Your Word for This Day: “More Than a Conqueror!”

Thursday, August 17, 2017

 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

The Bible gives us a list of things that will come up against us and cause us at times to stumble and fall, but it also goes on to say that despite what we go through, we are more than a conqueror, not because of ourselves, but because of whose we are.

We belong to Jesus Christ.

And, because we belong to Him, His strength is available to us and His wisdom is our wisdom. As a child of God, His power is within you.  It lives in you and it was placed there to enable you to deal with the issues of life.

You are not alone.

You are not defeated.

You are not a failure.

You are a child of God and you are more than a conqueror.

Lift yourself up today and walk in the true knowledge of who you are.

 

Your Word for This Day: “Stronger than That!”

Friday, August 11, 2017

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Ephesians 6:10

Do you realize that many people think that disciples of Christ are are very weak and inconsistent?

You hear all about people who say that they love God but do not live as people who actually do love God.

You, however, because you know who you are and whose you are, do not fall into that category.  You are stronger than that. 

You are wiser than that.  You are more focused than that.  You know who you are and you are on your way to fulfill your destiny.

Yes, the problems come.  Yes, the challenges are there.  Yes, the temptations are real. Yes, the pressures of life do exist. All of the above is real, but you are stronger than that.  You have One on your side who has enabled you to persist. You have God on the inside who causes you to triumph.

It may be all around you.  All the others may be still struggling with their identity and trying to discover who they really are, but you, you have begun the journey of self-discovery and you are stronger than that.

 

Your Word for This Day: “Leading From Within”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

“That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor.” 1 Thessalonians 4:4

So many of us want to be in charge and to lead others. Why?  Honestly, at times it feels good to be able to tell others what to do.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to lead.  In fact, we were created by God to do just that.  We are born leaders.

The thing is, though, leading must first start with us.

We must lead ourselves.  There is a leader inside every one of us and that leader must first lead himself.

When we have mastered the art of leading ourselves, only then we qualify to lead those around us.

Today, lead yourself to make the right choices and do the right things.

As you lead yourself others would accept you leading them.

Lead from within.

 

Your Word for This Day: “Pressing into More”

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Job 42:5

There is something about the difficult times in our lives that causes us to turn to God. We can use these seasons that we experience to develop our personal relationship with God. If your relationship was good, work at getting it better and if it was better work at getting it to the best level possible. There is always higher to go with God.

From the beginning, Job’s relationship with God was good (Job 1:8), but at the end of his season of bad things happening to him, it got better than it was. He came to know God at another level. He understood things about God that he had never known before. This would not have been possible had he not gone through the difficulties and testing. They truly worked together for Job’s good.

Your trials and persecution can work together for your good too. Use the time to delve into the Word of God. Surround yourself with those who could encourage you and counsel you in the way of the Lord. Learn more about Him. Let this time be the season when the Word of God becomes flesh to you. Love Him more. Pray more. Serve more. Worship more. Fellowship more. Share the Word with others more. Like Jesus did in the wilderness do so yourself. Live on the word of God, For  “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Adapted from an Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

Your Word for This Day: “I Will Sing and Testify”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” Psalm 34:4-6

When difficult times happen in our lives, how should we respond? Let’s have a look today at David, the shepherd boy. In 1 Samuel 16, we read of David being summons to his father’s house from the field to be anointed for his destiny – King over Israel. This was definitely something good.

As time progressed, we see that David had many accomplishments and he caught the attention of the King and of the people… then trouble started – King Saul’s jealousy of David caused him to try to kill the young shepherd boy.  David was forced to run for His life, and he kept running for more than a decade. He experienced thirteen long, hard years of being a fugitive.

How did David respond during those years of trouble and hardship? Did David sing? Yes he did. Did David Praise God? Yes he did. Did David testify about God’s goodness even in times of trouble? Yes he did. His words testified loud and clear, that God was still in control of His life.

As we look at the life of David, we see that his response was not one of hopelessness, rather of praise. He continued to praise the Lord and we must do the same. During his bad times, David kept focused on what he had to do. He knew that he had been anointed to lead Israel one day. He did not have control over his circumstances, but he, however, had control over the way he chose to respond to the attacks of the enemy and from all that we have read, we can see that he responded accurately. We can learn a lot from David… when troubles abound, our praise to God must abound the more!

Your Word for This Day: “Wisdom for Living: CHANGE”

Thursday, June 1, 2017

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

In the month of May, we have been re-discovering many important truths about our need for WISDOM to navigate our journey through life and to access the abundance that God has prepared for His children in this season.

We have learned that wisdom is the principal thing and in all our getting we must get wisdom. We were reminded that there were two main types of wisdom: Earthly or devilish and God given (James 3:13). We also looked at the many benefits that we gain from wisdom (Proverbs 2, 3 and 4).

Now is time to ask ourselves: “What have I learned? Have I applied anything to my life? Has anything in my thinking changed? Am I walking in greater freedom?

  • Am I making wiser health decisions?
  • Am I making wiser financial decisions?
  • Am I making wiser ministry decisions?
  • Am I making wiser relational decisions?
  • Am I making wiser educational decisions?
  • Am I making wiser parenting decisions?
  • Am I making wiser spiritual decisions?
  • Am I making wiser career decisions?

Where are you right now?  Are you walking in a higher level of Truth concerning yourself and your life?

My friends, we all are at different levels of growth and development, spiritually and physically but we must all come to the conclusion that we cannot remain where we are because all living things grow and develop.  It doesn’t matter where we are in life, if we are alive, we must grow. Change is a natural part of life.

Growth is painful, but necessary. Change can be difficult, but it is also necessary.

We need to come to the knowledge of the truth about ourselves and so, as we wrap up this study on wisdom, let’s take some time today to use check ourselves out. Let’s use the mirror of God’s word to help us all to see clearly where we are so that we can chart a wise course to get to where God wants us to be.

Your Word for This Day: “Wisdom for Living: Moving”

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27

WISDOM FOR MOVING

Life is a journey and each day we take steps in a certain direction. Yes, physically we are always moving either on foot, in a car or in an airplane, but we also move either forward or backward or to the left or right by the decisions that we make.

Let me explain. 

The choices we make each day affects our lives in a particular way. When we are faced with a decision, the choice we make will determine if we will move forward in life or take some steps backwards. Every decision has a consequence – whether good or bad. And, that is why we need the wisdom of God to make the right decisions for our lives.

You need wisdom to continue on the path that God has designed specifically for you.

Along your life’s journey, you will face many distractions and there will be many a-fork-in-the-road. There will be opinions of others and strong suggestions from the media. How do you continue to move forward towards your destiny?

Wisdom will help you. 

As we ask God for His wisdom, He will help us to correctly apply the principles of His word that we have learned to our unique situations. He will lead us to people who are walking in wisdom who can share their knowledge with us. He will, by His Holy Spirit, guide us into all truth. God will do His part, but we must do ours and that is to keep our eyes focused on Jesus.

Wisdom tells us to fix our gaze on Him. When we lose sight of Jesus- the “why” for which we are alive on the earth – and focus on the material things of life, the challenges that we face and even our fleshly desires, our feet will go where our eyes direct them.

I encourage you today, as I encourage myself: keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Recall to mind the purpose for which you exist, the assignment that you are here on the earth to accomplish and the path that He has been carrying you on and FOCUS. I pray that we all press on with our eyes on the prize… “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, [we] press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

In Jesus’ Name!

Have a victorious day!