Stop Worrying, Start Worshipping

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:27       

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?       

Worrying doesn’t change a thing and it sure doesn’t add any benefit to your life. I know that we are living in trying times but that doesn’t mean we have to worry about every little thing. That also doesn’t mean we should live recklessly. We need to take precautions, be safe and do what we feel is right for ourselves and our unique circumstances. The Bible says fear, anxiety and worry are not from God. Instead, we must we must have faith in God’s promises and He will give us peace and strength to get through anything. Turn your worrying into worshipping and let God turn your battles into blessings.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the peace and strength we find in You to get through difficult times. Lord, I trust in You, in Your Word and in Your promises. Instead of worrying I’m going to worship my way through this battle because I know Your blessings are ahead. Amen

Why We Should Serve

Verse of the Day:  Mark 10:45           

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.    

As believers in Jesus Christ we should follow the example He set for us. He is the beloved Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings, the Messiah yet He came to serve. How then can any of us ever think too highly of ourselves that we cannot serve others. Jesus showed us how to help the sick, the poor and those in need and we must, with humility and love, also do the same. He is calling us to serve others with a heart of compassion. He is giving us the opportunity to serve God by serving others and making the world a better place.

Lord, thank You for the beautiful example You set for us to serve. You showed us how to help the sick, the poor and those in need. Help me to serve with humility and love and to have a heart of compassion to serve others and make this world a better place. Amen

Christlike Compassion

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 72:13         

He will have compassion on the poor and needy, And the lives of the needy he will save.    

The Lord is merciful and has compassion on the poor and the needy. Not only does He offer salvation for their souls but He also takes care of their physical needs. Jesus made time to heal the sick, feed the hungry and He cared for the weakest among them. We must also have a heart of compassion for those in need. If there’s a specific charity or need that touches your heart, take the next step and make a donation or volunteer your time and service to an organization that addresses those needs. Let Jesus guide you in how you can help the less fortunate.

Lord, thank You for always taking care of my needs, both spiritually and physically. Help me to also have a heart of compassion for those in need. Guide me and show me ways to help the less fortunate and share Your love with them. Amen

Restoration

Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 5:10         

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

At the beginning of 2020 many of us were in a good place and we were looking forward to seeing what the new year had in store for us. Little did we know that this would be some of the hardest times since the Great Depression. Many have lost their jobs, their homes and people they love. Some are struggling emotionally, physically and financially just to make it to tomorrow. We have had to trust in the Lord like never before. But praise God, we serve the God of restoration! By His grace, we have been called to be His children and we have hope for a future because our heavenly Father always has a plan to heal and restore His people.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for bringing us through the storm. Thank You for the hope we have in You. Heal us and bring restoration to Your people. Lord, we love You and trust in You alone. Amen

Hold On to Hope

Verse of the Day: Hebrews 10:23     

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

It’s easy to have faith in God when everything is going our way and when things are good. But when difficult times come and our faith is being stretched we can’t give up hope. As God’s children we need to hold on to the hope of His promises knowing that He is always faithful. The promises of God are exceedingly great and He fulfills each one in His own timing. God never changes His mind, He never forgets and His Word is true for all eternity. God will never lie, deceive or mislead you. Even if it feels like He has overlooked you or He feels far away, have faith and remember He is always with you and He has never ever failed in any of His promises. Keep hoping, keep believing and keep trusting God.

Lord, help me to keep hoping, keep believing and keep trusting in You and Your promises even when I don’t see a way. You know everything from the beginning to the end and I know that You will work everything out for my good. Thank You for always being there for me. Amen

Share the Love

Verse of the Day:  1 John 4:11          

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.           

God loves us so much He sent His only Son to save the world. If God loves us that much, shouldn’t we love each other too? We don’t deserve His love but He freely gives it to us anyway. Shouldn’t we try to be like Him and love one another? God’s love flows to us and it also needs to flow through us. God’s powerful love changes our heart so much that we should feel compelled to share it with others. Not only can we share the Word of God but we can share His love by practicing forgiveness, having compassion, giving from our heart, and serving. God’s love is meant to be shared so let your light shine everywhere you go.

Lord, thank You for the overwhelming love You show me daily. Help me to not only receive Your love but to share it with others through forgiveness, compassion, giving and serving. Amen

It’s Time to Move Forward

Verse of the Day:  Deuteronomy 1:6 

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”           

The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years because of their own disobedience and unbelief in God. If you feel like you’re wandering through life aimlessly without a purpose or direction, it’s time for you to start putting your complete trust in God. Start believing in His promises so you too can “get off the mountain”.  It’s time to move forward by faith towards the plans God has for your life.

Heavenly Father, I am tired of being stuck on my “mountain”. By faith, I am trusting and believing in You with all my heart to move forward into the promises and plans You have for my life. Amen

Don’t Lose Heart

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 4:16           

Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.       

Life is sometimes demanding and hard on us physically and emotionally. We get sick, we get tired and we get mentally exhausted. Don’t be discouraged by your burdens and afflictions. Don’t give up, this world and everything in it is only temporary including our physical bodies. Our physical limitations make us rely not on ourselves but on our sovereign God. Keep doing the work of the Lord. Don’t lose heart, He sees everything you do for His honor and glory. Trust in God and let your spirit be renewed by His love and grace.

Lord, forgive me for the times I am discouraged and feel like giving up. I trust in You to see me through, to renew my spirit and to give me strength. My hope is in You alone. Amen

Put Jesus First

Verse of the Day:  Colossians 1:17   

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  

Because God is all knowing, even before the world was created, He had already planned for us to be saved through His Son, Jesus Christ. Before the first sin, God had already made a way for us to be reconciled to Him through the death and resurrection of Jesus on Calvary. God predestined Jesus to be before all things. He placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church. (Ephesians 1:22) So, if you feel like things are falling apart, are turned upside down or lack meaning put Jesus first in your life where He belongs. When you put Him first, everything else will fall into place and will be held together by His power.

Lord, you have done so much for me and I am grateful for everything, especially the gift of salvation. Help me to keep you first in my life as I trust in You with all my heart to work everything out for my good. Amen

The Words of Your Mouth

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 19:14         

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.      

Let your words and thoughts be pleasing to God when you pray, praise and give thanks. Likewise, let your words be pleasing and acceptable to Him in your everyday conversations and thoughts. Fill your mind and heart with positive thinking so there will be no room for negativity or sinful thoughts. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay positive in a negative world, but if you stay focused on the Lord who is your Rock and Redeemer, you can have peace in all circumstances.

Lord, help me to stay focused on good and positive things and to let go of the negative. May my prayer, praise and thanksgiving be pleasing to You, Lord. Amen