Trusting in God’ Word

We can trust in God’s Living Word – sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Symbolism in the Bible speaks to us about the truth of His Word and the perfect timing of God’s plan for all of mankind.

For instance, Jesus – our perfect sacrificial Lamb – was crucified on the 14th day of the first month of the Jewish year (1 Corinthians 5:7). That was no accident.

This is the exact day and time that the Passover lambs are slain as a memorial of the Jew’s deliverance from the death angel while in Egypt.

Christ’s sacrifice makes us fully acceptable and totally pleasing to God by washing away our sins and giving us Christ’s righteousness. His Word gives us faith to believe in Him.

The Word informs us that God’s Spirit renews our mind and character, establishing in us the fruit of His Spirit and the character of Christ (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:3-10). Seeing our identity in Christ improves our self-image and deepens our union with Him.

Christ in us makes us the light of the world, a city high on a mountain top, which is impossible to hide (Matthew 5:14). However, this also means that any sin in our life is instantly visible and damages our witness for Christ.

Our words and actions affect our testimony either positively or negatively. That is why we are exhorted to keep our self unspotted by the world, and God’s Word helps us to do this (James 1:27).

God’s Word also makes us realize that Satan only has power over us if we give him something to devour (1 Peter 5:8). If we submit to God and resist the devil, he has to flee from us (James 4:7).

Trusting in God’s Word gives us peace of mind, the security of faith, and hope for tomorrow. His precepts and prophesies give us solid ground on which to stand in this world of shifting sand.

Prayer:
Father God, life on this earth is scary and unpredictable, debilitating and demoralizing, full of pain and suffering. If we had to live without You and Your Word, our hearts would fail us for fear (Luke 21:26). Yet, trusting in Your Word gives us strength within, which permeates all of our decisions and fuels all of our actions.

As we walk in Your Spirit through every moment of every day, there is no guesswork to consider, no mistakes to reap from and no mishaps for which You have not already prepared us. Thank You for not leaving us on earth without Your Word to comfort and encourage us.

Thought for the Day:
Criticizing the Word of God is human arrogance at its worst; only the wise will believe in His Word and trust in its insights. – 1 Corinthians 1:21; Romans 10:17

The Faith of the Son of God

How can we live by the faith of the Son of God? First and foremost, we live by faith through the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His provision for us of regeneration and resurrection (Galatians 2:20, Titus 3:5).

Prior to Christ’s appearing, Believers lived imprisoned under the law, our tutor to bring us to faith in Him. Now that Christ paid the penalty for our sins, we are freed from bondage to the law (Galatians 3:23). We obey through love instead.

We stand firm on our faith in the Rock of Christ throughout the issues of life (2 Corinthians 1:24). We are justified by this solid trust in Calvary’s saving grace (Romans 3:30).

Faith has nothing to do with hope, trust or claiming God’s Word. It has everything to do with Christ who abides within us. If we did not have the faith of Christ within us, we could not have faith in Christ and His redemptive work for us on Calvary’s cross (Ephesians 1:7).

Through faith, we realize that God chose us as His children in Christ (Galatians 3:26). As God’s righteous, we live by faith, and hold on to it with a clear conscience (Romans 1:17; 1 Timothy 1:19).

We live in God’s righteousness, not by keeping rules and regulations, but by the faith of Christ to us all (Romans 3:21-22.) We demonstrate our faith through our thoughts, words and deeds (James 2:18).

If we say we trust God, yet never step out in obedience to His will for our life, then what good is our faith? (James 2:14) Faith inspires our actions. Faith and obedience working together are complete (James 2:22).

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for vanquishing our doubts and increasing our faith in Your faithfulness (Romans 14:23). We find our health and strength in the name of Jesus (Acts 3:16). We obey Your direction in our life because of the faith of Christ within us (Hebrews 11:7).

Help us to be examples of sincere faith in You to future generations, so that they too will please You (Hebrews 11:6), grow in their faith (2 Timothy 1:5), and live blessed lives (Galatians 3:9).

Thought for the Day:
Our genuine faith in God’s faithfulness is of much greater eternal value than anything this temporal world has to offer. – 1 Peter 1:7

Wait on the Lord

There is a fallacy in the teaching of the modern church, which states that God can only use us, if we are already moving. If we read God’s Word and the biographies of great men and women of God, this is not the case.

Contemporary teachers say that only as we do God’s work can we discern His will. However, the truth is that God can only use someone who is spending time on their knees in prayer (Isaiah 55:3).

If we make our own plans and goals, and pursue our own dreams, then we repeatedly walk outside of God’s will. If we attempt to meet every need in every person’s life, we often thwart God’s plans in their life.

However, as we wait on the Lord, He will always hear us and respond (Psalm 40:1; John 16:24; Ephesians 3:20). He gives us courage and the strength we need to face the trials ahead of us (Psalm 27:14). We find our rest and hope only in God (Psalm 62:5).

We do not wait on the Lord by filling the minutes of our life with stressful activity and busy work. This distracts us from lingering in His presence and hearing from Him with our whole being (Psalm 130:5).

