God wants to reveal His perfect plan for your life to you more than you want to know it. You can rest assured that if you ask for knowledge of His plan for your life, you will receive (Mt. 7:7). He will show you His good, acceptable and perfect will (Rom. 12:1-2).

OUR DAILY BREAD — BETTER THAN PLANNED

Giving thanks always for all things. —Ephesians 5:20

Interruptions are nothing new. Rarely does a day go by as planned.
Life is filled with inconveniences. Our plans are constantly thwarted by forces beyond our control. The list is long and ever-changing: Sickness. Conflict. Traffic jams. Forgetfulness. Appliance malfunctions. Rudeness. Laziness. Impatience. Incompetence.

What we cannot see, however, is the other side of inconvenience. We think it has no purpose other than to discourage us, make life more difficult, and thwart our plans. However, inconvenience could be God’s way of protecting us from some unseen danger, or it could be an opportunity to demonstrate God’s grace and forgiveness. It might be the start of something even better than we had planned. Or it could be a test to see how we respond to adversity. Whatever it is, even though we may not know God’s reason, we can be assured of His motive—to make us more like Jesus and to further His kingdom on earth.

To say that God’s followers throughout history have been “inconvenienced” would be an understatement. But God had a purpose. Knowing this, we can thank Him, being confident that He is giving us an opportunity to redeem the time (Eph.5:16,20). —Julie Ackerman Link

Lord, so often it’s the little things in life that get to me, and there seem to be so many of them. Whenever I’m tempted to lose my temper, blame
someone, or just give up, help me see You.

What happens to us is not nearly as important as what God does in us and through us.

SEE THE FAVOR OF GOD MULTIPLIED IN YOUR LIFE :

2 PETER 1:2 – Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

If you would like to walk in a greater measure of God’s favor, 2 Peter 1:2 says that grace, which is the undeserved favor of God, and peace, can be multiplied to you. Peace is the word “shalom” in Hebrew. Its definition includes wholeness, health, safety and provision. So when you walk in divine favor and peace, you will walk in blessings in every area of your life!

But how do the undeserved favor and shalom of God increase in your life?

It is not by your laboring or toiling to earn it. The Bible says that it comes as your knowledge of Jesus and His finished work increases. It comes as you learn more about and believe that through Jesus’ one sacrifice at the cross, God removed all your sins, gave you His righteousness as a gift and put you in Christ to enjoy everything Jesus has. God’s favor is multiplied in your life when you simply believe that the favor of God that is on Christ is also on you because of what Jesus’ work at the cross has accomplished.

Today, you don’t have to struggle for favor. Just release it by speaking forth God’s Word in faith. On your way to work, say, “God’s favor surrounds me as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12) As you continue to speak God’s favor over your life out of a revelation of Jesus’ finished work, you will see more of it being released.

When I first entered the workforce, I began to declare the favor of God in my job. Every time I was given a new assignment, I proclaimed that the divine favor of God was on me. The company began to prosper and I was blessed financially. By the time I left the company to serve God full-time, my income had increased so that I was in the top 15 per cent of earners in my age group in Singapore.

Today, in your workplace or at home, begin to declare the favor of God by faith. Expect to receive preferential treatment wherever you are. Say, “I am surrounded with the favor of God because of Jesus’ finished work. I have favor before God and man!” And see God’s favor work for you!

LIKE FIRE IN YOUR BONES :

…But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not. – Jeremiah 20:9, NKJV

In scripture, God gave a promise to Jeremiah that he would become a great prophet and speak to the nations. But Jeremiah was young and afraid. He didn’t see how it could happen. He started telling God all the reasons why it wouldn’t work out. He said, “God, when I get up to speak, people mock me and make fun of me. I’m young. I’m tired. I’m intimidated.” Just when you think he is going to talk himself out of it, he says in Jeremiah 20:9, “Your Word in my heart is like a fire shut up in my bones.” He was saying, “God, I may not see how it can happen. All the odds are against me, but this promise You put in me will not go away. It’s like a fire. It’s alive. I can’t get away from it.”

You may be at a place right not where you could easily give up on what God has placed in your heart. But like Jeremiah, there is a fire shut up in your bones. What God promised you will not die. You can try to ignore it. You can try to talk yourself out of it. Your mind may tell you that it’s never going to happen, but deep down you feel a stirring, a burning, a restlessness. That’s the promise God put in you. He loves you too much to let you be average. He is going to push you into greatness. Get ready because the gifts, the talents, the skills, the ideas, the untapped potential is about to come forth!

THE LORD YOUR REFUGE WILL DELIVER YOU :

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. – Psalm 91:3

Today, we hear of new strains of viruses which were unheard of only a generation ago. The world has yet to find cures for them and many people are afraid of being struck down by these viruses.

But as believers, we are not of the world, though we are in the world. (John 17:15–16) So our protection is not of the world, but of the Lord. And when we say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust,” (Psalm 91:2) then what follows is not “maybe”, but surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.

A couple in our church can testify that surely the Lord delivered and protected their two young children during a Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) outbreak, which claimed a few lives in Singapore not long ago.

When their four-year-old daughter started vomiting and running a fever, the mother brought her to their family doctor, who found ulcers in her mouth and small red dots on her hands and feet — symptoms of the HFMD. Naturally, the doctor prescribed medication for her.

Back home, however, the little girl continued to vomit throughout the day, throwing up everything including the medication. Her fever persisted. Not able to do anything for their daughter, the parents prayed, proclaiming Jesus as their healer, and partook of the Holy Communion many times with both their children.

That night, their daughter’s fever broke and the vomiting subsided. They continued making the Lord their refuge and fortress. Within two days, their daughter was completely delivered from the disease. And all this while, their six-year-old son was completely protected from the infectious disease.

Beloved, you don’t need to be afraid of deadly diseases which may have claimed the lives of others. You don’t have to be fearful that you or your child may become victims of these super bugs. When the Lord is your refuge and fortress, surely He shall deliver you and your family from the snare of the fowler, such as the avian flu, and from all perilous pestilences!

Thought For The Day :
Our protection is not of the world, but of the Lord, who delivers us from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.