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November 23 2017
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust (Psalm 103:13-14). If you look up the word “compassion” in the dictionary, one definition describes it as “a feeling of sympathy for another, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate suffering.” Isn’t it amazing we have a heavenly Father who is compassionate toward us? The Bible tells us that God has compassion on us, just like a father has compassion on his children. That means He understands what you are going through, His heart goes out to you in your circumstance, and He wants to help you! It’s my prayer today that, just like a child receives from their father, you would open your heart and receive from your heavenly Father. He wants to lift every burden, give you strength in your weakness and shower you with His love!
November 22 2017
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalm 100:4). Gratitude pleases God! And I can tell you that having a grateful spirit will cause you to stand out in today’s culture. Tell the Lord what you’re thankful for today. It’s a sure way to stay in His presence.
November 21 2017
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb (Psalm 19:7-10). I cannot express how much God’s Word has changed my life over the years. His truth has healed my heart from shame, guilt and condemnation; set me free and made me whole. There are just so many benefits to reading God’s Word on a regular basis! Psalm 19 shows us that when you read God’s Word, it will … • Refresh your soul (v. 7) • Make you wise (v. 7) • Fill your heart with joy (v. 8) • Fill your eyes with light (v. 8) • Give you the fear of the Lord (v. 9) Don’t hesitate to dive in to God’s Word today. You’re going to be changed for the better!
November 20 2017
Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god (Psalm 24:3-4). The Bible says that man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart. This truth is one of my favorite aspects about who God is. Purity of heart is what attracts the presence of God. It is our character, the stuff that’s on the inside of us, that will determine whether or not we fulfill our God-given destiny. So let’s be the kind of people who will ascend the mountain of the Lord and stand in His presence. Let’s embrace purity of heart and accomplish our destiny!
November 19 2017
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed (Hebrews 12:11-13). For every athlete in any sport, this truth is made clear early on: It takes discipline to succeed. Whether you want to be a professional or just play a sport for fun, it takes a certain level of discipline and practice to do well. Just like a coach will train an athlete to win, the Lord can allow circumstances to train us because He wants us to succeed in this race we are running. And though it may be painful at times, He promises a harvest of righteousness and peace in the end. So don’t give up! The race is worth the price you paid in times of training. God WILL strengthen you to endure and succeed. Amen!
November 17 2017
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 37:4-6). Our God is so good. And how awesome is it to know that you can trust Him! He knows what you need, and as you focus on your relationship with Him, He will work things out for your good. He will give you the desires of your heart. So don’t fear the unknown or the future. As you put your trust in God, delighting in Him, you’ll be able to rest in the truth that He can and will fulfill His word to you!
November 16 2017
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things (Philippians 4:8). The Bible makes it clear that our thought life is important. Because of this, we need to guard our thoughts by focusing our attention on things that honor God. Philippians 4 gives us some examples of what thoughts to focus on; whatever is … • True – Real and genuine • Noble – High quality • Right – Good and just • Pure – Free from corruption • Lovely – Moral and beautiful • Admirable – Inspirational • Excellent – Superior • Praiseworthy – Deserving of praise I encourage you to consciously focus on these things today. Joy will fill your heart as you think on them!
November 15 2017
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth (1 John 3:16-18).
November 14 2017
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23). I’ve said it many times before, but you do what you love from passion. And your heart is at the very center of your passion. That’s why it’s so important to guard your heart, protecting the God-given passion that’s been placed within you. A heart alive with passion for God will take you further than talent ever will. I want to encourage you to let passion for God be why you wake up every day. Let His Word enrich you. Let loving God with all your heart be your standard for success. Today and every day, let passion be your fuel!