The Word For Today

Seeing yourself as God sees you

'We...saw giants...we felt like grasshoppers.' Numbers 13:33 NLT

Ten of Israel's twelve spies returned from the Promised Land saying, 'We...saw giants...we felt like grasshoppers' (Numbers 13:33 NLT). The other two, Joshua and Caleb, saw the same giants but believed that with God's help they could be conquered: 'Let us go up at once and possess it...for we are well able' (Numbers 13:30 TLB). That's the language of a winner!

Understand this: God has a plan for your life, but you'll never fulfil it until you come into agreement with his Word. 'But I have so many problems. How could God use someone like me?' you ask. Paul said, 'I don't mean to say that I have already...reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me' (Philippians 3:12 NLT). When God uses imperfect people, it makes us realise that he alone is our source, our strength, our strategy and the secret to our success. The Bible says, 'The foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God's weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength' (1 Corinthians 1:25 NLT). You have a God-ordained destiny, and no excuse for not fulfilling it. You can't use weakness as a defence, for God says, 'My strength is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV). You can't use your past as an excuse, for God says, 'Old things have passed away...all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV).

How God sees you isn't the problem; it's how you see yourself that keeps you from succeeding! So ask God to give you a new understanding of how he sees you - loved, righteous, blessed and favoured!

Soulfood: Gen 47-49 Luke 11:1-13 Ps 36 Pro 5:21-23,


How to be made 'whole'

'Jesus... said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?"' Luke 17:17 NKJV

Let's read how Jesus healed ten lepers, and see what we can learn: (1) They seized the moment. 'They lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us"' (Luke 17:13 NKJV)! Desperate people pray desperate prayers. Who cares about propriety and outward appearances when you're dying? These men realised that Jesus was 'passing through' (see Luke 17:11), and the worst thing that could happen was for him to pass them by. So they seized the moment and cried out to him. And you can do that too, because nobody can hear you like God (see Psalm 118:5).

(2) They had to walk it out. Their healing wasn't immediate; it was a step-by-step process. 'And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed' (Luke 17:14 NKJV). Often that's the way it works. And it's not just one step, but a commitment to plough through the obstacles and fears until you get to your miracle. But it's worth the effort, and you appreciate your deliverance more when you have to walk it out day by day depending on God.

(3) Only one out of the ten returned to give thanks. That's why Jesus asked, 'Where are the nine?' Were they too busy? Or too self-absorbed? Or just forgetful? Notice what Jesus said to the one who came back: 'Your faith has made you well' (Luke 17:19 NKJV). Physical healing is often accomplished through medicine, but you become 'whole' in body, mind, and soul by spending time worshipping the Lord and getting to know him.

Soulfood: Gen 44-46 Luke 10:38-42 Ps 33:13-22 Pro 5:15-20,


Visited by an angel

'Some...have...entertained angels without realising it.' Hebrews 13:2 NLT

One day Debby Gass was driving through Nevada when her sports car ran out of fuel. A young woman, alone in a small car, on a desert highway with no one around - it had all the elements that cause us to be afraid. Soon a big tractor-trailer pulled up and a six-foot-tall driver got out and asked, 'Can I help you, lady?' When she explained her predicament, he told her to lock her car and come with him to a service station a few miles up the interstate. What to do! The voice of God within Debby, a voice she'd learned to trust, whispered, 'It's okay. Go with him.' As they drove together the man told her he'd been in prison, met Christ, and his life had been radically changed. He showed her pictures of his wife and family. When they returned to her car he poured a can of fuel into her tank, said goodbye, and left. Then it happened! Just as Debby turned her car around to leave - on a highway with a clear view for miles in either direction - the truck was nowhere to be seen. Just like that, a forty-ton tractor-trailer and its driver disappeared!

The Bible says, 'Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realising it' (Hebrews 13:2 NLT)! Debby is convinced God sent an angel to help her that day.

What do you think? Many of us have similar stories, yet we don't share them. Maybe it's fear of criticism. Or maybe it's not until later that we realise we had, in fact, been visited by an angel!

Soulfood: Gen 42-43 Luke 10:25-37 Ps 33:1-12 Pro 5:7-14,

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