Home Altar: Week of November 14, 2021

by Ieisha Hawley

Sunday, November 14
Psalm 16

Abundant Assurance

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (vv. 9-11, ESV).

In this psalm, the blessedness of God’s faithfulness reminds us of the overflowing abundance of his assurance. This song serves as a reminder for David and for us today that our faith cannot be shaken, no matter what trial or affliction we may encounter. Our soul is guided and protected by the awesomeness of God. Let us reflect on the fullness of joy being in God’s presence. Live bold and fearless!

God of boldness and peace, guide us into this abundance of assurance of your love that surrounds us daily, even when our heart is feeling overwhelmed. Fortify us with your never-ending love that encompasses our soul, that we may know the path of your joy. AMEN.

Monday, November 15
Daniel 1

Abundant Revelation

Daniel was provided with abundant revelation in a defining encounter with opposition that would test his faith in God. When our backs are up against the wall, God’s divine revelation can inspire us to see his provisions. The Holy Spirit is our abundance guide who resides in us.

Daniel is an awesome example. “God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs” (v. 9, ESV). When faced with uncertainty, we can stick with divine instructions. God will never leave or abandon us.

God of compassion, we invite the Holy Spirit to instruct us through a pathway of favor. Today, we thank you for your overwhelming love and your distribution of abundant grace. AMEN.

Tuesday, November 16
Daniel 2:20-23

Abundant Wisdom

“He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him” (vv. 21-22).

Abundance is wisdom. Daniel recounts with a grateful heart of discernment endowed to him by God who revealed the “deep and hidden things.” Like Daniel, let us look for the mysteries of God being made plain in sight. Allow God to roll the scales off your eyes in prayer to see the light in dark and dim situations. Let us be enveloped in the presence of God that filled Daniel with the power of the Holy Ghost.

God of our forebears, to you we give thanks and praise today. You have given us abundant wisdom and abundant power to walk in victory over the Adversary’s plans to destroy our future. AMEN.

Wednesday, November 17
Daniel 3:8-18

Abundant Love

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king’” (vv. 16-17, MSG).

The three Hebrew boys rumbled courageously with King Nebuchadnezzar. They were assured by the abundance of God’s authentic love for their unwavering position in the face of a fiery demise. What we can see and believe is the abundance of God’s element of the earth bowing down, not to destroy those who worship him but saving his unapologetic servants with unwavering faith.

God of faithful resistance. A mighty warrior even in battle. Empower us with your unapologetic power to stand even in the face of a fiery trial. Thank you for providing us a way of escape with greater strength to stand in the face of the enemies of life. Selah.

Thursday, November 18
Daniel 3:19-30

Abundant Blessing

“Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel and rescued his servants who trusted in him! They ignored the king’s orders and laid their bodies on the line rather than serve or worship any god but their own’” (v. 28, MSG).

Abundantly blessed! I love how God took this display of tragedy and turned it into the pronunciation of his profound provision of power. The record declares that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that he is Lord. The Paraclete used the fire to form an angel to provide protection and prove to doubters and destroyers of God’s sovereignty of power. We are reminded each day that no matter what we are facing, he has us, even in the center of a storm.

Yes, Father, we believe even at the eleventh hour you are still in charge. Thank you for rescuing us from the fiery flames of life. Thank you for bringing us out with greater abundance of power. Thank you that you will use our test as a witness for the world to see you who is great in us. AMEN.

Friday, November 19
Psalm 146 MSG

Abundant Power

“God’s in charge—always. Zion’s God is God for good! Hallelujah!” (v. 10, MSG).

Praise confuses the enemy. Hallelujah! Why does it confuse the enemy? It announces that God is the keeper of everything on earth and in heaven. As his children, we profess a divine language that only his angels understand. The angels assigned to our abundance of power rejoice with us that create a melody of victory, showering us with the provision of God’s love. That is good news today to know that God is always in charge of everything. So very good!

Lord, we give thanks for the call that is upon our lives. Thank you that heaven is rejoicing with us to give us strength because the joy of the Lord is our strength. We praise you continuously. AMEN.

Saturday, November 20
1 Samuel 2:1-10 MSG

Abundant Peace

“Hannah prayed: I’m bursting with God-news! I’m walking on air. I’m laughing at my rivals. I’m dancing my salvation” (v. 1, MSG).

Hannah needed God to answer her prayer. She excused herself and got caught up in the intoxication of high praise. She became abundantly blessed with the fruit of God’s love. It empowered her to receive the greatest blessing of all, God’s divine answer. When no one understands our praise, we can rest in the bosom of the Father, and he will fulfill us with the answer that will give us peace.

This is the day the Lord has made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it. We receive your perfect will for our lives, and we humbly submit to your plans for us. Thank you for looking beyond our imperfections and using us for your glory. AMEN.

About the Author: Ieisha Hawley 

I am lead pastor at Love Covenant Church in Edgewater, New Jersey, and a prison staff chaplain at Rikers Island East Elmhurst New York Hospital. I earned my master’s of divinity from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., in 2015. I am a passionate preacher, called to serve as Jesus’s hands and feet in the earth. I am proud mother of two children and “Glamma” of one grandson.

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