SUNSETBREEZE05's SparkPeople Blog SUNSETBREEZE05's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Luke 12:31 (WEB) <BR> But seek God’s Kingdom, <BR> and all these things will be added to you. <BR> <BR> Promise #116: Seek My kingdom first and everything you need will be given to you. <BR> <BR> Today's Bible verse is an excerpt from a larger text found in Luke 12:22-34 where Jesus is talking about some of the major things we worry about... Food, clothing, shelter. He encourages us not to worry about ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:51:05 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2 Timothy 2:13 (WEB) <BR> If we are faithless, he remains faithful. <BR> He can’t deny himself.” <BR> <BR> Promise #115: Even when you are weak in your faith, I will remain faithful to you. <BR> <BR> This is an absolutely wonderful promise! What a picture of the love and kindness of God! Even when we struggle in our faith, He will remain faithful to us because we are part of Him and He can't deny himself. Th... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:12:34 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 40:1 (WEB) <BR> I waited patiently for Yahweh. <BR> He turned to me, and heard my cry. <BR> <BR> Promise #114: Wait patiently for Me and I will hear your cry. <BR> <BR> It was King David who wrote this psalm. He was a man who knew a lot about learning to be patient in the midst of extreme hardship. As a teenage boy, he was anointed king of Israel by the prophet Samuel, only to then wait many years ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:58:28 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> James 1:5 (WEB) <BR> But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, <BR> who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him. <BR> <BR> Promise #112: Ask Me for wisdom and I will generously give it to you. <BR> <BR> God loves it when we ask Him for things we need. In Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus encourages us to keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking and our heavenly F... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:00:47 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ephesians 6:9 (WEB) <BR> You masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, <BR> knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, <BR> and there is no partiality with him. <BR> <BR> Promise #110: I do not show favortism in My family. <BR> <BR> In today's Scripture verse, Paul the Apostle is giving instruction to the Church on how masters should treat their servants. He rem... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:19:24 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Samuel 22:36 (WEB) <BR> You have also given me the shield of your salvation. <BR> Your gentleness has made me great. <BR> <BR> Promise #109: My gentleness will enlarge your life. <BR> <BR> In today's Scripture verse, King David is making a declaration that God's gentleness has made him great. The Hebrew word for 'great' is pronounced 'rabah' and means to increase, excel, abundance, enlarge, etc. Davi... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:08:44 EST <img src=""> <BR> Isaiah 12:2 (WEB) <BR> Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust, and will not be afraid; <BR> for Yah, Yahweh, is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation.” <BR> <BR> Promise #108: You can trust in Me, for I am your strength and your song. <BR> <BR> God loves it when we trust Him. Trusting God is truly committing our lives into His care and not trying to manage life all on our own. In Proverbs 3:5-... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:44:55 EST James 4:8 (WEB) <BR> Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. <BR> Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. <BR> <BR> Promise #107: Come close to Me and I will come close to you. <BR> <BR> I love this promise from God in today's Scripture verse. God is waiting for you and I to come close to Him. Through the finished work of Jesus on the cross, He has made the first move and has come as close to us as possible. All we have to do is simply acknowl... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:56:09 EST <BR> Deuteronomy 33:12 (WEB) <BR> Of Benjamin he said, “The beloved of Yahweh shall dwell in safety by him. <BR> He covers him all the day long. He dwells between his shoulders.” <BR> <BR> Promise #106: I will cover you all day long as you rest between My shoulders. <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture verse comes from Deuteronomy 33 where Moses is pronouncing a blessing on all of the tribes of Israel before he dies. The New International Version Bible says Deuteronomy 33:12 this way... Ab... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:21:23 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Psalm 91:9-10 (WEB) <BR> 9 Because you have made Yahweh your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, <BR> 10 no evil shall happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. <BR> <BR> Promise #104: If you make your home in Me, then no evil will come your way. <BR> <BR> Psalm 91 is an amazing chapter for anyone who struggles with the fear of not being safe. It is a powerful picture of sa... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:37:07 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ephesians 2:19 (WEB) <BR> So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, <BR> but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, <BR> <BR> Promise #103: I have made you a member of My own household. <BR> <BR> When I walk into a house where I have never been before, it takes some time to get used to the new surroundings. I am usually very careful not to knock anything over and ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:50:39 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 24:6 (WEB) <BR> For I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: <BR> and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. <BR> <BR> Promise #102: I will always build you up, not pull you down. <BR> <BR> One of the ways an insecure person builds themselves up is by pulling other people down. By making somebody else look in... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:20:58 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Psalm 23:3 (WEB) <BR> He restores my soul. <BR> He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. <BR> <BR> Promise #101: I will restore and refresh your weary soul. <BR> <BR> God created us to be restored and refreshed on a regular basis. The daily cycle of life demonstrates this as we are intended to rest (sleep) for a good 8 hours every day. Science is showing us more and more how important ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:35:35 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 40:5 (WEB) <BR> Many, Yahweh, my God, are the wonderful works which you have done, <BR> and your thoughts which are toward us. <BR> They can’t be declared back to you. <BR> If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. <BR> <BR> Promise #100: The good things that I have planned for you are too many to count. <BR> <BR> King David wrote Psalm 40 and in it he declares t... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:36:15 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ephesians 2:5-6 (WEB) <BR> 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, <BR> made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), <BR> 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him <BR> in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, <BR> <BR> Promise #99: I have raised you up with Christ to sit in heavenly places. <BR> Once we were dead, now we are alive in Christ. Once we lived ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 10:36:04 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Colossians 2:13-14 (WEB) <BR> 13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. <BR> He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, <BR> 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us; <BR> and he has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; <BR> <BR> Promise #98: I have cancelled all your sin and you alive in Jesus ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:02:34 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Romans 8:29 (WEB) <BR> For whom he foreknew, he also predestined <BR> to be conformed to the image of his Son, <BR> that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. <BR> <BR> Promise #97: I have chosen you to be like My Son so you could be part of My family. <BR> In today's promise from Romans 8:29, we read in the Amplified Bible the following... For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:53:16 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 46:4 (WEB) <BR> and even to old age I am he, and even to gray hairs will I carry you. <BR> I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry, and will deliver. <BR> <BR> Promise #96: I will protect and carry you all the days of your life. <BR> <BR> The New International Version Bible translates Isaiah 46:4 this way... Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I h... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:07:05 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Revelation 4:11 (WEB) <BR> “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, the Holy One, <BR> to receive the glory, the honor, and the power, for you created all things, <BR> and because of your desire they existed, and were created!” <BR> <BR> Promise #94: I created all things for My pleasure. <BR> <BR> The backdrop to today's promise is found in the throne room of God as described by the Apostle John in Revelat... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:59:19 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 119:89 (WEB) <BR> Yahweh, your word is settled in heaven forever. <BR> <BR> Promise #92: My eternal Word is anchored in the heavens. <BR> <BR> The NIV Bible translates today's Bible verse this way... Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. (NIV) The English Standard Version translates it... Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. (ESV) Whatever translation ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:46:28 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 145:13 (WEB) <BR> Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. <BR> Your dominion endures throughout all generations. <BR> Yahweh is faithful in all his words, <BR> and loving in all his deeds. <BR> <BR> Promise #91: My kingdom is everlasting and My dominion will endure forever. <BR> The kingdoms of this world will not last forever. Even some of the most long standing empires that spanned immense terri... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:36:12 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 4:31 (WEB) <BR> for Yahweh your God is a merciful God; <BR> he will not fail you, neither destroy you, <BR> nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them. <BR> <BR> Promise #90: I will not forget My promises because I am a merciful God. <BR> <BR> Our God is a merciful God. He is full of compassion and love towards us. In today's promise, He tells Israel that He will never... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:55:38 EST <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 116:15 (WEB) <BR> Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of his saints. <BR> <BR> Promise #89: It is precious for Me to see My faithful ones come home. <BR> <BR> We have all experienced the loss of a loved one. We ourselves will one day experience this ultimate transition to glory if Jesus tarries. The Amplified Bible translates Psalm 116:15 this way... Precious (important and no ligh... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:19:12 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Matthew 25:34 (WEB) <BR> Then the King will tell those on his right hand, <BR> ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you <BR> from the foundation of the world; <BR> <BR> Promise #88: I prepared a kingdom inheritance for you when I created the world. <BR> <BR> In today's promise, Jesus is telling a story about sheep and goats where the sheep (those who are in Christ) will be welc... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:26:48 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Galatians 6:9 (WEB) <BR> Let us not be weary in doing good, <BR> for we will reap in due season, if we don’t give up. <BR> <BR> Promise #86: Never tire of doing good, for in time you will reap a harvest. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when I go on a ministry trip, I can get tired. Even though I love what I am doing, the rigors of travel, different places to sleep, meeting new people, etc. can get very tiring. I... