Scripture Reading: Psalm 147:1-11
What is Hope? Hope means “to desire something with confident expectation of its fulfilment.”Conversely, the state of hopelessness has been aptly described as a type of “Hell on Earth”, filled with endless despondency and despair. In the world today, more and more people are finding themselves alone and depressed. Only a very insignificant few have not experienced despondency or despair. Today, the Holy Spirit brings to us good news, that is, that there is absolute hope for all who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and God. Help is available through Him, not as the world gives, wherein it wishes for the best. It is one thing to wish, and quite another to have faith based on God’s promises. St. Paul writing to the Romans prayed, “May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in Him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rm. 15:13)
Share this testimony with me: Bro Jude this is the Sister that called you around April last year that my brother was arrested by the police in Malaysia. Since then he has been in jail. But when I called you, you gave me some prayers which I and my family continued to pray till this year when we started the 2016, 21 days fasting and prayers. At the round-off in Lagos, I told the Lord that after this programme, I am coming to give testimony and my testimony is that my brother was released in the morning of 4thFebruary 2016 and was not deported because he does not have the relevant immigration papers. Throughout the scriptures God proves His faithfulness to His people by leading them safely through or delivering them from all their predicaments and troubles. Human beings will always let you down; but God says, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” He alone knows the plans he has for you. It is of peace, prosperity not harm of any kind.” (Jer. 29:11) Hear the Psalmist, “A horse is a vain thing for safety. Neither will he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eyes of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.” (Psa. 33:17 —19) No wonder
God sternly warns His own in Jeremiah 17:5, thus, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm and whose heart departs from the Lord.” Beloved, trust in the Lord and do not lean on your understanding; that is, what you are experiencing now. (Prov. 3:5) For as many as trust in their strength or on the strength of others, their resources, etc., shall meet with disappointment, spiritual poverty and ultimate loss. On the contrary, those who trust in the Lord will be blessed and ultimately rewarded with a godly inheritance. They will not be afraid or anxious in any of life’s circumstances because their roots go down deep into God. Beloved, even in the darkest moment of your life, rely on God’s providence. Trust in Him and you will not be disappointed. To be continued tomorrow!
Is 11: 1-10; Ps 72: 1-2. 7-8. 12-13. 17 (R. 7); Rom 15: 4-9; Mt 3: 1-12 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
- Make this declaration seriously:
“Lord, cleanse my life from secret faults. I renounce all my secret and shameful ways of life. Lord, I renounce all forms of deceptive life nor will I disobey Your word anymore. The only thing that I will hide in my heart is Your Word O God. So help me God.”
- Eternal Father, grant me the grace to completely trust in Your providence and love over me.
- Lord, do not let me to operate in the wrong spirit or become bound by any evil spirit of pride and disobedience in Jesus name.
- Pray for increased faith for all members of the Daily Strength family.
- Lord, it pleased You to acquit Your son in our story today. We beseech O Lord to provide for him all he needs in Jesus name. Amen.
Exercise: Take the prayer of “Daily Consecration to God”.
Memory Verse: Psa. 147:11