Bible in 365 Days – Day 136

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 144-145
  • Psalms 88-89

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 89:9 NLT

You rule the oceans.
You subdue their storm-tossed waves.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God rules and has control over all elements and habitants of the sea.

    You rule the oceans.
        You subdue their storm-tossed waves.

     

Application:

DC Universe’s mythical Aquaman is the Lord of the seas. The true ruler of Atlantis and King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman can control all ocean elements and creatures no matter where in the ocean he is. He is also known for controlling water, even on land, mastering tumultuous waves and stopping tsunamis.

God is the real-life version of Aquaman. However, His realm is not limited to the seas. God is the ruler of all things. When we acknowledge His rulership and place Him at the helm of our lives, we give Him permission to rule our lives. A part of that control gives Him the right to subdue any storm-tossed waves that upset the pace of our daily lives, purpose or destinies. Through His intervention, the disaster and havoc, that these waves can wreck, are averted. Thus, with God at the helm of our lives, we can rest safely in the eye of any storm.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 135

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 131
  • Psalms 133
  • Psalms 138-141
  • Psalms 143

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 138:3 NLT

As soon as I pray, you answer me;
you encourage me by giving me strength.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Whenever David prayed, God gave him an answer.

    As soon as I pray, you answer me;
    you encourage me by giving me strength.

  2. God often encouraged David by strengthening him. That encouragement is a way of answer David’s prayer.

    As soon as I pray, you answer me;
    you encourage me by giving me strength.

     

Application:

Don’t you just hate it when there is an urgent situation and you are unable to get through to the one person who can help you? Do you sometimes wonder if God is hearing or ignoring you? With God, we have a direct line to His ear, and guess what? God always answers our prayers. Sometimes we get distracted and miss His response. Sometimes, the answer is not to our liking and we choose to ignore it. Sometimes the answer doesn’t come in the form we expect and we miss it. Sometimes the answer comes according to God’s timing, not ours. Even those moments, when the answer is “wait” or “stop”, God always strengthens us, giving us what we need to get through the season until it is time to “go”.

What have you been praying for? Does it feel like God is not listening? Watch the signs around you. What is God saying to you? The strength you get each morning could be your answer to wait. No matter the situation, God always answers our prayers.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 134

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 103
  • Psalms 108-110
  • Psalms 122
  • Psalms 124

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 124:2-5 NLT

What if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us?
They would have swallowed us alive
in their burning anger.
The waters would have engulfed us;
a torrent would have overwhelmed us.
Yes, the raging waters of their fury
would have overwhelmed our very lives.

 

Observation (s):

  1. With God on your side, you will not be overwhelmed by the storms and enemies of life.

    What if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us?
    They would have swallowed us alive
    in their burning anger.
    The waters would have engulfed us;
    a torrent would have overwhelmed us.
    Yes, the raging waters of their fury
    would have overwhelmed our very lives.

     

Application:

In moments like these, I feel incredibly grateful. There has been so many instances when God was on my side. God was in my corner when I was earmarked for death at a young age. I had constant asthma attacks, fainting spells and even got hit by a fast-moving bike while I was walking. Yet, here I stand. God was in my corner when I struggled financially. God was in my corner when I struggled emotionally and mentally. He always knew the push, comfort or encouragement I needed and always provided it. God stood by me when I felt all alone. He interceded when the situations and people within my life rose up to overthrow and swamp me. Like David, I fear to think what would have happened if the Lord had not been on my side.

With God on your side you can live life bravely, knowing that He will not allow the storms or enemies of life to overwhelm you. Stop for a moment and think. If it had not been for the Lord on your side, where would you be?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 133

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 68-70
  • Psalms 86
  • Psalms 101

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 69:7-12 NLT

For I endure insults for your sake;
humiliation is written all over my face.
Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
they treat me like a stranger.

Passion for your house has consumed me,
and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
When I weep and fast,
they scoff at me.
When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
they make fun of me.
I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
and all the drunks sing about me.

 

Observation (s):

  1. David was mocked and humilated because of his faith and passion for God.

    For I endure insults for your sake;
    humiliation is written all over my face.
    Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
    they treat me like a stranger.

    Passion for your house has consumed me,
    and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
    When I weep and fast,
    they scoff at me.
    When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
    they make fun of me.
    I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
    and all the drunks sing about me.

  2. His exhibition of his passion for God led to his isolation from his brothers (close friends and family).

    Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
    they treat me like a stranger.

