As I prayed this morning, the theme for the prayer became, ‘this day’. The Lord led me to Matthew 6:11 which clearly encourages us to ask God to give us thisday. He inspires us to ask for our daily bread. When should we ask? Thisday. Daily bread is definitive for all of our needs, the need for health, a job, a loving family, in short, for everything we need in our lives.
[My back story.] You may ask, what is she talking about? Well, in sync with movie storylines, there is always a backstory to explain the storyline. Hers is mine. The Holy Spirit speaks to me during my prayer time and generally prescribes the direction my prayer should take.
[Back to the present.] In prayer I found myself praying for individuals and their needs as usual and then the phrase This Day began to attach itself to the request for each person I named. As I was speaking to their needs, their help, and their victories each closed with this day. Thisday shifted the way I prayed today. This is not my normal way of praying for others, but God placed that phrase on my heart.
So I say to you — May God envelop you in His unconditional love THIS DAY!
Most of us tend to think of rest as a necessary evil. Rest is actually ’joy’. We are blessed to be given an opportunity to regenerate each night.
~ Lisa Blair
Rest is an elusive trait in this society. We stay up until the wee hours working, or in a trance brought on by social media. We awake early to get a head start on the new day, and while we are asleep, it is a restless sleep. Rem sleep evades us. When we wake up, we often feel sleep-deprived. There is no joy in the process. This is not what God planned for us, in fact the last day of creation was the Sabbath, the day of rest. God created the world and humankind with the intention that we find joy in rest, just as he found joy in creating the heaven’s, earth, and humans.
Psalms 149:5, NLT shares that we are to rejoice in the Lord and sing for joy as we lie in our beds ready to rest and sleep through the night.” Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.”
Jesus encourages us to ask for rest. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus invites all to come to Him who are weary and burdened, and He will give you rest. In Psalms 62:1, David writes, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.” And, in Psalm 4:8 he writes, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make we dwell in safety.”
Psalm 23:1-3, implores us to come near to the Lord, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack for nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.”
In Hebrews 4:9-10, the scripture points out that a Sabbath-rest is for the people of God; and that anyone who enters God’s rest from their work is in alignment with God who did the same on the final day of creation. So, “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:11.
God is not only concerned about Sabbath rest, but about all rest. He wants us to experience joy as we lay down to go to sleep and rebuke any worry or anxiety that will take our joy. Honor the Lord through the rest He has proved. Renew your mind, body, and soul through sufficient nightly rest and enter your new day refreshed.
In closing, when you lay down to sleep, declare, I will not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. I will rest my head encompassed in the peace and joy of my Lord, in Jesus Name, Amen. (Taken from Matthew 6:34)
Let’s talk about the dark times. we have all experienced them. They are the times when life breaks down. You lose a loved one, you lose a job, your home, you lose hope or the desire to live. Have you ever been there? You work hard and are up for promotion only to be overlooked. Your co-workers have turned on you. Your friends let you down. Any and all of these circumstances are your wake up call.
I’m hear to tell you, today is the day to say ‘enough is enough’. You cannot change the world around you, but you can change yourself. You can change your perspective on life and who you are in this life. scripture says, No weapon formed against you can prosper. Isaiah 54:17. Challenges, darkness, fear, anxiety, depression cannot prosper if you are a child of the Lord. If God is for you, and He is sovereign, who can be against you? Revelation 22:13 describes God as the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. If you begin your change recommitting yourself to the Lord, who is our Savior, you have taken the first step in turning your life around.
You have to work to change your life, you cannot sit around, hoping and praying. You have to take action. To clarify, working will not get you to heaven. There is nothing you can do to enter heaven. It is God’s gift to you once you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. HOWEVER, you must work to improve your life, to change your life, to become the person God created you to be despite the current prevailing circumstance.
The revelation is this — only you can take command of your life, but you’re not in it alone. The Holy Spirit will guide you, lead you, and instruct you if you develop a patterning of praying, meditating, communing with God.
Do not lean on your own understanding, that is what in most cases created the environment you are presently living through. Proverbs 3:5-6 declares: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all yiur ways submit to Him, and He will make your oaths straight.
