Your Word for This Day: “The Correct Response”

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lordlet all who are helpless take heart. Psalm 34:1-2 NLT

In life, each person will walk through different seasons when he or she will experience things that are unpleasant, despairing, and even frustrating. We encounter sickness, death, troubles, financial distress, broken marriages, rebellious children, unfaithful spouses, job loss, betrayal, disappointment, natural disasters, and even failures. We all experience ‘bad’ times in our lives.

In His word, God instructs us how we are to respond when we encounter those difficult situations in life and we must strive to do what He requires of us. Our love for God must motivate us to respond accurately. Knowing and understanding the character and heart of God will enable us, in the midst of our pain, to be able to continue to bless the Lord at all times.

We are being transformed daily by the renewing of our minds through the study of His Word and so, we can grow and develop into mature saints who live to bring pleasure to Him. This is not an impossible feat; in fact, it is very possible to please God because He gave us His word and His Spirit so that we could. God, in His infinite wisdom and knowledge of the human frame, did not leave it up to us and our feelings. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can accept and believe that God is a good God who cares deeply about us, knows what we are going through and is committed to working out all things for our good. We can boast in our God because He is with us in the midst of our difficult moments and will bring us through victoriously!  

 

 

 

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3-4

WISDOM FOR LOVING

Every one of us is in at least one type of relationship – whether a family relationship, a romantic relationship or a friendship. We connect with people on different levels and do life together in various ways. And, one of the foundational things that makes relationships flow is love.

As children of God, we are commanded to love. Luke 10: 27 reads, “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” We are to love God with every part of ourselves and also to love people.

But, if you are honest with yourself, I’m sure that you can testify that it is not always easy to love others, especially those whom we think have hurt us.

We need wisdom to love.

Wisdom is so powerful because not only does she teach us how we should THINK about love, but she also shows us how to DO that which demonstrates love according to God’s word.

Wisdom teaches us how:

  • To pursue after love.
  • To see others as God sees them.
  • To recognize and value the benefits of loving others.
  • To forgive as we have been forgiven.
  • To allow the Holy Spirit to help us to love.
  • To choose to obey the word of God even when we don’t feel like it.

Wisdom tells us not to let love and faithfulness leave us. We must be intentional to keep them close and meditate on them. We can start by asking the Lord how to express love to others, how to touch their lives with kindness, how to add value to those we are connected to. As we ask, He will answer us and show us ways in which we can obey His word. And as we do, we in turn are blessed. We will obtain favour not just from God, but also from others as they see the love of God flowing from the inside out. Loving others is so worth it!

Your Word For This Day: “Lord, Give Me Wisdom (Pt. 2)

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.” Proverbs 3:13-15

Yesterday, we learned that that it wisdom is absolutely necessary for any person who desires to live a fulfilled, God-honoring, abundant life and be a blessing to others. If we lack wisdom, we lack what is needed to make sound and right judgments and the decisions that are in line with God’s word and will for our lives and those in our spheres of influence.

The good news is that wisdom is ours for the having! All we have to do is ask for it.  James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

God desires that His children be wise. So, if we ask the Lord for wisdom, He will give it to us. 

So, how exactly does God give us wisdom? Well, there are two main ways that the Lord gives wisdom to those who ask for it: through Instruction and Devotion. Today, we will look at Devotion.

Wisdom is for the person who sees its value and therefore diligently seeks it. Proverbs 8:17 tells us, “I [wisdom] love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.”   Those who seek for wisdom will find it. This means they see wisdom as important enough to invest their time, energy and resources into obtaining it.

The interesting thing about wisdom is this… it comes to those who actually want it. Because it is so precious…so costly…so valuable…it requires a devotion to it. We must desire to receive wisdom from God so that we can live in a way that reflects His character and His heart. We must be devoted to the process of obtaining wisdom, because it will require that of you!

But, the journey is worth it.
This is the only life on the earth you have been given, how will you choose to live it? Do you desire wisdom enough to search for it? What are you willing to do to find it?

