May each of you experience God’s favor today and everyday of your life. May you rest in the peace that comes from the One who is, the One who was, and the One who is coming.
May you receive, walk and be filled daily from the Seven Spirits, the Perfect Spirit, constantly before God’s throne (The Holy Spirit -Wisdom, Revelation, Counsel, Might, Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord) from Jesus the Anointed, The Witness who is true and faithful, the first to emerge from death’s cold womb, the chosen Ruler over all the kings and rulers of the earth.
May you give all Glory and Honor – To the One who loves us and liberated us from the grip of our evil deeds through His very own blood and who established us to be His kingdom and priests for God, His Father. May glory and power be His throughout all the ages. Amen
I apply the blood of Jesus over each of you today. May The LORD Bless you exceedingly and abundantly, may you see, hear, know, feel and flow in His Holy Spirit as He leads and guides you into all truth on a daily basis. May you fulfill your purpose and eternal destiny in Jesus name Amen
The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you in his love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSV)
Have ever had or are you currently in the midst of one of those difficult times that seems like everything is just too much, too hard, or too impossible? Sometimes the hard stuff feels so overwhelming when we feel abandoned, betrayed or all alone without any hope for help. This scripture reminds us that our God is with us as a mighty warrior that fights for us to bring victory into our seemingly impossible situations. We must remember that as our Heavenly Father, He delights in us and rejoices over us with gladness. He desires to renew our faith and strength in the reality of His loving presence. So, be encouraged with renewed hope and faith in His extravagant love for you. Be assured that the awesome Lord God Almighty is warring and rejoicing over you with gladness and shouts of joy to bring you into victory! Hallelujah! Yea God!
Today, I’d like to share a word about “entering,” but not in the way you may think. What does it mean to enter into God’s rest? We have to stop trying to do things in our own efforts; that is the only way we can enter (His promises). That means choosing to depend on God alone for ALL things, to trust all things to Him, and simply to yield to what He says in Scripture.
PSALM 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge (NIV).
If you’ve not learned already, we cannot live this life “alone.” Many people think they can, but because of their lack of trust and unbelief, chances are things didn’t turn out quite the way they hoped or expected. Believe me, when you are going through a season of testing, the enemy will throw everything at you to make you stumble and fall. I pray today for those who have major decisions to make whether it’s a career or move or a decision affecting your overall health, that you would take time to “sleep on it” (enter into God’s rest) and find God’s peace in the midst of your circumstances. Find God’s rest by putting your faith and total trust in Him knowing that you cannot “enter” by your own efforts, but through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
PROVERBS 3:5-6 With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow (CEV).
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
Have you ever tried to find your way in the dark without a light? In Genesis chapter one God said, “Let there be light” and He created light out of the darkness. Our verse for this week declares that God is able to make His light shine into the darkness of our hearts. If light travels at the speed of 186,000 miles a second, then we know that darkness has to flee that fast from every ray of light, especially the light of His presence. His glory is the perfection, beauty and power of His extravagant love we can each find in our personal relationship with Jesus face to face. Jesus proclaimed in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (NIV) Let the light of Jesus’ love for you shine into any encroaching darkness and through you as you follow Him.
One day I was visiting a cosmetic counter, and the young woman asked me, “Do you not want some eye cream for those fine lines?” I politely said, “No, thank you.” I’m so very grateful today for His promises and no matter much my body ages throughout the years, God still sees me as His little girl.
1 SAMUEL 16:7 But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges’ persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart” (MSG).
God today that He looks at our inner beauty – our heart. God never considers those kinds of things as meaningful such as how much makeup we wear or what brands we purchase.
1 TIMOTHY 2:9 Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire (ESV).
Simply, we are beautiful to Him because He is our Creator. God’s concept of pure beauty is a gentle and quiet spirit which is even more beautiful than our physical outward appearance. Your inner spirit is what matters most Him.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Psalm 46:10-11 (NKJV)
Have you ever enjoyed a summer night of frogs croaking, crickets creaking and fireflies flitting? Or have you ever taken the time to look for pictures in the clouds or watched for falling stars in a dark night sky? Isn’t it interesting how much we can see and hear if we will take the time to be still. In stillness we may also have to face our encroaching fears, our emptiness or our feelings of being so alone. In this scripture God instructs us to be still in order to know that He is God. As our Heavenly Father, He so desires for us to cease from our struggles and striving to find the comfort, peace and rest we so long for in the stillness of His presence. Whatever we may be facing in the uncertainties and upheavals of this world our God declares in this scripture that He will be exalted above all else in the earth. The Lord of Hosts is with us and is our refuge. Selah means ponder and think of that!
A personal note from JoBeth:I am so blessed to hear how these little scriptures have touched lives way beyond what I could fathom. This week I learned a friend has been sharing them with a dear friend in imprisonment. He has surrendered to the Lord and in his ministry within the prison he also prints out these scriptures to share with many others. To God all the glory.
We ARE meant to laugh because of God. At times, I think about Jesus’ personality and when we read the Bible we know Him IF we just let Jesus be Jesus. Our Father God is the Creator of everything pure and wonderful.
PROVERBS 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (ESV).
Can you even imagine life without laughter? Take time to enjoy the world God created for us and find joy in the pleasures of your life.
PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say, l do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly, things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies (MSG).
When the seasons of our lives makes twists and turns, it leaves us to wonder how we’ll make it through. When burdens weigh heavy and it seems overwhelming, our sense of trying wants to figure out what’s happened. When situations don’t unfold as expected, causing us to question our faith beyond measure; we long for a way out. When problems continue to invade our lives, we run away in despair without any hope in sight to a place of utter confusion. When all else fails and our prayers don’t seem to get answered, we tend to hide deep within our pain. When trials bombard us we look for the door that leads to the broad path, a path of destruction and wasteland. But our only defense is in Christ, the Lover of our soul.
Many times we face things with a longing in our hearts to know the reason for their existence, yet it’s at these times our peace needs to remain; giving us assurance that God is in control and all is well. No matter the depth of the hurt, the many tears, or the lack of understanding, we can rest assure that our Redeemer lives. He never leaves us nor forsakes us, but continues to wrap His loving arms around us, holding us close to His heart.
So if you’re facing difficulties that are unpleasant at the moment, if the weight of the world is on your shoulders, if others are against you, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that His sacrifice has paved the way for your victory. He offers you the sweetness of His embrace, carrying you beyond the pain of the present, and leading you down the path of comfort.
Come to Him today and allow His kiss to touch your pain, and you will never be the same…ever.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19-20 (NKJV)
Do you have difficulty believing that God really cares about any of the pressing needs you are currently facing? First of all, this verse profoundly declares that our God supplies ALL our need! But, if we are to understand that the doorway of His provision is in the glory of Jesus we may need to ask what is the glory? Biblically this often refers to the manifestation or the reality of God’s presence with us. Remember, one of the names of Jesus is Emanuel which means God with us. Therefore, there is a wealth of God’s provision for us as we grasp that Jesus is with us; our Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Friend of Sinners and our Savior. He is real, present and available to us in every circumstance today and everyday to meet ALL our needs. With renewed faith in His love for us, let us give worship, praise and glory back to our Father God. Yes, Amen!