Courage for Today

Verse of the Day:  1 Samuel 17:37   

The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”         

You may be going through adversity at this very moment, but you can still have courage in your current situation. Just like the Lord rescued David from the paw of the lion earlier, David believed that God would also rescue him from this new situation. The same is true for you. God brought you through difficult times before, and He’ll do it again. God was with you then and He’s with you now. Instead of worrying about your present circumstances, remember the times God brought you through the storms. Thank God for all that tribulations He’s brought you through and thank Him in advance for getting you through whatever is going on in your life right now.

Lord, thank You for all the times You have gotten me through difficult situations. You were with me then and I know You are with me now. I trust in You to give me the courage I need to face whatever comes my way. You alone are my refuge and strength, my ever-present help in trouble. Blessed be the Name of the Lord! Amen

Life’s Instruction Manual

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 3:1-2     

Do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.                                                  

People often joke about life not coming with an instruction manual. It actually does, it’s called The Holy Bible. The Book of Proverbs is an excellent place to start if you’re looking for instructions. It is an example of Biblical wisdom and raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life, and right conduct. (Wikipedia) It is for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair (Proverbs 1:2-3) If we live our lives according to God’s commands and keep His Word in our heart we can avoid many problems and live a long, peaceful and prosperous life.  

Lord, thank You for Your Word that guides me through life. Help me to treasure and keep your commands in my heart as I trust in You and submit my life to You. Amen

Praise the Lord!

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 119:164     

Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.      

There is no set number of times a day we must praise God each day but wouldn’t it be wonderful if we just stopped what we were doing throughout the day to delight and please God with our praise, to give thanks and honor to the one who is worthy of all praise? We have so much to be thankful for and it doesn’t take but a few moments to say, “Thank you God!” It doesn’t even matter what we are going though, even in difficult times, through faith we can still lift up our hands to praise our God. Praise God with your words and with your songs, give God all the glory!

Dear God, I lift up my hands to You, Lord. With all of my heart I praise You for You alone are worthy of all praise. Thank You, Lord, for everything that You are. Thank You for Your Word, thank You for Your love and thank You for Your amazing grace. Amen

God Will Get You Through It

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 4:8-9          

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.      

The Coronavirus pandemic has been a part of our lives for over a year now. It’s still affecting our physical health, mental health, our work, home and social life. So many people have been infected and many have lost their lives. It’s just as important today as it was a year ago to take every precaution possible to help contain the spread of this virus. As Christians, we need to remember that God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Jesus said we would have troubles but then He said not to worry because He overcame the world.  

Dear Lord, thank You for another day of life, not everyone woke up this morning. Thank You for your promises that give us peace and comfort as we go through life’s storms. Because Jesus overcame the world and death itself, we know that nothing can separate us from Your love and we have the victory through Jesus Christ! Amen

Too Many Blessing to Count

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 40:5           

Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.      

God is good all the time and He has wonderful blessings planned for you, including the gift of salvation. Jesus came to save the lost, to free the enslaved and to offer the gift of eternal life. There is no way we could even begin to count all of God’s blessings. There is no other like our God and He is worthy to be praised for His goodness and mercy.

Lord, You are so good and You have blessed me beyond measure, Your blessings are too many to count. Thank You for sending Your only Son to save the lost and for the greatest blessing, the gift of eternal life. Your goodness and mercy are beyond compare and You alone are worthy of all praise! Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen

Be Generous to the Poor

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 3:27      

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.                            

God wants you to help the poor and indigent. If you have the opportunity and are able to help someone don’t walk away or turn your back on them when they need you most. God has compassion for the poor and you are called to show His love, kindness and mercy to those in need. Be generous not only with your money but also with your time and talents by letting God work through you to help the destitute. You have been blessed so that you may be a blessing to others and He will not forget the effort and love you show them.

Lord, thank You for the blessings You have poured over my life. Help me, Lord, to show the same compassion, love, kindness and mercy You have shown to me, to those in need. Help me to use my gifts and talents for You honor and glory. Use me to do Your will, Lord. In Jesus’ Name Amen

Forgiveness

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 86:5           

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.           

God hates sin but He loves the sinners. If not for His love, mercy and forgiveness where would we be? He is good to all and offers forgiveness to anyone who calls on His holy name. He loves us so much He sent His only Son to die on the cross to pay for our sins so we could receive His forgiveness and mercy. He is ready to forgive and He won’t withhold His mercy. No sin is too great that He can’t forgive it. Come to Him with a sincere heart and ask to be forgiven through faith. Accept the Lord’s forgiveness and know that God will wipe the slate clean and give you a new start.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name, Amen (Sinner’s Prayer – Billy Graham)

I’m Not Lucky, I’m Blessed

Verse of the Day:  Numbers 6:24-26 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Don’t waste your time on lucky charms, four leaf clovers or any other superstitions. Instead, spend time in prayer with the living God who hears your prayers. Thank God for all your blessing for every good and perfect gift comes from above. The Lord pours His blessings and grace on His people. He, and He alone is the reason for your blessings and peace. May the Lord keep you in His hands and let His blessing surround you with His love. Let His righteousness shine on you and His mercy and grace rain upon you. May He show you favor all the days of your life in Jesus Name.

Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing me so much more than I could ever deserve. I know that every good and perfect gift is from above because You are the one true living God. Lord, I see Your blessings and grace all over my life and I am so truly grateful. I pray that You would continue to bless and protect me and my family and that You would show us favor, mercy and kindness all the days of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

The Full Armor of God

Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 6:11    

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.                       

Just like a soldier going into battle you too must put on our full armor. God has equipped you with all you need to stand up to the devil’s schemes and plans. He has given you the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Stand your ground against evil with your feet firmly rooted in the Lord and fight the good fight of the faith. There is one other thing you need before you go into battle, you must recognize that you already have the victory through Jesus Christ.

Lord, thank You for equipping me with Your full armor to fight the plans of the enemy. Help me to stand my ground against evil as I fight the good fight of faith. Thank You, God for giving me the victory though Jesus Christ! Amen

The Never Changing Word of God

Verse of the Day: Matthew 24:35      

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.           

We live in an ever changing world and change is inevitable for better or worse. There is a saying some people think comes from the Bible but it doesn’t: “This too shall pass”. It’s an adage reflecting the temporary nature, or ephemerality, of the human condition. (Wikipedia) I’m sure it has helped some people get through tough times, but there is something even better, something you can always count on, the never changing Word of God. It was true yesterday, it’s true today and it will be true forever. You can depend and rely on it. You can live your life by it, even to the end of the world because it is never ever going to change.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your never changing Word. It was true yesterday, it’s true today and it will be true forever. I know I can depend on Your Word to see me though even the hardest times. I can rely on Your promises and I can turn to Your Word to guide me in the way I should live my life. Lord, open my eyes, my mind and my heart to Your instructions and truth so that I may serve you better. Amen