Why Are You Fearful

“Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” - Matthew 8:26

I am sure you would be afraid under the same circumstances that the disciples found themselves in; the howling wind, the waves crashing into their boat, struggling to bail out the water and trying to keep their boat afloat.

Jesus, however, was sleeping, completely composed and at rest in the seemingly dangerous situation. He was awakened by the distressing cry of his disciples “Lord save us, we are perishing.” He replied; “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith”.

Are you afraid today, fearful of your circumstances, fearful of your future, fearful of sickness, fearful of death? When Jesus stood up in the boat He spoke to the storm and there was a great calm so that the disciples were amazed, saying, “Who can this be that even the winds and the waves obey Him?”  

Has a storm risen against you? Jesus can still stand against that storm - you cannot perish or fail. He says, “Peace, be still”, and there is a great calm. Fear and faith cannot flow together.

Faith dispels every fear.  Don’t be faithless for with Christ in you, you cannot fail.

Dear Father in Jesus name I give You thanks for Your love and gentle care.  Today, You have declared that Christ in me is the hope of glory and that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Of whom shall I be afraid for You are with me and in me today?

 

All Powerful

“For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you’, or to say ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins… ‘Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.’” - Matthew 9:5

Is it easier for God to forgive sins or to heal our bodies? Jesus said one is as easy as the other. Both the forgiveness of our sins and the healing of our bodies go hand in hand.  

In Psalm 103:2-3 God says there are two benefits that are from Him that we should not forget: Who forgives all our iniquities? Who heals all our diseases?

When sin entered the human family, sickness came along with it. If there was no sin there would be no diseases and no sickness. When Jesus died on the cross He became sin with our sins that we may become the righteousness of God in Him.

He took our sicknesses so that we can be healed. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities and, by His wounds, we are healed. You can receive both these benefits today.

Dear Lord Jesus, today I thank you for Your wonderful benefits that are mine. I believe and receive the forgiveness of my sins today through the cleansing power of Your precious blood. I thank You for the healing of my body, which is also included in your benefits, for I know with You one is as easy as the other to perform.

 

He Wills To Heal

“I will come and heal him.” - Matthew 8:7

The centurion’s servant was paralyzed and dreadfully tormented and requested that Jesus would heal him. Jesus said, “I will come and heal him”. His will to heal is an established fact. We do not pray and say “Lord if it be your will, heal”. His will is to heal.  

If you pray and say “Lord if it be your will, heal” it is a prayer of doubt and no healing will follow. We have often read and prayed what we call the Lord’s Prayer by saying, “Your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.” 

Well, there is no sickness in heaven, thus His will done on earth as it is in heaven will mean, that I should be free from sickness and be healed.   He will come to you and He will heal you and make you perfectly well as you trust Him today.  

Remember that it is His will to save us from our sins for He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to a knowledge of Him.   Therefore, He is not willing that you should be sick, but that you should be healed.

Dear Lord Jesus You healed the sick while on earth and demonstrated Your willingness to heal. Now Lord, I trust You to heal me, and Your will be done in this earthly body of mine as it is done in heaven where there is no sickness.

 

 

 

 

He Is Willing

When it comes to receiving anything from God, it is not the question of His ability to do it, for with God nothing is impossible; by His willingness He can do anything, but do we believe He is really willing?  

This is a reason for not being healed, or receiving what we request of Him in prayer. We ask ourselves “does He really want to do it for me?” This question must be settled in our hearts and minds once and for all. For as long as we entertain those thoughts we get ourselves in the doubting zone. And that’s really like wandering in the wilderness, never quite sure whether God will provide or not.

But God is not only willing but He is also willing to do far above all that we ask or think. Jesus settles the matter in his response when the leper asks Him “If you are willing you can make me clean?” Jesus replies, “I am willing”.

He is willing to heal you, He is willing to cleanse you, forgive you, and help you get though each day.

When you first believed you were not only forgiven and cleansed from sin, but you were immediately destined for Heaven. Having believed that wonderful miracle of salvation why do we doubt that God will hear and meet our daily needs?

Dear Lord Jesus I know that nothing is impossible to You, and You are willing to perform a miracle on my behalf, as I trust You today.

 

The Foolish Man

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” - Matthew 7:26-27

When a lighthouse is built to protect ships from a dangerous coastline, it is not built on some beautiful sandy beach. The beach may look beautiful, but can it stand the battering of the winds and the waves? It would be foolish.

Instead the foundations of a lighthouse are embedded into the rocks that have withstood the force of the seas for hundreds of years. The beacon of light is built on a sure and firm foundation.

Storms in life do come and they test the stability of the structures of our lives. Faith comes to us by hearing His word and by its application there is strength and solidarity.

