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The Word For Today

Stand on God's Word 5

'The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.' Psalm 34:18 NLT

When someone has broken your heart. When somebody you love breaks your heart and betrays your trust, you're in a vulnerable place.

And the enemy will use the experience to get you to do four things that will hurt you even more, derail you spiritually and rob you of God's blessing: (1) Isolate yourself, alienate and avoid others. (2) Lose your sense of trust, and suspect the motives of everyone you meet. (3) Cause a root of bitterness to spring up that will impact your relationship with your family and those in your circle of influence (see Hebrews 12:15). (4) Make you strike back and get even, rendering evil for evil (see 1 Thessalonians 5:15). Don't do it! Instead, stand on God's Word: 'The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed' (Psalm 34:18 NLT). 'I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing' (Jeremiah 31:13 NLT). 'The Spirit of the Lord...has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor...heal the brokenhearted...proclaim liberty to the captives...recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18 NKJV). 'Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you' (Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT).

Has someone done you wrong? Forgive them - and keep on forgiving them until you're free in your mind. It's a daily walk that sometimes feels like three steps forward and two back. But if you keep your eyes on Jesus - you'll get there.

Soulfood: Isa 4-7, Matt 10:1-10, Ps 100, Pro 3:7-8


Stand on God's Word 4

'When... tempted, he will show you a way out.' 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT

When you violate your marriage vows: you violate God's Word, break your spouse's heart, embarrass the cause of Christ, live with the fear of exposure, and trade short-term pleasure for long-term pain.

So before you get involved, seek God's help and stand on his Word. 'Give honour to marriage, and remain faithful to one another...God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery' (Hebrews 13:4 NLT). 'Put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust and evil desires' (Colossians 3:5 NLT). 'Don't participate in...promiscuity and immoral living...Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don't let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires' (Romans 13:13-14 NLT). 'Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does...Don't you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honour God with your body' (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT). 'The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure' (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT).

If you're toying with the idea of having an affair, or you're already in one, or you're trying to get out of one, stand on the Word of God today and believe him for victory.

Soulfood: Isa 1-3, Matt 9:27-38, Ps 96, Pro 3:5-6


Stand on God's Word 3

'Exercises self-control in all things.' 1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV

When you are eating too much. Studies confirm that today over half the population of the western world is eating too much. If you are one of the many people battling a problem of overeating, here's the good news: God can help you win the battle! Often it's not about what you are eating, it's about what's eating you. We overeat to find comfort and relief from stress and anxiety, but it's a short-term fix and it doesn't work.

The psalmist went directly to the root of his problem: 'Search me...and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life' (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT). God can relieve the 'anxious thoughts' within you. The Holy Spirit is the greatest therapist in the world. When you surrender and ask him to take up residence within you, you discover that 'the fruit of the spirit is...self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV). He can give you the power to control your appetite, and start living by the Scripture: 'Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God' (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT).

So make this your prayer today: 'O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone' (Jeremiah 17:14 NLT). The word for you today is - with God's help you can avoid eating too much.

Soulfood: Exo 39-40, Matt 9:14-26, Ps 91, Pro 3:3-4

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