Your Word for This Day: “Living with the Spirit of Truth”

Thursday, November 23, 2017 

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” John 16:13

God’s love for us is demonstrated through many ways, but two of the most dynamic ways are first, the sending of His only Son, Jesus Christ, and secondly, the sending of the Comforter, teacher and guide, His precious Holy Spirit.

Life lived with the Spirit of Truth is indeed an exciting and rewarding life.  The Holy Spirit has the awesome responsibility to lead and guide us into all truth.  What is truth?  God’s Word is truth.  The Holy Spirit leads us into the truth of God’s Word and makes it real and practical to us.  As He guides us in our daily reading and study of the Word, we get to know the heart of the Father.

In the world today, man’s wisdom is often used to understand God and His Word.  This approach can never be accurate because of our sinful nature.  Carnal minds cannot understand spiritual truths. Our only hope of true knowledge and understanding comes through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.

Today, open your heart to Him and let Him take you on a journey in the Word. I promise you that you will be amazed at what you will discover about God, His word and yourself.  As He takes that which HE hears and makes it known to you, you will wonder why you did not do this before.  Come on, start enjoying fellowship with the Spirit of Truth and embark on the journey of a transformed life.

God my Father, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Thank You for demonstrating Your love for us through Him.  Precious Holy Spirit, thank You for being my Guide and my Counselor.  Amen.

Your Word for This Day: “Living a God-Ordered Life”

Monday, November 20, 2017 

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23

A very Blessed Monday to you!

It’s so reassuring to know today that God orders our steps. One of the things you will notice about today’s verse is that God orders the steps of the godly. This word ‘godly’ is not talking about one who does not sin.  Here, ‘godly’ refers to one who puts his or her trust in the Living God.  Not only has he put his trust in God but he is striving to live a life that is pleasing to God.  He may not be perfect but he has submitted to God’s authority in his life and so he brings delight to the Father. When such is the case, God then assumes the responsibility for His sheep and He orders his steps.  He knows that His sheep will hear His voice and would follow His direction and leading.

Are you a sheep who hears and obeys the voice of your Shepherd?  If you are, then you can rest assured the He will order your steps.  Obedience to the voice of God brings blessings that cannot be measured. If you are not walking in obedience as you should, today is the day to commit yourself to obey the Father so that He can lead you in the way that you have to go.  The stress and the anxiety of making the right decisions will no longer be yours because you now have the Shepherd leading you.  He knows all and so His choices are always the best.

Will you commit your steps to Him so that you can be confident that your choices are God ordained?  Choose to follow Him today. Let today be the start of a wonderful journey with the Lord. I promise you it would be the best decision of your life.

Lord, I want You to delight in me as I walk in obedience to You.  Please take control of my life.  I surrender myself to You and ask You to order my steps every day from now on.  I thank You for hearing and answering the cry of my heart. Thank You for Your peace.   Amen.

Your Word for This Day: “Living a Courageous Life”

Friday, November 17, 2017

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Many times in our lives, God gives us assignments that are not easy.  In fact, they may be so downright difficult that it seems almost impossible to be accomplished.  If you are in such a position, take heart my friend.  It is all God.

There was no way for Joshua to do what he had to do by himself and the same goes for you.  He needed God and you need God, like you have never needed Him before. God wants us to need Him desperately.  He loves to be needed like that.  He knew what Joshua was thinking and feeling and so He turned up with the words that Joshua needed to hear: “Do not be afraid!” God was the One who had chosen Joshua.  Joshua did not put himself in that position.  And so, God reminded him that He was in charge.  Joshua had nothing to worry about.  Those words gave Joshua the courage and the strength he needed to carry out the task.  Joshua just had to obey orders and follow wherever God led him.

You, too, must do the same.  If God brought you to it, He will surely bring you through it.  Know that your God is with you in the fire as well as in the river.

Did God command you?  Did He bring you to this point? Then trust Him to see you through.  He will not fail you.  You may say that you do not know if God brought you to this point or if it is of your own making.  Well do not despair.  Still trust Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you. You can trust His Word.  God is a good Father.  Be strong and of a good courage.  He is with you.  Wherever you are, God is!

Lord, like Joshua, I am in way over my head.  Today, I take courage in the fact that as You were with Joshua You are with me.  I choose to hold on to Your Word so that I will be comforted.  Thank You for not leaving me alone.  Thank You for being a God that I could depend on. Thank You for loving and helping me through this situation.  Thank You for being God.   Amen.

