Friday, December 3, 2010

Incomparable One

With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
   To whom will you liken me that we may be compared
[Isaiah 46:5 NIV]

From Generation to generation, the awesomeness of God has been without contention,  The psalmist declared about Him saying ....let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— He issued a decree that will never pass away. 

Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens.And He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. (Psalm 148)

If we decide to sit and draw a list of all the things that make God awesome, I doubt we would ever stop writing, each day He reveals Himself to His children in a new way, a brand new dimension, His faithfulness is new every morning, daily He reveals a side to His multi-facedness
This morning, take the time out to exalt the name of our Incomparable God, He deserves our praise, He deserves our worship, for this God is our God forever and ever, He will be our guide even to the end (Psalm 48:14)

Prayer: Awesome God, You alone are the King above all Kings, If i sing from now till eternity of Your greatness, it would still never be enough. Today I exalt You and celebrate Your awesomeness, I declare that You alone are God and there is none other that can compare to You. For who You are, For what You have done, I say be lifted High in my life and in all that I do. Amen

One-Year Daily Bible Reading Plan - Dec. 03 2010 - Psalms 63-64 (OT), Matthew 17 (NT).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The One You Can Depend On

God is faithful...

There are times during our walk with God when we may wonder "am I really saved?" There are times when we may also wonder "If I am a child of God, how can I go through what I am going through?" There are also time we may wonder if we truly deserve all that God has promised to His children, and if some are not reserved for certain people who may have walked longer, closer with God, or fallen less for temptations.

Today's scripture is a reminder of who your loving Father is. God is faithful. The amplified version further explains what this faithfulness means - He is reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on.

Your loving Father's absolute trustworthiness has been consistently demonstrated over a long time. God's promises were faithfully fulfilled in Old Testament Israel, in Christ’s time on earth, and today. Whether the promise is short-term or long-term, you can depend on His promises.

Over thousands of years, God's promises have been “thoroughly tested” and found to be true [Psalms 119:140]. The promise comes by grace [Romans 4:13,16]. You do not earn or deserve God's promises. They are yours by grace! Also the promises of God do not depend on your abilities but on God's. Abraham was 100, Sarah 90 when Isaac was born. They themselves did not have the ability to bear children. However Abraham was confident that God had the power to do what He had promised. If you can focus on God's unlimited power, then you can count on that power to fulfill God's promises. 

The assurance of your salvation is in the faithfulness of God. There are thousands of God's promises in the Bible. They are yours by God's grace. Receive the promises, because God is faithful! There are no broken promises from God.

Prayer: My Loving Father, You are faithful, You are reliable, You are trustworthy and I can absolutely depend on You. You have given me Your great and precious promises. I receive them today. (You can mention any specific promise of God you want to receive). I receive them because I know You are faithful to bring them to pass in my life. Blessed be Your Holy Name. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Prayer Of Faith

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick...

Many have the idea that when we come to God and make our requests, it is expected that He will give us what we want if we have enough "faith". The prayer of faith is not a prayer to change the will of God or to make God do contrary to what He has planned. The prayer of faith is worshipfully coming to Him, humbly acknowledging His sovereign authority and loving wisdom, openly telling Him our needs, committing our way to Him, and patiently allowing Him to answer our requests as it seems best to Him. The prayer of faith is about an unwavering confidence in God, a belief that He will do what is best, and a cheerful committing of our needs into His hands. We need to always remember that He already knows what He wants to accomplish and when.

Prayer that pleases your loving Father is a prayer where the attitude is "not my will, but Yours, be done" [Luke 22:42]. Prayer is a means by which He exercises His decrees hence your prayers are not in vain. Your loving Father answers every faithful prayer, but not always in the way or time you think best. Sometimes, His answer may be opposite of what you prayed for. But as long as you have said the prayer of faith, praying that His will be done, you will see that eventually His answer is for your own good.

Prayer: My Loving Father, thank You for the lessons I learn from Your Word. As I come before You in prayer Lord, I lay aside my will and pray that Your will be done in my life. I believe You will do what is best for me and I gladly commit all that concerns me into Your hands. May I be able to recognize Your will in response to my prayers. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In Quietness.....

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:    
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,
   but you would have none of it.
You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’Therefore your pursuers will be swift! 
[Isaiah 30:15-16, NIV]

Life tends to be extremely busy sometimes, the older we become, the higher we climb up the ladder, the greater the responsibilities. We wake up laden with deadlines to meet and we go to bed thinking of the loads of things still unattended to. Most times we fall into the trap of believing there is no time for anything else, we tell ourselves that we need to create more time for work. If we could, we would add extra hours to each day so that we would break even. Slowly we let our walk with God take a back seat, prayer becomes to us a hurried arrangement of humbled words as we rush out the door each morning.

At those moments when we think more time for work is what we need, God thinks otherwise, He invites us to a quiet place, a place of silence and calm, a place where we're willing to slow down the pace and listen. A place where He is willing to give to us "hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places"(Isaiah 45:3), a place where He would quicken the Spirit within us with insight from above (Job 32:8).

So take a look at the past week or month, have you given time to the one priority that exceeds all else? Take a deep breath and slow down, seek the presence of the Father and watch Him take the lead for you, that's what He does best.

Prayer: Lord, I know I have not really spent much time with You lately, forgive me father, some days i get so carried away by all I have to cater to and it overwhelms me. Today, I want to find my way back to your presence, for in Your presence is where I really want to be. There I find more grace, there I receive Your wisdom for direction.

One-Year Daily Bible Reading Plan - Nov. 28 2010 - Psalms 57-58 (OT) , Matthew 14 (NT).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

You Are Not Forgotten

God remembered us when we were down,
His love never quits.

As the year draws to an end, there might be times you may want to take stock of where you are compared to what you hoped to achieve this year. If you find out that some key things you wanted to have this year do not seem to have manifested, it becomes discouraging. You may have received words, promises from the Lord, even confirmations, and you know that the fulfillment is just around the corner, yet it seems like it is so close yet so far. Such may make you feel that God has forgotten you. Beloved child of God, God can never forget you. His love endures forever.

The word "remembered" in today's scripture originates from the Hebrew word "zakar" which means to mark (so as to be recognized). It means to be mindful, to recount or to make mention of. The bible gives accounts of times when God "remembered". Just to mention a few, He remembered Noah [Gen. 8:1]. He remembered Rachel [Gen. 30:22]. He remembered Hannah [1 Samuel 1:19]. He remembered His covenant [Psalm 105:8]. None of these imply that God had forgotten. The time had come for Him to fulfill His promise and what He had "marked", He recalled. 

Your loving Father is not a man, that He should lie [Numbers 23:19]. Whatever He has promised you, He will fulfill. Maybe you are waiting on the promise of a new beginning, a restoration, a heart's desire or a breakthrough. Maybe God may have put a ministry in your heart, but you are experiencing doubts or opposition. God is faithful. Wait on Him. Those who trust in and wait on the Lord will find new strength. It is in the waiting that you will see God's promises fulfilled. You are too close to give up.

You are not forgotten. Your Loving Father always remembers and He will fulfill His plans, purpose and promises in your life.
Prayer: My Loving Father, I thank You for the reassurance that I am not forgotten. You are mindful of me and You remember me, even when I am in a state of weakness or when I am down. You remember Your promises to me. I hold on to Your faithfulness, Your steadfastness and Your promises. May I learn to wait on You and trust You with all that I am. In Jesus Name, Amen.