Saturday, February 27, 2010

Signs Need Not Precede Your Miracle

This is what the LORD says: Make this valley full of ditches... You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you will drink... This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD...[2 Kings 3:16-18, NIV]

Many a times, when you are expecting from God, you hope to see signs or something tangible to assure you that it will come to pass. But without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Today your Loving Father says to you, "Make the valley full of ditches". That is to say, "Step out in faith and obedience". If you are expecting God's blessings, you must prepare room for them. Your Loving Father is full of power. When He performs a miracle, He does it better than you could have imagined. Do no wait for signs. Believe that your miracle is on the way, and prepare for it.

To bring water without wind or rain is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord. When God does it for you, you shall return in triumph. As God gives freely to the unworthy, so He gives richly, like Himself, more than you are able to ask or think. His grants outdoes your requests and expectations. As you sincerely seek for the dew of God’s grace, you shall have it, and by it be made more than conquerors.

Prayer: Almighty Loving Father, I thank You for Your Word. Father, when I am expecting from You, some times it is hard to believe except I see tangible signs. Lord, today I realize that you do not need signs to precede Your miracles. Today, I step out in faith and obedience. I pray for courage, strength and the ability to hear Your voice clearly. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Friday, February 26, 2010

What Is In Your Hand?

Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.

This discussion took place between God and Moses at the bush concerning the great assignment of bringing Israel out of Egypt. Moses objects the people’s unbelief and God answers that objection by giving him a power to work miracles - to turn his rod into a serpent, and then into a rod again. The rod in his hand was a plain old shepherd staff. But with the power of God upon it, it had great potential to achieve great and mighty things. It made the subject of a double miracle - it is thrown out of his hand and it becomes a serpent; he picks up and it becomes a rod again.

Today your Loving Father says to you, "What is it in your hand?" God uses simple things to accomplish great things. Like Moses you may have a low opinion of yourself especially if you fail to meet what you see as God’s acceptable standard. God loves you just the way you are and is ready to use you with what you have. If you are thinking that you have to be a little better than you are now before God will use you, you may never get there.

Do not be discouraged with where you are in your walk with God. Your Pharoah may come, and when he does you will have in your hand the very thing God needs to use at that time to overcome if you are willing that God should use you. God has given you all that pertains to life and godliness. His strength is made perfect in your weakness.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me just the way I am. There is nothing right now that I see in my hand that You can use. You know the giftings in me even though I can’t see them myself at this present time. I pray that You will use me in Your way and in Your time. Help me to realize that with Your power, the little I have, in faith, in gifts and talents, in abilities, can be used to accomplish great and mighty things. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Will Not Put Off What I Have Promised

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?"

These words of the Lord, spoken after a parable [Luke 18:1-8], was to assure God's chosen ones that God will be gracious to them. A widow met a judge (who neither feared God nor regarded men) asking that he will avenge her adversary. She had to beg fervently for it appeared the judge was not going to grant her request. In the end she got justice done by her continual craving. He was forced to grant her plea to get rid of her.

Today your Loving Father says to you, "Will I not surely give justice to you who cry out to Me day and night? Will I keep putting you off?" God is not one who wants to get rid of you. Rather He wants you to draw closer to Him. This comes through prayer and spending time in His presence.
The lesson to take from the parable is that you should always pray and not grow weary, for you shall not seek God’s face in vain. You should perseverance in your requests knowing that surely the thing which you desire will come to pass.
Be encouraged today and continue to pray with faith and fervency, for your Loving Father will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to him day and night.

Suggestions for Prayer: Ask God to help you in your prayer life. Pray that He teaches you ways to make spending time with Him interesting. Pray for strength to persevere and remain fervent. Thank God for the assurance of answered prayers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Look On From My Dwelling Place

I will watch quietly from My dwelling place-
as quietly as the heat rises on a summer day,
or as the morning dew forms during the harvest.

These words were spoken when the Israelites were in a time of distress. The Assyrians were going to take them as captives. Though God appeared unconcerned in the distress of His people for a time, He had plans to intervene on their behalf. He had plans to comfort and restore them, and deal with their enemies accordingly.

