Has there been a delay in the answer to your prayer? Do you get impatient with God, crying, “Where is my miracle? Why the delay?” If so, you are missing the point. The Lord is trying to build your faith. He wants you to trust Him no matter what. He wants you to know He still has His eye on you! Imagine what Mary and Martha would have felt when the Lord delayed in coming! Oh, what lies satan must have whispered: “It’s no use. It’s too late.”
Jesus knew everything. When He saw the fear, despair and grief on the sisters’ faces, He told them, “if you believe, you will see the glory of God” John 11:40. I believe Christ was saying to them and is saying to us today: “It is not enough to walk with Me, call on Me, you must also trust in Me. You must believe I can bring life out of death.”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Why don’t things turn out the way I want? Why do I have to be the one to suffer when everyone around me are seemingly happy? Sometimes, we wish we could write our own story! Maybe, today nothing makes sense in your life. Everything seems to be just a heap of ashes. But our God makes beauty out of ashes. He can use your broken life to bring healing and hope to someone who is going through similar paths. Oh that we would trust Him even if the twists and turns never make sense this side of heaven. That’s what trusting God is all about. The dark places are simply opportunities to trust that God knows best and He can write a better story, more than you can ask or think.
Faith is an essential element of our lives. We need faith as we face the different seasons and the change that they bring. But in all this we can expect and believe God for a breakthrough.
Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. We need to be full of faith and expectation that at any time God could come through for us and that as a result we will experience a breakthrough! The people in the Bible who God used, were known for their faith and expectation in God. Hebrews 11:2 says, Men of God in days of old were known for their faith. Let us be people of faith and expect great things from God.
Holiness is not thought of as a virtue anymore. How comfortable we are to add God to our lives with little or no change necessary on our part which is not the message of the true gospel. “Repent” was an indispensable word to those who proclaimed the Word of God. To be holy is the opposite of being “common” or “profane.” God is holy, His people must also be distinct, separate from the world and its ways. We are to be holy to be like God, our Father, who called us to be holy. Those commanded to be holy are the children of God. Only His children are able to do so, by His grace and through His Spirit.1 Peter 1:14-15
Sometimes we think that things will never change. Have you ever been in a situation that never seems to change or improve and then got to the point where you begin to think that it can no longer change? When we begin to feel like this we start losing hope. This can lead to a sense of hopelessness, despair or discouragement. LIFE IS A SERIES OF SEASONS. Nothing stays the same forever. It may feel like you are stuck in a time warp where things are not moving. The great thing about seasons is that they change. We cannot live in a winter season all our lives, though it does feel like it will never end, but it will. God has another season awaiting you. We must not resign ourselves to the current state of affairs, but we must trust God to turn the tide and change the season in our lives. God makes everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Psalm 139:16 ‘Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.’How precious it is to know that every day the Lord gives us, is a day He planned for us. His word tells us that He has a book and each day of our lives is written in this book. Each day is a specific gift from Him and He determines how many days we get. We should make the best use of each day and serve Him faithfully.PRAYER: Lord, thank You for today and all the blessing and opportunities that come with it. May my life be found to be fruitful as I take each day and enjoy what You have ordained for me! In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
Exodus 15:2 ‘The LORD is my strength and my song; He has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise Him!’
Victory is something that God has in store for you. There may be battles, but victory is His plan.
Begin to praise Him and believe that He is able to do what it takes.
Let His strength be your strength and let His song be your song.
PRAYER: Lord, You are my strength and You are my song. I will rejoice and praise You because You are the One who gives me the victory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND MADE HIS DWELLING AMONG US. (JOHN 1:14)
How great it would have been to meet Jesus and talk with Him in person, see Him do miracles that showed His bounteous generosity and His compassionate desire to bring healing and wholeness. Wherever He went on earth, His presence brought the loveliness of God.
Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, we who trust in Him can have a relationship with the living God through His Spirit. Now God dwells among His people, He dwells in our hearts. How amazing is that! If God is dwelling in us, then our hearts should be places of loveliness and purity.
HOW LOVELY IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE, LORD ALMIGHTY! (PSALM 84:1)
The place where God dwells is a place of immense beauty and wonder.
Luke 12:24 ..And you are far more valuable to Him than any birds!
The truth is that God is even watching over the birds of the air—so how much more is He watching over you? Look at the birds of the air, and yet not one of them is forgotten by God. (Luke 12:6). If God is concerned and cares about the needs of this small, ever common creature, how much more will God notice and take care of the unique needs of His own child, who is made in His very image?
Therefore, we truly don’t need to worry about our life, what we will eat, or about our body and what we will wear. We can trust that our God is faithful, and He will take care of every need we face.
Psalm 146:5 ‘Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.’
Do you want to be blessed? Then put your hope and trust in the Lord. The Lord is your great Helper. Nothing is too difficult for the Lord your Maker. Our hope and expectation should be found in Him and in Him alone.
PRAYER: Lord, You are my Helper. You will come to my aid and deliver me. My hope is in You and You are the forever faithful One. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.