6 Certainties for a New Year

As we make our plans for the coming year what can those of us who have placed our faith and trust in God know with certainty?

1. The Lord is the Maker of Heaven and earth. 

Our journey toward our goals takes place in God’s world. God created this world for us. God reigns supreme over this world. Nothing will happen to us this year that hasn’t first passed through the throne room of heaven.

2. The Lord enables us to pursue our goals. 

The Lord has blessed us with the abilities to make plans. The Lord has blessed us with exactly the right resources we need to carry out our plans. The Lord has surrounded us with just the right people to support us as we move forward with our plans

Give God the glory, the honor and the praise that is due him for all his blessings.

3. The Lord is with us! 

God is with us as we create our plans! God will be at our right hand every moment of every day as we carry out our plans through to the very end of our life. The perils along the path may be unknown, but our security is certain. God is not distant during our successes and failures.

As we are working on each of the tasks of our plans, we can continue to place our trust in God’s infinite wisdom and loving, protective care. We don’t have to worry about slip-sliding down “slippery slopes”, or tripping along rocky paths when we trust in God.

Believing that God never sleeps and never slumbers we can be refreshed as we rest with delight, assurance, joy and peace.

4. We do not need to be afraid! 

Fear not! Keep your eyes focused on our Lord and Savior, the maker of heaven and earth!

Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. When “Murphy’s law” kicks in, continue to keep sight of the one who can help us. Don’t be allured by the apparent tangible help that the world has to offer, instead continue to place your trust in the eternal, invisible, only wise God who has promised to never leave us or forsake us.

By trusting in God we won’t be consumed by fears that block the potential of our lives. Know with certainty that “the Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night” (Psalm 121:5 NIV).

5. Our eternal soul will never be harmed by evil! 

The Lord is watching over us! We don’t have to be afraid of future unknown public assaults, or secret treacherous insidious attacks of enemies. The Lord is the divine companion at our right hand, who stands between us and every threat real or imaginary. This doesn’t mean that we won’t face difficulty or danger, or won’t experience physical or emotional pain. But it does mean that our souls will never be harmed by evil.

6. We have a certain hope! 

The day is coming when we will stand before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple. God who sits on the throne will shelter us with his presence. We will never again be hungry; we will never again be thirsty. The sun will not beat down on us, nor the scorching heat. For the lamb at the center of the throne will be our shepherd; he will lead us to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. (Rev 7:15-17).

As you keep your eyes focused on God may your life be enriched with love and thankfulness!

Look to the Bible

When you are looking for an explanation as to the purpose of your life, look no further than the Bible. There you will learn about your Creator, and discover his great love for you. There you will find a solid rock upon which to build your life; a foundation that does not shift or change with time, government, employment, or other people’s whims.

When you look at the world and wonder how the universe came into existence turn to the Bible. There you will meet the Creator, and discover his character. There you will find an open invitation to go and discover all that you can about the world. As you study the character of the Creator, you will find hope for your future and assurance that mysteries which are not yet ours to know will all be answered one day in the future.

When you wonder about the purpose of your work, turn to the Bible. As you read the Bible you will discover that work is a fundamental part of how the world was created. You will also learn how the pain, sweat and toil of your labors came into this world.

When you are looking for wisdom, look to the Bible first. The words you will find in the Bible come from the originator of all wisdom. In the Bible you will find an external perspective with timeless precepts, statutes, commands and decrees upon which the entire universe is founded. These insights are freely offered for you to build your life upon.

When you find yourself drained physically, emotionally or spiritually turn to God’s word to find refreshment for your soul. When the cares, thorns, aches and troubles of this world threaten to overwhelm you, turn to God’s word to find joy for your heart. In the Bible you will find a fresh perspective on thwarted career plans, loneliness, broken relationships and illness.

When you find yourself surrounded by temptations, take a moment to read your Bible. There you will find warnings to keep your feet from every evil path, and free gifts of forgiveness and grace.

Spending time in God’s word will allow you to arrive at work with your soul refreshed. After a long day at work, God’s word will refresh your soul before you go to bed, allowing you to sleep in peace.

When you read the Bible you will find that it is sweeter than honey. Take and mediate on it day and night, letting it nourish your body and soul. Internalize what you read and make it part of your life.

The Bible is more precious than anything else you will ever obtain.

Read Psalm 19- on BibleGateway

Look No Further

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Rom 11:33a NIV)

You do not need to look any further! You are known! You are loved! You are secure!


Jesus knows your name. Jesus knows where you live and work. He is fully aware of your social, economic, cultural and political situation. He knows what people are saying about you. He knows exactly how you feel about your work.


This knowledge that Jesus has about you, and your workplace is not information that he gleaned from Google or Facebook or Twitter or watching the news. God’s has intimate, first-hand knowledge because he is present, and his light shines right where you are.


