50 Days of Promises
June 25, 2018
Has there ever been anyone who had been more tested and tried than Job in the Old Testament? After losing all of his children and his home and his crops and livestock and finally his health, he still refused to curse the God who created him and gave him life. Eventually even his “so-called” friends and wife mocked him and told him he must have done something wrong for God to punish him in this way and to just give it up because there was no hope. But Job didn’t lose hope, even though he bemoaned his circumstances, he still believed in a righteous God who would one day redeem him and be victorious over the evil that beset not only him but the evil in the world. Are you going through trials in your life? If you’re a child of God, he will see you through it, have faith and hope in one who is mightier than your trials. Will evil be victorious in this world? I read the last chapter in the Bible; spoiler alert: God wins! Amen!
June 24, 2018
There is a saying that may seem a little vulgar but it’s true; “God didn’t create no junk”. Every soul was born with a purpose and has the potential to be used of God, but unfortunately not everyone believes this and turns from what could be a useful life to one of self-doubt or not allowing God to help them develop to their full potential or even worse, to darken their souls with evil intentions. This is not a new concept in our time and age, but there has always been a war between good and evil ever since Cain slew Abel. Fortunately, God will always raise up those “lights” in the darkness who will shine as a beacon of hope to others as Esther was in her day. We need to ask ourselves; are we living up to our full potential as a child of God? Are we a light to someone else’s darkness? Were we born into our kingdom for such a time as this?
June 23, 2018
“Got Joy?” The phrase “Got Milk?” has been around for a few years now and the whole premise of the ad campaign was that if you drank milk you would be healthier and happier. It was, and is still a popular phrase but I’d like to propose a new one: “Got Joy?”. To live a healthy and happy life because of drinking milk is certainly good, but to drink of the joy of the Lord is better and unlike the benefits of drinking milk that only lasts for a day or two, the joy of the Lord lasts for eternity!
June 22, 2018
The whole verse of Nehemiah 1:9 says this: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
What a beautiful picture of God. He is not willing that anyone should perish. He wants his people to enjoy everlasting life. He created us to live and not die. Unfortunately, who among us can keep all of His commandments? That is why he sent Christ into the world to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Through Him we can be forgiven as if we had never broken the commandments of God and can enjoy eternity with him in heaven.
June 21, 2018
God will never leave for forsake those who trust in him. But the rest of the verse says that His power and His wrath will be against all those who forsake Him. I know which side I’d rather be on, don’t you? It’s nice to know he’s in my corner. Pray for those who are unbelievers and mockers, they don’t understand what’s waiting for them in eternity. They need our prayers and our positive witness in seeing Christ in us.
June 20, 2018
Are you a ‘fair weather’ friend? Do you hold grudges so much so that your relationship with others suffer and sometimes are even severed? Humans can often be fickle. As long as our friends, co-workers, and family agree with us they can be in our inner circle, but just let them step outside that circle of our expectations and we give them the boot. Thank goodness our God is not like that. How many times have we disappointed Him. He has every right to turn His back on us, but if we are truly His children He will forgive us our transgressions time after time if we seek his forgiveness. How willing are we to forgive others who do us wrong? Just as God forgives us we should go and do likewise. God’s mercy is forever, can we say the same thing about ourselves?
June 19, 2018
In the troubling times we are going through where everything seems to be spiraling out of control around the world and in our own country, this has become one of my favorite verses to lean on. Some say we are living in the end-times and and the political climate seems to reflect this. Prophecy appears to be unfolding day by day and Satan is gloating in his ability to bring havoc on the earth, but he knows his time is short. We need a revival in our land. We need for every Christian to get down on their knees and cry out to Heaven and God to not only heal our nation and the world, but to heal us because if Satan can convince us that there is no hope and that evil is victorious over good, then he has won. Heaven help us, we can’t let that happen.
June 18, 2018
Sometimes when we feel the weakest and the most vulnerable that is when God can do His best work in us. We need to get our own pride out of the way and realize that if we put our lives in God’s hands that the outcome will work out much better. Think about this; If we thought we could handle everything ourselves, we would have no need of our God and what a sad thought that is. Sometimes our ego needs to be taken down a notch, maybe through disappointments or what we could consider as failures, before we ask God for help. Wouldn’t it be better to ask for God’s lead in all our situations at the beginning of each journey?
