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The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
Sometimes I wonder after a long period of illness if God was punishing me for something I had unknowingly done wrong. But other times, I think that maybe I did nothing wrong, and the hardships I experienced were ways of teaching me wisdom and appreciation for good health, a good job, and a supportive family.
The Lord delights in us. He wants to see us happy and successful. He wants us to live a righteous life according to His purpose. We sometimes don’t understand why bad things happen, but we can have faith that one day He will reveal everything to us. Amen.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah – Psalm 62:8 NKJV
Trusting in God means letting go of worry. It is so easy to worry about our health, our finances, and our future, but God is in control, and we can trust Him with every detail of our lives in perfect peace.
When we pour out our hearts before the Lord, we share with Him our inner thoughts, challenges, and heartaches. Sometimes the stress is imagined, and other times it is real. God listens to everything and helps us put our agendas in perspective.
God created us to live a life of purpose. Our existence is not meaningless. Our creation was not a fluke. There is a design and a beauty to everything God creates, and we are created in His image. Amen.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
When I look back at ultrasound images of my son, it’s hard for me to believe he was that small. He’s a force of nature now.
When the Lord spoke to Jeremiah and gave Jeremiah confidence to become a prophet, Jeremiah didn’t feel ready until God gave him the words to say.
The Lord knows our purpose better than we do. He knows the future, present, and past.
When we feel anxious or worried, we can call upon Him and ask for peace. He always answers. He is a good listener. The Lord has plans for us, and all we have to do is follow. Amen.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. – Hebrews 3:1 NIV
When we fix our thoughts on Jesus, everything comes into focus. Our worries seem less important. Our exhaustion seems like it will go away.
The Lord wants us to follow our Heavenly calling. He wants us to know our purpose.
When we are tired, we can rest. We can pray that the Holy Spirit will direct us, and He will guide us to focus on what is important. Amen.
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about me. – John 15:26 NIV
The Holy Spirit is our guide and our advocate. When we are following a path in life that God did not mean for us to continue, the Holy Spirit helps us to course correct. He always steers us in the right direction.
We all have a purpose. The more we pray and study scripture, the more clear that purpose becomes. God does not bring people unto our lives by accident. He has a plan for us.
It is amazing when we have friends who support us. Talking to them encourages and strengthens us. We can appreciate the good people who are in our lives. Amen.
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. – Romans 8:29 KJV
God has a purpose for all of us. He even had a purpose for Jesus before Jesus was born. The Lord knew that Jesus would be the Savior of the world.
The image of Jesus was a humble one. He was born into poverty and placed into a manger. Most of us can say that we were at least born at a hospital, not in a barn!
When we start to think that we have to be more like other people to be successful, we can remember that we are the children of God. It doesn’t get better than that! Amen.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
We are creatures of habit. Many of our thoughts are similar to the thoughts we had yesterday. To transform our thoughts from negative to positive, we need the Holy Spirit to transform our minds.
When we spend time worshipping with other believers, we start to change our thoughts. When we study and focus on God’s Word, we shift from trying to merely figure out how to manifest more money to discovering how God would like us to serve others in a bigger way. Monetary rewards are not the only type of wealth, because in Heaven there will be no need for money or fame. The glory of God satisfies our souls and gives us a purpose. The work of spreading God’s love is one of the most important things we can do. Amen.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. – Ephesians 1:7-10 NIV
Communication that Christ blesses brings unity. Where relationships were broken for reasons beyond our control because of the actions of others, the love of Christ brings us together.
Jesus forgives our sins. Through His stripes we are healed.
He wants to lavish grace on us, but we have to choose to receive it. Instead of listening to the grumbling thoughts that the devil puts in our heads, we can remember the Lord’s wisdom, understanding, and will.
Jesus fulfilled the purpose that God meant for Him to accomplish on Earth. We can pray daily to the Lord so that we may also fulfill the purpose He intends for us as well. A life of purpose brings happiness. Amen.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV
God’s plans pan out. When He says something–commands it–it happens.
Our thoughts and plans don’t always match God’s purpose for us, and if we trust Him, He will redirect us back so that we align with the divine purpose He has for us.
The process of relinquishing control of our plans to God is sometimes frustrating. His timing is not our timing. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He can make decisions clearly and confidently. We can trust Him to lead us. Amen.
He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8 NIV
Good things and abundance come from the Lord. When we act justly and love mercy, we become closer to God in our walk with Him.
We can trust that when we show mercy, He will bless our lives in a much bigger way than what our limited minds can fathom. He has good plans for us, much greater than we know.
When He calls us to move, we can move. When He asks us to trust Him, we can know that He will never let us down. We can have peace that when we follow God’s purpose for us, we will be blessed beyond imagination. He renews and teaches us each day. Amen.