AM I GROWING OLD GRACE-FULLY?

PROVERBS 16:31-33: “Gray hair is a glorious crown; it is found in the ways of righteousness. Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s emotions, than capturing a city. The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Do you remember the day you graduated from High School? You were filled with youth, energy, and dreams. The world stood before you and you were ready to conquer it. Growing older was not even a consideration. You had your whole life ahead of you.

And, then it happens. One day you wake up and decades have past. You close your eyes and you are the same energy filled teenager. Then, you look in the mirror and you are greeted with the reality of life. Something happened along the way. You grew old.

This is the reality of everyone, even the young person who may be reading this. The question is not whether we will grow old. The real question is – will we grow old grace-fully? (The hyphen is intentional.)

Gray hair is the sign of old age. Yet, it is not necessarily the sign of growing old grace-fully. One’s gray hair is a crown only when they have employed their life in growing in righteousness.

  • “Gray hair is a glorious crown; it is found in the ways of righteousness.”

The world is full of gray haired individuals that got stuck somewhere in their youth and have been bound in bitterness and sin. The true crown of growing older is not simply wisdom – it is wisdom that is founded in righteousness, the righteousness of Jesus Christ. And, this righteousness is manifested in a transformed character.

This character is not the result of a miracle cream. It is the result of yielding to the Spirit of God in our life and allowing Him to mold us into the image of Jesus Christ. This inner transformation does not erase the evidence of years from our complexion, but it does erase the effects of sin from our hearts. And, it transforms our character and how we respond to the everyday issues of life!

  • “Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s emotions, than capturing a city. The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.”

The white hair of the soul is manifested in patient endurance. Patience in walking through the trials of life and patience in dealing with others. This patience refuses to take matters into its own hands. It turns all the concerns of life over to the Lord and trusts Him to work. This patience is the very presence of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit in our life!

The true crown of age is the willingness to surrender to the will of God in our lives. It is praying the prayer – “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, in me as it is in heaven.” The true crown of age is learning to seek God and His Kingdom first in every step we take and in every decision we make. It is walking after the Spirit, not lagging behind or running ahead. It is wisdom that is learned in righteousness.

When I look in the mirror now I sense what the Apostle Paul felt when he wrote these words,

  • “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:12-14 NLT

In reality, my hair is gray (well, at least my mustache is), but I am still working on my crown. I am not what I have been called to be and I am not what I used to be. I am in process. And, my goal is to finish my race with patience and grace and receive the heavenly prize, for which God, through Christ Jesus, has reserved for me.

Lord, You know I am still working on this patience thing. And, I struggle at times keeping in step with Your Spirit. I need Your grace! I want to grow old grace-fully! Pour out Your grace upon me today so that I can choose patience over power and Your will over mine.

In Jesus Name!

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WHAT I AM THANKFUL FOR…

PROVERBS 9:10-11: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Today is Thanksgiving! As we look over our lives there is so much to be thankful for. On the top of my list is my wife, my daughter, and my family. Then there are all the wonderful and dear friends the Lord has gifted and placed in my life over the years. And, there is His faithful provision for our daily sustenance. Yet, as I look over everything, there is one thing I am thankful for above all else.

It is the fear of the Lord!

To fear the Lord is a gift. It is the gift of salvation. It is when God opens our eyes and we see Him for the very first time. Paul saw the Lord on the road to Damascus and it changed his life. I saw the Lord as I knelt in my apartment in Fullerton, California, and it transformed me. It opened my eyes to see the one who created all things. And, when I saw the Lord through eyes of faith, I began to fear the Lord!

To fear the Lord is not a call to be afraid. It is an invitation to enter into a relationship of a daily unveiling of His glory and wonder. The word should actually be translated reverence or awe. When I put the Lord first in my life I am giving Him the reverence He deserves. I am fearing the Lord. And, this is the first step to all the wisdom and knowledge I need to live my life to the fullest.

Why is this the one thing I am most thankful for? It is because without it I would miss all the wonders and blessings of life. My life would be consumed with selfishness and sin. I would take for granted all the blessings in my life and I would not have the capacity to love others with the love they need and deserve. Yet, when I fear the Lord, His love transforms me. I become a better husband, father, and friend.

