What if you have a friend who is alone and going through something tough. Are you willing to pick up the phone to give him a call and hear his heart and to speak love, truth, life, and hope to them? Do you realize the catalyst you may be by being obedient to God’s prompting to have the conversation? What if by being obedient and making the call, no matter how challenging it may feel, could be the knock on the door required to open it? What if by being obedient and making the call, you generate the spark to get the fire started? What if by being obedient and making the call, you generate the spark of hope that turns the frown upside down and triggers a new buzz of excitement. What if your call just happened to be the faith fuel tank needed to help fill up their tank? Will you allow God to work in and through you to impact the lives of others?
Are you willing to have a conversation that may report good or bad news? Are you open to feedback? Are you open to insight and wisdom? Are you open to not only receive but to add value and give of yourself? Would you be willing to setup time on a regular basis in order to speak into the lives of others? Would you be willing to open up yourself to people who are curious and want to have deep conversations with you? Will you allow those opportunities for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide the conversation?
What if it is going to be a difficult conversation? What if it is going to be about a topic you don’t know much about or don’t feel comfortable discussing? What if it is going to be with someone you don’t know very well? What if it is going to be with someone you know very well? What if it is going to be with someone who is in authority over you? What if it is going to be with someone who you have authority over? What if it is a peer?
Let’s be willing to make the call when God puts the prompting in or on our heart so that we can allow not only for Him to get the glory but also to get to experience His miracles and plans in and through our lives. Instead of being interested in acquiring possessions let’s be focused on acquiring God given experiences. Let’s be willing to take our sensitivity to God’s leading and directing by praying and fasting when and as needed.
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for January 7th
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Nehemiah 1:3-4
‘And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.’
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Are you willing to be vulnerable?
- Are you willing to be humble?
- Are you willing to share what is really going on in order for others to be able to come alongside you?
- Are you willing to be available so that when people are going through tough times they can find confidence and courage to have an open conversation?
- Are you modeling the behavior so that others see that you are willing to be open and honest with them so that they can similarly feel open and honest with you?
- Are you able to speak about where you are at?
- Are you able to speak about it when it is isn’t nice, isn’t fun, isn’t comfortable?
- Are you able to share it with others so that they can pray for you and with you?
- Are you able to during your good days still be able to related to others?
- Are you able to be sensitive to the heart of God in order to be able to respond?
- Are you focused on God so that you care about the things He does?
- When faced with bad news, we need to turn to God, rather than trying to minimize the problem or panic, we need to let it sink in and deal with it.
- We are to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who are weeping.
- Let’s make time to let the reality of the situation sink in and through fasting and prayer bring our cares and needs to God.
- We need to be able to have courageous conversations both with people in order to get to and through the truth as well as with God in order to get wisdom and direction.
- Will you be courageous enough to be honest?
- Rather than making excuses let’s be making experiences.
- Let’s be present when we see a need or a problem.
- Let’s allow the truth of the situation to sink into our hearts.
- Let’s then respond appropriately, with genuine compassion.
- Nehemiah receive the message, let it sink in, and then with genuine compassion responded gathering resources, inspiring people, and rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.
- We need to be honest about the need first!
- We need to be honest in order to be able to have the courageous conversation!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some needs in your own life and in the lives of those around you?
- Healing for my brother Phil – was able to have a great call with him yesterday
- Businesses dealing with the impact of COVID and the governmental restrictions
- Governments dealing with COVID and the people being impacted by it
- Front line workers who are keeping the world going
- Teams dealing with changes and pressures
How would being honest about those needs become a springboard for change?
- It would bring support and hope and encouragement
- It would bring opportunities and ideas
- It would bring innovation and hope
- It would bring unity and health
- It would bring vision and direction
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh
- Genesis 12
- being called to go where God will show you
- accepting God’s calling and promises for your life
- provide a testimony, a way to remember what God has said and promised and done.
- honesty is the best policy – do you realize the impact deceit could have not only on you but others?
- Genesis 13
- God’s blessings and provision
- Abram let Lot choose the North or South
- God promised the land of Canaan
- God promised a legacy so big that it couldn’t be counted
Are you needing to talk to someone? Do you need someone to call? Do you need to call someone? Are you needing to have a conversation with others? Are you needing to have a conversation with God? Will you answer the call? Will you respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit? Will you go beyond a text or snapchat or messenger to making a call and talking with someone? Will you have a courageous conversation? Will you have a critical conversation? Will you have an inspiring conversation? Were are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.