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: “Living From Above”

Friday, August 4, 2017

“And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6

When was the last time you looked out on the world from a very high place? I am sure that you would agree with me that seeing things from a higher level is different from seeing things at a lower level. That is because the higher you go, the smaller and more insignificant the things on the ground level appear.

From an airplane’s view, the houses on the ground look tiny as compared to when you are on the ground.

So it is with life.  When you are on the level of the challenges they seem insurmountable and more than you can handle.  At times, they make you feel that you will never get through or even survive this season of your life.  But, could it be that it seems this way because you are looking at it from the ground level?

It’s time to change your position.  Look at it from above. 

How do you do that?  By looking at it through the word of God.  God’s word is the elevated position through which we must view life, no matter what stage of life you are in.

When you look at things from a high place, you will realize that it is indeed tiny and it will soon pass. Always remember, you are a conqueror through Christ and you can do all things through Him who gives you strength. Nothing can break you. This too will pass.

 

Your Word for This Day: “This Life is Mine”

Friday, July 28, 2017 

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

You wear what you want.  You go where you want.  You eat what you want.  As much as possible, you make all the decisions concerning your life.

Many times, when we feel like we are being controlled, we begin to complain, murmur and even rebel! We don’t want people telling us what to do and how to do it.

But, the truth of it is this… we all have to make choices concerning our own life, but really and truly the life that we live is not our own.  It is the life that God lent us to live.  He is the One who gave that life to us.

Today, remind yourself, that the life you are enjoying or even complaining about is His life, not yours. God’s breath is in your body and it is He that keeps us alive.

Trust Him today to help you live the kind of life that He wants you to live.  After all, if it is His He knows all about it and is well able to help you to live it.

 

Your Word for This Day: “I Belong”

Thursday, July 27, 2017 

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  I Cor. 6:19-20

Have you ever struggled with belonging?  There is something about belonging that gives us security and a false sense of comfort.

We feel out of place when we are left out of a group or ignored by those we care about.  It erodes our self-confidence, and many times, causes us to withdraw and become introverts.

God is the One who put this desire to belong inside of us.  Not only did He put the desire to belong, but He created an avenue for us to belong.

We belong to Jesus. We belong to God.

Others may reject us and cause us to feel unwanted and unloved.  People can be cruel at times, even those closest to us.  That, however, does not extend to God.  God tells us over and over in His word that we belong to Him.

Know today that you are not an outsider.  You have God.

He says that you belong to Him.

Believe it and live it.

 

Your Word for This Day: “I am a Designer’s Original”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

“Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100:3

Your power lies in being the true you.  The “you” that God created you to be.

Yes, because of the pressure of society, friends, peers and even at times family, we can sometimes try to be like other people. We see others who, in our eyes, have achieved more, are doing more, and have attained more success.

There is nothing wrong in admiring others.  What is wrong is when we decide that we do not want to be who God created us to be, rather we want to be the people we admire.

So many spend their time and money patterning after the role model in their lives.  They walk like them and talk like them.  They dress like them and try in every way possible to be them.

Why be a cheap imitation when you can be a designer’s original?

Determine today, to walk in the knowledge that you are only powerful when you are true to yourself.

Walk in the power of knowing that God invested things in you that only you carry.

You are the designer’s original.

Value who you are.

 

Your Word for This Day: “I’m One of a Kind…Uniquely Me”

Friday, July 14, 2017 

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

So many things look alike.  So many people resemble one another.  But really they are all different.  There may be similarities and commonalities but each person has its own unique features. You may look like your parents, sound like your  siblings, behave like your friends, but never forget…

You are one of a kind.  You are Unique. 

There is no one with fingerprints like yours.  There is no one with a personality like yours.  God made you and then broke the mold. Understand today that you are you.  A one of a kind you.  Thank God for making you like He did and appreciate who you are.

Even the unique combination of situations that you face in life are to bring out the uniqueness of you.  You are more unique than you know!

U – unusual in talent.

N – novel in ideas.

I – Interesting and innovative.

Q – quality without question.

U  – useful and understanding.

E – exquisitely designed.

You are all of that and more because you were fashioned by the Master Craftsman. Be the best one of a kind you that you can be. You are uniquely you.

 

Your Word for This Day: “The Key is to Forgive”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

The third key to becoming a BETTER and not BITTER person when we encounter difficult times, is Forgiveness. If we are to respond accurately to the challenges of lie, we must be quick to forgive those who have hurt us along the way.

3. FORGIVE.

This is one of the most difficult steps to make as you determine in your heart to make the most of your difficult times. Many times, the person or persons who may be responsible for what you are experiencing are those closest to you and this makes it even more challenging. You can’t forgive them because in your mind you did not deserve to be treated like this.

But, when we measure what we are experiencing to what Jesus endured on Calvary, we see that no real comparison can be made. Yet He looked at those who nailed Him to the cross and prayed for their forgiveness, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). This must be our response also. Is it an easy thing to do? Not at all. Forgiveness takes Grace. The enabling power of His Holy Spirit. This Grace is available if we make the choice to forgive those who have caused us great pain.

As we forgive, we make room for the blessings of God. God literally opens the windows of heaven and showers us with blessings for our act of obedience. He sees that we are willing to obey so He allows us to eat the good of the land. Forgive those who hurt you and watch God turn your situation around. He will make you stand out and shine like you never did before. He will prepare a table for you in the presence of those who caused you pain. Forgiveness allows goodness and mercy to follow you constantly so that you can walk in the continuous flow of the Lord.

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