“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as [happened] in the rebellion [of Israel] and their
provocation and embitterment [of Me] in the day of testing in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tried [My patience] and tested [My forebearance] and
found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years.”
“Then while it is [still] called Today, if you would hear His voice and when you hear it,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion [in the desert, when the people provoked
and irritated and embittered God against them].”
Today is not just another day. Today is the day. We can’t change what happened in our past.
The future is too far away to make any meaningful change. What we have is today.
The Israelites sinned against God in the wilderness. they murmured, they complained,
they doubted, they envied, they tested God. He gave them chance after chance but their
hearts were hardened.
I don’t what your past has been like but know that “Today” the Holy Spirit is calling.
The past is the past. He wants to do something new in your life starting today.
You might be riddled by guilt but TODAY is a new day! The Lord is calling out to you.
Today is our second chance.
We messed up and messed up some more but today is our second chance.
A day can make all the difference when God is involved.
I have made mistakes,
I have made some bad decisions,
I have done a lot of dumb things in my life but as I read this scripture I believe God wanted
me to know today is a new day.
I don’t have to keep looking back at those things.
You don’t have to let the things of the past hold you back any longer.
God is calling you today!
And all you have to do is answer His call.
Don’t let today go to waste. Make the most of it by answering the Holy Spirit. In our own strength,
we will fail but with God, today can be a start of something great!
“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall or fail).
You can put it down now. You don’t have to carry that weight any longer. The Lord wants to carry
the burdens YOU are carrying. We go through life with the weight of the world on our shoulders
but that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. When we are under immense pressure we need to cast
it on to the Lord’s shoulders.
Remember, there is nothing too heavy for Him. There is no weight on earth or heaven that can
crush Him. Sometimes we carry our burdens because we think He will let us down and will abandon
us when we need Him the most but God is not man. He is always faithful and will never ever
let us down.
You will not slip, fall or fail.
This doesn’t mean there will be no bad days, days you feel like giving up, or days you feel hopeless.
It means through it all you will not be moved.
When you fall you will get up.
When your back is against the wall the Lord will come in and save you.
When you are in chains, the Lord will rescue you, free you.
You will not be moved because the Lord is with you.
Cast it all to Him. Don’t leave one single thing. Learn to walk light.
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns,
once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
1 Peter 5:7
Give it all to Him. Your worries, your concerns, your fears, your anxieties, and your troubles.
He will help you with all the trouble you face. He knows what you going through and will not leave
Turn to Him today!
Bless you, friends
“As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon
will I utter my complaint and moan and sign, and He will hear my voice.”
When we pray God listens but not only does He listen, He responds (He saves)!
Don’t hesitate when you are in trouble.
Don’t hesitate when you are confused and looking for answers.
Don’t hesitate when you are fearful.
Bring your requests to Him with full assurance that He hears you and will save you.
I was in trouble a few days ago and armed with this revelation I prayed. I asked God for help and
He heard me. I know He heard me because He helped me. The trouble I was in He fixed.
I don’t know where you are today but let me tell you that God hears your prayers.
God is not deaf. He knows what you need. He knows the battles you are facing.
He knows your every desire.
The enemy, on the other hand, wants us to believe that God doesn’t care, that He has forgotten about
us. But it’s not true.
Pray to Him always, no matter how small or insignificant you think your request is.
And if you don’t get an answer then go back to Him and ask Him why. There is always a reason
for unanswered prayer.
“O You Who hear prayer, to You shall all flesh come.”
Because He hears our prayer we go to Him. He wants to hear our prayers.
So today make your requests to Him known.
“So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, send me David your son,
who is with the sheep.”
David was in an isolated place away from people and yet Saul knew where to find him.
How did that happen?
He was alone for the most part of his day. It wasn’t the coolest, hippest place to hang out
I can imagine but it’s in that place that David’s relationship with God was developed. It’s in that
place he communed and worshipped God. He learned to trust God in that place. It’s in that place
he fought a lion and a bear and God delivered him from them both. (1 Samuel 17:37)
You might be in a place where people don’t see you or even recognize you but know this,
the Lord knows exactly where you are. Be patient where you are. The Lord is at work in you
and is directing your every step.
“Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse,
The Lord has not chosen any of these.
Then [he] said to Jesse, Are all your sons here? [Jesse] said, There is yet the youngest;
he is tending the sheep.
Samuel said to Jesse, Send for him; for we will not sit down to eat until he is here.
Jesse sent and brought him. David had a healthy reddish complexion and beautiful eyes and
The Lord said [to Samuel], Arise, anoint him; this is he.”
1 Samuel 16:10-12
David’s father forgot about David and had to be asked if he had another son but that will never
happen with God. Like I said before, He knows where you are.
Don’t despise the place you are in today. It might not be the most exciting place to be or the most
fulfilling and can even be frustrating but God has a plan for your life. He knows what He is doing.
“Now Eliab his eldest brother heard what he said to the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled
against David and he said, Why did you come here?
With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and
evilness of heart; for you came down that you might see the battle.”
1 Samuel 17:28
“With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?”
