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

Jesus Christ is Lord!

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 10:32     

Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.

Atheism and nontheism are on the rise around the world and the new generations just don’t have the same attitudes toward religion. Some may believe in other things like nature, self, crystals, or other gods, etc. To those who don’t know the Lord, Christianity has become uncool and old-fashioned. But the truth is, the world needs Jesus more than ever. It’s time for us to have the courage and confidence to privately and publicly stand up for what we believe in, Jesus Christ! Let the world know it’s not enough to believe in Jesus with our heart, we must also confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is the way, the truth and the life!

Lord, thank You for Your love and mercy. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus to die on the cross for me. I confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior! Thank You for the power of the resurrection and the hope that He is coming back again for His people! Amen

The Same Power Lives in You

Verse of the Day:  Romans 8:11       

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.           

As born again believers your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. You have the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead living inside of you. The grave could not hold Jesus, He was resurrected to be seated at the right hand of God. You are more than a conqueror over sin and death because you have the same victory through Jesus Christ! The same power that calms the raging sea, the same power that moves mountains, the same power that gives us hope lives in you and in me.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the incredible gift and power of the Holy Spirit that lives in me. I pray that the Holy Spirit would teach me, lead me and guide me so that I may walk in Your ways and live a life that is pleasing to you. Amen

Unashamed and Courageous

Verse of the Day:  Philippians 1:20   

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.   

God’s grace and the hope He gives us means we don’t have to be ashamed of any suffering we may encounter for Christ. We must have the courage to follow Jesus and declare Him to be the Son of God, the Messiah and the Lord of our lives no matter what is going on around us. People may mock or ridicule us for our faith and as believers in Christ when things are not going well or when we face troubles but do not be shaken for we serve a mighty God. Be courageous and determined to always do your very best to obey the call of God in all circumstances.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing grace and the hope that is found in Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Help me to be courageous in the face of adversity and to stand firm until the end for I am unashamed of my faith in Jesus Christ! Amen

Obedience and Service

Verse of the Day:  Isaiah 6:8 

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”   

If your desire is for God to use you, first you need to deal with any sin in your life. Second, build a relationship with God, get to know Him and recognize His voice. Third, you need to offer yourself to Him through obedience and service. You may think of yourself as unworthy or unqualified to be used by God but you have been washed by the blood of the lamb, you are a new creation. God doesn’t always call the qualified, but He definitely will qualify the called and those who are willing to be used for His purpose.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gifts and talents You have given me. Help me, Lord, to use them for Your honor and glory. I give myself to You so You can use me for Your purpose. Amen

Love One Another

Verse of the Day:  John 13:35           

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.          

When you have the love of God in your heart it shows. Your love for God is not found in your outward appearance but in the way you treat others. If you truly have the love of God in your heart you will show it by being kind, generous and loving so all may see God’s love through you. Especially in this current climate, we have the opportunity to share the love of God with others. A couple of ways you can show love to one another are to check up on elders and neighbors and donate goods to food pantries or homeless shelters. There are also some volunteer opportunities available in your local community for those in need. Above all else, pray for the sick, for healthcare workers, first responders, our government and everyone else affected by this global crisis.

Lord, thank You for the love You have shown me. Help me to show that same love to others by being kind and generous. Help me to share Your love with those who need it most. Let them see You in me, Lord. Amen