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Archive for April, 2012

Dear Friends,
The past few weeks have been a test for me because I’ve asked God to bring to pass a promise that I believe He wants me to have and it didn’t happen… So even though I was disappointed I firmly believe God knows what’s best for me. Now I have to trust Him that someday His promise will become a reality in my life but it will be in His perfect timing. Having said that, I still feel sad and discouraged so I decided to look for a Devotional that would bring me new hope and I would like to share it with you too. If you feel discouraged, know that when we wait expectantly on the Lord, He always comes through for us.

Wait Expectantly on the Lord
# 143
Psalm 5:3 (NLT)

Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

David’s plea to the Lord was a daily act of faith. Every morning he talked to God and made his requests known to Him. He then waited on God and expected Him to listen to his prayers and answer them. We often treat God as a magician. We tell Him what we want and expect Him to respond immediately, like magic! We don’t wait patiently on Him. Other times we pray to God and don’t even expect Him to hear or answer our prayer. Then we get discouraged and stop asking altogether. We lose our faith in God. Both extremes are wrong. We are to ask God to meet our needs and wait expectantly as David did.

When we wait on the Lord we put our faith, hope, and trust in Him. This act blesses God. He then gives us the grace we need to wait until His answer manifests. We must learn to wait patiently because His timetable is not ours. He knows what’s best for us and that includes the right time. When His timing comes, He will give us a solution better than any we would have thought of on our own.

If you need change in your workplace, a new boss, a different job, or want to change fields, wait expectantly from the Lord. Expect to receive whatever He thinks is best for you, not just what you asked Him for. Once you give your request to Him, sincerely believe in your heart that He will answer your prayer and thank Him in advance for the answer.

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Dear Friends,
Have you been waiting for a desire of your heart that has yet to come true? God’s Word has many promises for all humanity such as salvation but He also has special promises for each one of us. Sometimes though His timing and our timing are not the same and we need to wait until He’s ready to bring it to pass. Today I want to share one of the devotionals from my book, Devotions for Working Women, that encourages us by reminding us that God does give us the desires of our hearts. Enjoy!

God Gives us the Desires of Our Hearts
#303

Psalm 37:4-5 (NLT)
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

God places desires in our hearts. When we delight in Him (take time to be with Him, spend time in His presence, and fellowship with Him), He will give us those desires. When we commit ourselves to do everything unto the Lord, He will help us achieve our goals. In other words, when we spend time with Him, we give Him an opportunity to change us, to exchange old desires with new ones. Therefore, when we desire what He put in our hearts, He will help us achieve those desires because He put them there in the first place.

Are you spending enough time with the Lord to give Him the opportunity to place those desires in your heart? What kind of job do you desire to have? Are you in the industry you desire to be?

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Happy Easter!

Dear Friends,
This weekend is the time to thank God for sending us His son to give us the eternal gift of salvation—something we cannot obtain on our own no matter what we do. This devotional today reminds us that we are saved by grace through faith. Remember Jesus this weekend and thank Him for going through the process of the cross.

We Are Saved by Grace through Faith
#144
Galatians 2:16 (NLT)

“And yet we Jewish Christians know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ—and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law.”

God promised Abraham a savior. God gave Moses the laws 430 years later to keep the people guarded until Jesus came. When Jesus realized God’s promise on earth, the old system of the law was no longer needed. According to the old law, people were cursed if they didn’t follow the law. But when Jesus died on the cross, He became sin and was cursed for us. “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree” (Galatians 3:13 NLT). So now that faith in Christ has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. We are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are united in Christ, and there is no more Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female—we are one in Christ Jesus. Once we belong to Christ, we are true children of Abraham. We are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to us (vv. 9-29).

The message is, all humans alike, are saved by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ. This was God’s plan from the beginning; it is the same now, and will never change. The only thing we have to do is accept Jesus in our hearts and have faith in Him. He already did the rest to save us.

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