Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, the hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him. So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer. Ezra 8:21-23

Never assume that human connections, money, or material wealth alone are all you need to accomplish a divine task. Nothing replaces God’s powerful presence. If you are not desperate for God’s presence, He may also allow you to experience the limits of what your resources can do.

Never underestimate the power of God’s presence. With it comes His protection, safety, provisions, and His pleasure. God’s presence with you guarantees your victory wherever He leads and in whatever He guides you to do. Without it, disaster is inevitable.

As you begin the journey into the second half of the year this first day of the seventh month, the LORD God will be with you all the way and keep you safe from bandits and from ambush along your way. God’s gracious hand will rest upon you and He will supply all your needs. With the powerful presence of God going with you, you will arrive safely at the end of this month and this year in Jesus’ name. Good morning and happy new month!

Your brother,