Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left
the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. - Mark 1:35
As brought out in the post “Purpose in Saving Each of Us”, being a
leader within our families and those we see the most gives us an opportunity to
spread the Good News and give glory to God.
Jesus prayed for direction in
fulfilling His purpose. We can do the same each morning as we start the day. He
will help us to put things in order and then like the domino effect, our items
on our task list will start to fall one after another.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in
truth. - Psalm 145:18
With faith, we can be like Paul
as written about in the post “Continue to
Cleave to the ONE You Believe” and have confidence in what we believe.
There is no fear of mistakes because with God and by accepting the gift of
Christ, we receive the peace of knowing we have a clean slate.
Like in the song "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong
United", we can go deeper and walk upon on the waters where our faith is
made stronger and stronger. Because we are always in the presence of our
Savior, we can trust without borders. God can move mountains and part the
waters so we can walk through every difficulty. This day, let us call upon His
name with trust in the solid foundation of the Gospel. Following His plan
always leads to victory.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. –
In the post “On this Journey to a Brighter Day”, written
about was how Joshua reviews Israel’s history, he emphasizes how God was
involved in bringing them from the land of oppression to the Promised Land.
There is always hope for a brighter day when we are with God and He is with us.
That is why we should always examine our hopes and dreams and let God take them
to a level that we never dreamed. Even if faced with dark times, His light will
illuminate the path to a brighter future.
Like Joshua, let us determine
the purpose God has for us, let us carry out this purpose, and finish well.
When we serve the Lord, there is always hope for a brighter future just like in
this song: Chain Breaker by Zach
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. – Philippians
The lesson as laid out in the
post “The ONE Who Won” was that the Lord
fights for you. With Him, you can do so much more. He prepares a path for you
by driving out obstacles in your way so love the Lord your God and step ahead.
Sometimes the greatest competition
we face is within our own mind. We may have a major deadline at work or a major
payment due. Our mind may keep telling us, “It’s too difficult … I can’t do
this” but because of God we can have confidence to tell our mind, “Yes I can”.
One idea is to memorize
scripture like the one at the top of this post when faced with pressure
situations in life. Another idea may be to listen to music for inspiration. God
has fought over the years for His people and He fights for you today.
The greatest historical victory
ever was His Son Jesus Christ who died for all. Grace wins all the time to
allow you to rise up to victory on a daily basis. Take a few minutes to be
inspired by this song Grace Wins by Matthew
West because the victory is for all who belong to
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to
bring praise to God. - Romans 15:7
We all have different strengths
and weaknesses but God has made us all for a purpose so let us celebrate our
diversity and understand each other. According
to Guinness World Records, the tallest man living is 8 ft. 3 inches. The
shortest man living is 2 feet tall. A startling comparison is that if humans
varied as much in height as dogs do, the smallest person would be 2 feet tall
and the tallest person would stand 31 feet tall!
One thought from the post “Understanding Each Other” was that one group
assumed another built an altar to rebel against God but after talking, they
understood it was built to worship Him. Many times, we may not know the whole
story but then are given the full picture. We then understand and can accept
the actions of others.
As pointed out in the song Losing by Tenth Avenue North, we may
feel like the one losing unless we appreciate God’s grace and accept one another just as Christ has
The Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their ancestors,
and they took possession of it and settled there. – Joshua 21:43
As brought out in the post “Follow Instructions”, God is continually
requiring His people to follow instructions and when they follow, He is
faithful to fulfill His promises just as in the scripture at the top of this
As His people, we sometimes get
complacent and instead of continually seeking His excellence, we give in to the
negatives promoted by the enemy. Everyone needs God's grace and once received,
one can gain wisdom to live the way life is meant to be lived.
Take some time to look back on
life and write notes to your younger
self. Here’s a video to inspire: Dear
Younger Me by MercyMe. Take these notes to not only help provide a brighter
path for your own future but to share with others so their future path is much
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
From the post “Joyfully Take Possession of What God has Given”
written about were some lessons in seizing every opportunity to accept and use
the gifts God has given. The Israelites were given land as an inheritance. We
may not receive land but we are given the Holy Spirit if we accept Christ in our
heart. We can then use our talents and ideas to glorify God.
If tempted to hold back, have
the attitude of ownership in all that you do because God has given the ultimate
gift in Christ. The scripture above and the song Proof of Your Love – For King & Country
reminds us that the love that flows in us flows freely without any inhibitions.
Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to
everyone according to what he has done. - Revelation 22:12
In the post “Following God Wholeheartedly” were some
thoughts about Caleb as his reward was finally being realized after 45 years.
Sometimes, we may feel that all our hard work will never be rewarded. We may
have some good days in our work then one set back seems to destroy our
Making a comeback after a setback
by keeping at it always is more rewarding and much more fulfilling. So today my
friend, keep your eye on the prize and suddenly the breaks will start going
your way. Many times, we get way too uptight about things. Let it keep on going
forward and trust that everything will work out if we just do God’s will.
With God, we can sincerely
believe that each obstacle will be overcome and enthusiastically act upon each
task until completion; celebrating progress throughout each day by praising
Him. Here’s today’s video to get us going: O Praise Him – David Crowder Band.