Do you sometimes feel that God is silent? Like He is an unconcerned spectator in matters that concern you? Today your Loving Father says to you, "I will watch quietly from My dwelling place...". He appears silent not because He is tired. It is because He has a perfect plan which must come to pass, amidst all the agitations and changes going on around you. He watches - He knows very well what everyone is doing and what He Himself will do.

Your Loving Father watches quietly over you. He protects you, takes care of you, and is a shelter to you daily. He has His eyes and heart on you with loving thoughts. He will adapt the blessing and comfort customized for you in every season you go through. It will be like a clear heat after rain - which is very reviving and pleasant. It will be like a dew and a cloud in the heat of harvest, which are very welcome. All of these will keep you flourishing.

When you feel like God is silent in your life, remember, you are not alone. He is watching quietly, awaiting the appointed time for the manifestation of what He has promised you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for watching over me. Thank You for the assurance that even when you seem silent, You are here with and for me. Lord I pray for an added sense of Your presence when I feel all alone. Thank You awesome God, In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When You Pray For Friends

When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!

Job had been in a season of misfortune. It was a long time of testing. He had three friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. These friends started out as sympathizers but after seeing what Job was passing through, they stopped speaking right about God. In order that they may be right with God, Job had to intercede on their behalf. When he prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes.

It is the heart of your Loving Father that you pray for friends. This act indicates that you love them and have forgiven them. Your Father is better served and pleased when you do things that reflect His character.  It is your loving Father's desire that you pray for your friends, in a right manner, filled with faith and love.

Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for the word you have read today. Thank God that you have learnt something about Him today - His delight in brotherly love. This year, pray that you will be able to dedicate time in prayer for friends. Thank God that He is turning around captivity on your behalf.

Monday, February 22, 2010

I Will Be With Your Mouth And Will Teach You What To Say

Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you shall say.

Moses was called  by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. These words were spoken to Moses when he found excuses not to do the work. Despite his strengths, he focused on his weakness - that he was not eloquent. But God knew of his weakness. In addition to reminding Moses about Aaron his brother, God promised to teach Moses what to say.

Today your loving Father says, "I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you will say".  The words that come out from your mouth have great impact in your life and those who come in contact with you. It is important that you speak right. It is important that you speak life, health, success and prosperity. It is important that you speak the word of God.

You may find yourself in a situation where you need to speak but you do not know what to say. Your loving Father assures you that He will teach you what you shall say. God's strength is made perfect in your weakness. Ask Him to teach you what to say today.

Prayer: My Loving Father, I thank You for always being with me. Your promises are indeed great and precious. Thank you Father that I have Your word to speak, that I may bring life, healing and encouragement. When I do not know what to say, I can call upon you for wisdom, direction and what to say. May the words of my mouth be acceptable to You, my Father. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I Will Never Again Remember Your Sins and Lawless Deeds

I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.
[Hebrews 10:17, NLT]

In the old covenant between God and Israel, there were repeated sacrifices from the Israelites to pay for their sins. These sacrifices were not sufficient to cleanse them perfectly and the act sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. With Jesus Christ being sacrificed, God fulfilled His promise of the new covenant with the Israelites (and seed of Abraham by faith). There is no more need of a sacrifice for sins, and the dispensation of the law, bound to the levitical priesthood, has become obselete. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was a one-time sacrifice sufficient for the remission of sin, that God will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.

Today your Loving Father says, "I will never again remember your sins and lawless deeds." This is a demonstration of His divine grace and satisfaction in the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice on your behalf. Once you accept Christ, there is no more remembrance of sin against you, either to shame you or to condemn you. Today, God cannot condemn you when you sin because He is faithful and just to what His Son has done. He no longer remembers any sin or lawless deed associated with you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You that because of what Jesus did for me, You will never again remember my sins and lawless deeds. Thank You that there is no condemnation for me who is in Christ Jesus. Where I have fallen, I will not wallow in self-condemnation but declare that You do not condemn me because You have already condemned Jesus at the cross 2,000 years ago. Thank You for this gift and the strength to go and sin no more. I pray that I will also not hold on to my sin, which You have forgiven me of. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.