The fear of the Lord also teaches me how to live and respond to all of life’s situations. Just this morning I was praying over how to respond to a difficult situation. When I opened my Bible – there it was. As I fear the Lord I also put His Word first in my life. And, as I meditate upon His Word, He guides my steps safely and teaches me His wisdom and knowledge. This is not something you master like a skill you learn. This is a daily dynamic relationship that you need to maintain in your life. To fear the Lord is a daily walk after the Spirit and in His Word!

Finally, to fear the Lord has great benefits. It redeems the days of our lives. It makes every day count for His good purposes. It also brings longevity and blessing. To fear the Lord is the best thing you can do for your mind and your health. The blessings are without end. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, as we fear the Lord we walk in confidence, for we know what He has prepared for us!

  • “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.” Psalms 23:5-6 CSB

So, on this Thanksgiving Day, I pray that you too know the fear of the Lord. It begins as we place our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. And, it continues as we walk daily in His Spirit and His Word.

  • “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.” Psalms 107:1 CSB

In Jesus Name!

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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE FINISH LINE!

MALACHI 3:13-18: “Your words against me are harsh,” says the Lord. Yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?” You have said: “It is useless to serve God. What have we gained by keeping his requirements and walking mournfully before the Lord of Armies? So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape.” At that time those who feared the Lord spoke to one another. The Lord took notice and listened. So a book of remembrance was written before him for those who feared the Lord and had high regard for his name. “They will be mine,” says the Lord of Armies, “my own possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Have you ever wondered if serving the Lord is worth it? You look at the world and it appears that the evil prosper while the good suffer. Discouragement is quick to come to the door of your heart during these times of questioning. Like the boxer who seems to be losing the fight, you contemplate throwing in the towel.

In all of this – is God really paying attention?

Malachi is a book written to the remnant of Israel who had returned to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity, rebuilt the Temple, and once again begun settling in God’s promised land. Yet, it did not take long for them to forget the lessons they learned during their captivity. Soon, many began returning to their old ways. Their hearts were not right toward God, their worship, and their families. When God began to deal with His people in discipline they questioned their entire relationship with Him.

  • “…You have said: “It is useless to serve God. What have we gained by keeping his requirements and walking mournfully before the Lord of Armies? So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape.”

When we turn from the loving discipline of the Lord our perspective gets blurred. Instead of repenting they began to question God. And, then, like so many of us do, they began to compare themselves to others. Their conclusion was – “It’s useless to serve God.”

Yet, this was not the attitude of everyone. While the majority grumbled and complained, there was a remnant who remained faithful. This was the remnant who received God’s correction and stayed true to God’s Word. And, in this remnant we learn a beautiful truth. God is always attentive to their hearts and their prayers!

  • “At that time those who feared the Lord spoke to one another. The Lord took notice and listened. So a book of remembrance was written before him for those who feared the Lord and had high regard for his name.”

The Scriptures are replete with the promise that our Heavenly Father hears and attends to the prayers of the righteous. As the Lord looked down upon Israel, in the tumult of all the grumbling and complaining, He heard those who feared the Lord. He took notice and listened. And their names, their concerns, and their acts of obedience were written in a book of remembrance before the Lord. In all of our life, in all of our struggles, God is always listening and taking notice or our love and obedience.

And, there is a reward promised for those who remain faithful!

  • “They will be mine,” says the Lord of Armies, “my own possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”

There is a day of judgment coming upon the entire world. Yet, in that day the Lord will have compassion on those who have remained faithful. Whatever inequity may appear in this life will be washed away at the day of judgment.

For the church, those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is the hope of the rapture into His eternal presence, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, before the Great and Awesome Day of the Lord. For those who come to Christ during the Great Tribulation there will be the reward of heaven and receiving His robe of righteousness. And, for the restored nation of Israel there will be the promise of the Millennial reign of the Messiah as He restores all the promises and covenant to His people.

We always need to keep our eye on the finish line! It does pay to serve the Lord. He never forgets our sacrifice and obedience. The glory that is to be received can never compare to the momentary suffering we may endure for a season in this life!

