When the Apostle Paul was saying his farewell to the elders of the church in Ephesus, he made this statement: “I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). He was able to say that he did not hold anything back, but spoke the whole of God’s truth. One of the errors that can trip us up in our walk with God is focusing on parts to the exclusion of the whole. We need to be grounded in the whole counsel of God. It is the whole counsel of God, not parts, that is the foundation for the church and for the Christian life. It is the whole counsel of God that will protect us from deception. It is the whole counsel of God that will keep us from getting unbalanced.As we become students of the Word–asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Bible to us– and as we make knowing Jesus our highest priority, we will become grounded in the Truth of the gospel.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).Hardship lasts only for a season – When we’re going through something really hard, it’s difficult to imagine things will ever improve. And satan considers these seasons an opportune time to whisper lies like “a loving God wouldn’t allow this in your life” or “God doesn’t care about you because He’s not coming to your rescue.” Don’t believe satan’s falsehoods. God cares. He sees. He knows. And this season in your life will end. Being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from challenge. In fact, Jesus told us we’d have trouble in this world. Yet we’re often angry and surprised when we encounter hardships. Just remember, we have the ultimate victory because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. For this reason, we can give thanks and praise despite struggles.
Naomi had a kinsman, a man of great wealth, his name was Boaz. (Ruth 2:1) God provided a rich relative for Ruth. Boaz not only had land and houses, but he also was a mighty man of integrity, an upright man who had placed his trust in God.God wants all His children to be rich—but not necessarily in material possessions. When the apostle Paul reached the end of his life, all he owned was an extra cloak and some books (2 Timothy 4:13). Barnabas sold his land and gave the money to the needy (Acts 4:34-37). But these men weren’t really paupers. In their poverty, they had a richness of peace and joy that many who are wealthy only dream about.What are you striving for? Material wealth that will one day be left behind, or a spiritual wealth that will last for eternity? Make the right choice and then set the right priorities.
Praying people always get God’s attention! When Cornelius cried out to heaven, he “saw in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, ‘Cornelius!’” (Acts 10:3) “Send for Simon Peter … He will tell you what you must do” (10:5-6). What happened next, His household was saved. God works on all sides when His people get to praying earnestly. Cornelius was prayerful and generous to the poor. He spent time in the presence of the Lord and He gave him specific directions. Likewise, God will show you what is needed on your part and when you obey and pray, you will see revival in your home.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” Romans 1:16
As our world plunges into wickedness and revels in it and even promotes it, Christ’s followers needs to stand firm for the Gospel. Today, as individuals around the world, let us proclaim unashamedly the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the only power of God for salvation from sin! We have a choice today. Do we stand up for the gospel of Jesus Christ? Or do we pursue the ever-changing philosophies and trends of our day? We can’t walk on both sides of the fence so we are faced with a choice we must make; the same kind of choice Joshua gave to the Israelites. Let’s stand up today and declare to a lost and dying world that “Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
2 Timothy 2:9b
‘But the Word of God cannot be chained.’
Never underestimate the Word of God in your daily life. His Word is powerful, living and active and able to achieve what He has said. Your situation may seem unchangeable, but His Word is more powerful than that. His Word does not change, and it will carry you through what you are facing.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that I can depend and rely on Your powerful and enduring Word in my life. If You say it, I believe it and that settles it! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we often depend on our own strength and very often cast our cares onto a friend instead of the Lord. When we realize we have absolutely no ability in ourselves to handle our anxieties and concerns, we will not hesitate to turn to the One who does. That takes humility. Only a prideful heart thinks that we have the power in ourselves to solve every problem in life. But Jesus said, “Apart from Him, we can do nothing.” So we must trust Him to lift us up at the right time, to vindicate us, to prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies, to anoint our heads with oil, and to cause our cups to run over—if we humble ourselves.
Great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3: 23
When trouble strikes and our hearts grow faint we so often forget the goodness and love of our Father in Heaven for and we begin to doubt Him. When that happens we begin to be consumed by our stress and our fears and begin to blame God. When we recall His great love for us, reminding ourselves daily of His compassion toward us, our hearts gain strength. When the stresses of life begin to overwhelm you begin to reflect on the faithfulness of God in the past. Thank Him for how He rescued you, how He provided for you- the stress will slowly melt away
‘All nations will be blessed through you.’
The Lord promised Abraham that ALL nations would be blessed because of him.The truth is that the Lord wants to use each of our lives to be a blessing. How can you be a blessing to those around you? The reason He has blessed you is to be a blessing. May the Lord use your life and may many be blessed because of you!
PRAYER: Lord, I dedicate my life into Your mighty hands. Use my life to bring light, hope, life and blessing into the lives of those who are discouraged, hopeless and despairing. May my life count, I pray. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
It is not knowing “about” God; it is about “knowing God” in a deep and intimate way. God is saying that if you would get passionate about Him, then you will begin to find Him. How intent are you on knowing God? Begin today by seeking Him with your whole heart.
Father, I come to You today. I really do want to know You. I want to have an intimate relationship with You. Help me discipline myself to take the time to know You, take the time to hear You, take the time to tell You my thoughts, hopes and dreams. To share with You my fears, apprehensions and doubts. As I seek You, I pray that You would reveal more and more of Yourself to me. In Jesus’ Name I ask. AMEN