THRIVE in the midst of change.


This year started with a lot of change. With my oldest to kick off the year, my hiring manager in week 1, my next manager in week 2, and we are midway through week 3 and am not sure what change is around the corner, just that it is coming. To go from surviving to thriving will require change. Who knew what changes would be coming. Who knows what changes are coming? I just know that my hope and trust are in God. He knows the plans He has for me and they are to give me hope and a future. He didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world but through Him the world would be saved. And unlike the devil who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we could have life and life more abundantly, that’s right Jesus wants us to thrive! Are you ready to make the exchange with God today?

Today’s verse of the day comes to us from:


‘May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.’

Psalms 19:14

Today’s post from Be The Dads is What Dad Needs – Day 1.


There are so many things that try to hold us back and hold us down. Let’s seek and find Jesus. Let’s seek God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Let’s invite Him into our lives so that we can overcome evil with good, darkness with light, and hate with love. Let’s invite Jesus into our life today and walk out each step with Him rather than trying to go it alone. Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Second Tuesday of 2022: How are things coming together to help you THRIVE?


Are you seeing the change? Are you grabbing hold of the change? Are you preparing for the change? Are you seeing your role and responsibility in the midst of the change?

Today’s verse of the day is an interesting one as I continue to focus on the need and direction to thrive in 2022. It comes to us from Matthew 23:11 which says:

‘The greatest among you will be your servant. ‘

Matthew 23:11

So are this change is coming, are you ready to thrive by serving through it all? Who will you serve? Who needs do you need to serve? Who is in need of your service? How will that impact their lives and their ability for them to also thrive in 2022?

Let’s grab a bit more context for this verse before we move forward.

‘Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. ‘

Matthew 23:1-12

Don’t walk around, strutting like a rooster in a hen house for we read how if you exalt yourself you will be humbled. God directs us to humble ourselves and allow Him to exalt us when the timing is right! If we take a look at James 4:10 in the Amplified version, we get:

‘Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose]. ‘

James 4:10

So today in our desire to thrive in 2022, let’s humble ourselves and pray! Let’s humble ourselves and serve! Let’s lean in on God for His wisdom and discernment! Let’s seek direction and instruction from the Holy Spirit throughout our days! Let’s allow Jesus to be seen in and through the way we choose to live our lives today! Let’s trust God enough that in the midst of all the changes, as we humbly serve, He will take care of the rest! Remember what it says in Matthew 6:25-34 about not worrying?

‘ “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Matthew 6:25-34

So let’s go beyond the surviving we did through 2020 and 2021 and step into thriving in 2022 by leaning in and leaning on God! Are you ready to thrive? Are you ready for the change? Let’s hold tight to God and cast our cares upon Him! Let’s trust God and lean not on our own understanding! Let’s acknowledge God so that He can make our path straight!


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Day 6 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?


So where are you at today? Are you ready to take hold of God’s plans and purposes for your life? Are you ready to be a servant leader? Are you ready to lead through change by serving others? Are you needing help? Are you needing an example? Then today invite Jesus into your life and to your very situation so that He can help transform you and empower you to be everything He created you to be. Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Would you ever mess with perfection?


Do you have one of those recipe cards from your grandmother, great-grandmother, or mother with a recipe that works every time and isn’t worth messing with? Have you ever experimented and found that it ruined the dish? the desert? the meal? Ever had something so good and when you asked the person for the recipe they said they didn’t have one, they just keep adding and tasting till it is just right? Don’t you wish you could capture that so that it would be and could be repeatable by others? Once you get the recipe do you think you would still do it adhoc or do you think you would save yourself a lot of time by just following the recipe?

Now there are some that say there is no such thing as perfection. Now, is perfection like beauty? in the eye of the beholder? Could perfection be location-based? Could perfection be a nationality or culturally biased?

Ever considered what the Bible says about perfection?

  • Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. — Matthew 5:48
  • We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. — James 3:2
  • And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. — Colossians 3:14
  • Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” — Matthew 19:21
  • For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. — Hebrews 10:14
  • But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. — James 1:25
  • Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. — Romans 12:2
  • In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. — Hebrews 2:10
  • But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. — 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? — Hebrews 7:11
  • fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. — Hebrews 12:2
  • Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. — 2 Corinthians 7:1
  • I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. — 1 Corinthians 1:10
  • and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him — Hebrews 5:9
  • For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. — Hebrews 7:28
  • God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. — 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • find more references here: Bible Verses about Perfection

So by going back to the source and not adding or removing things from it, we can have truth through the Word of God in love. So whatever we are facing in this life, we can go back to the unchanging Word of God for wisdom and direction on how to proceed and respond. Let’s look to live out our today to be more and more like Jesus, transforming ourselves daily to be more and more like Him. The law isn’t enough for perfection, that is why Jesus had to come. So today, let’s consider how we can live our lives in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory!


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


Handle With Care


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.’

Revelation 22:18-19

Let’s take a look at the full chapter to get context with the additional context from the Amplified version. This message was given as a warning chapter 22 speaks of the perfect life, an invitation to be blessed, and the final invitation to spend eternity with God. I mirrored the words of Jesus that were highlighted in Red but unlike other posts, I won’t bold the text above in the Amplified version below, you will find it looking like this: ‘I testify and warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book [its predictions, consolations, and admonitions]: if anyone adds [anything] to them, God will add to him the plagues (afflictions, calamities) which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from or distorts the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away [from that one] his share from the tree of life and from the holy city (new Jerusalem), which are written in this book.

‘Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Christ), in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer exist anything that is cursed [because sin and illness and death are gone]; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve and worship Him [with great awe and joy and loving devotion]; they will [be privileged to] see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign [as kings] forever and ever. Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His angel [as a representative] to show His bond-servants the things that must soon take place. “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is the one who heeds and takes to heart and remembers the words of the prophecy [that is, the predictions, consolations, and warnings] contained in this book (scroll).” I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. But he said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets and with those who heed and remember [the truths contained in] the words of this book. Worship God.” And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time [of their fulfillment] is near. Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy (vile, impure), still be filthy; and the one who is righteous (just, upright), still be righteous; and the one who is holy, still be holy.” “Behold, I (Jesus) am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to the merit of his deeds (earthly works, faithfulness). I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End [the Eternal One].” Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are those who wash their robes [in the blood of Christ by believing and trusting in Him—the righteous who do His commandments], so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs [the godless, the impure, those of low moral character] and the sorcerers [with their intoxicating drugs, and magic arts], and the immoral persons [the perverted, the molesters, and the adulterers], and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying (deception, cheating). “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you and to give you assurance of these things for the churches. I am the Root (the Source, the Life) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and bright Morning Star.” The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, believers) say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take and drink the water of life without cost. I testify and warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book [its predictions, consolations, and admonitions]: if anyone adds [anything] to them, God will add to him the plagues (afflictions, calamities) which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from or distorts the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away [from that one] his share from the tree of life and from the holy city (new Jerusalem), which are written in this book. He who testifies and affirms these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus (the Christ, the Messiah) be with all [the saints—all believers, those set apart for God]. Amen.’

Revelation 22:1-21

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Remember how God created us in His image?
  • Are you trying to see Him and the things around you through your perceptions and views?
  • Have you tried to create God in your image?
  • Have you tried to limit God to what you can see, hear, imagine?
  • Have you tried to interpret God’s Word through only what you are able to understand?
  • Have you tried to change or manipulate God’s Word to fit your views and opinions?
  • Do you realize how natural that is but also how dangerous that is?
  • If we go Old Testament then we find Moses warning and instructing people not to add or remove from God’s laws. (‘“Everything I command you, you shall be careful to do it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.’ Deuteronomy 12:32)
  • If we go New Testament then we find John giving us a similar warning about the prophecies in the book of Revelation.
  • Ever noticed how much people are interested in the End Times?
  • The books that have been written and movies created to try and visualize and familiarize people with what is going to happen?
  • Ever noticed or found that they don’t always seem to line up or even add things to what you read in Revelation?
  • When you consider what Revelation says does it feel like the time is getting closer?
  • When you consider what Revelation says does it ever make you think people are using that reality to try and manipulate or control people through fear and worry when the signs show up so they aren’t thinking Jesus is coming back but more that it is a man made situation or problem?
  • With all that can be done today, ever found the details more real or possible than what earlier or previous generations may have been able to do?
  • We have to be careful though not to try and put our views or opinions of what is going on into the prophecies of the book of Revelation!
  • John warns us to be very very careful when it comes to trying to shoehorn prophecy into today’s news.
  • John warns us to be very very careful when it comes to trying to shoehorn prophecy into today’s situations.
  • He warns us to be careful how we are interpreting what is going on all around us!
  • Bible scholars have written about all of the books of the Bible, like John Calvin, but there are many who avoid or don’t try to do so with the book of Revelation because it isn’t understood well enough.
  • So let’s read God’s Word with reverance!
  • Let’s hold God’s Word in high regard!
  • Let’s not get caught up in trying to visualize it in our own context because we don’t have the full view.
  • Let’s take time to read and learn and understand God’s Word!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How then should we read, interpret, and teach this spectacular book?
  • What does it mean to read it with reverance?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“No Scripture is exhausted by a single explanation. The flowers of God’s garden bloom not only double, but seven fold; they are continually pouring forth fresh fragrance.”

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“No Scripture is exhausted by a single explanation. The flowers of God's garden bloom not only double, but seven fold: they are continually pouring forth fresh fragrance.” CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON
Clipped from Google Books copy of the devotional book.

