Matthew 6:6: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
I wanted to end this summer on the power of prayer. Keep praying no matter what! God hears. God answers. He rewards those who faithfully pray to Him. He knows all especially your heart. Pray, pray, pray! Only in prayer will you find the answers you seek.
Jeremiah 23:20: “The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly.”
Note: God has a heart just like us! He cares. He feels. He hurts. He rejoices. God’s purposes will be accomplished whether we see them on this side of heaven or not. As we grow older, we begin to see more and more of God’s threads intertwine and make sense. God will fight till the end. That’s what we need!
Galatians 6:9-10: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Sometimes it seems as if only bad/evil people lead the good life. Not true. Remember we work for rewards in heaven. And whether we ever see it here or not is not important to God. Work for eternal rewards. Always do what’s right. What Jesus would do. Always.
Joshua 3:5: “Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
Our job is to consecrate (make or declare ourselves sacred or dedicate ourselves to God). He will do the rest. Trust Him with the outcome.
Great article on what it means to consecrate yourself to God HERE
Ecclesiastes 11:4: “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”
Quit procrastinating! The time is now! Answer God’s call on your life and start today! It will never be the perfect time or the perfect place or the perfect moment. Just do it!
Psalm 140:1-2: “Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; protect me from men of violence, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.”
Great prayer for random acts of violence and when random acts of violence occur to others. God will protect us from evil. Trust in Him.
Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Most of us know this verse or some form of it. But I at least need to be constantly reminded that it’s not about me. It’s about others and what I can do for them. Always and forever. Amen.
Mark 16:20: “Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”
Note: This is the last verse in the book of Mark. He ends on the most important point: spread the Good News. Next, note how the Lord worked with them. He was with them, guiding their steps, their words, their actions. God will work with us always as long as we let Him.
Genesis 15:5: “He [God] took him [Abraham] outside and said, ‘Look up at the heavens and count the stars–if indeed you can count them. Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Two messages here: 1) Look up to the stars and the heavens and take in God’s amazing wonders and love of beauty. 2) Believe God when He promises you something. Cast all doubts aside and believe!
1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down upon you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
There is hope in our youth. They can and will accomplish great things with God leading the way. It is our job to not discredit them nor judge them. To lift them up. Support them. Pray for them. Encourage them. And let them find God’s voice on their own.