How Do You Know That God Is Faithful?

The moon is a faithful witness in the sky

Written by Susan on 30/08/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Faithfulness, God, Love
It will be as eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky!

Psalm 89:37
Let us explore one aspect of God’s character today: faithfulness. One Word is not enough to describe God. God is many, many things, and faithful is just one of them.

As sinful, fallen people, we may doubt His faithfulness, or not fully trust it at times. We run across hard times like the loss of a job, a broken marriage, or financial struggle and we question things. However, God is always faithful. When we come to understand that, we are able to feel more and more blessed by it!

Here are three ways we can better understand how God is always faithful:

1. His faithfulness is constant, like the moon in the sky.
“It shall be established forever like the moon, and the witness in the sky is faithful.” (Psalm 89:37)

God has placed a constant reminder of His faithfulness in the sky. It may seem strange to think of the moon as a reminder of faithfulness, but remember that God created this good world for us to live in and enjoy.

Did you know that the moon stabilizes the rotation of the earth? All of our being depends on God’s intricate design! It is over time that we begin to realize that He can be trusted to be who He says He is.

His faithfulness can be known through His creation. Imagine all the detail that went into making our world! Continue to look at the moon as an example of who God is, how He loves us, and the way He has made the world for us to live in.

2. God’s faithfulness makes it possible to trust Him with the details.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)

Once we begin to trust God’s faithfulness and know that God is who He says He is, and that He will do what He says He will do, we begin to realize that He also has a very detailed and intimate interest in each of us.

Not only does God give us creation for us to enjoy, but He is also aware of every detail in our lives, and we can trust His faithfulness with details. He watches over us, teaches us, guides us, and cares for us as only He can.

Our lives are as important to Him as His creation, and we can trust in His faithfulness!

3. God is faithful to provide.
“He found him in a desert land and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. The Lord alone guided him…” (Deuteronomy 32:10-11)

These verses refer to how God led Israel through the desert and provided for them.

Provisions are another example of how God always works on our behalf, even in ways we don’t realize!

He works in the visible and invisible world. He knows how fragile we are, and is aware that we can’t make it on our own. We are surrounded by His faithfulness, and we would not exist without Him.

Praise His holy name!

Pray this week:

Dear Father, I am so grateful for Your wonderful provisions. I thank You for placing me into Your creation with such thoughtfulness and kindness. Would You open my eyes to new examples of Your faithfulness? Would You make me know You in a deeper and more trusting way because I see how I am surrounded by Your faithfulness? Wherever I am, You are with me and faithfully provide what I need. Amen

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We Reign And Rule In His Name

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All
power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost (Matthew 28:18-19).

In our opening scripture, Jesus said, “All power
is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” The
word “power” here is the Greek “exousia”; it means
authority. “All power,” not “some power,” has been
given to Jesus, in heaven and in earth.
The Bible says in Colossians 2:15, “And having
spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew
of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” When
Jesus died, He didn’t ascend to heaven immediately;
He had been made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), and
had to go to hell on behalf of all men. When He got
to hell, there was an actual combat between Jesus and
the forces of darkness. The Bible says “…the hostile
princes and rulers He shook off from Himself, and
boldly displayed them as His conquests…” (Colossians
2:15 WNT).
In hell, Jesus invaded Satan’s domain, whipped
him and all his demons, and came out triumphantly
from the grave. When He came out, He said to His
disciples, “All hail!” (Matthew 28:9). It was a shout of
victory, because He’d conquered Satan for us and 
given us dominion over the powers of darkness. Now,
it doesn’t matter whatever hierarchy of demons exist,
we’re superior to them; they’re under our feet.
No wonder He says, “Behold, I give unto you
power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over
all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by
any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). As we spread the
message of Christ, taking the Gospel to the nations of
the world, we ought to be conscious of our authority
and dominion in Christ Jesus. We’re His ambassadors;
we’re to keep reigning and ruling in His Name, making
pupils of the nations, and filling the earth with the glory
of His presence. Hallelujah!
Confession
I’m born of God and therefore,
I’ve overcome the world. My
faith is producing results; I’m
walking in victory and dominion
over Satan and circumstances,
for the greater One lives in me.
Hallelujah!

