“They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued … I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will walk,” declares the Lord (Zechariah 10:11a, 12 NIV).
The path of God’s restoration passes through the sea of trouble. Though the sea is vast and mighty, God demonstrates His power over it. He promises that the surging sea will be subdued. Your … Read the rest
The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it upon a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived (Numbers 21:8, 9 NIV).
Jesus referred to this (John 3:14, 8:28, 12:32). This incident is a … Read the rest
In that day you will say: “I will praise you, O Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me” (Isaiah 12:1 NIV).
This certainly refers to a time in the future when Jesus will rule the earth from Jerusalem. But blessed is the man who can praise God today and say that God has comforted him. Even though a man may … Read the rest
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “O Sovereign Lord, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes (Judges 16:28 NIV).
There is a God who remembers you when you cry out to Him. He is a God who hears the desperate cry of His children for strength. When Samson prayed, there was … Read the rest
But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved (Judges 16:22 NIV).
Are you in the prison of defeat today? Has your life which began with great promise, now changed to one of darkness? Was it your own neglect of walking closely with God responsible for the loss of strength in your life? Did you allow the idols of your heart and the love … Read the rest
I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth (Genesis 9:13 NIV).
God has set His rainbow in the clouds! In the midst of the clouds of doubt and despair; see, there shines God’s rainbow. Yes, it is in the clouds that God has kept the beautiful rainbow. When He sees it He remembers His agreement with … Read the rest
There Is No Flaw in You
All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you (Song of Songs 4:7 NIV).
There could be many truths condensed in this one statement. Definitely it reflects the happiness of a lover in his beloved. It could be that she is perfect in every respect; all that he had desired and hoped for in his bride, he sees in her. It … Read the rest
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare (Psalm 40:5 NIV).
Who plans for others?
Normally, parents plan for their children.
So, what does it mean when God plans for you?
It means that you are His child. And God … Read the rest
Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon (Isaiah 55:7 NIV).
With God, there is compromise with sin and wickedness. According to His eternal laws, those who sin earn its wages; that is death. The punishment of wickedness will certainly come to those … Read the rest
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, … But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. … and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:4a,5,6c NIV).
FOR YOU! Everything He endured was for you! You cannot afford to forget this … Read the rest