Have you ever had any reason to doubt God’s goodness? Would you agree that His loving kindness has been marvelous? Has He at any time failed to justify your trust? Your answer should be a resounding, no! I think it safe to say your God has never left you at any time.
You may have had some dark nights, but the star of love has shone forth amid the blackness; you may have been in stern conflicts, but over your head He has held the shield of your defense. You may have gone through many trials, but never to your detriment, always to your advantage.
The conclusion from your past experience is, that he who has been with you in your troubles, will not forsake you when you experience more. What you have known of your faithful God, proves that he will protect you and keep you to the end.
Let us not, then, reason contrary to the evidence. Let us not be ungenerous as to doubting our God. Let the Lord, throw down the enemy of your unbelief, and let the dogs devour it.
2You will be hated by everyone on account of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.—Matt 10:22
Standing firm is not a way to be saved but it is the evidence that a person is really committed and devoted to Jesus. Endurance is not a means to earn salvation either; it is a by-product of a truly devoted life for Christ. Endurance grows out of commitment to Jesus Christ. In Matthew 10:22, Jesus predicted that his followers would be severely persecuted by those who hated what he stood for. In the midst of terrible persecutions, however, they could have hope, knowing that salvation was theirs. Times of trial serve to weed out true Christians from false or fair-weather Christians.
When you are pressured to give up and turn your back on Christ, don’t do it. Remember, the benefits of standing firm and continuing to live for Christ far outweigh anything the enemy has to offer.
Remember to praise God from whom all blessings flow.
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.— James 2:23
Let’s say that being called a believer in God, or a follower of God, or a servant of God is not enough for you. Let’s say that you want to be called, like Abraham, a “friend of God.” What would it take to acquire that appellation? How could you become a friend of God? According to James, Abraham was known as the friend of God for two basic reasons. He not only believed in God and the promises God made to him, but he also acted in accordance with his faith. He had works that flowed from his faith (James 2:22).
Abraham believed God when God told him that he would have an heir from his own body and that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens (Genesis 15:4-6). At that point in time Abraham’s prospects for having a child seemed dim. Nevertheless, he believed God’s promise. “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” (Romans 4:20-21). And as our verse for today makes clear, Abraham’s faith in God made him righteous before God. Abraham was justified by faith.
The reason why Abraham was justified by faith, however, was because his faith was more than mere lip-service to God. It was a living faith. It was the kind of faith that leads to works. This was revealed when God tested his faith later on by asking him to sacrifice his son on an altar (Genesis 22:1-19). Abraham raised the knife to slay his son, but God stayed his hand, and Abraham’s faith in God’s promise of an heir and many descendants was completed. He became known as the friend of God (see II Chronicles 20:7 and Isaiah 41:8).
Jesus said this with respect to friendship with him, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14). We can see, then, that friendship with Jesus, as well as with God, comes about when we believe in them and follow their commands. After all, what kind of friend to God and to Jesus would we be if we never did what they said?
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful—Colossians 3:15
We don’t have to face our worries alone. We have a faithful partner in the Holy Spirit, who lives within us to guide us, direct us, and show us the way to having faith that overcomes our worry. Letting Him lead is key to leaving our worries behind.
Thankfulness is also the result of remembering all God’s benefits instead of dwelling on the circumstances that tend to rob us of peace. Counting our blessings in this way insures the rule of Christ’s peace in our life.
Therefore, we don’t have to let our concerns and worries bury us in a sea of unrest. Christ’s peace, which is available no matter what we are facing, can strengthen our confidence and trust in Him.
Jericho was the first city the Israelites needed to conquer in their quest for the land of Canaan. When sending a pair of spies to check it out, Joshua probably didn’t realize that he would receive a glimpse of the Lord’s impressive behind-the-scenes activity.
We must remember to look at every obstacle through the lens of God’s unlimited strength and resources. Anything that appears to block His plans is an opportunity for Him to demonstrate His sovereign power. Just because we don’t see anything happening, that doesn’t mean He’s inactive. God is at work on the other side of our obstacles, arranging the details and bringing His plans to fruition.
When the spies returned to Joshua, they reported that the people of Jericho were scared to death. Having heard about the Jews’ deliverance from Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea, they were gripped by fear of the Lord. The stage was set for the conquest, though by that point, Joshua hadn’t done a thing. Sometimes we think we need to be involved in the solution to our problem, but God is not limited with regard to whom or what He can use to accomplish His will. In this case, He worked in the hearts of the opposition by instilling demoralizing fear.
For the Christian, great obstacles need not be reasons for discouragement. Although much of the Lord’s activity is silent and invisible, we can be sure He is dynamically working out His will for our life. When the pieces of His plan are in place, He will move us on to victory.
These words describe my relationship with the Lord and my daily walk with Him.
I will trust Him with my life and my days. I will wait upon the Lord and as it says in Isaiah 40:31, “Those that wait upon the Lord will gain new strength……”.
I will speak of your goodness and truth before men and kings and shall not be ashamed. Let’s live our lives as an example to others that Christ Jesus is King and Lord of our lives. Let us delight and speak of His unending love and mercies without fear or prejudice.
God is good all the time. I prayed to Him last night and asked that He would help me wake up at 6:00 AM. I woke up at 5:58 today. Praise the Lord for His everlasting kindness. His love and mercy endures forever.
Thank you Lord for leading me with your Holy Spirit. He is a faithful guide and mentor in my walk with you.
Verse 47: “I shall delight in your commandments which I love.”
Verse 48: “And I shall lift up my hands to your commandments which I love. And I will will meditate on your statutes.”
Father, your word is a lamp unto my feet. Lead me in this world of darkness that I may not stumble but instead give you all the glory and honor.—Amen
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.— Romans 8:26-27 NLT
As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before him.
Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you “in harmony with God’s own will.” Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that he will always do what is best.