Galatians 5:22-23 ‘The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.’
They say that you can tell the type of tree by the fruit that it produces. The Lord wants our lives also to be productive and fruitful. When we are guided by His Spirit and when we abide in Him, wonderful fruit is produced in our lives.The fruit that He produces in our lives can have great effect on those around us.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive Your Holy Spirit in my life. Come and work within me so that I may abide in You and bear the fruit that you desire in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Has there been a delay in the answer to your prayer? Do you get impatient with God, crying, “Where is my miracle? Why the delay?” If so, you are missing the point. The Lord is trying to build your faith. He wants you to trust Him no matter what. He wants you to know He still has His eye on you! Imagine what Mary and Martha would have felt when the Lord delayed in coming! Oh, what lies satan must have whispered: “It’s no use. It’s too late.”
Jesus knew everything. When He saw the fear, despair and grief on the sisters’ faces, He told them, “if you believe, you will see the glory of God” John 11:40. I believe Christ was saying to them and is saying to us today: “It is not enough to walk with Me, call on Me, you must also trust in Me. You must believe I can bring life out of death.”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Why don’t things turn out the way I want? Why do I have to be the one to suffer when everyone around me are seemingly happy? Sometimes, we wish we could write our own story! Maybe, today nothing makes sense in your life. Everything seems to be just a heap of ashes. But our God makes beauty out of ashes. He can use your broken life to bring healing and hope to someone who is going through similar paths. Oh that we would trust Him even if the twists and turns never make sense this side of heaven. That’s what trusting God is all about. The dark places are simply opportunities to trust that God knows best and He can write a better story, more than you can ask or think.
‘Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.’
Living a life of praise is what you were designed to do. There may be many reasons to moan and complain. But God is still in control and He can be trusted. So, let’s praise the Lord today and let’s exalt His name together.
PRAYER: Lord, I have decided that I will live a life of praise. So right now, I take this moment to praise You and to lift up Your wonderful name. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Faith is an essential element of our lives. We need faith as we face the different seasons and the change that they bring. But in all this we can expect and believe God for a breakthrough.
Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. We need to be full of faith and expectation that at any time God could come through for us and that as a result we will experience a breakthrough! The people in the Bible who God used, were known for their faith and expectation in God. Hebrews 11:2 says, Men of God in days of old were known for their faith. Let us be people of faith and expect great things from God.
Galatians 2:2 ‘I went there because God revealed to me that I should go.’
Listening to and obeying the leading of the Lord is important in our lives. The Lord revealed to Paul that he should go to a certain place, and he did. The Lord wants to reveal the things you need to do to you.Your responsibility is to follow and obey His leading in your life.
PRAYER: Lord, may my ears be sensitive to Your leading in my life. May I hear the voice behind me saying: ‘This is the way, walk in it!’ and help me to do what You want me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Holiness is not thought of as a virtue anymore. How comfortable we are to add God to our lives with little or no change necessary on our part which is not the message of the true gospel. “Repent” was an indispensable word to those who proclaimed the Word of God. To be holy is the opposite of being “common” or “profane.” God is holy, His people must also be distinct, separate from the world and its ways. We are to be holy to be like God, our Father, who called us to be holy. Those commanded to be holy are the children of God. Only His children are able to do so, by His grace and through His Spirit.1 Peter 1:14-15
Sometimes we think that things will never change. Have you ever been in a situation that never seems to change or improve and then got to the point where you begin to think that it can no longer change? When we begin to feel like this we start losing hope. This can lead to a sense of hopelessness, despair or discouragement. LIFE IS A SERIES OF SEASONS. Nothing stays the same forever. It may feel like you are stuck in a time warp where things are not moving. The great thing about seasons is that they change. We cannot live in a winter season all our lives, though it does feel like it will never end, but it will. God has another season awaiting you. We must not resign ourselves to the current state of affairs, but we must trust God to turn the tide and change the season in our lives. God makes everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Psalm 139:16 ‘Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.’How precious it is to know that every day the Lord gives us, is a day He planned for us. His word tells us that He has a book and each day of our lives is written in this book. Each day is a specific gift from Him and He determines how many days we get. We should make the best use of each day and serve Him faithfully.PRAYER: Lord, thank You for today and all the blessing and opportunities that come with it. May my life be found to be fruitful as I take each day and enjoy what You have ordained for me! In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.