Bless the People of Israel
“O God, ransom Israel from all its troubles.”
Psalms 25:22 NLT
Today, let us take the time to bless Israel. God promises blessing upon those who do. All the way back to Abraham, God declared His covenant with the people of Israel. “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”” Genesis 12:1-3 NLT braham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was the son of Abraham and Hagar. Hagar was a servant girl of Sarah (see Genesis 16). Abraham and Sarah were told by God, in Genesis 15, that they would have a son. Years had passed since the promise was given for a son. In their impatience, they resorted to their own way of handling things. This would prove to be a great mistake that would cause great trouble through the years, not only for Abraham and his family, but the whole world also. Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah (see Genesis 21). Isaac was the promised son from God. Through Isaac, God would establish the nation we call Israel. Issac had two sons named Esau and Jacob (Twins). Esau came out first. Jacob was, literally, on his heel (see Genesis 25:25-26). Jacob would later become the one re-named by God as Israel (see Genesis 32:28). The nation of Israel was chosen by God as His people. I, personally, have always loved Israel. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should have love for the people of Israel. Jesus was born of Mary, a Jew. Joseph, His earthly father (not biologically, because His Father was God), was a Jew. As Christians, we are interconnected with the nation of Israel. We have a Christian heritage that links us to Judaism (the Jewish faith). However, the Messiah (Jesus), has fulfilled the requirements of the law and has granted us salvation by grace through faith. It behoves us, then, to bless the people of Israel. Sure, many of them have not received the Messiah, Jesus, but we love them as God’s people and nation nonetheless! “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.”
Isaiah 40:1 NLT “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.” Psalms 122:6 NLT
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, I bless the people of Israel! I ask for their peace and their prosperity. Thank You for giving us such a rich and godly heritage.
“They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.”
Psalms 25:13-14 NLT
For those who fear and choose the Lord, there is the promise of blessing. Prosperity and posterity are two of those things. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of true life. Only righteousness can guard our lives from the consequences of evil. The only hope our children have is the Lord Jesus Christ. Choosing to live an ungodly life always leads to an inevitable end - a cursed life. Evil never honors those who choose its path. To the contrary, evil slays those who trifle with it. “Calamity will surely destroy the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.” Psalms 34:21 NLT No good can come from choices that are unrighteous. We reap what we sow! “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7 NLT We cannot expect to gain a righteous end from an unrighteous choice. Right now, I know of many who are reeling from the consequences of choices made. Their personal lives, and their children's lives, are ravaged by satanic bondage. Like a run away train, headed down the wrong track, they rush headlong through life, awaiting the collision ahead. Their families are torn to shreds and their lives are marked by misery. Initially, evil was attractive, but it didn't turn out the way things appeared. Evil always dangles it's bait in front of us, hoping to entice us into its grasp. Once we cave into the temptation, we become victims of our own choosing. Furthermore, not only have we become victims, so have our children. Generational curses are placed upon our posterity when we choose to live evil lives. All of us have made evil choices in our lives. We all live with some form of regret with past sin. Youthful lusts draw us all into foolish choices. None of us are without sin! However, some choose to continue down the road of disaster while others choose to turn to the Lord for rescue. Those who have turned to the Lord for forgiveness, and who have determined to live for Him, have seen the grace of God sweep into our lives with His great mercy and break the chains of darkness that had us bound. The curse is broken in the name of Jesus!! Prosperity and posterity are the inheritance of those who choose the Lord. True prosperity is a life lived in righteousness. Evil can pay with "seemingly" momentary happiness, but never with true satisfaction. Righteousness, on the other hand, always pays with peace, contentment, and confidence of the future. Let's choose to live for the Lord!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, I ask that You forgive my sin, heal my hurts, and restore my life. Break any generational curses that Satan and his minions have placed over me. Liberate my children and future generations from the grip of evil and help us walk in Your prosperity. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray!!! Amen!
“Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.”
