When God seems silent

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

You know the word God is not mentioned in the book of Esther even once, neither the word Prayer, atleast in KJV and NKJV. This should still make our hearts glad, because deliverance did come and it was none other than God Himself who delivered the Jews from that wicked Haman.

Many a times we may also feel that the Lord is just silent or absent from our trials and tribulation, but be of good cheer as our Lord would say, HE is very much in our midst, in the midst of the storm, HE is our ever present help in times of trouble. Like Esther there comes a time when we need to fast (and pray) to our Lord, for deliverance from our trials and victory over the enemy. Even if you feel God is silent, just go to Him in prayer, for He will surely answer by delivering you. He has promised this in His word – Ps. 50:50, Call unto me in the day of trouble, I will save you and you will glorify me”.

Remember, HE is not only our GOD and MASTER, but even more now through JESUS, Our FATHER. The battle therefore belongs to Him. The Word of the Lord in 2 Chronicles 20:15 says, “Thus says the Lord to you, Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Verse 17 is even more reassuring, “You will not need to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord… Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them for the Lord is with you.”

Dear Father, we are glad that You are always attentive to Your children, You always hear our cry and answer our prayer. Even when we feel you are silent and faraway we know that You are always near and silently fighting for us. Thank you for Your promise that You will never let us be disgraced or ashamed and that whenever we will call You, You will answer and deliver us. We praise you and glorify You, to You alone be all glory and honour. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

More than a Conqueror

I am more than a conqueror,
Sin has no dominion over me,
Death has no victory over me,
Satan has no power over me.

I am my Master’s servant,
But He calls me His friend.
Adopted me as His Son,
And made me His very own.
Undeserving, yes, but by the Grace of God and through Faith in His Begotten Son, I am now a child of the Most High.

Thank you Jesus! May Your Kingdom come,
May You always increase, and I decrease.
Blessed Be the God of my Salvation,
Let every breath in me never cease to Praise Your Name!

Let not your heart be troubled

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go prepare a place for you.” John 14: 1 and 2.

Believer, if your heart is troubled, let it not be so because Jesus tells us to trust in Him. He will indeed calm your troubled heart. Just ask Him, take your troubled heart to Him and He will give you rest, and perfect peace.

1 Peter 5:7 tells us, “Cast all your anxiety upon Him for He cares for you.”

Isaiah 26: 3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

Put on the Helmet of Salvation, dear reader, and fill your mind with His Word. Ask God to give you the mind of Christ, and He will give you perfect Peace. Trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding, and He will direct your path.

Jesus has already gone before you, to prepare a place for you. He has already gone before you to straighten the crooked paths, to defeat your enemies, to fight your battles, to bless you with streams in the desert and make road for you in the wilderness. Trust Him and He will do what is impossible for you. Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Make me more like JESUS

Change my heart O Lord,
Make me more like You.
Wash me, cleanse me, mold me,
purge me, chastise me, do all You need to,
But change my heart O Lord,
And make me more like You.

Give me Love to love the unloving,
Strength to forgive my enemies,
Patience to endure all things,
Faithfulness toward You and those I ought to be faithful to.
Supply all my needs according to Your riches in Glory in Christ Jesus,
And make me more like You.

Give me the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding,
The Spirit of the Knowledge of Your Word.
Give me the Fruit of Repentance and Righteousness,
The Fruit of the Spirit,
And a Heart to Obey and Worship You in Spirit and in Truth.

Now take my hand Precious Lord,
Lead me in the way Everlasting,
Hold me with Your Righteous Right Hand,
To daily walk with You, Meditate on You, Live for You, Die for You,
And eventually become more like YOU!

Nothing is too difficult for Thee

Is there anything too hard for you Lord?

Absolutely nothing! Nothing is too difficult for Thee.

For you are all so Powerful, Ever so Wonderful,

You are All Knowing, All Encompassing.

Full of Mercy and Compassion, Slow to Anger,

The Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End,

From Everlasting to Everlasting,

You are the Great I Am.

Come to the Throne of Grace Boldly

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16.

By the grace of God and through our faith in Jesus Christ alone, God has given us the privilege and the right to go right upto the Throne of Grace to obtain His mercy and grace and make our requests known to Him. Jesus too has repeatedly told us to ask the Father whatever we need in His name and the Father will give it to us. Therefore we can now go directly and boldly to the Father’s Throne of Grace and ask whatever we need and receive His grace, mercy and favour.

This is similar to Esther, she entered the king’s court without his permission for a specific need, and the king raised his scepter and saved her life and granted her request. Esther being the queen, could not enter the king’s throne boldly, she literally risked her life. But thanks to the perfect work of Jesus, His death and resurrection and our faith in Jesus alone, for our salvation, we are now children of God, and heirs in His Kingdom, and therefore we need to fear for our life, but can come boldly and confidently to the Throne of Grace and make our requests known to God the Father.

