For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NET)
Paul is writing his friend and protégé Timothy. In this encouraging letter, he reminds Timothy that the Holy Spirit empowers and directs him. Power for our life comes when we rely on Christ, who strengthens us when we are weak. This power gives us energy, courage, a spirit of love, and the ability to make sound judgments. God has given us the Spirit of love which, carries us through opposition. Strength in God’s Spirit of power and His guidance for self-control. Faith in God empowers and casts out fear.
Are you empowered; do you rely on the power of God to cast away your fear?
Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love and care. Teach us to seek your direction, rest in Your strength, and rely on Your power. Lord empower us, strengthen us when we are weak. Let us embrace your Spirit of power, love, and self-control. Like the three camellia blossoms are open and closely gathered on the branch, let us have open hearts, closely gathered to the Holy Trinity. In Jesus’ Holy name. Amen
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May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,
Romans 15:5 (NIV)
God is a source of endurance and encouragement. He will help us to keep going, following His path for us. God is patient and forgiving. He lifts us with encouragement and with endurance to keep moving forward. Paul is encouraging the church in Rome to get along; live in harmony. To act like Jesus did, glorifying God, showing patience, and compassion to others. With God’s endurance and encouragement, we can work together, with unity.
Do you look to God for endurance and encouragement? Are you patient, compassionate, and forgiving to others like Jesus?
Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for encouraging us, forgiving us, and giving us the endurance to move forward. Teach us to be patient, forgiving, and compassionate like Jesus was. Encourage us to be tolerant and work together in unity. Like the white rhododendron petals are gathered together around the flower center, let us gather together in love, centered on Jesus. Amen
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Joy to the world, the Lord is come Let earth receive her king Let every heart prepare him room And heaven and nature sing And heaven and nature sing And heaven and heaven and nature sing
Joy to the world the savior reigns Let men their songs employ While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy (repeat the sounding joy) Repeat the sounding joy (repeat the sounding joy) Repeat, repeat the sounding joy
He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness And wonders of his love (wonders of his love) And wonders of his love (wonders of his love)
And wonders, wonders of his love And wonders, wonders of his love And wonders, wonders of his love
Joy to the world The wonders of your love The wonders of your love!
Joy to the World is Isaac Watts interpretation of Psalm 98 and celebrates Christ’s second coming as well as His birth.
The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom
4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; 5 make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, 6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 (NIV)
Believers who trust in God, and have a close fellowship with Him, dwell in the shelter of the Most High. For God is the Most High, exalted above all, He reigns over the universe. God is our shelter during storms, our refuge, and our strength. Resting in the shadow of the Almighty is to rest in faith, knowing God is our shield; He keeps us safe under His wings. When we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we can rest secure knowing that God is with us; He is our strength, hope, and salvation.
When your day is overwhelming, where do you find rest? Where is your safe place? Do you reach out to God to rest and dwell in the shelter of God Almighty, the Most High?
Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we give thanks for Your protection and grace. Help us to grow in faith and have a closer relationship with you. Teach us to release our worries to you to dwell in the shelter of (You) the Most High, and to rest and find peace in Your shadow. Like the beauty of the begonias and artemisia, growing, closely together, let us grow in faith, drawing closer to You, finding rest in Your shadow. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
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When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)
What a beautiful promise the Lord has given us, that His protection and help are available to those who have faith and trust in Him. Fire and water are water in the Bible are often used to symbolize trouble and peril. No matter what happens, the Lord has promised to be with us, not to leave us or forsake us. As believers, we are children of God, precious in His sight. When going through deep waters, God states I will be with you.
Are you overwhelmed, floundering in the waters of life? Remember God’s promise, in times of trouble; I will be with you.
Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your mercy and grace. Lord, help us to trust You and guide us on our path. Help us to find peace in knowing; that You will be with us always. When life is overwhelming, teach us to trust in You. Like the beautiful azalea flowers, need water and light to grow, let us grow in faith, knowing that You are with us through deep water, Your light safely guides us. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
This is a favorite song of mine, I Am Not Alone, sung by Kari Jobe.
Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.
Psalm 43:3 (NLT)
When we have challenges and difficulties, like the psalmist, we need to ask God to send His light and truth to guide our path, to lead us. In times of trouble and darkness, when we feel lost, we need to ask God to show us His mercy, pour into us the brightness of hope. To ask God to guide us away from sin and lead us in righteousness to the place where He lives.
Pour into me the brightness of your daybreak! Pour into me your rays of revelation-truth! Let them comfort and gently lead me onto the shining path, showing the way into your burning presence, into your many sanctuaries of holiness.
Psalm 43:3 (TPT)
Are shadows of darkness blocking your view of the light, truth, and bright hope of Jesus?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your mercy and grace. Let Your light and truth guide our path. Forgive us our sins and lead us in the way of holiness and righteousness. Lord, fill us with Your light and grant us Your peace. Like the beauty of the bright opening blossoms of the crepe myrtle, help us to shine with your bright light and be open-hearted to Your way. In Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 139:9-10 (NIV)
God’s presence is everywhere. God dwells with His people wherever they are, so we are never alone. He is with us at all times, at daybreak, and through the night. God wants to take care of us and guide us along His path for us. His right hand will hold us, protect us so we won’t slip and fall. He will uphold us with His righteous right hand and keep us safe. Our God is with us always; He is omnipresent present everywhere, omnipotent all-powerful, and omniscient all-knowing.
When you feel alone, worried, or afraid do you take time to rest in God’s peace, relaxing and knowing God is with you?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your care and guidance. Help us to understand that You are always with us and always reachable by prayer. Teach us to look to You for guidance and direction, knowing that Your righteous right hand will hold us and keep us safe. Like the flowing wing-like petals of the orchid, let us realize that on the wings of dawn and the far side of the sea, you are with us. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
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