Trust In The Lord, Not Man
“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heat in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-8
Trusting in man instead of the Lord is an exercise in futility. Not only that, it is displeasing to the Lord and opens one up to cursing and disappointment. You may face some situations in which it seems as though God’s help is too slow and it seems better to trust in man or the arm of the flesh. Don’t be deceived; keep your trust in the Lord and do it from the heart.
Scripture reading: Psalm 62:1-12
God Still Rules
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” Proverbs 21:1
No matter what things look like in the governments of this world, God still rules. This becomes amplified even more when the people of God in a nation will pray for their political leaders. God promises His people peace, quiet, godly and honest living if they will pray and give thanks for their political leaders…no matter who is in office. It is important for us to obey the Lord in this area. Refuse to speak ill of or curse those in authority. Obey the Word and watch God do the supernatural for His people.
Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
There Is Always A Way Out
“There hath not temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
Maybe the enemy is up to his old tricks in your life today; bringing back to your remembrance some past sin or weakness of the flesh in your life that you used to indulge in. The pressure upon you to yield may seem so strong that you cannot see any possible way of not giving in. Guess what? You don’t have to give in! God has already prepared your escape route. In these kinds of situations we need to follow the example that Jesus set for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. He went to the Father in prayer to draw upon Strength that would keep Him from giving in. Always remember that the real you, the spirit, is willing to resist; it is the flesh that is weak. So, when the flesh is weak, it is time to get before the Father in prayer so that He may show you your way of escape.
Scripture reading: Luke 22:39-46; James 1:12-25
The Desire of An Infant
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2:1-3
A little baby instinctively knows when it is time to nurse and what he is looking for to nurse upon. The desire is innate; whether it is the milk from his mother’s breast or the nipple of a bottle. Spiritually speaking, we are to be the same way. We are to follow our inner instincts and be constantly feeding on the Word of God so that we may grow. Without the life giving milk, the babies’ growth and development will be stunted. Without the life that is in the Word our development as children of God will be stunted. Follow your instincts. When the desire for the Word rises within you, don’t squelch it; respond to it by getting your Bible and feeding on the Word or plug in a message of someone preaching the good Word of God that you can listen to. Whatever you do, respond to that inner desire for the Word; your growth is at stake.
Scripture reading: Matthew 5:6; 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Open Their Eyes
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.” Acts 26:18
As a Believer in Jesus Christ, God Almighty has shined His own light inside of you and empowered you to bring light to others; to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light. You, however, have to let that light shine. How? By your words, by your actions, by the ability of God coming out of you through your prayers for others and your ministry to them and by your going about and doing good every day. Jesus said about Himself while on the earth that He was the light of the world. Then He said the same thing about you calling you the light of the world. The Bible says that He went about doing good (Acts 10:38). Take some time to comb through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in your Bible and look at the things that Jesus did as He went about; then, follow His example and bring light to the blinded spiritual eyes of natural man.
Scripture reading: Matthew 5:14-16; Isaiah 60:1-3
You and God – A Majority
“And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray Thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw; and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
Make no mistake about it – you and God are a majority. Never sell God short on His ability to protect and keep you. He is on your side and He has also given you an innumerable company of angels who have been sent forth to minister for you as an heir of salvation.
Scripture reading: Psalm 91:1-16; Psalm 118:6-17
Walk It Out
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Every Believer would love to be in position in life in which he or she is “perfect and entire, lacking nothing.” However, it doesn’t seem as though as many are willing to pay the price to get to that point. This is the goal at the end of every test and trial in Christian life. Endurance, steadfastness and constancy are necessary elements in one’s life when facing a test or trial. These are qualities that help you to maintain a Godly pattern of living so that you can get to the other side of the test and trial in victory, experiencing nothing less than the resurrection of Jesus Christ has made available. It won’t seem easy at first. As a matter of fact, it will be very uncomfortable. But you have to learn to walk it out, all the while keeping your attention on the promise of God in the Word and not being willing to accept defeat. Make it a point in your life not to run away from a test or trial; don’t quit on the promise of the Word. Determine to walk it out and what God has spoken has to come to pass in your life.E
Scripture reading: James 1:2-5; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Sever The Ties
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
When a person comes to Christ, he or she has to realize that there are certain things and people that they must separate themselves from. No longer can you fellowship with darkness and its evil activities and influences. This doesn’t mean that you don’t talk to these people; they must be told about Jesus Christ and His love for them. It does mean that you cannot fellowship with them. There is a difference. Fellowship implies that your communion, friendship and sharing are based on common values and interests. The values and interests of someone walking in darkness are not pleasing to the Father. Yours now are, so you must begin to fellowship with Believer’s who have values and interests that come from the Word and heart of God. Love those people who are in darkness. Pray for them and if you are in a position to help them see the Jesus in you, do it. However, you can no longer “run with them.” You have a new crowd to hang out with – the people of God.
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 15:33-34; 1 John 1:1-7
Don’t Let Your Love Grow Cold
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12
The Scripture teaches us that there will be an abundance of wickedness in the last days. During this time a Believer will have to be on his guard against allowing his love to grow cold. This is very subtle. It can be compared to erosion. Over a period of time, because of periodical run off of water on the land, the soil in a particular place is just not what it once was. Some of it is gone. One day, one looks at the land and wonders what happened to it. It seems as if it just disappeared. However, it had been happening for a long time. Over the course of time if a Believer doesn’t watch out, he can, by seeing constant sin and lawlessness, have his love grow cold. When sin abounds and many let go of righteous standards and the Believer watches these actions of others (especially if he sees a lot of it in the church) instead of the Word, He can begin to become cold and indifferent regarding his own love walk. The key to keeping this from happening is to keep one’s eyes on the Word and maintain commitment to the Word, regardless of what anyone else is doing. Keep practicing loving others. Continue to practice forgiveness. Keep the flow of giving constant. Abound in well-doing and purpose not to grow weary. Committing to these things will keep your love from growing cold.
Scripture reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17; John 13:34-35; Romans 12:14-21
In With God
“Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me.” Isaiah 45:11
Most of the Lord’s people don’t seem to realize just how much He wants them in on the knowledge of His plans. He tells us to ask of things that are in the future concerning His people. He wouldn’t tell us to ask in order to make fun of us. He tells us to ask because there are things that He wants to share with us. We are important to His plan and not only that, but we are laborers together with Him. Get serious about your place in the plan of God. Begin inquiring of Him concerning His plans concerning the Body of Christ. Ask Him to let you in on what He plans on doing in these last days. If you are sincere about playing your part you might be surprised at what He will show you.
Scripture reading: John 16:13-15