Thursday, August 25, 2016

Meditate with Power!


Give Thanks and Praise!


Psalm 116:17   I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord.  

Meditate on God’s Word!   Today we intercede on behalf of those that we know are struggling and today to give thanks and praise for God’s healing hand and power. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! Psalm 116:17-19  May we lift up our voices in praise to our God!  Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Psalm 117:1

God’s mercy and favor are beyond our understanding, His love knows no measure. You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You.29 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 118:28-29  Dear Father, we look for your strength in our lives today as we just stop to worship and praise your holy name. For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:14-17


Dear Father in heaven, strengthen us by your Holy Spirit and move the mountains in our lives, not by our own hands but by your power, mercy and grace.  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Meditate with Power!

God Hears!

Psalm 116:1   I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications.

Meditate on God’s Word!   King David knew about the power of prayer. He was anointed as King of Israel as a young man by Samuel the prophet and ended up running from King Saul who tried to kill him for over 10 years. In spite of running from Saul with his 300 men he could write these beautiful words of trust and reliance on God’s sovereignty over his life. I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2

The psalms contain some of the most deep and powerful prayers on trusting God, no matter what the circumstances are in life. The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” Psalm 116:3-4 David knew, in spite of the pain and at times loneliness that God was always with him. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116:5-7  As you personally wrestle with some of the deep issues in your life, take solace in knowing that God hears your every prayer and is there for you through the indwelling Holy Spirit and Jesus at the right hand of God the Father, until the moment He calls you home.

No matter what your circumstance is today, know that God cares deeply for you and all of your needs and just rest, meditate on this psalm and praise Him in this moment. It will be the best decision you will ever make. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! Psalm 116:17-19 Let God carry you today!



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meditate with Power!

God’s Sustaining Grace!

2 Corinthians 12:10   Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  

Meditate on God’s Word!   The Apostle Paul suffered more, took more beatings and was imprisoned for his courage to speak about Jesus to a world that didn’t want to hear the Gospel message. It was during his darkest hours that he just rested in knowing that he was in God’s will and that God’s grace would sustain him. He was even given some type of physical ailment that could not be cured, yet God sustained him through the suffering and the pain. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9  We will all die someday and not all of us will be cured of every disease. We are to live in the promises of the Word that yes God does heal, spiritually and physically. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

However, the most important thing we can learn is that the greatest lessons are sometimes learned in the darkest and toughest times in our lives as we rely on God’s sustaining grace. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9  Let today be a day of just leaning, resting and waiting on God to deliver you in the area of your need through the power of the Holy Spirit. Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:2-5


Let God’s sustaining grace carry you today as you rest, hope and wait for the power that comes through the Holy Spirit to meet you in your time of need. Our Prayer: Dear Father, help me to see Jesus at your right hand interceding for me today and help me to rely on the Holy Spirit dwelling within me to give me the strength I need to serve you today. In Jesus name.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Meditate with Power!


God’s Provision & Power!


Jeremiah 33:3   Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’  

Meditate on God’s Word!   The Bible is full of stories of hope for those who faced unbelievable circumstances in life. The key to each of these situations being resolved is when the person ran out of strength and called out to God. The Apostle Paul tells us of a situation in life that God allowed in his life that he could not overcome in his own strength.  And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 2 Corinthians 12:7


He asked God to help him overcome this situation in his life.  Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9  It was in the darkness he found the answer to help by relying on God’s power, not his own. He found God’s strength in his weakness to endure and to overcome. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10



So the next time you are struggling and you don’t know how you will resolve the situation you are in, meditate on these words. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Meditate with Power!


God’s Plan & Power!


Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
 

Meditate on God’s Word!   No matter how hard the journey, how deep the loss or how hurtful the situation is in our life, God is there right beside us on our journey.For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11  It is as we call out to God in our time of need that he responds.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13  


God has promised to show us great and amazing things as we cry out in our hurt, sorrow and pain.  “Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord isHis name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:2-3 King David cried out to God. Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. 15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Psalm 50:14-15



The Apostle Peter cried out to God.  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. I Peter 5:6-7  Let God carry you today as you reach out to God the Father, the Holy Spirit and to Jesus in your time of need, and remember.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11,13  Let God Word, His promises and His love, grace, mercy and power carry you today!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Meditate with Power!


God’s Plan for Our Life!


Genesis 45:5   But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.  

Meditate on God’s Word!   Letting go of something you love is one of the hardest things to do in life.  A job, a home, a friend or a loved one can be taken away or moved out of our lives for reasons we may not see or understand. With Joseph, he could have taken the path of anger or bitterness but he chose to trust in God’s plan for his life in spite of some difficult circumstances. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. Genesis 45:5-7 To accept that someone who doesn’t like us and planned evil against us was allowed by God, perhaps to move us to a better place in life or to do something that God wanted us to do. It takes faith and a strong belief in God’s sovereignty over all things in life, including our life to be able to say.  So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Genesis 45:8  

All we can do in the moments when we doubt why evil has come into our lives is to rest in the promises of God and the example that Joseph left for us. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5 To know that God’s plan for our lives is better than anything we could ever plan for ourselves.   For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and findMe, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13



So if you are experiencing some tough moments in your life, know that God understands, cares and will give you the strength to endure as you focus on His strength, His grace, His Holy Spirit and His Son Jesus.   Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11,13 Let God comfort and strengthen you today!