Hold You Head High

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Romans 8:35-37

Your Encouragement

For the love and absolute security you have in Christ Jesus, worship Him this morning.

Step out in confidence of your eternal standing in Him, knowing that nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus—the love that sent Him to Calvary. Jesus did not suffer the pain and humiliation to abandon you when things get rough. No!

You may be suffering through rough and trying times now. Things are hard. School fees, bills, empty tables, a job situation, health issues, Covid, even death—all these are pressing on you and causing you sleepless nights. But you are not alone in them. The Lord who promised to be with you through the waters, the rivers, and in the fire is your faithful companion (Isa. 43:2). He will never leave nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5).

You have conquered by Christ’s victory on the cross, and you will continue to overcome every situation that confronts you by the power of His Spirit until He comes. His grace is sufficient for you (2 Cor. 12:9).

So, go out today and display the glory of God that is in you through Christ Jesus, your Lord. His strength will carry you. And remember: You are a prince of the Eternal Kingdom of God. Therefore, hold your head high!

Shalom

Prevailing in Righteousness

Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “You go first, for there are many of you. Choose one of the bulls and prepare it and call on the name of your god. But do not set fire to the wood.”

1 Kings 18:25

For Meditation 

Numbers do not count with God. What matters is a steadfast heart devoted to Him and His holiness. God does not need an army to display His glory. He does not depend on the roar of the multitude. The lonesome voice of a faithful saint is more than enough.

Many times, we feel overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of our opposers. They swarm around like killer bees and drive us to take cover. Stepping away from everything godly and fearful that our identity may deny us some privileges and recognition in high places, we blend with the crowd and live defeated. But our God is not a wimp.

Baal had four hundred and fifty prophets, together with four hundred prophets of Asherah, on Mt. Carmel. But the Lord had one committed prophet representing Him in the contest. Baal proved to be a dead god. He could not respond to his prophets (1 Kings 18:25-29). But God! He prevailed! (36-38). 

“The fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice (38).”

God is alive and responsive to His dedicated servants who stand against the pervading idolatry and moral decadence of our day. Of course, we do not contend as the world does. Whenever we become like them, we betray our identity as representatives of our gentle and humble Savior (Matt. 11:29), the chosen Servant of God (12:17-21). 

The weapons of our warfare, our way of life (2 Cor. 6:7; Eph. 6:10-18), have divine power to dismantle strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4). We deploy them by standing boldly against the rising tide of evil in our time, sacrificed on the altar of God, and bearing spiritual fruit that brings glory to the Father in Christ Jesus (Gal. 5: 22-23). Amen!

Are you an Elijah?

Being Like Your Father

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 5:7

Your Encouragement

We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7).

So, let us go out today, sowing mercy in every field, that we may harvest an abundance of His unfailing compassion that is new every morning. For great is His faithfulness (Lam. 3:22-23).

As you show mercy to others, you take on the character of God (Ex. 34:6-7; Matt. 18:26-27).

What a way to honor Him!

Shalom.

Get the Negative Vibe Out!

“Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him.

Matthew 9:24

Your Encouragement

Jesus is in the house of Jairus to raise his dead daughter. The gathered crowd irritates Him. He orders them out of the house, goes into the room, and wakes the little girl back to life!

Sometimes, your sympathizers could be the problem to matters of faith. The crowd that gathered in the house of Jairus was a pack of sympathizing, but unbelieving, mourners. They did not believe what Jesus said about the situation of the girl (24). They mocked Jesus because they had no faith in Him. Those sympathizers were nothing more than a source of discouragement, which was detrimental to Jairus’s faith. He trusted Jesus and had defied all odds to get Him. Nothing should stand in the way of his blessing. Sometimes, that is what our sympathizers can do to our faith.

So, what are the negative vibes in your life? Who are the people in your circle of friends who have no faith in Christ—particularly, those who profess faith in Christ but cannot trust Him for any extraordinary thing, great or small? They are not helpful to your faith, my friend.

Maybe it is time to get them out of your life and allow the Lord to do what He came to your house to do—to bring life back to your dead situation.

Faith In Our All-Wise God

“When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on … Go to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, and all the way to the great Euphrates River. Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”

Deuteronomy 1:6-8

For Meditation

Why is it so difficult to take God at His word? This question makes the account of the twelve spies the Israelites sent into Canaan interesting to read (Deut. 1: 22-23).  

