Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; and when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Thought for the Day: God is always near
Sometimes the trials we go through seem overwhelming and impossible to conquer. During church this morning, the pastor spoke of Jesus coming to be baptized. As Jesus came out of the water God sent His spirit, in the form of a dove, and said, “Thou art my beloved son; with thee I am well pleased.” Immediately Jesus was led into the wilderness for forty days to fast without food or water. During that time, He was tempted by the devil. Also during that time, the Spirit was with Jesus and He knew that His Father was near.
As I have experienced at times when I felt I was spiritually sound, I have felt my mind begin to doubt my faith and things have happened to make me question my thoughts and decisions. It is then that I have to remember that God is with me and I find myself speaking and sometimes yelling to Satan saying, “Satan, I know it is you, get away from me.” I am then able to pray and ask God to help me in that moment. As Jesus knew His Father was with him every step of his life, we have to remember that God is with us as well and that the temptations of Satan can be conquered through Christ.
Prayer: Our father, help us every day to feel your presence in our lives. We know you are near, but sometimes we forget for a moment. Help us to be more like Jesus who never doubted that You were always with him.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE TEMPTED