Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 17:7
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.
Hope is confidence in God’s love, His promises and in His Word. Hope is the anticipation of drawing closer to God. Hope is the optimism you have in knowing that no matter what may come God will get you through it. Hope is the assurance you have in knowing that with God all things are possible. Hope is the confidence you have in the Savior and the expectation of spending eternity with our heavenly Father. Hope is a blessing from God and when you put your hope in Him you won’t be disappointed.
Verse of the Day: Psalm 54:4
Behold, God is my helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
Throughout the Bible there are stories of people who were in difficult situations but they made it through because they trusted in the Lord. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He helps those who put their faith, hope and trust in Him. If we are for Him, He is for us and if He is for us, we have nothing to fear. Confidently and expectantly look to God for help in all circumstances. His help is always on time and it’s always what we need.
Verse of the Day: 1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
At the beginning of this year many of us were in a good place and we were looking forward to seeing what the new year had in store for us. Little did we know that this would be one of the hardest times since the Great Depression. Many have lost their jobs, their homes and people they love. Some are struggling emotionally, physically and financially just to make it to tomorrow. We have had to trust in the Lord like never before. But praise God, we serve the God of restoration! By His grace, we have been called to be His children and we have hope for a future because our heavenly Father always has a plan to heal and restore His people.
Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 10:23
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.
The devil tries to trick you into thinking “this is my life and I can do what I want with it”. We know that the devil is a liar and that kind of thinking only leads to sin. The truth is, your life is not your own, you belong to God. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and surrendered your life to God you became a new creation. God has a plan for your life and He promises to guide and direct your steps in the way you should go. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and the Holy Spirit will take you down a path of truth and obedience that leads to an eternity in heaven.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
There are going to be times when you say, “God, I don’t understand why this is happening.” That’s when you must learn to accept that you will not always understand everything God is doing. That’s when you just have to trust that God has a plan and that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Life is not always going to be easy but if you learn to trust God with all your heart you will have peace, joy and happiness in this life no matter what is happening around you.
Verse of the Day: Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Today’s society teaches that independence is the goal but what we need most is to be dependent on God almighty. If we learn to trust and hope in the Lord, He will give us physical strength when we’re weary and power when we’re weak. More importantly, He will strengthen our faith. Even if we have faith the size of a mustard seed that’s enough to get us through because the power does not come from our faith, it comes from our God. Yet, the more we depend on God and have faith in His power, the more our faith will grow. Depend on God, have faith in His power, promises and provisions.
Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 31:8
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Everyone has days when they feel discouraged. You might be having a really bad day when nothing seems to go right and you just feel like giving up. Those are the kind of days when all you can do is turn to God and give it all to Him. When you do, He reminds you that no matter what you’re going through He is with you and He will never leave you. He will always be there to guide you, to strengthen you and to protect you. Trust in the Lord and He will give you the courage to keep on going.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
When you have a real relationship with God, He changes your heart. You start to feel freed from anger, worry and envy. You have peace in your heart and a hope that makes you joyful. But a heart that envies the happiness, prosperity and success of others exhausts the body and soul. Don’t let envy steal your peace and joy, don’t let it affect your spirit or your health. Count your own blessings and be happy for the blessings of others. Trust in the Lord, what is meant for you won’t pass you by.
Verse of the Day: Isaiah 26:4
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Building trust takes time but the more you get to know God, the more your trust in Him will grow. When we think about a rock we think of something solid, strong, supportive and able to withstand pressure and when we call a person our rock they usually have the same attributes. God is the same way, you can always rely on Him and when you truly trust in God you will experience the perfect peace that comes from knowing that He is in control. Worrying doesn’t change a thing, instead of focusing on your problems put your efforts into getting closer to God. Let go of worry and let God have His way in your life.
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.