His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
Every person in the world needs something in order to live life. They need food, water, shelter, and clothing in order to live on this earth. While many have all of these things, there are many who do not have most of these things. Look in every major city in the world and people will be seen without shelter, food or clothing.
Most of the world thinks that they need more than what they have. They feel as if they do not have enough.
This type of feeling has bled over into the church. People feel as if they need more in order to survive or make it. Although this is often seen as needing just physical things, it also means more to live a godly, holy life for God. Many believers feel as though they cannot really live the godly life as Jesus lived His life.
Peter tells the believers that God has used His divine power to give believers everything they need to live a godly life. This great power can be found in the knowledge of God the Father and in Jesus.
Knowing God’s great love towards the believer can help him be motivated to live a holy life for God and to love others. Knowing how Jesus removed all sins can keep him from going back into sin. Knowing how Jesus stayed away from temptation, can strengthen the believer to flee temptation. Knowing God’s mercy can help a believer to have mercy towards others.
Many people say that they really cannot live a holy life, yet, everything that a believer needs to live that Holy life is provided in knowing God and His word.
Seek to know God and His word more. He will give you what you need to live for Him. He did not call you to live a holy life, and then leave you on your own. God wants you to succeed in this.
Be willing to take the power God has given you and live the holy life God called you to live. Jesus removed the sin, now live like it has been removed and be holy as He has made you holy unto God. You have everything you need.
I pray today that you will know what God offers you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know His power in your life; that you will live a holy life for God in this dark world; and that you will be a holy witness for Jesus everyday.
Threshing floors and winepresses will not feed the people; the new wine will fail them. Hosea 9:2
Hosea was telling the people of Israel to not rejoice. They had been found guilty of committing many sins and rejecting God. Punishment was coming to them. Many in Israel felt that because their crops were so good, that they would be able to support themselves and did not need God at all. They are warned that everything will fail them.
Farmers go out and plant huge fields of crops for food. They expect the crops to come in large enough to be able to feed their own family and sell a lot to others for more money, so they can get wealthy and feed more people.
On the surface this looks like it would provide for needs of all the people everywhere to get enough food. However, without God, those crops will not always come through as the farmer may expect. God has to be the one to provide the right amount of water and sunshine for those crops to grow. As people refuse to follow God and give Him all the credit, God pulls His hand of favor away and the crops will not grow as well, which will not feed the people.
Not every person grows food for themselves or for a profit. People use other things to make a profit and provide for themselves. Working many different types of jobs, people strive to have large bank accounts in order to provide for all of their needs. In the same way, if they are not following God and allowing Him to be in control, the bank accounts will fail. There will not be enough money to provide for all the needs one may have.
Life consists of more than just food and drink. One needs the nourishment of God and His word in his life on a daily basis.
As you are going through your life, what are you expecting to nourish you? Is it the food you buy with the money your job provided?
Or is it God providing through your job and His grace and mercy?
Keep your eyes and life focused on God and allow Him to be the one in control. Then God will provide for all of your needs. Your hands will work and be prosperous for your needs and the needs of others. Without God, they will fail.
I pray today that you will know God’s provision for your life; that you will trust in God alone; that God will provide for others through you; and that God will receive all the credit for the blessings in your life.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8
When King Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, had taken over Jerusalem and all Judah, he carried many people into captivity. Out of these people, he chose some who were the best and brightest to work for him. They were brought into the palace courts to work and given the best food and drink, along with all other needed provisions. Daniel was among those given that favor.
The food being provided was food that the Israelites were not supposed to eat according to God’s law. Daniel set it in his heart that he would not defile his body with the food being offered. Regardless of what may happen, he refused to eat that food. He asked the officials to not eat it. He was given favor, because God was on his side.
In this world there are many things that are out there that can defile a believer. No matter what store or location a person walks into things are available to cause one to sin. Pictures, thoughts, and actions are everywhere being done that are filled with sin and can lead a believer down the wrong path. Even other people can lead a person wrong.
As a believer, you must make a commitment to the Lord prior to walking into any place. You must commit to not allowing yourself to be led into sin. You have to choose not to walk down certain paths that the world offers.
In the process of doing this, there will be many times that you will go against the flow of society, even some in the church. Some may be doing it in good will, not meaning to harm you, but still be against God’s ways. It may also be painful. As with Daniel choosing not to eat certain foods, it runs the risk of creating severe pain and suffering. God is with you, and if you choose to follow Him and His ways, He will take care of you.
Before you walk out of your house today, or even your bedroom, resolve in your heart to not allow yourself to be defiled by sin. Refuse to walk down that path as you walk in this world.
