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10/09/2022 03:00 - 11/09/2022 02:00

"And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased" - Matthew 3:17 (NIV). 

Few would argue that a common feature of parents is love for their children. However, parents can have moments of disquiet when a child of theirs behaves in a certain way contrary to their expectations. If a child gets involved with bad company that engages in lewd behaviours, the parent will most likely be displeased. Of course this does not take away the love he has for the child. In fact it is more of a concern.

Most children want affirmation of the love of their parents, because when there are pleased with them good things happen. A parent who is pleased with his child will not hold back his blessings.

In our verse today we note God did not just love his son, Jesus Christ, but was as well pleased with him! Parents are pleased with their children if they obey them and do what they expect of them. Jesus earned that right because he walked in the will of the Father, obeyed his commands, and so, was pleasing to God.

All which is to say let us walk with the Father and be obedient to his commands. When we do so He will be pleased with us and bless us abundantly!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I pray that I am ever pleasing to you, so as to experience a shower of blessing, because of your abundant love, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
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    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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