Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Life surrounds us with many reasons to be anxious and concerned. The Lord tells us not be anxious but to pray about everything. Thank Him beforehand because He is going to take care of all that concerns you. Hasn’t He promised that He would feed us, clothe and carry us to the end?PRAYER: Lord, I bring all the issues that concern me and bring anxiety and stress into my life, and I give them to You right now. I choose to trust You and I will not entertain anxiety, fear or doubt. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Matthew 7:12 ‘In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you, for this is the essence of the Law and the prophets. ‘Much of life is about how we interact with others.We were not placed on earth alone, but we were surrounded by others. Everything we do should be motivated by kindness and not selfishness. When we treat others like how we treat ourselves we will never think of harming anyone or ill treat them.PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You have placed me here and surrounded me with people who are also made in Your image. May I bring hope, love and kindness to everyone I meet today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 Samuel 4:3 ‘Let us bring back the ark of the covenant of the LORD!’The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God to the nation of Israel. They knew that without His presence in their lives they were lost. They did everything in their power to make sure His presence was with them.They carried the ark wherever they went. You and I cannot do without the Lord and His presence in our daily lives. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, His presence dwells within us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I recognise that I need You and Your presence in my life. I invite you to be the Lord and Saviour of my life. Amen.
Acts 3:19 ‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.‘‘Repent’ means to turn away from your old sinful life and turning to God. The old life doesn’t appeal to you anymore. Those old habits repulse you and you have a new thirst for righteousness. It’s not that you become sinless overnight. But you no longer want to do the things you used to do. You want to sin no more. And when you do that, God has ‘times of refreshing’ in store for you. Why settle for barrenness when you can enjoy times of refreshing.PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for those things that I have done that have displeased you. I want to enjoy the ‘times of refreshing’ that You have prepared for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
When the LORD goes before us gates cannot remain locked forever. “The Lord will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.” For this God is our God forever and ever: He will be our guide all the days of our life. The Lord’s ever-watchful care will be over you. “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even forever.” What is the enemy withholding from you. He cannot prevail against you. The power of God will break every barrier the enemy brings in the way of your success. At just the right time the LORD will accomplish this and you will give thanks to God for His unfailing love and the many wonders He will do for you. (Psalm 107:15)
Psalm 51:6 “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being.” Although lying is rampant and socially acceptable in our culture, it violates one of God’s most foundational principles for living. God desires for us at all times to speak the truth. God takes lying very seriously. God is a God of truth. Truth has its origin in God. In fact, Jesus states that He is “the truth.” It defines who He is. Lying is opposite to His nature; it is the nature of satan, he is the father of lies, and his mission is to steal, kill, and destroy. Trust is often broken when we lie. So let’s make it our choice today and every day, to always tell the truth – no matter how much trouble we are in. It’s a choice we need to make.
Proverbs 10:25 ‘When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.“Storms of life’ are an inevitable part of our human existence. When the storms come, they have the potential to whirl us away. With Jesus in our lives, we have a firm foundation on which we can stand. Stand secure on your foundation, you will be kept safe and secure.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You that You are the foundation of my life. I can stand secure and safe because You are the anchor and rock on which I stand and therefore the storms of life will not whirl me away. Amen.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar spoke, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:24–25) Yes, Daniel’s friends were not alone in the fiery furnace. The Lord was with them. The ropes that had bound them turned into ashes but not a hair in their head was singed. The presence of Christ made all the difference. Today, if you are going through a time of fiery testing, let Christ’s presence bring you comfort and peace. He will walk with you. He will shield you. And when it’s over, you will come out stronger and fine as gold. Don’t fear the furnace; trust God.
‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.’ 1 Chronicles 16:34 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 What do you have that you did not receive from God? Everything we own and have, we ultimately received from God and we owe Him thanks.Let’s start this week with a different attitude. Start by giving thanks to God for His faithfulness. We all can find reason to be discouraged. But HE is faithful and you have a reason to rejoice.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the many blessings that I enjoy from Your hand. You are truly a faithful God and I thank You for Your love and kindness towards me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.