Friday, April 24, 2015

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You are not alone

"Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him." 1 Kings 19:18

In this portion of scripture, Elijah is on the run from the evil queen, Jezebel.  Jezebel is upset that God overcame the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:24).  Now she wants Elijah's blood.

Feeling discouraged and in the pits, Elijah is in hiding and begs God for death.  He believes that he is the only prophet walking righteously and being persecuted by Jezebel.  However, God lets Elijah know that he is not alone and that there are 7,000 prophets standing with him who have not bowed down to Baal.

Have you ever felt like Elijah, desperate and defeated?  Have you ever felt that you were the only person dealing with a particular problem and that you are alone?  Do not despair.  You are not alone.  One of the tricks of the enemy is the overwhelming feeling of being alone in a circumstance.   He will paint a gloomy picture that you are the only one "with this problem".  He will whisper thoughts that God has abandoned you.  You may become so depressed that you feel like your situation has no end.  I believe this is one of the main reasons people commit suicide. However, do not believe his lies.  You are more than a conquer through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37).

How do we break this loneliness you may ask?  Through the Word of God.  God challenges us to trust in Him and that we can even bear each others burdens (Gal 6:2).  We share our burdens with those we trust and who can stand in the gap and pray for us.  Pray, Trust, and Believe, and watch God deliver you.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Your plans vs. God's Plans

 “You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21.

God's Word lets us know that we can make all of the plans in the world, but ultimately, it is God's purpose that will prevail.  In our society, we are taught to be independent, critical thinkers.  We are brought up to value ourselves and to have minds of our own. Though these qualities and attributes are good, we must understand that God's Word has precedence.

We have to learn to seek God, His plans, and His purpose for our lives.  More often than not, His plans and our plans are a constant source of conflict.  This often cause delays and many years of unanswered prayer.  However, we will not have this conflict if we simply place our trust in God and submit to His Will.

 But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  1 Samuel 15:22

Scripture of the Day: Planning

 “You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21.

Mediate and ponder what this means to you.  Jot down any thoughts that come to mind.  Pray about any plans you have and see if they are in line with the Will of God.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Walking in Love

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fatten ox where there is hatred. Proverbs 15:17

I was so amazed when I first read this Bible verse.  I had no idea that this it even existed until I stumbled upon it the other day. This verse expresses the importance of walking in love.

Recently, I read an article about the amazing effects of love.  The article stated that food prepared with love actually tastes better.  However, there is a catch.  It is not the spices, ingredients, or skill of the person cooking.  It is all about how someone emotionally perceives the preparer of the food.  If one is receiving food from a loved one it will taste better than eating food from a person you do not like.  The response is very psychological.

Moreover, the article explained how medical procedures performed by a nurse who is perceived as kind and compassionate is less painful than a nurse who appears to be cold and mean.

Thus, Jesus says that we are the light of the World. As light, this means that we must constantly walk in love.  This means performing kind deeds, having an uplifting approach to life, and ushering unbelievers into the Kingdom of God.

"You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14