God Shall Supply

There is no limit on the ways and means God will use to bless His children. We may go through trials in life, but there is a seed for a miracle in each one of them. They always have some good quality that blesses us in the end.
When the tax collectors threatened to put the widow’s sons into indentured service, she cried out to God for help. She had no idea how God would solve this problem, but she knew He is worthy of our trust and praise.

 

God sent the prophet Elisha to meet her need. After she followed his directive by collecting every available pot and jar she could find from all of her neighbors, the widow started pouring oil from her tiny oil jar as he directed.

 

The oil did not stop streaming out until the last jar miraculously filled to the very top. After selling the abundance of oil, the widow paid her bills and spared her sons from a life of slavery for someone else’s profit.

 

She also had oil for herself, the prophet and her family. What if she told the prophet she was too tired to gather all of those pots and jars? What if she decided not to bother her neighbors? What if she had quarreled with her neighbors and no one agreed to lend her a jar or a pot? She would have missed out on the blessings of God.

 

She may have considered the prophet a little crazy for telling her to do such a silly chore; but due to her obedience, she received a blessing and saw a miracle from God in the midst of her trial.

 

As we obey the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit and trust Him no matter how silly His directions sound, He will supply all of our needs according to His glorious riches (Philippians 4:19). God gives us the anointing of His Spirit to do all that He calls upon us to accomplish.

 

Prayer:

Father God, sometimes I feel too tired or weary to get out of my chair and obey Your Spirit. I receive the unction to obey when I realize that I would miss the benefits of Your supply and deny someone else the blessings that You have in store for them.

 

Give us the anointing of Your Spirit to do all that You call us to accomplish. Also give us the energy to rise up with wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31). Thank You that You care for us and already provided for every need we will ever have. Thank You for Your Spirit to lead us every moment of every day in the center of Your perfect will for us.

 

Thought for the Day:

God never promises to provide more than we need, but He does declare that He will supply all of our needs according to His glorious riches. – Matthew 6:33

 

 

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Alone with God

God recommends that we spend some time sitting alone with Him in silence (Lamentations 3:28). This is totally foreign to our normal daily schedule, and is hard to do at first.

 

We so often rush through life meeting deadlines and using up every ounce of human effort we possess. We slug caffeine to wake us up, and then rely on pills to quell the headaches produced by our hectic lifestyle and to put us to sleep at night.

 

We depend on self-effort to deal with whatever life throws at us, mistakenly thinking that nothing will ever get done if we do not do it our self.

 

We forget that God does not leave us abandoned in this world. He does not call us to work for Him, but rather for us to allow Him to work in and through us.

 

When we sit alone, we are never lonely as long as the Spirit of God resides within our spirit. When we craft deliberate times during our day to be alone – “all-one”- with the Lord, He readily meets us right where we are.

 

We are united with Him, engulfed by Him and filled through all of our being with Him (Ephesians 3:16-19, Amplified Bible). We can be one with God during every facet of our day.

 

It is easy to be alone with Him while walking on the sunny beach listening to the lulling cadenced of the swishing surf and the call of gulls floating on the breeze.

 

However, we can also be alone with God while driving in rush hour traffic commuting to and from work, and also as we move through the routine of our daily life.

 

God is always within us, ready to commune with us whenever we give Him the chance. All it takes is for us to silence the cacophony within and without; and then to focus all of our attention on His Spirit in us.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us to enter that quiet place within our spirit all throughout the day, no matter what responsibilities claim our time, so that we can focus on You and enjoy fellowship with You. We do not need to go into our prayer closet and remain there all day. We simply enter our spirit and walk through life listening to Your wisdom and to the direction of Your Spirit.

 

Our soul waits silently for You, because You are the source of all of our peace and joy. Our soul finds rest only in You; and our salvation comes from You. We thank You for saving us in spirit, soul and body, and we appreciate all of Your love and care for our every need. We even thank You when You do not speak to us, because it reminds us that You love to spend times of companionable silence with us.

 

Thought for the Day:

The essential ingredient for growing more intimate with Christ is to spend silent times alone with Him throughout our day.

A Happy Marriage – Agape Love

In every marriage the feelings of love fluctuate and even wane over the years. However, love is an action, not a feeling. As we show love by loving actions, the feelings often return.

 

Agape love, God’s love in us, is always ready to make allowances for the human beings in our life. We trust in God alone and we endure whatever comes by our hope in His love for us, which never ends (1 Corinthians 13: 7-8).

 

God’s love in us for one another allows us to enjoy more intimacy with Him and our loved ones. It helps us to eventually feel emotional intimacy and the mental closeness of swapping ideas. We share friends in common to enjoy as well.

 

We participate in the same hobbies, sports, clubs, fun activities, artistic involvement and church programs and outreaches, etc. We adopt a similar world-view, priorities and goals in life.

 

We enjoy each other’s company and participate in mutual affectionate play. We want to spend more and more time together, pleasing each other in unhurried physical trysts.

 

As Agape Love grows, affirming one another’s positive qualities is easier to do; and we find fewer issues over which to bicker or disagree. We brag about one another to other people rather than complaining or cutting each other down.

