Faith Daily: The Lord Is Your Deliverer

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Psalm 34:19 (KJV): “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”

The key word here is MANY. Have you been facing one challenge after the other lately and asking yourself: is it ever going to end? Sometimes the thoughts of throwing up the towel bombard us when we feel like we cannot take it anymore. Take courage today in this promise from the word of God. The Lord’s promise is that there is deliverance. Change will come. Just do not give up. God’s grace is freely available to those who feel like giving up.


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The Word to the Wise: Purifying that speach By Tatenda Kangwende

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“Yea, at that time, I will change the speech of the people to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him with one consent.”(Zephaniah 3:9 R.S.V)

The Bible powerfully prophesies of an approaching epoch which will dawn on the earth after that Christ would have returned in divine power and glory to successfully claim and possess the Kingdoms of this world as those of both Himself and His Father (Revelation 11:15-18). At that time, through the work and power of His Holy Spirit, God will swiftly and surely move to unify and purify the world’s languages. The end result? Namely a holy tongue which will bring out the best in language, which will entail humanity reaching unprecedented heights of thought, civilization, development and enhancement, coupled with and culminating in the exaltation of the Creator (Zephaniah 3:9,13). What a glorious new day and era that will be! Truly, just the thought of such a future almost spontaneously animates one to kneel down and pray to the Father, “O Lord, let Thy Kingdom come.”

Purifying one’s speech now

Alas, that day is not yet, but it is sure to come as prophesied. Nevertheless, that prophetic scripture of Zephaniah 3 (when mused upon long and intently enough) yields the priceless gem of a call to action (for all who will heed) to positively begin now and in earnest to purify their speech. The blessed result of such action is that God will be glorified and others wonderfully edified.

What practical pointers may be applied in helping to purify one’s speech? Feel free to consider and apply the following:

1. Think it through: When thought goes into what is to be uttered, the result is usually speech that is pure and acceptable before all. As the Psalmist sincerely prayed, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”(Psalm 19:14; R.S.V.)

So then, nevermind about the possibly awkward silence which carefully thinking things through may cause in a conversation; for one will be sure glad that they did.

2. Make it worth its salt: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” Pithily penned Paul the apostle in Colossians 4:6 (R.S.V). In one loose sense, one could correctly deduce that what he was essentially noting was that whatever is to be uttered by one should at least (in a manner of speaking) be “worth its salt” or while.

What is eventually uttered should not be bland or otherwise frivolous; and so with that out goes all the excessive slang, vulgarity, negative gossip, gross exaggeration, rude sarcasm, prevarications, pointed and unending criticism, garrulity, and all other forms of “trash talk”. Instead, speech that is worth its salt is that which imbues one with purer and more noble thoughts, furnishes one with more concrete courses of action to take, shines a light on possibilities, attractive alternatives and/or anything else which adds to a more valuable or flavourful outlook on life.

3. Proper presentation pays off: Speech is a tightly integrated product which consists of both its actual content as well as the manner in and through which it (namely the content itself) is presented. Proper presentation helps one get the point across that much better/effectively. One should thus be sure to match body language – namely non-verbal aspects such as audibility, intonation, tone, gestures and so forth- with the content which is to be spoken. As the Bible itself wisely and correctly notes, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” And, “A gentle tongue is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 15:1, 4; R.S.V) Thus, one should not only think on what is to be said, but also on how it is to be said; so ensuring that speech is only made when all is in congruence.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the marvelous gift of speech. Please provide guidance such that it is used to help, heal, inspire and otherwise richly bless others and thus proudly glorify You. This request is prayed with faith and thanksgiving to You both in and through the mighty Name of the soon-coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Tatenda Kangwende is an author and husbandman in training. He may be contacted using the email address kangwendetatenda@gmail.com or otherwise interacted with on Google Plus, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter


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Faith Daily: Confidence

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Philippians 4:13 (KJV): “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

We have confidence in ourselves because Jesus won the battle of timidity for us at the cross. Thus we are able to say that we have the ability to do all things through the strength of Jesus Christ that is within us. Our prayer today is that you will come to the awareness and understanding of that truth; and walk in it.


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Faith Daily: Ask Boldly

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1 John 5:14 (KJV): “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”

God is a loving caring Daddy who takes pleasure in attending to our needs. He wants us to approach Him with confidence and that confident approach is a faith declaration of our trust in Him. Therefore be confident when you come to your Father.


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Faith Daily: You Have The Divine DNA In You

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Job 23:10 (KJV): “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

Your heavenly Father takes pride in you, His creation. He desires that you do well in this life time and has deposited everything in you to be able to come into that fullness. Whatever trying and testing you are going through today, lift up your eyes and see yourself as your Creator sees you. He sees you worthy. He sees you precious. He sees you wonderful. May you come to the revelation and full persuasion of how precious you are.


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God Is Still With You

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Job 19:25 (KJV): “For I know that my redeemer liveth.”

