Live Loved

Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You.

[Psalm 31:19]

God Provides

Our days stand no chance against the terrorists of the Land of Anxiety. But Christ offers a worry-bazooka. Remember how he taught us to pray? “Give us day by day our daily bread” (Luke 11:3).

This simple sentence unveils God’s provision plan: live one day at a time. God disclosed the strategy to Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. The people can go out each day and pick up as much food as they need for that day’” (Exodus 16:4 nlt).

Note the details of God’s provision plan.

He meets daily needs daily. Quail covered the compound in the evenings; manna glistened like fine frost in the mornings. Meat for dinner. Bread for breakfast. The food fell every day. Not annually, monthly, or hourly, but daily. And there is more.

He meets daily needs miraculously. When the people first saw the wafers on the ground, “the Israelites took one look and said to one another, man-hu (What is it?). They had no idea what it was” (v. 15 msg).

The stunned people named the wafers man-hu, Hebrew for “What in the world is this?” God had resources they knew nothing about, solutions outside their reality, provisions outside their possibility. They saw the scorched earth; God saw heaven’s breadbasket. They saw dry land; God saw a covey of quail behind every bush. They saw problems; God saw provision.

Anxiety fades as our memory of God’s goodness doesn’t.

[Every Day Deserves a Chance]

Lord,

You are a great and good God. You provide for our needs each day. You provide peace when we face problems. You send solutions for our struggles. Your Word guides us with wisdom when we lose our way. May we remember that you carefully measure the events of each day. Today you give us strength for this day, and tomorrow you will give us strength for that day. We depend on you to meet our daily needs each day and in a miraculous way,

Amen.

In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.

[Psalm 138:3]

His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

[Lamentations 3:22-23]

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

[Nehemiah 8:10]

~ Max Lucado ~

 

Evening Prayer

RESPECT SPIRITUAL LEADERS

[1 Thessalonians 5:12-14]

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Tonight

I pray that you will always respect your spiritual leaders who work hard to build you up and guide you in your walk with God. May you hold them in highest regard; submit to them and to their authority. I also pray that you will not be an idle member of your church. May you share in the work of your leaders – encouraging the timid, helping the weak, and instructing the young in faith. May you be a productive member of your church, and may your contributions bring you joy and fulfillment.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Bible Verse

The number of times I have failed to update Thee Iron Nails daily are very far and few between. I made no posts earlier this day due to a medical issue upon awakening this morning. God being God however, instructed me to post at least one Bible verse, any Bible verse. Here is today's Bible verse. Amen.

 

Jesus Today

You Can Rejoice In Your Sufferings

YOU CAN REJOICE IN YOUR SUFFERINGS, because you know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Problems that cause you pain can ultimately increase your hope. However, this doesn't happen automatically. You have to cooperate with My Spirit as He guides you through times of suffering.

Perseverance is a rare commodity in this day and age. Most people look for and long for a quick fix. But lingering adversity—accepted with trust and confidence in Me—develops Christ-like character. This prepares you for an eternity of problem-free living with Me. Your changed character will bless you and others in this world also, because I crafted you in My own image—to be like Me.

The more you become like Me, the more you can experience hope. Your transformed character convinces you that you do indeed belong to Me. This helps you cope with the problems you face, trusting that you and I together can handle them. And the wondrous hope of heaven shines on you daily, strengthening and encouraging you.

We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

[Romans 5:3–5]

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide in you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

[John 14:15–17]

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

[Philippians 4:13]

~ Sarah Young ~

Evening Devotional

That Still, Small Voice

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

[John 10:27]

A seasoned news commentator took a much-needed vacation to a working ranch in a western state. He learned to ride, rope, mend fences and herd cattle. During his stay, a ranch hand’s horse was injured, and turned out to pasture to heal. Wild horses entered the pasture one night, and the stallion ran away with them. The newsman asked to tag along the next day when the hand went to try to catch his horse—and it was an experience he said he’d never forget. They found the horse running with the wild herd, and the ranch hand wasted no time trying to woo him back. He got close enough for the horse to hear him, and began to whistle softly and call his name. When he did this, the wild horses bolted and headed for a canyon, leaving the young stallion torn between two desires. He would trot toward the canyon, then move back toward the young man. He was caught in a cross-pull: he wanted to follow his master, but the lure of the wild herd was strong. Neither man could tell which way the horse would go until he finally lowered his head and began walking toward his master.

“As I watched this drama,” the newsman said, “I realized I was like this stallion. I hear the voices of the world, and I sometimes long to run with them, but the voice of my Master, Jesus Christ, never fades away.” What he had witnessed strengthened his resolve to resist the pull of the world. “I prayed that day that I would never lose my sensitivity to that still, small voice of God.” How about you? Have you felt the cross-pull? Whose voice will you follow?

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~