“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we often depend on our own strength and very often cast our cares onto a friend instead of the Lord. When we realize we have absolutely no ability in ourselves to handle our anxieties and concerns, we will not hesitate to turn to the One who does. That takes humility. Only a prideful heart thinks that we have the power in ourselves to solve every problem in life. But Jesus said, “Apart from Him, we can do nothing.” So we must trust Him to lift us up at the right time, to vindicate us, to prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies, to anoint our heads with oil, and to cause our cups to run over—if we humble ourselves.
Great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3: 23
When trouble strikes and our hearts grow faint we so often forget the goodness and love of our Father in Heaven for and we begin to doubt Him. When that happens we begin to be consumed by our stress and our fears and begin to blame God. When we recall His great love for us, reminding ourselves daily of His compassion toward us, our hearts gain strength. When the stresses of life begin to overwhelm you begin to reflect on the faithfulness of God in the past. Thank Him for how He rescued you, how He provided for you- the stress will slowly melt away
‘All nations will be blessed through you.’
The Lord promised Abraham that ALL nations would be blessed because of him.The truth is that the Lord wants to use each of our lives to be a blessing. How can you be a blessing to those around you? The reason He has blessed you is to be a blessing. May the Lord use your life and may many be blessed because of you!
PRAYER: Lord, I dedicate my life into Your mighty hands. Use my life to bring light, hope, life and blessing into the lives of those who are discouraged, hopeless and despairing. May my life count, I pray. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
It is not knowing “about” God; it is about “knowing God” in a deep and intimate way. God is saying that if you would get passionate about Him, then you will begin to find Him. How intent are you on knowing God? Begin today by seeking Him with your whole heart.
Father, I come to You today. I really do want to know You. I want to have an intimate relationship with You. Help me discipline myself to take the time to know You, take the time to hear You, take the time to tell You my thoughts, hopes and dreams. To share with You my fears, apprehensions and doubts. As I seek You, I pray that You would reveal more and more of Yourself to me. In Jesus’ Name I ask. AMEN
The word of God-
It makes us wise (2 Timothy 3:15)
It helps us grow up (1 Peter 2:2)
It directs our lives (Psalm 119:105)
It keeps us from sinning (Psalm 119:11)
It guarantees our success (Joshua 1:8)
It prepares us for God’s plan for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
If you talk to any backslider, you’ll find that before he ever backslid, he quit reading the Word. The Word is your ammunition. Don’t go to battleground called life, unarmed.
Have you gone a day without eating? Imagine not eating for a week. You will end up weak and ill. The same applies to our spiritual life; the Bible is food for our spiritual development. If we go too long without reading His word, we will feel spiritually weak and sick.
Why do we need the word? Jesus defeated the devil using the word of God. It is the sword of the spirit with which we can defeat the enemy. In times of trouble the Word of God is our stay. It is food for our soul and brings joy and drives out doubt. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. It is life and health to our bones. Jeremiah15:16, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”
In the midst of all that is shifting and changing God assures us that His Word “stands forever!” Anything outside of God’s Word will wither and fade away. God’s word is the final authority. God’s Word is powerful; it can take an unsaved, uninterested, hard-hearted human being and absolutely turn his life around! And it can transform you, too—give you wisdom, bring you joy, dispel the darkness in your life. It shows the way to eternal life through Christ. It gives life meaning and purpose. Have you read His word today?
Hebrews 12:1-2 “Run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
The Bible teaches that we must trust God and persevere in difficult times. God is faithful He will never leave us or forsake us. This offers comfort and hope when we go through hardships and trials. We must remain in Christ, stand firm and continue to do the work that God has called us to do. God loves us and He will always be with us. Continue to trust in God and in His will for your life.
Giving up is not an option. If we persevere with God’s help, we too like Paul can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord will award me.”