In the midst of all that is shifting and changing God assures us that His Word “stands forever!” Anything outside of God’s Word will wither and fade away. God’s word is the final authority. God’s Word is powerful; it can take an unsaved, uninterested, hard-hearted human being and absolutely turn his life around! And it can transform you, too—give you wisdom, bring you joy, dispel the darkness in your life. It shows the way to eternal life through Christ. It gives life meaning and purpose. Have you read His word today?
When we start out our day first with a time of Bible reading and prayer, it makes an enormous difference in the way that day plays out. It’s the time He fills us with His strength and wisdom. Therefore, we’re better equipped to face the challenges of the day.
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
What a great pattern for us to follow! Setting aside time to seek Him everyday reminds us that we rely on Him daily!
Psalm 34:18- The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Jesus is our “Great Physician!”
Are you heartbroken? Have you been hurt in any way? Are you disheartened? Are you trying to carry a burden that is too heavy for you? God, who made you, cares for you. He has the power and ability to heal you. He is able to carry your burden. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Nobody understands your pain like He does. He invites you to come. He alone can heal and restore. He alone can give you the peace and joy that no man can give.
Fretting turns our focus from God to ourselves. When we lay awake at night because of the evildoers we fret. We lay there thinking of all the things we can do or should have done to make it right! All the while, we’re letting it eat us up. In Psalm 37, David reminds us that these evildoers are nothing. They will vanish like the grass that withers.
Instead, he calls us to: trust in the Lord, find our delight in Him, commit our ways to the Lord, rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
Remembering this truth is the hardest thing to do, but we must remember…“The battle is not ours, but God’s.”
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Luke 8:7
You can’t hear God when your mind is full of thoughts, worries, fears, and plans, or if you always have the TV on or you are constantly on your phone.
All of these distractions are what Jesus was referring to in Luke 8 as weeds. He says, those weeds grew with the seed and strangled it. If you are always on the go you can’t hear God. Weeds are a sign of neglect. When you neglect your time with God, the weeds start to grow in your life. 1 Kings 19:12 says, when God spoke to Elijah, it wasn’t in a wind or earthquake or fire; it was in a gentle whisper. If you want to hear God’s, you have to be still in His presence.
The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:72
Every verse in the Bible is a gold nugget, and when we meditate on the Word, it’s like storing up gold in the treasuries of our hearts. Nothing is more advantageous in our Christian growth than the consistent, daily meditation on Scripture—not just reading it or studying it, but hiding it in our hearts, storing it in our minds, pondering it, until it works its way into our daily lifestyle.
This year let’s go for the gold!
Hebrews 3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today if you hear His voice…
Hearing God’s voice is something we all long for-but did you know that it’s not hard to do? In fact, God wants you to hear His voice! How does He speak to us?
God speaks through His Word
God speaks through His Spirit
God speaks through our thoughts and dreams
God speaks through conversations with others
God speaks through circumstances
Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation of any depth with a person you did not know? It doesn’t usually go very far. Likewise, in order to have a conversation with God we need to know Him. How? By spending time with Him, talking to Him and reading His Word. Have you spent time with Him today?
Over the past few years, I am painfully aware of many situations where God has not answered my prayers for Him to do for His glory far more than I could ask or think. And so I want to motivate you to pray big prayers with faith in a mighty God, who is able to do more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think. Ephesians 2:20 God often puts His people in impossible situations to display His power and glory.
God told the Israelites to leave Egypt by a route where they had the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian army behind them. They had no means of escape. In that impossible situation, Moses told the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord….” The Lord miraculously opened the sea so that the Israelites could pass through, but He closed the sea over the Egyptian army. Nothing is impossible with God!