Christ Strengthens Us

Verse of the Day:   Philippians 4:13  

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.        

Christ strengthens us in everything we do and His power is not limited to spirituality. With Jesus on our side we can bear any trial or adversity and we can be content in in all situations. He also strengthens us in whatever areas of our life we are weak or struggling, including physical, emotional and financial battles. Changing our old ways and habits can be hard when we try to do it by our own strength and often we fail. The good news is we don’t have to do it all alone or by our own strength.  We have Jesus on our side and we “can” do all things through Christ who strengthens us. By faith Jesus lives in us and that means we have His strength in us. Give whatever you are struggling with or stressed about over to Jesus and let Him be your strength and your guide.

Lord, I am so grateful I don’t have to do things alone or on my own. I know that no matter what I face, You are with me and You are for me. Through Your strength, I can do all things! Amen

Gentle and Humble

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 11:29     

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

If you’re feeling burdened, troubled, angry, out of control or your life is in turmoil turn to Jesus, He is the answer. Jesus is inviting you to take His yoke. In other words, humbly surrender to God’s will, be obedient to His Word and let Him guide and direct your life. Jesus was a great example of what it is to be gentle and humble. Gentleness = kindness, mild in temperament; Humbleness = respectful, showing a modest estimate of one’s own importance. Follow the example of Jesus Christ, learn from Him and you will find rest for your soul.

Lord, You know every mountain I face and every burden I bear. I humbly surrender to You and ask that Your will be done. Help me and guide me so that I may find rest for my mind, body and soul. Amen

Peaceful Nights

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 3:5 

I lie down and sleep: I wake again because the Lord sustains me. 

Even in the battles you can find peace because God is with you. When you give all your cares, fears and troubles to the Lord, He will give you rest for your soul. When you trust in the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul and surrender your life to Him, He alone will give you peace unlike anything you’ve ever known. God will allow you to lie down and sleep peacefully knowing that He is in control and He is working everything out for the good of those who love Him. When you wake each morning, thank God for another day of life and praise Him for His goodness and mercy.

Lord, thank You for allowing me to find comfort and peace through the night. I give you all my worries and cast all my cares on You because I know that You will work everything out for my good. Amen

Be Generous Today

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 3:28      

Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go and come back; I’ll give it to you tomorrow,” when you have it.

God has been generous to us and has supplied all of our needs and therefore, we should be generous to others. Throughout the Bible God reminds us that we are to help the poor and those in need. We have been blessed so we, ourselves, can bless others. We’re not guaranteed tomorrow, let’s help the people we can today. Now is always the best time to help someone in need, tomorrow may be too late. If God puts in your heart to help someone don’t think about it, just do it.

Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing me and providing for all my needs. I pray that You would continue to bless me so that I may be a blessing to others for Your honor and glory. Amen

God Hears Your Prayers

Verse of the Day:  Jeremiah 29:12    

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Be encouraged, you serve a God who promises to listen to every single one of your prayers. No matter how big or how small, He hears them all. He receives your requests and petitions and answers them all in His own timing and in His own way. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes it’s no and sometimes it’s not now. It’s not always what you want but it’s always God’s will for you. You might not understand why things happen the way they do, but God knows the end from the beginning and you must trust in Him with all your heart. Therefore, pray without ceasing and pray with expectation. Keep praying, keep praising, keep worshiping because God is listening.

Thank You, God, for hearing every single prayer. Sometimes I don’t understand why things are happening the way they are but I trust in You with all of my heart. More than anything, I want Your will to be done in my life. Amen

A Teachable Heart

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 143:10       

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.  May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.       

God loves us so much that He gave us commands to obey that will lead us towards His goodness and mercy and away from a path that leads to destruction. If left to our own devices, we would stumble and fall into a life of sin. But God had mercy on us and sent the Holy Spirit to guide us onto the straight and narrow path that leads to God. In order to be led by the Holy Spirit, we must have a teachable heart, which goes hand in hand with humility. We must have a willingness to learn and to receive instruction, which sometimes comes in the form of correction. Trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and you will never be led astray.

Father, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit that guides me on the path that leads to You. Help me to have a teachable and humble heart so that I may do Your will. Amen

Knowing and Trusting God

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 9:10           

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.     

The only way to know God is to seek Him with all of your heart.  Spend time with Him in prayer, read the Holy Bible and make a real effort to understand who He is. The more you seek God by faith, the more you will come to know how wonderful and trustworthy He is. The more you trust God, the more you will see His true nature, power, wisdom, faithfulness and goodness. When you experience God’s love, grace and mercy for yourself you will come to fully trust in Him and realize that He is always there for you and He is worthy of your complete trust.

Lord, the best day of my life is when I began to seek You for myself. I am so grateful that You heard me and made Yourself known to me. The more I learn about You, the more I love and trust in You. You are an awesome God and I praise Your holy name. Amen

Faith Over Fear

Verse of the Day:   Psalm 56:3          

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.        

David was surrounded on all sides by difficulties and dangers and was afraid for his life yet he trusted in God. He acknowledged and admitted his fear and then asked God to show mercy on him and help him. If he had let fear overtake his faith, he may have had a different outcome. Likewise, the enemy will use fear to keep you from the plans God has for your life. He knows if he keeps putting doubts and fear in your mind you will never step out in faith to accomplish what God has planned for you. Turn to God, put your trust in Him alone. When you are afraid, step out in faith knowing that God is with you and He will equip you for what He has called you to do. So many people never achieve the success God has planned for them because they are too afraid to take the first step. Don’t let fear keep you from living the life God has planned for you.

Lord, help me overcome my fear. Let my faith be stronger than any doubts or fear the enemy tries use to keep me from what You have planned for me. God, I trust You with my life, deliver me from all my fears. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Hang in There

Verse of the Day:  Romans 8:18     

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.        

It’s not always easy being a Christian in the current condition and culture of this world. Sin is running rampant and people are trying to take God out of everything. But we, who believe, need to stand firm and hold on to the Word of God. Even when it seems hard to be strong in our faith and it feels like we are constantly fighting to survive we need to continue to be faithful because our sufferings are only for a moment but our glory and reward will be eternal. Nothing we go through here in this lifetime can compare to how wonderful heaven will be. We know that in heaven there will no more death, mourning, crying or pain and it will all be worth it when we are in the presence of God all mighty.

Heavenly Father, grant me the strength and the courage I need to stand firm in my faith. Help me to remember that this world is not my home and everything in it is only temporary. Help me to hold on to Your promises as I wait for the day when I am finally in Your presence for eternity. Amen

Smile, Jesus Loves You!

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 15:13     

A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.   

Even though there may be things going on in our lives that make us feel sad, we cannot let them bring us down. There is still good in the world, there are still good people and there is still a reason to smile. If you’re having a bad day, feeling stressed out or feeling blue think about all the good things in your life and all that God has done for you. Think about your salvation and God’s love and forgiveness. Count your blessings and not your troubles and remember, Jesus loves you and will never leave you and that’s more than enough reason to smile.

Lord, when I think of Your goodness, mercy, forgiveness, salvation, and all the blessings You have poured over my life I can’t help but smile. Thank You for loving me and for Your promise to never leave me. Amen