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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Psalm 30:5 (WEB)
For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

Promise #235: Your sadness may last for a night but joy will come in the morning.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, it says that there is a season for all things. There is a time to weep and there is a time to rejoice. There are times of intense hardship and there are times of rest and peace. Today's promise from Psalm 30:5 is really speaking to those who are struggling right now. When I read this passage of Scripture, in my heart, I hear God saying "Dont' give up! Keep on going! Joy is coming soon!"

In the midst of any trials you may face today, be encouraged in knowing that they are only temporary. Joy is coming, so don't lose heart! It is in these dark times that we learn just how close God really is to us. A good friend of mine once said that the Gardener (Father God) is never closer to the branch than when He is pruning it (John 15:1-2).

My prayer for each one of us today is that even in the midst of our trials and tribulations, we will feel close to our Papa and His promise that our sadness will be gone before we know it. May each one of us cling to the hope that joy is indeed coming in the morning!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Isaiah 66:13 (WEB)
As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Promise #234: I will comfort you just like a mother would.

We all need comfort. There are times when we need a father's reassurance and there are times when we need a mother's comfort. When our children were little, if they got hurt playing in the backyard, they would look for their mother first before they would look for me. That is because there is something in a mother's heart that provides a reassuring comfort that is quite different from a father. Fathers tend to try and fix the situation, where mothers bring comfort.

In the same way that there are many Scriptures that compare God's heart to the heart of a natural father (Psalm 103:13-14), there are also other verses that speak of a feminine expression of His love. This is one of those passages of Scripture where God is speaking to His people and telling them of His mother's heart for them.

While we know that God is our Father, we also know that He is the complete expression of love. He does not just express masculine love, but feminine love as well for He is the very essence of all love (1 John 4:16). There are times when we need the strength and exhortation that comes from a father, and there are other times when we need comfort that comes from a mother's heart.

God's love for you is so vast that it far surpasses every love that you have ever known. Mother. Father. Sister. Brother. Son. Daughter. Spouse. Friend. The next time that you need the comforting embrace of God, be encouraged to know that He has promised to comfort you just like a mother would... but only a millions time better!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Proverbs 19:21 (WEB)
There are many plans in a man’s heart,
but Yahweh’s counsel will prevail.

Promise #229: Though you have many plans, My purpose will be fulfilled.

Over the years, I have looked to this Bible verse many times. By nature, I am a strategist and a planner. I like to know how to best prepare for whatever life has to throw at me. Unfortunately, many of the plans that I have put into place have never come to pass. That is why I take great comfort in this verse because it basically says that while we have many ideas of our own, it is the Lord's purpose that will prevail in our lives.

This promise gives a planner like me great comfort in knowing that God's purpose for my life will come to pass because of His faithfulness, not because of my planning! What a relief! The old saying 'hindsight is 20/20 vision' is so true. When I look back at my life, there are so many things that I 'planned' that didn't come to pass and I thank God that they didn't !

So today, be encouraged that our God and Father has a plan for your life that will not be thwarted by anything! You can rest in His faithfulness to bring about His purpose for your life simply because He loves you!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Isaiah 40:29 (WEB)
He gives power to the weak.
He increases the strength of him who has no might.

Promise #227: I will give power to the exhausted and I strengthen the weak.

We live in an upside down kingdom where the first will be last and the last will be first. The greatest will be the least and the least will be greatest. In 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, the Apostle Paul says that God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

There is something in the heart of God that rushes to the defense of those who can't defend themselves and to those who have no illusion of their own personal power. We see this at work in Paul's own life when he was struggling with a 'thorn in the flesh' that just wouldn't go away (2 Corinthians 12:6-8). This is when Jesus appeared to Paul and said that God's strength is made perfect in his weakness.

So if you are feeling powerless today, be comforted in knowing that God gives power to the weak and those who are feeling exhausted. You are in a good place for the strength of God to be revealed in you and through you.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Psalm 103:2-3 (WEB)
2 Praise Yahweh, my soul, and don’t forget all his benefits;
3 who forgives all your sins; who heals all your diseases;

Promise #225: Forgiveness and healing are among My many benefits.

When a person is interviewing for a new job, one of the questions that they would typically ask is "Could you tell me about the benefit package for this job?" Different jobs have different benefits. Health care, dental plans, retirement plans, etc.

In this promise, David is worshipping God and reminding himself not to forget all of the many benefits that come as part of the package when we are in relationship with God. In verse 3, David declares two of these benefits... Forgiveness and healing.

It is interesting that David needs to remind himself not to forget all God's benefits. The Lord exhorted the Israelites to not forget all the miraculous things that He had done for them in the past. That is why they created monuments of His goodness and annual feasts... so they would remember and not forget.

In Luke 22:14-20, Jesus shares the passover supper with His disciples and encourages them to remember Him every time they partook of the bread and the wine. It was important to Jesus that His disciples didn't forget the price that He was going to pay for their salvation. For it is in the remembering of Jesus death, burial and resurrection, that we continue to partake of the fullness of His life.

My encouragement to you today is to bless the Lord with all your soul and don't forget all the many benefits that we have received in our elder brother, Jesus Christ!

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