Psalm 28:7 My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. How did the lame man feel after he was healed by Peter and John, in the name of Jesus? The Bible says, “He went walking and leaping and praising God.” Remember what David did when he brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem? He danced before the Lord with all his might. I bet he got up and leaped for joy. How often do we get excited thinking about the great Salvation the Lord has wrought for us? Does your heart leap for joy each time you think of the Saviour? Have we grown to be too proper that we fail to get excited about God? We show our excitement when a goal is scored. Why not about Jesus?
Is there anything competing with Christ for first place in your heart? Are you chasing after pleasure? Craving for what you see? Do you pride in achievements and possessions? If these things are what drive you, you’ll soon find yourself pursuing them at the expense of your intimacy with God. In the letter to the Colossians, Paul gives instruction that can guard our closeness with God. He says: Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2 PRAYER: Lord, Thank You for the privilege of fellowshipping with You. Help me to keep away from anything that might take Your place in my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed. Nahum 1:15When the Lord delivered Israel out of Egypt, and Moses led them into the wilderness, the Egyptian army followed them to overpower them and take them back as captives to Egypt. They were at the shores of the Red sea with no way of escape. You know the story, how God opened the Red sea and Israel crossed over safely to the other side while the Egyptian army drowned in the sea. No one escaped to pursue God’s people. Today, are you afraid of those pursuing you and intimidating you? The blood of Jesus is your shield. Nobody can cross that shield and get to you. God will deal with your enemy as He did with the Egyptians. He will not let the enemy have his way. He will carry you on eagle’s wings safely to your destination.
Joseph and Mary like any of us must have prayed for a room in the inn. And the answer to their prayer was a “No.” Only a manger became available, and they had to take it.
The implications are deep. Just because I pray for something doesn’t mean I am going to receive it—any more than Joseph and Mary received a room in the inn. I’m sure they prayed for God to do the impossible and find them a place to stay. God answered their prayer in an odd way. This evidently did not shake Joseph and Mary’s faith that God let them be left out in the cold… Prayers of righteous people are always effective (James 5:16) but not always in the way we expect. How do we respond when God answers differently? Is our faith shaken?
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:7 Moses told the nation of Israel how God wanted them to be his witness to their children. God wants parents to tell their children about the One who loves them even more than they do. God desires for parents to know who He is and then tell their children about Him. “Talk…..when you are sitting, walking along the way.” Every day, all the time, every moment.
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.
– 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.