EXODUS 12:7,13 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.The Egyptians had no protection from the destroyer, but the people of Israel who put the blood of a lamb on their dwellings were safe.The blood represented the Blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world – Jesus Christ (Revelation 13:8)..The blood applied stopped the destroyer. With blood on the door of the Israelites in Egypt, no evil dared enter their dwelling. Christ is our Passover Lamb. Likewise, we are kept safe through the protection of the divine Blood of Jesus. 1 CORINTHIANS 5:7 For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
In Psalm 34 David gives an invitation:Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him– Psalm 34:8 David had been through the most trying times. He was hunted by Saul, at one time his friends plotted to stone him, his sons betrayed him and he had to live like an outcast even though God promised he’d be king one day. In and through all this David had a taste of His God. He knew His God was gracious, trustworthy, just, true and faithful. He had made God His refuge, and even once, God did not fail him. Have you put your trust in this God with your life, with your future. Do it today, you’ll know He’s good.
“Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands …” – Acts 7: 48I do believe, in the words of the song, “The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.” But I also believe that sacred spaces matter. Our buildings ground us in a particular place and provide continuity with the generations that have worshipped there. But in the wake of the current situation where churches are closed, Christians don’t have to despair. Jesus said, “For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.“ That’s our greatest confidence. He’s there in our midst and He hears our cries and answers us. So, people of God, pray alone, pray with someone, if you have no one to pray with, call someone on the phone and pray with them. Immanuel-God is with us!
David said, “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul” (Psalm 138:3). He was saying, “I’ve proven you, God! In all my trials, I turned to no one else. I sought only You and You heard me, answered me, and gave me strength for the battle I was facing.” “The Lord … hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).These are but a few of the promises given as evidence of God’s care and how He listens to our cry. Our lives would be so much richer and more effective in every way if we would put Jesus at the very top of our list, if we spent more time in prayer.
“Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Psalm 34:10). I encourage you to go to your secret place of prayer regularly and seek Him with all your heart.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Paul was writing to the Thessalonians, who were suffering were facing difficult times. Yet he told them to give thanks! In the midst of troubled seas, we can give thanks that “weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). In pain and grief, we can thank God for the comfort of His “rod” and “staff” (Psalm 23:4). When others reject us, we can thank God that He accepts us gladly, and never forsakes us. In all things there will be something for which we can praise and thank God. When we can’t praise Him for what, in His sovereign will, He has allowed, we can praise Him for who He is in the midst of it all, because He is going to work all things for our Good. No matter what you are going through give thanks!
A refuge is a place where you run and hide when troubles get to be too much. Like a cleft in the rock, it covers and protects us. We need that when the storms of life come. But notice: God does not provide a refuge for us; He is our refuge. If the enemy of our souls is distracting you, tempting you, discouraging you, look to God to shelter you with His wings. Do you need someone to protect and hold you close at this moment in your life? He is there right when you need Him. You are safe with Him. Do not fear! But the Lord will be a refuge for His people…Joel 3:16
Prayer: God, You said You’d be my refuge!” I thank You for being there for me. I have no one else to turn to. I know You are my very present help in time of need. I trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 May be today you are waiting for the right man/woman to cross your path, or perhaps you are waiting for a breakthrough in your job. I don’t know what you are waiting for. The wait seems endless and the choices are few and far between, and the situation seems hopeless. What hope did Ruth have? Three widows in a house, with no means to fend for themselves, no bread winner. What about Rehab, the prostitute? Who would marry her? But when you read the genealogy of Jesus, these two women figure in it. Is your situation worse than theirs? The God who settled these two women in families will do mighty and unimaginable things for you. Trust this God to intervene in your situation, don’t settle for anything, wait for the best, God’s best.
“Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you!” (Ezekiel 18:30). Jesus said, “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish,” Luke 13:3. The Apostle Paul said, “Now [God] commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). The Bible says, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18). It is not just regret or remorse towards what you have done but feeling sorrowful over your sins so much so, you never want to tread in that path anymore. Repentance is a sincere regret over past sins and an earnest desire to walk in a new path of righteousness. repentance carries with it the idea of changing–changing your mind, changing your attitude, changing your ways and your behaviour. Have you repented? Have you changed? Is your life different from how it used to be?
If you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:15 Jesus the Son of God, looked at those who had tortured Him…nailed Him to the cross, said: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23: 34).Forgiveness does not mean approving of what someone did. It does not mean pretending that evil never took place. It doesn’t mean making excuses for other people’s bad behavior. It doesn’t deny the pain or change the past, but it does break the cycle of bitterness. Forgiveness allows you to let go and move on. Forgiveness is a necessary part of what it means to be a Christian. And we must forgive as God has forgiven us—freely, completely, graciously, totally. The miracle we have received is a miracle we pass on to others.