Then HE said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.’
- We have the joy and the honour of following God with all our hearts. - This often involves making sure our priorities are correct. - Often the regrets we have in life come from pursuing the wrong things. - In the end, all that will matter is, did we know Him and did we follow Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me not to be distracted by all that the world has to offer. May I never forget that my purpose is to follow You and to live the life You have called me to live. I choose to follow You and Your ways. Amen.
Daily Bible Verse: Luke 11:34
‘Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is unhealthy, your body is filled with darkness.’
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HE DOES IMPOSSIBLE THINGS
April 30, 2021
Doing impossible things is just what God specializes in. Another song we sing at church is a song entitled: ‘IMPOSSIBLE THINGS’. Here are the words:
‘One Word, and the walls start falling One Word, and the blind will see One Word, and the sinner's forgiven Because You do impossible, impossible things!’ We need to start to look for and believe in impossible things. When the nation of Israel had reached the end of the road and the enemy was about to pounce and destroy them, God stepped in and did the most impossible thing. This is what happened: The cloud that had been in front of them began to move... (Can you even imagine seeing this?) It moved from in front of them to behind them and blocked the enemy from getting access to them. Then it even went to another level. It caused light to shine on the one side, for the people of God, and darkness to surround the enemy. The enemy was kept at bay and no one disturbed the other all night.
Exodus 14:19-20‘Then the angel of God, who had been travelling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.’
It was like the Lord moved heaven and earth to protect and make a way for His people! We should do the possible and let God do the impossible for us. If you are facing an impossible situation, then turn to the Lord and ask Him to move in your situation and bring about the impossible for you.
HE CAN TURN THINGS AROUND Turning things around is also the Lord’s speciality. Just think how humanity was lost in sin, He sent His Son so that things could be turned around and humanity could be reconciled to God and know eternal life. It is in the very character of God to step into our world and turn things around for good. In the exodus story this kind of thing happened in a very practical way. The nation arrived at an oasis and the water was bitter. The water was so bitter that it could not be used for human consumption. But God stepped into the situation, performed a miracle, and turned things around. He took bitter, useless water and turned it into sweet, usable water and everyone, including the animals were blessed and provided for.
Exodus 15:23 + 25‘When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.’
It is interesting to note that it did not happen all by itself, but it was in response to the actions and obedience of Moses.
1. Moses cried out to the Lord. He called out in desperation and He turned to God for help, because there was nothing that he could do about the situation, and yet the Lord had brought them to the point. 2. The Lord showed Moses a piece of wood and told him to throw it in the water. The Lord may well show you something, something you need to do. It may even seem like a stupid thing, but if God is in it, it can be the source of the miracle. 3. Moses obey. He took the piece of wood that God had showed him and did what the Lord had told him to do. He threw it in the water. That must have been a real act of faith because Moses must have known for certain that that action would not, in itself, make any difference. But he did it.
God did the rest and turn the situation around, turning bitter water into sweet water. He can do the same for you.
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