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05/03/2024 - 06/03/2024 All day

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”- Jeremiah 29:11

This soothing verse spoken to us through the prophet Jeremiah is applicable to many lives, as it was then. At the heart of this message is a firm belief that none of us is here by accident. Earlier we find, the Lord had revealed to Jeremiah, by mentioning "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” ( Jeremiah 1:5).

Many people assume that their lives on earth is by chance. Since the devil is a liar, he impresses on many that they have no purpose in life, since there wasn’t as much object behind their creation after all. Anything in their lives is purely by accident, and things just happen by chance. Knowing how powerful God’s plan is, for any life, the devil is of course fostering this lie, besides doing everything to frustrate that plan through his favorite weapon of deceit.

Yet through scripture we see virtually all the great men and women God used He had a plan for them long before they appeared. From the father of our faith Abraham, to Isaac, Samuel, David, Mary, Paul, Peter; all these, and more, their lives had been planned long before they came to be. The coming of Christ had long been prophesied 800 years before he appeared on earth: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” ( Isaiah 9:6).

Just as it were for them, so is your life, long planned out, and for a good purpose. God, who was behind your creation, wishes the very best for you his child, even as the enemy, Satan, is out and about trying to snatch this good plan away, for which you must not let him do.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I want to thank you for I am not a creature of chance but you have a plan for me, and it is a good plan, which is continually being revealed in my life, this I pray in Jesus’ name.

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    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).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    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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