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2 Timothy 2:20-21

Now in a wealthy home there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also ones made of wood and of clay, and some are for honorable use, but others for ignoble use.  So if someone cleanses himself of such behavior, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

God wants to “show you off” for His glory. Remember, God wants to share with everyone, the entire universe, the “incomparable riches of His grace” (Ephesians 2:7). He does this by presenting us as examples, and we are obedient to him by offering our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. (Romans 12:1) God has chosen the lives of all believers to show His glory in the ages to come alongside Christ. What an honor! What a privilege! May our cry be that of Isaiah, “Here I am Lord, send me”! (Isaiah 6:8)

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

But it is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us,  who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.

Who makes us stand firm in Christ? It is God. This is not to say that we do not give effort at all, or should not take action when we see an unmet need, or despair or heartache. We should act on these occasions and we are compelled to by His Spirit in our hearts. That same Spirit is the deposit, sealing us in Christ and in right relationship with God. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit; He seeks to lead us in the way we should live.

Psalm 18:16-19

He reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me from the surging water. He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in my day of calamity, but the Lord helped me. He brought me out into a wide open place; he delivered me because he was pleased with me.

God delights in His son Jesus and therefore delights in us as believers. The God of the universe delights in you. Whatever your circumstance or obstacle, cry out to God. You will be rescued, and restored. Share this love today…the love of a God who delights in you and responds because He loves you.

Jeremiah 33:2-3

“I, the Lord, do these things. I, the Lord, form the plan to bring them about. I am known as the Lord. I say to you,  ‘Call on me in prayer and I will answer you. I will show you great and mysterious things which you still do not know about.’"

It is not beyond God to reveal mysteries to his people. He promises this for Jeremiah, sharing the future of Israel. Throughout the bible, we also see this evidenced in the lives of Joseph and Daniel; specifically with the interpretation of dreams and the revealing of events that had not yet happened. Joseph saves many nations because of what God reveals, and Daniel exemplifies what it means to not compromise with His faith. God doesn't always give us the information we want - but if we seek Him we will get the information we need. Trust in Him and delight in fellowship with the Lord.

Psalm 63:4-8

For this reason I will praise you while I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. As if with choice meat you satisfy my soul. My mouth joyfully praises you, whenever I remember you on my bed, and think about you during the nighttime hours. For you are my deliverer; under your wings I rejoice. My soul pursues you; your right hand upholds me.

Lord God, I pray that you would make our hearts “fully satisfied” with you! In these verses David is recognizing that God is present and working in his life, and we see a response of praise. Allow your heart to be awestruck and lifted up by the presence of our great and loving Father in your life. Delight in the Lord, for He is worthy of your praise. Today, remember how the Lord has been there for you, and know that He promises to always be there for you. Amen! We praise you Lord!