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365 Promises. 5-25-13

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Matthew 5:6 WEB
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be filled.
Promise #145: I will fill those who hunger and thirst for My righteousness.

When a person is hungry or thirsty in the natural, they are aware that they have an emptiness that needs to be filled and they will look for opportunities to meet that need. For example...Nothing tastes better than a tall glass of chilled water when you are thirsty, or a roasted turkey dinner when you are famished. However, if you try to offer a person an all-you-can-eat buffet after they have just finished eating, then they will probably politely decline.

I think it works the same way in our spiritual life. When we are thirsty for the things of God, all our spiritual senses are open to pursue the things that will quench our thirst. I know in our ministry travels, my wife and I meet a lot of spiritually hungry people. I believe that this hunger stirs up people's expectations which creates at atmosphere of faith in the room. I enjoy speaking in these types of meetings the best!

However, being hungry can feel frustrating at times. Instead of feeling the satisfaction of being full, a person is left in a place where they are still longing for more. The longer a person is in that place, the more frustrated they can feel. After all, no one likes to be hungry for long periods of time.

If you can relate to being hungry and thirsty for God, be of good cheer! In today's promise, Jesus deals with this issue of spiritual hunger and promises that our heavenly Father will fill every hungry and thirsty heart. If you are hungry for more of God, that is a good indication that you are in a good place!

I believe it is God that has created this hunger for more of Him and He promises to fill you to overflowing. Blessed and happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (rightstanding with God), for they shall be filled!

Have a blessed Saturday!

  
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NANCYPAT1 5/25/2013 12:40PM

    Hunger and thirst can truly be felt in our bodies when it is a spiritual hunger and thirst for God and in our hearts and minds rather than our bodies. Thanks for sharing this - it matters.

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365 Promises. 5-24-13

Friday, May 24, 2013

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 #144: My displeasure may last for a moment, but My favor is yours for life.

I can remember times when our children were young, they would sometimes do things that required my discipline. Even in the most serious of situations, my displeasure with them only lasted but a moment. Any loving father or mother knows that little kids will inevitably make some mistakes along the way and there is loads of grace for that.

I always anticipated being able to get back playing with my kids as soon as possible after a moment of discipline. There is an old saying that parents have said throughout the generations just prior to dealing with issues of correction... "This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you." As a child myself, I had a hard time believing this statement, but as a parent, I can really identify with it.

If we in our humaness feel this way towards our children, how much more does our heavenly Father feel this way towards us! That is why King David says in today's promise that God's displeasure only lasts for a moment, but His favor is ours for life!

May the love of God dismantle every wrong belief that we have of the character and nature of our heavenly Father. He loves to love us at every turn! He can't help but love because He is the epitome of love itself! May you feel His favor shining upon you today and for the rest of your life!

Have a blessed day!

  
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THRIVE2DAY 5/24/2013 6:12PM

    emoticon I can really relate to discipline hurting we as parents more than it hurts the child. I had to discipline my little chihuahua this morning for getting out of the yard and going next door into the neighbors yard. It broke my heart!

I used to have a church friend that would respond that she was blessed and highly favored whenever I asked her how she was doing. Today, I also know that I am blessed and have God's love and favor.

Lord, allow this, your humble servant to know that she too is blessed and highly favored by you. In Jesus' name. Amen!

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MNABOY 5/24/2013 2:43PM

    Amen

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365 Promises. 5-23-13

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2 Peter 2:9 WEB

the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation
and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment;

Promise #143: I will rescue the godly from all their troubles.

There are plenty of troubles that come in the package of fallen humanity. This is not how our God and Father first intended it to be. Our heavenly Dad's intent was that Adam and Eve would not have sinned and would have lived forever in the safety and security of the garden of Eden.

Living in a place of unconditional love and protection, they wouldn't have even had a frame of reference for the word 'trouble'. And of course, that would have meant that every generation since them would have enjoyed the same benefits.

We do not have the time or space to unpack the consequences of their decision back in the garden, but it is important for each one of us to know that God's intent for us has never changed. His heart has always been that we would all live with Him in a place of safety and security (Psalm 91), living in the secret place of the Most High.

Just before Jesus went to the cross, He spoke these words to His disciples in John 16:33... I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (NIV)

Troubles do come whether we like it or not. Be comforted in knowing that our elder brother and Savior has overcome the world and our heavenly Father has promised to rescue us from all our troubles. May the reality of this promise go deep into each one of our hearts today.

May God bless you!

  
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THRIVE2DAY 5/23/2013 1:14PM

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365 Promises. 5-22-13

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Isaiah 61:1 WEB

The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is on me;
because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to those who are bound;

Promise #142: I open prison doors and set captives free.

Isaiah 61 was a prophetic declaration of the ministry that Jesus would usher in when He started His public ministry. God's heart has always been to proclaim good news for everyone who needs to hear it. He opens up every prison door and He sets every captive free! Hallelujah for a Savior who is so committed to our personal freedom!

His proclaimation of freedom is as relevant today as it was the day that Isaiah penned these words. God wants you and I to be completely free because where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty! (2 Corinthians 3:17) My prayer today is that every prison door that still holds us captive would be consumed by the love of God so that we could live a really free life. It is for the very love of freedom that Jesus has set you and I free! (Galatians 5:1)

May each one of us experience a deeper level of God's freedom today than we have experienced before. May every weight be lifted off our shoulders and may the joy of the Lord be our strength. He never created us to be captive. We were created to be free!

May God bless you in a special way this day!

  


365 Promises. 5-20-13

Monday, May 20, 2013

Deuteronomy 28:2 WEB

and all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you,
if you shall listen to the voice of Yahweh your God.
Promise #140: All My blessings will overtake those who obey Me.

Deuteronomy 28 is a chapter that starts with all of the promises of God to Israel if they simply listen to the voice of God and follow His ways. We read that there are a truckload of blessings that God wants to pour on all of us who simply say 'yes' to His plans and purposes. In today's promise, we read that these blessings will actually overtake us as we live our daily lives.

When I think of God's blessings overtaking us, I picture everyone running the race marked out for them that the writer of Hebrews mentions in chapter 12:1-2 and while we are running, God's blessings catch up to us and overwhelm us!

I know it wouldn't be fair to mention Deuteronomy 28 and all of the blessings that God desires to give without also acknowledging that this same chapter ends with all the curses that await those who disobey Him. I really don't want to dwell on the last half of this chapter because I know that it is our Father's heart to bless and not to curse.

The New Covenant is a covenant of blessings. We know from Galatians 3:13-14 that Christ became a curse for us so that the blessing that God blessed Abraham with would be ours in Christ. In Ephesians 1:3 we read that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places because of Jesus. God's heart is that His blessings would overtake you in every area of your life today.

Have a blessed day!

  
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CASTIRONLADY 5/20/2013 8:37PM

    Thanks for sharing you thoughts. May you share in His glory each day! emoticon

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