“Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus makes an argument from the lesser to the greater. Humans take care of their children. God will certainly take care of his by answering their prayers.
What “good things” have you asked God for? Do you know what is really good and what you should ask for?
#prayer #God #VOTD
“Shemaiah the prophet visited Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah who were assembled in Jerusalem because of Shishak. He said to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: “You have rejected me, so I have rejected you and will hand you over to Shishak.”‘ The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, ‘The Lord is just.'”
2 Chronicles 12.5-6
The king and people of Judah abandoned the law of God, v. 1. As a result, the king of Egypt assembled a large army to come up against them, vv. 2-4. Shemaiah proclaimed God’s judgment. God treats man as man treats God.
Even when God disciplines us, do we say that God is just? Or do we complain that he is unfair?
#God #2Chronicles #VOTD
“Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the Sovereign Lord? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?”
The God of the Old Testament was just as good and gracious as the God of the New. They are the one and same God, contrary to the opinion of many. He is also as holy and fearful as he ever was.
What are some other wrong views of God? Why do people create such ideas about God?
#God #repentance #VOTD
“The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying.”
2 Corinthians 11.31
Paul appealed to God as witness and judge. Only God knows a person’s heart and true motives. For this, he should be praised, since he judges rightly.
God sees our weakness, v. 30, and comes to our aid. How do you glory in God’s knowledge of your weakness?
#weakness #God #VOTD
“Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!
Defend me with your might.”
Psalm 54.1 NLT
“Great power” translates God’s name, which represents all God is and does. David needs deliverance from enemies (see subscript and v. 3). He asks God to hear him, v. 2, for he is sure of an answer, vv. 4-5.
Are you confident of God’s answer to your prayers? Does this motivate me to ask God? How often do I pray to God for deliverance, and how often do I trust in my own powers?
#prayer #God #VOTD
“I, I am the Lord, and there is no deliverer besides me.”
Israel looked to other gods, to other nations, like Egypt to protect them. They failed to trust fully in God. For that failure, they paid dearly.
To what, besides God, do we resort for deliverance? What does it mean to trust God fully?
#God #trust #VOTD
The song leader can start the song but they cannot make you sing.
A prayer can be led but that does not mean you will be able to honestly say amen.
Money can be placed in the basket but that does not mean it will be done with cheerfulness.
The word of God may be opened but that does not mean the same can be said about your heart.
The Lord’s Supper can be eaten but no one can make you partake of communion with the Lord.
When we bring the wrong attitude to worship we turn our holy kiss into a holy dis that hinders the sensitivity of our soul, our relationship with God and the worship of the church as a whole.
Anybody can go to church, but you have to want to worship God.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”” (John 4:23-24 NKJV)