Meditation

Psalm 77 12

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 77:12

I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.

Make time to meditate and reflect on all the mighty deeds the Lord your God has done for you and give Him all the glory. Meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8) This is especially helpful when your current circumstances are challenging. Thinking about the ways God has been merciful to you in the past will give you comfort and peace as he brings you through your present situation.

 

Listening

1 Samuel 3 10

Verse of the Day:  1 Samuel 3:10

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Prayer is not only about us talking to God, it’s also about actively listening to hear the voice of God. We may not hear an audible voice like Samuel did but we can learn to discern when God is speaking to us by testing it with some basic principles. (1 John 4:1) Ask yourself these questions: Does it agree with the Bible? Does it make me more like Christ? Does my church family confirm it? Is it consistent with how God shaped me? Does it concern my responsibility? Is it convicting rather than condemning? Do I sense God’s peace about it? (Rick Warren) Spend time with God and be still. Listen with your heart and learn to recognize God’s voice.

Live at Peace

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Verse of the Day:  Romans 12:18

If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people.

The Bible tells us that we should try our best to live at peace with all people. This includes our family, friends, our brothers and sisters in Christ, the people we work with and as much as possible we should try to make peace with our enemies. We should stand up for what is right, pray for peace and do whatever we can to promote it by living godly lives that honor the Lord. We cannot control what other people do, but we certainly can seek to control our own actions and responses. It may not always be easy, but it will be worth it to try to live peacefully with others, especially those who are difficult to deal with. Do not be vengeful, overcome evil and do your part to live at peace.

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.

God is Faithful

Psalm 89 2

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 89:2

I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Though life may disappoint and try us, we can be assured that God honors and fulfills His promises. We can trust and rely on God’s faithfulness which has been established in heaven and stands firm forever. During the hardest trials, our faith in God’s love and mercy will always bring us peace and comfort. Our hope and confidence in God lies in His faithfulness because His Word is true and trustworthy forever and ever. Even if we are faithless, God remains faithful. (2 Timothy 2:13)

A Cheerful Heart

Proverbs 15 15

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 15:15

All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

You can choose to be worried and miserable or you can choose to trust God and be happy. The way to a cheerful heart begins with giving thanks to God in every situation. When God dwells in your heart there is peace and joy and when you live by faith God provides. You can always find something to be thankful for even if you have to look a little harder.

Stop Worrying, Start Worshipping    

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:27

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Worrying doesn’t change a thing and it sure doesn’t add any benefit to your life. I know that we are living in trying times but that doesn’t mean we have to worry about every little thing. That also doesn’t mean we should live recklessly. We need to take precautions, be safe and do what we feel is right for ourselves and our unique circumstances. The Bible says fear, anxiety and worry are not from God. Instead, we must we must have faith in God’s promises and He will give us peace and strength to get through anything. Turn your worrying into worshipping and let God turn your battles into blessings.

The Words of Your Mouth

Psalm 19 14 2

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 19:14

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Let your words and thoughts be pleasing to God when you pray, praise and give thanks. Likewise, let your words be pleasing and acceptable to Him in your everyday conversations and thoughts. Fill your mind and heart with positive thinking so there will be no room for negativity or sinful thoughts. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay positive in a negative world, but if you stay focused on the Lord who is your Rock and Redeemer, you can have peace in all circumstances.

God Hears You

Psalm 86 7

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 86:7

When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.

In this world we will have troubles. They can be troubles we bring on ourselves by our own actions or they can be brought on from other people. Sometimes they’re from the devil who tempts us and schemes against us. It can be an illness or hardship beyond our control. They can be troubles that last for a day, for a while or for a season. The important thing to know is that when you have a relationship with God you can always call on Him and know that He hears you and answers you. God hears your every prayer and when you learn to trust in Him, He will give you peace. Even when you can’t find the right words to pray God hears your heart.

Hope for Today

Romans 15 13

Verse of the Day:  Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Without hope one feel helpless, alone and powerless. As believers we know that our God is the source of all hope. Hope for healing, hope for peace, hope for joy and hope for the future here on earth and in heaven. All hope comes from knowing, believing and trusting God. By His love, grace and mercy God has given us the precious gift of hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you feel hopeless, seek a relationship with the author of all hope, the Lord our God.