August 21, Tuesday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Jeremiah 31: 7-10

For thus says the Lord: ‘Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!’ Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labors with child, together; a great throng shall return there. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they shall not stumble; for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’

There are various traditions around the world by which countries celebrate the ringing in of a new year. In China, people launch fireworks to drive away evil and celebrate the coming of a new time. In Australia, people have picnics and camp out on the beach on New Year’s Eve, and blow whistles, shake rattles, and press car horns to welcome a new year. Then, of course, in the US, we have our traditional ball dropping in NYC with a ball being slowly dropped down a pole a minute prior to midnight and people count-down to ring in a new year. These and many more other ways are traditions by which people around the world are recognizing and celebrating the faithful arriving of an expected promise—that is, a new start.

In Jeremiah 31:7 it says, “For thus says the Lord: ‘Sing with gladness for Jacob and shout among chief of the nations: proclaim, give praise, and say, “O Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel!” The Lord welcomes the people of Israel to bear witness to God’s faithfulness to them as a nation with jubilant shouts. He promises them that His salvation and faithfulness will be made evident as they will be gathered together as one nation again; and they are to celebrate in advance as a declaration of what is coming. In a similar way, there are promises of God that are over your life that you can offer up thanksgiving and praises in advance, as a declaration of what is to come for you. It is fuel to your spirit and soul to consider what God has spoken in the Scriptures regarding all aspects of your life, including your direction of life, provisions, relationships, health, etc. These are promises that have been provided for you to boldly claim and take hold of.

The Lord has granted you answers and tokens of great hope in the Bible. You need only to expectantly celebrate them in advance, like the Israelites, and declare of every good thing that is coming to pass upon you. Your life will be evidence of God’s unrelenting faithfulness; so go ahead and thank Him in advance as a declaration of His goodness over you!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are so good and Your promises for me are real! You have promises to prosper me in every regard. Thank You for the great hope and anticipation that I can have regarding all areas of my concern, for Your faithfulness will be made evident to me. I celebrate my life that is completely in You! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Job 1


Lunch Break Study

Read Lamentations 3:22-23: Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Questions to Consider

  1. What are the areas of your life that you need the Lord’s promises for?
  2. How can you adjust your thinking patterns and words to affirm God’s biblical promises for you?
  3. What is the greatest testimony that you have regarding God’s faithfulness towards you?

Notes

  1. Write down areas of your life that you need breakthrough in. Search the Scriptures and find God’s promises for you in these areas. Write them down along the sides of each area. Pray these promises into those areas of your life; and because it is in God’s Word, it means it is His will for you, so you can pray with expectancy.
  2. In order to declare God’s promises over your life, you will need to adjust your thinking and speech according to what has been spoken for you in the Bible. This is part of how you thank the Lord in advance, as well as declare them over your life to see them into fruition.
  3. You have a history with God that is personal to you, which also reveals the personal ways of how God interacts with you. Take time to reflect on what He has already done for you, so that your faith can again be strengthened and activated.

Evening Reflection

We began the day challenged to declare and thank God in advance for His promises over all areas of your life. In the light of this challenge, how did you fare in gratitude and declaration?

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