When we face difficult times, we are invited to look back and remember God’s goodness. He gives us the good to be an encouragement to our souls when we talk through dark seasons of our lives. So pay attention when God brings His blessings so they can be written on your heart as proof that God is for you even when your circumstances seem bleak.
There are moments in our lives where God’s holy power is tangible. He invites us to deeper experiences with Him. Ask God to show you the “Holy Places” of your life, where you can go to enjoy His presence in an awe inspiring way.
POUR ALL OF YOUR ENERGY into trusting Me. It is through trust that you stay connected to Me, aware of My Presence. Every step on your life-journey can be a step of faith. Baby steps of trust are simple for you; you can take them with almost unconscious ease. Giant steps are another matter altogether: leaping across chasms in semidarkness, scaling cliffs of uncertainty, trudging through the valley of the shadow of death. These feats require sheer concentration, as well as utter commitment to Me.
Each of My children is a unique blend of temperament, giftedness, and life experiences. Something that is a baby step for you may be a giant step for another person, and vice versa. Only I know the difficulty or ease of each segment of your journey. Beware of trying to impress others by acting as if your giant steps are only baby ones. Do not judge others who hesitate in trembling fear before an act that would be easy for you. If each of My children would seek to please Me above all else, fear of others’ judgments would vanish, as would attempts to impress others. Focus your attention on the path just ahead of you and on the One who never leaves your side.
PSALM 23:4; MATTHEW 7:1–2; PROVERBS 29:25
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
What is happiness? Ask 20 different people to answer that question, and you’ll probably get 20 different answers.
But for the citizen of the kingdom of heaven, the path to true happiness is the path of blessedness described by Jesus in Matthew 5:1-11.
As Matthew Henry points out, until you know what true happiness is, you will never discover God’s path to find it.
WALK WITH MATTHEW HENRY
“Happiness is the thing people pretend to pursue. But most form a wrong notion of it and miss the way.
“The general opinion is: Blessed are those who are rich and honorable in the world, who spend their days in mirth and their years in pleasure.
“Jesus comes to correct this fundamental error and give us quite another notion of blessedness.
“However paradoxical his teaching may appear to those in the world, to those who are saved it is a rule of eternal truth and certainty by which we must shortly be judged.
“If this, therefore, be the beginning of Christ’s doctrine, the Christian’s duty must be to take his measure of happiness from those maxims, and to direct his life accordingly.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Would you consider yourself truly happy if your life were characterized by meekness … mercy … poverty in spirit … persecution? You would if you had God’s perspective on happiness.
Given the chance, the world will offer you a bogus substitute—a happiness dependent on money, prestige or circumstances.
When you think positive thoughts, you see the glass as half full. It may sound simple, but that attitude can make all the difference in your approach to people, situations and environments. The most difficult part is keeping it top of mind. Try remembering this verse and reciting it to yourself throughout the day. Set alarms on your phone if it helps to remind you that it’s time to think positive again.
Do your best with the talents God has given you, and relinquish to Him the things over which you have no control. When you turn all of your worries to God, a sense of peace will set in. If you feel anxiety and worry building up in your thoughts, take a moment to ask your Heavenly Father to calm your fears. Remember to thank Him by acknowledging that He is the creator of this earth.
A FORGIVING GOD
Psalm 86:5; Proverbs 28:13; Hebrews 8:12; 1 John 1:9
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today
I pray that you will approach God’s throne of grace, and confess and renounce any sin to the Lord. May you allow God to purify you from all unrighteousness. May you be confident that the Lord will forgive you, and will remember your sins no more. I pray that you will experience God’s mercy and the abounding love He has for all who call Him.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.