Moses tells us that after a prolonged stay at Mt. Sinai, God commanded the Israelites to go up and take possession of the Promised Land (Deut. 1:6-8). When they reached Kadesh Barnea, Moses repeated God’s command to go up and take the land; and not be afraid(21). But the people did not trust the Lord enough to take Him at His word. Rather, they were fear-stricken. They preferred to know the general conditions of the land before the attack. Often, we want to assess our chances before doing what God tells us to do. 

At the people’s request, Moses sent twelve men to spy on the land (Deut. 1:22-23). It becomes clear from Moses’s narration that the people proposed the idea. It sounded perfect to Moses, so he took it to the Lord, who approved and commanded it (Nu. 13:1-2). That resolves the supposed contradiction of the two accounts.

The frightening report from the spies incited a rebellion against Moses. As a result, God condemned them to the harshness of the wilderness until all the men of military age who left Egypt died (Nu. 14:20-35). What they sought to know caused their doom. What a fatal mistake when we cannot take God at His word!

Unfortunately, the situation has changed little for us today. Many Christians cannot take God at His word. They want some evidence before they believe, a trend that has given birth to the proliferation of many false prophets. But we live by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). And “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). 

God may choose to reveal certain things to us before an event. That’s His gracious prerogative. But in His infinite wisdom, He keeps many things from us and asks us to trust Him. The Israelite experience is not an excellent model for our walk with Jesus. So, may we learn to trust Him in everything! 

Can you do that without evidence?  

Your Sin Before the Other Sickness

So, they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

Luke 5:17-20

For Meditation

Why did Jesus choose to forgive the paralyzed man before healing him? His friends brought him to you for the healing of his obvious problem. So why this “your sins are forgiven” business, Jesus?

The core of all human sicknesses is sin. That’s the Eden story and the legacy of our first parents. The men presented two situations to Jesus to deal with, but they knew only of one. No one goes around singing, “I am sick with sin.” The only person who knows the suffering of the unrepentant sinner is God. So, Jesus, by dealing with the sin of the paralytic man, demonstrated His deity.

Sin is weightier than any physical illness. It has eternal consequences. Physical infirmities discomfort us for now but follow no one into eternity. The sin situation of the man was the priority, and the Master Healer made the call.

 By choosing that route, Jesus dealt with the heart before the body. Just think about the day your partner forgave some serious offense you thought would end your relationship. Feel the lightness and joy when the forgiveness lifted the burden from your conscience! Only the paralytic knew what Jesus had done for him. He is the only one who felt the joy the forgiveness brought to him. And that is what Christ does the best. He forgives our sins and then brings vitality to our bodies.

So, bring your sickness to Jesus for healing, and receive grace to meet your needs. But be ready for the shock of your life when He touches your heart first for cleansing. And can you still love Him if He chooses not to deal with your physical malady?

Unconditional love! That is the heart God desires from us, and that which receives special grace.

Be Still in God’s Presence

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Psalm 48:10

For Meditation

The world is in turmoil and uproar. Distress and uncertainty have invaded almost every home. At such a time like this, I want to encourage you with the message and promises of Psalm 46. It speaks to such a time like this and brings God near you for comfort, encouragement, and strength.

God is your refuge. Never forget that!

He is your ever-present help at this time of need.

So, don’t be afraid.

Though democratic governance seems to be giving way to anarchy, and the whole world order is convulsing, and COVID-19 has hijacked our known way of life, God is on His throne.   

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God,

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.” (v.10)

The Lord Almighty is with you, my friend, even as you step out today.

The God of Jacob is your fortress (v.11).

So, you are covered!

Pray through this Psalm and receive His peace to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Amen!

Have a blessed day.

Your Strength and Guide

For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me.

Psalm 31:3 ESV

Your Encouragement

If there was ever a need for stability in our lives, it is now. If ever a time for assurance of safety, today is it.

Praise God you have both in Jesus, your resurrected Savior, and King. He is your Rock, the Anchor of your life. On Him, you have unspeakable peace (Eph. 6:15 Phil. 4:7), and in Him, you’re safe (Prov. 18:10).

For His name’s sake, Christ will lead and guide you in everything when you look to Him for direction and guidance. The Holy Spirit is in you to assure and ensure that. Just trust Him.

Have a blessed and confident day in Christ Jesus.

Shalom

Benediction

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen!

Good morning, beloved of God.

Have a restful weekend in Him.

Shalom, and good morning.