 

Appreciation, gratitude, understanding one another, and cherishing each other breeds the ability to dwell together with understanding, love, respect and preference of each other over our self.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that a simple walk around the block encourages communication between us and our mate. We have time to talk that is unhindered by chores and children. We chat about troubles, trials, worries, the children, household and work issues, troubled friendships, hopeful promotions and pay raises, etc. Remind us that we can actually pray about all of these issues with one another as we walk. As we walk, inspire us to pray for our neighborhood to come to Christ.

 

Help us to schedule couple time to have fun, to turn off the TV, to share a cup of cocoa and a sweet roll, to look in one another’s eyes and foster romantic thoughts and gestures, to hold hands and snuggle often, to read Your Word together every day, to laugh or cry or just fall asleep together. We rely on You to keep or to make our marriage great and to move us on in spiritual and emotional maturity.

 

Thought for the Day:

Successful marriages do not happen by chance; they take hard work, they involve choices to include one another in decision making and couple time, they require honest care and nurture by both parties of the couple, etc.

 

Doing All for God’s Glory

We usually feel pride about all of our accomplishments during our lifetime, until we realize that it is God who always gave us these victories. Even as a non-Believer, our success came from God (1 Corinthians 1:31).

 

As a Born Again Believer our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19). When God moves in and dwells within us, we reflect His glory, which resides within us, to the world around us (2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

He created us for His glory, not for our own goals and plans (Ephesians 2:20). Everything we do, even if it is as simple as what we eat and drink, is all done for the glory of God (Isaiah 43:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

 

We do not need to worry or stress over how to hear His voice and to walk in His ways. We simple pray and then sit quietly and wait on Him. He will direct us as we remain open to His peace within us.

 

By His death on the cross, Jesus demolished our need to strive to be good. He is the radiance of God’s glory and God’s exact representation (Hebrews 1:3). We actually died with Christ and our life is now hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; Galatians 2:20).

 

Our hope in this life and in eternity is in the glory of the Lord within us (Romans 5:2). When Christ, who is our life, appears to set up His Kingdom on the earth, then we also will appear with Him as His glorious Army of Saints (Colossians 3:4; Revelation 19:14).

 

Once we totally surrender our life to God through faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ, He guides us and fills us with the fruit of His Spirit. As love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, self-control and faith permeate our personality, the glory of God is manifested through us (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

Prayer:

Father God, until Your sanctifying process does its perfect work in us, we all slip out of the Spirit and into the flesh from time to time, especially if we try to live the Christian life in our own strength. Remind us that we can do nothing to create these conditions in our life. If we try, there is a danger that people will label us as a hypocrite, because our flesh and spirit war against one another (Galatians 5:15-25).

 

However, as we live in unity with You, and enter into Your rest, Your glory is manifested in us and through us (Isaiah 60:1; Luke 10:27; Acts 1:8). Daily, we grow more like Christ by the transforming work of Your Spirit’s power within us (Romans 8:30). Therefore, Your glory grows more radiant in us as well. We give You all of the praise, glory and honor, and we live in gratitude to You all of our days.

 

Thought for the Day:

We humans love delusion and we often seek false gods; we veer off the straight and narrow road and join the masses on the wide road to destruction. The only remedy for this is to enter into God’s rest by humbly repenting of our sins and accepting Christ’s sacrifice as our own. – John 3:16-18

 

Our Living Hope

The distresses of life are the result of Adam’s sin. Life on this earth is only a shadow of what is to come and provides us with little hope unless we are Born Again by God’s Spirit (1 Chronicles 29:15).

 

Without hope, life is impossible to live. A hopeless existence crushes our soul, and affects our body and spirit as well (Job 17:15). Many people say that God is no help to them in their times of trouble; but the truth is: God is our only hope.

 

Our living hope is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We have an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that never fades away.

 

When we see the fruition of our hope, we feel totally alive and blessed (Proverbs 13:12). This gift is reserved for all Believers in heaven and on earth.

 

Even though we grieve in our trials in this life, we rejoice in the fact that it is only for a little while – a vapor compared to eternity (James 4:13-14). Total surrender to God is the key to escaping our misery.

 

He holds us up when we fall and lifts up everyone who is discouraged and calls on Him. We can be strong and live in courage without fear, because Christ in us fights for us against all of the negative aspects in our life (Joshua 10:25; John 5:6).

 

We are protected in trials by the power of God. His hope fills our hearts with joy and peace. By the power of His Spirit in us, our hope abounds (Romans 15:13).

 

We trust in His complete salvation – spirit, soul and body – which is ready to be revealed at the end of time (1 Peter 1:3-6). However, God gives us rest in safety in this world as well.

 

We can lie down without fear. We are secure in our hope in Christ (Job 11:18-19). We hope in the Lord, even in the difficult times in life (Job 13:15). The Lord takes pleasure in those who hope in His mercy (Psalm 147:11).

