Spiritual Battles

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 10:4           

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but they are mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.     

We each fight spiritual battles every day. Discouragement, anger, stress and defeat are just some of the enemy’s tactics as he tries to bring you down. When the devil sees that God has something great for you just around the corner he will fight his hardest to keep you from what God has in store for you. Be alert and recognize his schemes so you don’t fall into his traps. Arm yourself with spiritual weapons, the Word of God and prayer. We will not win the war against evil by our own strength but by the power of the mighty God we serve. Whatever you are battling today remember that God is on your side and you are more than a conqueror through Christ.

Mighty God, You know the battles I face against the enemy and You have armed me with Your Word, You are by my side, and You will fight for me. Thank You, for the victory we have through Christ. Amen

Finding the Good

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 11:27    

Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.        

Putting God first in everything you do and seeking the kingdom of God leads to a life of favor. Pursuing what is good and doing good for others will put you in a position of favor from both God and people. When you look for trouble, trouble will find you. When you try to hurt others, it will surely come back to you. If you’re always looking for the negative that’s exactly what you’ll find. Instead, live a positive and optimistic life by trying to find the good in all people and making the best of things in all situations.

Lord, help me to see the best in people, to seek the good in every situation and to put You first over all things. Help me to live a positive life with You at the center. Amen

Be Kind to Everyone

Verse of the Day:  Luke 6:35 

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

God commands us to love our enemies and do good to them. For some, these lessons may be harder than others, but if we are grounded in God’s love and mercy, we can move past our human nature and into the spiritual characteristics of Christ. Our heavenly Father has shown us great love and mercy and expects us to be kind even to those who are ungrateful and wicked, not because they deserve it, but because we are striving to live a life that pleases God.

Lord, You show me mercy and kindness when I don’t deserve it and for that I am truly grateful. Help me to be kind and compassionate to all, not because they deserve it, but because I strive to be more like You. Amen

Let Go, Let God

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 46:10         

Be still, and know that I am God       

Often, we are tempted to try and work everything out for ourselves but what we really need to do is to just let go and give it all to God. When you are struggling to make things work out the way you want them to just stop, be still, wait patiently without fear, abide in His Word and let God’s will be done. Acknowledge that He is God and He is in control. He knows you, He knows your troubles and He will make all things work for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) Surrender your need to control the situation and let God be in charge of your life, His ways are always better and He is always faithful to His Word and His promises.     

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I try to take things into my own hands. Help me to just be still and let You be in control. Lord, I surrender it all to You because I know You will work things out for my good. I pray for Your will to be done. Amen

God’s Grace

Verse of the Day:   2 Corinthians 12:9          

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.           

God’s grace is enough to transform any situation. The more you trust in God the more His strength and power are evident in your life. When you are weak call on the Lord, He will strengthen and support you as you go through trials. He will comfort and refresh your spirit as you trust in Him. It may not be easy, but when you surrender to God, He will give you peace like no other. The world we live in has changed drastically and the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour but God’s saving grace gives you the victory. In all your times of need, have faith that God’s grace is enough to see you through and trust in Him with all your heart.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your saving grace that has the power to give me the victory over every situation. Grant me strength when I am weak, faith when I am afraid, and peace when I am troubled. I trust in You with all my heart to see me through. Amen

God’s Timing

Verse of the Day:  Habakkuk 2:3      

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end; it will not lie, if it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.           

When we have laid our troubles, our worries, our needs or our requests before God we need to wait patiently. We must not fall into the temptation of being impatient. Instead we must be persistent in prayer, never giving up, and all the while trusting in God and in His timing. Though we may not know the exact time God has already determined for the answer to our prayers, we do know that God always keeps His promises. We cannot rush Him, but we can be sure He will not disappoint and while we wait on Him we must remain faithful. God’s timing is perfect, it’s never late and it’s always on time.       

Father, help me to wait patiently while You are working things out for my good. Lord, I trust in You and in Your timing for I know that Your timing is always perfect, never late and always on time. Amen

God Is Good All the Time

Verse of the Day: 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

The Bible doesn’t say, “Give thanks to the Lord when you feel good”. It says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good”. Giving thanks shouldn’t be based on how you feel, it should be based on who God is, and He is good all the time. If you’re reading this it means God woke you up this morning, thank God for another day of life. Thank Him for all He’s done for you both big and small. Thank Him for the things He’s done for you both seen and unseen. Thank Him for the things that didn’t happen, the things you didn’t even know you needed protection from. Give glory and praise to your heavenly Father because He is worthy and there is always something to be thankful for.

Father, thank You for another day of life. Thank You for everything You do for me both big and small, seen and unseen. Thank You for watching over me and taking care of all my needs. Thank You for Your love and goodness. Amen

The Lord is Good

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 100:5         

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.    

God is good and His love for us is forever, not because of anything we have done or anything we will ever do, but because it’s who He is. His lovingkindness for His people will continue forever because He is good. His timing is good, His mercy and grace are good, everything He does is good. His truth continues for all generations and He is faithful in keeping His promises. We can always count on Him because He never changes, even when we are faithless, He remains faithful. Man may fail you but God never will. 

Lord, You are good and everything You do is good. There is no one like You. Thank you for Your love, mercy and promises that never change. Lord, You are the best thing that ever happened to me and I am so grateful. Amen

Understanding God’s Word

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 119:130     

The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

If you read the Holy Bible in faith, studying the truth, asking God to give you understanding of what was, what is and what is to come – the Lord, by his grace, will enlighten your mind and soul. He will help you understand the scriptures, His plan for salvation and He will give you spiritual peace and comfort. God’s word gives understanding to all who earnestly seek Him and are willing to learn.

Lord, grand me wisdom and understanding as I read Your Word so that I may grow in faith and spiritual maturity. Amen

Run Your Own Race

Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.         

God wants you to run the race He planned and designed specifically for you. Don’t compare your race to anyone else’s race. You are uniquely you and that’s how God planned it to be. We are all running toward the same goal but each one of us needs to run our own race. Ask God for the strength and courage to get rid of anything that comes between you and Him. Keep your eyes on the prize and keep your focus on God. There will be temptations and obstacles but by faith and obedience we need to persevere. Keep seeking the Lord’s will for your life, don’t let anything get in your way and never give up.

Father, grant me the strength and courage to overcome anything that keeps me from running the race You planned for me. Help me to stay focused on You to never give up until my race is won. Amen.