Thursday, December 11, 2014
Reading from the Book of Psalm 5:3, 143:8-10
Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
The morning watch is essential. You must not face the day until you have faced God, nor look into the face of others until you have looked into His.
Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Listen to the Lord. We need to hear from God. We need to be assured of God's love and kindness. We need God's attention and direction.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
Pray for deliverance that only God can do. Keep our mind on God and not on the problem.
10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Seek God's wisdom, knowledge, and leadership. We want to be in God's will because that is the only safe place to be. Request that God help you to become stable so any unsettled emotions will be level, not up and down.
You cannot expect to be victorious, if the day begins only in your own strength. Face the work of every day with the influence of a few thoughtful quiet moments with your heart and God. Do not meet other people, even those of your own home, until you have first met the great guest and honored Companion of your life, Jesus Christ.
It's all God first In the morning
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Reading from the Book of Isaiah 30:21, Galatians 6:9
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
No matter what has happened to you in your lifetime--even if you have been abandoned by your spouse or abused by your parents or hurt by your children or others--if you will stay on the narrow path as God directs you and leave all your excess fleshly baggage behind, you will find the peace, joy, and fulfillment you seek. As you walk through this process, you can find comfort in God's promise from this verse to guide you.
Jesus is the way, and He has shown us the way in which we are to walk. The Lord has sent upon us His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the way we are to go, the narrow way that leads to life and not the broad way that leads to destruction.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Whatever happens, we must keep walking in the ways of the Lord. This verse encourages us. The Bible does not promise that when we do right we will reap the rewards immediately. But it does assure us that if we keep doing right, eventually we will be rewarded. When we walk in God's path, we must be patient like the farmer, who plants the seed and expectantly waits for the harvest. He looks forward to reaping the harvest, but he knows that there is a time between seed planting and harvest. He does not allow that God ordained process to frustrate him.
If you continue to walk in the way the Lord has prescribed for you in His Word and by His Spirit, you will enjoy great blessings both in this life and in eternity. So keep walking the narrow path that leads to life--a life in all its fullness and abundance.
Jesus is the way!