Affirmation of God: God will provide the way.

Today’s Scripture: No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV 

God’s Spirit is with us and provides His way. 

Are you aware that the same God who led His people by cloud and opened wide the Red Sea is the same God who will provide your way?   Do you think the Israelites could have dreamed that they would cross the sea on dry land?  We may not see our way either. 

Today we may run to God and trust that He alone will provide the way. Trusting in any other idol will prove itself insufficient. Seeking God for the good of others will guide us to His glory. If His glory is what we seek, He will provide the way. 

God alone can provide the Spiritual direction and strength that breaks through the waves of life. He will do it as we keep moving in His direction. God is faithful. 

Are you seeking God’s way? 

Today’s Prayer: God of Moses, thank You for guiding me. Whether it is by cloud or by Your Holy Spirit, guide me Father to Your glory.  I believe Father God that you will provide the way. I will be nourished by Your spiritual food and You will give me Your desires.  Shine Your light Lord on anything I may hold as an idol. Thank you for allowing me to participate in the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ and I will only drink of Your cup. Use me today Lord to show Your glory in all that I do.  I love you. Amen 

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Affirmation of God: The LORD is with me and He comforts me.

Today’s Scripture: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 ESV

Life can be uncomfortable at times. There are seasons that make us catch a glimpse of the valley of the shadow of death. But when we know the LORD is with us, we fear no evil and we find comfort.

I returned to an almost four year old affirmation today and realized the most comfortable place I have experienced in my life is still my prayer closet. Seriously, I find comfort there more today than ever.

Alone with God I confirm that He is all that I fear. The awe and love for God experienced there reminds me that He has already set a table for me. I can trust His plan and find true comfort in Him. I realize He is all I want.

Like David here in Psalm 23:4 I want to dwell with the LORD all the days of my life.

Where are you most comfortable?

Today’s Prayer: Dear LORD, thank You for guiding me to You. Thank You for restoring me with Your green pastures and Your still waters. Thank You for being with me, for comforting me and for restoring my soul. I only fear You LORD and I seek to dwell with You all the days of my life. I trust that Your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. Amen

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 Affirmation of God: I trust the prayers of the Holy Spirit.

Today’s Scripture: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26 ESV 

When you pray to God do you ask to know and do His will or do you ask Him to know and do your will? 

We do not always know what to pray, do we? But thanks be to God the Holy Spirit knows and intercedes for us. Will we quiet our asking long enough to allow the Spirit to intercede? Can we still our minds and our tongues to seek to know God’s will for us by listening to His Spirit? 

Holy Spirit teach me to pray without ceasing. In the model of Jesus’ prayer help me to pray with You. Fill me with the knowledge only You have. Guide me in the way of God’s purpose. Prepare my heart and my life to serve God as He desires. 

I trust You Holy Spirit and thank You for Your supplications for me. Help me to live in You continually. 

Today’s Prayer: Almighty God, thank You for praying with the Holy Spirit for me. I trust You are coordinating Your will. I trust You to shape me and mold me into Your willing servant. I am comforted and strengthened to know the Holy Spirit knows Your will and myself better than I. I praise You LORD and pray I will complete Your will for me today. Amen 

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Affirmation of God: I gaze upon the beauty of the LORD.

Today’s Scripture: One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4 NIV 

The beauty of nature does move my spirit but as I dwelled in the house of the LORD this morning with David here in Psalm 27 I see that the beauty of the LORD is not “skin deep”. 

In verse one, “the LORD is my light and my salvation” (ESV). HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THAT? Other beauties in this chapter include:

  • The LORD is my confidence
  • The LORD lifts me high
  • The LORD is my help
  • The LORD will take me in
  • The LORD teaches me His ways
  • The LORD will lead me 

Like David in Psalm 27:13 I believe I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD. I do believe I shall. Looking upon God’s goodness and His beauty I find a beauty that cannot be adequately described yet fully received. 

Shall we choose to gaze upon the beauty and goodness of God together today? 

Today’s Prayer: Father God, Creator God thank You for Your beauty. Thank You for filling the gaze of my eyes and my heart with Your love and Your joy. I am filled with shouts of joy at Your goodness and Your beauty. LORD, I choose to dwell with You all the days of my life, to gaze upon Your beauty and to seek You. LORD use me to open the eyes of those yet to gaze. Amen 

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Affirmation of God: My life will speak better than my words.

Today’s Scripture: In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands, even those who refuse to accept the Good News. Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over by watching your pure, godly behavior. 1 Peter 3:1-2 NLT Tyndale

Our lives will speak better than any words. Do you ever wonder about what your life is saying?  Do our lives speak joy in God or anxiety in life?

As I encourage others to follow after God’s heart and be who He created them to be, do I live it? 1 Peter is an awesome letter giving us direction on how we should live. This book is about doing things right, living right and desiring to serve God.

Do I just talk about using our gifts or do I courageously trust God with these gifts He has given me? Will I just speak as if God is speaking through me or will I live as if God is living through me?

What is your life speaking?

Today’s Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your word and the example of Jesus. Help me to live for You.  Your timing is amazing and I know You are speaking. Thank You for the gifts You have given me. Help me to use them with all the strength and energy that You supply. Help me to live the Good News and belong to Christ.  Help me to live in You so others will live in You. Amen

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Originally Posted 8/19/2011

 

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Affirmation of God: I aim to please God.

