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God’s Promises Assurance

God's Promises Assurance -Karina's Thought -Sue Nash

 

 

Hello my dear readers, I am so happy and grateful to God could come back again in this New Year. Happy New Year!  We are wishing you a year of health, wealth, happiness, success, warmth, and loads of love of your dear ones. I hope this New Year showers you with full of Joy and blessings. This is my first post in this brand new year.

Has become our familiarity every early year our company held a general meeting. We discussed everything about the company growth in the previous years; we evaluate and make plans and targets to be achieved during a year ahead. In the meeting, there was one interesting thing and it made me ponder. One of our director said, “This New Year will be similar with the previous, we will be in uncertainty situation. We could make the best plans, but still, we don’t even know what will be happen next. Everything could be change in a matter of minutes”

I heard sound of pessimistic and skepticism! Questions arose in my heart. Should not we enter the New Year with a new vigor? Should we move in this New Year with shadowed by uncertainty? Then whether we have losing the joy in our lives in this New Year just because we think that we will face uncertain situation? Then without sounding of preaching and giving a lesson, carefully I am trying to say something, “Yes indeed if we look at the current situation and the conditions in which the world is filled with a variety of problems, it is natural we would be so easy to doubt and pessimist. But on the one hand we should not forget that we have God who always be with us. Because of Him we could calm. As written in Psalm:”

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. (Psalm 62:1 NIV)

My beloved readers, for me personally, this verse is very encouraging and able to give peace. Actually true tranquility comes from God, not from the world circumstances where we are, instead from an abundance of money, status, employment levels and so on, nor from others. The condition may be uncertain or unclear and this time, It may be that there are among of us who in the lowest point of crisis. But by realize that the presence of God will always be with us should be able to keep us calm. Our salvation is in His hands, help on any difficult thing was upon him, guarantee of future day will be provided by God. If we continue on the next verse, an affirmation will feel getting stronger.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:2 NIV)

Then, we will find a similar verse in the verse 6:

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5 NIV)

The world may be full of uncertainties like our director said. Maybe many people predict that this year is not better than the previous year but we have rock and unshakable fortress that could be a place to hold. We can remain calm focus to provide or perform the best if we realize that God is always close to us.

I was remembering story of Micah. Micah is a prophet from the remote village whose ministry is in the range of the reign of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Situation and condition the world today seems similar as in the time of Micah. Chapter 7 the book of Micah describe the moral depravity and a very difficult situation at the time. Famine, Crop failure (Verse 1), moral degradation, loss of godly and honest people, trepan each other, deceived each other, even destroy each other (Verse 2) Has been so accustomed to do evil,   corrupt officials and judges and accepting bribes, the leader imposes his will, the law perverted (Verse 3) Even the best people in the world likened as useless and stabs thorn hedge, nothing else can be trusted, broken homes, hostility among family members (Verse 4-6) Micah said that all this as a incurable and infectious wound.

“…. Plague is incurable; it has spread to Judah. It has reached the very gate of my people, even to Jerusalem itself” (Micah 1: 9 NIV)

Is not what we are facing today is roughly equal to the situation that Micah faced at that time? But let’s take a look what Micah did at the time?

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me (Micah 7:7 NIV)

What we could learn from the story of Micah? Micah has one big spirit. Yes, spirit of surrender to God. The verse above describe fully surrender to God. Look, after we saw how the moral depravity expressed so obvious in the previous verses, then Micah expressed his attitude was in such conditions: Micah chose to hold on to God with the full of hope. Micah believes God’s inclusion in any circumstances, Micah has full of trust to God’s power that will always save and listen to the prayers of His children

If God is able to save His children in the past, if we have repeatedly seen that God is able to perform miracles through magical ways, if formerly He can, even now God is still able! Because,

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)

Walking with God does not mean that we will always be one hundred percent live without problems. Problems will always be there. But Jesus said,

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34 NIV)

This verse comes preceded by a verse which also already known very well:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 NIV)

Let’s try to combine these two verses. The result is, we will know and understand that even in the hardship that can be comes tomorrow God will still be there. Tomorrow will have worry about itself. Fear that muddying our thoughts today about tomorrow will not change anything. No results could be obtained with fears; instead we will add a new problem. Want to restless or anxious as any, tomorrow will remain come with the trouble itself. But if we truly believe that God is always present and be with us, why we should be worry? Tomorrow will be comes with its own difficulties but do not forget that not only problems and difficulties. God’s word said that,

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV)

All of that would be more than enough to strengthen us through the difficult days and can make us live with joy that is not from the world but from God.

My dear beloved friends, what about us now? Are there any of us who are afraid to face uncertainty in entering this New Year? Whether in undergoing this New Year we are full of fear and doubt? If there are, let’s come closer to God, and get the serenity and strength. Do not let doubt fulfill our mind. Point our thoughts and views focus on God alone. Truly trust in Him! Express our fear and doubt we have in Him.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8 NIV)

Praise Him and give thanks to God because He promised that,

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. (Psalm 46:2-8 NIV)

God has promised something that should be comforting and calming us, something that should not make us has to lose the joy. Therefore we do not need to fear to enter the New Year which is predicted by human logic to be a full with uncertainty or hopeless.

At the beginning of this New Year please allow me to encourage all of you that we do not need to worry because we have a God who is very concerned.  Close to God will always be able to make us calm. His sturdiness will be able to make us not easily shaken.  It is okay World continue to offer the uncertainty, but there is assurance in God. Tomorrow will come with its own problems. But we still must remember that the grace of God, which never end will also present and greet us when we wake up in the morning. We do not need to be afraid to face tomorrow and the next days because I know and I believe that God always be with us and he will goes before us as He promised:

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)

 God has given so many promises as written in the verses above, so why should we be afraid? Let’s enter the New Year with joy, let’s fill this year with the best thing we can do, and let us give praise and thanksgiving to God who has promised to be with us from the beginning to the end of the year. God’s promises are yes and Amen!  His promises are never failed.

