But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live (Numbers 33:55 NIV).
This was an instruction to the Israelites who were about to enter the Promised Land. So it does not hold a physical relevance for us today. But … Read the rest
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him (Exodus 3:19 NIV).
God is concerned for you. He has already dispatched His message to deliver you from whatever is holding you in bondage and slavery. But that does not mean that the king of Egypt is willing to let you go so easily. That is why you struggle. That is … Read the rest
Create in me a pure heart, O God (Psalm 51:10a NIV).
This is a sincere prayer coming from the heart of a repentant man. He is desperate in his prayer. He knows that God alone can create in him a pure heart. When these conditions meet together, God can create in you too a pure heart.
To pray to God to create within you a pure heart you first of … Read the rest
Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not of their delicacies (Psalm 141:4 NIV).
Make this your prayer every single day: “Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil.” Why is this so important? It is important because evil is on the increase everyday. Its increase shows itself with a difference too. … Read the rest
They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins (1 Kings 18:30b NIV).
Are you expecting to see God come back to your life in a mighty way? If so, the first step is to repair the altar. You may have allowed it to lie in ruins for long. Now is the time to start seeking God in earnest by repairing the altar … 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
If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared (Psalm 130:3, 4 NIV).
Forgiveness of sins is the bridge that God builds. It opens the way for you to get near God. There is no other way. So look to God. Cry out for His mercy. For you cannot earn His forgiveness. But, it is … Read the rest
He relents from sending calamity (Joel 2:13z NIV).
Are you fearful of God’s judgment falling on you? If yes, then there is still hope. God can relent from sending calamity. The word “relent” means agreeing to something finally after initially refusing. It also means a softening of attitude. So, there is a possibility that God would accept your prayers and stop sending calamity on your life.
The prophet Joel speaks … Read the rest
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9 NIV).
If this call never came! What would have happened? Think about it. Hope would die; killed instantaneously and without mercy.
“Where are you?” Most of us would dread such a call from God. It is true that He calls out to us because we are hiding. We are hiding because we have sinned. We are hiding … Read the rest
I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl (Job 31:1 NIV).
There are many agreements made in this world. It is usually between two or more parties. But here Job is making an agreement with himself. That sounds strange but it is true. He made an agreement with his eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.
The eyes are one of the most … Read the rest