Reading your Bible and absorbing the word is the way to cement your life with Christ so that when a challenge to your faith comes, you will stand firm. The waves may dash against the rocks, but the rocks do not move. Is your faith as sure and certain as that?

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your word, which are words of life. I know that Your word will never pass away for truth cannot fail. I take Your word to heart today and by Your help I will be a doer of Your word.

 

The Wise Man

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” - Matthew 7:24, 25

Jesus likens the person who hears and does what He has said to a wise builder who builds a house with foundations on rock.

The houses of our lives are being built by not only hearing His word, but also doing what He says. There are many who hear His word but decline to act upon His word.

In 1 Cor. 10:4 we are told that the people of Israel, as they journeyed through the wilderness before entering Canaan, had a Rock following them and that Rock was Christ. The Psalmist, David, again and again refers to the Lord as being His Rock,” A blessed rock, and a rock higher than I.”

Jesus said He would build His church on a Rock. This Rock is Himself. Your life and mine are to be built upon Him. By grounded in His word no storm will be able to destroy us. Storms of life will come our way, but we do not fear them.

Dear Lord Jesus You are my Rock and strong fortress. I hide in Your shadow. Help me to build my life upon You, grounded and immovable as I continually act upon Your word.

An Outcast

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.   Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” - Matthew 7:21-23

His word today calls for self-examination for it seems impossible that a person can do such great miracles in His name and yet be rejected.   He can be called ‘Lord’ but is He really Lord? 

Does He control your thoughts, your words, and your actions? Is He really Lord of all? But how can signs and wonders take place if He is not Lord? It is because God honours that name that is above every name, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, but if He is not Lord in the life of the individual He is rejected in that day.

Although there is a profession of allegiance to Him the submission to Him is not real. Doing the will of God is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and to confess that He is Lord, and submitting to His perfect will.

Dear Father in heaven, I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and submit myself humbly to do your will.   Help me to be a doer of your will so that You will be able to say to me ‘Well done good and faithful servant’.

 

Good Or Bad Fruit

“You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” - Matthew 7:16-20

What kind of fruit are you producing - is it bad or good? By this we are known, not by our outward show that is superficial, being religious and pious. The language we use, the habits we have, the company we keep, the places we visit, will reveal the fruit we are bearing.

Let us examine our fruit in the light of Jesus’ words today and purpose by the help of God that we will bear good fruit that lasts for eternity. A fruit tree bears fruit according to what it is. Fruit cannot be tied onto a tree; they are produced and grow to maturity. 

Therefore, we allow the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control to grow to maturity and manifestation in our lives.

Dear Father in heaven, thank You for the Holy Spirit who comes to live in us and through the new birth we become new creatures in Christ Jesus and from this new nature, within us, will flow fruit that reveals a change of heart, in Jesus name.

 

Beware Of False Prophets

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” - Matthew 7:15

Jesus sounds a warning against those who portray gentleness and come with what seems to be the Word of the Lord. Outwardly, they seem to be genuine and authentic, but be careful. Do the words that they speak line up with the written Word of God? Does it confirm what you already know by the Holy Spirit within you? Does the person’s life line up with the revealed will of God in the Bible?

What is he or she like as a person? What is the so-called prophet’s marriage like? What is the person’s general behaviour like? What is their attitude towards money like? This is not being judgmental, but being cautious that you do not contaminate your faith with the wrong teachings.

These are important questions to ask. A wolf is a ravenous animal compared to a sheep. The outward can be deceptive. It is the content and intent of the heart that must be taken care of and the guiding factor. Otherwise there is the danger of harm and destruction.

Dear Father, thank You for Your word of truth; You have said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” I choose today to live in the full counsel of Your word; help me to flesh it out in my life today. Help me to discern the truth from falsehood, in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

 

The Narrow and Broad Ways

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate, and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” - Matthew 7:13-14

The easy road is not always the best road. There is a broad way and a narrow way, a wide gate and a narrow gate. So often people express the desire to serve God, but want to do it their way. The way of least resistance or compromise, or just being religious.

To have a vital relationship with God and really get to know Him takes a full surrender and commitment to His Lordship over your life. It is so easy to merely make a profession to serve God and then drift along in complacency.

It is not hard to be a fully committed child of God. It just takes the courage to say “no” to the road of compromise and complacency.

It is the way of a transgressor that is hard. Resolve today to press through the narrow gate and walk the narrow road with the Lord Jesus Christ. Get involved in your church and you will not stray.

Dear Father, thank You for another day which I have been given to do Your will. Help me today as I determine to press through the narrow gate and live a life of obedience and total commitment to You, in Jesus name.

Father Gives Good Things

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” - Matthew 7:9-11

It is obvious that no father who loves his son will give him a stone instead of bread or a serpent instead of a fish. Our Heavenly Father is good, kind and full of love, and delights in giving good things to His children.

