The Start of a Great Day (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Recognizing God via a morning prayer brings gladness and joy into our lives because we have invited Him into our lives ― early, before heading out into the world. When we walk with God and become aware that He is with us from our waking moments, being thankful for even the simple things in life, such as for the air we breathe, then we will become ever more cognizant and in tune to realize that the LORD our God indeed made this day to be enjoyed by His children.

Psalms 5:1–3:
-1: GIVE ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditations.
-2: Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
-3: My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

David, in praying says directly to God consider my meditations. He is asking God to take notice that he has meditated, as David’s thoughts were upon the Scriptures and his belief in the promises of God for a wonderful day. Then he further asks God to hear the voice of his cry. This does not mean that King David was a “cry baby” but a man in need (as we all are when we look to God’s help and deliverance throughout the day). David’s voice was humble, solemn, and constant in the morning for God to hear his prayer.

King David set a wonderful example for believers to follow; to remember our God in the morning starts our day’s journey off with God in our hearts, thus commencing for you and me The Start of a Great Day.

Inviting God first in the morning into our day’s journey by way of our prayers can set the pattern for the whole day, for it will be a day to enjoy the blessings of God in our life. The phrase, and will look up illustrates a twofold meaning. First, David would look to God Who answers prayer, and secondly, because David prayed, he would be looking up (or out) for the blessings of God that he prayed for in the morning to return to him throughout his day.

Time spent with God in the morning is always fruitful and permits the mind of the Christian to believe that he or she is walking with God; this comforts men and women who will then be able to acknowledge that this day will be filled with great expectations of deliverance in victorious living as God’s children.

Psalms 143:8–9:
-8: Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee {in prayer}.
-9: Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. {What a wonderful prayer offered in the rousing moments of David’s new day; the day which the LORD hath made!}

David confessed to God, I flee unto thee to hide me because David understood that in the LORD his God, in fellowship with Him, there was safety to be found away from his enemies, and an inner peace to be thoroughly enjoyed in each and every day.

From time to time, there are spiritual forces inspiring evil men to set themselves against the believers, and therefore David knowing this prayed (as we can) that his God would hide me, that He would watch over David from the beginning of his day with lovingkindness in the morning. True, “They {antagonists with evil-inspired intentions} have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones” (Psalms 83:3), and yet David not only prayed for a wonderful day knowing that evil waited for him at every turn, but because he prayed, he was enabled to experience days full of joy because his God was with him. David knew this because he prayed, for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way {in this day} wherein I should walk.

David wrote, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (Psalms 138:8–10). David knew that wherever his daily path would lead him, he had his God with him even when he was encompassed by his enemies, unknown dangers, or unseen catastrophes.

David knew: Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me!

Psalms 91:1–2:
-1: HE that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
-2: I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

This Psalm begins with the word HE, and HE is the Author of the Scriptures, the Author is God, God is Spirit, and God’s Spirit is sending out an unrestricted invitation to come and dwell with Him. God is conversing in this first verse to enlighten the heart dear to Him who accepts His invitation and then begins following His guidance to receive the blessings that are revealed to believers. To dwell is to be at peace immersed in quietude of heart over what the Scriptures identify as the secret place of the most High.

This place is in a state of peace between the most High and the person who accepts, remains, and appreciates the serenity tendered through this offer. The secret place is what I like to call, the sweet spot of life, where one walks with God through His Son, who “is our peace” (Ephesians 3:14), and knows this to be true in his heart. This is known and enjoyed because the believer is benefiting from daily blessings along with an unparalleled relationship of fellowship with God in Christ Jesus, giving each believer evermore reasons to abide with Him.

The most High is the Possessor of heaven and earth and He is the dispenser of blessings to the dweller in His secret place.

Abide under the shadow of the Almighty is not that bad of a concept when you think about it because the Almighty’s true brilliance is that of being perfect light, as we read in I John 1:5, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Therefore, being under the shadow of the Almighty is very enlightening and uplifting to the soul and as the Psalmist wrote “in thy light {in God’s light} shall we see light” (Psalms 36:9).

To abide is first being in and then remaining in a state of fellowship with the most High.

“The fear {respect and honour} of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide {ABIDE} satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23).

