April 2010

Feeling Secure

Story of the day: Feeling Secure

Each night has become routine to ensure that all of the doors leading to the outside are locked. There is a sense of security in knowing that a small bolt can keep you safe and secure.

Feeling secure is a high priority in this unsafe, volatile world. A private investigation agency in Florida promises to “work diligently to restore the sense of security and safety that you and your family deserve.”

The psalmist found a “secret place, where he felt safe (Psalm 91:1). And we can rest secure in that same place. He described it with these phrases”

Under the shadow of the Almighty (v.1). Shadows provide protection from the direct heat of the sun. If the heat is severe, the shade reduces what we actually feel. When we’re under God’s shadow, we do not face the full heat of our difficulties.

A refuge and a fortress (v.2). God is the strongest protector we could ever have, and we can run to Him for help. Nothing can penetrate Him to get to us unless it’s part of His loving plan for our ultimate good.

Under His wings. (v.4). God is soft and tender like a caring mother bird. When troubles rage, He draws us close. We don’t need to fear that He will cast us out–we are His.

A dwelling place. (v.9). Our Father will be our home, our abiding place–now and forever.

True security can be found only in our Lord, who promises to save us and be near us (vv.15-16). [Cetas, Anne. Our Daily Bread: Secret Security. USA: Discovery House Publishers. 2005-2006. December 14.]

Quote of the day: Havergal

“No one is more secure than those who are in God’s hands.”

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being my refuge and fortress. You cover me with Your grace and because of this I can stand firm in all that I do. Father, as I am filled by Your Word today, direct my path according to Your Will so that the things that I do throughout my day, will bring You joy. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


October 2009

Everyday Stresses

Story of the day:  Everyday Stresses

Stress can come in a variety of different forms.  It can range from money, finances, or even doubt. 

Doubts assail like gale-force winds, tossing us this way and that.  We wonder what to do, which way to turn, what direction to take.  We may even question our faith, doubting God’s goodness or even that He is there.  Like night storms, difficult circumstances terrify us, confuse us, and fill us with anxiety.  But God’s truth cuts through the darkness like the powerful beam from a lighthouse, providing warning, direction, security, and hope.

We aren’t abandoned to our doubts and uncertainties; God tells us to ask Him for wisdom, and He will answer…”gladly.”

Do you want to know what to do?  Do you desire to follow God’s way?  Do you need his wisdom for the decisions you face?

Just ask in faith.  He promises to give you His wisdom [Living Water:  for those who thirst, 2000.  Tyndale Publishing, pgs. 220-221]

Quote of the day:  Galileo

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 1:5 (NKVJ)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

The day can sometimes be a little stressful.  I pray for wisdom in knowing the right way to handle the stresses that may come my way.  I pray to be prayed up at all times so that the manner in which I handle things is done through patience and even out of love.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

June 2008

Change

                                                                                                        Story of the day:  Change

   Change can sometimes be scary.  “Change defines our world.  Each day, a dazzling array of changes confronts us.  Governments fall, children grow and mature, friends move away, storms uproot trees, new buildings replace old ones, colors fade, summer turns into fall, and technological advances render modern appliances obsolete.  All these changes tend to undermine our feelings of security–we wonder what will last, what is solid, and who will be there.

   Then we turn to God’s Word, which proclaims the reassuring fact that our God does not change.  In truth, He is the same as He has always been–loving, forgiving, merciful, and just.  And, unlike the sources of many of our disappointments, God is reliable–He keeps His promises.  We can be sure that what He says, He will do.  We can know that He will be with us and for us in the future, forever, in fact, just as He is today.

   Feeling unsure or insecure as you face the continuous onslaught of change?  Plant your feet and your faith on a solid foundation–your unchanging Lord.”  (Livingstone)

Quote of the day:  Dale Galloway

“Karl Barth, famed theologian, was once asked, “What is the greatest thought you ever had?”  His answer:  “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that in the midst of change, I can count on Your character and Your promises to get me through the change.  You have proven Your faithfulness throughout time and because of Your faithfulness, I can rest assured that through any change, I will be okay.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen