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!
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!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Hebrews 6:10 WEB
For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love
which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints, and still do serve them.
Promise #138: I will not forget the love you have shown Me by serving others.
Today's promise simply says that God will not forget all the love you have shown to Him by serving others. The New International Version Bible translation of Hebrews 6:10 says... God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (NIV)
We are called to not grow weary in doing good, but to keep on running the unique race marked out for each one of us. Sometimes that is easier said than done though. I am sure at one time or another we have all been tired and even discouraged in the race that we have been called to run. Today's encouragement is simply... don't give up! God sees your heart and is touched by the way you have shown your love to Him by loving and serving others.
My prayer today is that each one of us will feel our Papa's smile from heaven over our lives, and that His affirmation would energize and encourage us to keep fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith so that we will not grow weary. (Hebrews 12:1-2) God loves you and does not forget the things that you have done to show your love to Him! Even if others forget what you've done, your heavenly Father will never forget!
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