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? What are you chasing after? Is it perfection as the world defines it or as God defines it? Are you chasing after God to achieve it or trying to go it in your own strength? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and get started on this journey with Him? Let’s pray:

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
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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The Power of light!


Ever been in a dark room with a little candle? Ever lit that little candle, keeping it low and seen what it shows or reveals? Ever lit that little candle, lifting high and noticing how much more you can see? That little light source can penetrate all that darkness and help you to see. Ever been in a situation where there are others with that same little candle? Ever seen the room light up when everyone is willing and lifts up their candles too? Light over darkness!

If you are interested in seeing what this experience is like (found this picture from back in 2017)

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So what do you do when you are faced with darkness? How do you respond when you encounter darkness? Are you prepared? Do you have a light source? How are you going to respond? What if the darkness you face isn’t in the physical realm but is darkness in the spiritual realm? Are you prepared in that case too? Do you have a light source?

Do you realize when you are in the darkness? Have your eyes adjusted to the point where you don’t remember what it is like or was like to walk in the light? Do you realize how far you are able to see or not see as the case may be? Do you stumble in the darkness? Do you have to go slower and take smaller steps in the darkness? Do you have to be more cautious since you aren’t able to see what is around you? How will you respond? What can you do?

In the physical world do you have an emergency kit or plan so you can have or get light? In the spiritual world do you have an emergency kit or plan so that you can have or get light?

Let’s grab hold of this truth from God’s Word which is light:

Amplified translation says it like this: ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. ‘ Psalms 119:105

When it is dark, will you worship? Would you consider calling to God and praising Him in the midst of it all? Let’s pause before we get into today’s devotional and listen to a song together:

Amy GrantThy Word (Lyric Video)

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 24th


Stumbling in Darkness


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me.’

Micah 7:8

Let’s grab some extra context and details using additional verses and the Amplified version:

‘But as for me, I will look expectantly for the Lord and with confidence in Him I will keep watch; I will wait [with confident expectation] for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me [amid my tragedies], O my enemy! Though I fall, I will rise; Though I sit in the darkness [of distress], the Lord is a light for me. I will bear the indignation and wrath of the Lord Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light, And I will behold His [amazing] righteousness and His remarkable deliverance. Then my enemy [all the pagan nations] shall see it, And shame [for despising the Lord ] will cover her who said to me, “Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will look on her [with satisfaction at her judgment]; Now she (unbelievers) will be trampled down Like mud of the streets. It shall be a day for building your walls, On that day the boundary [of Israel] shall be [greatly] extended. It shall be a day when the Gentiles will come to you From Assyria and from the cities of Egypt, And from Egypt even to the river Euphrates, From sea to sea and from mountain to mountain. Yet the earth [beyond the land of Israel] shall become desolate because of those who dwell in it, Because of the fruit of their deeds. Shepherd and rule Your people with Your scepter [of blessing], The flock of Your inheritance and Your possession Which dwells alone [separate and secure from attack] in the forest, In the midst of a garden land. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead As in the days of old [the days of Moses and Elijah]. “As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I shall show you marvelous and miraculous things.” The [pagan] nations shall see [God’s omnipotence in delivering Israel] and be ashamed Of all their might [which cannot be compared to His]. They shall put their hand on their mouth [in silent astonishment]; Their ears shall be deaf. They shall lick the dust like a serpent; Like crawling things of the earth They shall come trembling out of their fortresses and hiding places. They shall turn and come with fear and dread to the Lord our God And they shall be afraid and stand in awe before You [O Lord ]. Who is a God like You, who forgives wickedness And passes over the rebellious acts of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He [constantly] delights in mercy and lovingkindness. He shall again have compassion on us; He will subdue and tread underfoot our wickedness [destroying sin’s power]. Yes, You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea. You shall give truth to Jacob And lovingkindness and mercy to Abraham, As You have sworn to our forefathers From the days of old.’

Micah 7:7-20

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever noticed all the bad things that are taking place around you and around the world?
  • Ever compared them to what the prophet Micah was condemning God’s people of and for?
  • Sins like:
    • murdering members of their own family
    • practicing bribery
    • corruptions in politics
    • oppressing the poor
    • defying their parents
  • We can check that out in the verses prior to the ones we reviewed above:
    • ‘Woe is me (judgment is coming)! For I am Like one who gathers the summer fruits, like one who gleans the vintage grapes. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, No first-ripe fig which my appetite craves. The godly person [who is faithful and loyal to God] has perished from the earth, And there is no upright person [one with good character and moral integrity] among men. They all lie in wait to shed blood; Each hunts the other with a net. Concerning evil, both of their hands pursue it and do it diligently and thoroughly; The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the [evil] desire of his soul. So they twist the course of justice between them. The best of them is [injurious] like a briar; The most upright is [prickly] like a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen [that is, the time predicted by the prophets] And your punishment comes; Now shall be their confusion. Do not trust in a neighbor [because of the moral corruption in the land]; Do not have confidence in a friend. Guard the doors of your mouth From her who lies in your bosom. For the son dishonors the father and treats him contemptuously, The daughter rises up [in hostility] against her mother, The daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— A man’s enemies are the men (members) of his own household. ‘
      Micah 7:1-6
  • Do you realize what such a time of sin can do and cause to the society as a whole?
  • Do you realize the darkness that can come out of this?
  • How do you think the people today will, have, or are going to respond?
  • Do you think the people of today can receive this message and turn back to God?
  • Do you think the people of today, God’s people, can respond with humility and courageous faith?
  • Do you think the people of today, God’s people, will admit and confess they stumbled in their self-made darkness and turn back to God in faith believing His promises to forgive, restore, and give them light again?
  • We find in Micah’s time they did.
  • Are you stuck in sin? Are you ready to be like these people and turn back to God?
  • Have you gone down the wrong road for a long time?
  • Are those destructive habits feeling comfortable to you?
  • How will you respond to the need for change? Will you see it as threatening?
  • Are you ready to step out of the darkness into the light or will you keep looking for excuses to stay in the darkness? in your darkness?
  • Are you ready to step into God’s light and have the darkness flee or are you going to complain that nobody understands?
  • Are you ready to step into God’s light and have the darkness flee or are you going to complain that change is too hard?
  • Are you ready to step into God’s light and have the darkness flee or are you going to complain that you’ll just fail again so why bother trying?
  • Are you ready to step into God’s light with boldness and courage rather than avoiding it because of self-pity?
  • A quote from from today’s devotional goes like this:

An alcoholic explained that she felt more comfortable with the destruction of her addiction than the prospect of change: “It may be hell, but at least I know the names of the streets.”

— Stumbling in Darkness – Oct 24th – The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
  • Let’s choose to be like God’s people and not use excuses!
  • Let’s choose to be like God’s people and express our faith in God’s mercy!
  • Let’s choose to be like God’s people and take action to step out of the darkness and into the light!
  • Let’s be bold and courageous so that we can get out of that situation that wounded us!
  • Let’s be bold and courageous so that we can get out of that situation that sin or addition that got us stuck!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • In what ways is staying in darkness easier and more attractive than taking positive steps towards change?
  • How can a person overcome feelings of self-pity and take steps forward?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

― Maya Angelou

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you needing some increased visibility with some light? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart as the light of the world? Are you ready to start spending time in God’s Word so that you have His light and lamp to help you move forward? Are you ready to take the step of change that will change your eternal destiny? Let’s pray:

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
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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Did you hear about that “new” thing? Do you realize how much history repeats and how not much new happens?


If it’s news does it make it new? Nope. If it is portrayed as different does it make it new? Nope? What’s new? Let’s see what the dictionary has to say:

Definition of New from Oxford Dictionary per bing.com

https://www.bing.com/search?q=define%20new&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=define%20&sc=8-7&sk=&cvid=93F0577EC5CB4883B1A69FB6FFC5EEC7
Oxford Dictionary definition of New

Because it looks different the next time, it gets called new. Because it feels different the next time, it gets called new. Because it sounds different the next time, it gets called new. Because it tastes different the next time, it gets called new. Because it smells different the next time, it gets called new. But is it really new?

How do you respond to what others are considering new? How do you react to what others are considering new? Ever heard the quote about history by George Santayana?

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

Ever heard other similar quotes?

  • Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. — Edmund Burke
  • Learn from history or you’re doomed to repeat it. — Jesse Ventura
  • He who doesn’t understand history is doomed to repeat it. — Pittacus Lore
  • The philosopher and historian George Santayana once remarked that those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. A perusal of some of the essays will reveal that this is not always true. In some cases psychologists have known about mistakes of the past and sought to repeat them. But the recurrence can sometimes be fruitful: going round in circles can be a good thing, provided the circle is large that when one returns to the task one sees it in a new light and the error brings new insights. — Noel Sheehy

So is it new or is it history? Is it a repetition because we didn’t know or is someone pulling the strings in order to force something to repeat? This past year our church went through the book of Acts and there were so many things that mirrored what is going on in society today, thousands of years later. Ever considered that there might be a book that can help you navigate through life, even if it seems new? Ever considered the information you could pull from the lessons taught through the Bible? Might you consider starting your journey into the Bible today? Consider insights like Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 which says:

‘I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good as long as they live; and also that every man should eat and drink and see and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. ‘

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Consider insights like Esther 4:14 which says:

‘For if you remain silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish [since you did not help when you had the chance]. And who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this [and for this very purpose]?” ‘

Esther 4:14

Consider insights like Genesis 45:5-8 which says:

‘Now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to save life and preserve our family. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five more years in which there will be no plowing and harvesting. God sent me [to Egypt] ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on the earth, and to keep you alive by a great escape. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. ‘

Genesis 45:5-8

Consider insights like Psalms 13:1 which says:

‘How long, O Lord ? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? ‘

Psalms 13:1

So are you ready to experience something old in a new way? Are you ready to look at something old in a new way? Are you ready for today? It’s a new day! Are you ready for today? It’s a new work week! Are you ready for today? Will look at it in a new way?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 18th


Qué Será, Será


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.’