Psalms 25:12 NLT
Are you facing a decision in your life today? Don't make it until you have consulted with the Lord! God wants to guide you in everything you do. Don't make impulsive, spontaneous decisions. Those kind of decisions almost always lead to regret. Decisions are defining moments. Take each and every one of them and place them at the feet of Jesus. Ask Him the direct your steps and take charge of your mind. Submit yourself to the Holy Spirit and yield yourself to His Lordship! Repent of sin and ask God to restore you to right fellowship. God doesn't want to be a passenger on board your life, He wants to be owner (Lord). Jesus wants to pilot your plane, drive your car, walk in your shoes, work with your hands, and display Himself in you. He loves you so much and He has greater thoughts of your life than you do. Don't think for a moment that God is "disturbing" your life. No, my friend, He is LIFE! Every decision you make should come under His loving Lordship. When you don't know what to do, do nothing!! Wait on the Lord to give you His leading. Premature action can thwart things. Waiting is difficult, but it is vital. Impatience is a prodding rod of the devil. Listen to what the Psalmist said: “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14 NLT Sometimes you may feel like God isn't listening and you wonder if He is going to respond. In a moment like that, learn to trust Him and allow Him to work His will. His ways are higher than ours. His thoughts are broader than ours ““My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT He sees the past, the present, and the future. Who better to trust in these matters? God hasn't grown deaf, old, depressed, gray headed, feeble minded, or incapable. He is always at His best! Let this Word from God's Word give you comfort and confidence: “I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”
Psalms 121:1-8 NLT Rest in Him, trust in Him, and move only as He guides and directs. In the Old Testament, when the Tabernacle (mobile worship tent) was erected, it would sit in the center of Israel's camp. There were 12 tribes of Israel. 3 tribes camped on the north, 3 on the south, 3 on the west, and 3 on the east. In the middle of all of them was the Tabernacle. A cloud would hover over it (see Exodus 40:34-38). The cloud was God's presence with them. When the cloud moved, the Tabernacle was dismantled and moved to where the cloud was going. When the cloud stopped, the Tabernacle was re-erected. The Tabernacle was a type/symbol of the believer. Even at night, a fire would appear in the cloud to allow the children of Israel to see the place of God's presence. Knowing the presence of God in dark times is absolutely vital. We must always allow the light of God to keep us focused on Him. We are mobile Temples of Almighty God (see I Corinthians 6:19 and 2 Corinthians 5:1). We, like the children of Israel, must put Jesus at the center of our lives and move as He moves. If we will do this, guaranteed success and victory is ours. God will never fail us and doing His will is the definition of success and victory. Got decisions to make today?
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, I humble myself before Your mighty hand. Forgive my transgressions and prepare my spirit, soul, and body to be wholly Yours. Help me move as You move. Help me think like You, see like You, walk like You, and work for You! Let everything I am be used as an instrument of Your loving Lordship! I love You my Lord Jesus!!
O Lord, Forgive
For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins.”
