What do you have? Where did you get it? Is it good?


What do you have?

Ever considered what you have? Not comparing to others but just reflecting on what you have? Are you appreciative of what you have? Are you content with what you have? Don’t allow selfish desires like greed to take root! It’s ok to set goals and targets. It’s ok to have desires! Consider what God’s Word says in Matthew 6:

Giving to the Poor and Prayer

‘ “Be [very] careful not to do your good deeds publicly, to be seen by men; otherwise you will have no reward [prepared and awaiting you] with your Father who is in heaven. “So whenever you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not blow a trumpet before you [to advertise it], as the hypocrites do [like actors acting out a role] in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored and recognized and praised by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing [give in complete secrecy], so that your charitable acts will be done in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you. “Also, when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to pray [publicly] standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets so that they may be seen by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. So do not be like them [praying as they do]; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment]. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’ For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses. ‘

Fasting, The True Treasure, Wealth (Mammon)

‘ “And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they put on a sad and dismal face [like actors, discoloring their faces with ashes or dirt] so that their fasting may be seen by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head [as you normally would to groom your hair] and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by people, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you. “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. ‘

The Cure for Anxiety

‘ “Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Matthew 6

In Matthew 6:33, we read:

‘But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. ‘

Matthew 6:33

When we seek God’s purpose, kingdom, and ways then God will give us the desires of our hearts! Let’s take hold of Psalm 37 where it says:

‘Delight yourself in the Lord , And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. ‘

Psalms 37:4

We aren’t supposed to be worried or anxious about what we have or don’t have! God has opened a door for us to be able to converse and have relationship with Him through prayer (talking with Him). That is what we read in God’s Word

‘Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. ‘

Philippians 4:6-7

and that God cares so much about us that we should cast our cares, totally throw them over to Him rather than trying to carry them ourselves as we read in God’s Word

‘Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. ‘

1 Peter 5:6-7

Where did you get it?

Do you realize where you got it? You might think you worked for it or paid for it right? But where did you get that money? Where did you get the talents? Where did you get the gifts? Do you think you are a self-made person? Do you think you got here all by yourself? Or do you realize that God knit you together in your mother’s womb? Do you realize God knew you even before you were born and that He selected you? Do you realize that God created you on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose? You weren’t a surprise to God! You may have been a surprise or a woops to your parents but you weren’t to God! Do you realize that every good and perfect gift comes from God? That’s right, you got all that good stuff from God! Your talents! Your abilities! Your personality! Your love!

Consider the gifts of the Spirit and how we should desire them, not trying to hold them back or put them out. In 1 Corinthians 12 we learn about 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit:

‘But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit [the spiritual illumination and the enabling of the Holy Spirit] for the common good. To one is given through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] the message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] the word of knowledge and understanding according to the same Spirit; to another [wonder-working] faith [is given] by the same [Holy] Spirit, and to another the [extraordinary] gifts of healings by the one Spirit; and to another the working of miracles, and to another prophecy [foretelling the future, speaking a new message from God to the people], and to another discernment of spirits [the ability to distinguish sound, godly doctrine from the deceptive doctrine of man-made religions and cults], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, and to another interpretation of tongues. All these things [the gifts, the achievements, the abilities, the empowering] are brought about by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, distributing to each one individually just as He chooses. ‘

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

(found the following list online from Curt Landry Ministries – curtlandry.com)

  1. The Word of Knowledge—This gift of the Holy Spirit is having knowledge about something that you have no ability or means of knowing based on your human intelligence.  
  2. The Word of Wisdom—This gift of the Holy Spirit works with the word of knowledge. It gives you the ability and understanding of how to apply the word of knowledge.
  3. The Gift of Prophecy—This gift of the Holy Spirit is one that the scripture says, “to especially desire.” This gift is a direct Word from the Lord that is to be given to someone else to edify and build them up.
  4. The Gift of Faith—This gift of the Holy Spirit grows as we walk with the Lord. You are saved by faith. The gift of faith is knowing full well that you cannot accomplish something on your own, but that Lord has empowered you to move into new levels to do miracles and wonders in His name.  
  5. The Gifts of Healings—There are actually different kinds of healings that the Spirit will do. Notice that the scripture says “gifts,” plural. These gifts equip you in various ways to access healing for yourself or be an anointed vessel that will heal others.
  6. The Working of Miracles—This gift of the Holy Spirit is depicted throughout the Bible, from Moses parting the Red Sea to Jesus feeding 5000 people. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, He is still in the business of working miracles. Similar to the word of knowledge, this spiritual gift is manifested not by human efforts, but by the Holy Spirit. The work is unexplainable by nature. It edifies and delivers others.
  7. The Discerning of Spirits—This gift of the Holy Spirit equips the discerner to see evil spirits that are operating in someone’s life. The Holy Spirit pulls back the curtains, exposing the evil spirits so that the person can experience a breakthrough from their bondage.
  8. Different Kinds of Tongues—This gift of the Holy Spirit is simply a supernatural ability to speak and pray in a tongue that you do not naturally know. This can be spoken forth in prayer direct to God, or in an assembly where God anoints another Believer, with the gift of interpretation, to interpret the word spoken in the native tongue of the congregation (1 Corinthians 14:2, 13-14). 
  9. The Interpretation of Tongues—This gift of the Holy Spirit is to interpret the tongue that was spoken. This can either be for yourself (see 1 Corinthians 14:13-14) or for the Church (see 1 Corinthians 14:27-28).

