“The Connection Between Purpose and Prayer” By Rick Warren:
“God is good, so by nature, he cannot do bad things. Everything he does is good. And, because he is good, God’s plans for your life will always be good. God didn’t have to create a plan for your life. He could have just let you be born and wander around aimlessly. But God made you with a purpose. He gave you a plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11-12 says,
“‘I know what I am planning for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you a hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you.’” (NCV)
Do you see the connection between prayer and God’s plans for your life? They are revealed and realized through prayer. The more you pray, the more you’re going to understand God’s plan. When you pray to him, he promises to listen, answer, and reveal more of himself to you.
Talk It Over:
What are the specific promises for believers from Jeremiah 29:11-12?
What do you think is God’s purpose for your life?
How does your prayer life reflect how much you believe in God’s plan for your life?
“O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” —Jeremiah 32:17, 27 (NLT)
“How big is this problem on a scale of one to God?”
Put your problems in God's hands and let Him sort them out. He can do anything. Nothing is too hard for our God. Amen! 🙌
“He never stopped believing God’s promise, for he was made strong in his faith to father a child. And because he was mighty in faith and convinced that God had all the power needed to fulfill his promises, Abraham glorified God!”
—Romans 4:20-21 (TPT)
There is NOTHING that God can't do. He has INFINITE power and wisdom. Whatever God promises, He can do. And God keeps His promises! Friend, keep praying. Keep reading your Bible, it's full of the promises of God. And God is able to do each and every one of those promises. Amen and Hallelujah! 🙌
“God Is Real, No Matter How You Feel” By Rick Warren
“The LORD has hidden himself from his people, but I trust him and place my hope in him.” —Isaiah 8:17 (GNT)
“It’s easy to worship God when things are going great in your life—when he’s provided food, friends, family, health, and happy situations. But circumstances are not always pleasant. So, how do you worship God then? What do you do when God seems a million miles away?
The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a trial, trusting him when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving him when he seems distant.
The writer Philip Yancey once noted, “Any relationship involves times of closeness and times of distance, and in a relationship with God, no matter how intimate, the pendulum will swing from one side to the other.”
That’s when worship gets difficult.
To mature your friendship, God will test it with periods of seeming separation—times when it seems as if he has abandoned or forgotten you. St. John of the Cross referred to these days of spiritual dryness and doubt as “the dark night of the soul.”
King David understood days like these. Even though God called him “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22 NIV), David sometimes complained about God’s apparent absence:
“Lord, why are you standing aloof and far away? Why do you hide when I need you the most?” (Psalm 10:1 TLB).
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?” (Psalm 22:1 NLT).
“Why have you abandoned me?” (Psalm 43:2 GNT).
Of course, God hadn’t really left David, and he’ll never leave you. God has promised repeatedly, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5 GNT)
Talk It Over:
What practical steps can you take to help you worship God even when you’re in pain or in a difficult season?
What do you think God might want you to learn during these times?
What are some of God’s promises that can give you hope and encouragement?
“Do you want the good news or the bad news first?” If someone asked you that, how would you answer? I would probably ask for the bad news first hoping the good news would soften the blow. That’s how Paul presented his message to the Christians in Rome. After making the sad human condition clear and proving no one could be made righteous by keeping the law (because no one could keep it perfectly), Paul announced that all hope is not lost. Thanks to Christ’s sacrifice, we are righteous, justified, and redeemed.
But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets. The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; they are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:21-24 CSB
There is so much in this proclamation from Paul!
Righteousness revealed. God finally, in His perfect timing, revealed the righteousness people had been searching for. He revealed it apart from the law, but it had been confirmed by the law all along. The law had served its purpose, to demonstrate our inability to keep it. This righteousness comes through faith alone in Christ alone to everyone who believes. God wants everyone to be saved, and Jesus died for everyone who believes.
Justification accomplished. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but God fixed that in one critical moment on the cross. When Jesus suffered and died a criminal’s death, it was not for His own sin, because He had none. It was for our sin. Justification doesn’t mean our sin goes unpunished; it means Jesus took the punishment for us.
Redemption guaranteed. We were held captive by sin, and we owed a ransom we could never pay. Jesus paid it all. He bought back what was lost and we stand in a new, eternal position. Freely, by God’s grace! We did nothing to deserve this amazing sacrifice and we can do nothing to return the favor. God loves us and determines to be gracious to us for His glory.
Paul proclaimed to the Roman Christians that in Jesus, God’s righteousness had finally been revealed. There is a way to be saved. The way. The only way. To all who believe. If you have trusted in Jesus for salvation, you are righteous, justified, and redeemed. When God looks at you, He does not see your sin, He sees His son!
“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood.” – Romans 3:25 NLT
But Christ’s sacrifice can’t save you if you don’t put your faith in Him alone to do it. God provided one way. Jesus is the way! Trust in Him today and you will be righteous, justified, and redeemed, too!”