Jesus is aware of your deeds, your hard work, your perseverance. He knows that you have not grown weary when enduring hardship for your faith. In the midst of your afflictions Jesus has blessed you with heavenly riches. Jesus sees your faithfulness even when you are surrounded by people whose lifestyles do not reflect Christ’s character. Jesus knows you are maturing in your love, faith, courage and service. He sees that your clothes are unsoiled by sin. Jesus is fully aware of how your life bravely and steadfastly points to the name of Jesus.


Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Rom 11:33a NIV)


Jesus celebrates you distinctiveness from the fads and fashions of this world. Jesus rejoices over your contributions to society, your workplace, and your neighborhood. Continue to be shaped and sustained by the living truths of Christ. Continue to walk with Jesus! Rest in the security of God’s love! Eagerly continue to seek God for sustenance and strength – for it is only in God’s strength and the power of the Holy Spirit that you will continue to persevere.


With the Apostle Paul in faith declare I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day (2 Tim 1:12b)


Wait In Hope

We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice, 
for we trust in his holy name. 
May your unfailing love be with us, 
Lord,even as we put our hope in you.
Ps 33:20-22

Wait in hope for the Lord! May your heart be filled with joy as you trust in God’s holy name!


It is easy in pain or affliction to speak wrong things, or to let roots of bitterness spring up in your life. Peace can’t and won’t co-exist with bitterness. Evil speech chases thanksgiving far away. Lies block joy from entering your heart. Confess your sins, leave them at the foot of the cross. Allow the blood of Christ to wash away all your shame, sorrow, worries and fears that are written on your face. Having received forgiveness, in silence quietly seek refuge in the Lord, the Holy One who has made you holy.


In the stillness of waiting, remember how God has blessed you and brought you to this point in your life.


As you wait in God’s presence, look up! Gaze upon your Lord’s face! Bask in the radiance of his love and delight in you. Allow God’s radiance to transform your face to reflect his life, light, love and joy.


Don’t be in a hurry to leave God’s presence. God is the only one who can provide you with the grace you need for today. Let God’s goodness, like the scent of a rose, or the taste of a sweet morsel saturate your senses. As you savor the Lord’s goodness, stand in awe at God’s majesty.


Standing before God who is too wise to make a mistake, and to loving to be unkind, ask for wisdom. God has words of wisdom to direct, guide, protect and keep you. Silently listen to what your Lord has to say to you. Accept God’s grace so that you can obediently take the next faithful step in your journey.


As you take one step forward, with your heart filled with joy, invite others to join you in glorifying and praising the Lord.


Before you take the next step, or worry about next week wait in hope for the Lord. May your heart be overflowing with joy as you trust in God’s holy name!

Cry For Mercy

For, You Lord have delivered me!

The Lord hears your voice wherever and whenever you cry for mercy! Call on the name the Lord to save you when the cords of death entangle you! When your cheeks are wet with tears and you feebly whisper “Lord, save me”, God will bow done from his throne in heaven and place his ear by your face to hear your frail cry of anguish. You can call on God as long as you live, and God will always hear you!

God is always merciful to you. There has never been a time, and never will be a time when God isn’t good. God is more gracious than we deserve. God is full of compassion for you. God will help you bear the worst and hope for the best.

Allow God’s goodness to overwhelm you. God is close beside you as you walk through the dark valleys. There is no place for any of your fears in the presence of God’s perfect love. Even in your anguish, God continues to honor you by anointing your head with oil. God’s goodness and unfailing love will continue to pursue you no matter what is happening in your life.

God invites you to return to him and rest your weary soul. God’s hands are your only safe refuge. As you rest at the feet of God, God will nourish your soul and give you the strength to face tomorrow. Why would you go anywhere else, when God has been gracious, compassionate and merciful to you?

God walks beside you in the land of the living as you make each decision and take the next step in this journey. Even though life may not be turning out the way you expected, walk beside God Almighty faithfully and blamelessly.

You are God’s servant! You are created in God’s image! You are redeemed by the blood of Christ. You have been placed by God in his creation – a land of mercy and a land of opportunity! Choose to continue to serve the Lord and fulfill your vows. When you are ready, share your story of God’s goodness, grace, mercy and compassion in the presence of all God’s people so that you can comfort and bring hope to others.

Offer up to God as a sweet smelling offering your praise and thanksgiving for what the Lord is doing for you.

Read Psalm 116 on BibleGateway

How can you sing for joy?

Come let us sing for joy to the Lord

God is the rock of your salvation! God is constantly whispering to you that there is nothing and nobody in this world who can separate you from his love.

The Lord is the great King above all gods and above all rulers! Stop worrying about what is happening in this world because the King of Kings is on his throne! Instead do your work with excellence, love your co-workers, customers, family and friends with God’s love.

God who alone holds the depths of the earth in his hands, who created the mountain peaks, who made the sea and formed the dry land, knows exactly what you need to solve the challenges you face at work. Take time today to enjoy all that God has created. Ask with confidence knowing that God hears your requests, has the wisdom you need, and will answer.

