Saturday, April 10, 2021

“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:29)

When Jesus came walking across the stormy sea in the darkness of night, Peter was the only disciple who had the courage to walk on the water to Him. One can imagine the other disciples saying, “It’s too dangerous!

Don’t go!” But when Jesus told him to come, Peter stepped out into the unknown and walked on water. He didn’t let what was familiar and comfortable in his life keep him from getting out of the boat and becoming who he was created to be.

You can’t play it safe your whole life and reach the fullness of your destiny. What God has in store for your future is going to boggle your mind—the places He wants to take you, the people you’re going to influence, the dreams you’re going to accomplish.

Don’t let the what-ifs talk you out of it. “What if I fail? What if they say no?” You’ll never know unless you try—it’s in the unknown.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that the stormy seas and waves of my life are no problem for You. I choose to obey You quickly. Help me not to overthink things, but trust Your leading in my life. I declare that I am willing to step out of my comfort zone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Friday, April 09, 2021

More than how we cherish calling God as our God, God is proud to call Himself as our God. He says to us, “For behold, I am on your side; I will turn toward you, and you will be tilled and sown” (Ezekiel 36:9).

Yes, everyday God will give you His Word that you need to live in this wicked world and yet prosper and have abundant life. We read that, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). If God is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

God is on your side. The Lord says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

What a wonderful God we have with us! We need not be afraid at all. We need not entertain any fear in our life. God says, “I will do everything for you. I will help you and I will strengthen you. I will hold you in My arms.”

He says in Isaiah 49:16, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” You are always loved by God. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Who can pluck you away from His hand? Nobody can do it. So, you will never be taken away from the hand of God. He will protect you and promise you of His goodness each day. He will make you grow in Him and lift you up higher and higher in life.

Why should you be dismayed? Why should you be distressed? The Lord is with you. He Himself will guide you step by step now and always even till the end.

His love for you will not change and He will continue to speak to you through His Word and strengthen you. You will prosper and rise up high in life.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Heavenly Father, What a joy it is to know that You are on my side Lord! You are carrying me in Your nail pierced hand so I thank You Lord. Thank You that You are protecting me. Thank You that You will prosper me.

Guide me with Your Word each day. Out of Your fullness let me receive one blessing after another. Let me have no more lack in my life. Bless my future. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen

Thursday, April 08, 2021

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”(Isaiah 41:13)

You are precious to God because you have come seeking after God’s promise for today. His promises shall be yes and amen in Christ Jesus for your life. Today, God promises you three blessings. Firstly, God’s covenant of peace with you will not be shaken.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10).

The psalmist says, “I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8). Because you too have set the Lord before you, you will not be moved. God will hold your right hand and will help you today (Isaiah 41:13). So, be without fear.

Secondly, God’s strength will be perfected in your weakness. In Isaiah 41:10, God says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God is with you to strengthen you. For we read in the Bible, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26).

In your weakness, the Holy Spirit will be strong and pray for you to overcome your weaknesses.
Thirdly, God will put His words in your mouth for you to speak about Him to everyone and He will protect you.

The Lord says, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” (Jeremiah1:7-8). When you speak God’s Word you will be delivered.

The Lord says, “Don’t be afraid my child. I am with you to strengthen you, help you and deliver you.” Just trust God. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His strength. As you live for Him this day, He will fulfil these promises to you.

A Prayer for Today
Father Give me this grace to have You close to me. Let Your Covenant of peace be with me, let Your strength be made perfect in my weakness and let Your Words be proclaimed through me.

Remove the fear in Jesus Name. Help me to experience Your presence with me. Protect me and help me. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

 “…Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth?… Is it not I, the LORD?.” (Exodus 4:11)

When God told Moses to go and tell Pharaoh, “Let My people go,” Moses said, “God, I can’t do that. I don’t speak well. I stutter.” Moses was saying, “God, I don’t have what it takes. You didn’t give me that gift. I’m afraid.”

He kept making excuse after excuse until the Scripture says, “God became angry with Moses.” He was angry because Moses saw his gift as not enough. He’s displeased when we’re not using what He’s given us, when we’re making excuses, discounting our gifts.

God said to Moses, “Who made your tongue?” He was saying, “Moses, I created the universe. I flung stars into space. You didn’t get shortchanged. You’re not lacking anything.” God would not ask you to do something if He hadn’t already given you what you need.

Quit saying, “If I was as gifted or good looking as they are, I could do something great.” No, take the talent you have and develop it. If you’ll use what you have, God will give you more.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the gifts and the talents You put in me. Thank You that I don’t have to have what I think is a big gift for You to use me in a great way. I will be faithful to develop what You’ve given me and trust You to give me more as I increase it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

“…Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Sometimes it’s as though we’re carrying all these heavy bags around—a bag of guilt, another bag with all the mistakes we’ve made, then we add on a bag full of regrets.

We go through life carrying around all of these bags, then we wonder why life is a struggle, why we’re tired, why we can’t accomplish a dream. It’s because you weren’t created to live with guilt, condemnation, and shame.

The Scripture tells us to “lay aside the weights that can easily entangle us.” It’s time to lay aside those weights of guilt and shame and regret. It’s time to get rid of that baggage. This is a new day.

