REFINING HIS CHILDREN
Jeremiah 9:7; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that God will mold you and transform you into the person He wants you to be. Because you are unique in your calling and purpose, may you be willing to surrender yourself to your Maker. Whatever you are going through, may you trust Him and know that He is refining you like silver and gold. Allow God to take you down His path; do not fear, for He is in control. As a child of God, your Heavenly Father knows what’s best for you. May you be assured that this refinement is for your own good, so that you may be able to receive and enjoy the glorious inheritance He has in store for His children. I pray that you will submit to God, as He works in your life.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
Do you ever feel like you are just drifting along in life, meandering along without a way or purpose? God created you and determined a reason for your existence. You are special and have value. From the beginning of time He thought you were important and deserved to be included in His grand plan. Ask God to bring His plan into your view. Even if it takes 3 months, 2 years, or a lifetime, continuously ask for God to reveal your purpose to come to fruition.
POWER OF THE CROSS
The cross…by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
~ Galatians 6:14
Only a person with a perfect knowledge of mankind could have dared to set forth the terms of discipleship that our Lord Jesus Christ expects of His followers.
Only the Lord of men could have risked the effect of such rigorous demands: “Let him deny himself” (Matthew 16:24).
Can the Lord lay down such severe rules at the door of His kingdom? He can—and He does!
If He is to save the man, He must save him from himself. It is the “himself” which has enslaved and corrupted the man. Deliverance comes only by denial of that self.
No man in his own strength can shed the chains with which self has bound him, but in the next breath the Lord reveals the source of the power which is to set the soul free: “Let him take up his cross.”
The cross was an instrument of death—slaying a man was its only function. “Let him take his cross,” said Jesus, and thus he will know deliverance from himself!
Dear Lord, I have much to learn about denying myself and bearing my cross daily—especially in the midst of so many mundane activities. Have Your way with me, Lord.
My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all … things shall be added unto you. He that spared not his Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him freely give us all things? All things are your’s; whether Paul or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. As having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.
Where do we find strength when life feels out of our control? It is easy to want to look to our own strength to solve our problems. It feels more comfortable to us to rely on our own power than to take the time to seek God’s face to discover what his will is for the season of life we are in. God knows that our strength is not enough. He knows that we need him and invites you to look to him to find the strength that you need when life feels like more than you can handle on your own.