Scripture: “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:2-3
Observation: God weighs the intents of the heart and not the action or impact of his actions. Faith and dependence should be on Him. Leave all with Him.
Application: Such a timely word… I want to return to that compassionate place. Intent matters. God can heal wounds, repentance and grace are available, and just when I was so sure of what I was feeling, God brings light to my life. Feelings truly are temporary. I feel such love in place of what was once pain. For my family… for the girlfriend of the man who brought harm against me, and even for that man himself, who sought to only do evil towards me. I release myself from the burden of what he did. God has set me free, now I will walk in that freedom. I’m no longer his victim. I’m a child of God, an overcomer, and I have overcome. I want to walk in honor, honestly and in a raw way. I want to heal with my words and actions, and when God weighs my intents and motives, I want Him to see love.
Prayer: God, thank You! Thank You for not only seeing my heart as it is, but for seeing something in me that I didn’t and still don’t always see in myself. Thank You that You hold me to a high standard and for Your amazing grace every single time that I fall short. Thank You for lifting me up in such a way that humbles me instead of tearing me down when I most deserve it. Your love is pure, Your faithfulness is true, and Your grace is sufficient. Reveal to me the assumptions I’ve made and help me to make it right. Thank You for Your healing and for loving me more than I could possibly wrap my mind around. Continue to do in me what You’re doing and lead me in the way You would have me go. You have made me free, now I ask that You help me be the vessel that is usable for encouraging and healing others. I lift up my family to you… my parents, sisters, in-laws, husband, and children. Surround them all with your loving embrace, exactly where they are. Protect them and bless them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” Genesis 15:1
When God makes a promise, He is faithful to His Word. He does not lie or make false statements; He does not claim to be something and not follow through; He is true to His Word and as such He protects us and is our reward when we are near to Him.
Confirmation to what I’m hearing. God is my shield and my reward. I might fail daily at keeping to my Word, whether to my children or my husband or my friends but God never wavers in strength or integrity. He stands firm and doesn’t waver. He is a mighty God above all creation.
Lord, I am mesmerized by You and I long to be more like You. How far I am from Your likeness but how great a goal to have! I pray I only take one day at a time and not jump ahead of Your plan for my life… how far from You I stray when I do such a thing. Be with me and guide my every step in Jesus name. Amen.
Abram was called to obey and he did so immediately.
Revelation 22:11-12 tells us that God will give to everyone according to what he has done. God has called me out and many may not understand but obedience is not only what’s to be expected, it’s rewarded; such a reward will come with Christ! We are to concern ourselves with our own behaviors for we control those alone. I have seen a glimpse of the glory of God and I mustn’t risk missing his blessing because of disobedience again!
Lord, I thank You that my sins have not separated us. I thank You for Your forgiveness and I trust that what I do is all for Your glory. Continue to speak to me and allow me to grow in You. Remove far from me any un-forgiveness that remains and reveal to me my faults so I can take action, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
Brought from repentance and being full of the Holy Spirit, I was led into the wilderness. During that time in the wilderness, God had planned for me to fast and I didn’t listen. It is because of this disobedience and the consequences of sin that I have learned the following lessons from the Lord.
If the enemy questions, “if you’re a child of God then hasn’t God given you a free will to choose whatever it is that you want to eat?”
As Jesus, I am to say to him: “It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
And if the devil gives a momentary glimpse of a kingdom full of seemingly precious things and questions “will you worship me for all of this?”
As Jesus, I am to say to him: “Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Then if the enemy brings you to a place of being loved by man, and questions “don’t you trust that God will never leave you nor forsake you?”
As Jesus, I am to say to him: “It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
Then, the devil will depart for a season but he will return. Therefore we must obey God, stay on our guard, and continually stand firm against temptation.
Lord, be with me and bring this to my remembrance!
“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” Genesis 6:22
I am faced with the prompting of the Holy Spirit to return to the call on my life from year’s past and follow Him in obedience. As such, I must refuse the distractions that surface as an attempt to take my focus off of God. Even as Noah was misunderstood; perhaps ridiculed, taunted, threatened, mocked, and scorned, I too must continue faithfully to what God has instructed of me.
The serpent deceived, the woman listened, and the man took part. After living in the garden, they would have to suffer the consequences and leave their shameless life.
When we stop looking to God for the answers and seek after a loophole, we can convince ourselves of anything. We then must stop pointing fingers and take responsibility for the sin we ourselves have committed and live with and through the outcome of those choices.
Lord, it grieves me to know that I sinned against you and that I now must live with the consequences of my sin. Help me in my grief and forgive me of the wrong I have done. Bless me and keep me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
His children are His beloved. They are always cared for.
In trying times, I am to remember that God cares for His children in an unimaginable way. With as much as I love my own children, He loves us even more.
Lord, I pray over all of Your beloved tonight. Be with the lonely and the grieving, be with the sick and the hurting, be with those who are experiencing trouble and are tired… be with them all and bring them comfort in Jesus name. Amen.