Depend on God

Verse of the Day:  Isaiah 40:29         

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.                                      

Today’s society teaches that independence is the goal but what we need most is to be dependent on God almighty. If we learn to trust and hope in the Lord, He will give us physical strength when we’re weary and power when we’re weak. More importantly, He will strengthen our faith. Even if we have faith the size of a mustard seed that’s enough to get us through because the power does not come from our faith, it comes from our God. Yet, the more we depend on God and have faith in His power, the more our faith will grow. Depend on God, have faith in His power, promises and provisions.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promises, thank You for always being there for me and for making a way even when I can’t see one. The more I depend on You the more I see how awesome You are. I know that You are in control and into Your hands I place my life. Amen

Change Begins Within Ourselves

Verse of the Day:  2 Chronicles 7:14

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins and restore their land.    

Many have turned their backs on the Lord and not having a relationship with God is what’s wrong with our society today. They no longer fear the Lord and therefore lack wisdom. How do we fix it? We humble ourselves, pray, seek God, turn from our selfish and wicked ways and walk in His commandments. If we do these things God will hear us and have mercy on us. He will forgive us and restore us. But to change the world, each one of us must first change ourselves.

Heavenly Father, I humbly come before You to repent from my sins and my selfish ways. Lord, I ask that you would have mercy on me and forgive me. Help me to change my ways Lord, please hear my prayer and bring restoration to my life. Amen

Ordinary + Courage = Extraordinary

Verse of the Day:  Acts 4:13  

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.       

You don’t have to be an eloquent speaker to tell people about Jesus. All you need is the willingness to share your own story. Just tell others what God’s love, goodness, grace and mercy has done in your life. You don’t have to be educated or skilled in a specific vocation to volunteer to help the poor, you just need to show up. You don’t have to be rich or powerful to make a difference. Ordinary people like you and me with some God given courage and a love for Jesus can make an extraordinary difference to somebody.

Lord, thank You for the love, goodness, grace and mercy You have poured over my life. I am just an ordinary person but You are an extraordinary God! Lord, I ask for courage to share my testimony and Your love with those in need. Amen

Don’t Lose Heart

Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 12:3      

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.         

Jesus is the Son of God, pure and holy, yet He suffered and died for us. Everything He went through was an example for us so that we too can continue what we have been called to do. What we go through now is nothing compared to the glory God will reveal to us later. (Romans 8:18) Your hardest times will often lead to the greatest moments in your life. Keep fighting the good fight, be strong in your faith and don’t lose heart. It will all be worth it in the end.

Dear Jesus, thank You for the gift of salvation and the hope of eternity with You. Help me to remember everything You went through to save a wretch like me. When I am discouraged and weary give me strength so that I can keep fighting the good fight. I know that no matter what I face here on earth it will all be worth it when I get to heaven. Amen

Turn to God for Salvation

Verse of the Day:  Isaiah 45:22         

Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.          

Turn to God and be saved.  You won’t find salvation in idols, in man, not even in yourself.  Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3:19) God loves you so much He made a way for you to be reconciled with Him when He sent His only Son, to die on the cross for your sins. Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Him. (John 14:6) Jesus is the Savior for the lost, the light for those in the dark, the strength for the weak, the comforter for the discouraged and the healer for the sick. God is offering you salvation while there is still time.

Thank You God for the gift of salvation. Thank You for sending Your only Son to die on the cross for me. Lord, I repent from my sins and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Amen

Your Moment to Shine

Verse of the Day:  Esther 4:14          

Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.        

God has a purpose and a plan for your life. The question is, will you submit to God’s will? You can go your entire life not knowing your purpose but when you humble yourself and submit to God’s will things start to fall into place. Seek God above all else with a sincere heart. Ask Him reveal your purpose and start following your God given dreams.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the purpose You have planned for my life. Let it be revealed as I walk in faith. I give myself to You so can use me for Your purpose and for Your honor and glory. Amen

God is Love

Verse of the Day:  1 John 4:16          

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.          

God is love, is the first Bible verse I ever learned. I still remember the days, when as a child, I would walk to the front of our church, right up to the microphone set up for the children to recite Bible verses and proudly say, “God is love”. Let your first thoughts of the day be “God is love” and “God loves me”. When you come to really know and rely on these truths it will change the way you react to things that happen throughout your day. God loves you so much He sent His only Son to be your Savior. There is no greater love than the love God has for you. No matter what happens remind yourself that it’s going to be okay because God loves you. You can rely on God’s love for you and His strength will get you through the most difficult days if only you would trust in His unfailing love for you.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your overwhelming love that never fails. I know I can rely on You to see me through anything. I am so overwhelmed by Your love and truly amazed by Your goodness. I just want to love You more and more each day. Amen

Generosity

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 22:9      

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.                                   

God is generous with us and He expects us to be generous with others. We serve a compassionate God and when we give ourselves to Him, He creates a compassionate heart in us. The awesome thing is that when we give to others from our heart, God blesses us even more.  Not only does He bless us with earthly blessing but He also blesses us spiritually. Be generous to those in need and do everything in love. No matter how much we give we can never out give God.

Heavenly Father, thank You for being so generous to me. I am so grateful for each and every one of the blessing You have bestowed upon me. Teach me to be generous to those in need and to give with a cheerful heart so that You may be glorified. Amen

Do Everything in Love

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 16:14         

Let all that you do be done in love.   

Because of God’s love for us and our love for Him, everything we do should be done with love. From the simplest of things to the greatest, it should all be done with the love of God in our heart. Nothing we have can give us the joy and fulfillment we seek if we do not love others. Everything we do, our work, our charity, our life, all of it is in vain if it’s done without the love of God. Our love and concern for one another should shine through just as Jesus is the light of the world. Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping. (The Message)

Father, Your Word tells us that love is patient and kind. I confess that I do not always do things with love. Lord, help me to be more like You. Help me to love the way You do. Help me to do everything with genuine love for others in my heart. Amen

Love the Unlovable

Verse of the Day:  Luke 6:32 

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.     

It’s easy to love someone who loves you and is good to you. The challenge then, is to love the unlovable and those who have been forgotten by society. Start seeing them the way God sees them. Love them like Jesus did and show mercy and grace to all who need salvation. Let the fruit of the Spirit be evident in the way you love the outcast, the poor and the sinner. Find ways to do good for them and to share the love of God with them and don’t forget to pray for them too.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your incredible, infinite and unfailing love. Even though I don’t deserve it, You still love me. Lord, help me to love the unlovable and the forgotten. Help me to see the best in people and to forgive the worst. Lord, help me to share Your love with the lost. Amen