So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Mathew 11:28 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
When we encounter setbacks and failure and thus feel sorrow and pain, God will heal the pain in our heart, and guide us to cast off hardship. Have you ever had a time in your life where you felt overwhelmed by the things of this world? Where life seemed so hard and no matter what you did, things just wouldn’t go right?
We are allowed to come to God personally; there is nothing between Him and us. The first thing that Jesus says to us is, “Come to Me…”. I know and very well remember that in my life when I tried to do everything with my own strength alone it did not turn out well.
God wants to set you free and give you rest from the torture you are under. God can take the addictions of your life if you let Him. For some people, it will be instant, and for others, it will be a process.
The COVID-19 has brought depression to many life’s. Depression robs you of the ability to enjoy life and not only hurts you mentally but physically as well. God wants you to live a full life and is able to heal your mind as you take those steps of faith to find His rest. Jesus makes an extraordinary offer to all who hear Him. Jesus gave an invitation to all- if you’re struggling and tired, I can give you relief.
Our burdens are not simple, they are not relieved by simplistic platitudes, but a simple promise can relieve a complex burden, provided we believe that the power behind the promise is complex and strong enough to relieve our heaviness.
Jesus does not give us “10 Ways to Relieve our Weariness,” like the motivational coaches offer in the 21st century where Americans are drawn. Jesus simply offers himself as the universal solution to all that burdens us. We all bear burdens and become weary, but in different ways, for different reasons, and often at different times. When we are weary, we are easily discouraged and can be given to cynical unbelief. So if you are weary, for whatever reason, however complex, Jesus invites you to come. Come, take his light yoke of believing in him.
At whatever stage of your life you find yourself, The life of faith is a constant coming to Jesus for daily, hourly, and fresh supplies. Always set aside part of each day to talk with God, thanking Him for who He is and what He has done for you.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14
Patient endurance as we wait for the Lord to work in the difficult circumstances of life, encourages our faith in God.
We need to confidently wait for the Lord to act on our behalf, faith is often tested in those long and painful seasons of life when patient endurance is called upon, we should submissively wait on the Lord’s promises to be fulfilled, in prayer and praise and thanksgiving. Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God’s time to help those that trust in him, is when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are or can be.
The main lesson which the book of psalm 27 verse 14 is designed to convey is “Wait on the Lord”. Wait at his door with prayer; wait at his foot with humility; wait at his table with service; wait at his window with expectancy. Lately, I have become one of those people who waits until the last minute to board a moving bus. I have shared about my life in previous messages.
God has our seat assigned – He knows the route and the destination. There is a certainty – we will go. He will take us forward. He will fulfill His promises to us.
Waiting involves eager expectation, but expectation that is tempered with the understanding that God – in His time – in His way – will move – but only when it’s best to do so.
Henceforth, how firmly are we convinced that God will fulfill His promises? How strong is our faith in God? Those who are mature in their faith know that God does bring the victory and they are willing to wait for Him.
Waiting on God means expectation.
God gives us times of waiting, to prepare – to take stock of the resources He has given us. To equip ourselves – to regain our focus.
Waiting on God means that we are preparing – to be ready with what He has given us because He will fulfill His promises. He will answer our prayers.
Father in Heaven, I lay my life upon Your altar, to be dead to what the entire world would try to offer, and alive in whole hardheartedness to You. This is a time of my consecration and commitment to You alone. In Jesus name.
Psalm 37:7 –
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
Relying on God is man’s greatest wisdom. The Bible teaches about relying on God and the Gospel helps you learn to rely on God in any difficulty and danger and gives you confidence and power.
Instead of worrying and envying, in the book of Psalm David counseled us to trust God and work for His glory. When we look at the prosperity of the wicked we are often distracted.
I remember the days when I failed in several businesses.
I started international courier cargo in 2013 and failed.
I started Marine container leasing in 2014 and failed.
I started a civil construction company in 2014 and again failed.
I started a business in Inland water transportation 2014 and failed.
I started a Stock broking company and then failed again in 2016 while I was trying to establish my contract labor company for construction business.
I failed and became miserable with all debts in 2017.
I saw many who were behind me and saw me as competitors who are well established today and living the best of their life.
