“…Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light…”
(James 1:17, MSG)
Be on the Lookout
Just like the sun radiates heat, God radiates goodness. It’s not just what He does; it’s who He is. God’s very nature is good. It’s important that we recognize that every good gift comes to us from our Father in heaven, both large and small.
You need to be on the lookout for God’s goodness. Too many times, God is working in our lives, showing us favor, protecting us, sending us healing, but we don’t recognize His goodness. When something good happens, make sure you give Him the credit and thank Him for it. The question is, are you recognizing it? Look around today. Be more aware. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good.” If you’re going to taste God’s goodness, you have to realize that every good break, every time you were protected, every door that opened, and every advantage you’ve gotten has been God working in your life. Don’t take it for granted.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are constantly working, constantly showing me Your goodness with every good gift that comes into my life. I want to live today with an attitude of thankfulness and gratefulness. I will not take Your goodness for granted. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/guardian-angels/
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
– Psalm 37:4
If you come from a tradition of faith (or have watched “It’s a Wonderful Life”), you have probably heard the term “guardian angel.” When I was growing up, I used to think a lot about this and wonder if there was a specific angel assigned to watch over and protect me. I would even envision him sitting by my bed at night as I slept. Though the Bible doesn’t give an orthodox answer to the question of guardian angels, I’m inclined to believe that it does affirm their existence. Interestingly, the idea of assigned angels doesn’t originate in protestantism or Catholicism, it goes back to ancient Judaism, and it finds its roots in a Jewish worldview. The Isrealites believed that God ascribed to every believer an angel that oversaw them, guided them, ministered to them, and helped enact God’s will in their life. This is why David said in Psalm 37:4 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” So whether it’s one specific celestial being or many, there is no doubt that angels are an important part of bringing God’s presence and power to our lives. There are numerous times I have experienced the strength and intervention of something outside of myself, and I believe fully that that’s when His angels were acting on my behalf.
Friend, my point in sharing these thoughts with you is not to draw glory and attention to angels, but rather to encourage you with the truth that Jesus loves you so much that He employs Heavenly hosts to fight for you, protect you, and carry out His amazing plans for your life. Nothing can come against what He has ordained for your future, and even when the battle is raging strong, the victory is already won. His Kingdom has come and His will is being done on earth as He dispatches Heavenly armies to make His presence and power known in and through His people, and that includes you!
I am so grateful, Jesus, that you dispatch angels to protect and take care of me. Thanks for loving me so much.
When have you felt God’s supernatural presence and power with you? Do you believe it was an angel?
“So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate…”
(Ephesians 6:14, GW)
Every morning when you get up, you need to put on God’s approval as your breastplate and say, “Father, thank You that You are pleased with me.” You have to put it on. It’s not going to happen automatically. Thoughts will try to convince you that you don’t deserve God’s blessing, and you’ll start feeling condemned, unworthy, and not expect anything good. You have to put on God’s approval to protect your heart.
Something powerful happens when you say, “I like who I am. I have some faults and failures, but I’m changing and growing. Since God approves me, I approve myself.” When you put on the breastplate of God’s approval, chains of guilt, chains of inferiority, chains of low self-esteem are broken in the unseen realm, and God’s favor is released. God is going to keep making and molding you, and you’re going to break free from things that are holding you back and become everything He’s created you to be.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can put on the breastplate of Your approval to cover my heart because You have made me righteous through Christ Jesus. Thank You that I can feel good about who I am. I believe that You are pleased with me today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/god-is-always-near/
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
– Philippians 4:12,13
God is always near. It’s easy to acknowledge that when we feel like things are going our way and we are enjoying a season of health and prosperity, but what about when we are barely hanging on? Whether we like it or not, the Lord often takes us to the end of our rope, not as a means of punishing us, but as a manner of teaching us that all of our sufficiency is in Him. Stretching is good for us and our Heavenly Father wants us to grow as people. Most importantly, however, He wants us to understand that no season in life, whether feast or famine, happens apart from His Hand. We can’t comprehend our own limitations except to experience His strength when we have come to the end of our own. Then, having internalized His faithfulness, we can ascend once more from the valley to the mountaintop with the knowledge that we are free to be content in any and every circumstance.
My friend, you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength! Even if you are facing insurmountable odds and you don’t see a way out of the wilderness, God is with you. He is near and His Spirit is speaking hope to your soul while His angels tear down strongholds, tend to your safety, and bring redemption to your circumstances. Trust Him today, thank Him for the victory that is yours in Jesus, and look forward to the strength He is forging in your soul through this time of testing!
I claim victory in you, Jesus, even though I don’t yet see it with my eyes. I know that you are ever near me.
What obstacles are you facing right now? How can you embrace the strength Jesus is building in your soul through this time of testing?
Here is an alternative to police registries from the UK. It is not a police registration. It is a private registration with a civilian, non governmental organization called Missing Autism UK. It allows previewing before filling it out, and it allows anyone to fill it out. This form is only meant to be filled out if a person is actually missing. These are screen shots, as the site is under construction. All info stays privately within Missing Autism UK, unless the police ask for it to be released. I prefer this system to the Vulnerable Persons Police Registry. Feel free to print these screenshots for your own use.
There are other viable alternatives to vulnerable persons registries. Child Find Saskatchewan has paper booklets that can be mail ordered for free. The “youth” one is also suitable for adults. They also have a crisis line that anyone of any age can call if they are at risk.