Thursday, May 17, 2012

I am with you always

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28: 19-20)

"I am with you always."  What a promise!!  What will you do if you know that this promise is absolutely true?  If I know with absolute certainty that this promise is true, I will not walk but run everywhere to announce the Goodnews.  How sad that there should even be a doubt on this!

"The promises of the LORD are sure, silver refined in a crucible, silver purified seven times."  (Psalm 12: 7)

Dear Jesus, help me to trust completely in your promises.  Let your words drive my life.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to surrender completely to all His actions in me.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

God is not far from us

"He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and find him, though indeed he is not far from any one of us."  (Acts 17: 26 - 27)

God is not far from any of us.  But we can recognize His presence only if we seek Him.  If we grope for Him we shall surely find Him.  Times and seasons are there to teach us that God is not only faithful but very close.  When we seek Him in prayer, He hears us instantly and often answers without delay.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Spirit of truth

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth...."  (John 16: 13)

Lord, the Spirit of truth has come.  You have fulfilled your promise.  I need your precious and loving Spirit to guide me to the whole truth on your plan for me with regard to the work, finances, family, tools, food and future.  Bless me also with the gift of discernment of spirits so that I can know your will for me in everything.  Fill me with the fruits of your Holy Spirit so that I can bear much fruit for you in the world.

"I have chosen you from the world to go and bear fruit that will last."  (John 15:, 16, 19)
"I will bear a witness to you in the world, O Lord.  I will spread the knowledge of your name among my brothers."  (Psalm 17: 50; 21: 23)

Monday, May 14, 2012

He raises the needy from the dust

"He raises the needy from the dust,
lifts the poor from the ash heap,
Seats them with princes,
the princes of the people,
Gives the childless wife a home,
the joyful mother of children." (Psalm 113: 7 - 8)

My Lord, you are the hope of the poor.  You always hear the cry of the poor.  Look upon me with mercy.  Do not allow that I succumb to the influence of evil in sadness, discouragement, auto-criticism, regrets or impatience.   Rather let me remain true to your gift of life.  Amen

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Spirit of truth

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate  to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you."  (John 14: 15 - 17)

Lord, I love you and want to keep your commandments.  Since I cannot keep them without your Holy Spirit to help me, please ask the Father to fill me with your precious Spirit.  Then I will keep all your commandments.
Then I will bear witness to you in the world, O Lord.  I will spread the knowledge of your name among my brothers.

Lord, you also promise that your Spirit will be with me always.  This is terrific.  If He is with me always, will He always guide me continually?  Sometimes I have problem in recognizing His continual guidance.  As we approach the celebration of Pentecost in two weeks time, I ask you to grant me the grace to always recognize the presence of your Spirit in me and to discern and accept His guidance in all things.