Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
I was feeling a little discouraged, tired and disheartened so I began to search for a Bible verse to help me feel better. The Lord gave me this verse and instantly I felt inspired. I remembered that it’s not about focusing on me, it’s about focusing on God. The best thing we can do in all situations is to love the Lord with all our hearts, soul and mind and He will take care of the rest.
Lord, thank you for always being there when I need you. You are such a good father to me and I praise your holy name. Help me to remember that when I’m feeling overwhelmed I can turn to you for peace and comfort. I trust in you, Lord, to get me through difficult times. I will do my best to keep my eyes focused on you and to love you with all my heart, soul and mind in every situation. Amen
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Are you living a life focused on yourself? Are you living a life without purpose or peace? In order to get to where God wants you to be you have to leave your old life and your old ways in the past. Surrender your life to God and focus on the future He has planned for you. Christ now lives in you and you don’t have to live by your own power or strength anymore. Start living by faith in Jesus Christ who loves you so much He died on the cross for you.
Dear Jesus, Thank You for loving me so much You were willing to die on the cross for me. Although I can never repay You, I will try my best to live every day for You. By faith, I surrender my life to You, my blessed Savior. Amen
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!
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)
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
This is the time of year when we start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. We decide to make changes and declare goals that will help to improve our lives. The year 2020 did not go as planned for almost everyone. So much has happened this year, so many lives lost, so much pain and suffering. Yet, if we believe in God, we have hope for a better year in 2021. The Bible tells us that that if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will take care of all our needs. Your main focus for 2021 should be to have a closer relationship with the Lord, studying His Word and living according to His will. Set your mind on things above and let your thoughts and goals be focused on Christ and your future home, heaven. As you contemplate your New Year’s resolutions be mindful to include goals that allow you to put God first in your life. Set goals that bring you closer to God daily and long-term. You can reach your goals when you make specific plans and stick to them.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
We all fall into the trap of trying to please people, especially the people we love. Being a people pleaser isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It shows that you are caring and you enjoy making other people happy. But when you seek the approval of people over God it definitely becomes a problem. Far too often it comes at the expense of your own needs or at the expense of your relationship with God. Don’t be negatively influenced by people who don’t know God, instead be strong in what you believe and why you believe it. By living a life that is focused on God’s truth and is pleasing to Him you will attract the right people into your life.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Today I am thankful for praise and worship music. Being able to praise and worship God through song is so uplifting and inspiring. No matter what is going on in my life it all just seem to melt away instantly as I begin to focus on God. It doesn’t just have to be the music at church. Sometimes it’s while I’m at home or even in the car. I could be driving, feeling some type of way and the perfect song comes on the radio at just the right time and it reminds me that God is always with me and that everything is going to be okay. Even though I’m not a very good singer, when I sing along I feel connected to my Savior and I feel peace in my heart.
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.
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
No matter what is going on in your life praise the Lord. In good times, praise the Lord. During difficult times, praise the Lord. At all times, praise the Lord. Praise invites God’s presence into every situation. Praise gets the focus off of you and onto God and when you focus on God it changes your heart and increases your faith. Give honor, praise, and glory to God because He is good, He is worthy of all praise and because we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. (Romans 8:28) Let His praise always be on your lips.
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
Life can be hard and at times may even seem unfair. You will go through difficult times but don’t give up hope. Remember, the Lord has gotten you through tough times before and He will get you through them again. Keep your mind on the things above. Keep praying, cry out to God and be comforted in knowing that He hears you. Keep your focus on Him and He will get you through the troubles that come your way and in due time you will be delivered from them all. If not in this present life than surely in the hereafter where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain but only eternal happiness.