‘Be prepared! Be prepared, you and all the soldiers assembled around you. [GWT] Ezekiel 38:7a
As 2014 approaches, what wise and prudent measures are you putting in place? What is it you’re hoping to achieve in 2014 that you didn’t in 2013? Are you prepared for what lies in wait in 2014? With God on your side, 2014 will be a successful year for us all. Counting down to the New Year!
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. [NIV] Ecclesiastes 11:5
There’s no point in trying to understand what might be happening around you, or rather why certain things happen/are happening to you, such as the momentary setback, the great deal of work/goals that still need to be attained. But rather focus on the fact that God the maker of all things, whose ways can never be understood, has told you He has great thoughts/plans for you, that means you do have a good and glorious future and everything will work out GREAT. Whatever you may be going through is only a glitch in God’s plan for you, but it won’t stop you from getting to your glorious destiny. You were created for a good purpose and that’s all that matters!
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! [NLT] Psalm 139:17
It’s impossible to try figuring/numbering the precious, awesome, wonderful, great thoughts God has concerning you. If you were to sit from now till eternity, spending every waking moment trying to understand them, you will wear yourself out, because His thoughts concerning you cannot be fathomed. That’s how important you are to the Lord Jesus. To say you are constantly on His mind is an understatement. Have you been in love before (not the sick feeling 😀 the other one 😀 )that feeling multiply it to infinity, and you’re just barely scratching the surface. You are so precious to God, that He spends all of His time thinking about you. He says He does, and you know He’s not a man that he should lie about it. So any time you feel rejected, dejected, neglected, abandoned, or unloved, remember that the creator of the entire universe loves you to bits. You were born to live a purposeful life filled with His love! Remember that.
“And with a pillar of cloud You led them by day, And with a pillar of fire by night To light for them the way In which they were to go. [NASB] Nehemiah 9:12
Night time is the period between sunset and sunrise, a time when the sun disappears making way for darkness. Are you facing dark times in your life? Are you feeling a little gloomy, depressed, and low-spirited because of the uncertainties that come as a result of the period of darkness currently trailing you? The Lord Jesus says, He will be your light, the light that you need to help you through the difficult times in your life, into the life He created you to live. He is the brightness of the Glory of God, and in no time, He will make you what He is. So, don’t let the dark times bother you, your sunrise is on its way. Have faith in Jesus.
But the path of righteous people is like the light of dawn that becomes brighter and brighter until it reaches midday. [GWT] Proverbs 4:18
You are a shining light because of Jesus Christ in you. And because you as a light can never ever fade, you can only glow brighter and brighter, never ever becoming dim, irrespective of what may be thrown at you! No struggle, past mistakes, failure, missed opportunities; disappointments or scandal can ever cause your light to fade away. It is impossible. Keep this at the forefront of your mind. You were born to shine, so don’t let any circumstance tell you otherwise. And because the glory of God is in you, it’s time you took your place as a shining beacon that can never be covered in Jesus name. Amen.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice! [NLT] Philippians 4:4
Even in the midst of that struggle, let your heart be full of joy. You may not have much to be glad about, but that single action of “making a decision to be joyful regardless of what may be happening” gives you a better perspective on things. Why? Because you have made a choice to always be glad, you will always see the positive aspect of every negative situation. So maybe Christmas is coming and maybe it’s a season that fills you with so much trepidation, rejoice and be glad. Maybe it’s a lonely time, or simply you don’t have enough to make it as cheerful as you would like it to be, rejoice and be glad. Don’t weary yourself unnecessarily. The Lord Jesus always has a way of making everything beautiful, and everything will work out marvellously in your life in Jesus name. Amen. And so I say it again. Rejoice.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. [NLT] Psalm 37:4
You don’t need to fret because of the rumours you’re hearing. Trust God, trust the Father, His Son Jesus and His Spirit. Believe in His power, goodness, faithfulness, wisdom, love, grace, mercy, works of creation, people, redemption, WORD, Gospel – the truths and ordinances of it and meditate upon it. And because you have trusted Him by going after the things that pleases Him, He will give you the desires of your heart – according to His will, and given to you not just for you, but also for the good of His people. He will open the flood gates of heaven, if and only if you trust and believe in Him.