For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: Psalms 8:5-6
This is the day that the Lord has made and allowed us to see! And because we know His will is good, it is perfect and it is acceptable, we rejoice in that!
After returning home from a battle, King David encountered a horrific scene; their campsite had been burned and all the women (including his wife) and children had been taken. King David could have easily become discouraged but instead he encouraged himself in God.
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6
And so our prayer this morning is directed to keep our mind in perfect peace, quiet the storms in our lives and refresh our spirits as we continue to consecrate and draw nearer to our God and do the things of God; even as we continue to focus on our purpose in God.
¨ know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death,
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:10-14
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
You don't have to live a dejected, depressed, oppressed or overcome life, Jesus said this:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal , and to kill , and to destroy : I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than Your ways and my thoughts than Your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:9-11
That’s powerful because God gave Isaiah a glimpse of who He is and how powerful He is!
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1 Peter 4:1
And while in our suffering and our going through, teach us, Lord, to take comfort in knowing that You will never leave us nor forsake us.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37.5