Wednesday, March 10, 2021

“…But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart…” (Luke 2:19)

Mary was engaged to the man of her dreams when the angel appeared and said she was going to have a baby, the Messiah, without knowing a man.

We focus on how amazing that supernatural birth was and forget that she had to explain that to her fiancé, Joseph, who would in all likelihood call off the wedding.

She had to accept the fact that for her whole life she would have to put up with shameful rumors and negative comments about who the father was. She could have easily been defensive, cynical, and bitter.

But today’s Scripture says she took in all that God had said and “pondered it in her heart.” She thought about it over and over. What she kept close to her heart was what God promised her.

When worries come, people are spreading rumors about you, or a loss happens, keep what God has promised and said about you close to your heart. You will rise above the negative.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can shut the door on the negative that comes against me and keep what You have promised and said about me close to my heart. Thank You that none of these things need move me. I believe that I will rise about the negatives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

“…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound…” (Philippians 4:11–12)

It’s good to have dreams and goals. We should be stretching our faith. But while we’re waiting for promises to come to pass, we shouldn’t be discontent where we are.

When we’re unhappy, frustrated, and wondering if something is ever going to change, we’re dishonoring God. We’re so focused on what we want that we’re taking for granted and not being thankful for what God has given us.

The apostle Paul said he had to learn to be content. It doesn’t happen automatically. It’s a choice we have to make. Being content doesn’t mean that we don’t want change, that we give up on our dreams, or that we settle where we are.

It means we don’t live our life always wanting something else. We see the gift in what we have right now, and we’re trusting God’s timing. We know He is working behind the scenes, and at the right time, He will get us to where we’re supposed to be.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that no matter what my circumstances are, I don’t have to live stressed and frustrated and discontent. Thank You that You are teaching me to be content with where I am and with what I have. I am trusting Your timing with my wants. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Monday, March 08, 2021

“…This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah”…” (John 1:19–20)

John the Baptist was baptizing people and gaining a lot of attention when the Jewish leaders asked him if he was the Messiah. Without missing a beat, John said, “I am not.” It’s important to know who you are and who you’re not.

If you don’t know this, you can spend your life trying to be something you’re not. Knowing what you’re not will help you stay focused on becoming who you are because there will always be pressures to be this, to be that, to be the other. If you’re trying to be something you’re not, you’ll be frustrated.

There’s no grace for it. It will be a constant struggle, like it’s always uphill. When you’re you, you activate your anointing. The anointing on your life is to be who God called you to be. There’s a favor, a blessing, a grace that is unique to your life.

Be confident in what you have. Keep being who God’s made you to be.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You have given me gifts and talents to fulfill my destiny, and they are different from what others have been given. Thank You for the blessing of being different and the privilege of making the most of what You’ve given me. I will be content. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Sunday, March 07, 2021

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

A huge crowd of people came to see Jesus Christ and stayed with Him for 3 days. Then the Lord was moved with compassion on them. He thought “Oh! These people have travelled long distances to see me.

They must really be hungry and should not faint on their way home! Let us do something for them!” He gave them good food to eat and sent them full and satisfied. (Matthew 15:32,37). That is the same way He looks at you too!

He looks at you with compassion and performs a miracle to help you out of your tough situation. So be cheerful because He is going to remove all your lack and want and fill you with health and prosperity.

God will fill you with His peace. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels (Psalm 122:7). Just as the Lord desires there will be peace within the walls of your house and among your family.

Whatever be the situation God will turn it around and make it peaceful. Every time Jesus met his disciples He assured them of His peace. He says even to you today, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, Thank You for promising me Your peace even today. Lord You know my situation. You alone can change it. Let Your peace rule in my heart and in my family. Let my words and deeds be full of love. Help me to spread Your peace with the people around me. This I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Saturday, March 06, 2021

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

There is a saying, ‘Expectations bring disappointments’. I do not know how true this statement is because I only expect from my heavenly Father who bestows upon me perfect gifts, from above. Expecting things from people might bring disappointments.

That is why we should look to our God who is the Giver of all good things. We see how the Psalmist says about this in Psalm 118:9. “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes”. Yes we should trust the Lord and receive blessings from Him. We should not run to people.

Jesus also says about the Heavenly Father like this: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).

Many a time, you may pray to God like this little boy for your blessings and ultimately look for help from people. That is why your blessings are delayed sometimes. Remember that every blessing which is received by you comes from God above.

He promises you to give good and perfect gifts and He will not change His word. God expects you to trust Him, believe in Him and experience His power. Trust in God and in God alone. Have you noticed shadows? They shift from morning to evening based on the direction of the light.

The Bible says that our God does not shift like shifting shadows. So He does not change as days go by or His mood does not change based on what we do. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45).

He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He will always bless us with good things much more than our earthly parents. We can always have our hope on Him and we will not be disappointed.

