Friday, December 10, 2021

Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son. (Deuteronomy 1:31)

A lady once sang a very meaningful song. It described the Lord taking her along a beach. Turning back, she saw two sets of footprints on the sand – her own and the Lord’s.

After some time, she was taken along a path strewn with stones and thorns. There she could only see one set of footprints. She asked Him “Lord! You came with me while I was walking on the sandy tracks. But, how is it that You have left me alone here amidst the rocks and thorny bushes?”

The Lord replied “My dear! This set of footprints are not yours, but it’s Mine. When you had to walk amidst stones and thorns, I carried you in My arms. That is why your footprints are not there. You see only Mine!”

How loving is our God and How true is the word of God! Yes, He carries you in His arms during hard times.  He has also promised: “Fear not.  I am with you.” (Isaiah 41:10)

There is nothing called ‘walking alone’ in the life of a child of God.  He will be always with us to carry us when our feet slip.  Even at the very moment we experience hardships, know in our heart that He is still carrying us into our destiny.  We will press forward to see the small cloud bringing showers of heavy rain in our life!

A Prayer for Today

Loving Father, You created me. You gave me desires, willpower and goals in my life. Now I am afraid that I may not achieve them for Your glory. I am unable to press forward.  There is no one to help me either.   Help me to see You and feel Your presence.  Give me the assurance that You and Your angels are with me.

I believe that You are my Father who will neither leave me nor forsake me. I believe that I am safe in Your arms.  Carry me through to my destiny. In Yeshua’s name I pray, Amen.

Thursday, December 09, 2021

In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you…..Isaiah 26:9

Yeshua said in Matthew 6, Seek first the kingdom of God. That word seek is a strong word. One definition is to require as a vital necessity. 

We have to see spending time with God as being vital to living a victorious life. When things get busy, the children need us, it’s hectic at the office, or we’ve got a thousand things to do, we’ve got to put our feet down and say, No, this is not an option. If we’re going to be strong, if we’re going to be my best today, if we’re going to have God’s favour, We’ve got to rearrange our priorities so we can spend time with God.

We may have to get up earlier before the children need us, before checking our emails, before the phone starts ringing. Take time to invest in our spiritual well-being.

We feed our physical body at least three meals a day, but often we feed our spirit just once a week at church. We wonder why we feel burned out, unenthusiastic, and lack favour, wisdom and creativity.

It’s because we’re not taking time to get filled back up. Just like we feed our physical man, we need to feed our spiritual man. When we invest in our spiritual well-being, it will pay huge dividends in our lives.

A Prayer for Today

Father, today I choose to put You first. I acknowledge that without You, I can do nothing. I invite You to have Your way in my life as I seek You first in all that I do in Yeshua’s name. Amen.

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” (Luke 16:10)

In 1 Samuel 17, when David was in the shepherds’ fields, his father told him to take a provision of food to his brothers who were serving on the battlefield.

David could have said, “Samuel anointed me to be the next king, and now you want me to be an errand boy to brothers who disrespect me? I don’t think so.”

If David had been too proud to serve others, to do what seemed insignificant, he wouldn’t have heard Goliath’s taunt, slain the giant, and made it to the throne. It was a test he had to pass. Had he not been faithful to do the small, he would have missed his destiny.

If we’ll be faithful in the small that God is asking us to do, He will trust us with more. Once we do the insignificant thing, the thing where we might have to humble ourselves and serve somebody who doesn’t treat us right, then the door will open to the big thing. Pass those tests. It’s getting us prepared.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that Jesus humbled Himself, came to earth, and became a servant that He might redeem us. Help me to humble myself and serve others as He did. Thank You for Your promise that if I am faithful in the small things, You will trust me with more. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)

Are we ashamed? Culture tries to make us ashamed about our faith, portraying people of faith as stupid, insensitive, judgmental, and hypocritical.

Are we ashamed? Are we willing to share our faith humbly and gently with those who do not know Jesus as their Lord?

Are we ashamed? Our hero left heaven to come to earth and risk everything so that we could come home to heaven with him.

This Gospel is powerful. This Gospel is transformational. This Gospel, and the salvation it brings, are for all people. So let’s not be ashamed; let’s be joyous and generous with this incredible gift that we have received.

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, please give me wisdom, sensitivity, and courage to share your wonderful story of grace with those around me who do not know Yeshua as their Lord and Savior. In Yeshua’s name. Amen.

Monday, December 06, 2021

“Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.” (Exodus 4:10)

When God told Moses to go tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go, Moses was insecure and didn’t feel qualified. However, God showed Moses miraculous signs so that he would go into the courts of Pharaoh with confidence, knowing that God was with him.

But Moses had another concern. He said, “God, I can’t stand before Pharaoh because I have a speech problem.”

We would have thought, since God just did all those miracles, He would simply touch Moses’ speech and take away the stuttering. But God didn’t remove that problem.

God was saying to Moses, “You have exactly what you need to do what I’ve called you to do. If I needed to remove it for you to fulfill your destiny, I would have removed it.”

Are we waiting for God to remove a weakness before we can be happy, pursue a dream, finish school, or be good to somebody? Don’t hold back. We have what we need.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for the limitations and the weaknesses that I still feel sometimes. Thank You for the reminders to ask for Your help and to thank You for all that You’ve done already.

