“You enlarge my path under me; so my feet did not slip.” – (II Samuel 22:37 NKJV)
When we walk as the Lord leads us, we will not stumble because He leads in a very clear direction. Although we may feel that we lack the natural ability to walk where He leads, He will endow us with the spiritual ability to do it.
One time I was a guest speaker at a large convention. One of the other guests was an outstanding preacher whom I had admired for years. When he said that he could hardly wait to hear me, fear stuck!
I thought, “Dear Lord, if he stays to hear me, I’ll faint on the spot. Let him receive an emergency call; get him out of here!”
I was overwhelmed by insecurity. The Lord encouraged me. He reminded me that my presentation alone wouldn’t impress anyone, but that the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit would inspire the people.
In my fear I had seen a lack of ability in myself, rather than God’s sufficiency. I repented quickly, dismissed the fear, and asked for God’s anointing on my message. God’s anointing was especially sweet that morning, and I gave Him all praise for it.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us today to be led by Your Spirit and not by our flesh. Help us to know that wherever You guide us, You will also enable us.
They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved. –(Acts 2:46-47 The Message)
This passage from Acts describes the daily lives of the first believers. It is a life marked by simple acts — worshiping, taking meals together, and praising God.
Amazingly, these simple acts put the early Christians in a favorable light, and every day their number grew.
Living a simple life of prayer and praise may be the most powerful thing we can do to reach the world with the good news.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NKJV)
How many times have you quoted the verse, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”? But we cannot resist the devil if we don’t submit to God first. When we find ourselves in difficult situations, we must look first at ourselves in difficult situations, we must look first at ourselves and ask, “Have I submitted to God in this area of my life, this situation, or this circumstance?” Once we have truly submitted to God, we then have the power to resist the devil. Resist the devil and watch him run!
Sometimes when we are caught in the middle of a difficult situation, our worldly instincts tell us that we must rely on worldly instincts tell us that we must rely on worldly understanding and worldly solutions. We try to analyze the problem, instead of immediately turning it over to God.
Always check your circumstances. Do it in this order: submit to God, resist the devil, and watch him flee.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You today that we are not ignorant of the devil’s devices. We see him for who he is and what he is doing. We submit ourselves to You for this day in every circumstance. And we resist the devil with God’s power that is within us.
Jesus’ disciples slowly began to realize that dealing with fear was going to be an important part of their lives as His followers. The more time they spent with Him, the more evident it became that He would not always be with them and that it might not be either popular or safe to identify with Him. Persecution, an unappealing thought, was a frightening possibility. Jesus tried to help them prepare for what lay ahead and remember that they would not be alone.
No matter how alone we may feel or how frightening a situation we find ourselves in, we can take courage in the fact that Jesus is always with us; we are never alone.
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:18 NKJV)
I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20 NKJV)
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed” –(James 5:16a NKJV)
There is a small and unusual “hook” in this scripture. Not only are we to confess our faults “one to another,” but we are to pray “one for another”—that WE might be healed. God is saying that, by praying for someone else, YOU can be healed!
Here again we see the law of sowing and reaping. Do you need healing? Then pray for someone else who needs healing, and watch God heal you. As you sow healing, you reap healing.
The idea that we should confess our faults to one another is not aimed at squeezing confessions out of people, but rather God wants our faith to be released. If we have unconfessed sin, our faith is hindered. God does not want our faith hindered in any area of our lives.
Here is God’s beautiful formula: if you need healing, confess your faults one to another. Then pray for someone who needs healing, and expect to be healed yourself. It will work for whatever need you have.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You today for the power and wisdom of Your Word that works in our bodies and minds.