  • “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 CSB

And, as we keep our eye on the finish line, we hold the promise of His remembrance and the promise of His love as an anchor through the turbulent storms of life!

  • “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 CSB

Lord, thank you for the promise of Your remembrance and faithfulness. As I look to the finish line – give me grace to walk in love and obedience.

In Jesus Name!

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THE POWER OF PRAISE!

HABAKKUK 3:17-19: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the flocks disappear from the pen and there are no herds in the stalls, yet I will celebrate in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! The Lord my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! For the choir director: on stringed instruments.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Have you ever stopped to consider the power of praise? The power of praise is a gift from God to us. It lifts us from our valley of despair and transports us to the mountain tops of faith and hope. One of the most powerful things we can do in life is praise the Lord!

Some misunderstand praise. They envision a power hungry God who simply wants his subjects to tell Him how great He is. This is a gross misunderstanding of praise. Praise is not an egotistical God who wants to be told over and over again how great He is. Praise is an all loving, benevolent God, who wants to share His glory and goodness with His creation. Praise is the invitation to love and be loved by the Creator of the universe.

The world should not be mystified by the power of praise. It is used every day in our places of work, our human relationships, and in the music that we listen to. Someone once wisely said – “You can attract more bees with honey than with vinegar.” Honey is the power of praise. It is the exchange of love and affirmation between two people. And, when that exchange takes place between a person and God, wonderful things begin to happen!

  • “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest. But you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in you; they trusted, and you rescued them. They cried to you and were set free; they trusted in you and were not disgraced.” Psalms 22:1-5 CSB

Like Habakkuk, the Psalmist felt like God had abandoned him. God seemed so far away from his current distress. He continued to pray, day and night, but the answer seemed always out of reach. And, then he began to give the Lord praise. When he did something wonderful happened. God enthroned himself upon his praises. Through praise the Psalmist exchanged his control and understanding of the situation for God’s. The result was a strengthening of his faith.

This too happened in the life of Habakkuk. Faced with the frightening expectation of the Babylonians conquering Jerusalem, all seemed bleak and lost. God seemed far away. And then Habakkuk began to offer his heart in praise to the living God. His sacrifice of praise was truly a sacrifice. He praised the Lord even without an answer from the Lord. In a moment it was no longer the circumstances that were controlling him.

  • “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the flocks disappear from the pen and there are no herds in the stalls…”

As Habakkuk set his heart to praise the Lord everything else became insignificant. His praise was no longer based on whether he received the answer he wanted. His praise was based on who God is, who He has been, and who He will be!

  • “…Yet I will celebrate in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! The Lord my Lord is my strength…”

And, as Habakkuk lifted his heart in praise to the living God, something wonderful happened. In the midst of coming judgment, in a time when he could not see or understand what the future would hold, his faith lifted him from his place of despair. He encountered the love of God as the Lord took the throne of Habakkuk’s heart and ruled over his concerns.

  • “The Lord my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! For the choir director: on stringed instruments.”

Habakkuk, as he began to lift his heart in praise to the Lord, received God’s strength and a fresh infusion of faith. His ashes were turned into beauty. In the place of mourning he received the oil of joy. And, his heavy heart was lifted by the garment of praise!

No matter what we may face, there is power in praise! Praise ushers us into the presence of the living God. It avails us of all the resources of His heavenly throne. It conquers the enemy and it refocuses our heart upon the one Who was, Who is, and Who is to come!

Praise changes everything!

  • “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 CSB

Lord, this morning, I choose to praise!

In Jesus Name!

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GOD IS PREPARING YOU FOR VICTORY!

MICAH 4:11-13: “Many nations have now assembled against you; they say, “Let her be defiled, and let us feast our eyes on Zion.” But they do not know the Lord’s intentions or understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will make your horns iron and your hooves bronze so you can crush many peoples. Then you will set apart their plunder for the Lord, their wealth for the Lord of the whole earth.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Have you ever felt like everything in life is stacked against you? You love and trust the Lord but the circumstances in your life seem to be mounting against you. And, in the midst of all this you wonder – “What is the Lord doing?”

