Sunday, October 16, 2011
Written by Roy Lesin, Dayspring co-founder and writer
There is Hope
You can turn back to God
because He has not turned His back on you
You can hold onto God
because He has not released His hold on you
You can love God again
because He has never stopped loving you
"I have formed you, you are My servant; O Israel. You will not be forgotten by Me! I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions. And like a cloud, your sins.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you."
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Psalm 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me."
Today's' promise is a much loved verse from the often quoted Psalm 23. Most times, we might quote this verse at a funeral service or at another time of extreme loss and of course this verse is fitting for those occasions. At the end of our lives, it is comforting to know that God will never ever leave us.
However, I do want to ask you to think of another application of this promise...Jesus told us that except a seed falls in the ground and dies, it abides alone (John 12:24). The principle of the Christian life is a continual letting go of things, allowing them to 'die', only to see them resurrected again by the power of the Holy Spirit. Whether those things are dreams or desires, the principle of the cross (death, burial, resurrection) is a resounding theme in the daily Christian life.
In that context, when you are feeling like God is asking you to surrender something dear to you, when you are, in a sense, walking through the shadow of death for something that you have hoped for, be comforted in knowing that God is very close to you in those times of surrender and His staff and rod will bring comfort to you. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy is coming in the morning! (Ps 30:5)
This is another one of my Daily Promises from my email. To know that He is with me as I struggle to let go of this world and all my misconstrued wants and dreams, I look to His rod and staff, His guiding, leading and comfort as I become more and more like Him. It is a privilege to suffer for Jesus and the faith I profess. I am sure-footed as I walk through the hard times, knowing He is close by to help. I pray for all of us as we struggle to surrender our self-made idols to Him, for His kingdom purposes.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Isaiah 58:6-8 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteous One will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard."
God's heart is for the underdog. He protects the widow and the orphan and has chosen the poor of this world to inherit His kingdom. In today's Scripture promise, God tells us that if we feed the hungry, give the poor shelter and clothe the naked, then His favor and His blessings will shine on all that we do.
The NLT version of Isaiah 58:8 says..."The your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind."
What a glorious promise! If we look after those who can't look after themselves, then God will look after us in every way possible. Our wounds will quickly heal, the light of our godliness will lead us forward and the glory of the Lord will protect our backs! God's heart is for the underdog. In every way, we too are underdogs that God protects and provides for. May we see the world through our Father's eyes today and see the many opportunities he presents to us so that we can be a blessing to others.
'Lord, help us today to see the needs around us and be a manifestation of Your love, life and provision to those who are in need. Thank You that as we help others. Your love and Your glory will keep us safe too.'
This message came from one of my Daily Promises that I receive in my email each day.
Most times, I need to take the focus off self, find the love that Jesus had for the poor and lonely, and put His love into action. His life was spent helping others and I should be doing the same thing in my life to be more like Him. My prayer is that I may reach out to others each day and bear fruit for the kingdom...to store up my treasures in heaven, for His glory...love my neighbor as myself. God, help me to see my brothers and sisters through Your eyes and be light and life to them, as You are light and life to me.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Where something is made matters to us. Look at the tag on most any product and you'll likely see a line like these:
MADE IN CHINA
MADE IN MEXICO
MADE IN AMERICA
And if you could see the line imprinted on you heart,
it would read, MADE IN HEAVEN.
The word made usually conjures up visions of factories and impersonal production lines, but the way heaven creates is entirely different. Every part of you was carefully and intricately crafted by God. Of course, that creation was carried out physically in your mother's womb, but the idea of you started in the heart of heaven itself and He declared it was good...
God longs for His children to embrace the worth and value He's given them and then use it to bless others. When we know who we are and Whose we are, we're free to love, live with joy, and make a difference in the world.
~Holley Gerth, from her book entitled, "God's Heart for You."
Psalm 139:14 "I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
What's your word?
"IN GOD'S HEART I AM... (ex: wonderfully made, loved, satisfied)"
I found this writing on the 'Dayspring' website. It really lifted my head.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Each day I receive in my email a few short paragraphs about one of God's promises to me (and us). I wanted to share this one for those of us who may have forgotten that God is our Champion and gives us all we need to fight against the devil's schemes.
Ephesians 6:11 KJV
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
"In Ephesians 6, Paul the Apostle exhorts the church at Ephesus to put on the full armor of God in order to be able to stand against the tricks of the enemy. It is interesting to note that the armor does not belong to us, but it belongs to God. It is His armor.
He has given us His helmet of salvation to guard our mind and give us peace. He has given us His breastplate of righteousness to protect our heart. He has given us His belt of truth so that we would know the truth and the truth would set us free. He has prepared our feet with shoes of peace so we can proclaim the good news wherever we go. He has given us His shield of faith so that when we lift it up, we quench all of the firey arrows from the enemy.
And last but not least, He has given us an offensive weapon, the sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God so we can advance the kingdom. Our God and Father has given us everything we need to live a godly life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We stand in His armor, His power, His protection...not our own. So having done all to stand in the power of God's might, continue to stand today."
This armor is one of our defenses that we can employ everyday. Put on that armor in the morning and take your stand against the evil one who seeks to destroy us. God is our Stay and the Victorious One. We only need use the tools that He has provided for us.
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