Hebrews 12:6 For the Lord disciplines the one He loves.
God is gracious and merciful, but He is also holy and just. This requires Him to confront sin, which destroys the people He loves. Unless He can turn the hearts of His people from their wicked ways, they will not only harm themselves but also miss out on an intimate relationship with Him.
If you are being disciplined for sin, remember that it is because God loves you and wants to turn your heart back toward Him. Be grateful that God cares enough about you to want the very best for you, even if it means temporary pain, but it can bring permanent blessing.
So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman. Esther 8:2
Mordecai was at one time sitting at the palace gate. Haman was in the palace. Haman’s dubious plans to put Mordecai to death came to nothing when Esther intervened on his behalf. Now the tables turned dramatically. Haman was hanged and Mordecai was honoured.
Perhaps you are experiencing a time when you have been humiliated. Don’t despair. God will vindicate you. You are in a period of testing. These times will someday give way to an abundance that is beyond your comprehension. You have God’s word on it!
‘You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns into my darkness into light.’
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, some days it feels like my light is almost extinguished, but I know that You want to come alongside me and cause my light to burn bright again. Thank You for giving me hope in this hopeless situation. Light my path, Lord, for I do not know what to do. Amen
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Why are you so fearful and worried, dear one? Let go of your trials and let God hold you. He knows the plan for your life. He wrote your story from beginning to end. Your future is a memory to Him. He’s already there. You have to let go and let God lead you through life, trusting Him to get you to the other side.
Galatians 3:6 ‘Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.’
Taking God at His word is what faith is all about. His Word is the final authority. Abraham believed even though what was promised was impossible. Has God promised you something? Keep holding on to the Lord and His promises – keep believing! When you do so, God counts you as righteous.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that I can trust and believe Your every word. I choose to believe, regardless of what I may see with my natural eyes. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Ephesians 3:20 ‘Now all glory to God, Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.’
The Lord is able to do more than you could ask or think. His mighty working power is at work within each one of us. His purpose for working in our lives goes beyond what we could imagine or think.
Give Him glory, He will accomplish more than we could in our own strength.
PRAYER: Lord, I bring You all praise and glory today. I declare that You are able to accomplish what You have planned and purposed for my life. Work within me I pray and may I ‘see’ more than I could have asked for or imagined. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A friend is someone we look forward to meet and hang out with. How would you feel if your best friend refuses to converse with you or avoids talking you? Can you imagine the hurt it’ll cause you? How often we do that to God? He has laid down His life to have a relationship with you and me. How often we totally ignore Him through the day, through the week. We go to Him only when need arises. The TV, the texting and the Facebook takes away the precious moments that we can spend with Him. If this be the case, how can you expect to spend eternity with Him, to be in sweet communion with Him forever and ever?
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:2
Like the Psalmist, is our soul thirsting for the living God?
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
What difference would it make if we truly grasped the fact that there are no guarantees about what tomorrow holds?
I suspect we would be a lot quicker to forgive. I think we would be much more apt to consider the needs of others around us. We’d say “I love you” more often and prioritize people over things and duties. I think we would spend a lot less time pursuing things that don’t matter and care a lot more about eternity and the people around us.
“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.“ (Max Lucado)
Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
A solid foundation is essential for a building to withstand rain and storms. Likewise, we face storms of various kinds in our lives..
To confront the seasons and the storms of life, we must stand on the Rock-Jesus Christ and His word. He alone can hide you in the cleft of the rock and therefore you will come out of any storm unscathed and you can have peace and joy in the midst of the storm.
Lord Jesus, You have been my refuge, a strong tower. I will dwell in Your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Amen
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.“ Deuteronomy 31:6
God, in His sovereign magnificence has declared that He will not leave me or forsake me. Never. What comfort. What hope. What joy it brings to my heart. Therefore we can boldly say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear.’ Today, bring whatever struggles you have, whatever fears, whatever guilt, whatever sorrow and lay it before God. Then hear Him say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your wonderful promise that You will never leave me nor will You forsake me. Thank You for Your faithful love. Thank You for Your grace. Fill my heart with peace and joy, I pray. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN