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God Can Weave Even From Ugly Fabric In Life To Make A Beautiful Story

Today’s Devotional

God Can Weave Even Ugly Fabric into A Beautiful Tapestry

Genesis 44:29-34 –

If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.’ “So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life, sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’ “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”

We see here is a snip it of how Joseph’s brother Judah finally seems to get it. Years earlier Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, and then came up with an elaborate story for their father of how Joseph was devoured by a wild animal. Earlier on they had no concern for how this would effect Joseph or even their own father Jacob.

Years later when Joseph rises to power and his brothers come to buy food for their starving household. He tests them in several ways without revealing who he is.

The last test involved planting the silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. Benjamin became so loved by their father after Joseph had been gone so long. Why did Joseph single out Benjamin to put the cup in his sack, only to later accuse them of stealing it?

My guess is Joseph likely knew that Benjamin was very dear to Jacob. When Joseph brought them back and accused them of stealing and that he would keep whoever the person was who had the cup as a slave.

Yet it is likely, what Joseph was testing was to see if this time Judah and his brothers would be concerned in how it would affect Jacob, their father, if Benjamin indeed was taken from him too.

We see finally after all these years Judah seems to show remorse for his actions and his brothers in the past. We actually also see Judah is thinking more about how this will affect his father then just himself. He even offers to become a slave in Benjamin’s place.

sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’ “Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”

Genesis 44:31-34 –

And Joseph finally at last reveals who he is. They have finally learned their lesson.

And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, 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. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

Genesis 45:2-8 –

Joseph only then reveals who he is. The test was not to get even, but certainly I think he wanted to make sure his brothers had godly sorrow over what they had done. Joseph also does not harbor a grudge but is a forshadowing of what grace and mercy looks like. He acknowledges that even though his brothers sinned terribly against him that God inspite of that worked it all together for good, to put him in the place he currently was and to help save lives.

We see this beautiful story teach us so much about forgiveness and God’s overruling power to take the ugly things done to us in our lives too and weave it into something amazing. Joseph had a beautiful robe early on that his father weaved together for him. Yet God also was weaving together every event in Joseph’s life from the fabric of good and bad to make his story a beautiful tapistry to display the goodness and power of God.

We too can see God do that in our lives as we trust Him and faithfully serve him, wherever he has us in each season of life.

Danger Of Doubting, Call To Persevere

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt? ” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt. ”

Numbers 14:1-4 –

Here we see the situation these people were in. Sure it was hard walking the long journey through the desert. We cannot say we would like it too much either, but let us not follow their example of unbelief.

Here the Israelites were about to enter the promise land and they let negativity paint an ugly scene dark colors. They had just gotten the report about how good the land before them was, but they listened to the wrong voices

They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan. ” (Numbers 13:26-29 )

-here they are and they have the choice. It is a critical juncture for them. The decision is at hand, will they have faith in God who had earlier brought them out of Egypt with amazing power and might, or are they going to let the problems they fear in front of them have the final say?

Caleb tries to reason with them: “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

Numbers 13:30 –

Unfortunately the people who had spied out the land responded with not as much faith as Caleb did

But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:31-33)

Then the people really cross the line as we see here in the following chapter:

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt? ” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt. ” Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites.

Numbers 14:1-10 –

These people wanted to go back to Egypt? What! Lets camp out on this for a second, cause it is applicable for our lives as believers too. The Christian life is not easy or problem free. Jesus warns us this. As the song goes “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden” and indeed Jesus could just as easily sing that song to us.

He says actually: “33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 –

It does not mean we have to be miserable Christians though either. We can experience victory and thriving inspite of what goes on around us in hard seasons. Jesus wants us to experience the spiritually abundant life of John 10:10.

Yet let’s go back to how the Israelites spoke of returning to Egypt. Many start in the journey of the Christian life, it may get hard and rough, but we have no option of turning back to how we lived before Christ became our saviour and Lord. Infact as Peter says to Jesus, when Jesus asked if the disciples wanted to turn away too, Peter in moment of spiritual brilliances basically says “Lord your all we really got, this world has nothing for us!”

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. John 6:66-67 –

When Jesus presented difficult truths, many turned back and stopped following. Yet let it never be so with us, we must be bold and fight toward the promise land, spiritual break through, greater levels in our walk- and also we will receive eternal life to come.

Let us not shrink back, listen to doubt, cave to discouragement, or yield to unbelief. Let us ignore the voice of the enemy which says “this way is much to hard for you, give up and go back to your old worldy ways.”

Yet behold, “And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Hebrews 10:38-39 –

Let us not become like seed among shallow ground dear readers, whom it says

13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.

Luke 8:13 –

Let us shake off all despondancy and persevere, so indeed we may be counted among those whom:

15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:15 –

Loving God When Life Is Unfair

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

Job 1:9-11 –

This is a valid question. Would Job still love God even after God allowed all the blessings he first gave Job to be swallowed up. We may scratch our heads and ask, “Why would such a good God allow such hardship to fall on Job. Did not God already know that Job would still be faithful and respond rightly?” Surely God knew. Yet God I think for one wanted to experience Job’s commitment, though in His mind, He already knew it.

Let’s use an illustration. Suppose for a moment a man said to the woman he professed to love, “Dear, I am so enthralled with you and cannot wait to marry you because you will be amazing in bed.”

Whoa! That would be offensive, outrageous, and a huge turn off for a woman to hear that.

It be offensive, outrageous, and appauling likewise for a woman to only love a man because he gets paid a nice salary at his job.

Both men and women could relate to each of these two scenarios. Now we can begin to possibly grasp how God may feel, when some people say they love him and follow him until something goes wrong in life. God loves to bless his people, he is very generous and kind, but make no mistake, God wants our love to be rooted in who He is- not what He can do for us or does for us.

He already did the greatest thing by sending Himself to die for our sins in the person of Jesus Christ, so we can no longer be under his judgement for our sin. He made it possible to spend eternity in paradise with him after this life! We owe him just for that mere fact our total allegiance! Yet there are so many ways he still continues to bless of us. He goes above and beyond what we needed but also provides many things that are just pleasurable too.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Timothy 6:17 –

We may consider ourselves “rich” persay. Yet, I think even a poor person in worldly standards still has many things to give thanks for! If you have two eyes to see, two ears to hear, a mouth to speak, and clothes to wear, you have more then some do. If you have legs to walk and hands to grasp, you have blessings right there. If you have a car, roof over your head, there you go, more blessings.

If you have a job, and make some amount of money, be grateful, some do not have that.

So in all things we truly can do as Scripture commands, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Often as human beings we are tempted to think of what God has not given, or maybe is not ready to give- and we feel ungrateful and unhappy. Yet, developing that mindset is going to rob us of the enjoyment of our current blessings.

When we want even from God what he has witheld either long term or temporarily, we covet!

What! Some may say “What, I thought coveting was when you want your neighbor’s stuff” true that is, but it also is when we covet what belongs to the Lord that He has not given us.

So it is possible to covet God’s property. And in a way coveting your neighbors goods also is an offense against God, because He truly as Scripture says “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it”

What is the opposite of covetousness? Id venture to say gratefulness and thanking God for all He is and what He has done!

Today’s Devotional, The Jew’s Fellowship Offering, and The Christian’s Fellowship Offering

Ah behold in the Old Testament Law we see that the fire was not to be allowed to go out. Yet you Christian must “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

(2 Timothy 1:6-7)

When we came to Christ Jesus, the Lord light ablaze our hearts to know Him, love Him and burn hot for him. Yet as time goes by we may lose sight of the fresh wonder of faith we had at first, such was the case with the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2 whom the Lord admonished

2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

(Revelation 2:2-5)

Indeed if we want to remain effective in our witness and efforts for Christ, we must not get so busy serving Christ we neglect His presence in the process. The ministry of service to Christ is not more important then fanning into flame our relationship with him. We must supply fuel for the fire.

In the passage of Leviticus 6 it says: “Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it.”

Yet what does this Old Testament passage have to do with us? We do not offer animal sacrifices or light altar fires to the Lord now do we? No not literally, but the fact remains our hearts and lives are that holy altar, if indeed we belong to Christ. Morning by morning we have the opportunity to add fire wood of Scripture we meditate on and read. We can offer the pleasing aroma of praise, and adoration to the Lord.

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

Psalm 141:2 –

What is the significance of the word, “Fellowship offering” – in the Old Testament it was a literal burnt offering. Yet everytime we choose to give the Lord the first portion of the day, and enter into fellowship with him and fuel the fire by filling our minds with his Word, we fan that flame of our love for Jesus Christ.

We cannot have a strong Christian life without fellowship offerings- time spent with the Lord and master. Want a weak and sickly Christian life, then neglect daily reading of the Word of God and prayer. Yet if we want to keep our fire going strong, we must gather sticks and logs to fuel it morning by morning!

Exodus 14/Matthew 14 Sermon

The Israelites went from “Marching out boldly” to being “terrified”. We must ask what happened in between them being so bold to them screaming in terror.

We see in vs 10 it says that Pharaoh and his army was spotted marching out after them.

