Daniel 11:32 we are told that: “the people that do know their God shall be
strong, and do exploits” (KJV). This is great news but sometimes we get tired
and plain worn out from our busyness and efforts. Often because we try to do
things our way; or is that just me?
be encouraged as the word says that: “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew
their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and
not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa 40:31). In this verse, to
wait means to wait with patient hope and expectation.
Isaiah 41:10 we are told that we should not fear as our God will strengthen us,
help us and uphold us. We don’t need to fear as God is the strength of our
lives (Ps 27:1). “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”
(Phil 4:13). Don’t let satan steal your joy as: “the joy of the Lord is your
strength” (Neh 8:10b).
just cast all your cares on him today because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
He is your strength, do things his way. He will never leave you nor forsake you
a strong day in him.
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“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O
Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Ps
5:3; KJV). Here’s the best way to start your day; this verse perfectly
illustrates that prayer is a two-way conversation with God. King David directs
his prayer to God and looks up, or waits to hear from God’s heart. You don’t
have to follow any set rules for prayer, and you don’t need to try and pray
like some other person that you admire. God just wants us to pray from our
heart in faith (Mark 11:24) and be ourselves; that simple. We know that Jesus spent
a lot of time in prayer, and if it was important for him, then how much more so
for us. We also learn from John 16:23 that we should pray to God the Father in
Jesus name; and if we pray according to God's will then we will receive what we
ask for (1 John 5:14,15). There are many positive results from developing a
prayer life, the main one being that we will get to know God better and we will
therefore become more like him.
your steering? In chapter 1 and verse 5 of the book of Proverbs, a part of the
Old Testament of the Bible, it is written: “The wise also will hear and
increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and
attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]” (AMP).
need to make wise decisions in order to drive down the right road of life.
That’s why it’s so important to read at least something from Proverbs every
day. Prov. 2:4 says to search for wisdom; that indicates that we have to put
some effort onto it. Prov. 9:11 says
that wisdom will cause us to enjoy many days and a long-life span. Prov. 8:35
says that if we find wisdom we will find life and favor from God.
are many more benefits of wisdom described in the book of Proverbs; try
underlining them in your Bible, meditate on them and see yourself develop in
wisdom will give you power steering.
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high priest and elders tried hard to find a reason to condemn Jesus to death
but could not. (Matt 26: 57-62) Finally, the high priest asked Jesus if he was
the Christ, the Son of God. I was looking at Jesus’ reply the other day and it
struck me like never before: "Thou hast said: nevertheless, I say unto you,
Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and
coming in the clouds of heaven" (Matt 26:64; KJV).
was so confident in his Father and Jesus knew who he (Jesus) was and where we
was going; He had only one goal that of complete obedience to the Father. He
knew that his reply to the high priest would mean certain death but he spoke
the truth. How often God prompts us to share the Gospel with another but
because of busyness, fear of rejection or embarrassment we ignore God’s
prompting. What would have happened if Jesus had not had the resolve he did and
had not given the reply he did?
believe that just like Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, God gives us divine
appointments to share Christ with people (Acts 8:26-39). God even says he will
give us the words to say (Luke 21:15) and the Holy Spirit sets up those divine
appointments (Prov 3:5-6) All we have to do is show up and do our part; be
obedient. “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner
that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no
repentance” (Luke 15:7).
Let’s do it, it’s a spiritual rush. Share this.
“That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto
his death; if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection of the dead”
(Phil 3:10-11; KJV).
verses show Paul’s heart, his life motivation. Paul’s sole motivation was to
know Christ; not to know about him but to know him. Paul desired to be like
Christ in dying to self and sin and living to eternal life. He counted it gain
to suffer for Christ as this reflected his complete identification with Jesus.
an earlier verse in Philippians Chapter 3 (V8), Paul looked back at his earlier
life without Jesus and counted it as loss, rubbish; compared to knowing Christ
in an intimate, dynamic and life changing relationship. The word rubbish can be
translated dung, showing how emphatic Paul was in making his point.
went on to say that he didn’t look back but pressed on to follow the call of
Jesus, (v12-13) to come closer and higher in relationship with him (Jesus) and
to experience the power of Christ’s resurrection (v10). Paul had a heavenly or
eternal perspective while he ministered powerfully and effectively on this
earth in the anointing of God. Wow, that’s what I want. Let’s press in but
remember not to get condemned as Paul said, when he wrote this epistle, that he
had not arrived (v13) but was determined to press in (14).
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