For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers;But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.

1 Peter 3:12

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Jesus Will Never Leave Nor Forsake You

 

''Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.” Ps 37:3-5

 

Jesus Christ came into this world to reach those who feel that nobody cares.  The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.  The Lord Jesus Christ does care and He is reaching the lonely and the desperate, the confused and the hurt, the depressed and the disillusioned.  Jesus Christ is reaching out to you. 

 

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8

 

As we turn away from our sin and turn to Christ we find forgiveness and freedom. 

Jesus Christ is a Friend to the friendless.

He is a Helper to the helpless. 

He gives freedom to the addicts. 

He loves the unloved. 

He accepts the outcasts.

He changes the unchangeable. 

He forgives the unforgivable. 

He accomplishes the impossible. 

He saves sinners. 

He seeks the lost. 

He gives direction to the aimless. 

He gives hope to the disillusioned. 

He gives Truth to the confused. 

He gives joy to the depressed. 

He gives purpose to the purposeless. 

He gives hope to the hopeless. 

He redeems and He renews. 

He touches and transforms. 

He answers prayer. 

He works miracles before our eyes.

 

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; all things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor 5:17

 

God gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him. 

Have you surrendered your life to Christ?  Pray to God and give Him all the bad things in your life: your hurts, disappointments, fears, failures and sins.  Give them to Him and leave them with Him.  Let Jesus Christ heal you inside and forgive you and cleanse you.  He will change you and turn your sorrows into joys and your fears into peace of heart and mind.  Submit to Him and He will give you a new direction in life.

 

“Repent and…be baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2:38

 

Jesus Christ gives us a new start in life and a new life to start.  You not only need to surrender all your sins and failures to Him, but all the good things that He has entrusted to you as well: your talents and your abilities, your plans and your opportunities, your energy and your time, as well as your love. 

 

Give everything to Jesus Christ and determine: No longer will I do with them just what I want to do, or what other people tell me to do.  From now on I’m going to use my talents, time and treasure as God wants me to. 

 

I will ask: What would Jesus do in my place?  I will no longer live just for fame and fortune, for popularity and prestige; no longer will it be just for me, myself and I.  From now on I will live for Jesus Christ, no matter what the cost, to help and to love and to reach this world for Him. 

 

His Great Commission will be my supreme ambition.  His last command will be my first concern.  My highest priority will be to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbour as myself.

 

We only have one life – it will soon be passed; only what’s done for Christ will last. 

 

The Will of God will never lead us where the Grace of God cannot keep us. 

 

God’s servant is God’s responsibility.  Where God guides – He provides.  God’s work, done God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.

 

Our priority must be to seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, then all these things will be added to us  (Matt 6:33).  When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us the desires of our heart (Ps 37:4).

 

The Word of the Lord promises us, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isa 26:3

 

Do you know that peace that passes all understanding?  Does the peace of Christ guide you?  Is your mind steadfast?  Do You trust wholeheartedly in Christ alone?

 

“For He Himself has said: ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’  So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?’” Heb 13:5-6

 

If you want to revive your devotional life, turn to the Psalms.  The Psalms are the middle book of the Bible, the biggest book in the Bible, the Prayer book and Hymn book of the Bible.  If you don’t know what to pray, if you don’t even want to pray – turn to the Psalms and begin to read and pray through them.  There are 150 Psalms.  If you pray through just one Psalm a day it will guide your prayers for five months.  Make the Psalms the prayer of your heart and you will experience a revival in your devotional life.

 

This is God’s Word for you: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit…and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?…Yet, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:1, 28, 35-39

Dr. Peter Hammond is the author of The Power of Prayer Handbook.  Tel: (021) 689-4480; www.frontline.org.za

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