Under the shadow also means to be shaded from the heat that rises up from the pressures of life which can oftentimes overwhelm and melt away one’s hopes and dreams, all the while he or she that is abiding under the shadow is enjoying the sweet fellowship of being under a peaceful covenant of graceful living in thankfulness with the Almighty.

The Almighty is the giver of all grace because He is “the God of all grace” (I Peter 5:10), as He is the All-bountiful supplier to those who walk with Him in their hearts.

Psalms 84:11–12:
-11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
-12: O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

II Corinthians 9:8:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Above, in verse 1 of Psalms 91 is a brilliant reflecting pool of understanding, in that as one begins walking with God in His secret place, then the recipient of the Author’s blessings comes to know that the LORD is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

The reason why we know and believe this to be true in our hearts is because we have been dwelling in the secret place of the most High, fellowshipping with Him, and as a result are abiding under the shadow of the Almighty!

Psalms 18:2–3:
-2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. {In this verse we read of eight wonderful attributes that the LORD became to the Psalmist, eight qualities that He desires to also be for you. He can be your rock, your fortress, your deliverer, your God, your strength ― and in His strength you will trust, and He can become ― your buckler, your salvation, and your high tower where the views are always spectacular!}
-3: I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. {If there ever was a dire time and age where these promises of God can be claimed in Christ’s name to great advantage, this is certainly that time! “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble” (Psalms 37:39).}

Psalms 9:9:
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Psalms 27:5:
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalms 62:8:
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him {in prayer}: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalms 31:19–21:
-19: Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear {reverence and respect} thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
-20: Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
-21: Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

Psalms 32:7:
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalms 46:1:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalms 119:114:
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

Taking the time to start our day with God, taking a moment to perhaps read a verse or two (like these above or some of your favorites), and meditating on them before we enter out into the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to set a little time aside to pray in the morning will indeed bring great things to pass in our lives.

Whenever trouble, danger, or fear arises, the average instinct is to recoil, withdraw, and become encased in fear, but with God in our lives we are encouraged to continue standing with Him on His promises. This is the meaning of God not only being your refuge, but also His setting you “in a large place,” or up upon a rock.

Even when you are out there and exposed, God is with you, you who have called upon Him. “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalms 34:4), and thus, even though David was out there ― he was safe. “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me” (Psalms 118:5–6).

David in summing up the 5th Psalm shows to us the joys and blessings that can travel with us throughout the day as we permit God into our life.

Psalms 5:11–12:
-11: But let all those that put their trust in thee {God} rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them {God covers and protects us with grace}: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. {In this one verse alone we have the words, rejoice, joy, and joyful; this is the result from permitting God and His healing Word into our lives.}
-12: For thou, LORD wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. {The shield that compasses us is God’s loving favor upon His children as He watches over them.}

Whenever we read such powerful promises such as – God will defend those who trust in Him and that He will equip them with a shield and that they may experience this while being accompanied with heavenly joy – it is such an awesome blessing. Yet, for so many confessing Christians, these promises seem to be so distant from their present reality.

You and I can expect to have a great day with meaningful purpose as we take time to acknowledge our God by reading His Word and in our prayer life, as this forms a loving bond and relationship that will last through eternity.

The link that bridges the gap between the promises of God and one’s receiving them is coming to understand what it is to actually have and know the certainty of the living Christ in one’s life as he leads believers to God and His promises.

Mark 1:35:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he {Jesus} went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus, a great while before day, took the time to be alone with his thoughts, to be alone with God, and to pray for his day. This set the pattern for a wonderful day at the very start.

When we follow the example of Jesus, we will increase our believing trust in our God, and this will help us to recognize that God is always with us. Remembering that we are God’s children is easier as we acknowledge Him and place the promises of His Word in our hearts ― in the early hours.

Jesus Christ has given you and me permission to use his name in our prayers to God, as he taught us in the Gospels, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23). You see, Jesus’ name is as a golden thread that connects our hearts to the Father’s, and His promised treasures of whatsoever ye shall ask!

Jesus took the time to explain to just one man the way to God’s heart, the way to His secret place, and this is it: “Jesus saith unto him {Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Today this way is still open and readily available to you and me; it is through Christ who said, I am the way, for he is the hope of life everlasting and our entrance into the loving arms of our heavenly Father.

