Today I want to encourage you with the words from Acts 2:32-33 (NIV):
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Just like we read yesterday, you cannot separate God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. See how amazingly they are connected to each other. When you give praise, know that you need to give praise to all three of them!
Today I want to encourage you with the words from 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV):
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
The Bible shows us in this verse how God and Jesus are always connected. You cannot seperate them. It is only through the fact that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, that we are able to receive God’s grace. Both are so important so that they both are more then enough reason to give them both all the praise!
Today I want to encourage you with the words from Joel 2:12:13 (NIV):
12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
These verses show again how amazing our God is! These verses are a call for you to always return to God. NO matter what may have happened in your life, God is always there for you and He is so compassionate. He will not accept your sins, but He knows that we are living in a sinful world and that we can fall into sin. But out of His compassion and grace, He will not be angry with you, but out of His love for you He will welcome you back in His arms, the place where He always wanted you to be in the first place. This is why God began these verses with telling us that we need to return to Him with all our hearts, with fasting, weeping and mourning. He therefore expects us to come to Him with a repentant heart and also in a way that we also give Him all the praise!
Today I want to encourage you with the words from Psalm 3:2-6 (NIV):
2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on very side.
Are we also not living in a time in which people are sinning against God, by claiming that God does not exist and/or cannot deliver you from a challenge in your life? Yes, we are. But through these verses we can rest on the fact that we can come to Him and get rest, knowing that God will take care of us.
Today I want to encourage you with the words from Exodus 15:2 (NIV):
2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
It is very important to not only understand God’s power, but also to give Him continiously praise for all He has done. You should never take God for granted and ackonwledge all He has done, by praising Him.
Today I want to encourage you with the words from Zechariah 4:6 (NIV):
6 So He said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘not by might nor by power, but my spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
God makes a clear distinction between power and mights and His Spirit. The reason He does this, because we power and might are things from ourselves, or which we can mistakenly see as from our own. However, as soon as we start trusting on our own works, than we can really be surprised. Because we need God in everything we do and the only way is through the Holy Spirit.
Today I want to encourage you with the words from Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV):
10 I want to know Christ – Yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. 11 and , somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
This week we emphasize in my blog on knowing God. I even believe we first need to know and understand God, before we can start to understand ourselves. To understand God we need to start learning about both His power and His suffering, so that we be more able to go through our own life much better.
Today I want to encourage you with the words from Joshua 10:25 (NIV):
25 Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”
Some people claim that you became a Christian, because you want it easy. while the fact is, that being a Christian doesn’t always mean that you will have it easy. That is why God wants us to be close to Him, to listen to Him. And when you do , than you will be able through the Holy Spirit to be really strong an courageous and then through God your enemies will indeed be defeated! Amen!