God is your Maker! God hasn’t made a mistake in where you live, in the family he chose for you, or the skills and talents that you have! Honor the Lord, God your Maker, by obediently, quietly faithfully persevering as a parent, friend and worker.

The Good Shepherd is your shepherd. The only safe place for you is in God’s presence! There you will experience God’s watchful care and provision. The Good Shepherd is the only one who knows the safe pathways for your life. Don’t wander away. The grass isn’t greener outside his sheepfold. Listen to his voice – he knows what you need, he knows when you need it and he alone is capable of providing what you need.

Yes, life can be difficult. Living your life constantly in God’s presence is not always easy. However it is the best place to be. The story of King David, who was anointed by Samuel to be King, but who had to run and hide from King Saul for many years is a testimony of a life lived in God’s presence. David shares his joy and his struggles in the Psalms so that you can know that what you are experiencing is not unique.

As you listen to God’s voice, bow down and worship, Kneel before the Lord your maker! May your heart be filled with songs of joy and thanksgiving as you obey what the Lord has to say to you today!

What is the Essential Ingredient for Life?

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4b NIV)

Faith is the potent, energetic, active ingredient essential to life.

Faith refuses to accept any situation as it is, or as unchangeable. Faith believes that God is active in every situation. Faith moves forward in grace and love with God’s wisdom. Faith sees God’s creative alternatives when surrounded by sin, death and destruction. Faith wins moral and spiritual victories, alongside temporal victories. Faith knows that God’s promises are a present reality even when they are not visible. Faith manifests God’s power, the power which raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Faith exchanges weakness for strength, sorrow for joy. Faith realistically evaluates the present and anticipates the future that God has promised. Faith is the anchor of hope!

But faith isn’t an assurance that you will always see the victory this side of glory …

Faith isn’t a guarantee of worldly possessions, or a promise of a rose garden. In fact faith was never intended to change your social status or economic status in this life. What faith does change is your spiritual status. Faith transfers your citizenship from this earth to heaven. Faith brings the sweet fragrance of God into your life on earth as you live as a citizen of God’s Kingdom.

Faith enables you to endure suffering and adversity with serenity.

Faith is all that remains when you live in the middle of man’s inhumanity to other men. Faith is the strength to continue to love God when the world tries to compress you into a common mold. Only faith can resist Satan. Only faith can endure the evil you currently face in your life.

You are not a fool to be pitied because of your faith. No! You possesses the greatest and only hope – God the Holy Spirit! By faith you possess God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control! The world can never, ever, ever tear or squeeze these out of your soul!

Read Psalm 119:30-36 on BibleGateway

Trusting the Lord

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?

Trusting the Lord

Your journey toward your goals takes place in God’s world, where God reigns supreme. The Lord has created you, the Lord has blessed you not only with the abilities to make your plans, but also has created and blessed you with exactly the right resources you need, and has surrounded you with just the right people so that you can move forward with your plans.

God is at your right hand during every moment of every day as you carry out our plans. The perils along the path may be unknown, but your security is certain. God is not distant during your successes and failures. As you are working on each of the tasks of your plans, place your trust in God’s infinite wisdom and loving, protective care. Then you won’t have to worry about slip-sliding down “slippery slopes”, or tripping along the rocky paths.

God never sleeps and never slumbers; so rest with delight, assurance, joy and peace. Fear Not! Keep your eyes focused on our Lord and Savior, the Maker of heaven and earth! Know with certainty that “the Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night” (Psalm 121:5 NIV).

How can you go about your day so that your co-workers know that your help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth?

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

As a new year begins

Praise the Lord, my soul; 
  all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

New Year Thoughts

As a new year begins, what are your thoughts dwelling on? Is your heart, mind and soul filled with praise to God? Not just praise to God for this moment, but praise that wells up in your soul continuously, throughout the joys, routine and stress of life.

Once you were dead in your sins, broken, trapped, hungering and thirsting for more. Through faith in Jesus, God out of his great love for you has transformed you. Now you are forgiven, healed, rescued, loved, and satisfied. You are God’s child! As you go about your daily routine, may your heart be overwhelmed with the goodness of God. At those times when life becomes so difficult that praise seems impossible, cry out in utter honesty to God, and tell him that it is too hard to praise him and ask him to remind you of his loving kindness. As you turn your eyes upon Jesus, as you look full in His wonderful face, if there are things that are overwhelming you, or things that are stressing you out, they will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

May remembering what God has done for you, and praising God be your focus today and every day. May your life be enriched with love and thankfulness!

Even as your heart and soul are filled with praise to God consider the people who work for you and with you. How can you live your life in such a way that these people know your soul is constantly filled with praise to God? How can you lead these people so that they know that the Lord works righteousness and justice for the oppressed, that the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love?

Psalm 103:1-7
Praise the Lord, my soul; 
  all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul, 
  and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins 
  and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit 
  and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things 
  so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.