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:43:51 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 49:16 (WEB) <BR> Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; <BR> your walls are continually before me. <BR> <BR> Promise #85: I have carved your name in the palms of My hands. <BR> <BR> Today's promise is part of a much loved Scripture passage from Isaiah 49:15-16 that describes the amazing mothering heart of Father God... 15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:04:43 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 5:6 (WEB) <BR> Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, <BR> that he may exalt you in due time; <BR> <BR> Promise #84: Humble yourself before Me and in time I will exalt you. <BR> <BR> Today's promise simply encourages us to walk in humility. God loves it when we embrace humility because when we are truly humble, we are just like Him! Jesus told us that the greatest in the king... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:17:36 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Romans 8:28 (WEB) <BR> We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, <BR> to those who are called according to his purpose. <BR> <BR> Promise #83: I will cause all things to ultimately work for your good. <BR> <BR> This Bible verse has brought comfort to a countless number of people throughout the years. It is very reassuring to know that no matter what happens in our life, our ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:39:00 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> James 2:13 (WEB) <BR> For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. <BR> Mercy triumphs over judgment. <BR> <BR> Promise #82: My mercy will overrule judgment. <BR> <BR> The Message Bible says... Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time. The law of mercy and grace actually overrules the law of judgment. I don't know how you feel when you think about this promise, but I am thankful to ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:54:58 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Peter 1:3 (WEB) <BR> seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, <BR> through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue; <BR> <BR> Promise #81: My divine power will give you all you need to live a good life. <BR> <BR> I really appreciate how the New Living Translation expresses 2 Peter 1:3... By his divine power, God has given u... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:46:58 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 146:7 (WEB) <BR> who executes justice for the oppressed; <BR> who gives food to the hungry. <BR> <BR> Promise #80: I provide food for the hungry and justice for the oppressed. <BR> <BR> Our God is good. He has a heart of compassion for the marginalised, the oppressed and all who need His help. As we read in 1 Corinthians 13:6 describing the character and nature of love from the Amplified Bible ..... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:51:46 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 91:7 (WEB) <BR> A thousand may fall at your side, <BR> and ten thousand at your right hand; <BR> but it will not come near you. <BR> <BR> Promise #79: Thousands may fall around you, but you will not be harmed. <BR> <BR> Psalm 91 is a powerful declaration of the safety and shelter that you and I can live in knowing that we are living under the constant care of Almighty God. In today's promise, th... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:05:20 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 Samuel 22:33-34 (WEB) <BR> 33 God is my strong fortress. He makes my way perfect. <BR> 34 He makes his feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places. <BR> <BR> Promise #78: I will give you My strength to help you stand in high places. <BR> <BR> In today's promise, we read of King David's declaration of God's faithfulness after he was delivered from the murderous pursuit of his father-in-law... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:46:39 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 91:1 (WEB) <BR> He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High <BR> will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. <BR> <BR> Promise #77: If you live in My secret place, you will find rest under My shadow. <BR> <BR> The New Living Translation says Psalm 91:1 this way... Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (NLT) For anyone who struggles with fe... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:15:07 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1 John 2:27 (WEB) <BR> As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, <BR> and you don’t need for anyone to teach you. <BR> But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, <BR> and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him. <BR> <BR> Promise #76: My anointing will teach you all you need to know. <BR> <BR> In today's promise, the Apostle John te... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:33:15 EST <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaiah 43:2 (WEB) <BR> When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; <BR> and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. <BR> When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, <BR> and flame will not scorch you. <BR> <BR> Promise #75: When you pass through the waters, I will be close to you. <BR> <BR> We live only a few miles away from the mighty Niagara River. The world r... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:15:39 EST Isaiah 41:10 (WEB) <BR> Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. <BR> I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. <BR> Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. <BR> <BR> Promise #72: I am with you and I will help you because I am your God. <BR> <BR> Jesus told us in Luke 12:32 to fear not, for it is our Father's good pleasure to give us His kingdom. God doesn't want us to live in fear. He wants us rather to live in the safety... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:49:14 EST Psalm 24:1 (WEB) <BR> The earth is Yahweh’s, with its fullness; <BR> the world, and those who dwell therein. <BR> <BR> Promise #60: The earth belongs to Me and all that is in it. <BR> <BR> When everything seems to be spinning out of control, it is comforting to remember this promise. When the economy is shaking and fear rises up in people's hearts around you, it is reassuring to meditate on the bigness of our God. The New International Version translation of Psalm 24:1 says it this way..... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:31:27 EST Acts 2:39 (WEB) <BR> For the promise is to you, and to your children, <BR> and to all who are far off, <BR> even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.” <BR> <BR> Promise #59: My promise of life is for you and your family. <BR> <BR> In Acts 1:4-5, Jesus told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit that His Father has promised to pour out on all flesh. In Acts 2:39, after the group of 120 were baptized in the Holy Spirit, Peter gets up and tells the people listening that this... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:46:09 EST Revelation 3:21 (WEB) <BR> He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, <BR> as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. <BR> <BR> Promise #58: Those who overcome will sit with My Son on His throne. <BR> <BR> The atonement that we have in Christ is absolutely amazing! When Jesus died on the cross, He exchanged His life for our life, so that His Father could become our Father (John 20:17). In today's promise, we read that Jesus tells the chu... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:58:48 EST 2 Corinthians 5:1 (WEB) <BR> For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, <BR> we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, <BR> eternal, in the heavens. <BR> <BR> Promise #57: When your body fails, you have an eternal home waiting for you. <BR> <BR> In 1 Corinthians 13:13, the Apostle Paul tells us that faith, hope and love remain. In the last few devotionals, I have been talking a lot about love and faith. Today I want to talk about hope. If we have... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:29:05 EST 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (WEB) <BR> 23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. <BR> May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless <BR> at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. <BR> 24 He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it. <BR> <BR> Promise #56: I will sanctify you and keep you blameless until Jesus returns. <BR> <BR> In today's promise, we read that it is God Himself who has sanctified us through the free gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. He in... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:32:45 EST Hebrews 11:6 (WEB) <BR> Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, <BR> for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, <BR> and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. <BR> <BR> Promise #55: I will reward those who diligently seek Me with a heart of faith. <BR> <BR> The very foundation of our relationship to God is our faith in Him. If we don't believe that He exists, it will be difficult for us to cultivate a living, loving relationship with Him. Our very... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:32:36 EST 1 John 5:14 (WEB) <BR> This is the boldness which we have toward him, that, <BR> if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us. <BR> <BR> Promise #54: I hear you when you ask for anything according to My will. <BR> <BR> In today's promise, the Apostle John encourages us to be confident in our prayer life. When we ask God for anything that is in accordance with His will, He hears us. Our Father is a good father who delights in giving His kids good gifts (James 1:17) and He is ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:46:33 EST Psalm 68:6 (WEB) <BR> God sets the lonely in families. <BR> He brings out the prisoners with singing, <BR> but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land. <BR> <BR> Promise #53: I put people who are lonely in families. <BR> <BR> God is a family man. His whole life is about family. In Ephesians 3:14-15 Paul the Apostle says... 14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, (ESV). God understands that we were created to be i... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:19:45 EST Psalm 9:10 (WEB) <BR> Those who know your name will put their trust in you, <BR> for you, Yahweh, have not forsaken those who seek you. <BR> <BR> Promise #52: You can trust in Me for I will never forsake you. <BR> <BR> When we know who God is, it is easy to trust in Him. When we are convinced that He is loving and kind and gentle, we will be able to risk again and entrust our hearts fully to Him. If we are not yet convinced of His goodness, we will struggle to trust Him. <BR> <BR> I b... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:00:08 EST Psalm 9:10 (WEB) <BR> Those who know your name will put their trust in you, <BR> for you, Yahweh, have not forsaken those who seek you. <BR> <BR> Promise #52: You can trust in Me for I will never forsake you. <BR> <BR> When we know who God is, it is easy to trust in Him. When we are convinced that He is loving and kind and gentle, we will be able to risk again and entrust our hearts fully to Him. If we are not yet convinced of His goodness, we will struggle to trust Him. <BR> <BR> I b... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:00:06 EST 2 Corinthians 3:17 (WEB) <BR> Now the Lord is the Spirit <BR> and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. <BR> <BR> Promise #50: You will find freedom wherever My Spirit dwells. <BR> <BR> God is completely free and He loves freedom. Galatians 5:1 says that it is for freedom's sake that Christ has set us free. In John 8:36, Jesus Himself speaks of the freedom He has for us when He said... If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. (WEB) <BR> <BR> Wherever G... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:55:44 EST Matthew 5:4 (WEB) <BR> Blessed are those who mourn, <BR> for they shall be comforted. <BR> <BR> Promise #49: I will bless you in times of mourning with My comfort. <BR> <BR> In Matthew 5, Jesus shares a kingdom message that we lovingly call The Beatitudes. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reveals some of the values of His kingdom. Nine times He says that people are blessed in circumstances that would seem opposite to what the world system would see as blessed. <B... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:39:50 EST John 10:29 (WEB) <BR> My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. <BR> No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. <BR> <BR> Promise #47: I will keep you safe because no one can snatch you out of My hand. <BR> <BR> I love the picture that Jesus paints in this passage of Scripture. In order to better appreciate what Jesus is saying, let's read a broader view of this promise found in John 10:27-30... 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they foll... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:59:42 EST