God knows your name. God told you that when all of your unformed parts were bare on His designing table He knew you. He knew every thought you would think, every word you would speak and every act you would do. He said He loved you then and He loves you now. “God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace (1 Peter 1:2 NLT).” God hears all your anxious thoughts. He comes when you call. God knows your name beloved.
Trust in the source of your strength
The LORD renew your strength every moment. When you are weak, His grace gives you strength. When you feel down He put a thought of hope in our minds and you feel alive and strengthened. When you are tired and feel like you just need a moment, He knows how to put an eternal moment in your hearts and cause you to suddenly feel renewed and strengthened. The LORD is great and greatly to be praised. “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:29-31 NLT).” Trust in the LORD, be courageous, He will help you at just the right time. Cry, weep, mourn, groan if you need to. But like Job, remember and say to yourself, though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him. God is on a different timing than we are. He is on a perfect timing, we are on a right now timing. But, His timing is best, even though it does not feel that way. Keep on trusting, God is giving you the strength in your inner person, in your spirit to be strong. The LORD renews your strength every moment.
Whoever have the Son of God have life and everything to live an excellent life.
A rich man died and they held an auction to sell off all of his many valuable possessions. The first thing up for sale was an old picture of his beloved son. No one wanted it. They yelled at the auctioneer to hurry up and get rid of the picture of the man’s son and get on with selling the other more valuable items up for sale. A household servant who loved the man and his son very much purchased the old picture of the man’s son. Then the people pressed the auctioneer to keep going. But he put down his gavel and said, “the auction is over.” “What do you mean?” The crowd asked. The auctioneer said: “The terms the father set was that whoever purchased the old picture of the son gets everything he owned, the auction is over.”
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life (1 John 5:12 NLT).”
Without life, there is nothing. But, whoever have the Son of God have life. Whoever does not have the Son of God are living dead. Whoever have the Son of God have life and everything to live excellently.
Come to Jesus and live. What does it profit anyone it they gain the entire world and lose their only soul?
We came into this world only with the life God gave us and we have the choice whether or not we leave with it. When all Job’s earthly possessions were stripped from him: “He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21 NLT).”
Every person who desires to leave this earth with their life, needs to have a “Come to Jesus” moment. A moment when you come naked, and bare your heart and soul, before God, in complete surrender.
Just believing there is a God does not save anyone. The Devil and his angels believe-in and know there is a God. They tremble just thinking of Him. But they are not saved, they are condemned to eternal death. It is when we acknowledge our personal sins, which is personal disobedience to God, repent or tell God we are sorry for the way we have been living, ask Him to help us to believe-in and trust in Him, ask Him to give us the gift of salvation by sealing us with His Holy Spirit and ask Him change our hearts so that we will live for Him; that we receive personal salvation.
The choice is yours. Everyone must have that initial “Come to Jesus” moment. Where we lay our hearts, everything we are, naked before God. Then the life we came into this world with, will be ours for all eternity. We will not leave this world with any material possessions, only life or death. So, come to Jesus an live.
With God’s Help, We Are, and Will Overcome!
Sometimes the night times of our lives are black, the storm is howling and the wind chill encases your hearts like a block of ice. When we look at the effort it takes, how responsible we have to be to manage our everyday lives and the lives of the people God has given us responsibility for, our spouses, children and loved ones, our vocation; we at times feel overwhelmed. Imagine being responsible for a country, a city or an organization. Like our leaders, we are familiar with the feelings of being overwhelmed. So God said we must pray for them. Just like Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail. Jesus also prayed for us that we would believe in Him and in God’s abundant love for us that is enabling us to overcome, despite the seemingly overwhelming storms of life we face.
When we look at what God is responsible for, it helps us to gain perspective, trust Him and believe in Him. God is responsible for the entire creation, seen and unseen, the universe, all people, plants, animals and creeping things on land, all the birds and everything flying in the air, and everything that swims in the sea. But, He provides for everyone and everything! He watches over, and is intimately acquainted with the minutest details of all life, and he meets and exceeds all the needs of every living thing! God is not overwhelmed and He will not allow us to be overwhelmed. We are, and will overcome, despite the storms of life that comes and goes.
God’s goodness and power, His infinite abilities, are unimaginable. This is the God we know and serve. The God who we see in the person of Jesus Christ. The God we see through the person of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Through his Holy Spirit He has given us His character and His abilities that comes with Him. We are able, with God’s help, to do everything He has purposed for us to do. Though we are hard pressed on every side, we will not be destroyed. We will overcome, we will not be overwhelmed, no matter the circumstances, because our faithful Father and Shepherd is leading and many times, carrying us.
Therefore, my beloved Brothers and Sisters, have no fear. Believe in the love of God for you. You cannot fail in life. God’s will is coming to pass in your lives. His purposes are bearing fruits. You will not be overwhelmed. You will overcome. You will live and not die. Look back and see what the LORD has done. Look now and see what the LORD is doing. Even if you don’t understand it right now, remember, He has never failed you or let you down. So, beloved, be contented, accept God’s peace that surpasses all your understanding, rejoice and be glad despite the tearful blackness of you stormy tearful night. Because joy comes in the morning. The joy of the LORD is your strength in all your present circumstances. “Praise the Lord; praise God our Saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms. – Interlude – Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign LORD rescues us from death (Psalms 68:19-20 NLT)!” With God’s help, we are and will overcome. Praise the LORD!
Our Father in heaven who will soon come to get us to live with Him forever said, while we tarry here, when we go through floods, we will not be washed away. Our powerful Defender and great King said, when we go through fire, we will not burn up, we will not even smell of […]
Our Father in heaven who will soon come to get us to live with Him forever said, while we tarry here, when we go through floods, we will not be washed away. Our powerful Defender and great King said, when we go through fire, we will not burn up, we will not even smell of smoke. The God who stretched out the sky and put all the stars in their proper places, stretched out His mighty hand and drew us out of the pit of hell when He saved us and He promised, nothing and no one can take us out of His hand. Not even death, because Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, defeated and destroyed death on our behalf and gave us life abundantly now, and eternally.
So we, the children of God, the believers in Jesus Christ, we are FREE! We are free to praise God, we are free to sing, we are free to dance, we are free to cry, we are free mourn, we are free to fail, we are free to live life and enjoy it in all its varieties without worries because we are free to live forever with our Saviour and Father, Almighty God! Let’s give Him hallelujah, the highest praises! Because “The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters (Psalms 18:5-6, 16 NLT).” Our God is the strong Deliverer and He will always deliver us.
Obedience is better than sacrifice! God sent Jonah on a rescue mission and because the people God sent him to help were his enemies, and enemies to his nation, he refused to go and help them. Because of his disobedience Jonah suffered immensely and nearly died.
We all know the consequences of disobedience. We have been disobedient to our parents and suffered either from a beating or from regret from not listening to them and making the wrong decision. If we have children we entreat them to be obedient to us because we know the value of obedience and the negative consequences of disobedience.
Beloved, it is a very difficult thing to recognize and acknowledge when we are suffering because we are being disobedient. God is not punishing us for being disobedient. There are laws in life, in place, that produces consequences for every action. We can’t sow bad seed and expect to reap a good harvest. Therefore, let us endeavour to look introspectively into our lives and see if we have gone off the path God has asked us to walk. Then let us do as Jonah did. Let us recognize our mistake, disobedience, acknowledge it/them, pray to God for grace and mercy and He will forgive us and restore us to our right path and His purpose for us. We may feel justified in our actions because we felt it was our choice, we were wronged, and so we were right in the action we took. But let’s not allow being justified in our own eyes to stop us from admitting our wrong.
The people of Nineveh that God sent Jonah to help were conquerors of Israel and they committed great atrocities against Jonah’s people so he felt justified in not wanting to help them. But God love all people because He created us and desires greatly to help us all. So let us be obedient to God’s leading. Obedience is better than sacrifice. “Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and LORD, you heard me!” (Jonah 2:1-2 NLT)
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me
When the horizon looks dark, the promises of God to us, His beloved children, are sure! It is only the certainty, the guarantee, of God’s promises coming through for us that keeps us going. We walk through the valleys of the shadow of death. We encounter obstacles that seem impossible to overcome. We face trials and situations that are extremely painful. We face worry, fear, the unknown, times of hopelessness and insecurity. You name it, we face it.
But through it all, we are assured that these troubles and trials are only shadows. By no means are our pains anything to make light of. They are real and they cause us real hurt and pain. But, beloved, we are only walking through the valleys of the SHADOW of death. Our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ, in the person of the Holy Spirit, is right beside us keeping us from all harms. Moreover, we have the abundant life of the joys of the LORD that gives us strength.
We are assured, by our great and awesome God and Father, that we need not fear any evil because, He is with us. Satan has been defeated. He has been judged and cast out of the kingdom of God and we are children of the kingdom of God. Therefore, no evil scheme of the enemy will overwhelm us. Our enemy have no access to us, he is just a shadow, trying to distract us. So let us fix our eyes on Jesus and remove our thoughts from the fears, worries and sufferings we go through. The promises of God are sure. They are yes and amen.
Therefore, beloved and blessed, we do not fear when we are in trouble, though we cry, mourn, and struggle with worrying. God has fought and won the battle for us. We need only praise Him through all our circumstances, whatever they may be. Praise Jesus! Thanks be to God for His Holy Spirit who causes us to remember His promises. Beloved, let us press-in and keep standing on the promises of God. Jesus said: “The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” (John 12:31-32 NLT)
God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him (John 1:6-10 NLT).
Jesus is the only light for the world! Why? There are two spiritual kingdoms that we know of. The kingdom of Light or God’s kingdom, and the kingdom of darkness or Satan’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is real and Satan’s kingdom is fake or counterfeit.
Think of it this way; we can bring a lamp into a dark room and it’ll light up the room. But we cannot bring darkness anywhere and darken a place. Or, we can only counterfeit real money, like a ten dollar bill. We can’t counterfeit a nine dollar bill because there are no real nine dollar bills. Only what is real can be counterfeited. So darkness is a counterfeit of light. It is not real and it can’t last because Jesus the true Light came to systematically eradicate it and the darkness is not able to stand against the Light. The gates of hell will not prevail. Darkness is the absence of light.
Satan once had the Light of Life in himself but, when he rebelled against God and sinned, the Light of Life left him and he existed in the darkness of death. When we listened to Satan’s lies we also became complicit in his rebellion and died. Darkness took us over and we lived in spiritual darkness or spiritual death.
But Jesus, who is God, came from heaven and brought Light back into this spiritually dark world. He is offering His Light, His Life, to everyone. Anyone who accept His truth, that we are spiritually blind and are living in darkness, will receive the Light of Life. When we accept the message of the truth of Jesus Christ, He quickened, give life, light, back to our darkened, dead, spirits and we are born again of the light and into the light of the kingdom of God.
Jesus is the only Light of the world and He came to give us His Light. “Jesus said, My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light. After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.” (John 12:35-36 NLT)