May the blessings of our Lord overtake you today! Saints of God, while looking into the word of God and meditating. I begin to peruse the shallness and willness of the Promises of God.
He brings peace to our troubled minds when learn to live in His promises. Consider these promises: “He that trust in The Lord shall be safe” (Prov.29:25). “I will keep you in perfect peace” (Isaiah 26:3). In Isaiah 61:3, He promises to give “beauty for ashes to console those who mourn.” He "will swallow up death... and will wipe away tears from all faces..." (Isaiah 25:8). He "shall supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19). And He promises that “weeping is for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
All of this is wonderful. However, we must study God's word to know these things. We must understand, believe, accept, and receive the peace and joy God’s promises brings His children. It all begins with faith. When we accept God's Son, Jesus Christ; and believe His Word. Then we will have the Faith to not only claim but to walk in the promises of His Word. Jesus tells us in Matthews 17:20, “nothing will be impossible for you. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life” (Psalm 23:6).
Why not take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there? Rise up and walk in the shallness and willness of God's promises. “And it shall come to pass...that God will set you high above all nations of the earth… these blessings shall overtake you” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2). God declares, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Thank you Lord for Your blessed assurance! God bless you, stay safe!
Pray for our Pastor.
— Sister Catherine Raphael
JESUS CHRIST ISSUED A BOLD STATEMENT when He said, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Since it is against the nature of our triune God to break a promise (Titus 1:2), we know that the Lord will fulfill that pledge.
So when we make a big request and nothing happens, the problem isn’t with God. It could be that the timing is wrong or the answer comes in a different form than we expected. But it could also be that our heart isn’t in the right place. When it comes to our petitions, the Lord wants us to…
- APPROACH HIM IN COMPLETE DEPENDENCE ON CHRIST’S MERITS. The Savior’s blood paid for our right to enter the Father’s holy presence. Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary took away our sins and clothed us in righteousness, which allows us to stand unashamed before the throne. We don’t earn favor through works or get prayers answered because we are super spiritual. God responds because His Son sits at His right hand, interceding for us.
- APPROACH HIN IN HOLINESS—that is, separated from all known sin. We cannot expect the Lord to hear us if we “regard wickedness” in our heart (Psalms 66:18). Think about it this way: If God were to answer prayer when we are willfully living in sin, then He would be sanctioning our transgression. Therefore, believers must turn away from their wrongdoing before making big requests.
God is always faithful. He wants to provide you with what you need and then bless you beyond that. But first, He wants His followers’ heart to be in line with His so that the bold requests have pure motives. Those who live according to God’s will can trust Him for anything they ask in His Son’s name.
—Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries
This Month's Scripture
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it (Psalms 127:1).
Many of the people who read these words grew up in broken families. If they were honest, they would admit to being abused and neglected—and they do not want to treat their sons and daughters they way they were treated. There are people who would think, "well, just don't do it." Easier said than done. People who have been abused often end up doing the same to their family members.
If you feel as though this is your story, there is hope for you to break the cycle. Maybe, when it comes to love, your home was emotionally starved. As an adult, you wonder if you will ever truly love your spouse. Just remember, all love begins and ends with God.
If you had the wrong definition of love modeled to you while you were growing up, then you will not know how to love the way God loves. However, He is more than willing to teach you. Don't worry about getting everything right. Just ask Him to show you how to love your family the way He loves you—and He will.
Baby steps are quite acceptable here. Begin slowly. When you feel emotionally charged and want to strike out at one of your family members, think about how patient and loving God is with you. Slowly but surely, He will build His character into your life and love will overflow into your family.
One Minute Please:
There are broken lives all around us, but God can glue the pieces back together.