1 Corinthians 16:13
‘Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.’
We should be alert because our enemy goes around like a roaring lion. We should stand firm so that we are not tossed to and fro by storms of life. We should be people of courage because we serve a mighty God. And we should be strong because He will give us the strength we need.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to be alert so that the enemy doesn’t get a foothold in my life. May I stand firm in the strength and power You give me and may I be a person of courage who does not shrink back but presses forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Consider Job in the Old Testament. When he lost everything, his wife told him to curse God and die. He refused and, instead, responded to God in faith, and “the Lord gave to Job twice as much as he had before”. (Job 42:10)
Maybe you have lost much in life and you are wondering, “Is there any hope for me?” God promises—“Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.” Zechariah 9:12
If He declared it, He will do it!
What does God expect of you?
Few of us have thought long or hard about this question. The answer is:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
• Do what is right.
• Love what is kind. The world is rarely kind, but we must cultivate kindness .
• Be humble.
When we live such a life God is truly honored.
Genesis 8:1 ‘God remembered Noah…’
– The Lord will not forget you or His promises to you.
– Noah had faced a great flood, but the Lord did not leave him in the flood.
– The Lord intervened and the floods and storms came to an end.
– No matter how great the flood or how dark the storm, HE will remember you!
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You have promised never to leave me nor forsake me. You will remember me and bring me through the storms of life because I am Your child. In Jesus’ Name, I ask, Amen.
The One who bore all the sins of the world is able to bear “all your cares”.
We are given the glorious promise that Jesus loves us and cares for us. He is personally involved in the lives of His children.
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6. Oh how wonderful it is to know that our Lord wants to hear us. And He wants us to talk to Him about the things that bother us.
Trust Him. Take the Saviour at His Word. He means what He says; for He cares for you in a way that you cannot begin to imagine.
How can a young person stay pure? By living according to God’s word. Many people think that the Bible is not relevant for our times. But the Bible answers every question that is vitally important to us in this life and the life to come. It is the only guide to holiness, to a life that is pure, dedicated and pleasing to God. Read the word daily, apply it in your daily life and before long you will come to Calvary, recognise why the Lord Jesus died and shed His precious blood; you will discover how to be cleansed from the guilt and penalty of your sin (1 John 1:7).
The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His child.“ Hebrews 12:6
This means when He disciplines us, He’s treating us as His children, and expressing His love for us. His divine purpose is always for our highest good, in keeping with the plans He has for us. Our Father’s nature is loving, compassionate and generous. As the perfect Father, He couldn’t bring any discipline into our lives that wouldn’t be for our ultimate benefit. These times can be hard, sometimes overwhelming. We may even feel abandoned and despondent. Child of God, do not despise the Lord’s discipline. His hand of love is leading you to a place of closeness to Him. He is refining you, burning off the dross in you, so He could see more of His Son in you.
Proverbs 21:13 says, “He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.’ What this implies is, God deals with us according the measure of compassion and love we show to the needy and poor He has place around us. Are we sensitive to the need of our maids, the gardeners who work for us, the widow struggling to make ends meet?
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
It takes a heart of compassion to show kindness to the poor and needy. If you are struggling in this area ask the Lord to help you.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me a heart of compassion to reach out and help those in need. Amen
Many people believe quality of life only exists in the possessions and wealth collected in this lifetime. True legacy is what lasts for eternity.
God’s Word reminds us that we’re called to build our legacy on His truth and that “the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.” Psalm 112:6. Think about how you’ll be remembered—by loved ones, by your community, your children and grandchildren.
“More than anything else let them know where you stand with the Lord Jesus Christ, for this will be your lasting legacy.”
Our days are numbered. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.”