With God all things are possible. In the darkest night, in hardest battle, in the trials of waiting, in the trials of doing, God is there and can deliver you.
Fear Not, Just Believe. Put Your Trust where it deserves to be, in the hands of God. Put your hope where it deserves to be, in the hands of God. He can and will deliver you from all fear, will you put your trust and hope in Him?
Where does your hope come from?
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Today’s Reading: New Edict and Deliverance!
Esther 8:1-9:5,13-32; Psalm 94:1-3; Proverbs 17:5
From Pain to Destiny
By Os Hillman
Clean and Committed
By Bayless Conley
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-5).
God often allows pain to ignite destiny in our lives. Without motivation, many of us would never fulfill the purposes for which God created us. Oftentimes a measured assault invades our life and creates a depth of pain that all we know to do is press into God with all our being.
At first, our motivation is to alleviate the pain. After a season of extreme emotional and sometimes physical pain, a second phase begins. This phase moves us to discover a new and deeper relationship with God. We begin to discover things about ourselves and about God that we never would have discovered without this motivation. Gradually, our heart changes our motivation from pain to loving obedience because there is a transition of the heart that takes place. No longer do we seek God for deliverance from the pain; we seek God because He is God. We seek His face and not His hand.
When we move to the second phase we often find ourselves moving into a new destiny and calling for our lives because God often separates us from the old life in this process. No doubt Joseph and Peter felt the pain of their individual crises. However, later they could realize God’s purposes in their crisis. Like Joseph, we are able to say, "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good."
Today, let God move you from the place of pain to the place of destiny. Let God show you the secret things He has reserved for you as a result of the crisis you may find yourself in.
I know not what is to come, I know what God has told me to do, I know that I had a dream, but all I see around me is change. I don’t know how He may make the dream come true, I don’t know what all He has to orchestrate to make it reality. But I do know in whom I put my trust. I put my hope and trust in the Lord, and lift up my prayers and supplication to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When God is for me, who can be against me?
As I watch and see the surroundings change, I look to You, I keep my eyes on You, my rock and my fortress, my everlasting hope and peace. The change keeps coming and I feel like can I keep pressing forward. I know the enemy tries to plant seeds of doubt, but I know that I must keep moving forward and I must keep going, for You have called me and I will follow. I will stand in the gap for all those around me, praying God that You will find ways to encourage them and fill them with Your Joy. The level of change taking place has felt overwhelming at times, but Lord as I turn my focus on You, a peace comes over the situation. As I think of Peter who was brave enough to step out of the boat and onto the water, I understand how the storms of life around him and me can cause me to lose focus for a moment and begin to sink. God, You are awesome and You know the exact words that I need to hear for each day. As I go into this day, I lift up praise and honor and glory to You, in the name of Jesus hoping that people will turn from their situations and circumstances and look to You the author and perfector of our faith, to find true deliverance and strength, peace and purpose. And Lord, we will all give You the praise and the honor and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart"
(1 Samuel 16:7).
A clean heart. Psalm 51:10 says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
A committed heart. 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV) says, "For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."