Verse for Today: Friday, December 24, 2010
Psalms 91:14 – “Because he loves me”, says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name”. The promises of God are to His children. When they seek the help of their Father in times of need, He is under loving obligation to help them. God always looks into the hearts of His people to see whether they love Him and whether they acknowledge His name in all that they do. These genuine responses to God are expected from all God’s children. God’s rescue plan for His children is not without any responsibility on their part. He is looking for people who loves Him more than any thing or any one else in this life. Such deep love has to be demonstrated through total commitment and allegiance to God evidenced by actions and attitude. God sees our actions and looks into our hearts to see if our attitudes are in line with what we do or speak. If our motives are right before Him, that would suffice. If our attitude is sincere and serious, He would help us further to walk closer to Him. Such love is always demonstrated through obedience. So when a child of God obeys the Lord and demonstrates love towards God through right attitude and actions, the Lord’s promise to them will become a reality. He will rescue such obedient children from all difficult situations. If we acknowledge the Lord’s name in what we do and live as a living testimony to the power and dignity of the Lord, His promise of protection and caring will follow us. In other words, if we desire God’s protection and rescue, we must live a life that is worthy of the Lord to whom we belong. Those who profess Him as Lord, but live as if they belong to the enemy of the Lord are disobedient and dishonest children and so they cannot claim the promise of rescue and protection from the Lord. So every prayer for help must precede repentance and confession of sins.
Dear friend, if we do not want to dwell in the shelter of the Most High and do not want to rest in the shadow of the Almighty, we do not have any claim for His rescue and protection in our daily lives. His promises are directed to His committed children. We do not rule out any help from the Lord even to the disobedient children, but it is out of His loving kindness and mercy, and not as a right to claim His promises. But if they wish to see to it that the promises are fulfilled in their lives, they need to get back to the Lord and draw closer to Him. So there is need for all of us to live in continuous repentance and confession of any known or even unknown sin and be in tune with the Lord so that we can claim the promises of the Lord in our daily lives. We must also realize that either we live in the shelter and shadow of the Lord, or we do not. There is no way we can live by putting our legs in two canoes at the same time. If we falter in our trust in the Lord, we must be quick to confess it as a grave weakness and sin and ask the Lord to forgive us. Otherwise, we would be living as sheer hypocrites. No hypocrite has any right to claim the promises of God, but all repentant and forgiven sinners have the privilege to claim all the promises of God. Such people are asked to seek the face of the Lord which will not be hidden from them. When such people claim any of the promises of God by faith, the Lord will honor their faith and fulfill His promises to them. So let us today confess all our known and unknown sins and ask for His forgiveness. Let us live in continuous repentance and be constantly washed by Him with His Word. As we are drawn closer to Him and as we walk with Him in continuous fellowship, we will enjoy a time of dwelling in His shelter and shadow. When we pray with such a heart, we have the privilege to expect answers according to the promises of God. Let us today renew our hearts and lives and enjoy the promises of God which are specially designed for His obedient children.Psalms 91:15 – He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. Thought for Today
Each time we claim a promise of God, it is also an opportunity to straighten out our lives.