Saturday, September 07, 2013

Behold the Truth

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth* and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  (John 14: 6)

In the Temptation in the Desert, Jesus wrestled Satan over food, power and fame.  Each time, Jesus won the contest by the application of the truth from the word of God.  Temptation to sin and evil is a grand contest or debate between truth and falsehood.  Jesus is the Truth and Satan is the Father of lies.

Jesus the Truth  shades light on our health, family, finances, job, tools and future.  When we see these war zones in our life through the eyes of Jesus, we win the debate with Satan always and everywhere.  Satan says, "You will starve to death."  You reply: "But God has written in His word, that 'man does not live on bread alone'  Satan tries to frighten you with the thought of penury and bankruptcy, you reply:  'man does not live on money alone; man does not live on salary alone.  There are many ways God supports His man."

"Man lives on every word that comes from the mouth of God."  (Matthew 4: 4)
Jesus the Truth continues to humiliate the devil through His word.  Faith in the word of God releases the power of this promise.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Give Him thanks with a joyful voice

"A psalm of thanksgiving.
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song."  (Psalm 100: 1 - 2)

I thank you Father that I come to your presence with joy in my heart.  This is because of your constant goodness to me.  You forgive all my sins and give me a quiet conscience.  You heal me of all my ailments. You provide all my needs.  And you make me feel secure everywhere.  It is therefore just and fitting that I should serve you with gladness.

I will give you thanks constantly today with a joyful voice.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Deliverance from the power of darkness

"He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son."  (Colossians 1: 13)

Thank you Father for delivering us from the power of darkness where lies, fears, worries and doubts hold sway.  By God's mercy, we are translated into Kingdom of Christ where we enjoy faith, hope, love, peace, wisdom, humility, patience and courage.

I trust in the mercy of God forever.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Because he clings to me

Psalm 91:14-16

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 52:8-9
8 But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
9 I will thank you forever,
because you have done it.
I will wait for your name, for it is good,
in the presence of the godly.

Green olive tree

"But I, like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God,
I trust in God’s mercy forever and ever.
I will thank you forever
for what you have done.
I will put my hope in your name—for it is good,
—in the presence of those devoted to you."  (Psalm 52: 10 - 11)

I trust in the mercy of God forever.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The One Thing I Pray For

"One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the LORD’s house
all the days of my life,
To gaze on the LORD’s beauty,
to visit his temple."  (Psalm 27: 4)

The one thing that is necessary:

"But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness,* and all these things will be given you besides."  (Matthew 6: 33)

How to get that one thing:

"Wait for the LORD, take courage;
be stouthearted, wait for the LORD!"  (Psalm 27:  14)

The certainty of prayer:

"I believe I shall see the LORD’s goodness
in the land of the living."  (Psalm 27: 13)

Monday, September 02, 2013

He chose me and anointed me

"“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.m
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free."  (Luke 4: 18)

Is the Spirit of the Lord with me or not?
What are the evidences that He is with me?
What has He anointed me for?

Thank you Jesus for your gift of the Holy Spirit.  You promised.  You delivered.  May I never doubt that will fulfill every promise you made.

"I have chosen David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him.
My hand will be with him;l
my arm will make him strong."  (Psalm 89: 21 - 22)

"For judgment comes not from east or from west,
not from the wilderness or the mountains,
But from God who decides,
who brings some low and raises others high."  (Psalm 75: 7 - 8)

All promotions, all power and authority come from God.

The choice, the call and the anointing.

"He shall cry to me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock of my salvation!’
I myself make him the firstborn,
Most High* over the kings of the earth."  (Psalm 89: 27 - 28)

Sunday, September 01, 2013

How to overcome envy

2540 "Envy represents a form of sadness and therefore a refusal of charity; the baptized person should struggle against it by exercising good will. Envy often comes from pride; the baptized person should train himself to live in humility:

Would you like to see God glorified by you? Then rejoice in your brother's progress and you will immediately give glory to God. Because his servant could conquer envy by rejoicing in the merits of others, God will be praised."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #2540)

This Time & This Season

Acts 5:38-39

38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!”

If this time and this season is from God,  that is,  if it is providential and not an accident, then nothing can overthrow it. (0901-2013)