Consider Job, who went through all sorts of trouble…one disaster after the other. His strength, health, relationships and even his faith was tested extremely. Job’s wife even asked him to give up on God. However Job held fast to the confession of his faith to the end. His expectation was that his Saviour will come through for him no matter what.  May you find grace and strength to hold until the end of your trial and be able to say, as Job did, that your Redeemer will not disappoint you no matter what.


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Faith Daily: Your Faith Lies On Your Knowing

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Deuteronomy 7:9 (KJV): “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant.”

What we are talking about here is the experiential knowing of God. Have you ever experienced a good weather that invites you to spend your time outside? Have you ever experienced receiving a blessing from an unexpected source? You might have even been healed from a very challenging sickness. Well that is God showing Himself good to you. Be encouraged to use those good experiences to stir your faith to believe that God will come through for you even in this particular challenge you are facing now.

 


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Faith Daily: Let The Lord Be Magnified!

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Psalm 34:3 (KJV): “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

When last did you praise God just for who He is? He is our Creator. He is our Father. He is our strength. He is our Provider. He is our Peace. He is our Everything. He holds and keeps the celestial bodies in their place so that there is rhythm in this world. He is the God who gives us air to breath, water, vegetation, the sun…Everything in this world was made so that it may be possible for you and I to live in this world. Will you take a moment just to think about all that. Look around you and look to the sky. What a marvel!


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Faith Daily: God Wants You To Do Well

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Psalm 35:27 (KJV): “…Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

It is the joy of every parent to see their children do well in life. How much more the Father in Heaven who has freely given us all things to enjoy. The earth and everything in it was created first and put in place for you before you were created. God created everything and gave humanity the responsibility to oversee it. He gave us everything we need to manage this creation well. Now let us tap into that power within, the wisdom the knowledge and the understanding that will bring us into prosperity.


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INSPIRATION: FAITH Filled by Melanie Voigt

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Faith Filled

I love hearing stories about faith. I’m amazed at testimonies of healings and miracles. I read passages of the Bible and am inspired by men like Noah and Abraham. I read through Hebrews 11 and am encouraged by all the people who put their faith in God and saw Him do awesome things in and through them. These wonderful stories of faith all start out with a person who trusts God for the impossible and takes Him at His word, and end with an amazing demonstration of His power.

Over the last few months, I've been asking the question: how can I increase my faith? I wanted to learn how to be faith filled (filled with faith.) It’s been an amazing journey of God reminding me who He is and how I can trust Him in all circumstances.

What I soon realised in my quest to become faith filled, was that I was already faith filled. As human beings, we all put our faith in so many things every day. We have faith that when the traffic robot goes green that it’s safe for us to drive. We have faith that the meal that we get from a take away restaurant hasn't been poisoned – or even that our favourite chair won’t collapse underneath us when we sit on it. People of different religions have faith – they perform certain rituals because they believe it will honour their god. Atheists even have faith (it takes great faith to believe that life was just a giant cosmic accident when all evidence points to a loving Creator.) We put our faith in so many things every day yet sometimes we don’t put our faith in God.

What is the difference between other forms of faith and our faith as Christians? It’s who we put our faith in. We know that we can trust and rely on our Father God. We know that He is all powerful and is capable of doing ‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us’ (Ephesians 3:20.) Traffic robots may let us down, chairs may let us down, people may let us down but God will never let us down.

In 1 Kings 18:24-38 Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to get him to set fire to a sacrificial bull. The prophets spent hours calling out to Baal – shouting and slashing themselves with swords and spears – but nothing happened. When Elijah called out to God, He burned up the sacrifice and the altar (even though it had been soaked in water three times.) Even though the prophets of Baal had a lot of faith in their god, he had no power. We can put our faith in God knowing that in Him there is power and that He’ll always come through for us.

In Matthew 17 Jesus’ disciples questioned him about why they couldn’t drive out a demon. In Matthew 17: 20 Jesus says: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” All we need is mustard seed sized faith to move mountains. It doesn’t matter how much faith we have – it’s who we put our faith in that makes the difference.

So how do we tap into this faith that we are filled with? We get to know the One who we put our faith in. We read the Bible and see how He proves His faithfulness over and over again; we spend time praying and asking Him to reveal more of who He is to us. We listen to other people’s testimonies of how God did amazing things in their lives and we share the amazing things that God has done in our lives with them.

I was scrolling through my Facebook page the other day and a picture that a friend posted caught my attention. The caption said: ‘And then I realised how great Jesus is’ and showed a cartoon image of a man lying on his back in a puddle of tears with a look of awe on his face. It really made me smile because I know how as soon as we spend time getting to know God better, we are left in awe of who He is.

The better you know God, the more trust you’ll put in Him. You’ll know His voice and will know when to take steps of faith. You will know when He is calling you to pray for someone or start a ministry or tell someone about Him. You will know His promises and accept them as truth in your life.

So friends, we are all already faith filled. It’s just time that we put that faith in the right thing. Seek God more and you’ll soon see that ‘the one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.’ (Thessalonians 5:24)


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