So what do you think of the good gifts you have received from God? What do you think of what you have? What do you think of where you got it from? Consider it as you step out and walk out your today!


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 26th


Great is Thy Faithfulness


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. ‘

James 1:17

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize that God is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow?
  • Do you realize that God is good to His Word and His promises?
  • Do you realize that everything God has promised has been fulfilled?
  • Do you realize that God is light and there is no darkness in Him?
  • Do you realize how compassionate God is?
  • Do you realize that God is love and so in 1 Corinthians 13 when we read the definition of love it is also a definition of who God is?
  • God is faithful and never changing!
  • Put another way, God is immutable! He is unchanging over time! He is unable to be changed!
  • God’s nature never changes!
  • So don’t lose hope, put your trust in God who never changes and is always faithful!
  • Don’t allow the lies of the devil to erode your faith, your emotional stability, or your spiritual growth!
  • Hold onto the truths and allow your faith to grow, your emotions to be stable, and your spiritual life to grow!
  • God isn’t like us! He doesn’t flip flop on His ways. Unlike us who change our minds, even multiple times in a short period of time, God’s standing firm! He knows all! He knows the beginning and the end!
  • God isn’t indecisive like we can tend to be! God is dependable and we can count on Him!
  • So anything in your life feeling out of control? I know in 2020 I felt that way most of the year and so my one option was to lean in harder on God because I knew He was my rock and my fortress, my ever present help in times of need!
  • Anything in your life feeling foggy? I know in 2020 I was looking for clarity and kept walking with God as He lit my path like a lighthouse through the fog!
  • Ever wondered, worries, or questioned people in your life and their intentions? I know in 2020 I had some of those feelings but I had the confidence that God would be there and He would help me get through it all because His love, His strength, and His purpose for me hadn’t changed and will never change!
  • So let’s have faith! Let’s allow our faith to build through the highs and lows of life! Let’s take hold of God’s nature! Let’s lean in on God’s love and power as described in His Word (the Bible). Let’s hold tight to the reality of Jesus who came, who gave, and who is sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you and for me as we have received and accepted Him as our Lord and Savior! Let’s remember the transformation that has taken place in our lives by receiving Jesus into our lives and the work He continues to do until He returns in and through our lives!
  • Let’s count on God!
  • Let’s stand firm on the solid rock of Jesus Christ!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Why is it important to our faith that God never changes?
    • If He changed then we wouldn’t be able to trust or expect what He will do.
  • What are you counting on Him for today?
    • Wisdom and Discernment
      • to know what to do
    • Protection and Health
      • so I can be confident in doing what He calls me to do without fear

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

Martin Luther

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Isaiah 46 (sefaria.org)
    • Till you grow old, I will still be the same; When you turn gray, it is I who will carry; I was the Maker, and I will be the Bearer; And I will carry and rescue [you].
    • Bear in mind what happened of old; For I am God, and there is none else, I am divine, and there is none like Me.
    • I foretell the end from the beginning, And from the start, things that had not occurred. I say: My plan shall be fulfilled; I will do all I have purposed.
  • Isaiah 47 (sefaria.org)
  • Isaiah 48 (sefaria.org)

So where are you at today? Are you ready to turn to God? Are you ready to hear from God? Are you ready to start a relationship with God? Are you ready to acknowledge Him and allow Him to make your path straight?

Do you need guidance? Do you need direction? Do you need wisdom? Do you need understanding? Are you at the end of your rope? Are you in need of help? Are you ready and willing to ask? Are you ready and willing to seek? Are you ready and willing to knock? Join me in this prayer today:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen

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