Daily Bible Verse:              Acts 26:16

‘Rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose…’

- The Lord wants you to stand up in His strength and ability.
- He has a plan and a purpose for your life.
- You are not here by mistake or by accident.
- Be encouraged, He has chosen and appointed you for His purposes.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the reassurance that You have a plan and purpose for my life. I choose to rise and take hold of what You have for me. May my life be an instrument in Your hand and may I be a blessing to those around me. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse: Acts 26:16
‘Rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose…’

Daily Bible Verse: Isaiah 45:22
‘Look to Me, and be saved.’

Alive to God Blog


July 19, 2021

Life requires so much of us. Have you ever thought about how much you have been through in the course of your life? Perhaps right now you are facing many challenges simultaneously. I sometimes wonder how individuals can face life with its joys and sadness, success and failure, and breakthrough, and hurdles, without God in their lives. At the end of the day, without God, who do you turn to, or what do you turn to.. The truth of the matter is that we need God in our lives. Perhaps we can do without Him when everything is going well, but when trouble comes, then we need Him like never before. In my personal life I have seen God work in wonderful ways and do wonderful things for me and through me, but I have also seen great challenges and struggles. I have concluded that my life is better with God in it. Knowing that God is with me allows me to enjoy the good times and make sense of the bad times. Knowing God is in our lives also gives us purpose and meaning, and ultimately it gives us the hope of life after our earthly existence. Even our ultimate enemy, death, makes sense when God is in the equation. My life is better with God in it and your life can also be better, knowing that He is a part of every aspect of your life, the good and the bad, the positive and the negative, and in the desperate and in the delightful.
- Life is better with God.

I had the honour of growing up in a Christian home with a good father. With him in our lives things always seemed to go well, even in tough times. When he died at 57, the challenges came in waves and seemed insurmountable. It sometimes amazes me the difference one person can make in our lives. In our earthly father we found someone we could look to for strength, courage, hope and vision. When we have God in our lives, we can discover that we have a Heavenly Father. We can look to our Heavenly Father for all that we may ever need in the course of life. We see this clearly illustrated in the life of Peter.

Matthew 14:29-30 Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. 'Save me, Lord!' he shouted.

As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he could achieve the impossible, walking on water, but when he shifted his focus to the circumstances, he sank. If we don't have God in our lives, what else do we have to look to, except the circumstances? If we are going to avoid sinking, we need to have someone bigger than ourselves and our circumstances to look to. You can look to the Lord today. He is able to do even more than you can ask or think.

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