Groping, Hopeless, Lost in the Darkness

 

Groping, hopeless, lost in the darkness

But God commanded His brightness

To shine, dispel the darkness in my heart

And so I was born again, given a new start.

 

What He did in the beginning, He did in me

Gave goodness and mercy, in place of misery

 What He has done for me, He can do for you;

All you need is a repentance that’s true.

 

Your darkness will stagger, flee and hide

If you will  His Word embrace and abide

Today, do not delay, hear His still small voice

Today, bow down, make Him your choice.

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 4:6
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

Psalm 119:130
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

John 1:4
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Genesis 1:3
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

 

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Placing Him in the First Place

 

Placing Him in the first place

Will put other things in their place.

It shows that you have seen His face

And received the abundance of His grace.

 

Placing Him in the second place

Is clearly priorities misplaced

You cannot win in your race of Grace

But will forever bring disgrace.

 

So decide what to do the rest of your days

You have a choice to do what He says

And bring to Him honour and praise

And be blessed the rest of your days.

 

Friend, the choice is yours.

Matthew 6:33 (New King James Version)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you

Colossians 3:1-2 (New King James Version)

Colossians 3

Not Carnality but Christ

 1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Galatians 2:20 (New King James Version)

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Matthew 7:21-27 (New King James Version)

I Never Knew You

   
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Build on the Rock

   
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

 

 

The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23 (New King James Version)

 

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.
 1 The LORD is my shepherd;
         I shall not want.

 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
         He leads me beside the still waters.

 3 He restores my soul;
         He leads me in the paths of righteousness
         For His name’s sake.

         
 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
         I will fear no evil;
         For You are with me;
         Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 
         
 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
         You anoint my head with oil;
         My cup runs over.

 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
         All the days of my life;
         And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
         Forever.

 

Child of God, know that if the Lord is your Shepherd, you will not lack any good thing.  He will lead you to green pastures. He will lead you to quiet waters, where you will find rest for your soul. He will guide you in paths of righteousness because of His great name.

 When you are tired and weary, He will restore your soul as you  go to Him in prayer look Him and depend on Him.

 Yes, there will be times in your life when things may seem to be going bad, but do not despair. It does not mean the Lord has abandoned you. He is still there and still working on your behalf.  He uses trials and tests to make us stronger and build our character to be more like Him.  So when I seems you’re walking alone, know that He is very much there. He said,“ I will not leave you nor forsake you until the end of the age.

 Your enemies are no match to the Lord. He will even prepare a sumptuous meal for you in their presence to make them jealous and make you exceedingly glad. So rejoice when you go through difficulties. Know that a great good is coming.

And as you endure, and grow in the Lord, you will bear fruit that will give glory and honour to the Lord.

 When it is all said and done, at the end of your life, you will go to be with Him in heaven and wearing s victor’s crown, because you ran your race and finished well. There will no more be tears, sorrows, pain or death or separation.

Exalt my God

Exalt My God

For, He is faithful, merciful, wonderful, all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, preeminent, magnificent, immanent and excellent.

 Exalt Him people, for He is glorious, victorious, fabulous, righteous, Holy, eternal, unchanging. He is the Unchanging changer.

 I will exalt you, O Lord

For You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, conqueror; more than a conqueror, Faithful and True, Elshaddai, the God Who is more than enough, able to do as occasion demands, able to do more than I can ask or thing or dream of-; yes, infinitely beyond my wildest dream; if I can think it, you can exceed it.

 You are my Shield, Shelter, Shepherd, fortress, Hiding place, Rock of Salvation, Refuge.

In You I live move and have my very being. In You I am well-covered, assured, insured. In Your sufficiency I am sufficient. I lack nothing good; I have all I need; I need not fear or be alarmed; I can rest with a peace that surpasses knowledge; calm even in a storm, or raging seas, hurricane, tsunamis or tornadoes.

 I exalt You, my Maker, owner, lover of my soul, who’s in control

The seas are yours and all that move in them, and your hands formed the dry land. You made the heavens and the earth. You spoke and it was done; you decree and it stands, commanded and it stood fast. You are sovereign, all authorities answer to you, you reign over all; you set up kingdom and pull down kingdoms.

Who is like unto you? What God is like my our God? Glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders.

I will exalt you. O Lord

I was lost but You found me, washed me, perfumed me, put shoes on my feet and your robe of righteousness over me and a ring on my finger and brought me to Your side. I was wayward, a prodigal who ran away, went wild, wasting all your wealth on wine, women, gambling, prostitutes, like a pig plundering and polluting precious pearl. Yet in your mercy You forgave, welcomed me home, killed the fatted cow and celebrated my return. I will exalt you, O Lord!

You are my Redeemer, Comforter, Strenghtner, Teacher, Guide, Stronghold, succour, Saviour.

 You are the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious; long-suffering and abundant in goodness and in truth.

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Maximise the ‘Adverse’ Wind

Child of God, you were in a spiritual exile caused by sin, and so you were famished, dry, barren, hopeless, hapless, voiceless and pining away in the wilderness.

 Then you realised your error, like the prodigal son, you cried out to Me in repentance, turned your back on the sin and headed home and I became pleased with you; so pleased you that I gave you a partner called, Joy and you went out with her, arm in arm (she was Joy unspeakable and full of glory; she was the joy of the Lord being your strength.) You were  bubbling all over, regardless of the circumstances because of her as we began to rebuild your broken down walls.

And then, right in front of you, in a procession, leading the way, was Peace- the Prince of Peace and His Word and Holy Spirit, serenading you with serenity, contentment, assurance and confidence.

 Next as you turned the corner, you heard and saw something unusual, breath-taking, out of this world: mountains and hills bursting into singing, giving glory and honour and adoration to the name of the Lord. What more! The trees of the field were clapping their hands; all applauding the miracle wrought by the Lord.

 Why is this happening?

I will tell you: Where there were once briers, cypress trees have sprouted and where there were once thorns, myrtle trees now stood. Where there was once a desert, an evergreen forest now adorned; God had brought about rivers in a desert, like making an express way through the Red sea.

 And all this unusual spectacle and miracle is for a divine purpose: that there would be an everlasting sign (a testament, monument, indelible memorial) of the power and love of the Lord.

 Therefore, go and lead a full and complete life- the abundant life your Saviour came to give. Go in the strength of the Lord. Go from glory to glory and from strength to strength. Go all the way into the Promised Land. Trample any principalities and powers on the way. Put them under your feet, where they belong. Know that I have given you power over all the power of the enemy; power to trample upon serpents and scorpions. I made you more than conqueror. The Greater One indwells you. He will anoint you for battle.  He will anoint you for service to go about doing good, healing all those who are oppressed of the devil. Leave no stones unturned.  Go with holy anger. The kingdom of God suffers violence but the violent takes it by force. The years that the locust and canker-worm have stolen will be restored.

Press on for the mark of the prize of your high calling in Christ Jesus, looking always unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith. Enforce the victory that Jesus won on the cross.  Cross over to the other side in the Name of Jesus. Rout every demonic spirits. Take no prisoners. Be strong and courageous.  The Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Every place that the soles of your feet shall tread belongs to you.

Follow this momentum and do not relent. Like an eagle, understand the time in which you are. The time of the ferocious, ‘adverse’ wind and storm is a favourable time for you to soar to unprecedented heights. Therefore maximise the moment and give glory to your God.

Isaiah 55:12-13 (New King James Version)

12 “ For you shall go out with joy,
      And be led out with peace;
      The mountains and the hills
      Shall break forth into singing before you,
      And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
       13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
      And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
      And it shall be to the LORD for a name,
      For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

NKJ

Surrender (1)

‘…Because you say so, I will…’ Luke 5:5

Until we accept and cooperate with the law of gravity, we can’t fly. Until we accept and cooperate with the law of economics, we can’t succeed in business. Getting the idea? Surrendering to God is not weakness, it’s wisdom. Only a fool resists God, because it’s a fight we can’t win. It’s in surrendering to Him that we are empowered to succeed in what He’s called us to do. Surrender is demonstrated by obedience. It’s saying, ‘Yes, Lord’ to whatever He asks. To say, ‘No, Lord’ is a contradiction. How can we call Jesus ‘Lord’, and refuse to obey Him? (Luke 6:46 NKJV). Peter demonstrated true surrender when Jesus told him to try again. ‘…”Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish…’ (Luke 5:5-6 NKJV). Surrendered people obey God even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. Abraham followed God without knowing where it would take him. Hannah waited on God’s timing without knowing when. Mary expected a miracle without knowing how. Joseph trusted God’s plan without knowing why circumstances happened as they did. Each was fully surrendered to God, and they came out on top. ‘How will I know I’m fully surrendered?’ we ask. When we rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force our own agenda or control the situation. We don’t have to be in charge, we simply let go and let God have His way.

 

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I Have a Friend

 

I have a Friend

A faithful Friend

Who is always there

Who always cares.

 

I have a Friend

A Friend in need and a Friend indeed

With whom I have a covenant

A covenant of blood

According to the Word.

 

This Friend laid down His life for me

And His blood speaks for me

In the court of heaven

He is my Attorney,

My Advocate before the Father,

Daily pleading my case.

No curse causeless alights on me

I am redeemed from the curse of the law

Abraham’s blessings are mine

 

Principalities and power

Cower before my Friend

They bow the knee

At the name of Jesus

They scamper, flee, scatter

At the proclamation

Of the matchless Name

Above every other name.

 

I have a Friend

On whom I depend

He defends and fends for me

In winter or summer

Through hell or high water

He remains true

He is able to do

More than I can ask

Or think or imagine

 

He is the Resurrection and the Life

The way the truth and the life

He raises dead dreams

With Him the valley of dry bones

Is raised into a mighty army

To the glory of the Living God.

Because with Him ALL things are possible.

 

I have a Friend!