There we have a classic case where sight overcomes weak faith. They saw danger coming, then all the sudden let that be their focus and let out of their minds what God had done to free them through the ten plagues.

Yet too easily the same came happen to us. We may through our walk of faith be marching boldly and have great confidence in God. Yet something may hit us suddenly and we begin to cry out in fear like these Israelites did.

Part of today’s New Testament Bible reading has a different story but similar theme. The disciples are sent out by Jesus and he plans to later rejoin them after he gets time praying to the Father. Yet as they follow his orders and go out on the lake with the boat, a storm comes out of no where!

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Matthew 14:22-24 –

Can we spot the similarities in both stories? In the Old Testament reading we see the Lord sent Moses and the Israelites out of Pharaoh’s presence and suddenly the storming chariots and army catches up to them from behind and they scream in terror. The New Testament story Jesus sends the disciples ahead, and the storm on the lake overtakes them!

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Matthew 14:25-27 –

Jesus suddenly reapears just when all hope seems lost.

Lets go back to Exodus 14 and examine how the Lord also does this

Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

Exodus 14:19-25 –

We all know how the Lord eventually opens up the sea and the Israelites make it through, then God turns the waters back to cover Pharoah and his army!

Jesus here also shows his power and has Peter come to him on the water!

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 14:28-33 –

We can see how both stories the people of Israel and disciples let what they saw make them forget who they knew. They let their problems take their eyes of the Lord. And so too if the Lord wants to strengthen and develop our faith he may send us through strorms or through challenges that force us to not rely on what we see around us or how things appear. It is through choosing to trust and believe Him that we give our faith opportunity to truly grow. Otherwise it remains weak and undeveloped faith.

Become A Worm In God’s Sight Sermon

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.

Psalm 22:6 –

The Psalmist helpless, and humbled, likens himself to a worm. He depicts himself as a lowly earth wriggling creature. A creature that lays prostrate in the dust and moves hugging the soil as it goes.

But David, who likely wrote this Psalm was often depicted as a fierce and valiant warrior. Yet behold, he sees himself as a worm helplessly in the dust pleading with the Lord for His strength and protection!

What must we learn my dear readers, the only way to rise a mighty warrior who “fights the Lord’s battles” (1 Samuel 25:28) is to first become a worm in the sight of God. Ah, indeed “Humble yourselves in God’s sight, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10)

But this seems foreign to our natural man. Our natural man wants to build a resume of good deeds to get God’s favor or earn his approval. Our natural man would say “In order to get ahead, you must use force and not be meek, meekness is weakness”

Yet behold the way of the Lord is opposite indeed. To fully receive favor with the Lord we must do as it says “13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Luke 18:13-14 –

We obtain salvation from sin and it’s penalty by becoming a worm before the Lord.

But behold, dear Christian, now you are redeemed and saved, you must also become a worm too in order to lay hold of Christ’s supernatural strength to live victorious!

Behold too many say “I try to be a better Christian! I will try to do better! I will try to love the Lord more. I will try to love others better, be kinder, more pure, and give in less to sin.”

Enough! Behold, become a worm and acknowledge to the Lord who first saved you in your helplessness alone has power to make your helplessness now Victory.

Yet you must become a worm in God’s eyes: you must indeed say unto Him, “O Lord on high, I have no good of my own or strength in myself to live uprightly or blamelessly before you! But let your ppwer surge anew through my weak and wretched frame, so I may live each day to glorify your name!”

Ah! There is the key! For behold even if it wanted to, a worm cannot walk upright like a man. And behold believer, you cannot walk upright apart from the Holy Spirit flowing supernaturally through you.

So make your aim to come before Christ each day as a worm in need of power to walk upright like a man. For

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)

So we must come before the Lord in prayer each day and “let us boldly approach the throne of grace, so we can find mercy and grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)

But many may say “When is my time of need?” But truly, everyday you are in need of His fresh touch of power to fill your mortal frame and establish your ways!

Behold each and every day you and I are in need! Whether we realize it or not, we are far weaker then we admit. We are always in need of His power to sustain us. So let us not wait until some crisis swirls over our lives before we draw upon Him to strengthen us, secure us, uphold us and preserve us!

Rise and Shine

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. (Isaiah 60:1-2)

We all have probably heard the song as kids, “Rise and shine, it’s time to get up in the morning!”

Yet in the morning we have the opportunity to start our waking moments letting Jesus Christ shine into our days and bring His light into our hearts. We cannot go without this light- for indeed,

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12 –

So indeed to seek Him in the morning, upon when we first awake, we invite His light to shine on our ways and make bright the road we walk that day. Ah can we afford to walk in the dark? Can we navigate by mere human reasoning ans wisdom? Can we predict the future or know what each day may hold? For indeed we cannot, but He who knows all, knows what lies ahead.

