CHOOSE THE GOOD PART!
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part” (Luke 10:41, 42).
Today, the entire world is filled with several kinds of worries. One may be a common man or a bureaucrat or a politician or a national leader or a scientist - whoever it may be, they are depressed with several kinds of worries and are unable to find a way out.
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in you, whose heart is set on pilgrimage” (Psalm 84:5).
Get strengthened in God. Be strong in His Spirit's power of might. Be always filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, many people, even though they are Christians, stumble for the reason that they have not stabilized themselves in Christ. Even during the times of small problems and struggles, they become desolate being unable to oppose satan and the tests brought by him. “He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might, He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).
TASTE AND SEE!
“My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue” (Psalm 39:3).
'Reading of Scripture' is similar to how a cow feeds on grass. "Meditating' is how a cow brings back the cud to the mouth and chews again before finally swallowing. If you want to extract the full benefit of reading the Scripture, you will also have to meditate on the portions read. When you meditate that way, your heart will become fiery and this will help in praying.
LIFT YOUR EYES AND LOOK!
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Psalm 34:8).
In a challenging tone, David writes, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good." When you live nearer to Him and when you think of His love, compassion and mercies, you will feel that taste in your Spirit. You will rejoice in your soul.
BE OF GOOD COURAGE!
“They looked to Him and were radiant and their faces were not ashamed” (Psalm 34:5).
God making you shine depends on how you look at Him. If you look at Him as a Holy God and praise Him saying "Holy, Holy", He will bless you with a holy life. "Yahweh M'kaddesh" is His Name.
I WILL BE COMPASSIONATE!
“Be of good courage and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God” (II Samuel 10:12).
In the Scripture, a counsel which God gives to His children is "Be courageous." Every time when you feel disgusted, keep reading the book of Acts again and again. That will help you understand how courageous the disciples were, how boldly Peter spoke, what a wonderful harvest of souls was carried out and to what extent the Holy Spirit strengthened His children.
DO NOT BE AFRAID!
“I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Exodus 33:19).
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us (Ephesians 2:4). The first thing we have to do to receive the mercy of God is to love Him. You have to show your first love and whole love only to God. When you show your love to Him, He will graciously shower His mercy on you.
WHAT PLEASES HIM!
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Genesis 15:1).
Fear is a deed of satan which discourages the heart. It never arrives alone but brings with it turmoil, sorrows, sadness and horrors. The fear also causes sickness; weakens the body; spoils the mental strength. The mental instability disrupts the functioning of the mind and in the end, it shortens the life span.
GRACE WHICH STABILIZES!
“Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning. Teach me to do your will” (Psalm 143:8, 10).
David was pleased to sit at the feet of God in the early morning. Since he had the desire to please God, he came to the presence of God every day in the early morning and prayed, "God, Teach me to do your will."
GRACE OF SALVATION!
“For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods” (Hebrews `13:9).
Your soul gets strengthened by grace. Your heart is also stabilized by it. Grace will enable your inner soul to inherit eternity.
RICHES OF GRACE!
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,” (Titus 2:11).
The Scripture says "The grace of God has appeared that offers Salvation to all the people" and it is not meant only for a few people or believers or servants of God. Dear children of God, that grace is waiting for you too. That true light is the one which gives light to everyone coming into the world. He graciously accepts every man without neglecting anybody. He is powerful to present everyone fully mature in Christ.
GRACE WHICH IS SUFFICIENT!
“…that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).
How wonderful the words “Exceeding riches of His grace” are! He shows the exceeding riches of His grace because of the kindness He has placed on you.
GRACE WHICH MET!
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9).
Paul who was the prime Apostle had many great things to feel proud of. He had erected numerous churches and had practised all the gifts of the Spirit. In spite of all these things, he had a thorn in his life. When he fervently prayed for this, God replied, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul, who held on to these words firmly, not only dedicated himself to the power of Christ to rest upon him but also told that he would boast about the same gladly.
GRACIOUSLY GIVEN GRACE!
“I commend you to God and to the word of His grace” (Acts 20:32).
“Word of grace” is the name for the Word of God. He heals and gives life by sending the Word of grace. You will receive furthermore blessings through this Word of grace.
HANDS OF GRACE!
“…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus ” (II Timothy 1:9).
GRACE WHICH PROTECTS!
“He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory” (Romans 9:23).
The gracious hands of God make every one of you as the vessel of grace. See the Word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord. “Arise and go down to the potter’s house and there I will cause you to hear my words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make” (Jeremiah 18:2-4).
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).
God protects you from stumbling. His strong hand is powerful to protect you from the huge downfall and make you stand firm. If you want to stand steadfast without falling, let your eyes keep on looking up to God. The fellowship of the children of God who pray, is very essential for you.
KINDNESS WHICH NEVER DEPARTS!
“So all bore witness to Him and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth” (Luke 4:22).
Our God is a God of all grace. He enables us to receive grace after grace. All His gracious words are filled with compassion, love and unlimited grace. He always spoke the words of grace.
MERCY WHICH REMEMBERED US IN OUR LOWLY STATE!
“For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you” (Isaiah 54:10).
The mountains would stand steadfast for hundreds of years. The snow-covered hills also would stay mighty in the same way. But due to long duration of time and disasters like earthquakes, they are likely to get shaken or move. But with love, God says, “My grace will not depart from you and will endure in you forever.” Yes, how precious the grace of God is! How great it is for God to have mercy on you, with His irrevocable grace in this changing world!
“(Give thanks to the Lord) who remembered us in our lowly state, for His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 136:23).
God is one to remember us in our low state. When you remain wealthy, there will be many, willing to stay in contact with you. There will be many to sing your glory and receive something in return from you. But when you suffer in penury and when you suffer from hunger and starvation, no one will approach you or even think of you.