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!
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!
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