I Peter 5:10 reads that, “the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by {through} Christ Jesus,” for he is, as he confessed, the way that leads men and women to God’s eternal glory! “Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7), because “Jesus Christ is Lord {he is the Lord because he is the way}, to the glory of God” (Philippians 2:11).

As Jesus told Thomas that he was the way, he still is the way for us, individually, as we are all personally invited into the glorious “household of God.”

Ephesians 2:18–19:
-18: For through him {through Jesus Christ} we both {you and me} have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
-19: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

Whenever a believer is having trouble finding their way to God, His loving embrace, and His refuge from the storms of this life, we always encourage him or her to try going with Jesus by following his lead through the Scriptures, as he taught, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). The more one sees and recognizes Jesus in the Word, the more clearly he or she will see the Father and the easier it becomes to believe in God’s awarded promises.

Jesus is the “author and finisher” of their personal faith, as his faith can help carry the load he or she has been trying to carry alone.

Ephesians 3:12:
In whom {in Christ} we have boldness and access {to approach God and His promises} with confidence by the faith of him.

Hebrews 12:2:
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {Jesus is already there at God’s side, seated at His right hand, therefore, Jesus who is the way, is our guide, and he blazed the trail for us to follow him into daily victorious living.}

Matthew 11:28–30:
-28: Come unto me, {Jesus pronounced to} all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Coming to personally know Jesus Christ certainly leads to the open doors of an amazing, spiritual abundance and insights and heavenly gifts that we can believe and pray for and receive in Jesus Christ’s powerful name.

John 14:12–14:
-12: Verily, verily, I {Jesus Christ} say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father {and he has, and so we can ― do}.
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Christ Jesus is our connecting point to the God of heaven and His promises. You see, God’s will is to, “have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:4–6).

It certainly is due time to testify of our loving Savior and of his powerful name, because he is our mediator to heaven’s throne, to God Himself, which is the knowledge of the truth.

Jesus commenced his day with prayer; we are also instructed to pray in his name because he is the master key to ensure The Start of a Great Day!

The Right to Our Justification

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible Byte titled The Right to Our Reconciliation we studied that Jesus died for our sins so that we may be reconciled back to our heavenly Father. Nevertheless, when we Christians focus all our emphasis on Jesus dying for our sins, we can miss so much of the spiritual truths, for Christ Jesus was also raised up. The spiritual life that we now have with our God is specifically based on the truth that Christ was indeed raised up, completing the work of salvation for humanity. It is in the completed work of Christ in which we now have our complete justification of life, eternal life, and this is the underlying theme of the Church Epistles.

Romans 4:25 – Who {Jesus Christ} was delivered {unto death} for our offences {our sins}, and was raised again for our justification.

He was raised for our justification. Justification is a legal right that God now gives to His children because Jesus gave, offering himself for our sins and carrying our sins to the cross. He was the propitiation – the completed payment for our sins as he died for our sins. Then three days later, he was raised so that God could give us justification in obtaining our eternal life. Justification means just as if we have never sinned for our sins have been purged. We are permanently justified to accept the life that God can now offer us because of the completed work of Christ.

Hebrews 1:3 – Who {Jesus Christ} being the brightness of his {God’s} glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he {Jesus Christ} had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Jesus Christ was God’s ambassador to the world, “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The word purged means the complete purification of sins (our sins), thus when Christ was raised up to the right hand of God, our compete justification was freely offered to us as a spiritual and legal right to stand pure before our heavenly Father.

Everything that Jesus Christ did while here had purpose and reason; nothing was done by happenstance. His mission was to redeem man completely so that he could present us to God completely free to walk in God’s grace. We have obtained heavenly ordained rights for we are permanently sanctified, redeemed, righteous, reconciled, and justified to accept our deliverance, and our Savior from sin.

I Timothy 2:5-6:
-5:  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
-6:  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Jesus Christ was the complete ransom for all the people in the world, and it certainly is due time that his finished work is attested to simply by our daily living it. We can humbly accept in thankfulness all that he has done, and fearlessly walk with God, having our complete justification of life to a greater dimension than was ever known or realized before our receiving God’s healing Word.

You Are God’s Perfect Addition – Oh Yes You Are!