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He’s Counting On You

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for
it is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
Greek (Romans 1:16)
As Christians, we’ve received the mandate to
take the Gospel to the ends of the earth; it’s
a most sublime and high calling. It’s something you’re
to do with all boldness, faith, courage, and conviction.
You must never be ashamed or apologetic about Christ
and the message of the Gospel. Don’t be ashamed of
who you are in Him, and don’t let others make you
ashamed of what you believe. Paul said, “…I am not
ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power
of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…”
(Romans 1:16).
It’s only the Gospel that can catapult the sinner
to salvation and righteousness. It’s only through the
preaching of the Gospel that the righteousness of
God can be unveiled and embraced. So, there’re
no options to the Gospel. Its power and efficacy are
incontrovertible; it’s the only message that, when
received, makes sinners sons of God, in a moment
of time.
In 2 Timothy 1:13, Paul said to Timothy, “Hold
fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard
of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”

That means the words of the Gospel are potent, filled
with inspiration, power and divine energy. No sinner
should be around you over a period without being
transformed and impacted by the power of the Gospel
that you bear. Be determined about that. Be so fired
up with the Gospel that its impact in men’s lives, and
spread around the world is all that matters to you.
The Bible says those that turn many to righteousness
shall shine as stars forever (Daniel 12:3); shine for the
Master by making an impact with the Gospel. Go the
extra mile. Like Jesus, let your meat (what matters the
most to you) be to do the will of the Father, and finish
His work (John 4:34). Let it be what you live for. He’s
counting on you for the salvation of many in your
world, and in the regions beyond. Therefore, be faithful
in your responsibility as a soul winner. 
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for
entrusting me with the divine
responsibility of reaching those
in my world and in distant lands
with the message of eternal life.
The light of your glorious Gospel
that I bear dispels the darkness
in the hearts of the unconverted,
destroying the bonds of religion
and establishing them in your
righteousness, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen. 

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The meaning of Jesus’ name, (“Yeshua” in Hebrew,) is to deliver or rescue. Jesus is our Savior.

Jesus Delivers Us
The meaning of Jesus’ name, (“Yeshua” in Hebrew,) is to deliver or rescue. Jesus is our Savior.

Written by Lois on 06/09/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Rescue, Jesus, Refugee
My eyes are always on the Lord, he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

Psalm 25:15
Recently, a Bible teacher asked…

“do you want Jesus to deliver you out of the place that brings you suffering?” Sometimes a broken heart, financial trouble or addiction keeps us away from God. Only the grace of Jesus can make us whole in every situation and carries us through it.

When King David cried out to God in Psalm 25:16-18, he said, “Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins.”

With King David’s prayer in mind, let’s explore how God has the power to set us free from from our troubles and how to look to Jesus to deliver us:

First, How Can You Be Delivered?
Listen to the words of Jesus, “I tell you the truth; those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” (John 5:24)

In this world, suffering is unavoidable. But the next world will be free from it. Getting to know the Son of God personally and accepting His gift of eternal life is the way to gain Heaven: His deliverance from all worldly suffering.

Know that Faith is what brings Deliverance.
Have faith that the Son of God, Yeshua, can set you free. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “… it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.” Believe in Him in your heart.

Know Jesus’ Desire for You to be Delivered and Whole.
True faith asks, believing Jesus is willing, but understanding He may have better plans.

The leper in Matthew 8:1-3 believed in Christ's ability but humbly asked for healing: “Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.”

The Apostle Paul also asked for healing, but discovered that it was more important for him to trust in Christ's sufficiency than to experience physical healing. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

Ask yourself … how great is your burden?
Do you feel like you’ve done too much or have gone through too much in your life to be delivered? You’re not alone.

With Christ, there is peace that supasses all of our temporary troubles here on earth. This peace comes from knowing that we can only find victory in Jesus. So, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 3:7) Because he has overcome the world, bringing us everlasting hope, no struggle can keep us from it. “For God says, “At just the right time, I hear you. On the day of Salvation, I helped you.”( 2 Corinthians 6:2).

It doesn’t matter how great the burden you carry.

Jesus is greater.

Pray this week:

Father, “turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse.” Help me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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You Don’t Need To Ask Him

More often than not, people think the purpose
for prayer is asking God for things. Prayer
isn’t about asking God for things. It’s just that the word,
“Prayer” is a generic word, but many only look at one
of its synonyms, which is to ask or make requests;
but there’s more to prayer than making requests and
entreaties. The higher purposes of prayer have nothing
to do with asking for things.
Due to the misconception of the purposes of
prayer, when some Christians read our opening
scripture above, the next thing that comes to their
minds is making requests of God. But that scripture
needs to be well understood. Jesus didn’t say, “What
things soever ye ask for, when ye pray…”; He said,
“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray….” He
didn’t say you should ask!
This means, when you’re praying, whether in
praise or in worship, and you have a desire, just believe
that that desire has been granted you. You don’t need
to ask Him! The Bible says, “…for your Father knoweth
what things ye have need of, before ye ask him”
(Matthew 6:8). He knows what you desire; He knows
You Don’t Need To Ask Him
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye
desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them (Mark 11:24).
Acts 21:17-36
Job 29-31
Galatians 3:13-22
Isaiah 32
Prayer
Precious and loving Father, how awesome is your Name in all the earth! Your love reaches to
the heavens; your faithfulness is everlasting. You feed all humanity from the abundance of your own
house, letting them drink from your river of delights. As I enjoy a rich time of fellowship with you
in prayer today, I receive all my heart’s desires, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

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