A Prayer for Today
Loving Lord, I thank You for the word of blessing You have spoken to me today. You will give me the right and perfect gift at the right time. Give me the grace to receive it with patience and gratitude. Help me to be good to everyone like You.

Give me grace to not to look to men. I trust in You alone. Thank You for You do not change like shifting shadows so You will bless as You have blessed me earlier. Do miracles for me Lord.
This I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Friday, March 05, 2021

“…For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock…” (Psalm 27:5)

David had all kinds of things come against him—people, armies, even his own family. He had many reasons to live worried, upset, and bitter. But he said, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? Why should I be afraid?” David lived with this attitude, “God’s got this. I’m not going to worry or live in fear. He will hide me when trouble comes. He will place me out of reach.”

You may have discouraging situations and difficulties coming against you, but God has placed you out of reach. They can’t defeat you. Now do like David and remain confident. Keep your peace. You may feel like you’re surrounded by an army, but the truth is you’re surrounded by God’s favor.

The forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you. God’s got this. He’s done it in the past, and He’s not going to stop now.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are my light and my salvation and the stronghold of my life. Thank You for Your promise of protecting me when troubles come and placing me out of its reach. I will live from a place of peace, knowing I am safe in the palms of Your hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Thursday, March 04, 2021

“…This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins…” (1 John 4:10)

“Real love” is not our love for God, it’s God’s love for us. When we try to perform to gain His love, the problem is that we can never measure up. There will always be something we can’t do right, some reason we can’t feel good about ourselves. Why don’t you take the pressure off and receive real love, God’s love for you?

That’s what the lady who was caught in the act of adultery had to do in John 8. When her religious accusers walked away, failing to condemn her, Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

He didn’t say, “Go and change your ways, quit giving in to the temptation, and then I’ll love you, then I’ll be for you.” Just the opposite. He first said, “I don’t condemn you.” Before He talked about her behavior, before he addressed the issues, Jesus made sure she knew she was the one whom He loved.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Your love is the real love that I need to change my life. Thank You that You sent Jesus as a sacrifice to take away my sins that I might receive Your love as a gift. I receive it now, and I believe I am the one whom You love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

“…Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity…” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

We all go through painful times when we’re hurting, lonely, undergoing medical treatment, and on the surface, the pieces of our life don’t make sense. We think they can’t be a part of God’s plan. Pain is a part of life, and it often feels like a dark place.

It’s easy to get discouraged and think, God, why did this happen? You have to trust that even then, God doesn’t make any mistakes. He’s already designed your life and laid out every piece down to the smallest detail.

He never said we would understand everything along the way. God didn’t promise that there wouldn’t be any pain, suffering, or disappointment. But He did promise that it would all work out for our good.

That piece that’s painful, that doesn’t look as though it makes sense—when everything comes together, it’s going to fit perfectly in place. You just can’t see it now because the other pieces are not in place.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that there is a purpose for whatever pain comes my way and that You only allow what I can handle and what is for my good. Thank You that though I may not understand it now, the day is coming when I will see it clearly and understand. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

“…Your faith has healed you. Go in peace…” (Luke 8:48)

Scripture says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” That means you can be obedient and yet have a sour attitude and not please God. You can give, help the poor, and volunteer, which are good things we should do, and not please God.

If you’re not believing for things bigger than you can accomplish on your own, if you’re not expecting difficulties to turn around, if you’re not anticipating new levels, and thanking God that He’s opening doors you can’t open, thanking Him that He’s bringing promises to pass, then you’re not releasing your faith. You have to stir up what God put in your heart.

Maybe you’ve been praying, believing, expecting for a long time. Stay in faith; it’s going to happen sooner than it looks. Get ready because God is full of surprises. Many times He’ll do it suddenly, out of the ordinary, you didn’t see it coming. Expect His goodness, and you’ll please God.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are on Your throne and You are bigger than anything I am facing. I know that You work in Your own perfect timing, so I thank You that it’s on the way. I’m looking for Your goodness and Your favor today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Monday, March 01, 2021

“…My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises…” (Psalm 119:148)

Studies show that we talk to ourselves up to thirty thousand times a day. There is always something playing in our minds. The Scripture tells us to meditate on God’s promises. The word meditate means “to think about over and over.” We need to pay attention to what we’re meditating on.

Meditating is the same principle as worrying. When you worry, you’re just meditating on the wrong thing. You’re using your faith in reverse.

If you go through the day worried about your finances, worried about your family, and worried about your future because you’re allowing the wrong thoughts to play, it’s going to cause you to be anxious, fearful, negative, and discouraged.

The whole problem is what you’re choosing to meditate on. You control the doorway to your mind. When those negative thoughts come knocking, you don’t have to answer the door. You can say, “No, thanks. I’m going to choose to meditate on what God says about me.”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for giving me Your promises to meditate upon. Thank You that Your Word instructs me to think on things that are true, right, wholesome, pure, and of good report. I declare that my trust is in You alone and not in anything else. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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