God’s Promise

Bright Future

Isaiah 60:15
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated with no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation.

Have you ever felt God has abandoned you? That He has forgotten your name? That you no longer matter to Him?

If so, take heart. This scripture is for you. Even from the first word, “whereas” this is meant to encourage you. “Whereas” carries a meaning of “being burdened, oppressed, in subjection or conquered; under the hand of.”

“You have been,” means “continue, be finished, be gone.” “Forsaken” is “to let alone, neglect, deserted.” Ever felt like that?

Good news! God promises to set in place a perpetual exaltation and rejoicing for you and your generations—for eternity. What a future to look forward to!

Oh Lord God! Thank You for Your promises
which are always in effect, and never go out of date.
They are the only constant truth to be had.
I rejoice in Your kindness and encouragement
which never fails and is new every morning.

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Fear vs. Faith

Fear vs. Faith

Deuteronomy 1:29
“Then I (Moses) said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, or fear them.’”

When Moses was about to die, he recounted the events he and the Israelites shared together in the desert. Today’s passage comes from that recollection.

When the Israelites neared the land that God had promised them long before they left Egypt, they sent twelve spies to check out the territory. When the spies saw the Anakim, the giants that lived there, ten came back terrified. The other two, Joshua and Caleb, believed God and were ready to take the land.

God reassured the people through Moses with today’s scripture. The people didn’t believe God. They let their fear rule instead of their faith. They put their eyes on the giants instead of Almighty God and His promise.

This cost them dearly—forty years in the desert. During that time, all the adults died before reaching the promised land with the exception of Joshua and Caleb.

When God speaks, we need to listen and obey, no matter what the circumstances look like.

Lord Jesus, when giants appear
whisper Your word in my ear.
May I obey what You say
and not my fear.

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Hope from God

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Philippians 1:28
(be) in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but salvation for you, and that too from God.
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God doesn’t want us to be frightened of those who are against us as Christians. The fact that they oppose us is a clear indication that if they continue to deny God and work against Him and His people, they will perish and be in ruin. They will experience eternal misery in hell. That subject isn’t spoken of much these days, but it’s a very real reality.

For those that belong to the Lord and are standing firm in one spirit, striving for the faith of the gospel, we have a different assurance—salvation.

That word “salvation” covers a lot of territory. It entails preservation, safety, and deliverance from the molestation of enemies. All true Christians currently possess this salvation and also future benefits when Jesus returns from heaven and establishes His eternal kingdom.

What an extravagant gift from God to those who love and honor Him and look forward to His return!

Thank You Lord God
for Your total provision
for our every need both now
and when time is no more.

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When in High Waves

Jesus walking on water

Matthew 14:27
But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Jesus directed His disciples to row across the Sea of Galilee at sundown while He stayed behind to pray. After they had rowed for many hours in contrary winds they were worn ragged. Between three and six in the morning, they saw something coming toward them and were terrified. They thought it was a ghost. Jesus called to them to take courage; that it was only He and not to be afraid.

Aren’t we the same? When adverse circumstances beat on us like waves against our small boat, do we feel as though God has forgotten us? That we will never make it through to the other side? That we will go down to the depths alone?

Jesus is waiting for us to notice Him there, near us—as close as the whisper of His name. He hasn’t forgotten us. He is only waiting for our desperate cry.

Lord Jesus, Lord of land and sea
and all that is in them,
I call to You, my Lord,
my Savior. Help me!
Deliver me! Save me
lest I sink in these deep waters.

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Following God

David and Solomon

I Chronicles 28:20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”

Over many years, through numerous trials and tribulations, David had come to know God’s faithfulness. He had gathered all the materials needed to build a spectacular temple for God’s worship.

David called the leaders of Israel to publically appoint Solomon to build the Lord’s temple. It was a huge undertaking. In Solomon’s commissioning, David told him to know his God. If he would obey his father’s command, God promised to not forsake (depart from, leave behind, abandon or desert) him.

Solomon followed God for a while. Then he began to follow the gods of his numerous wives which eventually caused his kingdom to split. How many others have followed that same sad scenario?

Father God, may we continue to follow You
until our work here on earth is done.
May we revere You as king David did.
May we see You move on our behalf
all of our life.

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Clogged Pipeline?

clogged pipeline

Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Left to ourselves, we would never come to the conviction of the truth unless the Holy Spirit opened our ears and allowed the truth about Jesus to pour into our hearts.

We hear with our ears, but also with our hearts. If we carry anger or bitterness or unforgiveness, we hinder the Holy Spirits work in our lives. That pipeline to our heart plugs up. The truth can’t get through.

Some people go through their whole lives, hearing but not perceiving that Jesus came, died, and rose again. They are unable to take it in; to make it their own truth and hope.

Do you know someone like that? If so, pray for them to let go of those things that hinder their understanding. Your prayer might be the very thing that makes the difference in their eternal life.

Lord Jesus, open deaf ears
and soften hard hearts.
May Your truth sink deep
to produce good fruit
in many lives.

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The Mind Set on the Spirit

Book of Rememberance

Romans 8:6
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

Today, people spend hours at the gym working out to gain a sleek physique, to build their bodies into he-man powerhouses, or to keep their twenty-something appearance. Others are obsessed with the latest fashions. Still others spend their energy and time focused on food.

These things aren’t bad in themselves, but they shouldn’t be what we rest our minds on. They shouldn’t be the focus of our thoughts and purposes. Those things are going to pass away. When our minds are obsessed with physical things, there is no time to focus on our eternal relationship with God the Holy Spirit.

We need to take time to listen for His voice, read God’s word, and seek Him as our number one priority. Then God will bless us with a rich, full, satisfying life in the here and now and on through eternity.

Father God, draw our minds away from perishing things.
Set our thoughts and purposes on the eternal.
Woo us into one-on-one relationship with You through the Holy Spirit
so we may know You as we are known.

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