Are you forfeiting God’s promises?

Psalm 37:4 (NIV), Psalm 81:1 (NIV), Psalm 81:9-11 (NIV), Psalm 81:13 (NIV), Psalm 81:16 (NIV)

Consider the hope you have in God today!

So often we deviate from God’s purposes for our lives and run after other gods. What are these other gods? It doesnt mean that you’ve necessarily got a king statue in your house and you bow down each morning in worship to it!

Do you have a girl or boy friend? Or are you engaged, married or permanently yoked to a partner? How do you feel when other things be it, sport, tv, work, leisure, friends get in the middle of your relationship and consume the time you desire together and you get crowded out!? Jealousy is one feeling that comes to mind! Even though your desire is to give the best to your partner!

It’s exactly the same with God! He’s jealous for you! He loves you! He wants to give the best for you! Yet so often we forfeit the best going after other things! The bible says that he wants to give you the desires of your heart, but so often we miss the first bit – delight yourself in the Lord (ps.37:4) it is in the delighting, the relationship with Father God he desires do much for you!

Look at the promise of God right at the end of today’s psalm (v16)! his desire is for good things for you!

Today dont forfeit those promises by running after other things! Repent, say sorry and ask God to give you new hope today. In Jesus name, Amen!

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Healthy Associations

Psalm 16

Consider the contrast referred in this psalm of good & bad associations. What does the Lord say to you about who you spend most of your time with? Are you encouraged to live in a place of safety? Do you find yourself being built up in away which brings out the best in you? When trouble comes where do you run for help?

V5. You alone are my portion…

This psalm relates well to real life. All around us we will have people running after other gods which bring about ultimately a false hope, a false sense of security and confusion. Where should we seek good counsel from? First and foremost it is God we can run to for safety and secondly seek healthy associations with Godly people you trust (v3).

Take time today to hear His word to you! “You will make known to me the path of life… In him there is full joy… By his hand you will know real contentment forever!” v11 (own paraphrase)

Find a place where you can go and ‘take refuge in him’ tell him how you feel, your concerns, hurts… Confess ‘you alone are all i need, help me seek you’ bring each pain and hurt one at a time to Him allow Jesus to take the burden from you – Let His love overwhelm you as He shows you his perspective; also, examine your associations and If you don’t have good accountable friendships already take time to ask God to show you who you can go to in your life!