     

Application:

When I first joined the Apostolic denomination, one of the first things I did was donate all my pants and any revealing dresses or tops. By the time I was finished, I had about 3 skirts remaining. Throughout my 10-year tenure within the faith, I endured much. I lost friends who couldn’t understand why I kept my hair natural when it obviously wasn’t the trend. I was ridiculed and mocked because I didn’t attend parties, wore the same 3 formal and casual skirts for over a year and preferred going to church, especially at the peak of my teenaged passion for Christ. I was isolated from my peers and family, even other Christians, who did share my faith or my intensity.

Living for God is a lonely path that requires endurance and the courage to step outside the norms defined by the world. There are critical risks to doing this. Like David, you may be humiliated and mocked. You may be insulted and be the topic of gossip. Members of your family may pretend not to know you or chastise you for your “bad behaviour” (remember how David’s wife, Michal, grew to hate him after he danced, sparsely-clothed, in the streets when the Ark of the Convenant is moved to Jerusalem). Even drunks will consider you beneath them. Why? Because you no longer fit in.

Living a godly life requires you to endure and shun fitting in. What are you willing to endure for Christ?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 132

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 61-62
  • Psalms 64-67

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 66:13-14 NLT

Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
to fulfill the vows I made to you—
yes, the sacred vows that I made
when I was in deep trouble.

 

Observation (s):

  1. When his deep trouble ended, David still honoured the vows he had made to God.

    Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
    to fulfill the vows I made to you—
    yes, the sacred vows that I made
    when I was in deep trouble.

     

Application:

To vow means to swear, take an oath, pledgepromiseaffirmavowundertake, give an undertaking, engagecommit, commit oneself, make a commitment, give one’s word, give one’s word of honour, give an assurance or guarantee. How would you feel if you worked for a month and your boss refused to pay you? Would you have been happy to continue working without the necessary payment that your contract or bargain dictated that you were entitled to? I bet not!

Now let’s talk about our oaths to God. In the midst of our sticky situations, we tend to bargain with God. We appeal for His deliverance while committing to do something in return. Oftentimes when God delivers on His end, we forget our part of the bargain or refuse to fulfill our promise. That is definitely not fair to God!

How many times have you made pledges to God in the midst of your deep trouble? Did you give your word that you would execute some action, if God came through for you? How many times did God come through for you yet you have failed to uphold your end of the deal? Like David, your word should be your bond. Honour your vows to God.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 131

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 39-41
  • Psalms 53
  • Psalms 55
  • Psalms 58

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 39:6-7 NLT

We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.

 

Observation (s):

  1. If there is no time in our schedule for God, all our busy rushing will be for nothing.

    We are merely moving shadows,
    and all our busy rushing ends in nothing
    .

  2. We shouldn’t place all our focus on hoarding wealth when tomorrow is not promised to any man.

    We heap up wealth,
    not knowing who will spend it.

  3. David’s hope was in God.

    And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
    My only hope is in you.

     

Application:

Our riches and busy schedules count for nothing when our hope is not in God.

You spend approximately 12 hours (work, preparation and transit time) working each day. When you are not working, you are off undertaking some worldly cause. However, how is your spiritual life? How much time do you set aside for God? Is all your busy rushing dedicated to a result of nothing or have you placed your hope in God and dedicated some of that time to Him and the activities He has purposed you to undertake? When you make the time for Him, trust and believe that He will ensure that there is enough time to complete the necessary things of the world.

Are you a money hoarder? You spend so much time collecting money. Storing it away for tomorrow, when tomorrow is guaranteed to no man. When was the last time you trusted God to take care of tomorrow and put some of that hoarded money towards a cause He has purposed you to undertake?

Don’t let all your time and monetary investments amount to nothing. Put your hope in God. Choose your monetary and time investments wisely.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 130

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 35-38

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 37:7 NLT

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Learn to be still and wait patiently for God to act. Don’t get caught up with comparing your “poor” situation to that of the “prosperity” of the wicked.

    Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    and wait patiently for him to act.
    Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
    or fret about their wicked schemes.

Application:

I once I had the opportunity to observe two plants growing in the same patch of soil. The pumpkin plant seemed to grow quickly, spreading its vines everywhere, producing fruit. The lime tree on the other hand seemed to struggle. Overtime, I noticed something. The pumpkin plant begun to decline as insects made it their home. Eventually it died while the lime continued to grow steadily into its bearing season. It makes one wonder: what would have happened if the lime tree constantly compared itself to the pumpkin tree? What would have happened if the lime tree had become discouraged and felt daunted by the pumpkin tree’s rapid growth?

Don’t compare yourself to others during your waiting or barren seasons. Don’t fall into the trap of comparing the state of your situations to that of others you deem less worthy. Don’t fret over the prosperity of the wicked. Like the pumpkin tree, their season of reckoning will come. Instead, focus on God and the promises He has made to you. Be still and wait patiently and uncomplainingly for Him to act. Know that your wait will be well worth it!


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