Psalm 146:3 ‘Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.’ Sometimes we put our trust in the wrong places. The Lord is the only One who can truly save us. Let us not be distracted by other sources of help’.The Lord is the source of our needs and we must look to Him with expectation. PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for thinking that other people can solve my problems when You are the only One to whom I can really turn. I place my trust and confidence in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
“You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God” (Isaiah 62:3) If there has been a time when people looked down on you, I have good news for you, God sees you as a crown of splendor in His hand. He will honor you, for the Lord delights in you. God says, “You are precious and honored in My sight” (Isaiah 43:4). Today, shake off the dust of unreasonable criticism, low self-esteem and fear of failure and lift up your head, you don’t have to be bowed down anymore. You are purchased by the blood of Christ, you are the child of the living God, loved and honored by Him.
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you. Deuteronomy 31:8
– The Lord knows the situations that come your way. – He’s making a way for you. – He is already placing what you will need in your future. – Nothing catches God by surprise, He knows and His plan is a ‘great deliverance’.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You Yourself go before me and You will be with me. You will never leave me nor forsake me and You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. In Jesus’ Name Amen.
God’s children walk the pathway filled with trials and heartaches. God’s faithful ones are those who know that no matter how tough the challenge, their God is stronger and would not leave His own. Whatever you are going through today, God sees you. Not in some impersonal way but up close… And if you are in pain or agony, your cry rings in God’s ears. He knows what your pain feels like. He feels it, too. And at the perfect moment He will arrive to rescue you. He’s promised!
Meanwhile, He is transforming you, strengthening you, purging you and beautifying you into His own image.
…we are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
“God helps those who help themselves.” People think that this saying comes from the Bible. It doesn’t. No, God helps the helpless! Maybe, you have been in this predicament for far too long and nobody seems to come to your aid. When God leads you to a tight spot where there is no way of escape, we think it is some kind of punishment for our sins. The Israelites thought that God took them to the shores of the Red Sea to surrender them into the hands of the Pharaoh. On the contrary, there was a great miracle waiting to happen. All they had to do was “Stand still and see the deliverance the Lord was going to bring.” (Exodus 14:13). So, child of God, if you feel helpless, don’t be afraid, be still, God has already planned your deliverance.
There were no needy ones among them, because those who owned lands or houses would sell their property, bring the proceeds from the sales, and lay them at the apostles’ feet for distribution to anyone who had need. Acts 4:34-35 This is a beautiful glimpse of what life was like in the early church. This is not a forced distribution of wealth, not an attempt to make everyone give up their material things. No, it is a change of attitude, saying, Nothing that I possess is mine, but everything I have is God’s, and therefore it is available to anyone who needs it. They were one in heart and mind and body, united together. That is the church as it ought to be, made up of genuine followers of Christ. Are we tight-fisted when it comes to sharing? Do we truly care for those in need?
In this world, there is every kind of life’s storm imaginable — everything from tornadoes — job loss — sickness — accident — evil men. You name it. These are situations in which we are totally helpless. But, God is not. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. As we begin a new month, no matter what we have to face, “the LORD is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one”. We tend to forget this truth in the middle of our overwhelming situations. But, it is good to be reminded of the LORD’s faithful and everlasting love that carries us through everything we need to face.
Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” Mark 4:35 Did He know they would encounter a storm? Of course He did. It must have been quite a storm, because even these seasoned fishermen feared for their lives. Just because you’re in Jesus’ boat doesn’t mean that it’s going to be smooth sailing. This storm did not hit the disciples because they had been disobedient but, rather, because they had been obedient. But He never for a moment left them. Nothing is too difficult for the living God. Not a breath of wind or a drop of water can defy His sovereign will. If He said, I will take to the other side, He will take you there. No storm can keep you out of His will, away from His plan. On the contrary it will hasten you to the place of your destiny. The bigger the storm, the more the Lord will be glorified when we trust Him.
’…and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away!’ – The Lord will NEVER drive you away or reject you. – His arms are always wide open, ready to receive and embrace you. – All we need to do is respond to the invitation and come to Him. – Remember, no one will ever be able to snatch you out of His hand. PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I come to You today because I need You in my life. Thank You that I can know the reassurance of Your warm embrace and I can know that I am safe in Your hands. Amen.
‘He will turn His attention to the prayers of those who have been abandoned. He will not despise their prayers.’
– Our prayers and cries to the Lord for help are things He takes seriously. – When we feel desperate, despairing and hopeless, He is there to hear our call. – Today, He will turn His attention to your prayer and hear you. – So call on Him, He is ready and able to respond to your faith in Him.
PRAYER: Lord, I call on You today. You know the condition of my heart and the issues that concern and worry me. In this moment, I bring all these things to You, knowing that You hear and care for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.