“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.” Daniel 3:17 NKJV
Have you ever had to face a challenge where you are to make a choice between being obedient but compromising the truth versus standing for the truth, thus disadvantaging yourself.?
That in turning a blind eye things will go well for you and you will be safe. As opposed to being defiant to the authority that may be and risking your position, relationships, etc.
Defiance means open resistance, open disobedience. When it comes to the truth, one who is sincere is compelled within to defy that which is against the truth. You disobey, with due respect, that which is unfair, unjust and not right.
Scary as it might be, one would rather risk but knowing you will walk with a clear conscience. And our God who is the Truth Himself will come through for you in that situation.
He will not only do that but will promote you because He is for men and women who stand for the truth. By standing for the truth, you have already set yourself apart. And He will always take care of you.
“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” John 12:46 NKJV
The truth that is and has always been is that light and darkness cannot coexist. In the absence of darkness there is light.
Jesus came as light into the whole world, to bring light where there was darkness. So, once one believes in Him, that person belongs to the light now. And should not be attracted to darkness.
To abide means to accept or act in accordance with something. It is to tolerate or put up with a thing. Given the meaning, He is saying we should not be tolerant, accept or put up with darkness. It’s not part of us anymore.
One cannot believe in the Light and dwell in darkness at the same time. Unfortunately those that are accepting of darkness are believing in Jesus nominally, in name only not in reality.
Beloved, whatever happens, His Spirit in you will witness with you whether things are of the light or darkness. Peace or the lack of peace is the guide He gives. You will know from deep inside. Once you are His, dwell in the light.
“Tell your children about it, Let your children tell their children, And their children another generation.” Joel 1:3 NKJV
When you experience something good in your life you cannot wait to share the good news with your loved ones. It’s encouragement to them too to see good happening in the midst of everything.
If you have children, nephews or nieces, please share the good news, even to your grand children if you have. Let them know that there is a good God who is overflowing with love and goodness.
His works; acts of kindness, favor & protection is evident in your life, so don’t just share the bad experiences. They also need to know how He has helped you to overcome. That He is the One you can run to no matter what.
This will give them hope, even in their future experiences. They will remember that there is One who comes through for you when you are in need. Jesus, the source of all good things.
“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.” Proverbs 25:19 NKJV
Ever been in a tight spot and in need of assistance regarding your issue? That you know you cannot come up with the solution but you know and trust someone who can come through for you.
Only to find that as much as they can assist you, they are not willing to do so. They are unfaithful, the word says. They choose not to do it because it’s simply not in their interest.
Interesting that the word likens it to a bad tooth or a foot out of joint. Do you know how sore that is.? That’s excruciating pain right there. And that’s how disappointing and hurtful it is when you are dealing with such.
It’s best to focus your confidence and trust in the Lord Jesus, for there is no one as faithful as Him. Look back & remember, He’s always been there. Always came through for you.
When you’re in trouble He is always there for you & with you. In fact, His name is Faithful. Being faithful is who He is, it’s His nature. He will not let you down in any way.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19 NKJV
We are born into sin because of one man who sinned against God.. that one man is Adam. And in his disobedience he made us sinners.
But God in His graciousness came with a solution to redeem us from that place of sin.
The solution is: Another man came and He was obedient to God.. that One man is the Lord Jesus. He came and in His obedience He made us righteous.
Before we believed in Jesus we were sinners because we had inherited Adam’s sin.. before we did anything wrong, we had the DNA of sin already. But after we believed in Jesus we inherited His DNA of righteousness, before we could do anything right.
Friend, It’s not your works that makes you righteous but rather your faith in Jesus is what makes you righteous. Rejoice knowing that in Him (Jesus) the Father sees you righteous forever.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” Revelation 21:4 NKJV
Ever wondered why the word specifically had to mention the wiping of tears at the end when this age has passed.? That there’ll be no more death nor sorrow nor crying.
He knew we will be living in a world where there is so much sorrow, disappointments, betrayals, misfortunes, brokenness, etc. that we will experience pain that will drive us to tears. As He said, “In this world you shall have troubles…”
When experiencing that pain and crying it’s not because you are weak, but rather going through life as He already foresaw it. Not being able to contain the hurt inside you anymore, you shed the tears.
‘Go on and cry My child…’ ‘Release the hurt. Wipe your tears and rise up for you still have battles to overcome and victories to win!’ You can do it because I have overcome the world!”
“And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.” Jeremiah 29:7 NKJV
Do you find yourself in a place where there is tensions, unfairness or non smooth running of things? It could be your workplace, your school, your church, even your home, the country or city you live in, etc.
There is a time where you find yourself in a place or situation where you cannot necessarily get out of but you have to be in that place.
The Lord says He has caused you to be carried captive in that place. It might be that it’s a season of growth for you there. Personally, it’s not an ideal place for you to be at right now but you are there.
He says seek peace in the midst of the discontentment. Work towards turning things to the positive. Pray for peace and unity to reign in that place. Pray for harmony, compassion and understanding amongst people. Let the Prince of peace reign in that place, pray He be enthroned there.
For in its peace, you will have peace. You will personally benefit from the peace that you are seeking and that you are praying for in that place. The Lord will answer your prayer for it is His will for you to be in peace.
““Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!”
Psalms 81:13 NKJV
There is nothing more painful for a parent to see his child going astray by making choices that are contrary to what’s best for him.
The Lord is pleading this day with us to please listen to Him. You are being guided into a path that seem unfamiliar and unsure, but you choose not to follow because to you it doesn’t make sense.
What seem so right to you might be a disguise of a negative situation you might experience tomorrow. Can anyone care for you more than your Heavenly Father? Can anything you choose now be greater or better than what He has in store for you.?
May I ask you to please listen to Him and walk in the way He is guiding. There is more you might not know or see from where you are. And just like a parent who knows and wants the best for his child, He is calling you to please listen. It’s for your best… in safety and blessings.
“Serve the LORD with gladness.” Psalms 100:2 NKJV
There are numerous things and ways that require our service daily in our lives. Some we are so used to them that we are not even aware that it’s in fact a service.
It could be personal, in our lives. Perhaps in a career you’re following, temporarily placed somewhere or helping out the disadvantaged. All in all you are doing it for the Lord Jesus.
Encouraging someone, cooking that meal, raising the child/ren. Working on that project, going an extra mile for someone or something, etc. It’s always best to do it with love, then it will not be burdensome.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24 GNB
You see, we are called to do it with an open and a happy heart. It is not in vain. It definitely brings joy to the recipients of your service, to yourself for sure and most definitely to the Lord Himself.