In His sufficiency I am sufficient.

In my weakness His strength is made perfect.

My life is hidden in Christ in God.

 

That is why even when I am hard-pressed

He shields me and I am not crushed.

That is whey when I am perplexed

He encourages me and I don’t despair.

Yes, that is why even when I am persecuted

He comforts me, saying ‘You are not abandoned.’

Even when I am knocked down and the count is on

Like in a boxing ring, He raises me before it is out.

 

I have Friend!

Is He your Friend?

 

John 15:12-14 (New International Version, ©2010)

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

More Than Conquerors

 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

 

36 As it is written:

   “For your sake we face death all day long;
   we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom8:28,31-31,36-39

 

 

 

Preparing for Your Biggest Test

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…After these things… God tested Abraham…’ Genesis 22:1

The life of Abraham teaches you several things. First, you can walk with God, yet not know the details of your destiny: ‘…And he went out, not knowing where he was going’ (Hebrews 11:8 NKJV). Second, when God makes you a promise, the timeline is up to Him. Abraham waited 20 years for Isaac to be born and fulfil the promise, ‘I will make you a great nation…’ (Genesis 12:2 NKJV). Third, sometimes you’ll get it wrong before you get it right. Tired of waiting, Abraham fathered Ishmael. If he’d just waited, Isaac would have been born on God’s schedule. Often your greatest mistakes come from impatience. Finally, it teaches that you can have faith in one area, yet experience fear in another. When Abraham got to Gerar, King Abimelech took a fancy to his wife Sarah. Thinking only of himself, Abraham said, ‘…”She is my sister.” And Abimelech… took Sarah’ (Genesis 20:2 NKJV). We all have our ‘Gerar moments’, times when we cave in to fear, self-interest or other people’s demands. Were it not for God’s grace we’d all be disqualified! Next we read, ‘…After these things… God tested Abraham, and said… “Take now your son… whom you love… and offer him… as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you”‘ (Genesis 22:1-2 NKJV). Notice the words, ‘After these things’. The tests you’ve been through begin to make sense when you face your biggest test. When you pass it, like Abraham, you can call God ‘Jehovah Jireh’, which means ‘The-Lord-Will-Provide’ (Genesis 22:14 NKJV). And at that point God will say, ‘Now you’ve arrived at a place where I can use you!’

 

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Believe You Are Who God Says You Are

by Buddy Owens

“And we … are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

This week’s devotionals are by Buddy Owens, teaching pastor at Saddleback Church and author of ‘The Way of a Worshiper’.

 

God is asking you to believe he is who he says he is, believe you are who he says you are, and then live like you believe those things.

I want to help you learn to confess your faith, and then let that confession lead to life change so that it demolishes your old way of thinking and gives you a new way of thinking about life, God, yourself, hardship, your family and your world.

And here’s how to do it: Stop confessing lies. Confess your faith! Say the same thing God says about you. Let it change the way you think . . . and it will change the way you live.

Here are some things the Bible says about you that need to become things you say about yourself. Start every day by confessing these truths —

My Faith Confessions

  • I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)
  • The Son has set me free. I am free indeed! (John 8:36)
  • My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
  • He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it. (Philippians 1:6)
  • There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
  • Nothing can ever separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:38-39)
  • In all things God works for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)
  • God is faithful. He will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • My light and momentary troubles are achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • He is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • God is for me! Who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)

When you say what God says (confession), you begin to think what God thinks (repentance). So let this be your confession of faith. And let it be the foundation on which you build your new life.

This is not the power of positive thinking. It’s not your good thoughts that will turn your life around. God’s power will turn your life around. He’s just asking you to believe he is who he says he is, believe you are who he says you are, and then live like you believe those things.

Does that mean bad things will stop happening? No. But it does mean you will experience many more victories than losses because the Word of God is at work in you.

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Daily Hope

With Rick Warren

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In Spite of the Odds and the Opposition

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…’ Psalm 23:5

If you are going through a difficult time right now, read these words: ‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…’ (vv. 5-6 NKJV). Underline the word ‘surely’. It’s God’s guarantee! When does God cause your cup to overflow with blessing? When does He empower you to overcome? When does He demonstrate His goodness and mercy? In the presence of your enemies! The odds and the opposition can’t stop God from blessing you. ‘But I’m really struggling,’ you say. Struggle is proof that you haven’t been conquered, that you refuse to surrender, that victory is still possible, and that you’re growing. As long as you keep walking with God and trusting Him, He will work on your behalf. He will send His Spirit to guide you, His Word to illuminate your mind, and friends to strengthen you in your time of struggle. If you’re teachable, you’re reachable. Keep your heart open, keep listening to God, keep obeying Him and you will see that your problem is just a platform for Him to ‘show himself strong on your behalf’ (2 Chronicles 16:9). You’ll also discover that His strength comes when you’re at your weakest point (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). Finally, you’ll be able to thank God for your enemies, because He’s promised to bless you right there in front of them. People and circumstances don’t decide your future, God does – so look to Him!

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