Father, thank You for another day to live and bless Your Name. I choose to pray without ceasing, to honor You, acknowledge You and follow Your leading. Keep me close to You today as I keep my heart and mind on You in Jesus’ name. Amen 1 Thessalonians 5:17
God gave you breath to breathe. He woke you up this morning. He told your heart to beat. He is The One that sustains you.
When you have the right perspective, it is AWESOME. God has protected you from things you know nothing about. The disappointment, the loss, it may not have been easy, but you are still standing, still healthy, still blessed. If it had not been for The goodness of God, where would you be? Sometimes you build an altar simply for the fact that you’re still here. The enemy couldn’t finish you off. You may be up against some big obstacles, but God is saying, “Am I not The God that parted the Red Sea? Am I not The God that closed the mouths of lions? Am I not the God that gave Sarah a baby at ninety? Am I not The God that has brought you this far, that has protected you, promoted you, favored you, made ways where you didn’t see a way?”
Jesus Christ is The same yesterday and today and forever.
“For I The Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from The Father of lights with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
God is not Man, that He should lie, or a son of Man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?
The grass withers, the flower fades, but The Word of our God will stand forever.
Of old You laid the foundation of the Earth, and the Heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but You are the same, and Your years have no end.
If we are faithless, God remains faithful— for He cannot deny Himself.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is The everlasting God, The Creator of the ends of the Earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.
Forever, O Lord, Your Word is firmly fixed in the Heavens.
The counsel of The Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the Earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You have established the Earth, and it stands fast.
“For God so Loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
To The King of ages, immortal, invisible, The only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost give grace to me; to stand blameless before You to the end of time in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Abba Father, Your was at the beginning of all things. You spoke the seen from the unseen. Hallelujah, glory LORD. Immortal God, Hallowed be Thy name, Amen.
In deference, I give you honor for You are The Holy One of Israel, for thousands of tongues give You worthy worship Lord, Amen.
“Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.”
God give me grace to stand secure in Your holy hill with a holy heart, in Jesus’ name.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity: and cleanse me from my sin, in Jesus’ name LORD. Amen.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most shall abide the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of The Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in Him will I trust, in Jesus’ name. Psalm 91:1
Faithful Father, I plead that you place on me the robe of righteousnessness and make me a partaker of Your awesome glory in Jesus’ name, Amen.
My prayer is that we all answer “Blessed!” Amen. Then, I am led to ask “what are your plans?” Commit to The LORD whatever you do, and your plans WILL succeed. The LORD works out everything for His Own ends– even the wicked for a day of disaster. The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished!
And we pray:
O Lord, my Heavenly Father, I praise Your holy Name. I pray for Your will to be done in my life and in this world, for Your way to rule here on Earth as it does in Heaven. I’m not in control, Lord, You are, even though that is often hard for me to admit and accept. I’m releasing what comes next into Your hands, O Lord, and trusting You fully. I want to step into whatever path You lay before me, even when it looks different from what I thought I wanted. For I know You have bigger plans for my life, so I submit my life totally to Your will. I will trust and obey You with an eager and joyful heart. Father, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.
Most important is the will of God! I have learned in recent times the TRUE meaning/implications of “Father, Thy will be done in MY life, Amen.”
Claim it, state it, live it, Amen.
One much overlooked fact is Paul in his ministry at times would attempt to go places to preach but would not be able to!
Most significantly, our path IS predetermined BEFORE we were born. We make the mistake in not listening to The Spirit!
Throughout redemptive history, one sad theme runs consistently. God sets his favor on the Israelites as his treasured possession, makes a covenant with them to bless them, and they break their part of the covenant. It is a sad illustration of the human condition that God’s own people, rescued from bondage in Egypt by the mighty hand of God, forget again and again his faithfulness and goodness to them, turning instead to false gods and the wickedness that goes with other religions.
God is perfectly holy, and while he routinely shows his children mercy and is patient with them, his holiness eventually leads to the necessity of disciplining his people. Whenever he does, he always returns to restore them and bless them once again because of his lovingkindness and mercy for them. In Joel 2:25, God promises not only to resume blessing, providing for, and protecting his chosen ones who have failed, he even promises to restore what was lost in the destruction brought upon them by their sin and rebellion.
This is a sweet promise for anyone who has suffered the consequences of their sin and fears that they cannot recover what was lost. God is a kind and merciful Father to us who will not discipline us more than is necessary and longs to restore us in our relationship to him, and in the blessings we enjoyed by his hand.
#1 “I will repay you…”
If God promises to repay, you need no collateral. If only we would believe the promises of God and live accordingly. This promise is meant as an encouragement for a chastened people. When the Father disciplines his children, he stays his hand at just the right moment. And here, he promises not only that the discipline will come to an end, but that restoration is his intent.
#2 “…for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm…”
In the time the Israelites were living out their dispersion for their rebellion towards God, they and their lands were being laid waste, as though locusts of various kinds and swarms were having their way on the livelihood of God’s children. God seems to be promising that the blessing that will follow will be proportional to the discipline received. This is an amazing kindness because their punishment had not been strong enough even to fit the great crime of their rebellion. God is merciful. He is also generous.
#3 “…my great army that I sent among you.”
There is no army that God does not have sovereign control over. God promised to unleash an army upon Babylon for their part in the affliction of his people.
“You are my war club, my weapon for battle—with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms.”
“Our God is a consuming fire.”
He can make wars begin and he causes them to cease (Ps 46:9).