I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will choose to follow God alone; that you will choose to not walk in sin against God; and that you will not allow yourself to be defiled by this world.
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing. Ezekiel 47:12
In the vision Ezekiel is given, he sees water flowing from the sanctuary. The farther he follows that flow of water, the deeper it gets. It becomes a full river, giving life to all around it. Not only do fruit trees grow around it, but each tree bears fruit every month, providing food and healing for the people.
The river that is flowing represents God’s Holy Spirit flowing out from the temple providing life wherever He goes. God is a God of life, not death. His goal is to bring more life to every person. While the Israelites are in captivity for sin against God, He is telling them that there will be a day that He will flow among them bringing life to all who come.
Although the temple no longer exists, there is the church today. The church is made up of people who believe in Jesus. Whoever believes in Jesus is given His Holy Spirit to work in and through him. God’s Holy Spirit still flows out like a mighty river bringing life, food and healing to all who enter His river.
He brings life through the work of Jesus on the cross. He brings food by showing men how to live and serve God on this earth. He brings healing to both the body and the soul of every person who follows Jesus.
Most people are willing to accept God’s river, Holy Spirit, in their own lives, however, many do not allow Him to flow through them to others.
As a believer, you can allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through you. You have a mission to bring life, food and healing to all who are around you and you will see fruit on a daily basis.
Do not be like some and hoard everything to yourself. Do not sit in condemnation of others, but bring life to them. Jesus forgave you, so you can forgive others. His commission to you was to go and make more disciples.
Allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow like a river to others and bring them real life.
I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will allow God to flow through you to others; that you will bring life, food and healing to those around you; and that many will know Jesus because of you.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4
Everyday most people will eat several meals a day to keep going. The amount of food that a person eats is usually different for each person. A lot of it depends upon how active the person is and what his activity is.
The football player during football season will eat a very large amount of food. He needs to be able to sustain his muscles and strength during the rigorous training or games. The person who works in an office at a computer desk, will eat very little to sustain his energy. He is exerting very little physical energy, while exerting a lot more mental energy. The sustenance is found through the type and amount of food being eaten.
Going through life can be very challenging. At times a person may wonder how he will ever make it through some tough situation that has come upon him. People look to many different things to give them the strength to keep going. Some of these things may be alcohol, smoking, other people, drugs, more things to do, medicine, spending money, and the list is endless.
Israel had been going through some very tough times, yet God says it was He who made them and will sustain them through it all.
As a believer, God is the One who will sustain you. He has the power and the ability to hold you together when things are going rough. Allow God to pick you up and carry you through the storms of this life.
This does not mean there will be no storms or problems in this life, it just means He will carry you through it all. God is the one who will rescue you from all troubles.
There will be a day when God calls you home to heaven for all eternity with no more sorrow, pain, suffering or death. Until that day, He will hold you and sustain you. God is the nourishment that you need to keep your energy up for this life. Hold onto Him and trust Him.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God is carrying you; that you will eat of God’s Word; and that you will be strengthened by His Holy Spirit for the struggles of this life.
Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love. Song of Solomon 2:4
Eating food is one thing that people love to do. Many like to eat more food than they really should eat. Different people like to eat different types of foods, but the common factor is that all like to eat.
Restaurants that are set up buffet style are usually very large and always very busy. They provide a wide variety of foods to eat, and an unlimited amount of food. All this for one price. No one leaves hungry.
In this passage today, the bride is asking that the Lord lead her to his banquet hall. She wants to be able to eat at His table.
The Lord is the king. Every king eats very well and only the very best food. To eat there means one will not be eating macaroni and cheese, but prime steaks and lobster. It will only be the best.
As Jesus walked on this earth, He ate at His Father’s banquet table. He was provided more than enough food to sustain Him and satisfy Him. This food was to do the will of His Father. He found great satisfaction in doing what the Father wanted Him to do.
As a believer in Jesus, you are the bride of Christ. You should have a desire to eat at His table. The banquet table that Jesus eats at, is the Father’s table. Doing what God wants you to do will provide you with satisfaction and fulfillment.
In order to know what God wants you to do, you must take time to read the Bible. Take in what He says and devour it. Make it a part of your life. As you begin to know God and what He wants through His Word, you will know what to do in your life. Then you can begin to do those things and find the satisfaction that you need.
The only way this can happen is if you allow God to lead you to His banquet table. Taste of the Lord and find out that He is good. The food that He has for you is the best that there is. Remember that He is The King and only has the best food available.
I pray today that you will know the food God has for you; that you will hunger for His Word; that God will strengthen you to do His will; and that you will do whatever God asks of you.