In the Old Testament, God said, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). And to emphasize its importance under the new covenant, He repeats the same verse in the book of Hebrews. You’re not being holy and humble by doing penance or by continuing to remember what God has forgotten! God’s Word says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But when we want to bring again before the Lord that fault that has already been confessed, God says to us, “What are you talking about? There’s no record of that here in heaven. No, you confessed that. I see you through the blood of Jesus. I see you perfect through My Son.” That’s the gospel message! Let’s rejoice in that truth today!
Asaph wrote eleven Psalms. Yet Asaph confessed,“Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart” “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped” (Psalm 73:1-2). Why? Because he saw the wicked around him prospering,Like some of us wonder why blessings are heaped on people who live duplicitous lives? Perhaps you’ve seen an ungodly coworker rewarded instead of you or a wicked neighbor acquire material things while you struggled to make ends meet.It can be very easy for suffering Christians to slide into doubt. They may think, “I’ve been living right but all my diligence have been in vain. In spite of all I do, I still suffer.”That is when you need to guard your heart. Don’t let your faith or your confidence be shaken. God is still on the throne. God will help you. Asaph saw that he had almost slipped but he held on to proclaim, “I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works” (73:28). And you can do the same!
‘For You are my help; I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.’The Lord is your Helper and your Guide.You have reason to rejoice and be glad, because He is with you. The Lord has helped you thus far, so be confident about the future. In a world that is full of uncertainty, rest securely and joyfully under the shelter of the Most High. He is able to carry you through.
PRAYER: Lord, truly You are my help. I still believe and trust in Your plans and I place my heart in Your hands. You are all I need, and all of my trust is in You, my Faithful Friend. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, to receive mercy, and find grace to help us in time of need. HEBREWS 4:14-16 The God of the universe invites us to His presence. We are called into fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ! That means we can share everything with Him. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 says, God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.God cares about you and nothing that concerns you is unimportant to Him. He wants you to come to Him trusting that He will hear you and answer you and help you in time of need. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and talk to Him always.
The words we speak reflect what is in our hearts. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Hence fill your heart with the word of God. Secondly, we are to tame our tongue. (James 3:8).Jesus said,”But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:35-37)The secret to victory over anything in your life is closeness to Jesus — intimacy with Him! Drawing near to His presence will reveal what is in your heart. If you gossip or allow unkind things come out of your mouth, go to the Lord and ask him to help you. And ask the Holy Spirit to convict you each time you start to say something careless or unkind.
“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).
The history of God’s people has been one of backsliding, neglecting and forgetting God. But a remnant, tried and tested, remained faithful to God. These were the ones who entered the Promised Land. Even the most devoted believer can begin drifting by getting lazy and passive about the things of the Lord. Once that begins to happen, it becomes harder and harder to get back into intimate communion with Christ. How is your relationship with your Creator? Have you been so busy that you have no time for Him anymore? Do you remember a time when you felt nearer to Him than you do now? When you felt His presence more readily and heard His voice more clearly? It might be time to examine your heart to be sure you are continuing to press in with Jesus.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Paul was writing to the Thessalonians, who were suffering were facing difficult times. Yet he told them to give thanks! In the midst of troubled seas, we can give thanks that “weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). In pain and grief, we can thank God for the comfort of His “rod” and “staff” (Psalm 23:4). When others reject us, we can thank God that He accepts us gladly, and never forsakes us. In all things there will be something for which we can praise and thank God. When we can’t praise Him for what, in His sovereign will, He has allowed, we can praise Him for who He is in the midst of it all, because He is going to work all things for our Good. No matter what you are going through give thanks!
Have you ever felt you had more than your fair share of problems? That everyone else seem happy and blessed? 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Always be joyful.” How do we do that when life is so hard? When people hurt us? When circumstances seem hopeless? When our hearts are broken? The answer is in the next verse. “Never stop praying.” To be joyful, we need to pray, asking God to daily fill us with joy no matter what our circumstances are.Then, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for us who belong to Christ Jesus”. We are to be grateful for all He has done for us and the life He’s given us. It is His will for us to live with joy, not because life is perfect but because He is. Let us begin to count our blessings, let our faith, not our feelings, dictate our joy.
A refuge is a place where you run and hide when troubles get to be too much. Like a cleft in the rock, it covers and protects us. We need that when the storms of life come. But notice: God does not provide a refuge for us; He is our refuge. If the enemy of our souls is distracting you, tempting you, discouraging you, look to God to shelter you with His wings. Do you need someone to protect and hold you close at this moment in your life? He is there right when you need Him. You are safe with Him. Do not fear! But the Lord will be a refuge for His people…Joel 3:16
Prayer: God, You said You’d be my refuge!” I thank You for being there for me. I have no one else to turn to. I know You are my very present help in time of need. I trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
God’s Word tells us in Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His mercies fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The enemy would have us believe that we have messed up so badly that we are bound to live in defeat; that we have failed too many times and God is angry at us. But God’s Word says that He loves me and forgives me and understands that I am weak and is willing to help me. Isn’t God amazing? He gives us a fresh start every day. How can we be defeated, then? How can one be discouraged with His unfailing love surrounding us? How can we be sad and hopeless when we serve the greatest God in the universe?