Today’s Scripture: So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:9 ESV

I came to these verses today as I strained to see the unseen. How do I learn to fix my eyes on the unseen as instructed in 2 Corinthians 4:18?  I keep searching His Word and His Spirit and walk by faith.

God gave us the Spirit to guarantee we can see. God knows who we are. He wants us to see it too. If we look to Him we will find Him and who we are.

Living for Jesus Christ as instructed in 2 Corinthians 5:15 is the answer to many questions. We are promised to be a new creation in Him. To live out this new creation I no longer look to my own flesh and sight but walk by faith and aim to please God.

In Jesus we become who God knows we are. The Spirit is how we see it too. Are you aiming with the Spirit? I find who I AM in who I AIM.

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus and for Your Spirit. I am asking that Your Spirit teach me to see who You know I am. Please reveal the ministry of reconciliation You have for me. I aim to please You LORD to live out the new creation You intended for me. Help me to see and help me to walk by faith. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I return to the Spirit of the LORD and find rest.

Today’s Scripture: Like livestock that go down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD gave them rest. So you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name. Isaiah 63:14 ESV

The Spirit of the LORD always gives us rest when we return to Him. Like Isaiah in 63:17 I wonder why God made us to wander away from Him and fear other things over Him. Yet, ALWAYS when we exhaust all other searches for hope and rest He is faithful to save us and give us rest.

Exhausted and bloodied we often return to Him like His people here in Isaiah 63 and recognize His peace and His steadfast love. He never left us, we just wandered away.

I praise You LORD and recount Your steadfast love. I am reminded that You continue to lead me even in the depths of my wanderings.  Lead me in Your Spirit to stay in Your love and rest. You, O LORD are my Father and my strength.

Has something caused you to wander? His Spirit awaits to give you rest.

Today’s Prayer: You, O LORD are my Father and I praise Your glorious name. Your Spirit of love and rest always welcomes me. Although I do not understand my tendencies to wander, I do know Your Spirit of love, rest and peace. Thank You LORD for You love and for giving me rest in You. Lead me in all of Your ways. Amen.

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Affirmation of God: I follow the Spirit’s leading.

Today’s Scripture: Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:25 New Living Translation

The Spirit leads us to freedom. Freedom is found far from the flesh. The ways of man lead us back or keep us in slavery.

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. Galatians 5:16 NLT “LET” the Holy Spirit? Other translations state to live or walk in or of the Spirit. May we test our cravings.

It is easy to see whether we are choosing the Spirit or the flesh isn’t it? When we are following the Spirit we are producing the fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are listed in Galatians 5:22: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

I also see the fruits I bear when I am NOT following the Spirit. LORD, help me follow Your Spirit.

Who or what will you choose to follow today?

Today’s Prayer: Abba Father, thank you for adopting me as your child and for sending Your Holy Spirit into my heart. Help me to walk and live in Your Spirit. I want to choose to walk in Your Spirit at all times and I need Your power to help me turn away from my sinful nature. In each decision help me to see what fruits I am producing.  Let Your Spirit guide this life. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I thank the LORD for His love.

Today’s Scripture: Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Psalm 107:8 ESV

God and His Word are amazing. I returned to Psalm 107 today after reviewing a blog I wrote two years ago. After capturing over thirty new affirmations I was astounded at the endless promises that fill my heart.

This Word confirmed to me that I am qualified to tell others of His love. In verse two, we are told “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.” I am saying it here. The LORD answered my cries for help and saved me.

The LORD does answer our cries in His steadfast love and He delivers us. I am living proof and this writing is my song of joy that I sing to you. I pray you too know this joy. Will you join me in thanking Him and singing your song?

There is no end to His love and no end to His deliverance. For that I am thankful; are you?

If you do not know this deliverance please ask me about it. I am qualified to share His love.

Today’s Prayer: LORD, thank You for hearing my cries and for saving me. I thank You for Your love and Your deliverance. Help me to sing my song of joy loudly so others will know Your love and Your deliverance. I pray for those suffering in their afflictions and pray they will cry out to You. I know You hear and love them just as you do me. Amen

Tom Raines

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Originally posted 7/12/2012 (His love is known better even today-amazing love)

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Affirmation of God: I make room for God.

Today’s Scripture: lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. Proverbs 30:9 ESV

God feeds us what we need we are told in Proverbs 30:8 and in Proverbs 30:5 we are told every word of God proves true.

God has proven His Word to be true in my life and He continues to give me what I need.  My mouth and my life can be too full to receive. I echo these words or Agur in Proverbs 30; give me neither poverty nor riches lest I be full or lest I steal.

I confess that I don’t really know what I need but God has proven to me that He knows. Even today, even in His Word this morning He feeds me what I need. The only control I have over today is to make room for God and trust He will feed me and protect me if even from myself.

Will you make room for God today?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for feeding me what I need. LORD, I have done wrong in keeping my mouth and my life too full to receive You. Help me to make room for Your wonders. Thank You for Your Word that is always true. I trust You LORD to fill me and give me what You know is needed by me and others. Amen

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