Did David’s brother have an understanding of what was happening in the wilderness with
those “few sheep”?
I don’t think he had the slightest clue.
The place of isolation was very important. It prepared David to fight Goliath and win!
It prepared him for the things God planned for him.
So today, don’t underestimate what God is doing in you and through you. He has not forgotten you.
He is working in and through the circumstances you are facing and even though it may seem like
you are alone you are not.
I was getting frustrated with where I was in my life but I began to realize that God was in total control.
He IS in total control and there is nothing that happens in my life or your life that catches
Him by surprise. You may have been in a place for a long time and it seems like things won’t change
but I am here to say that things will change for you. God is faithful and will not abandon you.
Man will let you down but not God. Look to Him alone.
He sees you in your place of isolation!
Bless you friends
I was deep in thought thinking about how I was going to make it.
Wondering how the bills would get paid.
Wondering how my life would turn out in the midst of such opposition.
As I thought on those things fear gripped my heart. I was afraid.
But it was at that exact moment that I realized something about fear.
Fear was not going to tell me everything would be okay.
I should expect no encouragement from fear. It is not an option thinker. All it thinks and
sees is negative. It’s not optimistic.
It will never direct me to God in any situation.
It wants me paralyzed.
It wants me to fail.
It doesn’t want me to see God.
It wants me hopeless and discouraged.
Fear chooses to forget God in difficult circumstances.
It can’t love, it can’t trust, it can’t hope.
It focuses on the worst possible outcome in any situation we face when it knows there is a better
outcome in God.
Fear ALWAYS sees the negatives in everything and CHOOSES to ignore the positives.
Or in other words, it chooses to see the dead ends, the failure, the death and refuses to see
light at the end of the tunnel, the hope, the answer!
And that is why we can’t listen to fear. As I let fear grip me, all I thought about
were the negatives.
But the truth of the matter is that there was another option.
There was a better and more positive outcome if I allowed my faith in God to take the lead instead of fear.
Let me rephrase that, there IS a better and more positive outcome…
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear),
but (He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind
and discipline and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7
As we walk out our faith in God, fear will always try to get in the way. It will try to disrupt the faith
we have put in God. Let us fight against fear no matter how long it takes.
This battle can’t be won in our own strength. We need God’s help to show us the areas we
have allowed fear to dominate us. We need His help to overcome Fear so we can move forward
in what God has for us.
The Lord is with us in this fight and leading the charge!
Bless you, friends.
“I asked the Lord for help, and He answered me.
He saved me from all that I feared. Those who go to Him
for help are happy. They are never disgraced.”
Psalm 34:4, 5
I needed to hear that today and thought you did too!
We need His help today and we will need His help tomorrow.
We simply have to ask for it and He will answer.
Life can be tough and unbearable at times but the Lord doesn’t want us going through it alone.
We should never get to a place where we deal with problems without Him. He cares about every
part of our lives and wants to help. He doesn’t like seeing us suffer.
He wants to bring to an end the things that are tripping us up. He wants to stop the trials
from having victory over us. He wants us to win. He wants us to be victorious.
Let me say this, the trouble you are facing today will pass because the Lord is helping you.
No matter how dim things appear they will get better. Trust in the Lord. He has got you.
He is on your side. The enemy will not win.
Ask the Lord for His help always.
Bless you, friends.
“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man,
that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He promised].
Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not
make it good?”
We have been let down on countless occasions. Heck, we have let others down on
countless occasions and the temptation is to look at everything through that filter.
But that is not the case with the Lord. He will never let us down. He will always keep
His word no matter what. He won’t back down or retract any promise
He made to you. The enemy might make you think God has given up on you but
He hasn’t. He loves you and won’t back down on what He promised you.
Don’t lose heart and don’t get weary in the waiting. God is faithful and will come through for
you. He has not forgotten about that problem you are having. He has not gone deaf to
your prayer. He hears you loud and clear and will help you. He is not a man…
He doesn’t belittle
He is not spiteful
He doesn’t abandon
He is not judgemental
Don’t think there is ever a time He gets tired of listening to you.
He is not a man…
Because He is not a man you can trust Him. He wants you to trust Him!
He will bring to pass every promise He has ever made to you. I know that’s a bold statement
but it’s true. It’s something I am coming to grips with as well.
You don’t need to worry.
He loves you and He is faithful to you!
Bless you, friends!
“Even when bad things happen to the godly ones,
the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated by what they face.”
Psalm 34:19 (TPT)
Life can be unpredictable. One moment you are having a great day then the next moment
something bad happens.
It makes me think of the time I had a car accident. One moment I was trying to sleep in the back
seat and in the next moment the car lost control. Thankfully no one was injured.
God saved us that day because at the speed we were going we
should have come out much worse.
But the thing is this, even though life throws curve balls at us God can be depended upon.
When bad things happen we can turn to Him for help because He will save us. No matter what
the enemy throws at us we will survive it because God is true to His word. We may fall but
we will also get up again and again and again. We won’t stay down.
If you are in trouble today pray to Him. He will help you.
He will save you from the trouble you are facing.
He protects us from every trouble!
Enjoy your weekend friends…