Thursday, 26 September 2013

Today Reminder - 26 September 2013 (Day 19 - Victories)

A reminder for today
At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)

How are you today, my dear friend? How are you doing in your victories? These verses are some of my favourites and in them the Lord are pointing out three very important things that we should do and keep doing on our journey towards victory.

Point number one: Humble yourself and pray – I write to you so often about prayer. How many times do you humble yourself before God, go down on your knees and pray. This is such an important thing and it appears everywhere in the Bible making it clear that we must spend time with God in prayer. Prayer is the vehicle for daily dialog with the One who created us. The importance of daily communication through prayer cannot be overestimated. It is so important that it is mentioned over 250 times in Scripture. So why is daily prayer so important? First, daily prayer gives us an opportunity to share all aspects of our lives with God. Second, daily prayer gives us the chance to express our gratitude for the things He provides. Third, daily prayer provides the platform for confessing our sin and asking for help in overcoming that sin. Fourth, daily prayer is an act of worship and obedience. And finally, daily prayer is a way to acknowledge who is really in control of our lives.( S. Michael Houdmann)

Point number two: Seek my face – one of the things we lack is seeking God’s face. There is a call of God to seek His face through fasting and prayer. In Scripture, we can see that Moses, Jesus, Paul, and the early church lived by a pattern of fasting and prayer. Nowadays, it is very rare to hear or see people fast. We have forgotten that fasting is part a weapon of warfare, and the reason it is not practiced is because we don’t believe it can produce results. God is telling us to humble ourselves through fasting and prayer because we need to remember that everything we have comes from God. Therefore, we are dependent on Him and not in our own strength.

Point number three: Turn from wicked ways – We need to turn away from all evil. We need to flee from temptation and turn our backs on sin. We should ask God for help, strength and guidance in this aspect so that we can defeat the enemy at the gates. If you still carry a burden of old sin with you, you need to take it to God and ask for forgiveness and forgive yourself also. In resistance lies incredible strength and spiritual growth. God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)

Come my dear friend and let us humble ourselves and pray, seek God all the time and turn (run) from evil.

Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus