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

Keep on Speaking

Verse of the Day:  Acts 18:9  

One night the Lord spoke to Paul, “Do not be afraid, keep on speaking, do not be silent.  

The Apostle Paul was in Corinth where his safety may have been at risk for sharing the Good News. It would have been so much easier to just stay quiet but the Lord directed him to not be afraid, to keep speaking and to not be silent and because Paul obeyed the Lord, the church in Corinth flourished. We’re living in a society where everyone wants to give their opinion on anything and everything. As believers in Christ we must be courageous and willing to stand up for what we believe in, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Don’t be afraid to share Jesus with the world. The world needs to know that Jesus came to save them. Don’t worry if you don’t know the right words to say, just tell them what God has done for you.

Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful for everything you’ve done for me. You gave me hope when I had none and you saved me when I was lost. Thank you for never giving up on me and for always loving me. Help me to speak about your saving grace and the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Amen

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Verse of the Day:   Matthew 5:43-44 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.           

Today, we honor the memory of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. He was not only an activist who fought against racism and for social and political change but he was also a pastor and a man of God whose ideas and beliefs on love, equality and unity among all people were rooted in the Bible. I encourage you to read King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” and to learn more about this Nobel Peace Prize winner and how God used him to lead a movement.

Lord, I ask you for courage to stand up for what is right and just. Help me to love my neighbor as Christ loves us. Bring peace and healing to both the oppressed and the oppressors. Help us to always walk in your ways, Lord, as we totally surrender to Your will. Amen

Refrain from Anger

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 37:8           

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.           

During an argument, in the heat of the moment sometimes we say things we don’t mean and may later regret. We let our anger get the best of us and we lose control of our emotions. Anger in itself is not necessarily a sin but how we handle that anger and letting it control us is where we cross the line. The Bible says that one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control and with the help of the Lord we must learn to control our emotions. In order to control our anger, we should first acknowledge it, pray about it, confess our weaknesses to God and ask Him to help us deal with any underlying issues that may be causing our anger to surface in such a way. There are many techniques and resources that can help with anger management and one might also seek help from a pastor and/or a professional. There is no shame in seeking help.

Dear Lord, Thank you for your mercies that are new every morning. I confess my sinful anger and come to you God, for help. Let your Holy Spirit guide me and help me to be in control of my emotions so that I may have peace in my heart. Amen

God’s Promises

Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 6:18      

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.          

The Bible tells us that God cannot lie and His promises are unchangeable. We can be confident in and count on God’s promises for all eternity. Not only can we count on God’s promises but we can also live our lives by them. By faith we can receive and claim each and every promise God makes through His everlasting Word. As firm believers in God’s promises we are comforted in all situations by the hope and encouragement we have by trusting and patiently waiting on the promises of God to be fulfilled, either in this world or in heaven.

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the wonderful hope you give us in your unchanging promises. By faith, we believe and claim every promise over our lives. Help us to live confidently knowing that every promise will be fulfilled either in this world or in heaven.  Amen

God Knows You

Verse of the Day: Psalm 139:16        

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Before you were ever born, God saw you and He knew all about you. He knew everything from your first day to your last. He still knows everything about you. He even knows every single hair on your head. He sees you, He hears you, He knows your thoughts and He knows your heart. He knows your past and He knows the plans He has for your future. More than anything God wants you to know how much He loves you and He wants you to know and love Him too. It’s up to you, to not only know of Him and of His works but, to seek to know Him personally.

Lord, I am so grateful for your amazing love and mercy. You know everything about me and yet you still love me. You know my heart Lord, help me to draw closer to you so that I may know you more fully.  Amen

That I May Know Him Better

Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 1:17    

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.        

My deepest desire will always be, that I may know God more and that I may grow closer to Him with every day, week, month and year that passes. My hope is that I may continue to gain wisdom and revelation that brings me closer to God. I want a deeper relationship with my God that helps me to live a life more pleasing to Him. I want my creator to fix what is broken in me, to heal what the world has hurt in me so that I am able to be who He created me to be. I want more of you, God, less of me and more of you.

Dear Lord, Grant me wisdom and revelation, so that you I may know you better. Fix what is broken in me and heal what is hurting me so that I may have a deeper relationship with You. I just want more of you, Lord, and less of me. Amen

Daily Encouragement

Verse of the Day:   Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.          

There is so much negativity in the world, on social media and everywhere we look. Instead of spreading negativity speak words of encouragement, pray for one another, remind each other of God’s wonderful promises. God has called each one of us to encourage each other daily. Don’t let sin harden your heart, instead be kind to one another. You never know what someone may be going through and something as simple as a kind word may help them get through the day.

Lord, Thank you for another day of life and for all of your wonderful blessings. In a world filled with so much negativity, help us to encourage one another and to be kind to everyone we meet. Help us to show the love of Christ to a world that is hurting so that they may know your unfailing love and compassion. Amen

A Two-Step Process

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 37:3

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.           

God’s promises are often conditional. In other words, you have to do your part first and then God will do His part. There is a two-step process to receive this promise from God. The Lord will take care of all your needs but you need to trust in Him and do good. Notice the verse says “and” do good, not “or” do good. While you are waiting and trusting on God to fulfill His promise have faith. Moreover, do good, always keeping His commandments and doing things that are pleasing to Him.

Dear Lord, Thank you for all your promises that have been fulfilled. Thank you for blessing me much more than I could ever deserve. I trust in you, Lord, to provide everything that I need. Help me to remain faithful and to do good while I wait on the fulfillment of promises that are yet to come.  Amen

God Chose You

Verse of the Day:   1 Thessalonians 1:4       

We know dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.

Live with confidence and walk with your head held high knowing that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own children. You belong to the Father because the Father chose you not because He had to but because He wanted you. It wasn’t by accident or a mistake, it was intentional. He chose you not because of anything you have done but because of His amazing grace. Now, it’s up to you to try your best to live a holy and blameless life with purpose and on purpose.

Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving me and choosing me to be your very own. Help me to walk confidently knowing that I am yours and help me to live life with purpose in a way that is pleasing to you. Amen