Verse of the Day: Romans 12:11
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
This year has been difficult to say the least. We’ve had a lot to deal with including the coronavirus, being quarantined, loss of jobs, natural disasters and civil unrest. Our schools closed, work places closed, stores closed, even churches closed. Through it all, God is still with us. Don’t let your spiritual relationship become lukewarm. Don’t let the troubles of this world come between you and God. All these things are temporary and this is not our eternal home. Keep serving the Lord, keep reading the Word of God, keep praying, keep singing, keep praising and worshiping, keep your soul on fire for God!
Verse of the Day: Psalm 100:2
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
God is good and giving Him grateful praise through songs is a beautiful way to worship Him during your prayer time. Come before the Lord’s presence with singing and let your spirit praise Him with gladness and freedom singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness for His love and mercy. When you come before the Lord singing joyful songs not only does it please God but it also refreshes your own soul. It doesn’t matter how well you sing; what matters is that it comes from your heart.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 28:1-10
Jesus Has Risen
1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Verse of the Day: Psalm 84:4
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
What a blessing it is to be in the house of the Lord enjoying the presence of the one true living God. It is a privilege and an honor to offer our praises to our Lord and Savior. The house of the Lord is also a place where we can go to be refreshed, revived and renewed. How truly blessed we are to enter His house to offer our praise, worship and give thanks.
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 and 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 the things that are pleasing to the Him.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 2:11
And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
The magi had followed the star to Jerusalem and when they arrived they asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” Upon finding Jesus they fell down and worshiped Him bestowing Him honor and acknowledging Him as King. After they worshiped Him they presented their gifts. The three gifts they brought had significant spiritual meaning. They gave Him gold, a gift for royalty, which represents His Kingship. Second, they gave Him frankincense, a symbol of His priestly role and mediator between God and man. And finally, they gave Him myrrh, a burial ointment because Jesus was the Savior who came to die for our sins.
Verse of the Day: Psalm 95:2
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Today I am incredibly thankful for praise and worship music. Being able to praise and worship God through song is so uplifting and inspiring. No matter what is going on in my life at that moment whether it’s good, bad or indifferent it all just seem to melt away instantly as I begin to focus on God. It doesn’t just have to be at church. It might be at home or in the car. Sometimes I’ll be driving, feeling some type of way and the perfect song comes on the radio and it reminds me that God is always with me. When I sing along I feel connected to my Savior and am so grateful for His love and mercy and thankful for His presence in my life.
Verse of the Day: Psalm 100:4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
I’m thankful for the freedom that allows me to enter into the house of the Lord to praise and worship my Lord and Savior. Yes, we have a constitutionally protected right to religious freedom and that’s great, but I’m talking about the spiritual freedom we received when Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our sins. I’m talking about abiding in God’s truth which has set us free from a life of sin and death. Because of God’s love and mercy, we are free to have a relationship with Him. We have spiritual freedom to come into his presence to praise and worship Him, and for that I am thankful.
Verse of the Day: Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
To all Veterans who have humbly served our great nation in the United States Armed Forces, we thank you for your service, honor you for your selflessness and respect you for all you have sacrificed for our freedom. May God bless you always.
We live in one of the greatest countries in the world. We have civil liberties and fundamental rights that many others do not have and sometimes we take them for granted. One of our great liberties is freedom of religion, the right to practice whatever religion we choose and to worship in private and public and it is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Thankfully, our military continues to fight for the preservation of our freedom. But there is someone else who died for our freedom and His name is JESUS! Jesus has set you free from the bondage of sin and has done what the law could not do. You are no longer a slave to sin but by the grace of God have been set free. Now that you have been set free it is up to you to use your freedom wisely. Instead of using your freedom to do whatever the flesh desires use it to humbly serve one another in love.