Psalms 25:11 NLT
O how we all need to pray this prayer! Like David, our sins have been many. We have all sinned and fallen short of God's glorious standard. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Romans 3:23 NLT Sin is the terminal disease that afflicts every human being. The only antidote is Jesus! Only through His shed blood can we be cleansed and made whole again. “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7 NLT
David lived at a time when this reality had not been made known in its fullness. David could only look forward in anticipation of the coming Messiah (Messiah is a word that identifies God's Anointed - see Daniel 9:25). He knew the God of heaven and earth, but he was not familiar with full and free atonement. He knew that God was merciful and gracious. He knew that he could be forgiven. However, he had no complete covering for his sin. His sin could be forgiven but there was a temporary process in place that only shadowed the coming atonement for sin - Jesus. In the Old Testament, the ceremonial process for sin was demanding and burdensome. (see Exodus chapters 29 and 30; Leviticus chapters 4-10, 14-16,19, and 23; Numbers chapters 6-8, 15, 28 and 29). However, God never intended the law to be grievous. To the contrary, He implemented the law to show mankind his sin and reveal how far away from God he was. God wanted to give man boundaries to live within which would bring him back into right fellowship with Him and would facilitate civility and social stability in life. God's intent was to turn man from his sin back to Him. When someone acted in repentance toward God, the faith of that person would rise before God as a sweet smelling savor. God is not a cosmic kill joy. He is our Father! Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. There He tells us to call God our Father! He loves us (see John 3:16-18; I John chapter 4). Yes, He is angry at our sin! “And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”” John 3:36 NLT (see also Romans 1:18) God's wrath toward sin can only be appeased by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other way! “For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5 NLT He is standing with outstretched arms for the prodigal son to come home. The hope of all Israel was the Messiah (the Christ - Anointed One). In reality, the Messiah (Jesus) is the hope of all humanity. Aren't you glad you can be forgiven? If you have already repented and received forgiveness, aren't you glad Jesus has opened heavens gates and established access to the very throne of God? Hallelujah!!! Forgiveness, what a God given gift!!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, search me and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! See if there is any wickedness in me. Cleanse me with the blood of Your One and Only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!! I now receive Your merciful and gracious kindness. You are my hope and anchor! Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me behave like Jesus!
“O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord. The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.”
Psalms 25:1-10 NLT
I would like for us to focus on verse 1 of today's scripture. "O Lord, I give my life to you." This is a definite declaration of faith. David gave his life to the Lord! Any student of scripture knows that David's life was extraordinary. In I Samuel 17, he testified how he fought lions and bears to protect his father's sheep and goats. In that same chapter, he courageously stood up to the 9 1/2 foot tall Philistine giant, Goliath (I Samuel 17:4), who had been blaspheming the God of Israel. He was but a ruddy teenager when he did these things. David was a mighty warrior. I Samuel 18:7, 21:11, and 29:5 we read about the people singing the song "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!" Saul was the king of Israel (its first king) and he was a head taller than anyone else (I Samuel 9:2). He was a robust fellow, yet it appears that he was fearful of the giant. David became an instant hero when he defeated the giant. The people became very fond of David. Saul became jealous. In I Samuel 18, Jonathan, Sauls son, became David's best friend. Saul would later disobey God's command and would lose his anointing from God as king of Israel. The anointing was placed upon David. The story is so much more than words can express in this short devotional, but I encourage you to read it all in 1 and 2 Samuel. In 2 Samuel we read of David's adultery, his command to murder Uriah, the Hittite, and the corresponding consequences. The beauty in all of it is this: David had great success in his life and also committed great sin! By the mercy and grace of God, He still finished well. We read of his repentance of these atrocities in Psalm 51. After repentance, David was restored to right fellowship with God and was able to finish life for the honor of God! Tucked away in Acts 13, we read about David being a man after God's own heart (verse 22). Although David had a momentary lapse of reason that plunged him into despair, God mercifully forgave his sin and let his life finish well. In Acts 13:36 we read that he finished life by doing the will of God! "...for after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed.” Acts of the Apostles 13:36 NLT I don't know about you, but David's life is an encouragement to me. I, too, have had fine moments in life and yet I have regrets as well. I live with these regrets in my own heart and mind. They try to torment me. However, in the sheer mercy and grace of God, I want to finish well. My life is not defined by my faults, it is defined by my willingness to let God have them. The race is defined by, not only how it's ran, but also how it is finished. Do you live with regret? Do you struggle beneath the load of guilt and shame that haunts you? Do yourself a favor: Abandon your feeble attempts to run this race on your own and fall at the feet of the merciful and gracious God. Only Jesus ran this race and won it!!! Our only hope of winning is in Him! Can I hear the church shout "AMEN"? Have you given your life to God?