We do not even need to defend our self, when we are harmed or wronged. As we wait on the Lord, He avenges us (Proverbs 20:22). God’s wisdom deals with the situation better than our human efforts ever could

It may take time to hear from God. We may wait for days, months or years to discern His direction and will for a certain situation (Jeremiah 42:7). If we rush ahead of God, we will undoubtedly fail.

Once we pray and hear from God’s Spirit on the course of action, which He plans for us to take, then we can start moving in the direction in which He is leading us.

Prayer:
Father God, it is so hard for us to wait. We get so nervous and anxious when we wait in line or for some appointment at an office. In this modern era, we are constantly on our phone, checking messages, texting or listening to the news. We fail to make time to quiet our soul, enter into our spirit and hear from You. You desire to bring us into a deeper union with You, but this only comes as we wait on You.

Remind us that You love to spend time with us. You even enjoy long bouts of companionable silence with us. You delight in our praises (Psalm 147:1), and You rejoice over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). Help us to walk in Your Spirit and to wait on Your direction for each moment of our day.

Thought for the Day:
The Lord is good to those who hope in Him and seek His will and guidance in everything we think, say and do. – Lamentations 3:25

Consulting the Lord

Joshua took over the leadership of Israel from Moses. He followed in Moses’ footsteps and sought God’s direction for each decision he made and every action he took. He had no confidence in his own ability and He generally relied on God’s counsel. God promised to give Joshua every part of the land where he set his feet. God also declared that no army would stand against him (Joshua 1:3,5).

Therefore, with a few successful battles to his credit, Joshua’s fame traveled throughout Canaan (Joshua 6:27). This caused his heart to swell with pride, and He got overly confident. He started believing the praise awarded to him, rather than giving credit to the Lord. The unconventional warfare God told Joshua to use at Jericho (Joshua 6:20) puffed up his confidence. Therefore, at the next battle, in the tiny town of Ai, Joshua did not bother to consult the Lord.

He relied on his own wisdom instead. He sent up an army of about three thousand men, expecting to hear of their anticipated victory. However, God taught Joshua a lesson through this and allowed the few men of Ai to defeat Joshua’s army (Joshua 7:3-4). God humbled Joshua, and he ended up embarrassed and dejected. It happened again when the Gibeonite ambassadors tricked Joshua by their deceptive words (Joshua 9:14-22).

Joshua foolishly believed he could handle these decisions without the Lord’s direction. We do this too. We forget to pray and to seek God’s counsel when salesmen pressure us, friends and family manipulate us and those in authority over us demand things from us. True success in life only comes when we seek advice from the Lord before making a decision, and follow His advice even if it is not popular or seems not to make sense. Hindsight always proves God right.

Prayer:
Father God, as Your children, we will need to make some important decisions throughout our lifetime. We have the choice of following a humanistic plan of action or of seeking Your divine direction. Remind us to trust in You with all of our heart and not to lean on our own understanding. Help us not to be wise in our own eyes, but to consult You (Proverbs 3:5-7). That way we will not be anxious about anything, but we will pray about everything and present our requests to You (Philippians 4:6). When we lack wisdom, we can ask You, because You give it generously to all without finding fault (James 1:5).

Thought for the Day:
Consult the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
– Proverbs 16:3

Lost Love Restored

As children, we had a natural affection for our parents; but as we age, we learn to withhold love and to look out for our self, instead of for other people. We lose this predilection to love sacrificially, as we experience disappointment, difficulties and distress. Only God’s Spirit can restore our lost love, void of our own agenda. His unconditional love draws us to live in the center of His divine will and to unite with Him in the fullest expression of His character (Galatians 5:22-23).

We agree with Jesus that our sustenance is found only in doing the will of God (John 4:34, 6:38). God does not eradicate our human will. He brings our will into agreement with His, as He graces us with more and more of His nature (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 3:18). We perfectly complement God’s love for humanity, because our affections are no longer centered on our self, but on those He sends us to serve. We even grow to love our enemies without any fear of them.

As we abide in God’s purpose and will, His light replaces our darkness and His joy delivers us from the deepest sorrows in our soul. We are unified with His nature, directed by His Spirit and radiating His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). We listen to God’s Spirit throughout our day and use His discernment in making every decision. Our purpose and actions are now motivated only by the will of God and the works, which He created for us to do before the earth began (John 2:17; Ephesians 2:10).

Faith in God’s faithfulness replaces negative emotions and human desires. Gratitude for His provision eliminates the need to petition Him for more. We live with a grateful heart, wanting nothing and requiring very little. Our grandest wish is not for material possessions, but for more of God to share with more people, who are held hostage in this lost and dying world. Our lost love is restored and focused on all of humanity with the sacrificial love of Christ.

Prayer:
Father God, You desire for our will to submit to Yours, so that we die to our self, and You can bear much fruit in and through our mortal spirit, soul and body (John 12:24). Therefore, we have no need to force our behavior to line up with Your Word. We simply surrender to You and You perfect us little by little through our union with Your Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 3:1-3). Help us never to live from the place of our depraved human desires and will, but to live instead for Your glory and honor in the center of Your will for our life (Romans 8:2).

Thought for the Day:
We are not united with God’s will from a sense of obligation, but through love for Him and faith in Him.