Stop Comparing Yourself

Verse of the Day:  Galatians 6:4 (NLT)         

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.   

Don’t fall into the enemy’s trap of comparing yourself to anyone else. Comparing yourself to someone who is better off than you can cause you to become jealous or envious. Likewise, comparing yourself to someone who is not doing as well as you could cause you to become vain and prideful. Just concern yourself with your own actions and conduct but if you are determined to compare yourself, compare yourself to Christ. Focus on being the best person you can be by following the example of Jesus Christ and live your life according to God’s Word.

Heavenly Father, help me to focus on my own work so that I can do my best for Your honor and glory. Help me to be the person that You created me to be without comparing myself to anyone else. In Jesus’ Name Amen

Start Your Day with Prayer

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 16:13         

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.           

Whether you realize it or not, the enemy, the ruler of darkness and evil is constantly waging spiritual battles against you and you never know what the new day may bring. Be vigilant and always on guard, consciously abstaining from sin. Stand firm in your beliefs, in the doctrine and true Word of God. Be brave and courageous as a soldier in God’s army knowing that through Christ the victory is already yours. Start each day with prayer asking the Lord to be with you and to give you courage and strength to face whatever comes your way.

Heavenly Father, thank You for another day of life. Help me to be vigilant and to stand firm in my faith. I pray that you would give me courage and strength to face whatever comes my way today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Draw Near to God

Verse of the Day:  James 4:8

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.       

Draw near to God, come to Him by faith, with true repentance and obedience, leaving your sins behind you. Study the Word of God to learn who He really is. Come to the foot of the throne and seek His presence with a sincere heart through prayer, fasting, praise and worship for He is truly worthy. God loved you first and is waiting for you to take the next step by inviting Him into every part of your life. He loves you more than you can ever imagine and when you draw near to Him, He draws near to you by granting you His gracious presence, by communicating His love to you, by applying the blessings of His grace, by helping you in times of need and distress and by protecting you from you enemies. (John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible) Come to God and receive His love, grace, mercy, peace and forgiveness.

Heavenly Father, more than anything I want to draw closer to You. I give You my heart and invite You into every part of my life. Be with me Lord, guide me and help me to be more like You. I need more of You, Lord. Amen.

Walking in God’s Word

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 119:105     

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 

Navigating this world is no easy task. At times you may feel like you’re lost or walking in the dark but God’s Word is here to guide you and to show you the way you should go. The Bible is a light shining in the darkness. The more you study and know God’s Word, the more you can apply it to your daily life. The more you apply it to your life, the clearer the path becomes. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) God’s Word is available to all and His commands and promises are accessible to all who believe and trust in Him. Let God guide you as you walk through life keeping His Word in your heart.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Holy Word that guides me through this world daily. Help me to keep Your words in my heart so that I may delight in them on my best days and that I may cling to them on my worst days. Amen

To Seek and To Save

Verse of the Day:  Luke 19:10           

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

Because of the actions of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden sin entered the world and separated us from God. But God loved us so much He made a way for us to be saved. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to this world to seek and to save the lost, to offer us the free gift of salvation. He rescued us from a life of sin, from the guilt of sin and from the power of sin when He paid the ultimate price on Calvary. He did this so our relationship with God could be restored. So then, what shall we do to receive this gift? Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:28) As followers of Christ, it’s our duty to share this Good News with the world while there is still time.

Lord, thank you for the precious gift of salvation. Help me to share the good news about Your saving grace with those who are lost. I pray that they may know and accept You as their Lord and Savior. Amen

Harsh Words Stir Anger

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 15:1      

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.           

Do your words build people up or tear them down? More importantly, do they reflect the love of God? Sometimes in the heat of the moment we may say unkind, cruel things that we really don’t mean, but once said they cannot be unheard. Reckless words cut deep and leave emotional scars and uncontrolled anger is hurtful to both the person who harbors it and to those around them. Learn to control your anger and choose your words wisely especially in difficult situations. Your message is better received when given with kindness, gentleness and humility. Let your words be an encouragement and an inspiration to those who hear them. Let your words direct others to God’s love instead of stirring up anger.

Lord, forgive me for the times when I am reckless with my words. Help me to control my anger and choose my words wisely. Soften my heart so that I may act and speak with kindness, gentleness and humility. In Jesus Name, Amen

Walk in the Light

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 18:28         

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.           

It’s not easy living in a world full of hate, violence and darkness. But when you trust in the Lord with all your heart His light shines down on you because He is the light of the world. Out of His love, grace and mercy He alone will give you the strength and faith you need to keep walking in the light and you will not be overcome. Be faithful to God and you will see that He is everything He promises to be.

Lord, You are the light of the world and we thank You for Your promises. By faith we follow You, let Your light shine down on us. Grant us strength to keep going strong and not be overcome by the darkness in this world. Amen

Rise and Shine

Verse of the Day:  Isaiah 60:1           

Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.       

Rise and let God’s grace lift you up from whatever darkness is holding you down. Jesus is the light of the world and He came to save the lost and offer you hope and a future. Surrender your heart to God so He may pour His favor out on you. Shine so others may see God through you by honoring Him not only with your words but by the way you live your life. Give God the glory and He will give you the victory.

Lord, You are the light of the world. You came to save the lost and give us hope and a future. I believe every Word is true and I believe in You. Let Your light shine through me for all the world to see. All honor and glory belong to You, Lord. Amen

The Truth Will Set You Free

Verse of the Day:  John 8:32 

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

The Bible teaches us that we are all born sinners with sinful, selfish natures. “Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people” (Romans 5:12) Jesus Christ came to set you free and offers freedom by being born again. He has the power to free your mind, body and soul from the bondage of sin and those that are set free by the Son are truly free. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. You will know the truth when your mind and your heart are opened to a greater understanding and clearer knowledge by studying and knowing the Word of God. If you accept and obey His teachings as truth you are true disciples.

Thank You Jesus, I’ve been set free. Free from a life of sin and the hold it had on me. Jesus, You are the way, the truth and the life. By Your grace and mercy I have been set free, saved and redeemed! Amen

Be There for Each Other

Verse of the Day:  Galatians 6:2       

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.  

In life there will be times when you need encouragement and there will be times when you need to encourage others. There will be times when you go through hardships and need someone to lean on and there will be times when someone will need to lean on you. We all face temptation, trials and we most definitely all have shortcomings. As brothers and sisters in Christ we need to be there for one another sympathizing, showing compassion and praying for each another. It’s also our duty to love one another and to share the love of Christ by more than just caring about each other but by action. When God gives us the opportunity to help someone it’s our responsibility to step up and take action in whatever way we are able.

Lord, help me to be there for my family and friends in the way You have always been there for me. Help me to encourage and care for them with compassion and kindness, with prayer, and actions. Help me to be a blessing so they may see You through me. Amen