So let us make good use of this privilege that God has given us, while we still can, and let us know our Lord more intimately and personally. Let us come to His Throne of Grace boldly, not only to meet our needs, but also for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and even for those that are lost in the pleasures of this world.

Dear Father, thank you for giving us the privilege to come to your Throne, and to come boldly and ask whatever we need in Jesus name, and we know that you will grant our request, according to your perfect will and plan for our life. We pray that you help us recognise what a great privilege you have given us and to make good use of it, not only for us and our families, but even more for those that are lost. To You O Lord be all glory and honour, now and forevermore. Amen!

Like a Thief in the Night

“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2.

We ought to live every day, all the time, knowing that our Lord will come at anytime. Like a thief in the night, our Lord will come at an unexpected time, so let us be ready, let us be watchful dear reader, lest we be caught unaware.

While the world is busy in hate, immorality, self righteousness, a child of God is mindful of the things above. He spends more time with the Lord, conversing with Him, in Spirit and in Truth, casting all cares upon Him, and most importantly being more like Jesus to this lost world.

Let us be watchful and bear fruits worthy of repentance, let us also bear the fruit of righteousness and the fruit of the Spirit (which is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control), so that we become good ambassadors of Christ and warn the lost and our near and dear ones, that our Bridegroom is on His way to take His Bride.

Dear Father, prepare us to meet you, and while we are still on earth, help us to be more like you and be your good ambassadors to the lost. In Jesus name, Amen!

Pray Without Ceasing

“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.

What does it mean to pray without ceasing? Does prayer always require us to close the door, get on our knees? Do we have to be in a Church to pray? The answer is a big NO! Praying without ceasing is simply like breathing. Do you cease to breathe? No! unless of course the person is not alive anymore. So also, a believer in Christ, prays to the Father continuously, always, without ceasing. You pray to the Father when walking to your nearby store, when taking a walk or run, you talk to Him when taking a bath, you talk to Him when at work, you talk to Him about your work, you talk to Him when you are in the crowd, you talk to Him when alone or when you feel lonely. In short, you talk to Him all the time.

Talk to Jesus as if He is right next to you, indeed He is right next to you. Talk to Him, pour out your heart to Him, tell Him things you cannot even share with your closest companion. And thank Him in all things, for this is the will of God.

Dear reader, when you get that promotion, or when something good or bad happens, that sudden rush of emotions when you feel, instead of immediately calling your spouse or friend or colleague, first dial your Heavenly Father, your true Friend – Jesus Christ. Tell Him first and then take it to the rest.

Praying without ceasing is talking to God knowing that He is right next to you, in person. Praise Him, thank Him for all that He has done for you and for all that He is doing for you right now. Know for certain, when you shed that silent tear, He will be that shoulder for you to cry on, when you laugh and are excited about that promotion, He will celebrate with you. Whatever it is, He will be there for you and He will be with you, in all season, at all time, without taking any appointment.

Dear Lord, thank you for always being there for me. Lord, I praise you for who you are – the King of kings and Lord of lords, the maker of heaven and earth, my Lord and Saviour. Lord we ask you to help us to pray without ceasing, and giving you thanks in everything. Help us to have that intimate person relationship with you and be ready to me you on that great and awesome day of our Lord. In Jesus name, Amen!

God is calling you

Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” – Genesis 3:9.

Often we cry out to God, “Where are you, Lord?” Why me Lord? I believe it is God who is calling for us, it is He who is calling our name, and it is us who fail to listen to His voice. If like Adam, we are hiding from Him, then dear reader, know that God already knows where we are hiding. Nothing absolutely nothing is hidden from Him. Even darkness is like light before Him. Whether you hide in the heavens, or in the depths of the earth or even under the earth, our Lord sees us. He knows our every thought, even before we utter a word in our mouth, even before we think a thought in our mind, He knows it all.

So, if today we are hiding from Him, let us immediately, come to the Light, and confess and repent of our sins to Him and He will immediately forgive us and wipe our slate clean. And if we haven’t yet believed in His only Son, Jesus Christ, then let us believe with all our hearts that Jesus is the Son of God who died for us, shed every drop of His blood for the forgiveness and remission of our sins, and believe that God raised Him us from the dead, and that Jesus will come again, but this time to judge the whole world. So that we can come boldly to the Throne of Grace to obtain God’s mercy and grace.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. ” Romans 10:9.

Dear reader, cry out to God, confess and turn away from all your sins and strive to live an upright life through Christ Jesus. Tell the Lord, here I am, use me for Your glory, and use me to contribute for the expansion of Your Kingdom.

Loving Heavenly Father, Here we are, use us for Your glory and help us contribute for the expansion of Your glorious Kingdom. In Jesus mighty and precious name. Amen!