Luke 15:10 “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
There are moments when one can sense that though the joy of their salvation is waning. I’ve experienced it and wondered at it… and quite honestly dislike it! This passage has enlightened me to something I perhaps know deep down but have not always made use of.
With salvation comes repentance. And according to this passage, there is joy in the presence of the angels over one sinner who repents.
When I’m feeling spiritually barren, as though my life isn’t producing joy, it could quite possibly be that there is something I’ve not repented of. Repentance, when sown, will produce joy!
Psalm 126:5 says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy!” I truly believe this speaks of repentance. As the seed of repentance is sown, it often (but not always) produces tears, which in turn brings a specific harvest called joy!!
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I come before You. Search me Lord. What seed of repentance can I sow for a breakthrough harvest of joy in my life?
Luke 12:7 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Our God notices every-little-thing-about-you… including the number of hairs you shed this morning getting ready for your day. So nobody noticed that you changed colognes or vacuumed the carpet? Your Heavenly Father did. Nothing slips past His ever-watchful eye. Not only does He lovingly dote over you, He makes your well-being His responsibility and concern. According to Jesus, our worth in the Father’s eyes, is far greater than the rest of creation. We, above all else, were made in the image and likeness of the Creator – making us His favorite! I know you have needs and concerns that awaited when you awoke this morning. Please add this thought to your consciousness, today: Do not fear! Everything about you is important to God!
Your word reminds me of my value. Although the cares and concerns of daily life threaten my peace, I find comfort in knowing you see me. You hold my destiny in your hands and make provision for my future. You will take care of me, as you always have. Nothing fazes my love and dedication to you – I will trust and lean on you always!
Psalm 38:15, For in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God.
I have heard it said that the worst place is the best place to be. Mike Murdock wrote a song that I played over He’s Alive Radio in the 80’s “When you’ve got nothing left but God, you’ve got enough to start all over again.” We all desire to see supernatural miracles, yet we never want to be in a place to need one. As great as King David was as a warrior, his confidence was not in himself or his army.
In Psalm 38:15, David acknowledges, that through prayer, God would fight his battles. If it is God who ultimately brings the victory, let us trust him today. We don’t have to wait to hear a hopeless report to lean completely on Him. Let us surrender all into His care today.
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge You as Lord over my life. Without You I can do nothing. My hope is in You concerning ___________. I praise You for fighting this battle for me, in Your Name Jesus, Amen.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10
In the fourth chapter of proverbs, wise king Solomon said “wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom”. This word principal means first or beginning. Wisdom is the foundation for a vibrant, productive, healthy spiritual life. Without wisdom, it is possible to exercise what might otherwise be positive spiritual characteristics without discernment. For instance, Jesus could’ve been patient and long-suffering with the salesmen in the temple, but His wisdom and discernment of what was happening and what it could lead to caused him to crash all their tables and chase them away with a homemade whip.
While the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, this psalm clearly implies that a good understanding has a beginning as well… doing His commandments. The wisdom and the understanding that we must develop to create a sure foundation for a healthy spiritual life is realized as a result of fearing God and obeying His commands. Early on in our relationship with Jesus, we require His guidance to successfully navigate the smallest difficulty. This dependency on Christ’s leading continues always, but experiencing His guidance through life’s past trials gives us priceless experiential knowledge to draw from during our toughest tomorrows. Learning the ways of God’s wisdom for tomorrow is a result of obeying His voice today.
Heavenly Father, I do not know what my future holds, I do not know for sure what tomorrow will bring, but I trust You will be there. Strengthen me by Your Holy Spirit to obey Your leading today, because I know You are preparing me for what is to come. The success You have planned for me will manifest in the fullness of its time, when I’ve allowed You to prepare me for the good works that You have laid out beforehand for me to accomplish, for Your glory. Amen.
2 Samuel 22:51 “He is the tower of salvation to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore.”
Jesus has become our salvation. Reading this, we need to understand that salvation is a refuge for every believer. Certainly we know this but do we make it our edifice in our present moments?
Walls of salvation enclose us and are a rampart for our defense. In the testaments, we read of those who stood upon the rampart, to guard the inhabitants of the city. Watchmen were upon the walls and were instructed to be relentless in their efforts.
Isaiah 62:6-7 says, “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
Now picture Jesus on the rampart of your life… because He is. He will never hold His peace day or night on your behalf and will not keep silent about His sacrifice for you and the promises that are yours. He has established and will continue to establish!
Oh Lord, this makes my heart rejoice! I see You today. You are the watchman upon my wall and I am fortified! Call out in my spirit Holy Spirit! Make a declaration over your people! I will say what You say! Oh the joy of my salvation! I glory in my Redeemer!
Luke 12:8 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.”
To confess or deny? Daily we have many opportunities to confess Him as Lord or to deny His lordship over our lives. From the smallest to the grandest of decisions, each is a statement of whether or not we bow our knee to Christ. Jesus promises the one who confesses is honored in the presence of the angels. Imagine Jesus, Himself, confessing you as His friend and fellow! Who wouldn’t want to be named by the lips of our savior?
Not only does He confess us when we stand in His name, He also takes responsibility for us. His confession of us moves the angels to our benefit. A sure reward for boldly proclaiming His kingship over our lives, His confession preserves and delivers us from all manner of destruction. Perhaps you have not entertained the power of your confession. Take a moment this morning to say proudly, aloud, that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Allow those words to steer your choices and believe that they are moving Heaven on Your behalf.
You are Lord. It is my great joy to make this declaration over my life. As I confess You as King of my heart, my soul begins to align with Your will and plan. I confess You are powerful and mighty to save. Your love has preserved my life and has made me whole. You, my Lord, are King forever – and I am honored to live in Your name.
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Jesus in His sermon commanded us not to worry about the necessities of life. He isn’t suggesting that we are not to prepare for our life or to be lazy because God will provide. God will not bless slothfulness. The birds of the air will build their nest and even hunt for food, however their source and provision comes from an unfailing God.
Jesus is warning us not to be preoccupied with securing things that we become anxious and disturbed. This can cause sleepless nights and result in health problems. Our Lord takes care of birds. Look around and see how the fouls are not tense. Their trust is in God for food and shelter. We are more valuable than many sparrows. We are to seek the kingdom first and all we have need of will be taken care of.
Thank You Jesus.
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your love for me. I refuse to worry and be in doubt because You are a gracious God who watches over me. You see this ____________ need. Because You care for the sparrows, I know You are caring for me and making a way. Jesus, I thank You that You are my source… my only source, I receive in faith. Amen.