Sunday, March 5, 2017

New Every Morning 

A brand new week is upon us! And with this week comes brand new opportunities. I say this because even though each day presents its own challenges and responsibilities that will demand our attention; the Word says that's not all we will be facing! God has promised to 'throw' in some pretty glorious help that completely overshadows and overpowers any difficult or tricky situation that will come our way this week - and they come freshly packaged and new - every single morning!

We can always expect His MERCY, LOVING KINDNESS and COMPASSION; and with their help, we CANNOT FAIL!

It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness.

These verses makes me want to sing and dance, right on the spot! Now, when I looked up the Word 'mercy' I saw it means compassion, kindness and divine favour! I'm so excited about this because when I'm faced with anything overwhelming or challenging, I know that the Holy Spirit inside me, is poised and at the ready to release His compassion, kindness and favour into my life. That's not just His compassion towards me, but His compassion for me to extend towards others involved in the challenging circumstances. The same goes for His kindness and favour! Sometimes we can be put a little off balance by the things we face, and not have a clear perspective of the problem or what has caused it in the first place. Our own emotions can easily get in the way and cloud our good judgement. But when we have God's compassion and kindness dominating us, we tend to see things from a completely unique angle - allowing His wisdom and favour to flow!

Do you remember I mentioned the word OPPORTUNITIES? You see, the Holy Spirit is not going to force these awesome tools and gifts down our throats each day - He presents them for us to either reject or receive, and then appropriate - at our own will. Look at what verse 24 of Lamentations 3 says, "The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore WILL I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him." (Amplified) The Holy Spirit presents us with the opportunity to either face the challenges on our own and depend on our own expertise to navigate through them, or we can WILL to yield to Him and receive His limitless supply of mercy and wisdom to overcome each problem victoriously!   Did you notice I added the word wisdom to the mercy we have the opportunity to receive from the Holy Spirit each day? John 16:13-15 says, "But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into ALL the TRUTH (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. He will honour and glorify Me, because HE WILL TAKE OF (receive, draw upon) WHAT IS MINE AND WILL REVEAL (declare, disclose, transmit) IT TO YOU ." (Amplified)

The Bible says that The Holy Spirit will lead us into ALL TRUTH . Not just enough to get by on, but all the truth needed to deal with each situation accurately and expertly. Remember that God is all knowing, and He has promised that if we ever need His wisdom for anything, we can ASK Him for it and He WILL GIVE it to us liberally and ungrudgingly (James 1:5). For instance, if you are a business or career woman, the Holy Spirit will present you with the opportunity to yield to His limitless wisdom on how to successfully increase your profits and reduce your losses. Or if you are a mom who needs to resolve any issue regarding your children or household, or a wife needing to be the strength and support your husband needs; the Holy Spirit promises to show you exactly how to meet every need and circumstance with His wisdom and mercy. The result will always be victorious with His divine favour all over it!

And this is how it happens: Lamentations 3:25 says, "The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and EXPECTANTLY for Him, to those who SEEK HIM [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and ON THE AUTHORITY OF GOD'S WORD]." (Amplified) First, we expectantly seek Him and His Word! God's Word IS His wisdom! Every morning His wisdom and mercy comes into our lives as we choose to expectantly seek Him and His Word! We lay it up in our hearts!   Now look at what John 16:26 says, "But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And HE WILL CAUSE YOU TO RECALL (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) EVERYTHING I HAVE TOLD YOU." (Amplified). Since we have laid up His wisdom in our hearts, as we are faced with difficulties or challenges, should we choose to yield to the Holy Spirit, He will remind us of the exact, appropriate truth we read from His Word. And that truth will be the perfect, most excellent wisdom required to turn that situation around for our victory and His glory! Come on friends, that deserves another great, fat "Yahoo!!!" right there! So, If you are facing a problem today, don't waste your time and energy trying to take care of it on your own! Rather, see every challenge as an OPPORTUNITY to yield to your limitless resource of God's mercy and wisdom that has been laid up inside of you - from His precious Holy Spirit Who is alive in you! He is most willing and ready to show you His way to success and favour!

 Love spending this time with you!

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