But there was something I strongly believed was that I must live and work as God had planned for me. I strongly believe that I will succeed but must follow God’s plan. I met with a severe accident on 19 November 2019 and was unconscious for 3 days. My family members were informed but God had a plan, since then and till now I am driving things with the Glory of God the Father, in times of pandemic every nation has its own conditions and repercussions to address the issue, but we need to understand how God wants us to behave with each other. I have now new people in my life who are helping me find a new job, there are people who are trying to understand my business concept there are people who followed me and looking for opportunities to fix me so that I can move to US as I was cheated by an attorney from New York for H1-B VISA. The Bible teaches us and counsels us of God, to leave all worry and envy and enjoy the blessings God gave us. This means to cheer the heart and mind by considering and by faith receiving multiple blessings of God……
The reason many believers do not delight in God is that they do not know him very well, and the reason they do not know him very well is that they do not spend time with him. Do not think first of the desires of thy heart but think first of delighting thyself in thy God. If thou hast accepted him as thy Lord, he is thine; so, delight in him, and then he will give thee the desires of thy heart.”
If you have God for your ‘enduring substance,’ you can face all varieties of conditions, and be calm, I have no business, for instance, to expect God to save me from the natural consequences of my own worldliness. If I have taken up a course from eager desires for earthly good without due regard to His will, I have no right, when things begin to go awry, to turn round to God and say, ‘Lord! I Wait upon Thee to Save Me.’
He who has delighted in the Lord, and committed his way unto Him, can venture to front whatever may be coming. The person can claim from his faithful Father the protection and the peace which He has bound Himself to give.
This will be blessed then to leave all the possible to-morrow with a very quiet heart in His hands!
In His Glory
John 16:12-13 – I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
Grace is God choosing to bless us. It is His benevolence to the undeserving. God shows both mercy and grace, but they are not the same. Mercy withholds a punishment we deserve; grace gives a blessing we do not deserve. Grace is God giving the greatest treasure to the least deserving—which is every one of us.
The question we are left with is whether we will listen to the Spirit and be open to newer and deeper understandings of our faith and to the implications of Jesus’s revelation for us today.
Jesus has been explaining the coming and work of the Holy Spirit. That includes the ways in which the Spirit will “convict” the unbelieving world.
A recurring theme in the Bible is that God understands our weaknesses.
Jesus told us that He would convict the world of the Sin. We learned that His mission to the world was to expose sin, expose their false righteousness, and expose the fact that judgment is coming for all who are not in Christ.
Here in the book of John chapter sixteen verse twelve to thirteen the things that Jesus still needed to tell his disciples was that they would require supernatural understanding. This was the thing they currently did not possess. They would, however, possess it very shortly once they all received the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, our Lord tells us, He will guide us into truth.
In this verse Jesus is explaining us something ——–Well!! — Our Lord tells them that He has much more to say. His revelation is not finished. He wants to tell them many more things and He will through the Holy Spirit…….
It is not that the Holy Spirit will be leading all Christians into new and additional truth.
Jesus tells His followers that the Holy Spirit will speak to them the things He hears from God. The other issue that lies under the surface here is the fact that God’s Word will function as the Holy Spirit works to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. It is God’s Word now accompanied with the Spirit that does that in the hearts of lost people.
All the truth that God wants humanity to have will be taught by the Holy Spirit. There are more things about God than are contained in the Bible.
However, everything we need to know about God is given to us in the Bible.
How do we understand God’s wisdom?
Open your Bible and you get God’s Wisdom.
Do we understand that Jesus said heaven and earth will pass away but My Word will not pass away?
Remember Nelson Mandela’s famous quote, we are made for greatness? I am the beloved of the Father!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the glorious plan that You proposed before me and the foundation of the world. Keep me focusing on the immediate and to rest of my life with confidence in You every moment of the day, in Jesus name,
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.
When we feel weak in our faith in difficulties, we need God’s presence; when we feel fear facing frequent disasters, we are more in need of God’s presence. The following Bible verse about God being with us and related content will help you find the way to obtain God’s presence. Men of encouragement like Moses are a blessing.
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Since we are searching for the footprints of God, it behooves us to search for Gods Will, for the words of God, for His utterances—because wherever there are new words spoken by God, the voice of God is there, and wherever there are the footsteps of God, God’s deeds are there. Wherever there is the expression of God, there God appears, and wherever God appears, there the truth, the way, and the life exist. Moses assures Israel of the constant presence of God with them.
The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of men’s hearts and meets them by reproofs and correction. The people who preach the word, know not the imaginations of men; but God, whose word it is, knows perfectly.
The book of Deuteronomy addresses something that we all need to understand. What does it look like to live in the light of the grace of God, the grace of God that is most powerfully brought to us through the person and work of the Lord Jesus?
Well, my friends, kindly understand, what God wants me to do with my life. So, every day, I must live with a “God’s mentality.”
Jesus was able to complete God’s commission—the work of all mankind’s redemption—because He gave every care to God’s will, without making any plans or arrangements for Himself.
