Monday, March 30, 2015

Priorities for Success

Written about in the post Our Priorities are Bible characters who are good examples to follow and those that provide bad examples. Abraham was a man who took his relationship with God serious and in turn was blessed. His grandson Esau on the other hand traded his inheritance for a dish of stew. He only looked at what he wanted in the short term.

The lesson for us is to make decisions based on long term success rather than short term desires and to follow God’s plan for our life; being a part of His team. Today I have a video to give some motivation with A Pep Talk from Kid President to You.

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. – Proverbs 12:20

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Start with Prayer

In the post Following Instructions for a Successful Day, written about was how Abraham was concerned who his son Isaac would marry so he sends someone to find the perfect mate for his son. Abraham didn’t want him to marry someone where they currently lived because the people didn’t know the One True God and worshiped idols.

The servant of Abraham shows his faith in God and prays for certain things to happen as he finds a wife for his master’s son. He found Rebekah as a wife for Isaac.

All parents hope their children choose the right mate. Prayer is so important in raising children and it’s so important in anything we do. Here is a video poem to inspire our prayers today: Blessings Throughout Each Hour.

Train a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Monday, March 23, 2015

Humility – All Great Leaders Possess It

In the post the Humility of Abraham, I wrote that Abraham demonstrated humility that aroused a response of respect as he searched for a burial site for his wife Sarah.

We all live on this earth for a short time but we can be comforted by the fact that we have eternal life because Jesus died on the cross for us.

Studying the life of Jesus, we find that He also possessed humility as depicted in this short inspirational movie: One Solitary Life.

For everyone who exalts himself with be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. - Luke 14:11

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

What God gives in a plan for life is a treasure and the more we surrender to His plan, the more passion we have. In the post Listen and Follow Directions, God would eventually bless Abraham with more descendants than stars in the sky or sands on all the beaches (v.17).

Here is a video I produced a while back about a person who settled in the city in which I currently live. He set out to fulfill his dreams many years ago; becoming a successful businessman in a new land. Eventually his family would leave a tract of land to the city. Today that land is a city park and zoo named in his honor. Enjoy this video: Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul, If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.  - Proverbs 24:13-14

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

His Spirit is with Us

Abraham was disciplined and constantly asked God for direction. He then consistently followed through and others began to see that God was with him in everything he did.

We can trust in God’s presence, direction, and care just like Abraham did as written in the post God is with Abraham.

Because of the Cross, the Holy Spirit is with us today. The Cross was God’s demonstration of His love for us. Here’s today’s inspirational video: Lead Me to the Cross – Hillsongs

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. – John 15:7-8

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Courageous Action Leads to Victory

Lessons can be learned from reading or through experiences of the past. In yesterday’s post Taking on Issues in Life Head On, we pointed out in reading Genesis 20 that Abimelech went right after a problem to solve it. He confronted the issue, asked questions to understand, and took the necessary steps to solve it.

During challenges in life, we can gain inspiration from remembering the suffering of Christ on the cross and how this courageous act led to victory. Here’s a video to inspire us today: Embrace the Cross- Steve Green.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20

Monday, March 9, 2015

His Brilliant Light is Shining over Us

As with the record of Lot being led to safety and away from the destruction of Sodom, we can be assured that God will send angels to protect us. He watches over us wherever we are and will lead us away from danger. 

Sing and recite; use psalms, poetry, and songs like this one to praise the Lord today: God of Brilliant Lights – Aaron Shust.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Our Amazing Creator

In the post Nothing is too Difficult for the Lord, we learn the lesson that all things are possible for the Creator of all things. Sarah was up in age but the promise was made that she would have a child. There is always hope when God is in the driver’s seat and we are doing what is right.

The problem is that sometimes we do not follow His direction. As was the case of those in Sodom who were not doing what was right in God’s eyes. Abraham had a nephew named Lot that lived in Sodom and the Lord listens to Abraham’s request as Abraham intercedes for Lot before God’s judgment falls upon the city.

Remember friends, faith gained on Sunday will pull us through on Monday so we can step ahead into Tuesday. It’s hard to understand but God can pull us through. Here’s a song about the fact that God is beyond description: Indescribable – Chris Tomlin.

For nothing is impossible with God. – Luke 1:37

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In the Presence of the Maker of the Heavens

Abraham wanted to be a father of blessed children and as written about in the post Promises Given, God was with Abraham.  He made a promise to Abraham that He would be the father of many nations.

We can ask what it is that we want out of life and like Abraham, seek God’s guidance; patiently waiting for our reward. God is with us and we can lift our voice to Him in prayer to discuss our burdens and listen for the promises He gives us.

Planning for this day In the Presence of the Maker of the Heavens, here’s a video to inspire as we pray for our day and ask how to respond to His promise: In Your Presence – Jeremy Camp.

And this is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. - 1 John 2:25