Seek Peace

Psalm 34 14

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 34:14

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Evil is all around us, all we have to do is turn on the evening news to see proof of the evil in this world. To live a peaceful life, the Bible tells us to turn from evil. This includes evil people, evil places and all things evil. Instead, do good according to God’s Word through faith and with love for the honor and glory to God. Ask the Lord to give you the strength and grace to actively seek peace if at all possible in every area of your life and with all people. Peace is its own reward.

Hope

Jeremiah 17 7

Verse of the Day:  Jeremiah 17:7

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.

Hope is confidence in God’s love, His promises and in His Word. Hope is the anticipation of drawing closer to God. Hope is the optimism you have in knowing that no matter what may come God will get you through it. Hope is the assurance you have in knowing that with God all things are possible. Hope is the confidence you have in the Savior and the expectation of spending eternity with our heavenly Father. Hope is a blessing from God and when you put your hope in Him you won’t be disappointed.

Faith

Hebrews 11 1 2

 Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Faith is believing in and completely trusting in the one true God, His Word and His promises. It is the foundation and firm belief in the power, faithfulness and love of God. It is the core belief of what we hope for even though we cannot see it now we know it is to come. Faith lives in the heart and mind of every believer and even though they cannot see God with their physical eyes they still believe and see Him with their spiritual eyes. Faith is what helps us get through life knowing that by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and that by the power of the resurrection, someday we are assured and expect to be in heaven with God for all eternity.

Hear and Obey

Luke 11 28

Verse of the Day:  Luke 11:28

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

It’s not enough just to hear the Word of God, you must also obey it. You must embrace it and put it into practice in your daily life. Let the Word of God settle into and transform your heart, mind and soul. Hear the Word, study the Word, obey the Word and it will be a blessing and a light unto your path.

Heads or Tails?

Deuteronomy 28 13

Verse of the Day:  Deuteronomy 28:13

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.

God wants to bless you. He wants you to be successful and fruitful. Deuteronomy 28:13 says that “IF” you choose to be obedient to His Word, He will bless you and you will always be at the top and never at the bottom. God will never force you to do anything and He always leaves the choice up to you. Do you want to be the head or the tail, at the top or at the bottom? The decision is yours, you have a choice. Choose obedience to God’s commands and find favor instead of choosing disobedience and condemnation.

God’s Word is Right and True

Psalm 33 4

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 33:4

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

Every word, every promise, every part of God’s Word is right and true. His commands and precepts are righteous and fair. God’s Word is an awesome display of His power, wisdom and goodness. God’s Word exists for all people equally and its path leads to heaven and happiness. We can be confident and believe every Word because He is truly faithful in all He does and keeps every promise. God is good and never changes, we can rely on this truth. He is so deserving of all praise for His righteousness, truth and faithfulness.

Bearing Fruit

John 15 8 2

Verse of the Day:  John 15:8

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Bearing much fruit comes with spiritual maturity and is a result of being obedient to the Word of God. When you devote yourself to God and His will the fruit of the Spirit is evident in your life and God is glorified. You are a righteous tree planted to bear the fruit of righteousness by which all men will know you are disciples of Christ. But, when you aren’t connected to the life giving vine, you stop bearing fruit. Stay connected to God through prayer, His Word and by serving Him with a surrendered heart.

Grow in Wisdom

Proverbs 1 5

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 1:5

The wise hear them and grow in wisdom; those with understanding gain guidance.

Solomon, the king of Israel, asked God to give him wisdom and understanding and it pleased the Lord, so he gave him wisdom and understanding beyond measure. The Book of Proverbs was written to guide people, not just the young, but all people in what is right, just and fair. Some say the Book of Proverbs doesn’t apply to today’s times, but it is as relevant now as it was then because God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. Learning is a life-long journey, even the wise can still grow in knowledge and wisdom.

Keep God First

Matthew 6 33

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:33

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 improve our lives. 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 2020 should be having a 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.