June 17, 2018
God loves a humble heart. In Micah 6:8 it says: He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Many people mistake humility and meekness with being weak, but it takes great strength and courage to place your life into the hands of someone else. Walking humbly with God demonstrates the very essence of the faith that He requires of us. When we have that kind of faith and a tender heart, God will hear our prayers and provide for our needs.
June 16, 2018
God gives His children gifts. This verse follows Solomon requesting of God to give him an understanding heart and discernment to rule over his people. Because it was an honorable request, God was pleased to give him what he asked. Solomon used his gift of wisdom for many years. He gave us most of the Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. Words of wisdom for all of us. Solomon was indeed wise as long as he followed God and kept His commandments. God has given each of us a gift too, as long as it is in accordance with His will. I’d like to think that encouraging people is mine. What is your gift? Have you asked God for an understanding heart to seek his will and then follow through with it?
June 15, 2018
Do you ever feel like giving up? I know I do. Sometimes, I’m like; what’s the use. Why am I even doing this anymore. That’s what the enemy is telling me today, but God has promised me that even if no one else is reached through my writings, he sees every word and hears what is on my heart. He encourages me to persevere. God has given me the desire to share His words and has given me a gift to see beauty in art and nature. Every word spoken will not return void. God has promised goodness to his servants who seek to do His will, even if it is hard sometimes.
June 14, 2018
One of the hardest things for people to do is place their trust in someone else, let alone someone they cannot see. We have such a hard time letting go of our problems and giving them to God to take care of. By nature, it feels like we should be able to take care of ourselves without help from anyone. That is where faith comes in. Because it was God who created us, He knows the best way to help us during our time of need. We don’t know our future, but trust in God who does. He will not fail us in our journey.
June 13, 2018
Unlike what the TV evangelists “prosperity” preachers preach. God is not in the business of handing out the “candy” of wealth, health, and good fortune if we but listen to them and contribute to their ministry. What God is promising is if we will hearken unto His voice by diligently seeking Him through prayer and studying His word and listening for his answer, our spirits will be blessed and even though we may be having trials at the time, His grace is sufficient to see us through all of them. His blessings are all we need.
June 12, 2018
After traveling and living in the wilderness for so many years, the children of Israel were becoming discouraged. Where was God? Where was the new land he had promised them? Moses heard it over and over again from the people. He had to remind them in the previous verse: (in verse 4:29) “If from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” With everything we have to deal with on a daily basis, especially during tribulations, we need to remember the God who has brought us so far. He will not forsake us even during our time of need. It is during those times we need to draw nearer to Him with all our heart and soul.
June 11, 2018
If we look in the news and focus on all the things going on around us, we can be overwhelmed at all the evil happening in the world. It seems we are in a constant warfare that is taking place between ideologies and factions. People are being persecuted and bullied for their beliefs and it seems there is no end in sight. But, did you know there is also a battle for our mind and soul? Satan will stop at nothing to convince us that God doesn’t have the power to win the war, either in the world or in our heart. But make no mistake, when you give all your battles to the Lord he will be victorious!!!
June 10, 2018
In this verse in the Bible, Moses was desiring to see the Glory of God. Even though he knew God led him and the people out of Egypt, Moses needed the reassurance that God would continue to go with them. Sometimes when bad things happen in our lives we feel like God has abandoned us. Even when the earthly presence of Christ left the earth he promised his followers a Comforter in the Holy Spirit. That promise was made not only to his disciples at that time, but to all of us. Claim that promise. If we trust in Him, he will give us the rest we need in troubling times.
June 9, 2018
There are few things in the world more majestic than an eagle as it soars in the heavens. What a picture God gives us when he tells us he will bare us on eagles’ wings. Can you imagine soaring through the heavens far above the cares of the world? That must be what Heaven will be like, to be taken away from the sins of this present world and be flown on eagles’ wings straight into the arms of Jesus.
June 8, 2018
Imagine the devastation that Noah and his family felt when they woke up on the day when the rain had finally stopped. Except for the ark and the animals and his family, everything and everyone they knew had been destroyed in the flood. But God remembered Noah on that day and gave him a sign of comfort. He set his bow in the sky as a sign of the covenant that he would no longer destroy the earth by a flood. God continues to give us this sign in the sky and even though we continue to sin and our world seems to be failing all around us, God has kept his promise to us. There has never been another flood to destroy mankind.
June 7, 2018
God is faithful! When we feel we are far from God, it’s not because He moved, it is because we did. Seek to focus on Him again. He yearns for our love and faithfulness. He is still with us!
June 6, 2018
Claim it! God promises us that if we follow Him, we will be a blessing to those who look to us!