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. (Joshua 21:45 NIV)

 Let us use this year as a moment to increase our relationship with God, exercise our faith in order to continue to grow better and increase our capacity to receive the outpouring of wine from Heaven. Tribulation may be present tomorrow, but as sunrise that certainly presents every morning, likewise the God’s promise will certainly present in our life. Amen

Karina – Living by faith

Photo by Sue Nash https://heavenlyraindrops.wordpress.com/

We Glory in Tribulations (Romans 5:3)

We glory in tribulations

I dedicate this article to one of my friends who are gets so many trials in his life. This morning I take my time to share with her. This article may not solve her problems, but at least could strengthen her. I chose this verse below as a base of this article.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5: 3-4

When we have physically suffering or passing through a situation of great trial, we often think that there is nothing good thing that we could get from it. But Paul says we also glory in our suffering. Why we should do as Paul says? The reason is, though seems at the time we cannot see something good behind our suffering, actually something good is going to happens behind it. The suffering itself is not good but the perseverance, the experience, and the hope that spring from it is very good.

When we are no longer able to control the trials that we face, we can learn a great lesson. Be patience! Yes, we should to be patience. Whether we want or not, like it or not, we have to wait. James 5:10 said: “Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.”   We don’t get what we want immediately. But often times when the trials are finally lifted, we are able to see how God use the trials that we had, to shape our lives and even perhaps the lives of others. So, through our trials we have an experience of God’s wisdom and faithfulness. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

In the times of suffering we come to place great value on the promises of God. We may know the promises by memory, but they are never so full of meaning as when we claim them in our darkest hours and deepest struggles. The patience and experience we have gained from past deliverances gives us hope to trust in the Lord and in His promises. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”(James 1:12)

God has come from our trials because we now have a greater sense our weakness and God’s strength. We have been drawn to a closer walk with Him, and His promises are not just words but a reality in our life. So With Paul we “Glory in our tribulations “

Karina

Contributor:  Kimberly Gow – Young Christian Career Woman Fellowship.

Photo credit: deviantart.com

Be Stong and Courage

Be strong and courage

In this great big world wherever we are God promises to be with us. He does not want us to be afraid or discouraged, instead He tells us to be strong and courageous. God promises us this in the Bible; because of this we can find peace in knowing that His word is true.

Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Those words can bring so much peace in difficult times and during the best of times. When I read this scripture it stood out to me and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Every time we feel afraid or discouraged God promises to be with us and knowing that, we can be strong and courageous. Think about it, how many times during the week or even in one day can we feel discouraged? It doesn’t even have to be huge events, it could be as small as not getting everything done in the day we had planned, or feeling afraid about presenting something at work, or going for run our business.

It’s very easy to become discouraged because sometimes we set unrealistic goals for ourselves like taking on too much in one day. Also it’s in our human nature to try and figure out life by making plans according to what we think is best. Instead what we should do is bring our hopes, desires, dreams, and all worries to God and ask Him to guide our days according to His plan for our lives.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

God promises us that He is with us wherever we go so next time we feel nervous, afraid, or discouraged turn to God and ask Him to help us be the strong courageous person God created us to be. If now we have friends who are going through some difficult time, lets we pray for them, ask God to give them strength and courage and that they would not feel afraid or discouraged. Pray and proclaim Joshua 1:9 for ourselves and the others in your life. May we find peace in Gods promises knowing that He is true to His word and that He loves us wherever we goes. Amen

“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” (2 Samuel 22:30-32)

Karina – Young Christian Woman Career Fellowship

Photo credit: Huangshan mountain, China.

 

 

My Night Reflection

 

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I may not understand clearly about every temptation that I faced. But as God said: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

 I believe my Lord will not give me poisonous snake for those people who ask for bread. One thing that I should have to remember and embed in my deeply heart is everything that God has given to me, it all is so beautiful.

God’s hand was embroidering my life with a glorious and exalted creation. The time will become and I will behold the rainbow of His love.

 God, I am grateful for Your promises. You make me strong standing on all of life temptation. You make me courageous to face every tribulation. You make me more comprehend to Your plan and will.

Dear Lord in heaven, I ask you to take my sleep under your promises, so tomorrow when I wake up in the beautiful morning I will behold your glorious and exalted creation. Embroidery my dreams with your loving hand and let everything I get is just according to Your will and plan. Not mine. Send Your Holy angel, let me sleep on their arms and keep me in peace. And let your blessing be upon me. Amen

Karina

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God Promises To Be With You

In this great big world wherever you are God promises to be with you. He does not want us to be afraid or discouraged, instead He tells us to be strong and courageous. God promises us this in the Bible; because of this we can find peace in knowing that His word is true.

Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Those words can bring so much peace in difficult times and during the best of times. When I read this scripture it stood out to me and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

 Every time we feel afraid or discouraged God promises to be with us and knowing that, we can be strong and courageous. Think about it, how many times during the week or even in one day can we feel discouraged? It doesn’t even have to be huge events, it could be as small as not getting everything done in the day you had planned, or feeling afraid about presenting something at work, or going for a job interview.

It’s very easy to become discouraged because sometimes we set unrealistic goals for ourselves like taking on too much in one day. Also it’s in our human nature to try and figure out life by making plans according to what we think is best. Instead what we should do is bring our hopes, desires, dreams, and all worries to God and ask Him to guide our days according to His plan for our lives.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

in your life. May you find peace in Gods promises knowing that He is true to His word and that He loves you wherever you go.

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