Thought for the day #216
THE HIGH ROAD
Isaiah 55:8-9 (New American Standard Bible)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Our thought process often becomes confusing. The many situations that we face each day and the decisions we must make keep our minds very busy. Sometimes we have facts that are known and understood. Other times, we are dealing with situations with only limited knowledge. In either case, we find ourselves stretched beyond capacity to come to the desired decisions.
Isaiah certainly knew this as he wrote the above scripture. How comforting it is when our thoughts give way to the thoughts of our Lord. Recognizing that we cannot possibly think on the same level as our Lord; that our thoughts are not his thoughts, we find comfort and understanding when we turn to him.
The leadership of the Holy Spirit removes the pressure and confusion that so often leads us into bad decisions. He reveals God’s will to us. Many times he gives us an insight into the situations that we face. He not only lifts our thought process to a new level, he is able to implant his insight and wisdom within our mind.
The mind of Christ gives us the ability to live a victorious life in the will and ways of our Heavenly Father. We’re no longer limited to our frail inabilities. The all seeing God, who knows the future as well as the present, is able to lead us through the maze of human decision-making.
Right decisions come easily. Godly living becomes a daily experience. Peace and confidence replace worry and concern. Understanding transforms confusion into clear comprehension. Each day provides exciting experience that is filled with confident joy.
Why not seek the Lord for his direction? We can commit our way unto Him, knowing that he will lift us from the miry clay of confusion to the pathway of his perfect will.
My dear Heavenly Father, I have a hard time learning to seek your direction. Forgive me. I desire to seek your knowledge and understanding. I want to be directed by your Holy Spirit. Help me to remember that you know what I face and the decisions I must make. Your ways are better than mine and I want to walk in them. Please guide me in every decision I make. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Redeemer. Amen.
Thought for the day # 217
Deuteronomy 31:6 (New American Standard Bible)
6“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
Most everyone has enemies. Whether young or old, we’re confronted with those who would intimidate us and do us harm.
As Christians, we must remember that we are in spiritual warfare. Our ungodly enemy would love to destroy us. He often uses people to do his dirty work. Those who love the ways of darkness and evil are constantly seeking to inflict us with pain and defeat.
It is against our nature, as Christians, to think of such things. Nevertheless, the reality exists. Our opposition may seem very insignificant at times. It is often disguised in insincere friendship or acts of apparent kindness. Many have been deeply wounded by those who exercise such despicable characteristics.
Then, there are those who are openly adversarial. They rant and rave. Their actions are designed to intimidate or destroy. They love to impose fear upon those who would dare take a position of righteousness. They hate the light of God’s Holy Spirit. They love the ways of evil. Lying deception coupled with intimidation is their greatest tool. Their pathway is filled with destruction.
We must be strong and
courageous. We have no reason to fear for tremble. Surely our Lord God is
always with us. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and
Let us remember that God is constantly with us. Our Lord and Savior has conquered the enemy through his death and resurrection. He sent his Holy Spirit to lead and protect us. We are never alone. He is always with us. He never fails to protect his own. His strength and ability is imparted to his people.
Faith and courage belong to us. The enemy cannot overcome us. We are held in the hollow of God’s hand. Nothing can tear us away from Him. We can face every threat with bold confidence. Our Heavenly Father always delivers his own. Praise his name.
Dear Lord, it is so wonderful to feel your presence and protection every day. I sometimes lean upon my understanding and try to walk in my own ability. Fear and timidity overtakes me. I want to be courageous and fearless. Help me to remember that you’re always with me. I pray in Jesus name. Amen
Thought for the day # 218
Jeremiah 33:3 (New American Standard Bible)
3‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Most of us are constantly seeking answers. Life today has become so technical and complex that it leaves many of us wondering what questions to ask. Our mind is constantly seeking new insight and understanding.
This is true of spiritual things as well. How often have we asked God about things that we do not understand? We want to know more about prophecy. Our mind is filled with curious questions about his Word, or how the talks to us. The search for His will and purpose is an ongoing process.
Scriptures that we do not understand haunt us like an unsolved mystery. We want to understand more, to know the future and all of its ramifications. Our soul hungers for deeper insight into the ways of God. Our questions are endless.
Surprising answers are available to us every day. God says to call upon him and he will answer us. He promises that he will shows great and wonderful things, mighty in nature, things that we do not know.
Perhaps you’ve asked Him such questions before, only to find that you did not understand his response. Or, maybe you didn’t hear Him answer at all. Are you aware that God promised to answer us if we call upon him? Is it possible that we have limited His answers to the realm of our present understanding?
God wants to reveal himself and his promises to his people. He wants to share his plans for us, to reveal his glorious ways and his powerful abilities. He wants us to ask, to seek and diligently wait upon him, for surprising revelations and answers that we do not know. Surely, He delights in opening our understanding of his truth.
Be encouraged to call upon Him. Don’t hesitate to ask Him to reveal the mysteries of his wonderful Word. Let him stretch our mind and spirit to accept those mighty things that we do not yet know. With His help, we can experience a new and exciting life filled with surprising answers every day. He said, “Call on me and I will answer---”.
After we call, we must listen carefully. What we hear may amaze us.
Thank you, Father. I am so blessed to have the freedom to approach you with my curious questions. I want to know more of you every day. There are so many things that I want to understand. Help me to open my mind and my heart to receive the great and mighty things that you wish to show me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen
Thought for the day #219
WHY AM I TROUBLED?
Psalm 43:5 (New American Standard Bible)
5 Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
Tragically, despair is a constant companion of many. One’s very soul seems to quake at the challenges before it. The countenance is darkened and the spirit is heavy. There is no joy to be found. Hope vanishes into the mist of yesterday’s dreams.
The Psalmist, David, experienced such emotional and spiritual distress. There were times when constantly embattled by his enemies; he grew weary with the battle of life. He became very conscious of his vulnerability. He was overwhelmed with his frailty and humanity. But, he knew where to turn for his encouragement.
David walked with God. As a young boy he had learned the sweet fellowship of his Lord. He had experienced miraculous and supernatural power and ability. The Philistine had fallen at his feet. He had conquered the lion and the bear. God had proven himself to be faithful, adding strength and protecting him from danger. His trust was in the Lord.
Overwhelming emptiness, discouragement and despair can attack us as well. We become disturbed in our spirit. Our soul is filled with hollow turmoil. Our mind searches for help. We cry “Why is this happening to me?” as we agonize over our situations. As his chosen children, the sons of God, we too, have an answer.
Just as surely as God empowered David, preserving and protecting him, he has also ministered to us. His promises are sure. His Word is infallible. His truth endures forevermore. Let us ask ourselves why we allow such feelings to abide.
Our hope is in God. It has been proven through the many trials that we have passed safely. His intervention and miraculous provision has delivered us time and again. The many answered prayers certify his faithfulness. He is worthy of all our praise.
Let us rejoice and glorify his name, recall His blessings and faithfulness. As we fill our souls with the joy of victories past, we loose the bondage of despair. Praise and worship releases our faith. Hope is born anew. The disquieted spirit within dissipates into the fragrant anticipation of His provision. We become established in his fellowship. He is Lord. We are his children. He will never fail us. Praise his name!
Oh, Lord God, know my heart today. You know the heaviness of my spirit and the anguish of my soul. Lead me through this difficult time. I know there is no reason to doubt and fear. You have proven yourself faithful. You are my strength, my covering and my provision. I give you praise from deep within my soul. You are my Lord and Redeemer. I am established in you, O Lord. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen