Work knowing that He is with you and will reward your diligent effort. Look around you, what do you see from where you are?


Where are you right now?
Have you gotten to
a new place
and wondered
what is next for you?
Did you walk there
or
did you ride the wave there? Did you choose that place
or was it chosen for you?
It seems that in life
we get to a place
where we need to make
a fresh start.

We find in the Bible that at the crossroads when the land wasn’t able to sustain Lot and Abram together that Abram allowed Lot to choose which land he wanted and he chose the best land in the area. However, God had greater plans for Abram who found himself at a crossroads of needing to make a fresh start. God gave him a bold new vision.

Do you have a vision,
a bold new vision for who you are
and where you are going?

Let’s take a lesson from Abram and what God spoke into his life – look from the place where you are. Don’t consider it an ending, but a new beginning, a fresh start. Turn to God for wisdom and direction. Is it that you want to break a bad habit or revive a lost dream? Is it that you want to get a handle on your finances or start your own business, maybe write a book or some other dream or vision God has given you. Is God telling you to get started right now? This could be your new beginning!

Will you be obedient? Will you step out in faith? Will you do your part and walk it out? What has God shown you? Is now the time to get out and walk out what God is giving you? As God gave Abram the land and told him to go walk it out as He was giving it all to him as an inheritance.

“Do what you need to do. It may not be easy. It might take some time. But trust God and go for whatever it is. Look from the place where you are right now – and go!” – quote

(Notes from today’s devotional)


Look from the Place Where You Are

14 After Lot had gone, the LORD said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west.

Genesis 13:14

Prayer Starter (from today’s devotional):

God, regardless of what’s happened in the past, help me to look up from where I am now. I thank You for Your new beginning for me. I will boldly step into it and walk out Your calling for me.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. I praise You Lord for the incredible truths that You speak into my life daily through Your Word and through those You have put into my life. Lord god as I step out today and pursue what You have for me Help me I pray to be able to step back and focus on Your work. Help me Lord as I look at a role of management to be able to look into and learn what I need to do to step up and step into what You are calling me to do. Help me Lord to take the skills and talents You have given me, the experiences and expertise that You have provided and to do and become the man You have planned and made me to be. I thank You Lord for my family and friends and for the encouragement and support that You have provided me through them. Lord, without You there is nothing I can do, but with You all things are possible. Help me Lord to meet the right people and have the right conversations to be able to develop into all that You desire of me. Help me Lord to abide in You rather than strive so that I may be obedient  in stepping into the vision and plans You have for me. Lord, You are so awesome and my hope and trust are in You. May Your way lead me. May Your plans guide me. And may all I say and do bring You praise, honor, and glory I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Verse of the Day

23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24


Fearful to Fearless

7 For you have rescued me from my troubles and helped me to triumph over my enemies.

Psalm 54:7

Biblical Truth:

Recounting how God has delivered us from previous troubles encourages us and gives us the confidence to give our fears over to Him.


Chronological

Today – Day 217

they are honest and trustworthy men.

    • How will you respond when the truth of God is revealed to you? When the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to see and your ears to hear how great is our God and His plans for you what will you do?
    • God is long suffering, but justice will come.
  • 2 Kings 23
    • Will you follow after God? Let’s reform our lives and our hearts and our minds and follow after God.
    • Who are you following? Will you stop and turn back to the one true God?
    • Sometimes it requires a good house cleaning to get back on track and in alignment to be able to step out and step forward into all that God has and desires for you.
    • Let’s turn to the Lord with all our hearts, soul, and strength
  • 2 Chronicles 34
    • Seek God’s plan and will for you and your life.
    • Purify and cleanse your life
    • Wondering what the standard is and what life is supposed to be like? – Pick up God’s Word and you will learn…(Paper version, Online version, Kindle, Apps, etc.)
  • 2 Chronicles 35
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Where do you put your trust? Where do you get your strength? How do you know what to do? How do you know where to go?


Did you hear what I heard?
Did you see what I saw?
Do you want to hear
what I heard?
Do you want to see
what I saw?
God is calling out to you.
He is running out to see you
so that He can wrap His arms
around you
and tell you
how much He loves you
and wants to
spend eternity with you.
God is calling you
and
tugging at your heart
hoping
that you will hear
His still small voice
and respond.

Imagine being Samuel who after waking up Eli a couple times when he heard his name being called, stayed and responded to God’s voice with:

“Speak, your servant is listening.”

What is God wanting to speak to you? When you hear Him calling how will you respond? Don’t ignore it. Don’t run from it. Don’t hide from it.

Jesus gave us a Word to remember something he told His disciples near the end of his time on earth:

"I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or take them upon you or to grasp them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth)" (John 16:12,13).

He wasn’t telling this to strangers but to those who had spent the last 3 years with Him. They still had more to learn as each of us do and need to take time to daily hear from God. He has something to say about every situation we face and He wants to guide us through each of them. That is why the Holy Spirit was sent after he ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father to intercede for me and you. Through the Holy Spirit we are able to hear God speak even when He isn’t standing physically right in front of us.

This opens up a one-to-one channel to speak with God. He wants to talk with us and walk with us ever moment of every day. He wants to guide our steps and keep us moving forward for the glory of God.

Each of us can hear from God and be led by the Holy Spirit daily.

Are you listening?


God is speaking to you

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

John 16:13

Prayer Starter (from today’s devotional):

God, I ask to be guided by the Holy Spirit. I believe that You are speaking to me, and I want to know what You have to say.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and all that was in it. I thank You Lord that I was able to be a part of serving You and others while receiving the Word of God preached through Your pastors. Lord, You are so incredible. Help me today in every situation and every decision. Help me Lord to walk in a way that is upright and true so that You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Speak me and guide me Lord one-on-one and step-by-step today so that in all I say and all I do, you will receive the praise, the honor,and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Verse of the Day

43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

Matthew 5:43-45


Fearful to Fearless

6 The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say,7 “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”

Psalm 52:6-7

Biblical Truth:

Worship the Lord; depend on Him for safety, not in your own strength or wealth, or in your own wicked ways.


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Today – Day 216

How bad do you want to know. How are hard will you look for it? The truth is available for those who seek it.


Don’t allow
distractions and activities
to keep you
from hearing God speak.
Draw near to Him
so that
nothing can keep you
from hearing his voice.
There are many things
that can keep you busy
but
in the end
everything will pass away,
but
God will still be there
and
you definitely want
to have had
and
built up a great
relationship with Him
so that you know Him.

Don’t let the world’s easy access to things that will fill your ears (TV, radio, activities, events) drown out the voice of God and push Him far, far into the background of your life. We will all come to the end of our lives where the only thing that remains is God and what decision have we made for Him. God has put that spot in your heart, that hole that is waiting to be filled with His presence when you invite Him into your life.

Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you turned back to God and ask Jesus into your heart? Do you know the gift this truly is?

Consider what we learn in Romans 1:19-21:

19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.

Consider what we learn in reading 14:12

12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.

All it takes to be made right with God according to His own Word is:

9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

Romans 10:9,13

Have you heard and realized the benefits?

1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

Romans 5:1

1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,t neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Choose to fill that hole with God rather than trying to hide from or ignore this instinctive inner knowledge of God who wants to talk to you and guide you in the ways you should go. Choose to server God with all of your life walking with Him, talking with Him, hearing His voice of wisdom and direction. This is a hunger and a yearning within us that is expressed well in Isaiah 26:9. We all have a choice and the reality is that hearing from God is a vital component to enjoying the eternal plan for our lives. We all have freewill and get to make the choice of filling that void with God. He doesn’t force us to choose His way, but He will prompt us and encourage us to say yes to His ways.

So what are the distractions in your life? What is keeping you from listening to what God has to say? An unhealthy relationship? A job? A bad habit? What you let into your head driving into work? What you let into your mind through your eyes watching TV or surfing the internet? God wants a relationship with You so put it aside, whatever it is and start your journey with Him today.

 

(notes from today’s devotional)


Set Aside Distractions

9 All night long I search for you;
in the morning I earnestly seek for God.
For only when you come to judge the earth
will people learn what is right.

Isaiah 26:9

Prayer Starter: (from the devotional)

God, like Isaiah, my soul longs for You. I know that I need to listen to Your voice more than anything else. I know that as I set aside distractions, You will be faithful to meet with me.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is with in it. I praise You Lord for a great birthday day for my son and for the time we got to spend with family and friends. Lord, as I sit here and seek You, reading Your Word, sharing Your truth and hope, I need You Lord to grant me wisdom and courage. Wisdom to know and courage to do what You speak and prompt me to do. Lord help me I pray to be more like You. Help me Lord to be a light that shines for Your glory. Help me Lord to be salt that spices up the lives of those around me for the glory of Your kingdom. There is more than stuff and the here and now that I need to hold onto. Help me Lord to be the husband and father that helps leads my family towards You and into Your presence so that for all generations after me, my family will be drawn and embracing to You. Help my priorities Lord. Help remove the distractions. And Lord as I step out to serve You today, may You receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Verse of the Day

19 That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. 20 He said, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power.21 He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.22 He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light.23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors, for you have given me wisdom and strength. You have told me what we asked of you and revealed to us what the king demanded.”

Daniel 2:19-23


Fearful to Fearless

16 So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid.17 For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.

Psalm 49:16-17

Biblical Truth:

Do not be envious or fearful of those with worldly riches and power, for the wealth of this world does not pass on to the next. Remember that we all enter the world as sinful people, but believers exit the world, through grace, renewed and covered in the richness and righteousness of Christ.


Chronological

Today – Day 215

  • 2 Chronicles 32
    • Are you encouraging others by sharing the hope and trust and power of God?

Then Hezekiah encouraged them by saying:7 “Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! 8 He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.

    • There will be naysayers who will try to lead you from the truth and hope. But have faith and trust in God. Cry out to Him as your fortress and strong tower. The battle belongs to the Lord.

21 And the LORD sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army with all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace to his own land. And when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him there with a sword. 22 That is how the LORD rescued Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from King Sennacherib of Assyria and from all the others who threatened them. So there was peace throughout the land. 23 From then on King Hezekiah became highly respected among all the surrounding nations, and many gifts for the LORD arrived at Jerusalem, with valuable presents for King Hezekiah, too.

    • Keep from becoming proud and losing the fact and the truth of all that God has done in and through your life.
    • If you fall into pride, turn from it and back to God. Humble yourself and repent of what you have said and done.
    • Every single gift is from the Lord. He owns it all, so be a good steward of what He has given you.
    • Remember your lessons. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s voice. Do what is right that you won’t stumble and fall.
  • 2 Chronicles 33
    • Leave a legacy to be remembered
    • Leave a map to help people find their way
    • What way will they go after you are gone?
    • Don’t be drawn into (sorcery, divination, witchcraft) the wrong stuff or consult with (mediums or psychics) the wrong things, keep your eyes on God.
    • When you walk to far from God, you will no longer be under the covering and the protection that He has set into place. Consider an umbrella, if you are under it compared to walking outside of its covering.
    • Remember that the LORD along is God – there is one and only God.

Looking for a little bit of peace? Looking for a way, a better way to enjoy life? Looking change? Looking for answers?


A vital piece to enjoying life is to live in and under God’s peace. So each day let’s take small steps towards peace to encourage and not lose hope while drawing closer to God and His love and His power, which produces a peace that goes beyond all understanding.

Tips from today’s devotional reading:

1. Be selective with how you spend your time. You may be trying to do too many things and end up doing none of them well. Hurrying is the flesh trying to do more than the Holy Spirit is leading you to do. Be led by the Spirit.
2. Be prepared to say "no" nicely. Sometimes we take on things we shouldn’t because we’re uncomfortable saying no. Ask God to give you the words to say no when you need to.
3. Resist the spirit of procrastination. God’s Word tells us to exercise self-discipline. Do what you know you need to do now so you can fully enjoy your times of rest.
4. Eliminate key distractions. If you know you are prone to certain distractions, such as watching TV, set some guidelines for yourself.
5. Set appropriate boundaries for interruptions. Life is full of interruptions, but you can learn to set boundaries that help you manage them in healthy ways, such as scheduling times when you are "off limits." Schedule time to give yourself a break.
6. Modify your life. Ask God to show you out-of-the-box ways to save time and trouble. For instance, when I don’t have time to do the dishes, I use paper plates!
7. Pray and listen. If you can see that your plan is not producing peace, go back to God, pray for peace in the now, and for the wisdom to make changes that will benefit your life.

Making peace a priority is key. I remember when I had gotten so stressed out back in International Mobile days that my diabetes went out of control. I remember the wakeup call when I went to see my diabetic doctor and I was sent to a dietician who helped me learn how to count carbs. It made me have to stop and reconsider what I was doing in my life and reconsider my priorities. Where was I spending my time? What was I saying were my priorities, but where was I spending my time? What was I saying were my priorities, but how was I acting them out? Coming to that point of reflection and stopping to ask God for help and to hear and obey were key for the transformation that took place in my life.

This devotional brings up a good point – making peace a priority and even produces or provides some key tips and ideas on how to make it a reality. Now we just need to take steps daily towards God’s peace with God’s leading and we will find ourselves in a place of His perfect peace that goes beyond our own understanding.

(notes from today’s devotional)


7 Ways to Practice Peace

7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

Prayer Starter (from today’s devotional)

God, lead me into Your peace that passes all understanding. Show me the daily steps I can take to walk in Your peace for me.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I thank You Lord for my family and for the incredible blessing and love that fills my house thanks to them. I thank You Lord for this day to celebrate Your promise of a son with today being His 5th birthday. Bless this day Lord and may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Lord as I reflect on this morning’s devotional, I pray Lord for Your wisdom to help me daily walk forward to get into that place of walking within Your peace that goes beyond understanding. Help me Lord to be more selective in how I spend my time and to spend my time on where Your Spirit leads me. Help me Lord to be able to say no nicely so that I am only doing and taking on what is part of Your purpose and plan. Help me Lord to resist procrastination and to do what needs to be done so that the burden and stress and pressure and anxiety that comes will be removed from my life. Help me Lord to eliminate key distractions so that I may remain focused on Your purpose and plans. Help me Lord to set boundaries in order to limit or eliminate interruptions. Help me Lord to schedule work and life as well as time for rest and refreshing. Help me Lord with my priorities so that I put my life in alignment with Your plans and purpose and do things in the most effective and efficient way. And Lord most of all, I pray that You will help me to listen and obey the wisdom that you provide me to help me change and walk in the peace that goes beyond all understanding in Jesus’ name that You may receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory. Amen.


Verse of the Day

32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32


Fearful to Fearless

5 Why should I fear when trouble comes,
when enemies surround me?6 They trust in their wealth
and boast of great riches.

Psalm 49:5-6

Biblical Truth:

There is no reason to be afraid of people, even those with affluence and wealth, they have no power. When judgment comes, those who put their hope in the wealth of the world will be afraid, but those who trust in the Lord will be safe.


Chronological

Today – Day 214

  • 2 Kings 20
    • Will you give your cares up to God?
    • What would it take for you to believe what God has promised you?
    • Don’t be so over confident in what you do and what you say.
    • You may not understand or know the heart or purpose of those you encounter.
    • Do you only care about what will happen in your lifetime or will you consider the choices you make and the impact it will or may have on the generations to come.
  • 2 Kings 21
    • What type of inheritance are you passing on to your children?
    • What types of priorities and wisdom are you planting in their lives?
    • What types of choices will they be prepared to make?

Needing hope and confidence? Looking peace? Put your trust in God.


Looking
for that priceless gift
of an attitude
of peace and calm?
Turn to God
and
start to live an attitude
that says “I’m trusting God”
and
see how powerfully
it will speak into Your life
and
to those around you.
It isn’t a quick
and easy
transformation,
but rather it takes
time, focus,
and the grace of God
to be consistently at peace.

Don’t let your circumstances take your focus off of God as that will raise your stress level. Rather, learn to practice the peace that’s been provided for us by the overcoming power of Jesus.

So let’s start to live ‘in the now’. Don’t spend so much time thinking about the past or wondering what the future holds – focusing on today is the key to getting anything accomplished.

The Bible tells us that God gives us grace for each day that we live. Grace that is enough. His grace is the power that enables and energizes us to do what we need to do and He gives it to us as generously as we need it.

This is the day that the Lord has made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Learn to trust God ‘in the now’ by receiving His grace as you need it and you will become truly peaceful and that’s powerful.

(notes from today’s devotional)


Experiencing God’s Peace By Living in the Now

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Starter Prayer: (from today’s devotional)

God, I know that You have overcome any and every obstacle, so I ask You to help me live in the peace that You’ve provided for me. Show me how to trust You as I live ‘in the now.’


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. I thank You Lord for the hope and truth that comes from reading, hearing, and believing Your Word. I thank You Lord for the plans You have for me and I know that Your plan will ensure that I will get to spend eternity with You. Help me today I pray Lord as I look forward in this day that You will help me to accomplish all that You have for me. I pray Lord over my family for Your healing touch on each of our bodies that we would be renewed and refreshed, strengthened to complete the work You have for us. Help us Lord to sell our home in the perfect timing for the acceptance by the bank on our new home. Lord, You are greater and stronger than anything I have or will face and so my hope and trust and faith are in You. May everything I say and do Lord bring You praise, honor, and glory today I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Verse of the Day

7 “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

Jeremiah 17:7-8


Fearful to Fearless

10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

Psalm 46:10

Biblical Truth:

Be still and do not worry, for God is God and rules the nations, His name will be exalted.


Chronological

Today – Day 213