The Gracious Hand of God

The Gracious Hand of God

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daily word

April 17th, 2012, 3:13 pm #1



TODAYS SCRIPTURE

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them
(Psalm 44:3, NKJV)



TODAYS WORD

Have you ever thought about the fact that the victories you saw in your past werent just your own doing? When you made it through a difficult time, when you received an unexpected break, when things turned around for no reason, it was because God favored you. You wouldnt be where you are if the gracious hand of God was not on your life!

It doesnt matter if you dont have as much education as someone else. It doesnt matter how influential your family is. It doesnt matter what your background is. Gods favor can take you where you could not go on your own. When you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He places something undeniable on the inside of you. Something that cannot be measured, cant be put on paper, and cant be explained it is His Holy Spirit and His favor shining down on you! Other people may not be able to figure it out. All they know is that youve got something thats the gracious hand of God.

Today let this truth sink down deeply into your heart. Dont be discouraged by what you can see, be encouraged by what you cant see! Put your shoulders back and go out with faith and confidence knowing that His gracious hand is upon you!



A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, thank You for Your gracious hand that is upon my life. I give You glory today for all You have done in my past, all that You are doing today, and all that You will do in my future. I love You and trust You in all things knowing that Your favor surrounds me like a shield in Jesus name. Amen.
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April 17th, 2012, 3:14 pm #2

by Charles R. Swindoll

Read Genesis 22:9

Some people live so carefully they absolutely refuse to take risks. Everything has to be carefully regulated and kept under control . . . their control. Borders defined, guidelines spelled out, every dime accounted for, no surprises. And after having expended so much time and effort trying to live safely, they end life never having accomplished anything of lasting value. They built nothing, tried nothing new, invested in no one.

Not Abraham! His faith had matured to the point that his absolute confidence in God's character gave him the freedom to throw caution to the wind and risk everything to obey. What a perfect lesson in theology for his son.

I've heard this passage preached countless times, and I've never heard anyone talk about the quiet faith of this remarkable young man. He's the sacrifice, yet he allowed himself to be bound up and placed onto that altar! Obviously, this son learned his theology well from his father---a father who released his son because he completely trusted his God. By the way, Isaac didn't learn such faith on his way up the mountain that morning. He'd been cultivating it over the years, thanks to his father who modeled it often.

Some of you parents may find yourselves in a similar situation as you read these pages. Your relationship with your child may have reached a point where you have no other choice but to commit him or her completely to God's care. You would love to work out the details, but you cannot. You know the Lord is good, and you have prayed for a resolution, but nothing has changed. Only God can intervene. And because that is true, you can take your cues from Abraham.

Place your relationship with that son or daughter on the altar today. Surrender him or her to the Lord as an offering. Take this risk. Mentally place your boy or girl on top of the wood, and step back from the altar. Trust God. In His time, He will provide.




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