Lord God, for a brand new day, we are grateful and joyful to be alive! Psalm 4:7 says “You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.” Lord God, we thank you for joy even in the midst of storms. We know that as long as you are with us, we win. In the name of Jesus, embrace the lives of our unbelieving family members and draw them nearer to you. Father, we desire for our loved ones to go to heaven as well. Help us to be your instrument and to plant seeds in their lives so you can grow them in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Thank you for their salvation. Thank you for your joy which is our strength.
When I open my blinds to look outside, I cannot help but smile. I think: “My God, what an artist you are.” Passing people on the streets, noticing how different they are, I think to myself: “Lord, your handiwork in creating us is beyond awesome!” Brothers and sisters, the testimonies I just shared are only a few examples of delighting in the Lord. Delighting in the Lord is a joyful response to the things we know God can do. Delighting in the Lord is a joyful response to understanding the power, majesty, mercy, and grace God provides.
Isaiah 61:10 describes my feeling better than any words I can utter. Isaiah 61:10 says “I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! “For he has dressed me in the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.” Brothers and sisters, Psalm 37:4 KJV says “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” This scripture is always taken literally and out of context. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us that The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? God does not grant evil desires. In John 15:7 Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Delighting in the Lord is abiding in the Lord. Therefore, when we abide or delight ourselves in the Lord, our desires become His desires. Therefore, God gives us the desires of His Heart!
In the name of Jesus, please continue to bring healing to our hearts and minds so we can stay tuned in to your plans and purposes.
Always remember, my brothers and sisters, that God is far greater than any of our problems. For those who are in the heat of a spiritual warfare, hold on! Keep your confidence! In Christ, the battle is already won. My brothers and sisters, troubled times are the times when we cling tighter and become stronger in the Lord. Do not to fall apart, give up, cave in nor quit.
There are some of us crying out for justice and relief. Try to remember David’s dilemma, and if this is not what you are facing now, then we must pray for those caught in the devils snare. David, in Psalm 31 cried: “O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe. Psalm 31 and do not dwell on what’s happening around you. God not only extends His grace, but God also extends justice to those who try to harm us.
People are straight losing it over this next election coming up. Fear is obvious, hate is growing and the crime rate is not getting any lower. However, for those who have not lost their trust in God, this next election should not be a big issues. Even in the days of the exodus, the hardness of the Pharaohs heart help glorify the greatness of God. Remember Proverbs 21:1 says: The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases. So let us not get it twisted, the Great and Lofty One, the Sovereign of all creation, the Master of all universes is watching. His eyes are pierced upon the wickedness going on. It’s just a matter of time before His wrath is unleashed. We should address our concerns about who’s making decisions in our government to God. Let us pray for the best person to be in office according to the will of God. In the name of Jesus, rebuke and pray against wicked men and women entering into office, then let God work His mighty works. Oh and if we do our research, then ask God who should we vote for, He will most definitely make a way for us to understand who to vote for. Why? Because God sees inside of hearts and minds and knows all things!
Hebrews 2:1-4 says: So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
Brothers and sisters, these scriptures were warning to the Hebrew people of the dangers of drifting away from the Word of God…from God. Drifting is very dangerous in that often times we don’t even notice that we are actually drifting away. Some of us are in the fast lane moving faster every day and yes I’m sure that some days we all could use a few more hours to accomplish our affairs. However, drifting starts out very subtle… one stops studying the Bible, praying or going to church…actually it can start in various ways. People start to drift when there are rumors going on about someone in the church or someone whom offended him or her. The subtle drifting takes one into extreme trouble waters……When we are way out in in the deep waters it takes great effort to swim back. We need help getting back to shore.
Stop for a minute, then ask yourself, “Am I drifting?” If the answer is yes…then start swimming back now…Come back! Some of you may be asking how? How do I come back? Well, Peter, when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Shout unto the Lord and ask Him to save you from drifting farther away from Him. Say what David said in Psalm 69:1(NLT) …He said, “Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck.”
In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” Then Proverbs 14:12 says “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” A worldly concept of self-love, is those who choose broad way that leads to destruction. These are those who chose the “it’s all about me” pathway. The dictionary online states that self-love is the instinct by which one’s actions are directed to the promotion of one’s own welfare or well-being, especially in excessive regard to one’s owns advantage. Defining the word selfish we discover that it means pretty much the same thing. Now let us not get it twisted. It is totally normal to care about your physical, mental, spiritual and financial well-being. God wants us to be healthy and strong to carry out his plans and purposes in this earth. Broke down, depressing, hopeless, worthless people do not tend to make positive impacts on the lives of others. We need to be love magnets in a god-like love. However the self-love I’m speaking of is that “It’s all about me” self-love. We have to be very careful not to become “ate up” with ourselves. “Ate up” meaning you eat, sleep and breathe self. When our minds are in that mode of thinking, we hog all the love to ourselves and others don’t stand a chance of getting even a little bit of love from us. God wants us to share our love. Honestly, it is only through God can we understand what true love is. Loves come from God and is meant to be shared. God is love. Please study 1 Corinthians 13th chapter, then meditate on 1 John 4:7-8.
Romans 2:14 explains how “Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.” Seeing this scripture made me think about a documentary I recently viewed about a family living in a dense forest away from civilization. The husband of this family thought it honorable to climb a very tall tree to retrieve a bunch of honey for his wife and family. On the ground, his family were looking up at him praising him for his bravery. You see, this man could have easily died while reaching his hand into the swarming bee hive to get his family some sweets. Honey was a rare delicacy they could enjoyed a couple times a year. The husband withstood multiple bee stings. I thought to myself how this man has no access to laws like many so-called civilized human beings yet this man knows that love is an action word and he was willing to take the chance of getting stung by hundreds of bees just so his family would be happy. This documentary was really moving in that it showed how those whom we label as uncivilized were actually more civilized that we are. The unity of this family was astonishing. They fit together like a hand in a glove. These people were obeying God’s command to love one another with a true love. (See 1 Corinthians 13) They were in sincere harmony and showed so much respect for one another. I am clueless as to how God works out situations like this but I do know that God is a God is Love and He is a God of justice. He does the right thing always. I believe that us so-called civilized one’s have much to learn from these so-called uncivilized people. Families like these can impact the world in profound ways. The point is if we would all take part in building strong, bonding, peaceful God-honoring family units, we could actually put a stop to much of the madness that’s going on in this world. Trusting in the righteousness of God sewn into our hearts can make us a better world to live in.
If we are honest, all of us have issues and problems. In fact, we’ll continue in bad habits, bad manners, anger, depression, rebellion sexual immorality and all together ugly stuff unless we call upon and believe upon the finished work of Jesus Christ. He left us His Holy Spirit so we can be free from slavery to sin. Without God’s Holy Spirit sin overpowers us. Without a Savior we end up destroying ourselves! God wants to regenerate us, renew us and change our hearts and minds so that we will be in sync with his plans and purposes for our lives. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope says Jeremiah 29:11. You see, God is not trying to cause us misery and pain. God loves us so dearly! Once we understand the power of God’s love we will desire change. In fact we desire to draw nearer to God. God wants to change us from the inside out so we can be more like Him. Ezekiel 36:26 (ESV) states: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” This is called being born again. Are you truly born again? Is God’s Holy Spirit dwelling inside you?