This year is almost a month gone and I wonder how much work has been accomplished without God in keeping the year the way we want it and in preserving our lives. Actually, man can't boast of any work. It is God who deserves all the praise for He is our deliverer from stormy waters. Man's intelligence, wealth, fame etc. cannot compete in anyway with God's Plan and Authority, not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:9, New International Version).
This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
The Word of God has sustained me over the years. It has also been a Divine Arrangement for me to be connected to Real Manna Ministries. This involvement has helped me to fulfill a vital part of my desires to see more people reading at least a verse of The Bible daily. The Daily Scriptural Reading has been published on the Real Manna website for two consecutive years and for this I am forever grateful. God has also provided this platform for the dissemination of His Word through Sermons, teachings etc.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account(Hebrews 4:12-13). Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:3-4).
Let us read The Word of God regularly believing that He is faithful to His promises. The answer to any situation is found in The Holy Bible. The more we read His Word, the more we are charged up to face our day to day problems/issues. The battle is actually The LORD'S if only we can believe, and He has prepared the relevant solution for each predicament.
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:14-20).
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9).
The year will rain down manna as it was showered over the Israelites in the time of old if we can just believe in His Word. Let us continue this year with the hope that it shall be well in Jesus Name. By faith, we shall walk on water. By faith, we shall launch into the deep to catch fishes. It is also by faith that the barren woman will be the mother of many Nations and it is by faith that we shall possess the gates of our enemies.
Some of the promises we can claim this year are: Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” So the people rested on the seventh day. The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’ ” So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the Lord to be kept for the generations to come.” As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved. The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan(Exodus 16:28-35).
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink(Luke 5:5-7).
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me (Genesis 22:15-18).
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever (Psalm 30:11-12).
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them (John 7:37-38).
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it (Numbers 23:19-20).
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay (Habakkuk 2:3).
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go(Joshua 1:7-9).
As we offer prayers to God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, this year let us link our prayers with the promises that are given in The Word of God. Our children should also be taught to read The Word so as to be able to enrich their prayers too. It is the power in The Word that will tear off our shameful garments and clothe us with the colourful garments of honour.
Let us stand on the promises of God this year as never before. Our God never lies. He always keep to His promises; all we have to do is to be obedient and patient. God knows the end from the beginning and He has all the plans laid down for relevant attainment at the right time. God is never too late. His time is always the right one. He has a way of preserving our lives to witness the manifestation of what belongs to us.
Let us be carriers of the Message. We are to live The Word and to let His Commandments be our standard daily. Our peace should be definitely guaranteed if we rely on His Word. The height should then be unreachable for the accusers and the width should be enough to curtail the attackers. The depth should be immeasurable as it is an endless pit that swallows the intruders, God's Word is The Platform to rest on for safety and provision.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance (Jude 1:2).