Your Word for This Day: “Love in Action: The Power of Love”

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 

 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”  1 John 4:18

 

The more I sit with the Lord and learn from the Holy Spirit, is the more I have come to understand that I really have just begun to know God and His ways.  It is truly amazing.  He is truly amazing.  His ways are truly amazing and the strategies that He has revealed to us through His words to overcome the enemy are indeed amazing. Yes, amazing is the only word that I could use to describe God and His ways.

One such amazing strategy is love.  It is the strategy that Jesus himself employed while He was on earth and it is what we have to use as we live on earth if we want to overcome and prosper.

Love is simple, yet complex.  It is simple to execute and powerful in its effect. In fact, from experience, I can say without doubt, that love is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal against the enemy.

When we are operating in love, nothing the enemy tries to do to us will succeed. You see, for negativity to work, it must meet with negativity.  If it meets with positivity, then one cancels out the other.  If negativity meets negativity then the results is exactly what the enemy intended. Then, we are defeated.

Perfect love casts out all fear, the Bible clearly states.  Why?  Because love is positive and fear is negative.  Positive will always cancel out negativity.

Love will always cancel out hate and evil.  The power in love is greater than the power in hate or evil.

Today, determine to live in the power of love. That is living in the power of God, for God is love.  When you do that, no evil will come nigh you, a thousand will fall by you, but not on you.  You are protected by love.

Love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

The power of love is truly amazing. Live in it today and reap the benefits as you go along life’s way.

Your Word for This Day: “God has a Great Plan for Me!”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

We all love to make plans for our future. Whether it is going to the mall, taking a vacation, planning early retirement or celebrating a birthday…we plan activities so that we can enjoy life and live it to the fullest.

Our Heavenly Father delights in making plans for His children. He is always thinking of ways to make our lives better because He has a beautiful picture of where He wants us to be. It is His desire that we place every day of our lives in His hands and trust Him to lead us so that we can live His abundant life.

God has great plans for you. His plans are always good plans.

Our Heavenly Father has the best plan for out lives. We can commit all our ways and our thoughts to Him for He knows what we have need of at any moment.

Today’s Declaration: “God has a great plan for my life. He knows what is best for me and I will trust in His plan.”

By: Alana Mills

Your Word for This Day: “I Am Empowered”

Thursday, December 8, 2016 

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”  Ephesians 3:20

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 Today’s Declaration:

I am empowered because of the Holy Spirit who lives within me. I know that God desires to do great things in my life and so I must allow the power that is in me to break forth. I must remember that God will work, but it is according to the power that works in me. If the power in me is weak, then the work would be little. If, however, the power in me is at it optimum, then the work would be abundant. It’s up to the power that is at work in me.

Today, I release the power of the Holy Spirit to do and to achieve every goal and every desire that God has placed in my heart to accomplish for Him on the earth.

Today, I see myself empowered to soar with the eagles. I see myself far above the principalities and powers of this world.

Today, I declare that I am empowered by the Holy Spirit to affect change on the earth.

I am empowered.

Your Word for This Day: “It’s All For God’s Glory”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” Psalm 115:1-2

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“It’s not about me, Jesus.  It is all about you.  It’s all for your glory.”

Whatever the Shepherd does must always bring glory to the Father.  He glorifies the Father with His life. As He leads us by still waters, green pastures and the paths of righteousness, He does it all so that the Father may be glorified in our lives.

Our Shepherd has a reputation to maintain.  He has given us the assurance in His word that He always takes care of His own.  He is able to keep all that is committed to Him for safe-keeping. He wants to maintain that position, and be known as a Shepherd who can be depended upon to do what He says He would do. He does it all for His name’s sake and for our good report.

When we are blessed, we are able to testify about the goodness of our Shepherd. Others can look at us and see that we are well taken care of, giving glory to the name of the Lord.

This is the goal of the Shepherd.  He does all that He does to ensure that we understand how much He loves us and cares for us.  He wants us to realize that we can trust His word and His name.

It is all for God’s glory.  The psalmist says it like this:  “Not unto us, but unto thy name” (Psalm 115:1).

Let us thank God that His name is high over all and He demonstrates His love for us for His name’s sake.

Today’s affirmation:

The name of the Lord is a strong tower, I run into it and I am safe and secure.