 

Prayer:

Father God, our hope rests in You. Your victory over death and your eternal salvation provide a living hope for us regardless of our circumstances in our life on earth. We look forward to spending the Millennium serving You and then rejoicing in You for eternity with all of Your Saints.

 

Thank you for suffering the death on the cross in our place, for taking up Your life again in Your resurrection (John 10:17-18, 15:13), for coming for Your Bride before the day of God’s wrath, and for coming again with Your Saints to set up Your Kingdom on the earth.

 

Thought for the Day:

Due to Jesus’ victory on Calvary’s cross, we have the hope of eternity and we can live life on this earth with a steadfast and immovable mind-set; this positive attitude enables us to succeed in our work directed by the Lord, which is our labor of love for Him and the world around us, and is never in vain.

– 1 Corinthians 15:54-58

 

Run, Devil, Run

As Christians we know that God’s Word is the absolute truth on which we base our life. Through His power within us, we live according to His precepts without compromise (Colossians 3:3-4).

 

Through the power of God’s Spirit (Acts 1:8), we stand against the temptations of the flesh, the world and the deceitfulness of Satan’s wiles, which strive to draw us away from God’s truth (James 1:13-16).

 

Trials and temptations are opportunities to honor Christ with our life (1 Peter 1:7), and to prove that we can live by our convictions (Romans 5:1-5).

 

We cannot take our faithfulness for granted, however; because our adversary the devil is a roaring lion, roaming the earth and looking for people to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

 

Therefore, we trust in Christ’s grace to give us the wisdom and the strength to stand strong and to overcome, so that we shall come forth from the fire of life as pure gold (Job 23:10; Philippians 2:12-13).

 

As we stand our ground against Satan’s wiles, we find more and more victory in our individual and corporate life (2 Corinthians 10:4). We learn to walk in God’s Spirit, and to lean on Him alone for anointing, wisdom and direction (Matthew 11:12).

 

We follow Jesus’ example and gain ascendency over Satan by quoting the word of God (Romans 4:17; Job 12:28; Mark 11:23). We do not submit to his lies or allow him to infiltrate our spirit or soul.

 

Our King Jesus will cast Satan into hell permanently when He takes up authority over the nations of the earth. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow to worship Him (Philippians 2:10). We always triumph over the devil through Christ in us (2 Corinthians 2:14).

 

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, with You residing within us, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit we do not have to give in to the temptation to sin. Help us to be vigilant in times of temptation to see Your provision for our way of escape. Keep us from choosing to sin and help us always to choose righteous thoughts, words and deeds instead.

 

Thank you for dwelling within us and giving us the goal of walking in sinless perfection and for the opportunity to intimately dwell with You now and in eternity. You fill us with Your presence and Your Spirit to enable us to overcome the temptations each moment of every day and to live for Your glory now and for all eternity to come.

 

Thought for the Day:

God’s formula for ridding our self of the devil’s heckling (James 1:13-16):

  1. Submit our life to God
  2. Resist the devil
  3. Watch Satan RUN

 

 

 

Living in Perfection

The gift of grace, which we receive at salvation washes away all of our sins (Ephesians 2:8). We did not earn salvation and we cannot improve upon it (Galatians 3:1-3). With salvation there is no condemnation for anything we ever do (Romans 8:1-2).

 

So why should we strive for holiness and perfection when a place in heaven is already guaranteed to us? Grace does not give us permission to continue sinning. Although grace abounds in our soul, that is no reason for sin to flourish (Romans 6:1-2).

 

The Bible holds up a standard of holiness and perfection for every Believer who is washed in the blood of the Lamb (1 Peter 1:15; Revelation 7:14). We sell our self short by believing that we cannot live up to this Biblical standard.
The law of the Spirit of life sets us free from the law of sin and death that used to be the norm for our life (Romans 8:2). This freedom allows us to live in victory over sin every single day, and to live a purified life.

 

Living in perfection is possible, because Christ lives within us and he is perfect (Matthew 5:48). It is also possible if we choose to live by the Spirit every moment of the day. Enoch walked with God and God took Him (Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5). I want to follow Enoch’s example.

 

We are crucified with Christ. Our fleshly desires are dead, and He is living within us (Galatians 2:20). If we live by the Spirit, we will never fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). God promises to rescue His children from any temptation, which is greater than we can bear.

 

His grace gives us a way of escape from them (1 Corinthians 10:13). We simply need to look for His help. Living a life of holiness is our tribute to Christ for the sacrifice He paid by becoming a man and dying on the cross in our place.

 

Prayer:

Father God, we give You the honor due to Your name by following in Jesus’ footsteps of sinless perfection (2 Corinthians 7:1). We persevere in holy living until we come to the place of complete maturity in our spirit and soul (James 1:4). By Your abounding grace, it is possible to live one minute without sinning.

 

If one minute, then we can go five minutes. If five minutes, then we can live one hour without sinning. If one hour, then we can live one whole day for the glory of God. If one day, then one lifetime can be lived in the perfection of Jesus Christ, who lives His life in and through us. Help us, Father God, to dare to get out of Your way.

 

Thought for the Day:

A life of sinless perfection is achieved…one moment at a time.