Month: October 2022

October 22nd – Psalm 29:11

Psalm 29:11

God’s Promise – “I will give you My strength and bless you with My peace.”

In todays climate everyone is over stressed, anxiety filled, and fearful for the future. That’s why we could all use a heaping dose of strength and peace. Life is difficult enough without trying to navigate it alone. My heart aches for those who do not know Christ as their Savior. For they have only themselves to rely on. Only themselves to turn to for comfort, guidance, and security. But thankfully as Christians, we can take refuge in the Lord. For He will never forsake nor disappoint us. Instead the Lord takes our weakness, and gives us His strength. A strength that can overcome any storm and win every battle. And the peace He offers, supersedes even the greatest deluge. For He is our eye in the hurricane. And when we stay centered in the Lord, no lightening bolt, thunder clap, or howling wind, can shake the perfect peace found in the Lord alone!

October 21st – 2 Corinthians 9:8

2 Corinthians 9:8

God’s Promise – “I will meet all your needs so you can overflow with good works.”

There is a Chinese saying that goes, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” In Luke 22:26-27 Jesus makes it abundantly clear that the greatest in God’s sight are those who humbly serve others. And so important is helping one another, that God equips us with everything we need to carry out His work. 1 Peter 4:10 tells us that each of us has received a special gift. And we are to, “employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Jesus performed the ultimate good work with His death on the Cross. And now because of His sacrifice, we receive the grace of God. So out of thankfulness for our Lord, how could we not take every opportunity of every day to share God’s grace through a good work for another!

Lipstick On A Pig – Proverbs 11

Proverbs 11

If there ever was a man who knew about women, it was Solomon. 1 Kings 11:3 tells us, “He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines.” Talk about a harem! And from his experiences with these many women, he came to this conclusion, “As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a beautiful women who lacks discretion.” (Prov. 11:22) That’s quite a statement since pork was utterly detestable to the Jewish people! But unflattering as Solomon’s simile may be, it reiterates the message found throughout the Bible. God wants our beauty to radiate from within.  …

October 20th – Psalm 34:7

Psalm 34:7

God’s Promise – “My angels will surround all who fear Me.”

From His unfailing love, God never leaves us to fend off the attacks from the Enemy on our own. That’s why He dispatches ministering angels to protect His children who trust in His name. But even greater still, we have Jesus Christ encamped around us. Our great Shepherd, He’s a watchman who never sleeps, and is always there guarding, protecting, and rescuing His flock. For God promises that the eyes of the Lord are toward those who fear Him and His ears are open to their cry. He will deliver His people from their troubles, and “redeem the soul of His servants.” So let the wolves howl and the storms rage. Because as He did for His people of Israel, the Angel of the Lord has set up camp with His sheep. He goes before us as a barrier between the righteous and the evil. No wickedness can penetrate His fortress and no enemy can sneak past His watchful eyes!

October 19th – Psalm 91:4

Psalm 91:4

God’s Promises – “I will cover you with My feathers and protect you with My wings.”

We all need a refuge. But sadly, in times of trouble, some seek comfort through alcohol, drugs, food, relationships, or money. But these worldly sanctuaries are nothing more than paper houses that crumble at the first sign of an approaching storm. Yet those who take shelter in Jesus, have an unshakable refuge which can withstand even the greatest typhoon. Isaiah 40:31 compares God’s loving care to that of an eagle. Mighty warriors who protect their young, eagles carry their eaglets away from danger. They fly high above the clouds where the sun shines and no storm rages. Just like that eagle, God carries us on His wings providing all we need to soar through even the toughest of times. And from His unending faithfulness, when we abide in God, we are completely protected under His shelter of strength, love, and grace. And I can think of no safer place to be!

October 18th – 2 Corinthians 10:4

2 Corinthians 10:4

God’s Promise – “I will give you My power to destroy spiritual strongholds.”

The Bible describes a spiritual stronghold as a wrong belief which is strongly defended or upheld. Slowly formed over time by the lies of the Enemy, strongholds are used to keep us in bondage and under Satan’s thumb. “Spiritual strongholds begin with a thought. One thought becomes a consideration. A consideration develops into an attitude, which leads then to action. Action repeated becomes a habit, and a habit establishes a power base for the Enemy….(Elizabeth Elliot) But as children of the Most High, we can break down even the strongest fortress of the Enemy. And no wrong thinking or sinful barrier stands a chance. For we have the full armor of God at our disposal. (Eph. 6:14-17) And when we are covered head to toe in our Christian uniform, there isn’t a stronghold that can withstand the full might and power of Almighty God!

October 17th – Exodus 14:14

Exodus 14:14

God’s Promise – “If you remain still, I will do your fighting for you.”

Like the Israelites, we too are on an exodus. We are partners with Jesus who leads us on our journey to the Promised Land of Heaven. And, just like the Israelites, our exodus requires trust, faith, and obedience. Trust that no matter the challenge, God has already secured the victory. Faith in God ‘s promise, “The Lord is the One who goes ahead of you; He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deut. v. 31:8) And the obedience to not take matters into our own hands, and risk sinning against God. For He tells us in times of trouble, let Him do the fighting. Because nothing is more powerful than the Lord. And no battle can overcome Him. So even if we find ourselves surrounded by a host of enemies, we can know peace. Because it is God Himself who fights for us. And while, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).

Rebekah – Saying Yes To God No Matter The Cost

As Rebekah hurried to bring the freshly prepared dishes to the dinner guests, she couldn’t help but overhear the conversation between the servant and her father, Bethuel. The gold bracelets on her wrists the servant had given her, clinked together as she placed the plate of smoked fish on the table. Rebekah admired the way they glistened in the candle light. And she listened as the welcomed servant told her father of the marriage proposal. …

October 16th – Luke 12:6-7

Luke 12:6-7

God’s Promise – If I look after the sparrows, I will certainly look after you.”

With rising food, oil, and energy costs, people are worried. But as Christians we know that from His great love, our Father in heaven promises to provide for our every need. Look at the sparrows. As one of His creations, God cares so much about the tiny bird, Jesus says that not one of them will fall unless God wills it. (Matt. 10:29) So how much more valuable are His children? The ones He painstaking created in His own image? Did you know the average person has around 100,000 hairs on their head at any given time? And God knows the exact number each person has. Because to Him, we are of great value. He loves us unconditionally, perfectly, and without end. As His beloved children, our Father in heaven cares about every part of our lives. He is deeply devoted to everything He creates. And how thankful are we that even if the whole world rejects us, God never will!

October 15th – Zephaniah 3:17

Zephaniah 3:17

God’s Promise – “I will sing over you with loud shouts of joy!”

We are often our own worst critics. Instead of seeing ourselves as marvelous works created by the hand that created all things, we focus on our flaws and imperfections. But that’s not how God sees us. Our Heavenly Father created every inch of us head to toe. And He loves us just the way we are. No matter if we are short or tall, skinny or fat, blonde or brunette, we are precious to God. So precious in fact that He sings great songs of love over us. Too many times we fall prey to the lies of the enemy who tells us that we are unlovable, unusable, and unworthy. But that’s far from the truth. Just ask God. For He looks at us through the eyes of a loving, forgiving Father and sees nothing less than a most wonderful part of His perfect creation! So remember to whom you belong, and who calls you His. The One whose heart shouts with joy just at the mere thought of you!