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!
John 3:1-8 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. — John 3:4 Nicodemus, a Pharisee who has carefully studied the law of God for many years, visits Jesus one night. Jesus soon points out that no one can have life in the kingdom of God without a new birth. Nicodemus is perplexed—and to this he responds, “How can someone be born when they are old?”But that’s impossible, isn’t it? Not for the Son of God! His words are instructive: “born again” here literally means “born from above.” The Spirit of God eventually gave Nicodemus faith in Christ and he became a follower of Jesus. How can someone be born again? By the Spirit of God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for inviting me to follow You. Thank You for enabling me to have a new birth through Your Spirit! Amen.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 May be today you are waiting for the right man/woman to cross your path, or perhaps you are waiting for a breakthrough in your job. I don’t know what you are waiting for. The wait seems endless and the choices are few and far between, and the situation seems hopeless. What hope did Ruth have? Three widows in a house, with no means to fend for themselves, no bread winner. What about Rehab, the prostitute? Who would marry her? But when you read the genealogy of Jesus, these two women figure in it. Is your situation worse than theirs? The God who settled these two women in families will do mighty and unimaginable things for you. Trust this God to intervene in your situation, don’t settle for anything, wait for the best, God’s best.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 Are you dealing with fears that make you feel helpless and hopeless? Fear is one of the greatest weapons satan uses against us, as it attacks our minds. He tells us everything that is contrary to the word of God. How can we fight against such thoughts? By believing the truth of the second part of the verse. God through His Holy Spirit has given us power, love and a sound mind, not in our strength but in His. Lord, teach me to live a victorious life through the empowering love and strength of Your Holy Spirit. Break those strongholds of fear that bind me up and keep me from experiencing the peace and joy that You desire for me. In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen.
Pride refuses to depend on God and be subject to Him and takes the honour due to Him. What makes me reluctant to trust God but rather try to make the impossible happen all by myself? Pride. God hates pride. God resists the proud because the proud resist God. Pride will not admit to sin. The heart of pride never confesses, never repents, never asks for forgiveness. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). Isn’t it easy to see why? Humility is happy to do what pride will not. The humble heart is quick to acknowledge the need for God, eager to confess sin, willing to kneel before heaven’s throne. And it’s no wonder God makes His grace abound to the humble!
So often the world teaches us that what is evil is good, and what is good is evil. But the Bible says, “Abhor what is evil and cling to what is good.” If you abhor something, you are not going to do it. No one has to tell you not to do it and you do not struggle to stay away from it. You naturally avoid it. That is the kind of feeling we must have toward sin. “Abhor what is evil and hold fast to what is good.” Oh, what precious truth there is in those words. And the sum of all truth and all good, and the triumph over all evil is Christ. So, hold fast to Christ, and abhor everything that is evil and everything that dishonours Him.
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)
When you love yourself, what you allow looks different.
When you love yourself, what you allow looks different.