Let’s renew our focus and faith in the New Year to truly worship God with a pure heart and clean hands.
Let’s allow the Lord to take us deeper, past the greatness of our needs or our anxieties about the future. Remember, as with Peter, so it is with us—the fish which represents our visions, our goals, our hopes and desires are to be found in the deep things of God; not, the shallow water. We are to sail into the deep of God’s Word, allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the greatness of God the Father, in everything that we undertake—even starting again. Failure is not permanent—you can begin anew. This is your New Day.
Jesus is the promised seed of Eve that came in the flesh to crush Satan’s head, “So the Lord God said to the serpent: ‘Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman. And between your seed and her Seed; He [Jesus] shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 2:14 – 16).
God has given promises to every person and His desire is to see the fulfillment of every promise that He has made to you that is for his promises to take flesh. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen; to the glory of God through us” (1 Corinthians 1:20).
It is God’s will for you and your household to be saved, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
The promises of God include: healing, deliverance, safety, peace, access, provision and promotion, to name just a few. Whatever you have need of God has made provision for you through His Word. Study the Scriptures His promise to you that meets the need in your life, or the life of someone else and then mediate upon that Word. It will become life to you and then you will be able to appropriate His promise through faith. Then you are able to ask Him and believe that you will receive whatsoever things that you desire (Mark 11:24).
The promised seed, Jesus came to earth in the flesh and was victorious over sin and death, “…‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’ So all of this was done that it might b fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: ‘Behold the virgin shall be with child and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:20). Because of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, He then is, “…the High Priest of a better covenant which was established on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6).
Today, too many Christians pray without really expecting an answer. We can expect the answer to God’s promises once our heart is convinced that God means what He said, and that He said what he meant.
Prayer—Father I thank you that all of Your promises for me are yes and amen. Today, with Your help I purpose in my heart to study your Word and to appropriate Your promises into my life, or into the life of others, in Jesus Name. Amen.
It was not long before everyone involved in this humility were convicted and left and Jesus was left alone with the woman. Jesus stood one final time and asked the woman, “Where are your accusers?” (v.10).
Jesus stood up for the woman and silenced her accusers, and He does the same for you. “Who shall bring a charge against god’s elect? it is god who justifies. who is he who condemns? it is christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of god, who also makes intercession for us” (ROMANS 8:33 - 34).
Prayer—Heavenly Father thank You that Christ has stood up for me. Today I lay aside old ideas for self-condemnation and pessimism I turn my heart towards You the author and finisher of my faith. I boldly declare that YOU ARE A GOOD GOD AND SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME BECAUSE YOU ARE STANDING UP FOR ME, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God is not a God who pushes his people away and punishes them. He wants us to turn to Him and be reconciled to Him. “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10). You see God invests Himself in relationship with us. His grace and comfort in our lives empowers us to serve others and invest in their lives.
As a Christian, if the only scripture that you knew was Psalms 95:6, it would be enough. This scripture contains the all the elements that we need as a child of God to live a redeemed lifestyle. Here we see an invitation to come, the reason of worship, our posture of faith and humility and our victory.
First, expect your life to be filled with divine appointments (vs. 1-3). As you go about your daily routines, an opportunity to lift Jesus up can come in unexpected ways. Peter and John were going about their daily routine, into the temple at the hour of prayer. It was at the same time when the lame man was laid at the gate of the temple to ask alms of those who went into the temple. Notice that this man went daily expecting to receive.
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