Prayer for today: Father, In Jesus name, I bring all of my faults and failures to You. I lay them at Your feet and ask that You would pick up the pieces and make something beautiful out of my life. Regardless of the struggle, let me finish well for Your name sake! Guide me O Blessed Holy Spirit!
King of Glory
“Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies— he is the King of glory. Interlude”
Psalm 24:7-10 NLT
The "King of glory" is used five times in this passage of scripture. This is a reference to Almighty God! Notice the capital "K" in the word "King". The word "glory" is a reference to the grandest and most glorious being and can also be applied in the sense of the heavenly beings (angelic hosts) and heavenly bodies (creation). God is the King of glory!!! Something that deserves our full recognition here is this: Jesus is the King of glory! God revealed Himself to us in Christ! “After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word.” John 17:1-6 NLT Jesus revealed the Father to us! He manifested the glory of God to humanity in His physical being. Jesus was, is, and always will be equal with God, as God! Pay special attention to the word "shared" in the verses above. Jesus has always been One with God! He is so much more than a prophet. He is so much more than a man or some great teacher. He is the Lord of Heavens Armies!!! Look at this: “Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” Revelation 19:11-16 NLT Without question, this is Jesus! Here, the armies of heaven follow Him. Here, He is called "King of kings and Lord of lords."In Matthew 17 Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, and John. Jesus exposed His glory to these men. Jesus is the manifest glory of God in human form. Take a look at this: “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us from our sins, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3 NLT If Jesus is your Lord, then the King of glory lives within you. If not, will you let the King of glory in? Swing wide the gate and let Him have custody of your life, not just visitation rights.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, fill my life with Your Holy Spirit. Open up the gate of my life and take full custody of all that I am.
The Grace of God
“Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob. Interlude”
Psalms 24:3-6 NLT
In the Old Testament, to go up to the "House of God" was the highest moment of worship for the children of Israel. The Tabernacle was located in the middle of the camp of the twelve tribes while they journeyed through the wilderness to the promised land of Canaan. Once the Temple was erected in Jerusalem, they would, literally go "up" to "Mount Zion". The Temple was above the elevation of the surrounding cities and towns. Jerusalem sits at about 2,500 feet above sea level. To make ones trek to the Temple was to go "up" to the House of God! As one would consider the privilege to make this trip to Jerusalem, their thoughts would turn to the preparation for such a sacred experience. Introspective consideration would be given to one's spiritual condition. Going to worship the One True God was of utmost sacred and serious consideration. Allowing the Lord to search your heart and prepare you for your time at the Temple would be at the forefront of your life. Everyone in Judaism (the Jewish faith and practice) knew that this was the most important thing in their lives. Nothing else compared! Clean hands (a phrase used to depict righteous dealing in one's affairs) and a pure heart (righteous motives) were the two most significant things for consideration. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are under the grace of God. Grace is unearned favor (something not accomplished by effort) that is imparted upon the one who has trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior! We should be grateful, to the greatest degree, because of God's amazing grace. We are, now, the Temple of God (see 1 Corinthians 6:19). One thing we should always bear in mind: We are made God’s House by the grace of the Lord Jesus! Knowing this truth does not grant us permission to sin but, rather, freedom from the shackles of sin. The law of Moses showed us the standard of God's holiness. We cannot achieve it! God's holiness can only be received by grace through faith (see Genesis 15:6; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10). The price for sin was the blood of the Spotless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ (see I Peter 1:18-19)!!! We must NEVER lose sight of this very truth. As we contemplate the sacredness of this, we should respond with living a life that honors our Lord's holiness. Our words, thoughts, and deeds should be under the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23)!!! We should never excuse our sin as an allowance under grace (see Romans 6 - Whole chapter). Yes, we all have sinned and we all can, and do sin (see Romans 3:23 and I John 2:1-2). However, we should not allow ourselves to become comfortable with sin. Our sin should always drive us to a place of repentance (see 2 Corinthians 7:10) instead of acceptance. Christ is Holy! His children should strive to please Him with their character (pure heart) and conduct (clean hands). When we live under this mindset, we worship God in all that we are and all that we do! Worship should never be a place! Worship is about a Person - Jesus! As we live in worship of Jesus, we can, then, come in corporate worship of Him under the anointing of the Holy Spirit!
