The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
The year 2020 has brought many changes to each of our lives. Even so, we can be thankful that there is an Omnipotent God that promises to take care of us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Sabbath provides us with a weekly retreat from secular problems. We can enjoy a much needed break by focusing on God and relying on Him to provide spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical renewal and refreshment to our weary souls.
For the next 24 hours, give your grief, worries, disappointment, heartbreak, loss, and failure to God. Prepare to worship God by singing or listening to a few songs, and then pray until you receive a breakthrough of peace and a calmness in your spirit. Have you ever been so thirsty that you started to dream about water? And when you finally had the water, it tasted so good that you drank all of it immediately? When we are spiritually dehydrated, only God can quench our thirst.
The men and women in biblical times had issues and problems, just like you and me. Still, God loved and delivered them from their adversaries and burdens in life. It is vital that we study the Bible to learn who God is and the victorious outcomes He gave to real people in their times of loss and overwhelming grief. Has God changed? “I am the LORD, and I do not change….” Malachi 3:6.
David, the shepherd boy that God used to kill the Philistine giant, Goliath was anointed as a young man to become King of the Nation of Israel. When you study the Book of Psalms, you will recognize that David’s feelings alternated between faith in God and fear of his enemies. Yet, David never gave up on God.
Who can love us like our Heavenly Father? The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
King David provides some advice when we are feeling hopeless because of our circumstances:
Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Seek out the LORD and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His marvels, and the judgments He has pronounced… 1 Chronicles 16:11
Prayer and Praise give God the go-ahead to unleash His Power!
Do not limit your prayers and praise! God has a Cup of Comfort that He invites each of us to drink from. If this is your first time praying for a breakthrough, then prepare yourself for victory. God never fails! Keep praying and singing until you feel the sweet comfort that only God’s supernatural power can provide.
We are God’s children. God did not speak us into existence. He knelt down and made Adam from the dust of the ground. Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7.
Always know that you hold a special place in God’s heart. King David sang this song of praise: I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well. Psalm 139:14. We have every reason to rejoice: God created us in His image; He has promised to heal our brokenness and to supply all of our earthly needs.
Proclaim to the world: Oh yes, I feel loved and adored right now because I know that my Heavenly Father loves me!
Happy Sabbath! In Jesus’ Name, we will press on. Love God, Love Others, Love Yourself.
Sabbath prayer: God, I belong to you. I am in distress, and I need your healing power to ease the painful burdens that have me overwhelmed. Please extend your Cup of Comfort for me to drink from that I may step out in faith and fully trust you with my life. Thank you for your love, grace, and mercies. And thank you for creating the Sabbath, a time that I can experience a time of rest from the cares of life. God, I love you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer that I ask in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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