Deep Waters

Isaiah 43 2

Verse of the Day:  Isaiah 43:2

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

In the midst of the deep waters, rivers of difficulty and the fire of oppression believers can take comfort in God’s love for His people. You don’t have to be afraid of difficulties that lie ahead because God is for you and if God is for you, who can be against you? Do not fear, do not let your heart be anxious instead be encouraged because God is with you. If you let God fight your battle He will see you through it and you will not be overcome. Don’t let your faith fail you, He hasn’t brought you this far to give up on you now. The Lord will make a way even when there seems to be no way.

Keep Serving the Lord

Romans 12 11

Verse of the Day: Romans 12:11

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

This year has been difficult to say the least. We’ve had a lot to deal with including the coronavirus, being quarantined, loss of jobs, natural disasters and civil unrest. Our schools closed, work places closed, stores closed, even churches closed. Through it all, God is still with us. Don’t let your spiritual relationship become lukewarm. Don’t let the troubles of this world come between you and God. All these things are temporary and this is not our eternal home. Keep serving the Lord, keep reading the Word of God, keep praying, keep singing, keep praising and worshiping, keep your soul on fire for God!

Strong & Courageous

Joshua 1 9

Verse of the Day:  Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

When God calls you to do something, He gives you the strength and courage to do it. You don’t have to worry if you’re smart enough, gifted enough or skilled enough. All that matters is that God is with you. The Lord has commanded you to be strong and courageous. When you are afraid or discouraged, turn to God. It doesn’t matter what it is, you don’t have to do it alone, He will be with you every step of the way. Trust in God and in His power. He will give you the strength and courage to get through anything He calls you to do.

Take Refuge in the Lord

Psalm 57 1

 Verse of the Day:  Psalm 57:1

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.  I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

It’s easy to profess your faith when everything is going well. The greatest acts of faith are proven when you trust in God when things go wrong, when things are out of your own control. By faith and prayer, you can take your troubles to the throne for God’s mercy and protection. There will be times when God delivers you from the storm and there will be times when He allows you to go through the storm so that when it’s over you come out stronger than before. If you find yourself going through a storm, take refuge in the shadow of His wings and remember that He will always be with you and He will see you through it.

My Defender

Deuteronomy 20 4

Verse of the Day:  Deuteronomy 20:4

For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

Those that love and trust in the Lord may call upon Him in their time of need. Whatever battle you are facing be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual God is with you and He will fight for you. From the smallest battle to the biggest God will defend you and protect you. This is Christian warfare and the key to victory is to stay in God’s will and to fight on your knees in prayer. You have no reason to fear, trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will give you the victory.

Straighten Your Crown

Hebrews 4 16

Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 4:16

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

We all have days when we wake up feeling like we just can’t face another day. Don’t let that overwhelming feeling discourage you. Take a deep breath, remind yourself that you are a daughter of the King and straighten your crown. Come boldly to the throne of God to lay your burdens at His feet and receive His mercy and grace for today. God is with you, God is for you and God loves you.

Keep On Keeping On

James 1 12 2

Verse of the Day:  James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

There will be trials, there will be tough times, but God is with you and if you don’t give up you will be blessed. Be patient in afflictions, keep believing and keep praying. It’s no surprise that we will face adversity Jesus said we will have troubles but to take heart because He has overcome the world. So when these troubles come stand firm in your faith and trust in the Lord. Stay strong, you are not alone, and it will all be worth it in the end for when that day comes you will receive the crown of life, which is a gift from God.

The Fruit of Righteousness is Peace

Isaiah 32 17

Verse of the Day: Isaiah 32:17

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

God’s presence in our lives changes everything. When we submit to God’s will, He gives us a calmness and inner peace that nothing on the outside can take away. We’ll have a quiet confidence that no matter what happens we know God is in control and we know that God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Don’t Wait for Perfect Conditions

Ecclesiastes 11 4

Verse of the Day:  Ecclesiastes 11:4

Those who watch the wind blow will never sow, and those who observe the clouds will never reap.

If you’re waiting for perfect conditions like the right time, the right people, the right job, the right “whatever” to start living your God given dreams (your purpose) you’ll never get started. Don’t be afraid, God is with you and He will equip you with every good thing you need to do His will. It’s okay to start small, at least you’ve started to sow and it’s okay to make mistakes, it shows you’re trying and not just “watching the wind blow”.  Don’t wait for “perfect conditions”, start with what you know now and with what you have now. Let go of fear, step out in faith and trust God to make a way.