I believe and declare that You have given me all I need for now, and You’ll give me more as I need it. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Sunday, December 05, 2021

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

We all have times when we feel like we’re surrounded by difficulties, surrounded by a sickness, or surrounded by debt. When we’re in a difficult time, the enemy will do a lot of talking.

He’ll tell us, “I have you surrounded. You’re never going to get well. You’ve had this addiction for so long that you’ll never break it. You’re never getting out of debt. No matter how hard you work, you’ll never get the promotion. You’re stuck.”

Don’t believe those lies. The enemy thinks he has you surrounded, but the Most High God has him surrounded. God knows every attack, every difficulty, every unfair situation that’s going to happen.

When we feel like we’re surrounded, come back to the place of peace and say, “I know my God is still on the throne, and He is surrounding what’s surrounding me. He’s bigger than this opposition, greater than this sickness, and more powerful than these enemies.

I will not be discouraged or worried. The forces for me are greater than the forces against me.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that You know everything that the enemy brings against me and surrounds me with. Thank You that You are bigger, greater, and more powerful than any of these enemies. I believe that the forces for me are greater than any that are against me. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close. (Psalm 27:10)

In the Scripture, when the prophet Samuel came to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king, David was left out in the shepherds’ fields.

He didn’t have his father’s approval. For some reason Jesse saw David as being inferior to his other sons. He didn’t see a king in David. People may leave us out, but God doesn’t leave us out. If David had had to have his family’s approval, he would never have taken the throne.

We may feel as though we’ve never received the approval from the people closest to us. They may not affirm us or our gifts and may leave us out, but just keep being our best.

Don’t spend our life trying to get our approval from them. Let it go or we’ll be frustrated. Just receive our approval from our heavenly Father.

He loves us just the way He made us. We don’t have to have other people’s approval to be happy. God approves us. He’s the only One who really matters.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that You see the greatness that is in me, and You love me just the way You made me. When others don’t give me their approval or affirm me, help me to let it go.

I believe that Your approval is all that really matters, and I declare that I have it. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Friday, December 03, 2021

“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’” (Isaiah 45:9)

The Scripture says that God is the potter and we are the clay. The potter takes a lump of clay and spins it on his wheel. The clay could say, “I’m tired of going in circles.

Let me off this wheel.” The clay doesn’t realize that while it’s spinning, the potter is molding it. It’s rising up from a lump of clay into a beautiful vase. After it has gone through the process, it would tell us, “We didn’t like the spinning, but without it we wouldn’t be what we are.”

We may feel like we’re spinning today. We’re doing the same thing over and over and don’t see much progress. But when it feels like we’re going in circles, something is happening that we can’t see.

We’re coming up higher. God is molding our character. It may seem routine, but when we’re faithful where we are, when we have a song of praise when we could be complaining, we’re rising higher. Trust Him when we’re spinning. Trust Him when we’re in the routine.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that my life is in Your hands, and You are shaping my life like a potter—not just my dreams and goals, but my character.

Thank You that You are working in the routine to mold my life into Your image. I trust You whether I’m seeing progress or not. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year. (Joshua 5:12)

For forty years in the wilderness, the Israelites depended upon God’s supernatural provision of manna for their survival every day.

But they didn’t realize the manna was only a temporary provision. They were satisfied with something to eat, but God wasn’t satisfied. He was taking them into a land flowing with milk and honey, with all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and resources.

So, when they ate their first produce from the Promised Land, the manna ceased. I can hear them crying out, “God, what’s happening?” But God was saying, “From now on, I’m bringing you into abundance.”

When something ceases in our life—a friend walks away or a job ends—it’s not the time to get discouraged. God never removes something unless He has something better coming.

If He didn’t stop certain things, we would never get out of our comfort zone. It’s time to get ready, because increase is coming, greater provision is on the way, and God is about to take us where we can’t go on our own.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You for all the ways You provide for me every day. Thank You that when one of those provisions ceases, You are getting me in a position to increase me.

I believe that You are stretching me and getting me out of my comfort zone to bring me into greater favor. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

The baby’s father, however, called him Benjamin (which means “son of my right hand”). (Genesis 35:18,)

In Genesis 35, just before Rachel died while giving birth, she was in so much pain and distress that she named the baby Ben-Oni, which means “son of my sorrow.”

Back in those days, a child’s name set the direction for their life. She had pronounced that he would live a sorrowful, painful, depressing life.

But Jacob intervened and changed his name to Benjamin, which means “son of my right hand, son of my strength.” Jacob would not allow his son to see himself as a son of sorrow, as limited and defeated.

Perhaps the people who should have been speaking faith over us, affirming us, naming us victorious, talented, and a masterpiece did just the opposite.

If they named us a failure, not good enough, or not talented, the good news is that what God names us overrides what people name us.

Don’t let the negative things people have spoken over us, how we were raised, or what we didn’t get determine our destiny. Change our name to what God calls us.

A Prayer for Today

“Father, thank You that You alone have the right to name me. Thank You that what You name me overrides all the other names I’ve been called and all the mistakes of my past.

I will call myself what You call me and become who You say I am. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen

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