Love is the Greatest Virtue

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 13:13         

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love.  

The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection. But the Bible tells us that love is much more than a feeling, it’s the most important and greatest virtue of all. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.            

God, You are love itself and everything You do is out of love. Thank You for loving me with an everlasting love that is so deep and wide that I cannot even begin to understand it. Thank you for keeping me under the umbrella of Your love. Help me to love like you do because Your love is patient and kind, forgiving and faithful. It is the greatest virtue of all. It does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Amen

Pray for Believers and Unbelievers

Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 3:16-18          

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Just like the Apostle Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus, we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ so that they may be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit. We also need to pray for our family, friends, even our enemies and the world in general so that they would come to know Jesus Christ our Savior and invite Him into their heart and experience His infinite love first hand. Pray that they would come to truly know the Lord, His grace, glory and how much He really does love them.

Lord, I’m so thankful for Your love and mercy. Your love is better than life itself. I pray that You would dwell in the hearts of my family and loved ones so that they would be able to experience Your love for themselves. You are so glorious, Lord, and I invite You into my life and into my heart. Amen

Greater Is He That Is In You

Verse of the Day: 1 John 4:4 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.        

We have been chosen and adopted by God as His own children. His unshakeable power lives in us and His Word is written on our hearts as we experience His truth. Because God lives in us we are overcomers and by faith we have the victory over evil.

Heavenly Father, Thank you Lord for choosing me as your very own. Thank you for your unshakeable power that lives in me. I know in my heart that I can face anything this world throws at me because I am more than a conqueror and I have the victory through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Amen

Forgiven

Verse of the Day:   Isaiah 1:18         

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”      

Righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. No matter how big your sin is, no matter how long you’ve sinned, no matter what you’ve done your sins have been forgiven through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. What once was scarlet, is now white as snow. You don’t have to live with the guilt and shame of your past because Jesus paid the ultimate price for you and your debt has been forgiven. Jesus has settled the matter for you and you have been made righteous in the eyes of God. Because of God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, God has promised to forgive those who confess and repent from their sins.

Dear Lord, Thank you for your amazing grace, mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for the precious blood of Jesus Christ that has washed my sins away. Help me to let go of the shame and guilt of the past so that I may live my life for you. Amen

Your Purpose

Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 2:10    

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do the good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We were uniquely made by God and for God’s purpose. Nothing about you is an accident. God knew you before you were born and He put a desire in your heart for a purpose that He planned long ago. You are never too young or too old to find your purpose in life. Step out in faith and ask God for guidance and direction to fulfilling your God given dreams. Don’t let doubt or the devil keep you from being all you can be for the Lord.

Dream Big! 

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 9:29       

Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”

If you want God to do something big in your life this year you need to have big faith and big expectations. You have to pray with expectation and you have to expect to succeed. You aren’t putting faith in your own abilities but in the power of Jesus Christ. That doesn’t mean you will get everything you want but if you let fear keep you from trying in the first place you will definitely fail. Trust in God’s perfect will for you, work hard, step out in faith and let God be in control.

Happy New Year 2021!

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 5:17           

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!           

Leave the past behind you, don’t look back, keep looking forward to what God has planned for you. It’s a new year and you are a new creation in Christ. God’s mercies are new every morning and it’s never too late to start over. The greatest change in your soul cannot be made by will power. It can only be made by God’s power! Make this a year of faith and courage focused on God!

New Beginnings

Verse of the Day:  Lamentations 3:22-23      

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.    

Today is finally the last day of 2020. Tomorrow is the first day of the new year, it’s a chance for a new beginning. Put the past behind you and start this new year with your focus on God. He loves you, He is merciful and His compassion never fails. Our current circumstances may be overwhelming and our bodies may fail us but our soul will not be crushed as long as we have faith, hope and love. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and see that He is good. I pray that the new year will bring you closer to God than ever before. May the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

God Sent His Son

Galatians 4:4-5

Verse of the Day:  Galatians 4:4-5    

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  

God had predetermined that He would send His Son, Jesus, to save the world from sin. When that time came He sent Jesus to live among us and to ultimately pay the price for ours sins, bringing redemption to all humanity. Jesus was born and died so that, by faith, we could receive the gift of adoption with the power, authority and privilege from God through Jesus and a right to our heavenly inheritance for all eternity. (Gill’s Exposition)

Spiritual Gifts

1 Peter 4:10

Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 4:10         

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.       

God gives each of us talents, abilities and gifts that He expects us to use to serve others. Gifts of wisdom, faith, discernment, teaching, administration, service, mercy, hospitality, encouragement and others have been given to us for His purpose, not ours. This Christmas season let the focus be less on ourselves and more on others. If we truly want to please God we must faithfully be generous with our gifts and use them to bless others and to build up God’s kingdom.