12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. 16 May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. 17 May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:12-17 (NIV),
You are the center and source of my life. Your blood runs through, healing, delivering, and saving me. Purify, cleanse, and sanctify me, O God. Dwell in every chamber, take up residence within me. Regulate my pressure, every rhythm, and every beat. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from our presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me,” (Psalm 51:10-12).
As Jesus entered the town of Nain, which means pleasantness and beauty, some were carrying a dead man out, the only son of a widow (Luke 7:11-17). Some magnificent exchanges occurred, life for death, victory over defeat, light over darkness, rejoicing over mourning. When Jesus comes on the scene, miracles happen! He is a miracle Himself, born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit! It is no surprise that signs, wonders, and miracles follow Him! He told that widow, “Don’t cry.” He commanded the dead man, “Get up!” Look unto the heavens from where your help comes, expect the unexpected, stand in awe of, and praise God today!
Every day is an opportunity to praise God. The longer we live, the louder our praise. David said, “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:18). When we think we have said it all, there is still more. As a child, David knew the Lord and the importance of making God’s goodness known to the next generations. Those who have had the most significant and most extended experiences of God’s goodness shall proclaim and pronounce them to all on every occasion. Take no chance for granted. Keep living and make His praise glorious!
A real awakening occurs when you realize that life is not about you but Christ. John the Baptist said it best, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30, NIV). Because Jesus came from above, sent by God, He is above everything and everyone. Deception is running rampant on the earth. The reality is that God is in control. There is no power in the world more remarkable than that of Him. It may appear that way, but every ruler and those in authority are subject to Jesus’ supremacy. Inevitably, every knee will bow and confess Jesus as Lord. We must decrease, surrender, rely less on self, and give honor to whom honor is due. Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb, forgave all of our sins and purchased us with His blood is worthy of all the glory and praise forever and ever. Amen!
Child of God, if you are still experiencing pain from previous shame or current disgrace, be encouraged! You must know that the enemy’s strategy is to humiliate you and hinder forward movement towards progress. Your accuser means to embarrass you, put you into hiding, and keep you quiet because you are a change agent. The truth is, God has gifted, equipped, and blessed you to make a global difference. The nations are waiting in great expectation for the manifestation of the children of God. You have an inheritance, including a double portion and everlasting joy. Don’t let the devil steal what belongs to you. It is yours! Take it, receive it, and walk-in it!
How do you begin anything? You may start by thinking, planning, talking, writing, or simply doing. You may even have some level of success or feel fantastic. But, in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). Before the foundation of the world, without the beginning of time, Jesus existed. I encourage you to begin every day with Jesus, the first-begotten of the Father, the essence of wisdom and intelligence. God’s thoughts are higher than yours. Jesus is the word conceived and one with your soul. He is the word uttered, the way God speaks, and how you hear His voice. When you begin with Jesus, there is no question that the Wonderful Counselor will tell you great and mighty things you can never know or receive from any other source. Begin again!
It is human nature to care about something or someone. Caring provides the opportunity to exercise the nurturing characteristic within. It is an excellent quality that removes focus from oneself to another. But when that concern turns into worry and becomes a burden, it is time to cast it upon the Lord. Sometimes you can control circumstances, but most of the time, you cannot. God has a way of displaying His Sovereignty, signifying His might, power, and authority. He does this to remind His sons and daughters to throw their burdens upon Him because He cares for them. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22, NIV). Jesus is waiting for you to come unto Him, cast your cares, and find rest for your soul.
Let me start by shouting HALLELUJAH! Why? Because my life is not my own, it belongs to Christ! The truth is the same for you as a Christ-follower. If you suffer because of Him, you reign with Him! Appreciate that your attacks, dark circumstances, tribulations, and persecutions advance the gospel glorifying God. Paul, enslaved in chains, considered all his gains a loss for the sake of Christ. His chains from imprisonment represented servanthood to his owner and master, Jesus Christ. His life belonged to Christ, and he rejoiced in this reality. Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (Phil. 1:27a). From the beginning until the day’s end, make every effort to focus on pleasing Christ. After all, Jesus is all that matters!
Today is Tuesday, 2/22/22! What is it about the twos? Immediately, I think of how God created us, giving us two brain hemispheres eyes, nostrils, lips, ears, breasts, lungs, kidneys, arms, hands, legs, and feet. He generously gave us a double portion. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor” (Eccl. 4:9). They can help each other, keep each other warm, and defend each other. In other words, everybody needs somebody. God intended for us to help, warm, and protect one another. It takes at least two people to walk in agreement (Amos 3:3) and to pray (Matt. 18:19). He understood the explosive power of two people coming together. When two people agree in prayer, God is in the midst and does whatever they ask in Jesus’ name. God sent out the twelve (Mark 6:7) and the seventy-two (Luke 10:1), two by two. We can not accomplish the work of God alone. Ultimately, we are co-laborers with God, but He gave us each other. Celebrate the second person in your life and give them a double portion of your love!