I am the God of Bethel (Genesis 31:13a NIV).
God remembers His encounters with you. He also reminds you of them. Here, Jacob is reminded of Bethel. God goes one step further and says, “I am the God of Bethel.” Thus God was owning that experience of Himself that Jacob had at Bethel in a very special way. It was at Bethel that Jacob had the dream of a stairway … Read the rest
There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 31:6 NIV).
What is fascinating in this verse is the changed role of watchmen! By duty, their role is to stand guard and report of any sign of danger. But here a day is spoken about when they will be encouraging people to … Read the rest
He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful (Isaiah 30:23a NIV).
This is a promise which should put hope in the heart of all sowing God’s Word. Many times you might have been discouraged seeing no results in your ministry. Some get so discouraged that they stop sowing seeds altogether. This … Read the rest
See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills into chaff … But you will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 41:15, 16b NIV).
God is a God of possibilities. He changes you so much to enable you to take up new challenges in life. … Read the rest
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2 NIV).
Have you called to God? If not, this is the time to do so. It is when you are overwhelmed by life’s troubles, doubts, and worries, that you need to call out to God. Do not think that help is … Read the rest
No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5 NIV).
What was God trying to do in Abram’s life by changing his name? The shift in meaning can explain it to a great extent. Abram means exalted father while Abraham means father of many. Now the question is, why this change?
Abram was already … Read the rest
“The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty (Haggai 2:9a NIV).
The first problem with the people of Israel was one of neglect. They had neglected the rebuilding of the temple of the Lord. God punished them by withholding blessings. Then encouraged by the prophets they started rebuilding the temple of the Lord. But then the second problem … Read the rest
The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly (Isaiah 60:22 NIV).
There is a key to understanding the way that God’s blessing and increase comes. It is the phrase, “in its time.” There is a time that God has set for opening the floodgates of heaven to bless you. Your duty is to … Read the rest
This is what the Lord says to his anointed, … whose right hand I take hold of … to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you … (Isaiah 45:1,2a NIV).
This is part of a famous prophecy about King Cyrus whom God used to rebuild the temple of Jerusalem. Though it refers particularly to him, its message is applicable to you … Read the rest