‘You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns into my darkness into light.’
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, some days it feels like my light is almost extinguished, but I know that You want to come alongside me and cause my light to burn bright again. Thank You for giving me hope in this hopeless situation. Light my path, Lord, for I do not know what to do. Amen
Galatians 3:6 ‘Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.’
Taking God at His word is what faith is all about. His Word is the final authority. Abraham believed even though what was promised was impossible. Has God promised you something? Keep holding on to the Lord and His promises – keep believing! When you do so, God counts you as righteous.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that I can trust and believe Your every word. I choose to believe, regardless of what I may see with my natural eyes. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
A solid foundation is essential for a building to withstand rain and storms. Likewise, we face storms of various kinds in our lives..
To confront the seasons and the storms of life, we must stand on the Rock-Jesus Christ and His word. He alone can hide you in the cleft of the rock and therefore you will come out of any storm unscathed and you can have peace and joy in the midst of the storm.
Lord Jesus, You have been my refuge, a strong tower. I will dwell in Your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Amen
‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.’
You and I have the ability to be a blessing and lift other’s burdens. We should be ready to help others in time of their need. When we do this we fulfill the Law of Christ by obeying His command to love one another. So let us be a blessing by helping others and in the process, please the Lord.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I pray that my life will be a blessing to those around me. Help me to carry the load of others and in the process follow Your example! Amen.
At harvest time, a farmer’s entire focus is on getting the crop in from the fields. Ripe produce will spoil if left in the fields too long. Jesus challenged His followers to be similarly aware of the spiritual harvest around them. Like a hardworking farmer, we must remain diligent and focus on reaching out to the people God has set before us. I wonder what “fields ready for harvest” are before you and before me? May we heed Jesus’ loving instruction: “Open your eyes and look at the fields!” (John :4:35)
Prayer: Open my eyes, Lord, to the field You have set before me. Prepare me for the work of harvesting and give me joy in serving You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Daniel confidently proclaimed God’s sovereignty over time and circumstance when he declared, “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them” (Daniel 2:20-21). And Acts 14:17 reminds us that the changing seasons are a gift from above: “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons.” Just as there are seasons of the year, there are also God-ordained seasons of life. Often there is success, sometimes there is failure. There are seasons of health and seasons of sickness, seasons of certainty and seasons of doubt and disappointment. There are happy days and lonely nights. Happy are they who find joy in every season of life. God knows where you are today and He knows where you will be tomorrow.
Elizabeth Elliot says in her book Discipline-The Glad Surrender: “Time management, a highly developed science today, begins for the Christian with time set aside for God. Other things cannot fall into a peaceful order if this is omitted.
No matter how busy your life is right now, there’s no reason God has to take a backseat. There are 24 hours in a day. Surely there are things you can score out of your schedule to make time for God. If you say, you are too busy for God, there’s something wrong. Try spending a few minutes with God each day. You will be truly strengthened and rejuvenated.
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
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.