Prayer for today: Father, in the name of Jesus, search me by Your Holy Spirit and see if there is any wickedness in me. Purge me in the blood of Your One and Only Son Jesus! May my life be lived in honor of Your Holiness!
God Is The Origin
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.”
Psalms 24:1-2 NLT
The earth belongs to the LORD! God is the origin of life. Everything belongs to Him! He is the Creator.
There is no way evolution could be true. It is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated upon the minds of humanity. Evolution is Satan’s evil conception and deception.
Let me ask you a few simple things.
If you read a book, did someone write it?
If you drive a car, did someone make it?
If you use a consumer product, did someone manufacture it?
If you sing a song, did some compose it?
If you live in a house, did someone build it?
Did any of these things happen through millions of years of evolution? Hogwash!!
If there is a book, then there is an author!
If there is a car, there is an automaker!
If there is a product, there is a manufacturer!
If there is a song, there is a composer!
If there is a house, there is a builder!
It is simply ridiculous and ludicrous to even contemplate the possibility of evolution. No matter how “intellectual” someone claims to be, if they deny God as Creator, they are a fool! “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!” Psalms 14:1 NLT This exact same passage can be found in Psalm 53:1. I often say this: “There is a holiday for atheists. April Fools Day!” I may not be the most intelligent person on earth, but I know all I need to know in Jesus Christ my Lord and Creator! “In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3 NLT
Prayer for today:
Father, in Jesus name, I humbly bow before You as the Almighty God! There is no other God! I did not evolve from an amoeba or an animal. I was fearfully and wonderfully made by Your great hands (Psalm 139:14)! Thank You for giving me the understanding of Your Creation! I stand in awe of Your handiwork! Only You can paint upon the canvas of all creation! What an awesome God You are!!!
The Lord is My Shepherd
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
(That is perfect rest)
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
(That's peace and refreshment)
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
(That's righteous guidance)
bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid,
(That's hope in the midst of death itself)
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
(That's protection from the enemy and assurance of safety)
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life,
(That's the promise of mercy and relentless love)
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”
(That's eternal life!)
Psalms 23:1-6 NLT
What a Psalm! So few words say so much!!
(Parenthesis comments added)
Is the Lord your Shepherd?
“Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me. My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls; fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in! Like lions they open their jaws against me, roaring and tearing into their prey. My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead. My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet. I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat. They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid! Save me from the sword; spare my precious life from these dogs. Snatch me from the lion’s jaws and from the horns of these wild oxen.”
Psalms 22:11-21 NLT
This Psalm is a Messianic one. There are prophetic references to the Messiah in this chapter (verses 1, 16, and 18). Verse 1 was talked about in yesterday's devotional. Verse 16 speaks of hands and feet being pierced. We know this is how they nailed Jesus to the cross (see Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:33; John 19:18) in each of these Scriptures we are told that the Roman soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross. In Luke 24:40 Jesus showed the disciples His hands and feet. In doing this, He was verifying the reality of His wounds from the nails that held Him to the cross. He had risen from the dead. He shows them His hands and feet to authenticate his physical death and resurrection. In John 20:27, Jesus tells Thomas to put his finger in the wounds of His hands and to place his hand in the spear wound of His side. Verse 18 is verified in Matthew 27:35, Luke 23:34, Mark 15:24, and John 19:23 and 24. Although David was the one speaking in Psalm 22, he was uttering prophetic words concerning the Messiah, Jesus!
Prayer for today:
Father, in Jesus name, thank You for becoming one of us and for fulfilling every Messianic prophecy. Thank You for taking my place on the cross. Jesus, You are indeed the Christ, the Son of the Living God!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris