What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every GOD-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward him Makes it. (Psalm 18:30 MSG)
Isn’t it weird that all the people you’ll be friends with later in life are just out there simply doing stuff. Just being. You could walk past a stranger and not even notice them, they might not notice you but maybe in the future you’ll cross paths again and who knows they could be at your wedding.
God doesn’t want us to just barely get by in life. He wants us to thrive and experience the fullness of His blessing. Not only does He want to meet our needs, He wants us to be in a position to reach out and help meet the needs of others, too.
When we pray and ask God for something, it opens a supernatural door. Our faith gives God something to work with. Faith is what pleases Him. Faith moves mountains. Did you know that it pleases God when we pray bold prayers and ask Him for big things? God loves it when we step outside of the realm of the possible and totally believe what He can do. With God, all things are possible!
Today, I encourage you to get bold with your prayers. Ask God for big things. Believe that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Put your faith to work because God is faithful. He has big things in store for you, and He says to ask Him!
The verse just says it all. God’s love is vast and never-ending; it does not run out on us and it never judges. What a relief! Because we all mess up, without any exceptions.
Our pride in how we do things often gets in between our view of God and influences the way we approach Him. We seem to think, that once we do wrong we deserve to ‘feel bad’ for a while before asking for forgiveness. For a long time, I thought that guilt was a necessary and ever-present companion of Christianity.
But God did not intend for us to live with the constant guilt of our sins -that’s why His forgiveness is quick and why He harbours no record of past wrongs. And with this, He sets the perfect example of how we too, amongst ourselves, should forgive each other.
How amazing would it be for others to see a community (in school, at work or as a church) where its members are quick to forgive and hold no bitterness in their hearts?
Oh God, You never let go. Through it all, You are holding my hand.
…those who hope in me will not be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23, NIV.
What a powerful promise we have from Almighty God! When we put our hope in Him, we will never be disappointed. Of course, that doesn’t mean that things will always go our way. There may be temporary disappointments, but we will never be permanently disappointed. Somewhere down the road, God will cause it to all work out for our good. With God on your side, you will always end in victory!
Are you carrying frustration, worry or aggravation about something? That’s usually a clear sign that your hope is in the wrong place. If you hope in circumstances, it will deplete you of joy and peace. But when you turn those circumstances over to God, when you refuse to worry, when you refuse to allow the temporary things of this world to dictate your happiness, that’s when God can do a work in your life. When you trust in Him, He will make your crooked places straight; He will cause you to mount up with wings like the eagle.
|—||Francis Chan (Crazy Love)|