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Guidance for the New Year

20132012 is over.  We’re now in new territory!  What does this new year hold for us?  There is a way to safely navigate the unknown that lies before us.

Society is taking a dim view of the future.  With talk of fiscal cliffs and higher taxes, many are worried.  There are those who fear an increase in violence and unpredictable weather patterns.  Where can we turn to for answers?  The same place the truth has always been…

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11

Our God didn’t get stuck in 2012!  He is with us today.  He knows all about the latest technology – before it’s even invented.  He is well able to bring though to a victorious new year.

It’s a blessing to know that God will never leave us nor forsake us. According to this verse,  He’s the Guide that never fails.  He can find water in the driest desert.  He gives strength in the time of trouble.  If we rely on Him, we will be just like a spring whose source never fails.

Many times people look at us and wonder what’s the secret of our strength.  There seems to be nothing special about us.  On the outside we’re as weak and mortal as everyone else.

What they don’t know is that our strength comes from far below the surface – deep within – where we have tapped into the presence of an Almighty God.  This is the secret to the abundant life.  We must learn to remain in the presence of the Lord.

Because of the hand of God upon our lives, we seem to have an ability to move forward in ways that others cannot comprehend.  This only happens when we take a spiritual drink from the springs of living water that come directly from the Lord.  This is the road to victorious living.

Spend time with your Guide today.  Let Him empower you for the year ahead.  Become that “well-watered garden” in His presence.  That is the only way to assure an outcome of fulfillment and joy throughout 2013.

I pray God’s richest blessing upon you in the coming year!

© Nicolas Zaccardi 2013

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Encouragement, Faith

 

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The Water Walk – Part 3

Mark 6:51-52
Then he [Jesus] climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down.  They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

The weather is something you and I can’t control.  Every part of the USA has some kind of natural dangers that occur regularly.  Whether it’s tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, or mudslides, there is no way to stop it once it starts.  Most of what you encounter in these conditions is out of your hands, all you can do is prepare for it, and do your best to survive through it.

Even worse, are the spiritual and emotional storms that we face.  Many times they come upon us with no warning at all.  These upheavals can sometimes ruin the rest of our lives.

The good news is that no matter what you face in life, you’re never alone.  When the disciples struggled to cross the lake they were never out of the Lord’s protection.  It is good to know that when danger arises, He can walk on water to rescue you.  Only He has the power to still the storm you’re going through and never break a sweat.

The trouble with the disciples was that they had not understood all that they saw in Jesus up until that point.  Scripture says that their hearts were still hard.  They should have been able to expect the Lord to show up when they needed Him.  Instead they end up completely amazed that they were able to survive the ordeal.

Remember that the Lord can make a way for you when the path seems hopeless.  Never forget to acknowledge His protective care over your life.  Even in your darkest time, expect the Lord to show up and guide you to safe haven.  Yield to Him today and let Him direct you to your destiny in Him.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Storms

Job 38:22-27
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?  What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?  Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?”

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in a house by a lake.  When thunderstorms would come through, you could see them getting closer from miles away.  I would love to shut all the lights in the house and sit on the front porch to watch them.

Then, when we moved to Maryland, we lived in a townhouse.  I had to walk a couple of blocks to a playground for an open view to the west.  I could watch the storms from there.  Usually, I was able to time it pretty well – I knew exactly when to start running home so I would make it before the downpour hit.

I do enjoy watching a thunderstorm approach – it reminds me that there are things in this world beyond our control.  It is easy to see that truth illustrated by the weather.  In society, where electricity, cars, and computers put the illusion of control at our fingertips, it is harder to grasp that concept.  Usually we only realize how frail we are when something breaks down or a natural disaster occurs.

We need to place our whole lives in God’s hands.  Only then will we be secure from the storms of life.  We can then watch the approach with the confidence that comes from knowing that we are safely sheltered in His unshakable arms.  Whether you have done it in the past or not, today would be a good day to go before God and place your whole life in His care – you will be glad that you did.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Deadly Peril

2 Corinthians 1:8-10
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia.  We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.  Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.  On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.

It is my hope and prayer that you are never in a life-threatening situation.  I know, however, that weather, accidents, and natural disasters can come when least expected.  It seems like everyday there is something going on in the United States that could have tragic results.  If and when that occurs, you will be faced with a choice – do you despair and give up or do you continue to put your hope in God?

I have been in that kind of situation.  I know what it feels like to be trapped by an unforeseen incident with no way out and no help in sight.  It is truly in those times of need that God proves Himself faithful.  I can say, without hesitation, that God has never abandoned me to my problems.

The key to making it safely through a future problem is to make the choice now, that whatever happens, you will not abandon your trust in God.  You will find that He is always there with you to help you in your time of need.  In your prayer time today, reaffirm your trust in the Lord to take you through the hard times.  Place your life fully in His hands.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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