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Let’s take a bigger view at what Solomon is saying about life. Let’s dig a bit deeper by using the Amplified version with additional context from verses around this one.

‘The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher. “Vanity of vanities! All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity [futile, meaningless—a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes, merely chasing the wind].” What advantage does man have from all his work Which he does under the sun (while earthbound)? One generation goes and another generation comes, But the earth remains forever. Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; And hurries to the place where it rises again. The wind blows toward the south, Then circles toward the north; The wind circles and swirls endlessly, And on its circular course the wind returns. All the rivers flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, There they flow again. All things are wearisome and all words are frail; Man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is that which will be [again], And that which has been done is that which will be done again. So there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it can be said, “See this, it is new”? It has already existed for [the vast] ages [of time recorded or unrecorded] Which were before us. There is no remembrance of earlier things, Nor also of the later things that are to come; There will be for them no remembrance By generations who will come after them. ‘

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever taken time to absorb the wisdom God had given to Solomon?
  • Ever taken time to consider the lessons God provides us through the wisdom He gave Solomon?
  • Ever considered the benefits of constancy in the world, the universe, and life?
  • Ever taken things for granted because of that constancy?
  • Ever taken for granted the patterns of life like days, weeks, seasons, and years?
  • Ever taken for granted directions like up, down, left, right?
  • Ever taken hold of the benefits of constancy?
  • Do you find constancy and consistency boring?
  • Do you appreciate the constancy of life as a gift from God?
  • Do you appreciate the constancy of life because it allows you to live your life without worry or fear thanks to God?
  • With things that come into our lives, have you considered how much of it remains constant?
  • Do you appreciate the stability that is life?
  • Do you appreciate the stability and constancy of life that keeps you from needing to spend too much energy on living or surviving?
  • Do you appreciate how this allows you to spend your energy on doing things that can make a difference in the lives of others?
  • Do you appreciate how this allows you to spend your energy on doing things that can care for others?
  • Do you appreciate how this allows you to spend your energy on doing things and taking risks that will allow you to accomplish greater things for God?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some things you appreciated about God’s gift of constancy?
  • How can you use the security of constancy to focus your energies on things that matter?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“One cure for boredom is to forget yourself through activities which bring you in touch with people and ideas outside yourself.”

Blanche McKeown

So where are you at today? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and your heart? Let’s pray:

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
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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Will it last or end? Will it remain the same or evolve?


As I start today and consider these questions I look to grasp the things that will last and what is important. Our souls will last. The suffering for the believers won’t last. God’s love will last. Riches won’t last forever. The truth aka God’s Words will last. God’s faithfulness will last.

So will you put your hope and trust in things that will last or things that are temporary? Will you put your hope and trust in things that evolve or things that remain the same? God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow!

So let’s take a hold of God’s truth! Let’s receive God’s love! Let’s receive Jesus into our hearts so that we can spend eternity with God! Let’s put our trust in the one who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow who is God! Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on what God’s Word has to say:


  • My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. — Psalms 89:34
  • Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. — Psalms 90:2
  • For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. — Malachi 3:6
  • Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. — Hebrews 13:8
  • Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. — James 1:17
  • ‘But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. ‘ — I Peter 5:10
  • I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. — Revelation 1:8
  • God’s love endures forever and is repeated many times in Psalms 136

So if God’s Word will last forever, shouldn’t we take hold of it and love like Jesus commands us to live? So if God is never changing, shouldn’t He be our strong foundation? And since we will live forever, shouldn’t we choose and decide to spend it with God rather than apart from God? How will you decide to live your forever? What will your final destination be?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for September 25th


Unchanging


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ‘

Hebrews 13:8

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Is life confusing for you today?
  • Is life mind boggling for you today?
  • Do you get curveballs right when you think you are starting to figure things out?
  • Do you ever question what you think you have figured out?
  • Have you ever done what you thought God was calling you to do and then be surprised by something and wonder if you misunderstood?
  • Do you ever question His direction or calling?
  • Do you ever question how busy He is?
  • Do you ever question if He changed His mind?
  • He knows and sees things from every perspective and time and as such there will be things in the full process that may confuse us.
  • Remember we aren’t alone when we face setbacks!
  • Remember even the greats of the bible faced setbacks!
  • Remember we aren’t alone when we find life confusing!
  • Remember eve the greats of the bible endured confusion!
  • Remember to continue to pursue God will all of your heart just like those greats did, even when it doesn’t go as we expected or we get confused!
  • Ever looked at the back vs the front of a tapestry and noticed all the things that needed to happen behind the scenes to make such a work of art?
  • So our lives at times can seem like the back of a tapestry of which we aren’t sure the front perspective.
  • So when things look confusing we need to go to what lasts, what never changes and take our stand there.
  • We can grab hold of God’s Word that is true and will last!
  • We can grab hold of God’s unchanging character that is true and will last!
  • Jesus never changes!
  • Jesus’s love is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow!
  • Jesus’s power is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow!
  • Jesus’s authority is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow!
  • So let’s take hold of the reality of Jesus and not lose hope because we don’t get the full picture or plan!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality even when we don’t see them, feel them, and even at time may start to doubt or no believe.
  • Let’s be like the man who asked Jesus to help his unbelief!
  • In the midst of all the change around us, we can hold tight and hold firm on the reality that Jesus never changes!
  • In the midst of all the changes around us, we can put our trust and hope in the realty that Jesus’s heart, purpose, and love for us are as strong as ever!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When times are tough, what kind of questions do you ask?
  • How does it help to remember that Christ never changes?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Great truths that are stumbling blocks to the natural man are nevertheless the very foundations upon which the confidence of the spiritual man is built.”

— Henry Allen Ironside

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What is your focus being put on? What is your time being used on? Are you investing in things that will last? Are you investing in things that will fade away? Are you investing in things that change? Are you investing in things that remain the same? Let’s decide today and pray:

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
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

Did you pray with me?
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Do you realize how much?


Do you realize how much God cares? Do you realize how deeply God cares? Do you realize the depth of God’s love for you? Do you realize how detailed God’s love is for you? Do you care?

Let’s start with the reality that He loves you so much that He sent Jesus!

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16-17

Let’s start that God didn’t wait for us to take the first step, He did!

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

God loves us so much that He wants us to be more than conquerors!

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39

God’s love for us is everlasting!

The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Jeremiah 31:3

God loves us so much that He created us on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose so that we can live with hope!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

God loves us so much that He cares about the details!

‘Are not two little sparrows sold for a copper coin? And yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered [for the Father is sovereign and has complete knowledge]. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. ‘

Matthew 10:29-31

So now do you have a better grasp of how much God loves you? Are you ready to receive it? Are you ready to live in it? Are you ready to live for it? Let’s take hold of it even before we get out of bed in the morning, or take that first step, or say that first word, … let’s start our days receiving the gift of God’s love and grace so that we can be filled up and ready to overflow into all the people He brings across our paths.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for September 7th


Some More Than Others


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. ‘

Matthew 10:30

In NKJV we see the larger context for this statement here:

‘“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.’

Matthew 10:27-31

So let’s trust God! Let’s lean on God! Let’s receive His love and grace!


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Did today’s verse and title of the devotional put a smile on your face?
  • If you are like me where the task of counting the hair on my head may be getting easier for God between the fact that some is gone and also that it is now straight rather than curly.
  • Do you realize that God is aware of not only our physical but also emotional and spiritual changes taking place in our lives?
  • Do you realize that God is aware of that reorg?
  • Do you realize that God is aware of those job changes?
  • Do you realize that God is aware of those classes and teachers?
  • Do you realize that God is aware of all the changes we experience?
  • Do you realize that God not only is aware of the changes but also the impact they have or will have or have had on our lives?
  • Do you realize that it goes beyond the fact that He knows but also that He cares and that He is present in and through them all?
  • So with these realizations, let’s take hold of and lean in on God!
  • Let’s lean in and hold onto His support and His guidance every step of the way!
  • Do you realize the impact and challenge change has and puts on you?
  • Do you realize that change is difficult?
  • How does change impact you?
  • Does it create or trigger fear?
  • Does it create or trigger anxiety?
  • Does it create or trigger worry?
  • Do you realize that studies show how people fear change almost as much as public speaking?
  • Do you realize how much you have to deal with change?
  • Do you realize how frequently you have to deal with change?
  • Do you realize what you can do about it?
  • Do you realize the impact change puts on you?
  • Ever noticed that you lose direction or your sense of direction?
  • Ever noticed that you feel like your footing or the foundation has been shaken from right under you?
  • Ever noticed the impact it has on your sense of security?
  • Where do you go? What do you do? Where do you turn? How do you find something sure and certain that you can take hold of?
  • Why not turn to God who isn’t surprised by change?
  • Why not grab hold of God who is never shaken or threatened by change?
  • Why not cling to God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever?
  • Why not follow after Him since He knows the future clearly!
  • He can see what we can’t! He can see clearly when we are feeling like the view is foggy or misty or even a downpour!
  • Ok, so change shows up, will you try to think about it and figure it out on your own and cause yourself to worry?
  • Ok, so change shows up, will you worry or let that worry grow?
  • Ok, so change shows up, will you allow it to cause worry, confusion, or if you get stuck even start to feel despair?
  • Instead, let’s turn to God!
  • Instead, let’s grab hold of God’s love for us!
  • Instead, let’s grab hold of how God’s love is so great that He has a plan for us that should give us hope and a future!
  • Instead, let’s take hold of God’s promises, God’s Word, and pray, talk to God, and be ready to listen.
  • Let’s cast our cares on God because He cares for us!
  • Let’s grab hold of God’s compassion for us!
  • Let’s grab hold of God’s infinite wisdom and knowledge in order to overcome our fear with faith!
  • Let’s grab hold of God’s infinite wisdom and knowledge in order to overcome our worries with confidence!
  • No matter how many hairs we have lost, God knows!
  • No matter how many hairs we have lost, God is with us!
  • No matter how many hairs we lose, we won’t lose God and His love for us!
  • Put your hope in Him!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you normally respond to change?
  • When we experience change, how is it helpful to remember that God is omniscient?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The Lord who has everything we need also knows our needs before we even think about them. And He is anxious to give them to us who are His.”

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you in need? Are you questioning? Are you seeking? Are you hoping? Are you facing or dealing with change? Are you trying to understand how to respond, react, or live through the change? Let’s turn to God and invite Him into our lives and into this situation so that we know we aren’t going it alone! Let’s pray:

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
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

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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What have you had to reconsider? When have you changed your mind?


Was it a change of perspective? Was it a process over time? Was it life experiences? Was it an encounter? Was it a conversation? Was it a revelation?

Ever considered it from another perspective?

What would it take for you to change your mind about something? Are some things easier to change than others? Are some things non-negotiable? What helps you distinguish between being flexible and rigid? Would a trusted advisor help you decide? When do you decide to bend for the sake of others versus standing your ground on principles? How do you decide? Do you have a reference or source of truth that is able to help you decide? Do you have a dependable person you can seek for advice and direction?

Ever had or seen back to back 1sts? Imagine Aug 31st and Sept 1st.

If you haven’t seen it does that mean it doesn’t exist?

If you haven’t experienced it does that mean you can’t learn or believe it?

Are you able to learn through the experiences of others? The good, the bad, and the ugly? Do you need to go through it yourself to learn?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 31st


On Second Thought


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ ‘

Philippians 3:7-8

I noticed that it continues in the NKJ version to complete the thought. To provide the full context and expand on it, I want to take a look at this through the Amplified version:

‘But whatever former things were gains to me [as I thought then], these things [once regarded as advancements in merit] I have come to consider as loss [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ [and the purpose which He has given my life]. But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead. ‘

Philippians 3:7-11

I see how the sentences change in the different translations but I also see the greater context by expanding the information and verses too.


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What would your past speak to your credentials?
  • What would you be able to share to speak to your life before your encounter with Jesus?
  • What would your story sounds like if you had to tell it in the format of “This is how my life used to be”, “This is when I had an encounter”, “This is how my life is different today”?
  • Are you special because where, when, how you were born?
  • Are you special because of the roles and responsibilities you have had and the status that has given you?
  • Are you special because of the things you have managed to do throughout your life?
  • Are you special because some or all of these has given you stature or a high position?
  • Have you ever had an encounter that turned your life around or even upside down?
  • Have you encountered Jesus yet?
  • Do you realize that Christianity isn’t about rituals, routines, or religion but about starting an intimate relationship with Jesus?
  • Have you had that aha moment yet?
  • After years and years of rituals, routines, and religion, that aha moment happened to me in my early 30s. (when I was 31)
  • It changed everything for me. It shocked me that in the various searching and experiences that this truth was missed or omitted or neglected.
  • It changed my priorities. The relationship with Jesus directed and instructed me to step up and step into things I am not sure I would have done otherwise. (ex. Men’s retreat I was directed to get involved in the community and join the board for the homeowners association — God wasn’t done with me there and used my time there to expand my capacity by calling me to step up and step into being the president)
  • Setting my priorities to be God, my wife (marriage), my kids (family) meant everything else that was trying to take up time and energy were and would and have to come after them.
  • What does your resume look like?
  • Do you use those accolades to gain acceptance, respect, or even power?
  • What is shaping your priorities today? What is shaping your goes? What is shaping your relationships?
  • What is high priority for you? What is least or your lowest priority?
  • Have you had an identity change?
  • Have you had that aha moment where your priorities and values change?
  • Have you noticed an alteration to your life through a divine encounter?
  • What is your most important fact about your life?
  • Do you want people to know about Jesus?
  • Do you want people to know about forgiveness?
  • Do you want people to know about love and grace?
  • Do you want people to know about dreams and purpose and cause?
  • Let’s grab hold of what Jesus shared in Matthew 16:26 when he says:
    • ‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? ‘
      Matthew 16:26
  • We know the answer is nothing and yet we have to decide for ourselves how we will choose to live.
  • We know the answer is nothing and yet we have to decide for ourselves if we will accept and receive the gift of grace and forgiveness Jesus is offering us.
  • So we get to choose our final destination by deciding if we will accept or reject Jesus, if we will spend eternity with God or apart from God.
  • There’s no comparison between what Jesus offers and what the world offers.
  • What will you choose?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Why do those things (wealth, status, pleasure, and so forth) seem so alluring to us?
  • What would it mean for you to value knowing Christ so much that all those things become secondary in your heart and in your priorities?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“God has a way of turning what you formerly treasured into trash, and what you once trashed becomes most precious treasure.”

Ike Reighard

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at? What do you value today? What is alluring to you? What tempts you? What can you resist? Are you ready to change your perspective? Are you ready to have a change of heart and mind? Are you ready to start living your life for a greater purpose? Are you ready to start living your life for a greater cause? Could today be a new beginning for you? Let’s pray:

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
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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Ever considered the opportunities that it took to get you where you are at? or that it will take to get you where you need to be?


Ever considered what it took for you to make it through school? Elementary school? Middle school? High School? College or University? Did it take someone believing in you?

Ever considered what it took for you to get started? Finding that first job? Finding that second job? Finding those jobs while you were trying to get your degree? Did it take someone caring about you?

Ever considered your post school work? What had to happen to get you started? Who needed to encourage you and position you to be able to move upward and onward? Who needed to open doors of opportunity to get you moving upward and onward? What changes were required to get your attention? Did it require honoring your parents?

It took a big move for me to see God’s hand through it all. It took reflecting on the path to realize God was there all along. It took starting a relationship with Jesus for me to look beyond rituals and routines. It took learning forgiveness. It took breaking chains that were from the past that were holding me back. It took holding onto the truth of God’s Word and how the joy of the Lord is my strength and how because of that I can consider it pure joy when I face trials of many kinds.

How about you? Ever considered the opportunities that have come your way? Ever considered the opportunities that you will require to accomplish what God has planned and purposed for you? Are you ready and willing to open those doors of opportunity in order to step out, step up, and step into what He has in store for you? Are you ready today? Are you ready in and out of season to give a reason for the hope that is within you? Are you prepared for when the knock happens at the door, the phone rings, the encounter happens on the street or in the hallway?

Are you ready to walk thru the door when it shows up? Are you ready to walk thru the door when it opens up? Are you ready to take hold of the opportunity that is coming your way?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 17th


Doors of Opportunity


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.” ‘

I Samuel 17:17-18

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever taken time to reflect on life?
  • Ever taken time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly parts?
  • Ever considered what the characters in the Bible went through?
  • Ever considered what you remember most of about them?
  • Like David, do you think of his big wins like killing the giant Goliath? honoring his friendship with Jonathan? uniting the kingdom of God?
  • Like David, do you think of his big challenges like having to run from Saul? his son?
  • Like David, do you think of the ugly parts too like committing adultery and murder?
  • Ever considered how his life began and how it wasn’t easy with all the older brothers who got most of the attention and what seemed to be preferential treatment?
  • Ever considered how God trained and encouraged David, building up his confidence in spite of the challenges?
  • Who would have thought that being sent to deliver food in order to bring back news from the front by his dad would have had the outcome it did?
  • But David saw the way the army was filled with fear because of the giant Goliath.
  • In spite of the taunting of his brothers, David offered his services to king Saul to take down that giant.
  • David had experienced taking down lions and bears as a shepherd boy and knew if God was with him then and could hep him then, how much more would God help him in that very moment.
  • David knew that the battle belonged to the Lord!
  • David trusted God.
  • David wasn’t going to wear the heavy armor of the king but would go out there just the way God made him and gave him the skills, the abilities, and the confidence to take on the giant with his sling and a stone.
  • Who would have known that the door of opportunity was going to swing open at that very moment to transform the rest of David’s life?
  • What about you? Are you ready if the door of opportunity swings open for you today to take that opportunity to transform the rest of your life?
  • Are you ready to use the circumstances of today to glorify God?
  • Are you ready to see God’s hand in action to help you accomplish things you didn’t even know were just through the doorway of opportunity?
  • Are you ready to have and walk in the confidence God has created and built up in you so that you can accomplish the good works He has prepared in advance for you to accomplish?
  • Don’t let the hurts of the past keep you from the miracles of today!
  • Don’t let the taunts of today keep you from accomplishing what God is bringing your way!
  • Let’s be like David who when the door of opportunity swung open was ready to walk through it and do what God was calling him and had prepared him to be able to do.
  • Let’s be like David who when the door of opportunity swung open was ready to walk through it because we are focused more on God and less on the way we had been overlooked in our past.
  • Let’s be like David who when the door of opportunity swung open was ready to walk through it because we are more focused on what God has done in and through us in the past than spending time in self-pity.
  • Let’s march through the door when it opens up!
  • Let’s be the catalyst for radical change today!
  • Let’s be like David who decided to take the opportunity in order to proclaim and glorify God!
    • ‘Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord ’s, and He will give you into our hands.”’ — I Samuel 17:45-47

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How did God use a painful situation as an open door for David?
  • Is there a difficult circumstance in your life that God might use to open a door for you?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Great doors of opportunity swing on the tiny hinges of obedience.”

Ike Reighard

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you going through challenges? Are you coming out of a challenging time? Is a challenge coming down the line? Are you ready for it? Be it an opportunity or a trial, are you ready? Be it an opportunity or trouble, are you ready for it? Are you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ready for it? Are you ready to take heart because you know that Jesus has overcome the world? Are you ready to consider it pure joy because You know that it will build your faith, build your perseverance, and in the end you will be complete and lacking nothing? Are you ready to invite Jesus into the situation rather than trying to push through it alone? Are you ready to walk it out with Jesus rather than going it alone? Why not get started with Him from the beginning? Today is your opportunity to invite and allow Jesus to walk thru the rest of your life with you. Let’s pray:

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
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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Did you know that stealing is still wrong even if nobody chases you or prosecutes you?


What comes to mind when you hear the world stealing? Is it kids making a 5 finger discount? Is it people breaking into a home and taking all the valuables? Is it someone loading up a shopping cart at a store and leaving without going through the checkout? Is it when someone calls the cops? Is it when security takes them in the back room?

Does it have to be armed robbery or illegal entry? Could it be shoplifting, looting, or petty theft? Might it even include dishonest business practices? Does it have to be an unknown or could it be an employee stealing from an employer? Could it even include people who cheat on their taxes? What about people who refuse to pay their debts? How about people who live by finders keepers and never make an effort to find the real owner? What about people who take credit for other people’s work? Interested in digging deeper into such topics then check out this post I found Kinds of Thieves: Stealing, Robbery, Shoplifting, Theft.

Does it matter what the punishment or reaction is when someone steals? Does it make a difference if it is a large amount or small amount? Does it matter if it is in a home or a store or a workplace?

Isn’t it still stealing? Isn’t it still wrong? Isn’t it really more about the state of the heart?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 9th


Keep Your Mitts Off!


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘“You shall not steal.’

Exodus 20:15

Ever considered the higher standard or calling as discussed the last few days when it comes to the 10 Commandments and how Jesus responds? Ever considered how stealing violates the law of love?

‘Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’

Matthew 7:12

‘And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it? ” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”’

Luke 10:25-37

Ever considered other verses in the New Testament about stealing?

‘For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.’

Romans 13:9-10

‘Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. ‘

Ephesians 4:28

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • In the 10 Commandments God does tell us to not steal
  • God is after our hearts and is looking to help us live lives that are both protected and fruitful
  • His command to not steal goes beyond prohibiting criminal activity and more towards the state of our heart
  • Are you stuck in a cycle of feeling like you always need more?
  • Are you at the point where you don’t care what it would take, who gets hurt, what lines need to get crossed for you to get it?
  • What does it say about the condition of your heart?
  • What does it say about the focus of your heart?
  • Is your heart focused more on God or on getting stuff?
  • Do you realize that by focusing on getting stuff rather than God is idolatry?
  • Do you realize it means you have replaced God with the pursuit of stuff?
  • Do you realize it means you are worshipping having stuff over God?
  • Do you realize it means you are admiring, loving, and idolizing stuff rather than God?
  • What is the cause of this? What is triggering this?
  • Is it jealousy because you are trying to keep up with your neighbors?
  • Do you realize the impact jealousy has on your heart?
  • Do you realize the impact on your heart causes breaks in relationships and is harming your own heart?
  • So what is causing this jealousy? Is there a root cause? Or as I hear people say at work RCA – let’s do a Root Cause Analysis to try and figure it out.
  • Is it a lack of trust in God’s goodness?
  • Is it a lack of thankfulness for what you already have?
  • Is it that you are trapped in the comparison game and starting to covet what your neighbor has?
  • Is it that you are finding that no matter how much stuff you get you can’t satisfy the desire for stuff?
  • Do you realize that it is because that void you are trying to fill is supposed to be filled with God? Stuff will never measure up!
  • Why not consider what you have? Why not consider all that you have to be thankful for?
  • It’s not all about stuff and money! Do you realize it will get burned up one day, why not focus on what will last?
  • Imagine living a life where you are so focused on what you have to be thankful for and how it will cause you to live and respond and love on others.
  • Consider the consequences of focusing on what you want more and how that replaces those positive emotions with things like jealousy, envy, and discontentment.
  • So today you get to choose!
  • Each day we have a choice to make!
  • Will you choose to focus on stuff and trying to get more of it and what you are missing?
  • Will you choose to focus on God’s goodness and how thankful you are?
  • Will you choose to focus on God’s blessings on your life both materialistic and non-materialistic?
  • Let’s focus on God! Let’s remember how we can never out give God! Let’s be thankful for the blessings He pours into our lives rather than trying to fill that space He is supposed to be in within our hearts!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What’s the ratio of thankfulness to the desire for more in your thought life?
  • Take some time now to make a list of things you are thankful for.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually we will be paid more for what we do.”

— Zig Ziglar,

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So how are you choosing to live? Are you more focused on the haves or the haves not? Are you more focused on being thankful or your desires? Are you feeling a call to live at a higher standard rather than living an average life that leads to a lowering of the average? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and get a new start? Are you ready to become a new creation and start living a life that can and will glorify God? Is today your day to start? Let’s pray:

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
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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Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Change for the better. What would it take?


Would things have to go well? Would things have to go poorly? Would it take a catastrophic event? Would it take an incredible discovery? Would it take some catalyst for change? Would it take some type of change agent? Would it require you catching a clear vision? Would it require someone coming alongside you and being patient and yet persistent? Would it require someone coming alongside you and being willing to ask the tough questions? Would it require someone coming alongside you who is knowledgeable and can lead by example? Would it require someone coming alongside you who can build a strong relationship that is built on trust? Would it need to be someone from outside your normal circle of friends who can promote, champion, enable, and support the change? Would it need to be someone who can focus on people and their interactions? Would you need a catalyst to change? Would you require a change agent to change?

Are you ready to change for the better? Are you willing to change for the better? Are you able to change for the better? If the answer is no, why not? What is it going to take? Would you need to hit rock bottom? Would you need to reach the mountain top? Would you need an encounter? Would you need an enlightening? Could today be your day? Are you prepared for change? Are you requiring some type of conviction to help you step out and step into becoming a changed and better you?

What would it take? You’ve heard about continuous improvement right? You’ve heard how each generation should try to improve itself over the last right? So what about you? What will be your way of improving and becoming a better you? Today’s devotional shares what happened to Josiah when the Word of God was brought and explained to him.

Maybe God’s Word and spending time with God could be the change agent you need to become the better you, God created for you to be.


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 21st


Convicted to Change


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. ‘

II Kings 22:11

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Would you have to be in trouble before you would be ready to turn to or hear from God?
  • Would you have to be in bad alliances or relationships before you would be ready to turn to and hear from God?
  • How rough or bad would things have to be before you would be ready for change?
  • Would it require something that would create such a conviction that you would know that you need to change?
  • With so much of God and the Bible being taken out of society, have you ever take the time to read God’s Word?
  • With so much of God and the Bible being taken out of school, work, politics, etc. – might you consider taking some time to read God’s Word? It’s available in books, online, and even in apps.
  • Imagine the power and the clarity of God’s Word speaking to you like it did to Josiah as he was sitting on his throne.
  • Image how you would respond if you or when you realize that all the problems that are and were being experienced by you and our society occurred because your forefathers had not been obedient to God’s Word.
  • Imagine the sadness and sorrow it would produce
  • Let’s go from emotions to actions! Let’s go from being sorry to starting to take action!
  • Let’s make the decision to reconnect with God!
  • Let’s make the decision to follow after Him and His ways!
  • Let’s make the decision to get rid of the things that were trying to fill that God shaped spot in our hearts in order to make room for Him!
  • Let’s accept the conviction that has come our way of disobedience and selfishness and turn back to God and follow His example!
  • There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! The devil tries to condemn us but God will convict us to help us get back on track!
  • Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to touch us at the deepest level
  • Let’s allow that touch to create a true feeling of remorse
  • Let’s take action, bold actions, to right the wrongs and then start to walk transformed with God in truth and integrity!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
When was the last time you felt truly convicted by God’s Spirit about sin in your life? Describe your response.
What are some actions you need to take to “clean house” the way Josiah did?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Greatness is a spiritual condition worthy to excite love, interest, and admiration; and the outward proof of possessing greatness is that we excite love, interest and admiration.

Matthew Arnold

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So what condition are you in today? Are you ready for a transformation? Are you ready for a change for the better? Could today be your day? Could today be the beginning of something incredible?

Where 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:

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
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

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


As one door closes and a new one is opening, how will you respond?


What have you learned? Who have you met? How has it changed things? What’s coming next? What’s needs to be transitioned? What is the new lion that is to be chased? When God brings you to it, He will get you through it!

With the change, the day to day changes as the calendar clears. With the change, the need to stay connected through the transition is important so many one on ones stay. With the change, transitioning and educating the new people will be key. With the change, getting final decisions finalized are a must.

It is almost like back to the future. Stepping into a new role being rested and energized while at the same time not fully sure what it is going to be or look like. Having the benefit of consistent leadership as a known quantity is helpful because I know that they are there because the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord.

Find out Monday – Announcements and questions on Wednesday – close out Friday.

As the sunsets on yesterday and the sun is about to rise on tomorrow, don’t lose hope because it has gotten dark but put your hope and trust in God for a new sunrise for you can always trust in God, no matter what comes your way.


July is in the rearview mirror
Hindsight is 2020! Learn from the past – the mistakes and the successes. Move forward into the future with a plan and allow God to guide your steps. July and all but 2 days of August are behind us, lets finish the year strong! Let’s get cleaned up and get things cleared up so that the runway to what is next is prepped and ready for takeoff. Let’s take hold of what is to come in order for God’s plan and God’s purpose to be accomplished through our calling.

The 49 week challenge – Day 242

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The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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Today’s reading from
God’s Word – the Bible
comes to us from:

My Notes:

  • We always have something to be thankful for
  • Will you live by the faith of what is stored up for you in heaven?
  • Do you understand or want to understand the grace of God?
  • Do you want to live with the love of the Spirit so you can live a life worth living, growing in knowledge of God, and so it gives you endurance and patience?
  • We have been rescued from the dominion of darkness!
  • The Son is the image of the invisible God!
  • Through Him all things were created and for Him!
  • He is the head of the body of the church – He is first!
  • Through Jesus we are or can be reconciled to God!
  • Through Jesus we are forgiven
  • We need to stand firm in the faith and the hope that comes in and through Jesus!
  • Christ in you, the hope of glory!
  • God can vindicate you and rescue you
  • God is our stronghold
  • Don’t lose hope when you face troubles but instead put your hope in God and take heart for Jesus has overcome the world.
  • Don’t be in despair when you face trials of many kinds but instead consider it pure joy because the testing of our faith produces perseverance. When we let perseverance finish its work it makes it so that we will be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
  • Jesus is the warrior who completes God’s plan, purpose, and the law
  • Let’s choose to follow Jesus and build a relationship with Him so that in the end we will spend eternity with God
  • God so loves us that He gave His one and only Son Jesus that by receiving the gift of grace that is Jesus will save us. He didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world but rather that through Him we can be saved!
  • Will you seek wisdom?
  • Will you invite the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, direct, instruct you in all your ways?
  • Will you allow the Holy Spirit to give you peace that surpasses all understanding?
  • Will you allow the Holy Spirit to direct your path in all the plans you have?
  • Will you come as a servant leader, someone who is going to serve all those God brings into your life?
  • Will you come with humility? Will you come seeking wisdom?
  • We don’t know it all and so we need God! We need the Holy Spirit to speak truth in love so that we too can respond with truth in love to those who ask us for help or challenge us.
  • Trust in God! Above all things trust the God!
  • Every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord!

As day 242 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

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Change is at hand, how will you respond?


It’s interesting when you start reading a good called chase the lion and you read I to learn rather than just a casual read. It is interesting the thoughts and expectations and direction you receive as you give it up to God. When you face to face with a situation you are somewhat ready for the unpredictable. You have a response that is driven by faith rather than fear. Instead of running away, you choose to run forward after the new adventure trusting God. You were prepared for this moment because God’s timing is perfect. You were relaxed and refreshed. You were filled up with hope and faith. So when the text message came in, you didn’t freak out but instead responded with a “sure”. And when you had the moment of listened to the options put before you, discovering that you were one of the few who have a choice, you realize the favor God has put into the situation. Change is at hand, no matter what choice you make. Change is at hand and it reflects a lesson from the past. And this time you have a choice before the the offer, before the move. Change happens all the time. Some even say change is the only constant. Are you prepared to given and answer for the hope that is within you? Are you prepared to respond in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory? Are you prepared for the day when Jesus comes back? What are you giving your attention to? Are responding to the situation or circumstance or change in love?


“Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith (your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength! [Ps. 31:24.] Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us).”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16:13-14‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

So are you ready? Are you on alert? Are you on your guard? Are you ready to stand firm in your faith? Are you ready to be courageous? Are you ready to be strong? Will you respond out of the overflow of from God’s pouring into your life in love?

Ever heard the quote “all it takes is 20 seconds of insane courage and great things will happen”? Imagine if we combined these words from the movie with the commands and promises of God, how things in life could be. How will you use those 20 seconds and see a breakthrough of faith in your life? Imagine leading in love, not some type of program but real love speaking out to the people God has brought into our lives. Imagine if your response because you are prepared, because you are alert and on your guard is to respond in love to someone who is in need. What if in that moment you have 20 seconds of courageous faith to speak faith, the truth in love into that person’s life. Can you imagine how much that can impact their lives?

So what are you going to do today? Go beyond a nod or agreeing into action. We aren’t looking for agreement we are looking to help transform, build up, and change lives through Jesus Christ. How will you breakthrough or produce a breakthrough today by harnessing the courage through faith and pouring it into the lives of the people God desires to touch today.


July is in the rearview mirror
Hindsight is 2020. All of July and most of August are behind us. Are you ready and willing to wait upon the Lord in order to receive clarity of vision? Are you ready and willing to wait upon the Lord and renew your strength? Are you ready and willing to get a birds eye view by putting your hope in the Lord and taking hold of Isaiah 40:31 which says: “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

The 49 week challenge – Day 238

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With July in the rear view mirror, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!

In a time of change, will you share what God is doing and saying in and through your life with others?

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

Acts 20:24

What is the most important and most valuable part of your life? Is it to know Jesus and make Him known? Is it your relationship with Jesus and how that flows into and through your life? Is it your relationship with Jesus and how it has transformed you and your life? Will receive the call from God through Jesus and finish strong? Will you be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within you? Will you be on your guard against the lies and the traps of the devil who is wanting to take you off track in order to rob, kill, and destroy you and those around you? Will you lead with love? Will live to share the good news of Jesus and the gift of grace made available to everyone through Him?

Let’s not allow the fear of man to keep us from sharing in and sharing out the love of Jesus with the world. Let’s be more focused on what God thinks about it than what others think about it. Let’s not be made silence out of the ridicule or intimidation of others, let’s give a reason for the hope that is within us and share it with those around us.

What is the reason? What is the purpose? What is the calling? Don’t allow it to be taken or robbed from you!

Don’t be driven by worry or fear! Be motivated by faith and step forward, chasing the lion, being bold and courageous!

Paul knew what his purpose was. Paul knew what his destination would be.

Let’s focus on living out our lives on earth in a way that will allow God to work in and through us in order that we will hear Him say, “well done, good and faithful servant”.

We were created on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose! So let’s live purposefully in order to accomplish the purpose God has given us!


The preparation took place last week. The week started on my guard and filled with faith, being courageous and growing in faith. My response is out of and in love. As I begin today with more knowledge than I had yesterday, with conversations of what has taken place along with conversations about what is about to take place, my response needs to continue in love. Be it with those in authority over you or those you have authority over or even those you are peers or friends with, respond from the overflow of love from Jesus that is poured into your life! Do not reply out of fear or worry or doubt! Respond as you move forward in accordance with your calling in faith!


As day 238 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

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What would it take for you to really want to know the truth?


So, you are going along your normal routine, you know what you believe, you are generous to others, and you pray. How would you respond if you were faced with a vision, a vision of an angel of God, and the angel called you to do something, how would you respond? Would you respond out of trust or out of fear? Would you respond out of obedience or disobedience?

So, you are taking time to be with God and during that time you became very hungry. How would you respond if God in the vision told you to eat something that you believed was bad or against God’s will? How would you respond if God did it three times? How would you respond if God told you that you shouldn’t judge things through your eyes but should rather be basing your decision on what He says? What if that was just in preparation for a larger plan in which God was going to use you to impact someone else’s life and needed you to know that it is ok.

Can you imagine how the world can be changed if we would just live out our lives in obedience to God’s instruction? Can you imagine how the world can be changed if we would just live out our lives by going where God calls us to go and doing what God calls us to do? Can you imagine the lives that would be transformed? Can you imagine the families that would be restored? Can you imagine the impact of not showing favoritism in the ways we act? Can you imagine the impact of living life with unconditional love like God? Can you imagine what the world would be like if it became contagious and spread around the world? Can you imagine what the world would be like if each time people shared their faith, their hope, and their love and others received it that the Holy Spirit would come down on them and the power of God spread around the world, so more people could hear the good news and be saved?

Are you ready to be a part of God’s plan? Are you ready to do your part of God’s plan? Are you ready to complete the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Will you allow your faith to be alive and active?

What would it take for you to really want to know the truth?


2020 Hindsight 
(clarity of vision)
The 49-Week Challenge 
(Day 137)

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April is in the rearview mirror

With April in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:

  • God is not out there somewhere! He hears our prayers! He doesn’t show favoritism!
  • We need to set our hearts to seek the Lord!
  • We need to set our hearts to point others back to God!
  • We need to serve faithfully and wholeheartedly the Lord!
  • We need to learn what is right and what is good!
  • We need to turn to God for wisdom and discernment!
  • We need to turn and seek God for answers!
  • We need to align with God and remain under His protection!
  • We need to be obedient to God’s will!
  • We need to delight ourselves in God, do what He wants and He will give us the desires of our hearts!
  • The battle belongs to the Lord, so put your trust in Him and witness victories!
  • We need to put our trust in God rather than man or animals!
  • Let’s choose for ourselves to follow God!
  • God’s ways are not our ways, His ways are higher and better than our ways!

As day 137 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Today’s devotional that I am following is The 49-Week Challenge comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

What does it take to produce the most amount of positive change?


Is it things going really well and so it snowballs? Is it things getting really bad and so new creative and bigger changes are required? Is it slow and steady?

Is it a tragedy? Is it a fortune? Is it joy? Is it pain?

What about in your life? What brings the biggest impact on your life? Is it when you have a huge victory? Is it when you had to go thru a huge challenge or trial? Is it when you are just going thru life and something just happens?

What about in relations to what it would take for you to lean more into God? Do you lean into God more when things are tough? Do you lean into God more when things are going really well? Do you lean into God more when there aren’t the extremes on the good or bad sides? Do you always lean into God rather than your own understanding, acknowledging Him in all your ways in order that He is able to make your path straight?

So we are in a pandemic, right here, right now. What impact is it having on your life? Is it for the better or for the worse? Is it a training moment? Is it causing you to have to learn new things? Is it causing you to have to grow? Is it causing you to have to trust God more? Is it causing you to evaluate what is most important in your life? Is it causing you to have more time with others? Is it causing you to become isolated from others? Are you living this out in a way that will make you stronger coming out the other side? Are you living this out so that in and through it all, God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory? Are you being salt and light through these dark times? Are you speaking faith, hope and love into those you interact with? What is most important to you in and through these times? Are you able to keep up the “Happy Today” spirit for the joy of the Lord is still your strength, right? So if you are in the middle of it and trying to save lives, thank you. If you are staying home in order to save lives, thank you. If you are having a hard time following rules and putting yourself and others at risk, what would it take to get your attention to realize what is really going on? Yes, we aren’t to be walking around with a spirit fear but rather power, love, and a sound mind. It doesn’t mean living recklessly! It means living life by the wisdom and direction of the Holy Spirit, and allowing the peace of God that surpasses all understanding to guard our hearts and minds.

So what did it take to make the biggest impact on your life? What will it take to make the biggest impact on your life? Would be a vision of heaven? Would it be a vision of hell? Would it be incredible success? Would it be incredible trial or loss? Do you think you can do it on your own? Do you think you are invincible? Do you realize we weren’t made to go through life alone? Do you realize that God loves you so much He sent Jesus for you? Do you realize that God’s plan is for good and not for evil? Do you realize God’s plan is to give you a hope and a future? Do you realize that God is able to take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it for good? Do you realize that God is a way maker? He makes a way even when we don’t see it or feel it, He is working!



2020 Hindsight 
(clarity of vision)
The 49-Week Challenge 
(Day 120)

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With March in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.

Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:

  • Consider the pain it took for the victory over death and sin through Jesus.
  • Consider the tragedy of justice it took for the victory of the resurrection.
  • Consider the self-sacrifice it took for the gift of grace to be made available to everyone.
  • Consider how even with Jesus going into heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and for me, and yet having sent the Holy Spirit to be with us, not out there somewhere, right here, right now, with us as our comforter and our guide!
  • In the midst of the storm, God give us the opportunity to receive peace!
  • In the midst of the internal storms, God gives us the opportunity to receive peace!
  • It isn’t a small peace, it is a peace that surpasses all understanding!
  • Will you allow Jesus in so that He can calm the storms of life?
  • Will you allow Jesus in so that He can calm the storms in you?
  • Do you need proof before you can believe?
  • Do you have faith to believe?
  • Do you need to see it to believe it?
  • Can you believe without seeing?
  • Are you ready to live out life in a way that your works show people what you believe?
  • Are you ready to live out life in a way that will impact their lives and their beliefs?
  • Will you receive Jesus so that you can have life? Life here on earth and eternal life with God when we leave this world.
  • Will you lean in on God during these challenges of life?
  • Will you lean in on God who is our help?
  • Are you ready to be reconciled? Are you ready to step up and step into what God has planned and purposed for you?
  • Do you love Jesus? Do you love Him enough to do what He is asking of you?
  • Will you trust God through it all?
  • Will you be prepared when the time comes?
  • Will you be a shepherd? Will you be a king? Will you be a prophet? Will you be a priest?
  • Will you seek God’s will in what you should do?
  • Will you seek God’s will even when the situation seems familiar?
  • Will you obey God’s instruction and direction?
  • We need to take care of the flock!
  • We need to hear the word of God and be who God has called and created us to be!
  • Will you follow the example of a good shepherd who is Jesus?

As day 120 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

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Today’s devotional The 49-Week Challenge comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

The transformation…


Ever had to walk through change that was uncomfortable? Ever had to walk through change that was painful? Ever had to walk through change that you weren’t aligned with? Ever had to walk through change that didn’t make sense to you?

Ever considered the purposes of change? Are they to learn? Are they to grow? Are they to improve? Are they to develop? Are they to transform?

As an verb or action, change can be described as convert · transform · make · adapt · modify · rebuild · reconstruct · refashion · remake · make over · restyle · alter · make different · become different · undergo a change · make alterations to · adjust · make adjustments to · adapt · turn · amend · improve · modify · convert · revise · recast · reform · reshape · refashion · redesign · restyle · revamp · rework · remake · remodel · remold · redo · reconstruct · reorganize · reorder · refine · reorient · reorientate · vary · transform · transfigure · transmute · metamorphose · undergo a sea change · evolve · customize · tailor · tweak · permute · swap · exchange · interchange · substitute · switch · commute · convert · replace · rotate · alternate · transpose · trade · barter · truck

Can change happen for good and for evil? Can change happen for good and for bad? Can change have good and bad motives? Can change make a bad situation good and vice versa? Can change take you from bad to worse? Can change take you from good to great? What are the key catalysts that control the outcome of change? Do they need to be internal or external catalysts to ensure change for the better? Is there such thing as change for change sake?

If we consider the change of a caterpillar to a butterfly, we can learn about metamorphosis. If we consider the change of a person’s heart that happens when they accept Jesus into their life, we can learn about being born again.

What if change happens like the seasons? From Spring to Summer to Fall to Winter and back to Spring? What if change is a cycle that life goes through from conception to birth to childhood to adolescence to adulthood to senior living to death? What if change can be nested inside of other change? What if it requires change for productivity to happen? What if the change is like pruning which removes and can be painful or uncomfortable? What if the change is like grafting which connects and mends you to a new source? What if the change is required to make things better and help you become more fruitful?

So where are you at today? Are you in need of a change of direction? Are you in need of a change of attitude? Are you in need of a change of perspective? Are you in need of a change of plans? Is it a need for a small change, like a course correction? Is it a need for a larger change, like a transformation? Is it a need for a life changing metamorphosis by accepting Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior and being born again? Is it a change that will help you become more fruitful for the glory of the kingdom of God?


2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge (Day 112)—

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With March in the rear view mirror, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

— John 15:5

My Notes:

I am the vine, ye are the branches,…. Christ here repeats what he said of himself, “the vine”, for the sake of the application of “the branches” to his disciples: which expresses their sameness of nature with Christ; their strict and close union to him; and the communication of life and grace, holiness and fruitfulness, of support and strength, and of perseverance in grace and holiness to the end from him:

he that abideth in me, and I in him; which is the case of all that are once in Christ, and he in them:

the same bringeth forth much fruit; in the exercise of grace, and performance of good works; and continues to do so as long as he lives, not by virtue of his own free will, power, and strength, but by grace continually received from Christ:

for without me ye can do nothing; nothing that is spiritually good; no, not anything at all, be it little or great, easy or difficult to be performed; cannot think a good thought, speak a good word, or do a good action; can neither begin one, nor, when it is begun, perfect it. Nothing is to be done “without Christ”; without his Spirit, grace, strength, and presence; or as “separate from” him. Were it possible for the branches that are truly in him, to be removed from him, they could bring forth no fruits of good works, any more than a branch separated from the vine can bring forth grapes; so that all the fruitfulness of a believer is to be ascribed to Christ, and his grace, and not to the free will and power of man.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible
John 15:5
  • So why change?
  • Do you go looking for change?
  • Do you try to cause or trigger change?
  • What is the motivation for change?
  • Is it self motivated or others motivated?
  • Are you looking to help move things forward or hold things back?
  • Are you looking to make things better or worse?
  • Are you looking to help or hinder?
  • Are you seeing an opportunity and wanting to help drive change to help achieve it?
  • Is change good or bad? Depending on where you look, you may find change is neutral. Depending on where you look, you may find change is inevitable. Depending on where you look, you may find change is a constant.
  • What will your response to change be?
  • We can’t control what comes our way but we can control how we respond to it!
  • Will you choose to invite God into the change?
  • Will you choose to invite the Holy Spirit into the change?
  • Will you choose to invite Jesus into the change?
  • Will you choose to allow Jesus to be the change?

As day 112 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

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How has your life been changed?


Ever had an incident in your life that caused change? Ever had an incident in your life that transformed? Ever had an incident that change the trajectory for the rest of your life?

What about on a professional level? What about on a personal level? What about on a relational level? What about on a spiritual level?

When it first happened did you realize it was going to have such a huge impact? When it happened did you realize it was going to be the catalyst? When it happened were you receptive?

Was it triggered by a positive event? Was it triggered by a negative event? Was it triggered by some type of trial or emergency? Was it caused by a resistance? Was it that you were on the edge of a breakthrough and had to push through?

Consider the turbulence that takes place to pilots and planes right before the breakthrough of crossing the boundary of hitting MACH. Imagine being that first pilot…

Consider the resistance and the excuses that kept you from going to church, starting a relationship with Jesus, and being transformed into a new version of You.

Taking hold of these truths, if things are feeling really rough, like you are being tested more than normal, don’t give up because you might just be on the door steep of a breakthrough!

I know how my life was transformed back in 2000 when my life took a huge turn as I moved my family away from all our friends and family, thinking it was for my career, and with all the miracles that took place including the job I ended up with (applied for 3 and took a third because I ran into someone I knew in the hallway) the house we bought (where the randomly assigned real estate agent happened to bring us to an area nearly an hour from where we had thought, researched, and planned to move) to the incredible church we are now a part of (thanks to an invite we received for the Christmas production) and in the midst of all of that we had an encounter with Jesus who has transformed not only my life, my wife’s life, but our entire family.

So yes things might be feeling tough right now… Don’t give up!

Yes things might be feeling rough right now … Don’t give up!

Yes things might be feeling stuck right now … Don’t give up!

Yes things might even be feeling isolated or lonely right now … Don’t give up!

Let’s look for ways to press on, to finish the race, to finish strong, to be bold and courageous, to be prepared for the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish, to race to win, to race to get the crown God has for us, to produce good fruits, to be salt and light into this dark world, to be the one in one another!


Day 85: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge 
 Day 85 —

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With February in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:

(I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • We see how even with Jesus’s disciples tried to prevent the children from approaching Him, He rebuked them and said to not hinder them from coming to Him!
  • With God all things are possible! Even a rich man who in their own way couldn’t make a way through Jesus a transformed heart will make it possible!
  • What seems impossible to man is possible with and through God!
  • Do you have a need? Are you having a problem seeing? Seeing where this is going? Seeing what is going on? Seeing what you are supposed to do? Seeing your part or your role? Seeing the reason? Seeing the purpose? Seeing what you are to learn? Seeing where you are headed? Seeing the breakthrough? Cry out to Jesus like your life depends on it! Be like the blind man who heard Jesus was passing by and don’t let anyone keep you from having an encounter with Jesus! Get louder and get serious about it so that you can have an encounter with Jesus that will transform the rest of your life!
  • Want things to be better? Do you want to keep things to a high standard? Let’s remember the God’s commands! Let’s remember how Jesus calls us to raise the average and raise the bar!

As day 85 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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What will we learn today?


Every year around this time I get an opportunity to visit another campus. Every year around this time I get the opportunity to recruit people from our larger body to join me in serving at risk youths. This year I get the additional opportunity to go with my son to a new experience and be trained on safety. It will be a great day with many opportunities to get to learn something new. Through it all, I am leaning on God who provides wisdom in every situation. Through it all, I am asking God to provide me with wisdom and discernment when it comes to who and how to proceed. I know that I can make plans and I also know that God will lead my feet. What is it that you will learn today? What is it that you will see? Will it impact your response? Will it impact your actions? Will personally impact you? Will anything you learn change or transform you? Will anything you learn change or transform what you think or believe? Are you willing to share what you learn with others?


Day 61: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge 
 Day 61 —

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With February in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:

(I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Are you willing to get away in order to experience something new?
  • Are you willing to take others with you so they can be a part of the experience?
  • Are you willing to help them learn what is available today?
  • Are you willing to learn what is needed to get it done?
  • Are you willing to finish the good work that has been prepared in advance?
  • Are you willing to get the news even it is troubling or difficult?
  • Are you willing to welcome others into the experience?
  • Are you willing to allow others to join into the experience?
  • Are you willing to go and do what is required?
  • Are you willing to keep your eyes on the prize and keep moving forward?
  • Are you willing to persevere?
  • Are you willing to turn to God rather than other fake gods?
  • Are you willing to walk in the wisdom and protection of God?
  • Are you willing to wait upon the Lord and renew your strength?
  • Are you willing to humbly approach God?
  • Are you willing to submit to God’s Word and God’s instruction?
  • Are you willing to listen to the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit?
  • Are you willing to do what God commands you?
  • Are you willing to consider God’s wonders?
  • Will you turn to the Son?
  • Will you accept Him and invite Him into your heart?
  • Will you ascribe to God?
  • Will you ascribe to God what is due His name?
  • Will you give God all the praise, the honor, and the glory?
  • Will you receive God’s blessings?
  • Will you receive God’s peace that surpasses all understanding?

As day 61 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Are you ready for a change? Are you ready to see a change? Are you ready to be the change?


Ever heard that the only constant is change? Ever heard that there is nothing new under the sun? And yet we go through change constantly. Some is self directed like when people move or go off to school or get married or have kids or change jobs. Others are via external sources like reorgs, elections, government bills and laws. How about you? Are you ready to be a catalyst for change? Are you reach to be a catalyst for transformation? What is or will be your motivation? What is or will be your decision points? What is or will be your measures for or of success? Where will you go for instruction and direction? How will you know if it is good or bad? How will you know if it is a success or failure? How will you know it has happened? Change it is everywhere! We have all been created and we all continue to grow and develop till we die on this earth and are transformed into a spirit form and based on our decision to either follow Jesus or not, we will spend eternity in that new body or form with God or apart from God!


Day 60: 2020 Hindsight
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 Day 60 —

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January is in the rear view mirror

With January in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:

(I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Would you want to be present for the change?
  • Would you want to know about the change?
  • Would you want to be a part of the change?
  • Would you like to change?
  • Would you like to change others?
  • Who is with you? Who is against you?
  • How far would you go to see the change?
  • How long would you wait to see change?
  • How prepared are you for change?
  • Do you believe enough to see or receive a change?
  • Are you willing to accomplish God’s will and purpose even if the change requires change?
  • Are you willing to do what is needed in order to keep you on track towards the change?
  • Keep your focus on God and live to spend eternity with Him in heaven!
  • Choose God’s ways over your own ways!
  • Choose God’s plan that is to give you a hope and a future!
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength!
  • God will complete and accomplish all that He has plan and promised to do!
  • Will you receive God’s peace that surpasses all understanding?
  • Are you willing to do God’s will in order to flourish for His glory?
  • Will you consecrate and purify yourself to be able to enter into the presence of God?
  • Will you accept and receive Jesus to be your Lord and Savior?
  • Do you hear what people are seeing and saying? How do you respond to crying and complaining?
  • How would you respond to food / bread from heaven?
  • How would you provide for the people?
  • Do you have faith?
  • How will you respond to the burden that has been put upon you?
  • What burden will you choose to accept and receive? Will it be the one Jesus offers?
  • Will you receive and walk in the Spirit?
  • How will you respond to the actions of the people around you?

As day 60 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

It’s new but is it better? Is it really new? Is it just different?


Ever heard that there is nothing new under the Sun? Ever heard people try to reformulate something and then put it out there as new? Is it new? Is it better? Is it different? What impact is the change supposed to make? What improvement is the change supposed to make? Who will benefit? How will they benefit? Will it be real or just a perception? Will it be truth or an illusion? Will it make things better in the long run? Will it help the group? Will it help the customers? When we consider the who, what, where, when, why, and how elements can we answer them and understand them? So how should you respond? How will you respond? How much time should you give it before you need to make a decision or act? Where will you turn for such wisdom and guidance? Do you have a source you can depend on that is the same yesterday, today, and forever? Will you share your hope with those around you who may struggle? Will you share your joy with those around you who may need it? Will you share the love of God with everyone so that you can be the difference and make a difference? Are you ready for a transformation?


Day 59: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge 
 Day 59 —

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January is in the rear view mirror

With January in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:

(I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Ever heard of the word TRANSFIGURED? It means to transform into something more beautiful or elevated. It means to transform outwardly and usually for the better.
  • Ever read of a case where someone was transfigured?
  • Can you imagine the response or reaction to being present when someone is transfigured?
  • What would you response be to a loud, deep, booming voice without someone visible to have said it? I know for me it shocked me, it surprised me, it made me look all around and realize there was nobody else in the room.
  • Would it take a still quiet voice to get your attention and response or does it need to be loud?
  • Will you choose to respond out of faith or out of fear?
  • Will you decided to do it when you are prompted by the Spirit in a still quiet voice?
  • Are you getting prepared before you start your day so that you are ready to respond and accomplish the will of God in and through your life?
  • Do you have faith? Even just a little bit of faith? Will you choose to believe?
  • Will you trust God to provide? Will you trust God that when He calls you too it, He will provide and get you through it?
  • What needs to die for something better to live?
  • Consider how a seed needs to go into the ground and die for the plant to grow and produce more.
  • Will you allow God to get the glory through the good and bad times?
  • Will you praise God when He takes what the enemy planned for evil and used it for good?
  • Will you trust God enough that even when you look or feel cornered?
  • Will you trust God enough that you won’t fear and you won’t worry?
  • Imagine the miracle when God makes a way when there didn’t seem to be a way!
  • God goes before you preparing the good works He has planned for you!
  • God goes behind you to protect you as you move forward after His plan and His will.
  • Imagine finding the Egyptian’s stuff at the bottom of the Red Sea
  • God will use those in authority over you for His glory! The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord!

As day 59 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com