Throughout the Bible, the Lord Jesus was given many names. He was called the Light of the world, the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Son of God, Christ, Jesus, the Promised One, the Bright and Morning Star and many more. Each of these names reflects a different facet of His character and helps us understand who He really is. Of all the names that were given to Him, though, none brings more comfort to my heart than Immanuel—God with us.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank You for the comfort that comes from knowing You became flesh lived among us. I find comfort in knowing that You are God with us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Philippians 1:6 I am certain that God, Who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished.’
We are all a work in progress! The Lord is not finished with you yet and He will continue to work in your life. The work He does in our lives is always a ‘good’ work with the prospect of wonderful things.
The good work that He is doing within you is an ongoing process, but it will be completed.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You are at work in my life. You are doing a wonderful and a good work in line with Your purposes and plans for my life. I embrace Your work in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
At some time in life all of us feel the loneliness of sorrow. Mary and Martha were saddened by the death of their brother, Lazarus, and Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” They were sorrowful because of a loss. Jesus wept with them. Jesus is with us in our sorrows. When we come to Jesus Christ, He does not promise to exempt us from trouble or sorrow. Tears will come, but we have a hope that our sorrows will turn into joy. In the midst of trials and agony and tears which come to us all, we do not grieve as one who is hopeless. Jesus turns our ash heaps into beauty, our mourning into dancing, clothes us with garments of praise and oh the joy we can experience by the power of the Holy Spirit!
Psalm 4:8 I will lie down in peace, and sleep: for You, Lord, only make me dwell in safety.
Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: Your sleep shall be sweet.
Today, if you’ve been struggling with getting good sleep because you’ve been carrying the cares of the world, release them to God. Just say, “Father, I trust You. I trust that You are working things out for my good. I trust that You are ordering my steps. Thank You for Your good and precious promises, and thank You for the gift of sweet sleep! I receive it in Jesus’ name!”
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we often depend on our own strength and very often cast our cares onto a friend instead of the Lord. When we realize we have absolutely no ability in ourselves to handle our anxieties and concerns, we will not hesitate to turn to the One who does. That takes humility. Only a prideful heart thinks that we have the power in ourselves to solve every problem in life. But Jesus said, “Apart from Him, we can do nothing.” So we must trust Him to lift us up at the right time, to vindicate us, to prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies, to anoint our heads with oil, and to cause our cups to run over—if we humble ourselves.
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.
‘All nations will be blessed through you.’
The Lord promised Abraham that ALL nations would be blessed because of him.The truth is that the Lord wants to use each of our lives to be a blessing. How can you be a blessing to those around you? The reason He has blessed you is to be a blessing. May the Lord use your life and may many be blessed because of you!
PRAYER: Lord, I dedicate my life into Your mighty hands. Use my life to bring light, hope, life and blessing into the lives of those who are discouraged, hopeless and despairing. May my life count, I pray. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Gates and bars do well to protect a home or a city, but then only are they secure when God makes them strong. The true safety is in God’s defence of it. Psalm 127:1 says, unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards watch in vain. Is God your defence? Have you taken shelter and refuge in Him? You can rest assured that He will keep you and your home safe and secure. Your children will be blessed within your walls. Don’t live in fear, child of God. For He has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls. Psalm 147:13
The psalmist says, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7). And, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:11). Every believer dwells in the midst of God’s protective care, surrounded by His angels.
Whenever you are afraid, remind yourself that God’s army is with you. God’s angels stand guard over you. No enemy can ever harm you. Don’t be afraid. Remember Psalm 56:3: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”
‘May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.’
Let me remind you that you are valuable and precious to God and He loves you. His love for you is so great that our finite mind cannot comprehend it. You need His help and power to grasp and understand it. His love is limitless, beyond explanation and filled with compassion and mercy.His love reaches above the highest heights and below the deepest valleys.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your GREAT love towards me. I pray that You would give me the power to begin to understand how great and awesome Your love for me is! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.