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December 3 2017
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). In the Kingdom of God, persistence is powerful. Sometimes receiving God’s promises to us requires persistent prayer. That’s why we must continue to ask, seek and knock when we’re still waiting to see the results. This kind of faith gets the Lord’s attention. So today, lift up your voice. If you’re standing on the other side of a closed door, continue to knock until that door opens. Just wait and see. God will reveal His plan for your life when you seek Him. There is power in persistence!
December 2 2017
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility (Ephesians 2:14-16).
December 1 2017
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving (Colossians 3:23-24). No matter what your position or vocation is, know that you were positioned there by God! When you know that you are working for God and not for man, it brings a freedom and confidence to everything you do. Paul told the church of Colossae to work at whatever they did with all their hearts. And that is what God’s Spirit is telling us today. Look to Him for your reward and serve Him!
November 30 2017
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun (Psalm 37:3-6). One thing is certain – when you trust God with the path of your life, not only will He prove to be trustworthy, but following Him will be a great adventure! I have been in ministry for decades, and I’m always amazed at what God can do with a surrendered life. I had no idea that I would be leading major, global organizations and ministries when I first started as a youth leader. Wherever you are today, trust in the Lord. You never know what God might have in store for you. Stay where He’s planted you and delight in Him. Commit the path of your life to His plan, knowing that He will reward you and bless you in the process.
November 29 2017
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34). It’s interesting that Jesus uses the metaphor of food when talking about doing the Father’s will. Every person needs food to live and to work. We won’t have the strength for all we have to do each day if we don’t eat. According to Jesus, our spiritual food is doing what our heavenly Father calls us to do. When we live our lives according to God’s will, we will have a strength that comes from a source outside of ourselves. A strength that God will supply! So every day, let the will of God be just as important to you as every meal. Let your faith be fueled by His vision and purpose for you!
November 28 2017
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
November 27 2017
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21). When I approach life and ministry, I usually have a basic plan. There is nothing wrong with making plans. Being prepared is a good thing. But when we rely on our plans more than we rely on the Lord’s leadership in our lives, that’s when we need to rethink our direction. Proverbs says that the Lord’s purpose wins out every time. And His plan is for your ultimate good! Isn’t that awesome? So today, simply ask the Lord what His plan is and stay in step with Him. His purpose for your life is GOOD!
November 26 2017
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). The truth in the above Scripture will revolutionize your faith if you let it sink in. Death can’t separate you from God’s love. The difficulties of life can’t separate you from His love. Spiritual forces? The unknown of today or tomorrow? Great distances, height, depth? No, Paul assures us in Romans that nothing – NOTHING – can get in the way of God’s great love for you as His child. Hold on to that truth today!
November 24 2017
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4). It can be easy to get caught up in scrolling through social media sites and comparing our lives with a picture-perfect view of another’s. But there is a better way to live! God wants us to see life from a heavenly perspective. He wants our attention captured by His beauty. In the Psalms, King David asked for this very thing. He wanted to see God’s beauty because he knew that if his focus was continually on the Lord, everything else in his life would fall into place. He knew God would reveal more of His goodness in his life, and the same can be true of you! Today, seek the Lord. Ask Him to show you more of Himself. He will be faithful to answer!