Those who serve God should be God’s intimates, they should be pleasing to God, and capable of the utmost loyalty to God, regardless of how other people treat you, you always walk the path you should walk, and give every care to God’s burden.
When Job first underwent his trials, he was stripped of all his property and all of his children, but he did not fall down or say anything that was a sin against God as a result. He had overcome the temptations of Satan, and he had overcome his material assets, his offspring and the trial of losing all his worldly possessions, which is to say he was able to obey God as He took things away from him and he was also able to offer thanks and praise to God because of what God did. Such was Job’s conduct during Satan’s first temptation, and such was also Job’s testimony during the first trial of God. In the second trial, Satan stretched forth its hand to afflict Job, and although Job experienced pain greater than he had ever felt before, still his testimony was enough to leave people astounded. He used his fortitude, conviction, and obedience to God, as well as his fear of God, to once more defeat Satan, and his conduct and his testimony were once more approved of and favored by God. During this temptation, Job used his actual conduct to proclaim to Satan that the pain of the flesh could not alter his faith and obedience to God or take away his devotion to God and fear of God; he would not renounce God or give up his own perfection and uprightness because he faced death. Job’s determination made a coward of Satan, his faith left Satan timorous and trembling, the intensity with which he fought against Satan during their life-and-death battle bred in Satan a deep hatred and resentment; his perfection and uprightness left Satan with nothing more it could do to him, such that Satan abandoned its attacks on him and gave up its accusations against Job that it had laid before Jehovah God. This meant that Job had overcome the world, he had overcome the flesh, he had overcome Satan, and he had overcome death; he was completely and utterly a man who belonged to God. During these two trials, Job stood firm in his testimony, actually lived out his perfection and uprightness, and broadened the scope of his living principles of fearing God and shunning evil. Having undergone these two trials, there was born in Job a richer experience, and this experience made him more mature and seasoned, it made him stronger, and of greater conviction, and it made him more confident of the rightness and worthiness of the integrity to which he held firm. God’s trials of Job gave him a deep understanding and sense of God’s concern for man and allowed him to sense the preciousness of God’s love, from which point consideration toward and love for God were added into his fear of God. The trials of God not only did not alienate Job from Him but brought his heart closer to God. When the fleshly pain endured by Job reached its peak, the concern that he felt from God gave him no choice but to curse the day of his birth. Such conduct was not long planned, but a natural revelation of the consideration for and love for God from within his heart, it was a natural revelation that came from his consideration for and love for God. This is to say, because he loathed himself, and he was unwilling to, and could not stand to torment God, thus his consideration and love reached the point of selflessness. Thus, he elevated his faith and obedience to God and fear of God to the level of consideration and loving. He did not allow himself to do anything that would cause harm to God, he did not permit himself any conduct that would hurt God, and did not allow himself to bring any sorrow, grief, or even unhappiness upon God for his own reasons. In God’s eyes, although Job was still the same Job as before, Job’s faith, obedience, and fear of God had brought God complete satisfaction and enjoyment.
The group of people whom God will gain are those who know God; that is, those who know His practicality. Furthermore, they are those who are able to submit to God’s practical work.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
The Holy Scriptures are the word of God. When God sets it home by his Spirit, it convinces powerfully, converts powerfully, and comforts powerfully. It makes a soul that has long been proud, to be humble; and a perverse spirit, to be meek and obedient.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
The work Jesus did was in accordance with the needs of man in that age. His task was to redeem humanity, to forgive them their sins, and so His disposition was wholly one of humility, patience, love, piety, forbearance, mercy, and loving kindness. He blessed humanity richly and brought them grace in abundance, and all the things that they could possibly enjoy, He gave them for their enjoyment: peace and happiness, His tolerance and love, His mercy and loving kindness.
But now, we are lacking in faith and the ability to differentiate things and we are always unable to understand God’s words and His intentions.
Well!! do not be discouraged, do not be weak, God will make things clear for you. The road to the kingdom is not smooth; nothing is simple! You want blessings to come to you easily.
Today, everyone will have bitter trials to face. Without such trials, the loving heart you have for God will not grow stronger and you will not have true love for Him. Even if these trials consist merely of minor circumstances, everyone must pass through them; it is just that the difficulty of the trials will vary from one person to another. Trials are a blessing from God. Many of us come often before Him and beg on our knees for His blessings. We always think that a few auspicious words count as His blessing, yet we do not recognize that bitterness is one of His blessings.
In a year 2020 and 2021 where we have experienced a great deal of suffering and death, it is likely that we can relate to the trials. Our faith may be weary, weak, and shaken. The COVID-19 pandemic unveiled the pandemic of health and wealth inequalities, racism, and sexism.