For every good and perfect gift comes from above, from our Father in heaven. How is it possible for Him to give us sickness, poverty, and spiritual death? He has given us Jesus, who died for us, to redeem us from the curse of the law, which is, sickness, disease, poverty and spiritual death.

He gives eternal life, healing for our bodies and prosperity in place of poverty. He only gives what is good; all that is bad comes from the devil. Receive what is good from our Father’s hand as you ask in faith – and not doubting.

Dear Father thank You for Your love and kindness. I know You do not give us anything that is bad or hurtful but only seek to do us good. Thank You for all those good gifts that come into my life today.

 

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you:  For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened.” - Matthew 7:7-8

Some years ago we as a church were trusting God to open the way for us to acquire land on which to build a sanctuary to seat 5 000 people. We believed this was the instruction of the Lord to us.

Estate agents were commissioned to seek out land close to the city. They returned, after some time, and emphatically said, “There is no available land, we have looked everywhere.”

These were leading estate agents who were part of our church leadership. I was disappointed, I was sure that God had told us something that must come to pass.

That night God spoke to me in a dream:  “You don’t have because you don’t ask. Ask that your joy may be full.” 

Immediately upon waking in the morning, I asked, began to seek again, and persistently kept knocking.  

It was only a few days later when we were offered a large tract of land beside the main freeway at an unbelievable price.

It was an answer to our asking, seeking with all our hearts and remaining persistent in our faith.

Dear Father forgive me for trying my way to do Your will. I know that when I ask, You respond as a kind Father and all my needs shall be supplied.

Do Not Judge

“Judge not, that you be not judged.” - Matthew 7:1 

We are all too aware of the sayings “that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones,” and “when you point an accusing finger at others you have three pointing back at you”.

It is easy to find fault in others while overlooking your own. An honest assessment of ourselves should make us cautious in fault-finding in others.

But change your outlook today and see what good you can find in others and go out of your way to compliment them and watch the response as you express a kind word, or you give a small token of love and appreciation.  

Resist the temptation to be critical or judgmental but rather adopt the opposite attitude and see something worthy of praise rather than condemnation.

Seek to be like Jesus when the hypocritical Pharisees were condemning a woman caught in the act of adultery. He calmly wrote, with His finger, on the ground, and then said to them “You who are without sin throw the first stone”.

We all want to be loved so share some love and kindness today and reap the benefits that will flow back in your life. 

Dear Lord Jesus help me today to allow You to live Your life through me. Thank You for helping me today to be loving, kind and helpful and seeking only to follow Your example in word and deed.

 

Don't Worry

“Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” - Matthew 6:25  

The late Kenneth Hagen, a great faith teacher, often said, “If you smoke it will half kill you, but worrying will kill you”. Worrying will affect you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The wisdom of the Bible is this: cast all your cares upon the Lord Jesus today and refuse to have a care, put them upon Him once and forever.  

There is no need to worry, because all your worrying cannot change a thing. If Jesus can take care of all the birds and feed them, why should He not be able to feed you? If He can clothe the flowers as beautifully as they are, why can He not clothe you?  

When you put the Kingdom of God first in your life, material things will follow, so do not put them ahead of your commitment to God. Live today to the full and don’t try to live tomorrow before you have lived today.

Dear Lord Jesus I put myself, and all the activities that may occur today, in Your hands. I refuse to worry and I cast all my care upon You, trusting You with all my heart, knowing that You will take care of all my needs. Thank You for every provision of Your love.

You Cannot Serve Two Masters

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” - Matthew 6:24

Where do my loyalties lie today? Jesus says it is between God and mammon. Is it materialism [money] or is it God?

Money does play a big part in our daily lives. We work and receive payment for our labour or are in business to produce and acquire money. Naturally, the more money we have the more we can do with it and there is nothing wrong with making as much money as you can.

The question is, do I love it so much that I am prepared to sacrifice my health, loving relationships, my spiritual life and more, to get it?

The test of money is this: does it control you, or do you control it?

What is the amount of time I spend making money in comparison to time given to God? I must endeavour to love the Lord with all my heart, all my strength and my entire mind.

Dear Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I surrender my ability to make money to You. I know Your will is that I prosper, even as my soul prospers. All the money that You give into my hands, that I am a steward of, I will pay a first fruit into Your kingdom and give as you direct me.

 

When You Fast

“Moreover when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites with a sad countenance: For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” - Matt. 6:16 

Fasting was done by Jesus and by His disciples. The saints, it is recorded in the Old Testament, fasted. The first Christians fasted, and we should fast as a requirement of the Lord. He did not say “if you fast”, but “when you fast”.

Fasting is abstaining from eating, not drinking. Jesus, after He had fasted was hungry but not thirsty, thus He must have drank water but had not eaten. 

