Your Word for This Day: “The Night is Turning into Day!”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 

“Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name… Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:4-5

When we encounter difficult seasons in our lives, our aim as children of God should be to become BETTER and not BITTER. We cannot allow our hard times to completely rob us of our peace, our joy and our sense of purpose in life. To help us in our journeys, there are some things that we must do when we feel like giving up. The first key is to recognize that the difficult situation is not bigger than God is.

The second key is:

2. Understand that this too will pass.

When we are going through bad times it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, we must remember that weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). This may have nothing to do with actual twelve-hour days and twelve-hour nights, rather we have night seasons and morning seasons.

In the natural, no season lasts forever. After summer comes autumn, after autumn comes winter, then spring and then the cycle repeats itself. In our lives, seasons change as well. Nothing lasts forever, not even difficult times. They always pass. Your night will turn to day. It must – it is the natural order of life. Encourage yourself by repeating this statement: “Nothing lasts forever. God has given me the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; He will turn my darkness into light. Although the night seems unending, morning will come again.”

Be encouraged today in all that you walk through! Hold on to the truth of the Word of God. Speak it. Declare it. Meditate on it. It shall surely bring you out!

 

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20

Joseph encountered difficult times. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers. He was thrown into prison on an attempted rape charge by his boss’ wife. Those he helped while he was in prison forgot him when they were released, although they promised him that they would help him. He endured almost fourteen years of bad things happening one after another.

Yet, in the midst of it all, Joseph remained focus. He was focused because God had given him a dream of greatness before everything happened and nothing was going to take that dream away.

Has God given you a dream or a vision and you are beginning to lose hope?  Stay focused. When bad things happen, focus on the dream in your heart. Keep the dream alive; please do not let it die. You cannot control what has happened or may be happening even now, but you can control how you react to what is happening.

Joseph fulfilled his dream and his destiny. Later on, he chose to help those who tried to destroy him because he understood that they meant it for evil but God meant it for God.  God always has a plan. God is always up to something when we are down to nothing. Remember His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not like ours. He knows what is happening and He has the plan.

Joseph’s accurate response prepared him to rule and reign in his position of power when it came.  Your correct response in the midst of your adversity would also be preparation for your elevation when all is said and done.  Do you want to be elevated? Then learn from Joseph and go through your hard times focused and trusting God and He who has promised to bless you is faithful and He will give you double for your trouble if you will only endure to the end with the right attitude and spiritual position. Of this you can be sure.

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: “Stuff Happens”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

In this journey of life, we have many different experiences. Some life events are very joyful and cause us to celebrate and be thankful, and there are life events that are sad and cause us to stop and think about the true meaning of living. As we face life head on, we will navigate through numerous emotions evoked by the many things we see, hear, and feel.

There are things, things, and more things. Life is full of experiences and events, and wherever you may travel in the world and whomever you may speak with, there is always a story of something that has happened or is happening. Things happen. STUFF HAPPENS! There is no getting away from things happening once you are alive and living on this earth.

We must come to the realization that there are things that we will encounter that we have no control over. God is the only one who has supreme control over life. He created life, He sustains life, and He alone has the ability to direct life. Not only does He have the ability but He also has the right and the authority to do so, for we are His handiwork. Nothing exists that was not created by the hand of our mighty God. That gives Him the legal right to be able to control and direct everything for His pleasure and purpose.

If we understand this important truth, we would be freed from a lot of unnecessary stress. We are reminded today that as children of God our duty, is to “Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (NASB). This is our main responsibility and as we obey this instruction, it is God’s covenanted duty to take care of us in the good times and in the not so good times.

An Excerpt from “Stuff Happens” by Diann J. Wilson

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!

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11:25

WISDOM FOR GIVING

It is the will of God that His children be financially free so that they could concentrate on Him and on doing His will on the earth.  When we are all caught up in money worries and keep living from paycheck to paycheck, we cannot worship God the way He wants to be worshipped, nor can we be a blessing to others.

The principles in the word of God about giving are not there to take our money from us, they are there to get God’s blessings TO US and THROUGH US to others. We must change the way we think about giving. It is in our giving that we make room to receive.

When we begin to apply to our lives the knowledge that we receive from the Word of God, then we begin to walk in wisdom in this area of our lives.

In the Book of Proverbs we learn:

  • “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Proverbs 3:27
  • There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.” Proverbs 11:24
  • …the righteous gives and does not hold back.” Proverbs 21:26
  • He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
  • He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.” Proverbs 28:27

There are great benefits to giving! Come on, if you haven’t tried it… I encourage you to do so this week. Give generously and from your heart. If you are already a giver, keep up the good work! Your giving will open paths for you.

We have been given so much by God and we should our heart’s position as we give should be one of gratitude and worship to God. Let wisdom guide you as to how to give and what to give and when to give.

 

All things belong to God and that which he has entrusted in our care, we must steward (manage) well. Let’s endeavor to walk wisely in our giving – for God delights in a cheerful and generous giver!

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 

“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 15:14

As a good Father, God gives us what we need to be able to experience the abundant life that He has made available to us through His Son Jesus Christ. Part of this amazing package is the gift of wisdom, which comes in the presence of His Holy Spirit.

We must desire to operate with wisdom in every aspect of our lives… in prayer, in finances, in relationships, in giving, in health, in business and the like. This week, we will look at some of these areas and how we can apply more godly wisdom in each specific area so that we can access and steward well the abundance that God has prepared for us.

WISDOM FOR PRAYER

Simply put, prayer is the medium that we use to communicate with our Heavenly Father. Through prayer we talk to our Father and let Him know what is on our hearts, and in return, He shares His heart with us. There is a power that comes from talking to God that cannot be found except through the medium of prayer.  God established it like that and that is why He himself advised that “men ought always to pray…” (Luke 18:1).

To pray effectively  – to see the answers to our petitions – we need wisdom. We don’t want to just speak many words or go through a religious exercise, we need to see results. And, to see results we mus pray wisely. That means we must:

  • Have the right motives: God is not interested in catering to our selfish ambitions nor encouraging jealousy, envy, hatred and the like. The foundation of everything that we do must be love because God is love.
  • Have pure hearts and clean minds: If we keep evil in our hearts and meditate on things of darkness, God will not hear us. God desires truth in our inward parts.
  • Be in alignment with God’s will: Our desire must first be that God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on the earth, just as it is in heaven. That, my friend, is the purpose of it all.

As we ask God for wisdom in our prayer lives, not only will what we pray change, but also how we pray will change. As we connect more deeply to Spirit of Wisdom who has been given to us, we will experience more greatly the joy and freedom that His presence brings!