The book of Hebrews encourages us to remember that in our difficult times, tie a knot and hold on. Hold on to the confession with faith. The risen Christ is the assurance of this faith. If it is the confession of our faith that makes us Christians, we should consider what it means to be called this name, take on this title? For one, it means that we have inherited a name that is, above all names, a more excellent name.
God’s grace is revealed like a father to his children, He really wants what is best for us. The word of God does not say that “Okay, I am going to wreck your life, I’m going to take away all your fun because I can do it because I’m the authority. The word of God is about, God who says, “I want you right here, right now, to know the best that life can be for you because I love you, I want what’s best for you.”
The Bible teaches us another thing, that the best things that we need, we cannot earn; they are God’s gifts to us. You cannot earn the wisdom; you cannot deserve the beauty of what you learn from the Gospel. It is dropped down on us because it is from the God of awesome mercy.
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Those who share in God’s bitterness will certainly share in His sweetness. That is His promise and His blessing to us.
God has always declared man’s rest to be in him, and his love to be the only real happiness of the soul; and faith in his promises, through his Son, to be the only way of entering that rest.
But those who do not believe, shall never enter into this spiritual
Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever……. Amen
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
The book of Psalm calls upon people of all nations to worship God with reverence and joy. No matter what troubles we meet, whether from earthquakes, floods or wars, or in today’s time we see the pandemic of COVID-19, the person who trusts in God is not overcome by them.
The economists of the World states that this economic crisis will be bigger than Great depression of 1930, the financial crises will impact bigger than 2008.
My friends, but the person who trusts in God is not overcome by them.
Every new year brings us 365 days of uncertainty. Every new day brings us 24 hours of uncertainty. But every second of every hour of every day, God’s presence and power in our lives is available to us. What does the future hold? It really doesn’t matter,
The book of Psalm 46 was Martin Luther’s favorite Psalm. During the dark and dangerous periods of the Reformation, Luther would turn to his trusted friend Philip Melanchthon and exclaim: “Let’s sing the 46th Psalm, and let the devil do his worst!” It inspired his great hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”
Israel’s people had heard of God’s marvelous acts in the past; now they have seen them with their own eyes, The citizens of Jerusalem are proud of their city, but they are prouder still of their God who has preserved it.
God is for us as a place to which we may flee for safety; a source of strength to us in danger.
The book of Psalm 46 verse 1-3 The word “help” here means aid, assistance. The word “trouble” would cover all that can come upon us which would give us anxiety or sorrow. The word rendered “present” means rather, “is found,” or “has been found;” that is, he has “proved” himself to be a help in trouble. The word “present,” express the idea, that He has always “proved” himself to be such a help, and therefore, we must confide in him. It was true in the most eminent sense that God had always been found to be such a helper, “therefore,” there was nothing to fear in the present distress.
We must know that if God is our refuge and our strength, we don’t need to fear. People can you know come around with all kinds of doomsday notions and prophecies, but it shouldn’t stir us. It shouldn’t worry us. I wouldn’t blame God if He did shake off my business into the Pacific Ocean. And I think He would be justified in doing so. But my trust is in God, always. Now, I don’t care where life takes me, we can’t really escape. We can’t really run from danger. Face it, living is dangerous. No matter where you are you are surrounded with danger, and you can’t really hide from danger. What you can have is the security of God, no matter what calamity or catastrophe may befall. Your life can be hiding in Christ,
I remember December 2016, when Government in India imposed policy of demonetization, I had started a business in Construction Industry as I had a passion to start my own Shipping Vessel operation for Oil and Gas business, I had a government contract order of $11 Million. I lost business, I lost respect, I lost credit worthiness, I joined a job in 2017 at a small grade and salary which I use to get in 2013. God gave me a chance to renew in 2018.Since God has been generous to me, I teach people to be generous.
As I said we can’t really run from danger. Face it, living is dangerous. No matter where you are you are surrounded with danger, and you can’t really hide from danger.
This Pandemic has taught us to think back of the glorious Kingdom Age where they will beat their swords into plow shears and their spears into pruning hooks, and they will study war no more. The glorious thousand years of peace upon the earth as we dwell together in God’s glorious kingdom. Living together in that glorious age, where righteousness covers the earth as waters cover the sea.
Oh, what a glorious anticipation we have of that, neat time. Living on this earth, rejuvenated for the glorious kingdom of Christ.
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Just be still. Know that God is going to work His purposes. The day will come; He will be exalted.
Let Us Pray
We need to know that what we have received comes from you – Father. We thank you that when we give, you are able to meet our needs, meet more than our needs. You are able to meet the needs of others and bring glory to your name, so we surrender all and give it to you.