God performs GREAT and MIGHTY miracles all the time and we can pray for great miracles of healing, blessings and help. Jesus says in Mark 11:23,
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
But God also uses people to help others all the time. I remember a story Joyce Meyer told about when she was beginning in ministry and they were trusting God for everything. One day Joyce Meyer prayed for “dish rags” and soon after, a neighbor she'd never met rang her doorbell and she had dish rags in her hand. The neighbor said she felt the Lord saying she should bring them over. Dish rags don't cost much, but if you really need them and someone gives them to you without you even asking for them, that's a miracle.
Friend, do you have times when someone did something for you or gave you something that only God knew you needed? That's God sending kind people to you to do miracles in your life. So if you get a feeling that you're to do something for someone, go do it, because you may be the miracle that someone really needs.
Friend, if you need a miracle, pray. Your Heavenly Father knows what you need before you ask Him (Matt 6:8) God hears your every prayer and He will use whatever means He chooses to answer your prayers. And sometimes He will send a good person with a kind heart to help you with whatever you need. God is good. 🙌
There are millions of little miracles happening every day and we, as followers of Jesus, are a part of those miracles. It's all for the glory of God. Amen! 🙏 🕊️ 🙌
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...”
“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
“What gives me the most hope every day is God's grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” —Hebrews 6:19 (NLT)
NOTHING is impossible for our mighty and powerful God and nothing is a surprise to Him. His grace will give you all the strength you need to get through each day. There is hope and peace in knowing that. Amen! 🙌
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
“And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.”
“Let the dawning day bring me revelation of your tender, unfailing love. Give me light for my path and teach me, for I trust in you.”
—Psalm 143:8 (TPT)
“Lord, keep pouring out your unfailing love on those who are near you. Release more of your blessings to those who are loyal to you.” —Psalm 36:10 (TPT)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
—Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
“The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue, Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.” —Lamentations 3:22-23 (GNT)
“Love Never Fails” By Cassandra Webb
“Greetings and Joy! Each day I rise with the thought and the expectation of a beautiful day. I don’t look for any trouble from yesterday or any problems or issues that I’ve previously faced.
Life is Okay. Some days are challenging. The sky is a little grayer, our health or energy isn’t where we need it to be, or something seems not to be going our way. We must smile anyway because of our faith. As long as we stand with God, life is okay. And God never leaves His throne.
God Never Fails. That fact helps me smile even on the most trying days. I find myself looking at obstacles, circumstances and releasing them to God. In your hour of need you can reach out. In your moments of stress, you can lean on him. If you are tired any day, you can count on God for power and assurance assurance . If you trust God, he will always show you the way.
God Sends Goodness Each Day. No matter what you find yourself going through, always trust that God retains ongoing goodness for you. Know that each day overruns with God’s overflowing joy for you. Even if so much is going on that you don’t think you can hear God’s Spirit, continue to pray and trust that God is sending you encouragement, support, and the love that you need.
Enjoy Your Journey. Personally, I no longer allow my heart to be triggered by things that can be expected in life. Occasionally, I stop and contemplate my choices. As long as I keep my mind focused on the Almighty God, I smile and trust that I am safe. If you stumble or fall, it is not surprising to God. Keep getting back up and trusting in your journey. With God, we all have a divine purpose and inspiring journey. Enjoy your life in the protective love of God.
Think of the goodness of God, and smile because we are always covered and protected by God’s life-sustaining grace. I believe that goodness is present every day, miracles still happen, and that God always makes a way.”
“Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.” Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
—Exodus 4:1, 8-13 (NIV)
“Moses to the Rescue” By Bible Love Notes
“Moses saw himself as a rescuer (Exodus 2:11-25). He killed an Egyptian while rescuing a Hebrew slave and had to flee for his life. When he reached Midian, his first act was to rescue Reuel's daughters (including his future wife) from bully shepherds.
But the years that followed changed Moses. He lost his self-confidence. God could have used the confident young Moses, Pharaoh's adopted grandson. He was bold and self-assured. He had a position of power and influence. But God used the elderly, fearful shepherd Moses, the "nobody" who no longer imagined himself a rescuer (Exodus 4:1-17).
We choose leaders who are confident in themselves, confident in their abilities, those with good self-images, who believe they can do anything they set their minds to do. We choose them and try to emulate them. But God waited until Moses was drained of his own self-confidence so he could place his confidence in God (1 Peter 5:6). May we make that our goal as well.”
Friend, it might not feel like it right now, but God's got you. Jesus told us that there would be trials:
“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!”
(John 16:33, TPT)
Keep your head up, soldier for Jesus, He is WITH YOU in the fires and storms of life. You are not alone. If you are in that battle, there is a reason and God will give you the strength, armor and weapons (Eph 6:10-18) to win that battle. And good will come of it, because God works ALL things for good. Amen! 🙌