“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).
Every child of God faces difficulties from time to time. In fact, when we’re living through difficult days, sometimes it seems like they will never end. The Lord Jesus warned us of the difficult times. He said, “In this world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
Have you ever noticed why so many of the people mentioned in the Bible are remembered so well? When you think of David, what comes to your mind? Probably the giant, Goliath, right?
When you think of Daniel, what comes to your mind? Probably the lion’s den, right? When you think of Paul and Silas, what comes to your mind? Probably the time they were put in prison for preaching about Jesus. In the midst of great difficulty, these and others received strength and courage through their relationship with God. You and I can do the same.
We also can be victorious in life through an intimate relationship with Jesus. He will strengthen our hearts. May the people of Maple Spring CoB be people of great courage. May our faith in God conquer our fears!
January 28, 2019
Did you ever feel like quitting? Did you ever feel like giving up on life? I’m sure all of us have had that feeling at one time or another. Sometimes we just want to run away from it all.
In the Old Testament we read of a man named Jonah who “ran away.” He ran from the will of God. Many times the reason for our unhappiness is that we somehow got out of the will of God. Jonah said, “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction. I remembered the Lord and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.”
At times we need to be reminded just how much God loves us. He wants to bless us, have fellowship with us and use us to advance His Kingdom. So when you feel like giving up, cry out to God for help. He will bring healing and strength to you. “Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; For He will abundantly pardon.”
Have you felt like giving up recently? Have you wanted to run away, like Jonah? Spend some quality alone time with God. Let Him remind you of your purpose.
Now please read Psalm 46:10.
January 15, 2019
“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,” (Isaiah 26:3)
There is a search and a cry today for world peace. That search is often frustrating because nearly every day we hear and read of acts of terror and violence.
Just as the search for world peace often seems frustrating and hopeless, so is our search for personal peace. It seems that often times our problems arrive in bunches. Is your heart and mind free from anxiety and fear today? Is peace in our mind and heart even possible today? Yes, it is indeed!
The Bibles states that “God is Spirit,” (John 4:24). We are also spiritual beings and the Spirit of God wants to speak to your spirit. That, my friends, is when you begin to experience peace of mind.
We all need to schedule time alone with God so we can hear Him speaking to us. Jesus spoke to the storm and said, “Peace, be still.” (Mark 4;39). The Bible states that “the winds then ceased and there was a great calm.” Jesus then asked His disciples, “Why are you so fearful?” (Mark 4:40).
I don’t know what “winds” or “storms” you are facing today. However, I do know that the Holy Spirit desires to speak to your spirit and cause you to experience a “great calm.” All you have to do is to call on Him. Give it a try and see what happens.”
“Be still and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10)
January 7, 2019
Did you make any new year’s resolutions? How are you doing with them? I read this sign recently, “May your troubles last as long as your resolutions.” Some people laugh at New Year’s resolutions, but it really would be to our benefit to take some time out to allow God to reveal to us areas in our life where there is room for improvement.
Jesus said, “Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” The only way we can live better lives and experience victory over sin and Satan is to yield our mind and spirit to God’s Holy Spirit and let Him live through us. He then becomes our strength, our helper, our wisdom and our source. You will never be able to keep your new year’s resolutions or make any improvement in your life at all on your own. Only when you fully surrender your will and spirit to the Holy Spirit will you experience a positive change. God is your biggest cheerleader. He wants you to succeed. He wants you to have an excellent future, but it’s our choice and decision to yield to Him.
May you experience a very blessed and productive year this year!