In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
– This scripture speaks to us about our priorities.
– If we will put God first in our lives there are rewards.
– This is a key to living a successful life.
– Give Him first place in your life today!
PRAYER: Lord, I give You the place of priority in my life right now. Help me to realise that apart from You I can do nothing! In Jesus’ Name. Amen
‘The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ Isaiah 40:8
– There are many things that people put their confidence in.
– What are you putting your confidence in today?
– Is it something that will last?
– You can depend on God and on His word!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are the everlasting God and Your word stands forever. Teach me to be dependent on You and on Your word. Amen.
Teach us to number our days so we may obtain a heart of wisdom.
This Psalm is a sober reminder of the frailty of life.
Consider the folly of the world, chasing after things that won’t last, storing up treasures on earth, seeking pleasures that will wither and fade away. We need the wisdom of God that turns our hearts to desire the eternal. Do we have a sense of purpose? Have we considered what purpose the Lord might have for us, and how we might use the time He has given us to that end?
Lord, give us wisdom that we may invest our time in that which is of eternal value, so that we may fulfill the purpose for which you created us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ephesians 3:18 ‘May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.’
– The Lord longs for us to grasp how great His love is towards us.
– You are valuable and precious to the Lord and He loves you.
– We need His power in our lives to begin to understand His great love.
– May His power work within you so that His love will be a reality in your life!
PRAYER: Lord, give me a revelation of Your love for me. May I begin to grasp and understand this great love and may it change my life forever. In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.
If the mark of a Christian is belief without faltering, I fall short. I have doubted God many times. I have questioned Him. I have not trusted Him completely when things seem impossible.
When I read the bible, I find many examples of people just like me, people who doubted, argued and questioned. Like Peter who knew Jesus so well and yet said, “I don’t know who Jesus is.” Matthew 26:72
Jesus did not reject Him, instead He loved Him and even prepared a meal for Him. Our doubts and fears never drive away our Saviour. He is so patient and loving towards us. Many doubts and fears simply cannot quench His love for us.
Flee from youthful lusts. 2 Timothy 2:22
To flee in Greek means to run to the point of vanishing. You run so far from the temptation that you can’t even see it any more. This truth is so simple, yet so profound! It’s also the area where so many stumble. When faced with temptation, many run a little – but not far enough. You must cut sin off at the root. If you’re weak in certain areas, don’t keep surrounding yourself with the opportunity to stumble. Avoid. Flee. There’s no wisdom in entertaining the thing sent to destroy you. Escape that temptation to the point of vanishing!
It’s the story of a father whose son was possessed by a spirit that threw him into violent seizures. Though the father’s faith was wavering, he still turned to Jesus. “I believe,” the father cried. “Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). In the same breath, this man professed his faith and confessed his doubt. Haven’t we all been there? We believe in Jesus’ power, yet we have a hard time believing He can come through in our particular situation. That’s okay. With the little faith we have, God wants us to go to Him. Just like how He raised this man’s son to life and health, God will raise us out of our unbelief and show us that He is able to handle anything that we are battling today.
‘Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome!’ Nehemiah 4:14
– In the course of life we get so much advice that it can be confusing.
– But the best advice we could get is to ‘remember the Lord’.
– We need remind ourselves that the Lord is always with us no matter what.
– Remember the Lord today and remind yourself that He has the final say!
PRAYER: Lord, I choose to lift up my eyes today and to focus on You. I will remember that You are with me and You and able to calm my storms and help me with what I am facing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“There’s a boy here with 5 loaves and 2 fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” John 6:9
Jesus fed five thousand men besides women and children with just 5 loaves and 2 fish. This is an amazing miracle recorded in the book of John. This was possible all because of a young boy who was willing to give Jesus what little he had. Throughout the Bible we see instances like this. The widow of Zarephath, gave her very last meal to Elijah and through the famine she never ran out of food. God can use what little we have, whether it is our talent or money or whatever it is, to do amazing wonders. If you have nothing to offer Him, He can use even your nothingness. All He wants is a willing heart. Are you willing to give your all to Him?
As part of the family of God, we are told to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12) It’s like wearing a particular brand of clothing… soon enough people will begin to recognise you for what you wear. Our ‘position’ as Christians should never cause us to think we are above anyone else, but rather it awakens within us the ability to support, help and shoulder the burden of others… bring hope in heartache, peace in fear, help in time of need, and ultimately the life giving power of the gospel to a hungry and thirsty world.