The accuser has held you back long enough. Nothing you’ve done in the past is too much for the mercy of God. You are redeemed. You are restored. Shake off the guilt and the accusing voices and receive the gift of righteousness in Christ Jesus and rest for your soul.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can come to You and unload all the weight of heaviness, regrets, feelings of unworthiness. I am laying aside all those heavy bags and receiving Your gift of righteousness. I will rest in Your love and mercy and forgiveness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Monday, April 05, 2021

“…I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)

You’re not giving up anything. You’re gaining purpose, your destiny, a life that He’s designed, a life more rewarding than you ever imagined. You might as well recognize you’re a marked man, a marked woman.

The Creator of the universe has His hand on your life. The sooner you surrender your will to His, the better off you’re going to be. You’re not giving up anything. You’re gaining purpose, your destiny, a life that He’s designed, a life more rewarding than you ever imagined.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for all of the times You’ve shown me such great mercy, protecting me from accidents and delivering me from mistakes I’ve made. I surrender my will to You, and I believe that You are leading me forward into the life that You designed for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

“Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”?…” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

In Luke 9, when Jesus fed the five thousand, they only counted the men. They didn’t count the children or the women, who were regarded as second class, less than back then.

Yet it was a small boy, the least likely among the crowd, who brought the lunch that fed the crowd. God uses people that other people don’t count.

Could it be that you’re not reaching your highest potential because you feel like you’re not counted, you’re lacking in some area, now you’re not expecting anything good, not pursuing your dreams? No, you need to have a new perspective.

You’re a prime candidate for God to show out in your life. You may feel weak, but God wants to show Himself strong. You may feel like the least likely, but God wants to do something so amazing in your life that it will astound the people around you.

You’ve been counted; you’ve been qualified. What God spoke over your life will come to pass.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that even if others discount me, You count me, and You are the only One who really matters. Thank You that You have qualified me to do what You have destined me to do. I believe that You will take what I have and multiply it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Saturday, April 03, 2021

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

The concept of peace here is based on the meaning of the Hebrew word shalom. Shalom refers to a way of life in which justice, peace, goodness, rightness, and flourishing abound for all people.

This is life as God intends it to be, in which everyone lives in harmony with God and with their ­neighbors. Jesus came to bring and restore us to peace with God (John 16:33; Romans 5:1). And now we are invited to be peacemakers together with Jesus.

Just as he is the Son of God, so we become children of God as we join in his mission of peacemaking.
Shalom-making involves every­thing we do—in our work and play, in the way we handle our finances, in all our relationships with family, friends, and neighbors.

Shalom guides us to build unity across racial differences, break down barriers that keep people in poverty, call for legislation that helps life to flourish, and point to God’s way of living that brings full life for all, including care for God’s ­creation.

Worshiping Christ often closes with a blessing of peace on the people who are gathered, so that they may go out to share God’s peace with others (Numbers 6:24-26): “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

A Prayer for Today
Renew me, O Lord, with your peace that surpasses understanding, that I may be a peacemaker in all I do, following Jesus’ example. For his sake, Amen.

Friday, April 02, 2021

“If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

Jesus’ teaching here at the end of the Lord’s Prayer might be confusing. It almost sounds as if we have to earn God’s forgiveness by forgiving others. But we also know that through faith in Jesus, we are already forgiven by God (Acts 2:38; Romans 3-8).

So we need a different kind of thinking here. Think of an old kitchen sponge that hasn’t been used for a long time. When you put it under the tap, the water runs right over the sponge. But if you set the sponge in a bucket of ­water for a few minutes, it softens and becomes usable again.

Our hearts can be like that too. When we hold onto resentments and bitterness, nursing our anger, we can become as hard as a rock, and God’s grace for us will be like water running over a rock. It doesn’t soak in.

But when we are open to forgiving others, we become soft like a moistened sponge. The Lord’s deep grace soaks in and saturates our hearts, and we become available to share his grace.

Just as a wet sponge moistens other things when it touches them, we can share grace, helping to wipe others’ dirt away as we forgive others. As Colossians 3:13 puts it, “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Dying to our accumulated resentment, anger, and bitterness softens our hearts to receive God’s amazing grace and to share it freely with others.

A Prayer for Today
Soak my heart, Lord, in the depths of your abundant grace and mercy, that I may overflow with grace and mercy for others. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion…” (Isaiah 30:18)

Do you ever think about the way your heavenly Father feels about you? He’s been thinking about you a long time. Jesus says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to the give you the kingdom.” He doesn’t say, “Okay, you’re here, and I have to take care of you, but you’re a pain.” No, you’re not a burden to God.

You’re not inconveniencing Him. You’re the apple of His eye. He’s saying to you, “I can’t wait to give you My world.” His world is big, abundant, full of favor, joy, peace, and opportunity. He’s going to take you places you never dreamed, open doors bigger than you’ve imagined, and bring talent out of you that you didn’t known you had.

He loves showing you favor, doing things that amaze you, making you stand out. He takes pleasure in giving you His world. Stir your faith up, believe big, pray bold prayers, and dream God-sized dreams that honor Him. Keep Him first place.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your heart of compassion that longs to be gracious to me. Thank You that it is Your pleasure to give me the kingdom, to give me Your world. I am taking the limits off You and expecting to be surprised by Your goodness and love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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