Sunday, May 05, 2013
Luke 12:32 WEB
Donít be afraid, little flock,
for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.
Promise #125: I am delighted to give you My kingdom.
Jesus makes this promise to His disciples just after He tells them not to take any thought for their life, because they have a heavenly Father that has promised to provide for them. In this intimate conversation with His friends, Jesus encourages them to 'seek first His Father's kingdom' and all of their practical needs will be met as well.
Then Jesus wraps up His conversation by declaring today's Scripture verse... "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (ESV) Isn't it wonderful that we don't have to be worried? Isn't it reassuring to know that we don't have to live in fear because God is absolutely delighted to give us His kingdom?
As Jesus says in today's text, we are His little flock. Little lambs can't protect themselves, they can't provide for themselves, they can't manage the cares of daily life. All they can do is live a life close to their shepherd. It is so comforting to know that Jesus is our Great Shepherd and we have no need under His watchful eye.
May each one of us be encouraged today and hear the voice of Jesus speaking deep in our hearts the words that He spoke to His disciples... "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (ESV)
Have a blessed Sunday!
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Psalm 139:13 WEB
For you formed my inmost being.
You knit me together in my motherís womb.
Promise #124: I gently formed you in your mother's womb.
The New International Version Bible says Psalm 139:13 this way... For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my motherís womb. (NIV) The New Living Translation says... You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my motherís womb. (NLT) No matter what translation you prefer, this is a gentle picture of God's loving creation process.
You were not blasted into creation, but gently formed in your mother's womb by a loving God who took the time to delicately knit all your inward parts together. May the revelation of your creation bring a sense of well being to your soul. You were not a mistake. God planned you before the foundation of the world and He determined the exact time of your birth.
One of the greatest tragedies in this world today is the feeling that our lives were a mistake. Some people were even told that by their parents. The truth is that no life was ever a mistake. Each person ever created, was created with intention by the One who is love itself. God gently formed you in your mother's womb and He is the One who brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) There is absolutely no doubt about it!
Blessings upon your day!
Friday, May 03, 2013
Yahweh knows the days of the perfect.
Their inheritance shall be forever.
Promise #123: All your days are known to Me and your inheritance is secure forever.
In today's Scripture verse, King David declares that all of the days of the upright are known to the Lord. In Psalm 139:16, David also says that each one of our days has been recorded in a special book before even one of them came to be.
God knows us through and through and He loves us with all His heart. His eyes are upon those whom He loves and their inheritance is secure forever. For those who have said 'yes' to Jesus, we can rest in the unshakeable and everlasting inheritance that we have in Christ. It is a hope that will never fade or lose it's value.
You are of great worth to God and He loves to watch over you. May the truth of this promise cause hope to well up in your heart today knowing that you are truly safe and secure in the big strong arms of your heavenly Dad.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Psalm 139:7-10 WEB
7 Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there! 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me.
Promise #122: There is no place you can go to escape My presence.
In today's Scripture passage, King David is declaring that there is absolutely no place he could go to escape the presence of God. If he goes to heaven, God is there. If he even descended into the earth, God is there. David goes on to say that wherever he goes, the hand of the Lord will lead him and hold him.
What an amazing promise! Wherever you go, God goes with you. The universe does not contain the Lord. The Lord contains the universe! In Acts 17:28, the Apostle Paul declares to the Greek philosophers that 'in him (God), we live and move and have our being.' The Godhead is closer to us than we could possibly imagine. For those of us who have received Christ, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God dwells within us and has established His kingdom there.
If you feel that you are alone in this world, if you struggle to sense God's presence, be encouraged in today's promise. God is with you. He is always with you, for there is no place that you can go to escape His loving presence!
Have a blessed day!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
In today's Scripture verse, one of Job's friends is declaring that the Spirit of God is the One who made us and His breath gives us life. When God created Adam in the Garden of Eden, He breathed the breath of life into his nostrils and Adam became a living soul. Jesus breathed on His disciples after the resurrection and they received the Holy Spirit.
Every breath that you and I take is a gift that comes from the Father of Lights. He has made us and He has promised to sustain us. Every good and perfect gift that we have comes from our heavenly Dad. The One who created us is the One who will continue to provide all that we need, both physically and spiritually.
May each one of us be reminded of our God and Father's goodness as we draw each breath into our body. He has made us and His breath gives us life!
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