Archive for the ‘Helper’ Category

THE BREAD OF HEAVEN

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Day 253

“This is the bread that came down from heaven. Our forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever”
John 6:58

He is the source of our life. we will live forever if we eat the bread He gives us. Feeding on Christ not only imparts life, it continuously sustains our life in Him. We are nurtured through His life in us. Those in the desert died. We will not because the new manna banishes death.

God miraculously fed manna each day to the Israelites in the desert. This bread sustained them throughout their whole journey and lasted until they possessed the promise land. As in the desert, where God rained manna on the Israelites from heaven, Jesus Christ has come to us from heaven with new manna every day. So, as we are met with new grace and mercy each day [Lamentations 3:22-23], He also imparts sustaining life to nurture us with His bread.

Consider this today; why do we rush to the latest books to feed us and show us the way? Why do we look to reports of God moving here and there and desire to be there? There seems to be a restlessness in Christians to “find” greener grass. Yet, the very living God, His Son Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit lives in us, the hope of our glory. He has given us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness. Every day is new in Him. Yesterday’s manna is dead. This day He has new manna for you.

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richness of fare” Isaiah 55:2

HIS HELP AND CARE

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Day 224

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”
Isaiah 41:10

Our Father is faithful to us, and knowing our frailties He comforts us. More than an earthly father, He walks with us, holds us up, giving us assurance of His help. When life’s circumstances throw us into turmoil, He says, “do not be dismayed, I am your God.” Even though you may not sense His presence, He is saying He is there, He hasn’t let go, He is with you.

Our Father strengthens us. The Amplified Bible says, “I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties.” There is a progression where He builds strength in us through trials and tribulations. He didn’t promise we would free of difficulties, but He would help us and assist in our needs. Further, He will hold us up and retain us with His victorious right hand of rightness and justice. When Paul was ministering in the midst of great trial, the Lord spoke to him in a vision and gave the same promise, “for I am with you, and no man shall assault you to harm you…” [Acts 18:10].

Our Father is an encourager. His divine presence and care continually encourages us as we walk before Him. In our weakness, His strength prevails, giving us His companionship in trials. His overshadowing care of us is so prevailing that we are unaware of the many ways He assists us. Ask the Lord to make you aware of His care.

“And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows”
Matthew 10:30-31

THE PASSIONATE FATHER

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Day 186

“He parted the heavens and came down”
Psalm 18:9a

Did you know God the Father is passionate about us? His love for us is so passionate that if the enemy touches us, He will rise up and come to deliver us. This is why David said, “He is my shield and the horn (strength) of my salvation, my stronghold” [verse 2]. God is our Father and He protects us and our salvation. He is our strength.

There are times when the enemy comes we become so overwhelmed that we believe the battle is lost. Have you ever been in that place? Paul was. He even despaired of life and believed he was going to die. David also thought the same. He saw the cords of the grave around him and the snares of death. Both of these men cried out to God in their distress and He heard their voice from His temple. The Father stood up and came to rescue them.

There can not be a more powerful glimpse of the Father’s passion for His children then His parting of the heavens and coming down to rescue us! All the earth and universe shakes when His anger turns to our enemies. He thunders and His voice resounds throughout the heavens and earth. He slays our enemy. And He turns our darkness into light. Glory! What a great Father we have!

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me
from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who
were too strong for me”
Psalm 18:16-17

OUR RESCUER

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Day 184

“He rescues the poor from their distress”
Psalm 107:41

What happens to us when we are in dry place and everything around us is lifeless? It seems God has disappeared, He isn’t around anywhere. Our day is a rut, one of dull routine. We seem to drift aimlessly. We may even be experiencing hopelessness. We are overwhelmed with the matters of life. How did we get there? Maybe we put ourselves there by stupidity or through sin and rebellion. Ultimately it seems nothing can be done and no matter what we try, it is useless.

It is in these very places that the Sovereignty and Glory of God may be seen. God calls forth things which are not as if they were. He can turn the deserts into pools of water and flowing springs. On the very ground where we have failed, He is able to turn it for our good. We are His people, the sheep in His pasture. He hears our cries, even when these have become muffled by our own doing. He will rescue us.

The faithful love of the Lord is seen throughout history. He brought His people out of slavery in Egypt. Even when they rebelled against Him in later years and He chastised them, He once again brought them out of captivity. His heart turned to them for no one heard them. And when He released them, He gave them increase in their lives. He is here today and is still rescuing us. What a God this is! His love is unfailing towards us.

“The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will wait for Him”
Lamentations 3:24

OUR FATHER’S HELP

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Day 180

“Thou art my help and my deliverer”
Psalm 40:17

Deep in our nature there is a great desire to be accepted. It is the nature of love. Sin has twisted this in a way that we deeply struggle with these issues. Consider how much the word ‘self-esteem’ pervades discussions today. The wrongful expression of these deep desires leads to sin.

God greatly desires our love. He created us to love and know Him. And He longs to have our whole being and heart to love Him. But, how can we love God with our sin, faults, imperfections, failures, etc.? We are blinded by our own flesh. Even the best of our intentions, all our self-strength, strongest will, best efforts will not cleanse us or make us right. We may express our desire and say we love God, but our lives often seem to prove otherwise.

God is our helper. He can do what we cannot do. He can do what is not possible. That’s why He first loved us. Then He shed His love abroad in our hearts so we can love. And He promises to circumcise our hearts – cleanse us and make us right. He is a Father who looks upon His children with tenderness and will do whatever it takes to make us clean. He will lead, direct, and take us through life to accomplish His purposes. He is a glorious God full of grace and mercy for us, His children.

“The Lord will cleanse your heart …
so that you will love Him with
all your heart and soul”
Deuteronomy 30:6