God is preparing you for victory!

Micah wrote of the coming judgment of Judah for their sins against Yahweh. They would be taken captive by the nation of Babylon and the Temple would be destroyed. Yet, in his writings, as in many prophetic writings, he goes from the present condition to the future reality at the end of the ages. Verses 11-13 are such a transition.

In these verses we are faced with the final battle of battles – the Battle of Armageddon. It is a time when all the nations will rise against Israel. Israel will not be able to trust in any of their allies. The only one who will be able to deliver them is Messiah. In their weakness the nations feel they have the victory. Yet, it is in their weakness that they find their strength!

God is preparing them for victory!

  • “But they do not know the Lord’s intentions or understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will make your horns iron and your hooves bronze so you can crush many peoples.”

From the bleakest of circumstances, when all seems to be lost, God’s intentions for them is victory. And, His intentions for us are the same! Paul echoes this truth in his second letter to the Corinthians.

  • “We don’t want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of our affliction that took place in Asia. We were completely overwhelmed — beyond our strength — so that we even despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and he will deliver us. We have put our hope in him that he will deliver us again while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gift that came to us through the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 CSB

There are three important principles that we can glean from this account in Corinthians and the verses from Micah.

1. The enemy has designs for our destruction, but God has promised us the victory!

2. The Lord allows us to come to the place of weakness so that we will not hope in ourselves but in Him alone.

3. The turning point toward victory is not only our faith but the support and prayers of those in the church that He has placed in our lives. We are not alone!

This was not wishful thinking on the part of Paul. This was something that he lived out on a daily basis. It was proven out in his life.

  • “Concerning this (Paul’s thorn in the flesh), I pleaded with the Lord three times that it would leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 CSB

When Israel is surrounded by the nations at the end time, when there looks like there is no hope – God is preparing them for victory! When Paul was persecuted in every city that he traveled to, when he despaired of life itself – God was preparing him for victory! And, when all the circumstances in my life seem to be going in the wrong direction, I know…

God is preparing me for victory!

  • “He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and he will deliver us. We have put our hope in him that he will deliver us again while you join in helping us by your prayers.” II Corinthians 1:10 CSB

Lord, this morning, I thank you for all those who daily surround me with their prayers as I walk through the trials of my life. May I take blessed assurance that you are preparing me for victory. And, in this blessed assurance, may I stand in the gap for all those you have placed in my life, praying for their strength, and for Your grace to be poured out upon them in abundance!

God – lead us into Your victory!

In Jesus Name!

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AM I RUNNING FROM THE LORD?

JONAH 1:4-5: “But the Lord threw a great wind onto the sea, and such a great storm arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break apart. The sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his god. They threw the ship’s cargo into the sea to lighten the load. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down to the lowest part of the vessel and had stretched out and fallen into a deep sleep.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Have you ever heard someone say – “It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you don’t hurt someone else.”? This is usually said to justify an action that one knows is wrong. It is based on the misconception that we can sin in our own lives without impacting the lives of others. There are consequences when we run from the Lord!

We have all run from the Lord at some time in our life. It is not always when one backslides into sin. We can run from the Lord when God calls us to do something and we try to ignore His call. This is the type of running that Jonah was guilty of.

  • “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it because their evil has come up before me.” Jonah got up to flee to Tarshish from the Lord’s presence. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the Lord’s presence.” Jonah 1:1-3 CSB

The people of Nineveh were Gentiles. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, and the Assyrians were the enemies of Israel. The Lord was calling Jonah to preach against the sin in Nineveh and call the people to repentance. Jonah did not want to do this. Jonah was acquainted with the mercy of God and did not favor giving his enemies a chance to repent. So Jonah ran from God!

Can we really run from God? Consider this.

  • “Where can I go to escape your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, even there your hand will lead me; your right hand will hold on to me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night” — even the darkness is not dark to you. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you.” Psalms 139:7-12 CSB

Trying to run from God is like trying to hide from the sun in the middle of the day when there is not a cloud in the sky. You cannot run from God. And, if you do, there will be consequences. The consequences will not only affect the one who is running from God, they will also affect all those around them. This is what happened in Jonah’s life.

The storm that rose against the boat was the Lord’s way of flushing Jonah out from hiding. Yet, this storm had a cost. It was threatening the life of all those in the boat, and it cost them their cargo. Jonah’s attempt to run from the call of God in his life had ramifications. It touched all the lives around him. His disobedience could have pulled down others with him.

We cannot sin or run from God with impunity. God’s mercy and grace do not preclude the consequences of our actions. It does matter what we do. And, it not only matters to us – it matters to all those around us. All we have to do is watch 15 minutes of the nightly news to see this play out on a daily basis.

Some may say – “Well, God intervened and Jonah was swallowed up and saved by a great fish. And, the men on the boat were not harmed and they turned their lives to the Lord.” This is all well and good but we cannot forget the consequences. All these men lost their possessions and livelihood. And, Jonah had to live three days in the belly of a fish, only to be vomited up on the shore. I don’t know about you, but these sound like some pretty negative consequences to me!

Running from the Lord always costs. It costs the individual who is running and it has a definite impact on all those who are a part of their life. God will rescue us when we cry out to Him and repent. Yet, think about how much better it would be if we wouldn’t have run in the first place. God’s mercy and grace are available to all of us – before we run!

Lord, help me to hear Your voice clearly. And, when I hear, give me the grace to obey. When I am tempted to run, bring me to my knees. May I freely surrender to Your will for my life. Instead of consequences that touch the lives of others because of my disobedience, grant me Your blessings that touch the lives of others because of Your great grace working through me.

In Jesus Name!

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BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD!

JOEL 2:28-32: “After this I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will even pour out my Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days. I will display wonders in the heavens and on the earth: blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, for there will be an escape for those on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, as the Lord promised, among the survivors the Lord calls.” CSB

OBSERVATION: No matter what you are facing – better days are ahead! No matter what you have experienced – better days are ahead! No matter what your future holds – better days are ahead!

BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD!

These words may sound like the empty words of an insensitive cheerleader to one who is hurting and cannot see past their pain. Yet, they are true. They are the continual, unwavering declaration of the Word of God. And, these verses in the book of Joel bear out this truth.

Whenever one reads this section of the Joel chapter two, they are immediately drawn to the second chapter of Acts. In Peter’s great sermon on the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit had fallen upon the 120 in the upper room, when a great multitude came to hear him speak, Peter said –

  • “…Fellow Jews and all you residents of Jerusalem, let me explain this to you and pay attention to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it’s only nine in the morning. On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all people; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. I will even pour out my Spirit on my servants in those days, both men and women and they will prophesy. I will display wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood and fire and a cloud of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:14-21 CSB

So was this the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel, or was it merely the firstfruits of something better to come? It was merely the firstfruits. There is a day coming that will eclipse even what happened on the Day of Pentecost. It will come at the end of the age when Jesus returns to establish His Millennial Kingdom. It will be a day of full restoration when He restores the entire nation of Israel to Himself and all those who remain will call upon the name of the Lord.

BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD!

Even on the Day of Pentecost, although a great number of 3000 believed, there were more who did not. The church grew rapidly, but so also did the opposition to the church. And, the same is true today. There is a battle between light and darkness, good and evil, the Spirit of the Lord and the spirit of this world. In the midst of this battle we still partake of the firstfruits, but –

BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD!

No matter what I am facing – better days are ahead. No matter what I have experienced – better days are ahead. No matter what the future may appear to hold – better days are ahead. Why? Because in Christ we are more than conquerors. We have the Spirit of God within and the Word of God as our sword. We have faith as our shield and the promise of salvation as our helmet of protection. We have the breastplate of righteousness given by Christ to remind us that we are always His own. And, we are secured with the belt of truth and guided by the gospel of peace to lead our way.

BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD!

Lord, thank you for reminding me this morning that You are the Lord of the better day. Your mercies are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. Help me to rise up in renewed faith and embrace the day!

BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD!

  • “For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11-13‬ ‭CSB‬‬

In Jesus Name!

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