Your Word for This Day: “Living in Unity”

Thursday, November 16, 2017 

“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers,I am there among them.” Matthew 18:19

Do you realize that God expects us to live in harmony with each other?

To be together, not only in the same place but in mind, intent and purpose?

There is a power that is released when we live with each other in unity.

Today’s Word is encouraging us to live in unity and to pray in unity. When there is agreement among the saints, God will answer our prayers. Jesus promised that where two or three are gathered in His name He will be in the midst of them.  When you gather with your friends or family in His name expect Him to come. And when He comes, He brings blessings.  He brings answers and He makes everything alright.

Today, don’t be a one-man show.  Agree with someone.  Ask God to use you today to be that partner that someone needs for the power of agreement to operate in their prayers.  Be the solution to someone’s problem today.  Let God use you in a mighty way as you make yourself available to Him.

Lord, my life is Yours.  You know me better than I know myself.  I give You permission to use me to be a blessing in the lives of others today. Cause me to be the solution to someone’s problem.  Use me as the answer to someone’s prayer. Use me Lord for Your honour and glory.  Amen.

Your Word for This Day: “Living the Elevated Life”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:2

As children of God, we are in the world but not of the world.  Our true citizenship is of heaven, not of earth.  We understand that the things of this world will surely someday come to an end and so, we must not fall in love with them. No, we must refuse to be caught up in the temporary things of life.  We refuse to allow things to control us.

Determine in your heart not to let material possessions be your god and the pursuit of them, your purpose in life. Instead, set your heart and your affections on things eternal that will pass the test of time. These things cannot always be seen, but they can be experienced and enjoyed – intangible entities such as love, joy, gentleness, meekness, faith, and kindness.

What are the things that consume you?  Are your affections in the right place?  Now is a good time to take an inventory of your desires and ensure that you are storing up your treasures in the correct location.

My Father, I thank You for Your love and Your provision for me.  I know that You have given me things to enjoy as part of Your blessings on my life.  Help me, Lord, not to become consumed by them.  Help me to be able to hold them lightly so that if I lose them I will not be destroyed. Father, please help me to be a good steward and give them all back to You.  In Jesus’ Name, I pray.    Amen.

Your Word for This Day: “Living in Submission to God”

Friday, November 3, 2017

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” James 4:7-8a

Submission is not a word that believers are very comfortable with.  It causes us to get very defensive and forceful in our responses and demeanor. Why must we submit?  If we submit others will take advantage of us.  Many such excuses are designed to keep us from submitting to God and others in authority and they are all lies from the enemy.

There is power in submission.  When we submit to God we are surrendering our will, our thoughts, our actions, in fact, our very lives, into His capable hands. Once you give your life to Christ, the enemy will flee.  He has no choice.

Jesus has already defeated Satan.  He knows that.  You have not defeated him, Jesus has.  Our all-powerful, mighty, awesome God has done the job for us.  All He asks is that we submit ourselves to Him so that we can have the victory over the enemy. Don’t you want that?

My God, I come to You in the name of Jesus.  Your Word teaches me submission to You and I want to do it for I want to walk in obedience.  Lord, help me to renew my mind and grant me the strength to lay my will down just like Jesus did.  I thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.     Amen.

 

Your Word for This Day: “Knowing God”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

“But the people who know their God will be strong and will resist him.” Daniel 11:32b

Daniel knew his God.  He was steadfast and immovable in his devotion and love towards God because he fellowshipped and related intimately with his God. This knowledge of God caused Daniel to stand firm and live holy in a sinful land filled with idolatrous practices that incurred the wrath of God. He stood in the midst of corruption and other defilement.  His knowledge of God was stronger than what he was experiencing in Babylon.

How well do you know your God?  Does your knowledge of Him enable you to stand in righteousness and holiness among those who would cause you to behave and act in a manner that would displease your God? Do you have the confidence and courage to live differently among your friends and family so that they would know Jesus Christ?

My friend, your God has given you the power of His Holy Spirit to be able to do exploits for Him every day of your life.  The choice is yours. You can choose to become like the rest or you can stand out and stand up for Jesus.  What will it be?

Father, I pray for the discipline to study Your Word so that I can know You more.  Lord, help me as I pursue a life lived with the knowledge of You in a deeper, more intimate way.  Amen.