Jesus was a busy man. He was attacked, reproached, and His energy was depleted. He was confronted with challenges by man and Satan, but He did not succumb to His circumstance. No, He found a quiet place to rest in prayer with the Lord, He is our archetype. Listen to your wake up call, cry out ‘enough is enough’ and pray to God for direction. Today, o matter what it looks like is the first day of your new life. Say it and came it in the Name of Jesus and it will be so..
1 Corinthians 15:57 — But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
Romans 8:1-2 — therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ, because through Jesus Christ the law of the Spirit who gives life and said you’re free for the law of sin and death.
1 Peter 2:9 — but you are a chosen people, royal priesthood, a holy nation, God special possession, that you made it clear the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 John 5:4 — For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is a victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Joshua 10:8 — The Lord said to Joshua, “do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.“
Ephesians 6:10-18 — Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Before I struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces it fell in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that was a day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you’ve done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with a belt of truth buckled around you’re a waste, with the breast plate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fit it with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all of the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all of the Lord’s people.
Scriptures, Bible Verses About Victory. christianity.com
Traveling through space, amazed by the magnificence of it all and then without warning you find yourself in a wormhole. The space is dark and unfamiliar. Suffering and anxiety prevail, unless, you call on the Lord.
~ Lisa Blair
Have you ever found yourself in a position where all was going well, and then, a health, career, financial, or other personal issue comes out of nowhere? Well that recently happened to me. Life is funny that way. We spend time at the top of the mountain in complacency and then the sky shifts. So, I ask, in the midst of the unknown, do we rely on our own thoughts and plans to escape, or do we go to the Lord in prayer? In the darkness, did you stop to ponder that there are lessons that we can gleam from these experiences? The Bible is replete with people and societies that experienced the travails of life, and through the harshness of the tribulations, challenges and trials, they, over time recognized the lessons presented through the tough times. Reflecting on the concept of the wormhole, we can either implode or we can process what is happening and seek understanding about how to navigate and exit better than when we entered the darkness of the wormhole.
As Christians, our purpose on earth is two-fold. The first is to take the journey the Lord has laid before us which includes challenges, trials and tribulations and mature in our Christian walk, and the second is to be ambassadors of Christ and spread the Good News, and loving all of humanity friends and foes. What better way to spread the Good News than through life’s challenges, how we approached challenges, and the victory of coming out of the wormhole in one piece.
One piece? Did you think that once you accepted Christ as you Lord and Savior it would be ‘smooth sailing’ from that day forward? The reality is, the Lord did not say the path would be easy. On the contrary, he said it would be difficult. The thing we must remember is that we will come out on the other side. The wormhole will close behind us and your challenges will lead to your testimony. You are the author of your story. Ask yourself, how will others interpret my story, will they see only the struggles and failures, or a story of walking with the Lord and overcoming the challenges, trials, and tribulations? Will your story be a testimony for others to cherish when they enter tough times, reflecting on your story as the path out of darkness? Or, will your story leave them defeated wallowing in failure and defeat?
As we walk with Christ through the challenging times, acknowledge that you are never alone. The Lord will never leave you or forsake and like the Footsteps poem, He will carry you when you can no longer walk on your own. Let these times become your testimony.
I am attaching scriptural resources to help you through the difficult times. Begin writing your testimony as you journey through challenges, trials, and tribulations, it will encourage you to stay the course and come out of the wormhole in one piece. You will come out with a closer relationship with our Lord. You will come out more mature and able to help others navigate life. You will come out stronger.
What Does the Bible Say About Difficult Times. Openbible.info
Bible Verses About Having Strength During Hard Times. Biblemoneymatters.com
~ 10 Bible Verses To Help You Through A Difficult Time. Heartandsoulhomeschooling.com
~ 3 S ruptured to Pray When You Just Don’t Know What to Do. Jenniferrothschild.com
~ 33 Powerful Bible Verses About Healing and Overcoming Sickness. Testimon.io
~ 20 PsalmsTo Read When Life is Miserable. Crosswalk.com
~ 31 Spiritual Warfare Scriptures: Help for Facing Life’s Battles. Crosswalk.com