I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Question – When was the last time that you paused long enough to say “thanks” to God?
Prayer- LORD,I know that you created me with love and care, and you have plans for me that are beyond what I can imagine. You loved me when you knew all my secrets and shortcomings. Your love sustains me when I fail and lifts me when I fall. Thank you ,Lord, for being with me at all times. Amen
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Question – Have I looked to the divine shepherd today?
Prayer – LORD, we are so accustomed to counting on ourselves that we often forget that we have a shepherd to guide us in difficult times. Enlighten me to see that you are there when I feel so alone. You are there when the world has abandoned me. You are the divine shepherd who guides me through troubled waters. Amen.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do…
Question – What does it mean to be in Christ Jesus?
Prayer – LORD, let me discover the meaning of being in you. This world throws out so many definitions of what it means to be a Christian, that it causes confusion. Let me fully accept you and allow you live in me. Amen
If you want to do right
and to obey my teaching
with all your heart,
then pay close attention.
Don’t be discouraged
when others insult you
and say hurtful things.
—- Isaiah 51:7-8
Question – Have I let the criticism of others take me away from the work of God?
Prayer – Lord, lift the weight of discouragement from my shoulders and give me the encouragement that comes with my closeness to you. Such a closeness is forged by following your word and paying heed to your spirit that dwells with me. Help me this day to have a keen awareness of you in me. Amen
I look to the hills!
Where will I find help?
It will come from the Lord,
who created the heavens
and the earth.
The Lord is your protector,
and he won’t go to sleep
or let you stumble.
The protector of Israel
or ever get drowsy.
Question – Do I look to God for my protection?
Prayer- Lord, we all need protection from the dangers that surround us. We need protection from ourselves and our propensity to stray. You are our protector even when our senses go to sleep. You watch and protect us when we push you off. You are such a loving and ever-present God. Amen
Let me ask you this. What would you do if you had a hundred sheep and one of them wandered off? Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go look for the one that had wandered away? I am sure that finding it would make you happier than having the ninety-nine that never wandered off. That’s how it is with your Father in heaven. He doesn’t want any of these little ones to be lost.
Question- Would you that much for one person?
Prayer–Lord, you see the value of me, just me. Help me to value others in such a way that I can value myself. You have given me so much love when you chose to sacrifice yourself for me. Allow me in my path to give your love to others. Amen
For this reason he had to be made like them,[e] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
—Hebrews 2: 17-18
Question—Can you imagine what it was like for God to become a Man?
Prayer Lord, you became like me so that I might be with you. Likewise, I must be willing to suffer to bring others to you. Give me the courage to be selfless enough to sacrifice to serve you. Give me the insight to make myself low. Amen
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
Question—In what ways do I need spiritual cleansing today?
Prayer-Lord, my goal for fasting and praying is to cleanse myself of transgressions through your grace. Then will I aim towards doing what is good in your sight because that is what I was created to do. I confess my sins and ask your forgiveness. Amen
God Delights in Love
Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock that belongs to you,
which lives alone in a forest
in the midst of a garden land;
let them feed in Bashan and Gilead
as in the days of old.
As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
show us marvelous things.
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger for ever,
because he delights in showing clemency.
He will again have compassion upon us;
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and unswerving loyalty to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our ancestors
from the days of old.
Lord, sin can be a heavy weight when we bear it forever. Allow me to cast my sin far away.
“No hell will frighten men away from sin; no dread of prospective misery; only goodness can cast hell out of any man, and set up the kingdom of heaven within.”
―Hugh Reginald Haweis
Who Is Jesus?
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ 14And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ 15He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’16Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ 17And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’
Lord, give us to courage and the understanding of who it means to say you are the Son of the living God.
“The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.”
― Joseph Campbell