Rejoice and be glad!

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This verse is a great reminder that God made the world. He even made this day and gave us the opportunity to live it. Because God made this day, we should chose to rejoice and be glad in it. All good things come from God and today is a good day. Let’s rejoice!

Prayer

Thank You God for making this day. Thank You for all the blessings you give us each day. Help us to be glad and rejoice today. Amen.

God is patiently waiting

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There are times when it seems like God is doing nothing. In our impatience we might wonder why He doesn’t do something. But God is always working away in the background, in ways we don’t always see. He is drawing people to Himself by the work of Holy Sprit and Christians sharing their faith with others. God is waiting patiently for every last person to make it into the Kingdom. He does not want anyone to miss out.

Prayer

Dear God, help me to see that You don’t want anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance. I pray that I can work with You to help people come to know Jesus and enter Your eternal Kingdom. Amen

Do not let your hearts be troubled

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” ‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Don’t let our hearts be troubled implies that at times they will be. The remedy to this is trusting in God. God is all powerful. He knows the beginning from the end. He promises to care for us, protect us and provide for us. Philippians 4:13 tells us that we can do all things through Christ who is our strength. So we don’t have to be troubled!

Prayer

Thank You God that you are with me. You provide help, strength, protection and all I need in this life. Help me to trust You and not be troubled in my heart. Amen.

Believed and accepted

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Believed and accepted. Two key words for salvation. We need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross to pay the price for our sin and He rose to life again. Then we need to accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. This means He is our King and Ruler and we follow Him.

When we do these two things, we have the right to become God’s children. We are adopted into His eternal family. We live our lives now for Christ and when we die we spend eternity with God.

If you would like to believe in and accpet Christ now, you can pray this prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to believe and accept You now. I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross to pay the price for my sin. Please forgive my sin. Right now I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. I want You to be my ruler and king. I give the rest of my life to You today. Please help me to live for you from this day forward. Amen.

If you have just prayed this prayer, you are now right with God. Your sins are forgiven and Jesus is your Lord, Saviour and King.

I would encourage you to visit my “new Christians” page to find some resources to help you in your new life in Christ. You can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

Temptations and help

Temptations are just a part of life. Adam and Eve were tempted and sinned. Jesus was tempted and did not sin. Every person who has walked on this earth has been tempted too.

There are number of truths in the Bible about temptation.

1. God is not the source of temptation

James 1:13 says, “ And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.

2. Our desires are the source of temptation

James 1:14 lets us know where temptation comes from. “ Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.”

3. God gives us strength to endure temptation

1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13 tells us, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

4. God bless us when we endure temptation

James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Temptation is a part of life we need to accept. The good news is that God promises to help us stand strong and overcome temptation. When we do, He promises to bless us.

God Bless,
Dave

God’s eternal home for us

“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”” ‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When I read this verse it makes me nervously excited. It makes me reflect on all the amazing things God has in store for us in heaven.

Just imagine for a moment what God has in store for us. We are His children, adopted into His eternal family and co-heirs with Christ. With that standing, God is not going to hold back any good thing from us. Our eternal home will be amazing!

Prayer

Dear God, thank You that you have prepared an eternal home for those who love You. Thank You it will be a wonderful place that is too amazing to imagine. I look forward to spending eternity there with You. Amen.

Proverbs 21 Gold

I am working my way the Book of Proverbs at the moment. Each day I read a chapter based on the date. Today was Proverbs 21.

Three verses jumped out at me today. They are great advice for life.

1. Listen to the poor and help

“Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need. (V13)

2. Seek first the Kingdom and its values

Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. (V21)

3. Think before you speak

Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” (V23)

These verses jumped out at me today. They are gold that will make a difference to our lives and the lives of others.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You for Proverbs 21. Help me to put its lessons into practice. Help me to listen to the poor, seek Your Kingdom and think before I speak. Amen.

We don’t need to understand it all

“The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We may make our plans by what we think we want to do, but it is the Lord who directs our steps. With this in mind, we don’t need to understand everything in complete detail along the way.

One of the great truths of the Bible is that God holds us in the palm of His hands. When we walk with Him, His guidance, protection and help are all par for the course. It is part of being His child.

So we don’t need to worry about the future. What we will do, what we will eat, where will we go are in God’s hands. We just need to focus on His Kingdom and be obedient each and every day. God will take care of the rest.

Prayer

Dear God, I thank You that You hold me in the palm of Your hand. Help me to put my complete trust in You and seek Your Kingdom each day. Help me to understand that guidance, protection and supply are mine as Your child. Amen.

Foolish and angry at God

“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This is so true. People go their own way like the Prodigal son (Luke 15) and mess up. Then they shake their fist at God and blame Him for all the bad things in their lives.

The key is to follow God and walk in His ways. It is gives wisdom, direction and help in daily life. Walking with God is always better than walking in the ways of the world.

Prayer

Dear God, please help me to follow You and walk in Your ways. I commit my life to You and to following Your wisdom from the Bible. Help me to live for You. Amen.

ODB: Dealing with delays

I really enjoyed this devotion from Our Daily Bread today. It touched on patience and how God get us to where He wants us to be. Please enjoy…

Dealing with Delays
By David C. McCasland

So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God (Genesis 45:8).

A global computer system outage causes widespread flight cancellations, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers at airports. During a winter storm, multiple auto accidents close major highways. The person who promised to send a reply “right away” has failed to do so. Delays can often produce anger and frustration, but as followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of looking to Him for help.

One of the Bible’s great examples of patience is Joseph, who was sold to slave traders by his jealous brothers, falsely accused by his employer’s wife, and imprisoned in Egypt. “But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him” (Genesis 39:20–21). Years later, when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, he was made second in command in Egypt (ch. 41).

The most remarkable fruit of his patience occurred when his brothers came to buy grain during a famine. “I am your brother Joseph,” he told them, “the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. . . . So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God” (45:4–5, 8).

In all our delays, brief or long, may we, like Joseph, gain patience, perspective, and peace as we trust in the Lord.

Father in heaven, in all of our delays may we trust Your faithful hand of guidance and experience Your presence with us in every situation.

Confidence in God enables us to live out our faith patiently.