by Pastor Tim Burt
NOTE FROM PASTOR TIM: I wanted you to know that I will be doing missions work in Peru the rest of this week and next. Because of that, I don't think I will be able to post again until January 25th. Some of you know that I say that and then I do anyway! We'll see how constrained my time is. But, in the meantime, there are hundreds of devotions to catch up on so please do! Be blessed. I pray for you daily. And please pray for the work I'll be doing! God bless you!
There Is Always Hope Present!
I have been writing Fresh Manna since the beginning of the year 2000. I am highly motivated to write because my heart wants to shout out to believers and unbelievers alike, “God is good,” “Life in God is full of His promises,” and “Life in God is filled with miracles.” I have to confess. Sometimes I wonder if people get it. Sometimes I wonder if people really understand and comprehend how exciting it is to live a life of faith leaning upon and believing God for every promise in His Word. If you didn’t understand that, you'd maybe only see a fraction of all God wants to do in your life and actually is doing. It’s your heart belief in His promises and leaning upon them that “opens the eyes of your understanding” so that you can see the Lord intimately working in and loving you in your life. Expectancy in God helps you see God in the details. That in turn, increases your faith and helps you to experience Him more.
The Apostle Paul knew this and constantly wrote and talked about this. That is why we see him praying this for believers in Eph. 1:18. “I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future He has promised to those He called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance He has given to His people.” Paul prayed this prayer for those he had led to the Lord and for those he was helping to grow in the Lord. He knew how important it was for them to see and believe in God’s promises.
Every student of science and even those who are not know a simple truth; darkness in its darkest form cannot overtake light. John 1:4-5 says, “In Jesus was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” What this is saying is that where Jesus is, His light is. People may not be able to comprehend or understand it, but they cannot extinguish it. God's light - His love and promises are always present and available.
What does that mean to you and I? Do you ever have “dark” times? Are you ever confused? Are you wondering what to do? Do you find yourself needing direction? Even though you may not presently see it, your starting point is to know that the light - the direction and help you need from God, is available to you and it's as close to you as the Bible is. That is why the Apostle Paul prayed that “the eyes of their understanding – of their heart, would be enlightened.”
Light overpower darkness. Darkness does not and cannot overpower light, therefore, don't let Satan make you a victim of these words. “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” Open your heart to God's word and let His light give you the direction and help you need. Psalms 119:130 reveal, "The entrance and teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand."
If you have strayed from God, sincerely repent to Him. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Then PROCLAIM His promises over you life! Psalm 73:28 says, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.”
If you love Jesus, light is available to you today. Remember how good a candle or flashlight feels in the darkness. Draw near to Jesus and spend time in His promises. Faith in them are the refreshing of your hope today. Have expectancy that the Holy Spirit will speak through God's Word and bring you the light that will lead you into God's direction, goodness, miracles, and blessing! It is His will for you!
Psalm 112:4 “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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