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Tuesday Reflections: Trusting In God's Promises:
Trusting in God’s promises will lift us above our doubts into a place of quiet rest. We may not have an answer yet, but in waiting on Him with hopeful expectation, we’ll experience His “peace ... which surpasses all comprehension” (Phil. 4:7).
Finally, Scripture urges us to let Christ’s peace rule in our heart (Col. 3:15). Doing so will help us find our way past confusion and receive His clear direction without doubting. Discovering God’s will is worth every effort we make and any time spent waiting. (Psalm 25:8-9)
Reflections: Rely On The Source
Believing God would provide, Elijah witnessed His miraculous intervention. We may not see the Lord perform a supernatural work in any difficult situation. However, we can be sure that just as God fulfilled His promise to Elijah, He will likewise be faithful to His Word in our situation, supplying "all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19). (1 King 17:8-16)
Sunday Reflecting: God's Timing
God's timing isn't always our timing. We tend to want things to happen now. We don't want to wait. But, we don't see the full picture. God's perspective is eternity. From eternity, the things we think are important don't amount to much. But God created us with a specific purpose in mind. And, His timing is perfect. So when we think things are moving too slow in our life, we need to wait. God is moving everything into its proper place. (Psalm 37:34)
Saturday Reflections: Ask Him
One of the ways we can grow in the Lord is to listen to Him. If we open up our life to Him, He will show us where we are 9ff-track. Invite Him to examine your heart and reveal to you where you need to grow. Ask Him how you can please Him. Then listen. He won't leave you alone to figure it out by yourself. He will show you. Then, He will help you take the steps you need to take to grow. (Psalm 139:23-24)
Friday Reflections: Our Inseparable Relationship
Paul points out that God is on the side of the believer. He gave up His Son, Jesus Christ to death so that we could be purified and enter into relationship with Him. Jesus' sacrifice itself is proof of God's love, but there are many additional expressions of His care for us. The Lord has a purpose and plan for every person's life. Through His sovereign control, He works every situation, good and bad, to our benefit. He is a loving Father who not only is interested in what happens to us but also is actively involved in our daily life. (Romans 8:31-39)
Thursday Reflections: Trust In God
If we don't recognize God's presence in our life, we will choose our own way. We will end up wandering aimlessly because we don't have the perspective that God does. He sees the big picture. He knows where He's going and He knows where He wants to take us. He promises to guide us to salvation, to maturity in Christ and to the arena He created for us. He wants us to reach our full potential in Him. Acknowledge Him and He will guide you to places, even in the midst of this pandemic, you can't imagine. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Wednesday Reflections: Stay Strong
When Paul penned these words to the Corinthians, he was speaking to people who put their lives on the line for their faith. The Church of the first century know the cost of following Christ - imprisonment and death. Yet, they stayed strong and were still able to love their persecutors. How did they do it? They stood true to what they believed through the strength that Christ gave them. We will never face what they did but Christ's strength is still available to us. (1 Corinthians 6:13-14)
Tuesday Reflections: His Strength Fills Us
Life often crowds in and saps the strength we need for the truly important things. Sometimes, we just don't have the strength we need to fulfill the Lord's purpose for us. We find it difficult to serve, to use our gifts or even to realize the dreams God gave us. But if we ask god for strength, He gives it to us. His strength fills us with life to complete the things He wants us to do. It also opens our eyes to the wonder of God's work through us. (Psalm 138:3)
Monday Reflections: The Way Of Faith.
Choosing to walk by faith instead of living on the basis of feeling, opinions, and logic often means being misunderstood. Our actions may appear unreasonable to the outside world (and sometimes even to ourselves), but what could be more reasonable than allowing God to guide us? When we, like Moses, find our talents and abilities are no match for the task at hand, God's power will accomplish through us what needs to be done. The Lord isn't always "reasonable" as we interpret reason, but He works out our circumstances through our obedient actions, We can be confident that He who used a shepherd to challenge a pharaoh is trustworthy. (Hebrews 11:23-28).
Sunday Reflections: He Strengthens Us
The eyes of the Lord are always on us. He knows our heart and He sees when we are weak. It is not His will for us to cave in when difficulties confront us. He wants us to be strong. If we are committed to Him, He will give the strength we need to face whatever comes our way. As we rely on His strength, our soul will become stronger and more conformed to His image. The more we become like Him, the closer we will be to the center of His will. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Saturday Reflections: Are You Focusing On God Or Obstacles?
Focusing on obstacles distorts our vision. Problems look so large that we can't see to take the next step of faith. In reality, if God has called us to do something, the only hindrance is between our temples. He is already planned a way around, over, or through any barriers that might lie o the path to fulfilling His purpose for our lives. And when we, like the Israelites, succumb to fear and refuse to move forward, we miss out on the great reward that results from doing God's will. (Numbers 13:25-14:10)
Friday Reflections: Troubled, Try Praise
Our tendency as humans is to plot a course through a situation toward the easiest solution. But believers who strike out on their own do not mature in their faith. Not only that, they miss out on the blessings of following God's plan. Stopping to praise can keep us from taking the easy way out and direct us to the right path, namely, the way of God's will. Taking a step forward in faith can be frightening. However we can confidently take the risk, knowing our all knowing and all powerful God has His children's best interest in mind. (Psalm 34)
Thursday Reflections: No Trial Is Beyond God's Ability To Help
The Lord has pledged to keep us from stumbling. We live in a world that is full of landmines, which are either hidden from sight or disguised as something good. We do not seek them out, but once triggered, they lead to ungodliness. There are times we have trouble recognizing a situations potential danger, but God understands what is involved and He knows just how we should respond. (Jude 1:24-25)
Wednesday Reflections: Courage In The Lonely Hour
The heartrending experiences in our life are designed for one purpose: They bring us to the point where we can discover for ourselves that God is real. The learning process may take a while, but it is much more likely that we will rely on God if there is no one else to hang on to. As we begin to feel loneliness because of the widening effects of this pandemic we are facing, we can cling to the promise, "I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you."(Hebrews 13:5). (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)
Tuesday Reflections: Answers In Times Of Great Distress
God reserves the right to reveal some things and conceal others. Although we may not know why these things occur, the biblical truths we do know with absolute certainty allow us to trust the Lord even in times of great suffering. Because of the Bible, we can be certain: 1) God is in control (Psalms 103:19). Nothing in heaven or on earth is outside of His rule and authority. 2) God loves people and wants them to be saved (John 3:16-17). Giving His Son for the salvation of the world proves without a doubt that He loves each person. 3) God works circumstances for His good purpose (Isaiah 46:10). Though we can't fully comprehend what He's doing what He's doing in each, every disaster and pandemic is a wake-up call for the church, politicians, and all of humanity.
God who loves us perfectly is in full control, working everything out according to His plan. Knowing this should fills us with hope, even in the midst of crisis situations. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
Monday Reflections: Questions In Times Of Great Disasters (Long Post)
Whenever a great disaster strikes, legitimate questions spring to mind. Why does God let such things happen? Couldn't He have stopped this? Doesn't He care? The magnitude of death and destruction caused by earthquakes, tornados, floods and even this COVID-19 pandemic disrupts our everyday thoughts and causes us to seek explanations for suffering.
We must guard against attempts at forcing God to act the way we think He should. If He does something that won't fit into the "box" we have devised for Him, we easily become upset, angry, or confused. God will never stay in the boundaries we set for Him. Since we are mortal and sinful, we have a very narrow perspective and understanding of life. But our eternal, sinless, sovereign, and Omniscient Creator sees and knows what we can't perceive. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Sunday Reflections: Advancing Through Adversity
Adversity is an opportunity for God to purify our faith. Because God alone is sovereign in the universe, He desires to be sovereign in our individual lives as well. If we place our faith in anything other than God, He is swift to remove those obstructions that hinder our walk with Him.
If you are going through adversity, pray for the discernment to ask yourself, is this something that God may be allowing to occur in my life in order to bring me closer to Him? If so, trust Him to reorder your life so He may remain Lord of your faith. (Psalm 56:3-4)
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Saturday Reflections: The Restorer Of Lost Hopes
When difficult circumstances are unrelenting, life can seem devoid of joy and meaning. However, Roman 5:1-5 tells us that God has a much different take on the value of trials. We are eager for our Father to just fix the problem or relieve the suffering, but He has an eternal goal in mind. His purpose in trials is to produce character in us, which will lead to hope, not disappointment.
Hopelessness is a miserable trap that blinds a believer to the Lord. The only way out is to deliberately focus on Jesus Christ through praise, prayer, and Scripture. Hope awaits those who are willing to see life from God's perspective. (Romans 5:1-5)
Friday Reflections: Wisdom For The Trials Of Life. (Long Post)
What is your behavior when experiencing difficulty or pain? Do you grumble and complain or indulge in self-pity? Or do you get angry and blame others for your troubles? All these reactions lead to despair and misery, but James 1:2-6 presents a totally different perspective about suffering: "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials" (vs. 2).
Some may read that verse and think, what a preposterous statement! Trials and tears go together. How is joy possible? Yet James obviously understands something about suffering that we need to know. The word consider is a financial term which means "to evaluate." James is not telling us to delight in pain and be happy about suffering, but to assess our trials as an opportunity to receive the blessings God has promised us when re respond wisely. (James 1:2-6)
Thursday Reflections: Go To The Ant
If you have ever battled ants in your kitchen or pantry, wisdom probably is not the first trait you would attribute to them; you probably would choose a description more like determination (if that).. But to the lazy person, God points out these tiny creatures as an example of wise living. Simply consider how many characteristics of the ant people would be smart to adopt: preparation, cooperation, perseverance, diligence, unity, and the list goes on. So interacting with believers is not the only way to acquire wisdom. God also wants us to observe the lowly ant that He created to work in community. (Proverbs 6:6-8)
Wednesday Reflections: The Path Of Life.
Life is like an untraveled road with complex twists and turns. Appealing activities can be detours that lead to the quicksand of sin. And engaging philosophies may form side paths that end up in mire of muddled thinking. Even the best route is not all smooth and sunny. We may at times have to journey over hard terrain or shadowed valleys. The only way to be sure we are walking right is to follow the One who knows the way perfectly. (Jeremiah 10:23-24)
Tuesday Reflections: We Have A Trustworthy Guide
Our God is willing and able to guide us, if we let Him. It is not difficult to fall in step with Him. Acknowledge that you have wandered down the wrong paths of life. that led to sin and disobedience Choose to follow His lead instead by the Word of God and applying biblical principles to your life. And learn to pray through both large and small decisions as you seek the path He has set for you. (Psalm 32:8-9)
Monday Reflections: In The Lines
Biblical principles are the reflective lines on the path of God's will. When we stay within His boundaries we are safe, not necessarily from pain and trouble, but from sin and its consequences. Look at Daniel as an example of someone who made choices based on Scripture. Eating food offered to idols was forbidden, and so he refused the Babylonian king's meat and wine in obedience to God's law. Like Daniel we are wise to make choices according to the principle of God's Word and not to our preferences. (Daniel 1:8-21)
Sunday Reflections: Our Helper In Prayer
As believers, we are given the Holy Spirit to seal our relationship with God, and it is He who counsels believers on how to pray (Romans 8:26). We sometimes believe that we need to come to God only when we have a need. However, prayer is about intimacy with the Father. If the Lord gave us whatever we wanted as soon as we asked Him, we would not be able to understand they dynamic of our relationship - and might ever learn important skills like patience or dependence. (John 14:16-18)
Saturday Reflections: The Costly Cup (Part 3)
The second cup was a symbolic drink alone. Soon after the Passover meal, Jesus pled with the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, "If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.". This bitter cup included not only the physical pain of the cross but also the agony of being separated from the Father as He judged our sin, which Jesus bore for us (1 Peter 2:24). There's no way we can comprehend what Christ endured as He cried out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?". The only way we can truly appreciate the communion cup we drink is to realize what it cost Christ to drink the cup of suffering on our behalf: (Matthew 26:26-29)
Friday Reflections: The Costly Cup (Part 2)
When we think about the true meaning of the Lord's supper, there are two cups that deserve our attention. One is described as the cup of the new Covenant in Christ's blood, which is given to us. Jesus said it is "for the forgiveness of sins" (Matthew 26:28). His shed blood cleanses us from sin so we can be declared righteous before God. It is also a shared cup. Jesus said, "Drink from it, all of you" (Vs. 27). When we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we come together as the family of God to join in fellowship with one another. It is a time for us to consecrate and recommit ourselves to Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29)
Thursday Reflections: The Costly Cup
One of the dangers we face in our lives as Christians is taking for granted those things that should be sacred. For example, most of us celebrate the Lord's Supper (Communion) on a regular basis, as we are commanded by Scriptures. But have we ever stopped to consider what it means? On that Passover night when Jesus gathered with His disciples to share the meal, He instituted an observance that symbolize what he would do for us just a few hours later. (Matthew 26:26-29)
Wednesday Reflections: God Is Our Provider
Since God is our Provider, we can be assured that He is in control of every detail of our lives. He will prepare the way before us. He will never leave us. And He will provide our every need. (Matthew 21:22; 1 Corinthian 2:9; Philippians 4:19)
Tuesday Reflections: Once And For All:
Our Lord died an apparent failure, discredited by the leaders of established religion, rejected by society, and forsaken by his friends. It took the resurrection to demonstrate how gloriously Christ had triumphed and how tragically the world had failed. The resurrection demonstrated once and for all who won and who lost. (Galatians 2:20)
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