If you are a Christ follower, you have never a need to be unsure of what you must do or what path to take. After all, He as a guide can make clear everything we must do in every situation we could possibly face.

Indeed! What a advantage we have that non believers do not. We do not have to wander through our days lost and confused.

This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:14-16)

But behold reader, how can you not be unwise or ignorant when the Book is closed, when the Scriptures are left unread and prayer is neglected. Has not God promised wisdom to those who ask? For James says “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

So you indeed dear believer must daily ask God for His light and wisdom to guide your day, and also, you must open the Scriptures daily yourself to learn from them

For as it says: I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:16 –

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 –

So we have no excuse to be in the dark if we are truly born again believers. We have the resources in the Word and the access to the heavenly Father through prayer, we should make the most of such wonderful blessings!

Can You Spot Jesus Who Waits To Be Spotted

Today’s Devotional

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. (John 21:4)

This text says that Jesus stood on the shore early in the morning, “but the disciples did not realize it was Jesus”

Oh indeed the Master may wait for us in the waking moments of our day, yet if we get to frenzied and preoccupied we too can miss his presence waiting for us on the shore of each new day.

Indeed, “His mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23)

What indeed a faithful Lord we have. When Jesus appeared on the shore to the disciples after he had risen from the dead, He faithfully came to find his scattered lambs, whom, “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

(Mark 14:27-28)

Did Jesus keep his word, certainly. Though the disciples felt they had lost hope and sorely been defeated in those agonizing moments of Christ’s final hours. He still shows up after, to faithfully fulfill that which he had said,

Yet at first, “the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.”

This morning dear reader, as you wake up to embark on a new day, ask “Is Jesus waiting for me on the shore of this new day? Is he waiting for me to see him, and come before him?”

The Psalmist knew the importance of morning time devotion and fellowship with the Lord, for as it says “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

Ah indeed, He sought the Lord morning by morning, day by day, because the Lord stood there waiting for him to come before him and “Hear my voice” and “Lay my requests” and “wait expectantly”

So too should we start our morning looking for Jesus, who is waiting on us to approach Him. We must keep our eyes open and not let distraction blind us or cause us to not recognize Jesus in each day!

Castles Made Of Sand

The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.Psalm 33:10-11


The Lord looks down from heaven’s gates to behold the schemes of man, he laughs and says “They are building mere castles out of sand.

 “I can send a great wave and tide and wash away what they have built, for all their plans they forget me in will like fading flowers wilt.”

For the Lord can put His foot right down and squash our little plans. If indeed you want success, seek to do His will. For that is alone where success is found, success that is truly real.

We can make our plans and leave him out, but only His plans will He bring about. So let us be wise in how we build our lives and chart our course, for he alone successes source.

His plans prevail, his will will stand, his designs will prosper, but not that of mortal man.

 For if we build outside his will with our vain plans in hand., Whatever we make, whatever we build, will crash like a house of sand.

Yet build your plans for Him, and keep His glory in mind, then you will have a house of rock that will last for all of time.

The Golden Hour To Obtain Power!

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6 –

This verse stresses indeed the decision to turn to Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of sin while his offer still stands. Yet for the redeemed soul, the believer, there is too a golden hour in each day we ought to “Seek the Lord while he may be found”

Ah indeed, we must seek the Lord first, before we connect with any other. There in that golden window of prayer and devotion to the Lord we can find strength sufficient for everything else he calls us to tackle each day.

Reader, have you discovered this? Have you tasted the glorious portion you have in Christ, being able to commune with the true and living God?

Or perhaps you feel weak, tired, worn out and you feel your walk of faith is shaky and not as vibrant and green as you know it could be. Ah, reader, you must take time to feed your soul on His presence the moments you have in the beginning hours of your day. Dare you skip eating first thing, if you did that your body may feel weak that day. Yet, dear believer, will you skip feasting at the Kings table and prayerfully starting your day and feeding on the Word of God? You think your body needs breakfast for strength, but shall you skip over your spiritual food and expect your soul to be strong.

Ah, reader, you cannot afford to. There are too many unseen challenges you may face, and too many temptations that may come against you. Ah no, you cannot afford not to connect with your Lord, for behold He said himself, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Yes indeed, if we want to have fruitful days in our walk of faith, we must not skip our morning plate. If indeed we want strength to fill our soul, then time first with him should be our goal.

If indeed we want great strength and victorious power, seek Him first in that golden hour!