The LORD Himself…

The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. – Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

As we enter this New Year, the LORD gives this promise to us: I will go before you; I will be with you.All your troubles, problems must go through Me first. I will never leave you nor forsake you, for I AM Immanuel – God with you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Yes, dear child of God, the Lord Himself will go before us. Jesus Christ will be with us always; He will never leave you nor forsake you. So let us not give unto fear or be discouraged. May the LORD bless us according to this promise, in this new year, through His Son and our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

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God knows you

You covered me in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13 (NKJV)

Dear friend, God knows you. Not today. Not when you surrendered your life to Him. Not when you realized that you are a sinner. No, no… God knew you even before this world was created. God knew you by name even before you were formed in your mother’s womb. God covered you in your mother’s womb, protected you and even to this day, knows your every doing. Because He is your Creator. Because He is your Father. Because, like a good Father, He has plans for you. Plans that include all your failures. Plans that take into account all your shortcomings. Plans to give you hope and a future.

So, don’t let something that happens today to decide your life. Suicide is not an option, dear friend. A love failure is but temporary; it will fade away. Not getting a job that you desired is not the end of your life. Your life will move on. Not getting an education that you dreamt of, need not be the end of the road for you. When one door closes, God opens another door for you. The same eyes that looked at you, with compassion as you were formed in your mother’s womb, are still looking at you – with the same love and compassion. Come to God. Come to His Son Jesus Christ. And He will quiet you with His love. Amen.

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Except in the cross

God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)

There are so many things in this world about which we can boast of. It could be our nationality, our language, our religion, our caste, our achievements, our family and so on. But may God our Heavenly Father forbid that I boast in anything, except in the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ. For my salvation, my redemption, my blessings and the eternal life, all spring forth from the divine sacrifice that my Saviour Jesus Christ did for my sake at the cross. May I boast only in the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ. Help me, God. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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Shut the door!

A man went inside a telephone booth and dialled the number of a friend. When the connection was made, the friend kept saying, “I can’t hear you; speak louder; I can’t hear you.” All he cold hear was the roar of traffic in the background. “Shut the door so I can hear,” he said to the caller. In order to hear God’s voice speaking to you, you’ve got to shut the door to the outside world so that its enticements won’t distract you. Doing this could change your whole life. Then when you go back into the crowd, you’ll not only be able to listen to what the world has to say, but you’ll have something to say to the world that you’ve personally heard from God.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
– Matthew 6:6

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Be ready in the morning!

“Be ready in the morning, and come up… present thyself there to Me in the top of the mount. And no man shall come up with thee” (Exodus 34:2-3).

The morning watch is essential. You must not face the day until you have faced God, nor look into the face of others until you have looked into His.

You cannot expect to be victorious, if the day begins only in your own strength. Face the work of every day with the influence of a few thoughtful, quiet moments with your heart and God. Do not meet other people, even those of your own home, until you have first met the great Guest and honoured Companion of your life– Jesus Christ.

Meet Him alone. Meet Him regularly. Meet Him with His open Book of counsel before you; and face the regular and the irregular duties of each day with the influence of His personality definitely controlling your every act.

Begin the day with God!
He is thy Sun and Day!
His is the radiance of thy dawn;
To Him address thy lay.

Sing a new song at morn!
Join the glad woods and hills;
Join the fresh winds and seas and plains,
Join the bright flowers and rills.

Sing thy first song to God!
Not to thy fellow men;
Not to the creatures of His hand,
But to the glorious One.

Take thy first walk with God!
Let Him go forth with thee;
By stream, or sea, or mountain path,
Seek still His company.

Thy first transaction be
With God Himself above;
So shall thy business prosper well,
And all the day be love.
— Horatius Bonar

The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early upon their knees.

Matthew Henry used to be in his study at four, and remain there till eight; then, after breakfast and family prayer, he used to be there again till noon; after dinner, he resumed his book or pen till four, and spent the rest of the day in visiting his friends.

Doddridge himself alludes to his “Family Expositor” as an example of the difference of rising between five and seven, which, in forty years, is nearly equivalent to ten years more of life.

Dr. Adam Clark’s “Commentary” was chiefly prepared very early in the morning.

Barnes’ popular and useful “Commentary” has been also the fruit of “early morning hours.”

Simeon’s “Sketches” were chiefly worked out between four and eight.

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Take hold of His feet

She took hold of his feet. – 2 Kings 4:27

1. It is well.

2. Don’t slow down.

When the Shunammite woman reached Elisha, the man of God, she just took hold of his feet. That was all she did. She did not cry or weep. She did not lament. She just held on to his feet. Though she did not express her anguish, the LORD revealed the distress of her soul to the prophet and as she had confessed, “It is well”, so it became so in her life.

Dear friend, you may not know how to express your grief in words. You may not have words to explain what is going through your heart. Even if you know the words, your soul is so broken, only tears are flowing from your eyes as you are gasping for a word to get out of your mouth. Don’t despair. Just take hold of Jesus’s feet. There is no other place for us to be. All our sorrows and grief, we don’t have to express. Jesus Christ knows. And with a tender smile, He looks at us, and says in a gentle, but firm voice, “It is well.” So be it. Amen.

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Don’t slow down

Don’t slow down unless I tell you. – 2 Kings 4:24 (God’s Word Translation)

Yesterday, we started this last month, by saying “It is well” with the Shunammite woman. And may the Lord our Father grant our well-being through His Son and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

One of the things the Shunammite woman did as soon tragedy struck her heart was, she decided to see the man of God, Elisha. And she gave a very important instruction to her servant who was riding the donkey. “Don’t slow down unless I tell you.” In other words, she was telling him not worry about her, and just keep on going, for the goal is to reach the man of God as soon as possible.

This command she gives is very instructive to us too. When tragedy strikes close to us, I sincerely hope that we follow this command. Let us leave everything behind and start running towards, not the man of God, for we have One who is greater than all the men of God put together… run to the Son of God, run to Jesus Christ. The compassionate and gracious Lord may look at us and say, “It is well.” Amen.

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