“{The believers were} Praising God, and having favour with all the people {How many? All the people!}, And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved– Acts 2:47. Who adds to the Church of God? God! God brings people to Himself; He draws us to Him through Christ who is the mediator between God and men (I Timothy 2:5). God is the searcher of all hearts (I Chronicles 28:9, Psalms 139:1, and Romans 8:27), and God never makes mistakes; His calling us to Himself is by His grace, and this alone should humble our hearts just to know that we were called into His household (Ephesians 2:19-22).” ~LMJ~

Jesus Christ in the Scriptures: Finding Him

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Knowing the subject of the Bible will reveal one of the greatest secrets in the entire world today. Jesus Christ is that subject! Without Jesus Christ, there is no legitimate subject at all. Every jot and tittle revolves around him in some way, no matter where in the Bible we read. When we truly find Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, he reveals God as a loving, merciful, and forgiving Father.

An exciting adventure and wonderful part of the Christian life is finding Christ our Savior who in turn reveals God’s true will for men and women in the Scriptures. Without first finding our Savior in the Scriptures, the astute student will at best only find paltry stories and fables and even tangled, half-truthful historical documents like some of the biblical critics of late have challenged.

The Bible was never written to prove history, but rather it was written to reveal Jesus Christ, the liaison who was foretold as our Redeemer in the prophecies of Scripture. It was he who fulfilled the plan of mankind’s total Redemption and it is he who reveals to humanity the true characteristics of God Himself, for Jesus Christ is the mediator and missing link between God and man. Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; . . . they {the Scriptures} are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

The mission of Jesus Christ has always been, still is, and will always be to reveal and explain God, for “Jesus Christ {is} the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). When you discover Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, you will instinctively begin to know him as your Savior, for he reveals glimpses of himself and his Father to you through the window of heaven’s throne.

“Philip findeth Nathanael and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth” (John 1:45). Philip knowing his Scriptures had the foundation on which to find and recognize him who was the subject of the Old Testament ―― Jesus of Nazareth.

So the question of the ages for humanity is: “Have we found him?”

While the eternal answer is: We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth.

Therefore, the quest of men and women of searching hearts must begin in the Scriptures, for therein Jesus of Nazareth is discovered, and as he is, he will begin quenching our hearts’ thirst for true spiritual fulfillment.

Jesus presented to humanity:

John 4:14:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

What an awesome and everlasting benefit we can receive when we discover Jesus!

Walking With Our Lord Jesus Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Matthew 14:28-32:
-28:  And Peter answered him {Jesus} and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
-29:  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
-30:  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
-31:  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
-32:  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

For the Apostle Peter, walking on the water with Jesus took a tremendous amount of courage and believing. In order for Peter to do this, he had to trust that this was available to do, and when Jesus said come, he came, but as Peter “came to his senses” he began to sink. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus – he fell into trouble. When Peter began looking around at the circumstances of life (that are always around), two things began to happen; one was that he saw the storm and simultaneously he forgot the promise (the Word) that Jesus gave him.

Secondly, the storm induced fear into his life.  Doubt, worry, and fear will defeat the promises that God’s healing Word reveals to us through Christ as we walk with him.

Two things that also need to be mentioned here is that Peter did not completely sink, he only began to sink.

Secondly, his Savior reached out to help him. The same lifeline is promised and given to us when we look to our Savior, to Jesus Christ, as we walk with him. In Hebrews 7:25 we read: “Wherefore he {Jesus Christ} is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

John 8:12:
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The lesson here is that when and where we follow Jesus through the revealed Word of God, then we will be walking with him just as Peter had done that day on the sea. True – we will fall from time to time as we look at the circumstances around us, yet as Jesus reached out for Peter, Jesus can also pull us up and out of any worldly negative circumstances.

The Bible says that if we do not faint we will reap (Galatians 6:9). In other words, as we continue looking to our Savior, even when the circumstances around us seem bigger than our abilities, Jesus will come to our rescue. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6), because Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5).

In Hebrews 13:8 we read: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.” The mission of Jesus Christ has never changed; he will literally run to our aid when we are living through life’s challenges since we can accept him into our lives and look to his strength.

Philippians 4:13:
I {you} can do all things {promised in God’s Word} through Christ which strengtheneth me {through Christ who infuses us with his strength}.

Not only do we have the God-given right and permission to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), and triumph over life’s negative happenstance, but as we continue walking with Jesus Christ through an understanding of the Scriptures and by way of his daily inspiration, God will continue giving us daily victories “through our Lord Jesus Christ.”