Zephaniah 3:17 says, "The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Saviour [Who saves]!
He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing..." and Zechariah 2:8b says "…for he who touches you touches the apple or pupil of His eye:"
There are many more scriptures in the Bible that tell us what God thinks of us, and what He can do in and through us. He sees you as a person with worth, a person who will go far in life and accomplish much for Him. He has a plan and a destiny for all people. It is a plan for good, and not for evil.
He has given gifts to each of us. God has planned much for you. He has given you a gift to develop and use for His glory. God thinks the world of you – so much so that He died for you. You are that important to Him. Maybe you could find some more scriptures that speak of our worth to God and His love for us.
BY M.S. Lowndes
WEDNESDAY - 06/05
Wednesday - 06/05
Wisdow gained - brings change
read Psalm 119:97-105
As we learn God's Word – reading, meditating and thinking of God's word – we gain great understanding. It also keeps us on the right path – so we don't stray.
We gain knowledge and understanding, not only of spiritual things, but also of things that are happening in our world. We gain insight into the reasons they happen.
Of course we won't have all the answers to every question raised, but the insight we gain is something that you cannot learn or get from the world. It is from God. One important thing to remember according to this passage is that it's good to read and meditate on scripture, but we need to apply it to our lives each day.
We need to be 'living by God's word' not just speaking God's word. Knowing God's word and living our lives by His word, gives greater understanding, greater insight and greater wisdom from God.
The wisdom gained from His word brings about change – a change within us that can have a greater impact on the world in which we live.
Every scripture is God inspired. It is what guides us in our lives, in our decisions, in instruction on Godly living, showing us wrong thoughts, wrong actions and wrong beliefs. We need to live our lives according to the Bible – God's Living Word. We need to have our thoughts and what we believe in line with the truth of God's Word.
If we get a new bike, but all the parts are in a box and we need to put it together ourselves, we need to read the instructions. If we don't read the instructions on how to put it together, we most probably will end up with a bike that may not work as it should and may even be unsafe to ride. It's the same with our lives. If we don't heed to God's instructions in the Bible, we may end up off track and even in unsafe situations. God's word is like a manual for our lives. We need to read it daily and go to it when we need help and answers.
FRIDAY - 08/05
Friday - 08/05
When God seems distant
READ Psalm 22:1-5
There are times we go through in life when God seems to be distant. We pray with what seems to be no reply. Even Jesus when on the cross cried out..."Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27: 46 I don't believe that God would turn His back and abandon us for good, as Hebrews 13: 5b says..."Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." God promises He will always be with us. But sometimes, we feel as though He's not.
Sometimes we may feel that God is not real, because we don't always feel Him, or He may not seem to answer our prayers. I believe these times are times where God is stretching our faith. He wants us to trust Him completely, even when we can't feel Him. Just continue to have faith and trust God in these times – then He will come through!
There are other times we may feel distant from God because we have done something wrong and need to confess it to God. Sins, that are not confessed, cause us to feel distant from God. If this is the case, just confess it and come back to God.