When you fast, you humble yourself – you come closer to Christ. You have power to cast out devils. It gives victory over the flesh. It is a constant attitude of prayer and brings you into a position to find the perfect will of God. It brings healing, breaks addictions and there are obvious health benefits, like losing weight and cleansing the body of toxic wastes.

Make a decision to fast regularly and make it a time to focus your prayers on specific needs, whether for yourself, the family or your church. Let it become part of your Christian lifestyle, but guard against it becoming a meaningless ritual.

Dear Father, thank you for the many examples in your Word of those who fasted and the powerful results that resulted from their fasting. Help me to commit to a time of prayer and fasting.

 

 

 

 

 

Forgiving Others

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” - Matthew 6:14-15

The power of forgiveness is dynamic - you cannot afford spiritually not to forgive. I have seen scores of people instantly healed when they chose to forgive. Jesus also said, “When you stand praying, forgive”.  

How can your prayers be answered if you do not forgive? To harbour resentment and unforgiveness is not hurting the one you do not forgive but it hurts you.

Jesus told how that a servant owed his fellow servant a mere pittance, but insisted on getting the money back, when he had been forgiven by the master to whom he owed much.  

When the master heard of the man’s behaviour, he said, “Should you not have forgiven as I forgave”, and handed him to the torturers until he paid all. Jesus warned that similar judgement would befall those who do not forgive. When we do not forgive, we open the door for evil spirits to torment us. We will be free from them if we forgive.

“I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled cheque - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.” - Henry Ward Beecher (Minister, author).

Dear Father today I choose to forgive everyone. I will not hold grudges, resentment or unforgiveness in my heart against anyone.   Thank You for Your forgiveness and the cleansing by the blood of the Lord Jesus.

 

 

Forgiveness

“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” - Matthew 6:12

 

If we forgive, He forgives. When God forgives, He forgets. Our sins are as far as the east is from the west. He holds no resentment, ill will or disapproval. He freely forgives us and therefore I cannot afford to walk in unforgiveness, holding grudges or hatred in my heart.

 I must choose to forgive, regardless of what was said or done, I refuse to allow myself to be unforgiving, even if I feel I was right and others were wrong.

What was said was unjust, what was done was malicious and unkind. I choose, however, to forgive, because I desire to have God’s forgiveness. If I do not forgive, He does not forgive me. You may have to pick up the phone today and call someone you need to forgive, or write a letter. Make sure it is done because there will be no release, and no victory, until you do.

Sincere forgiveness isn't decorated with expectations that the other person apologize or changes in any way.  Just Love them and release them. It’s what God demands of you.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” - Unknown

Dear Lord, I examine my heart before You, and I ask You to show me who, or what, I need to forgive. I choose to walk in forgiveness today. Thank You for Your forgiveness, and the cleansing of the precious blood of the Lord Jesus.

 

Daily Provision

“Give us this day our daily bread”. - Matthew 6:11

 

When we talk about bread, we are talking about food, that which sustains and nourishes our physical being. In most homes it is a daily commodity. It has been said, “That bread is the staff of life.”  

Live in dry, tight compartments, do not worry about tomorrow. Live a day at a time and trust God for your need today. Each day has its own special needs.

What is my physical or material need today? I need food today - I need a certain amount of money today. I ask not for my needs tomorrow, or next week, but for today.

My God is able to supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. What father would let his child go hungry if he is a loving, understanding, and committed father? How much more won’t our loving Father meet our needs today? Jesus says ask Him to give you your daily needs.

Remember the sparrows. God watches over them and provides for their daily needs. And as Jesus said you are more valuable than the birds of the air.

Dear Father, as a loving Father I know You are concerned about my every need. I ask You to give me bread today, the money to take care of my needs and the health for today. I thank You for it in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

 

He Wants The Best For Me

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” - Matthew 6:10

The kingdom of God is both literal and spiritual. The literal kingdom of God will come when Jesus returns and His kingdom replaces the kingdoms of this world. Then, and then only, will there be peace on this earth.  

His spiritual kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy, in the Holy Ghost, and it is in you when you are born again.

When we submit to His authority and Lordship, we submit to His rulership. We are in His kingdom and His kingdom is in us. We pray and believe His kingdom literally will come, but also that His kingdom comes into the lives of others.

 

When we pray we believe that we have His kingdom righteousness, [a right standing with God], peace of heart and mind, which He alone can give, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

I bless His name and thank Him as I come before Him to make my request to Him, knowing that He can meet every need. God, who is a loving Father, more so than any earthly father, wants only the best for my life and loved ones.

Dear Father Your kingdom come and be established in each member of my family. We ask You today that Your Kingdom come into the lives of all the leaders of our city, of our nation, and our world. Thank You for righteousness, peace and joy, in the Holy Spirit today.