THRIVE: Even with everything that’s taken place, until it is over there is still more to do.


If you are reading this then you are here and as such you have things to do and get done. This is the day that the Lord has made and so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! God has prepared in advance good works for us to accomplish today and it is up to get it done! So let’s be about the work of the Father and getting done those good works! Let’s focus on the things He has for us to get done today including making plans for what is next. Let’s not try to go it alone but instead choose to work on things together! We were never meant to go it alone and hence why God gave us one another! We were never meant to go it alone and hence why God sent the Holy Spirit! God cares too much to leave us on our own and promises to never leave us nor forsake/abandon us! So today let’s make sure we lean into God and cast all our cares upon Him because He cares for us! Let’s choose to listen to the prompting and directing of the Holy Spirit in order to be able to accomplish all that God has planned for us! Let’s remember God’s plans for us are for good and not for evil, they are to give us hope and a future! Yes, in this world we will have troubles but we don’t have to worry or mope about it because we know that Jesus overcame the world! Yes in this world we will face trials too but don’t fret or worry about that because we know that we should consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because we know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. We know that when we let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. So today, let us choose to lean in on God and trust Him, pursuing His plans, His purposes, and His calling on our lives!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. ‘

1 Chronicles 16:34

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 13


Are you ready for today? Do you have a to-do list? Do you know what you need to do? Invite Jesus into your heart and life today to lead and guide us in every good work!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Let’s use that bump in front of us be a launch ramp.


Some call today the bump in the week or humpday but whatever you call it, we are halfway through the week and so let’s choose to use this bump as a launch ramp for the various things on our plate so that we can thrive!

Let’s take the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish and launch them into action! Let’s take the projects we have at hand and launch them into action! Let’s take the service and leadership roles we have and launch them into action! Let’s put our faith into action in order that we can thrive for the glory of God!

Don’t be afraid to allow your feet to lift off the ground! Don’t be afraid because it looks like you will be going uphill! Don’t be afraid because you aren’t sure where the top is and that you will go airborne when you do! Let’s walk by faith and not by sight! Let’s be ready and equipped and put on the full armor of God so that we put all of our hope in God who will renew our strength and then we will soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, and walk and not grow faint! Let’s be ready, let’s be prepared, let’s be training so we can run with horses!


‘Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. ‘

Ephesians 6:11

‘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.’

Isaiah 40:31

‘“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan? ‘

Jeremiah 12:5


Today’s verse of the Day:

‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. ‘

Psalms 37:4

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Survival Gear for Dads – Day 2


How are you today? Where are you at? What are you pursuing? Are you ready to trust? Are you ready to go? Are you ready to accept? Are you ready to receive it? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your situation today? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your life today? Could today be the turning point? Could today be the launch point?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: What will make it click and take off?


So you get to listen and try to absorb. You get to participate and ask questions. You get to see people in action. Now it is time to go deeper from knowledge to understanding so that this understanding comes will be the triggering mechanism to help things rocket off, finding the power to propel us forward and thrive for the glory of God! Understanding is so powerful as it can help us get to forgiveness when needed! Understanding is so powerful because it can help us respect and honor others better! Understanding is so powerful because it can bring joy and happiness! So today, let’s lean into what God has to say and make sure we don’t just know about God but rather we know God and live to understand Him intimately! Let’s lean into what God is speaking to us so that we aren’t just people who are hearers or readers of the Word but rather people who understand and become doers of the Word!


Verse of the Day:

‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. ‘

John 13:14

Feet in the sand… Photo by Athena on Pexels.com

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
What The Father Says – Day 2


So are you ready to wait upon God so that He can renew your strength? Are you ready to abide with and in God? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life in order to make the choice to grow closer and closer to God? Are you ready for today to be the day your life is transformed for the glory of God?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: He is Risen! He is risen indeed!


What an incredibly powerful day it is. Resurrection Sunday, the day that Jesus conquered the power of sin and death when He rose from the dead! Jesus wasn’t in the tomb when they came looking for Him! I still remember the Easter I was able to play both a disciple for Good Friday and the angel at the tomb for Resurrection Sunday. I still remember the experience and the encounter. Let’s check out the story from Matthew 28:

‘After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” ‘

Matthew 28:1-10

The angel’s words of “do not be afraid” always get me because they obviously must look imposing, intimidating, and powerful and the people who have the encounter seem to always be afraid or fearful in the moment. Jesus told everyone that He needed to die to finish the work of the Father and that in three days He would rise again. Jesus knew why He had come:

‘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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ‘

John 3:16-17

So are you ready to thrive by the power of Jesus? Are you ready to thrive in pursuing God’s purpose for your life? Are you ready to thrive doing what God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to thrive for the glory of God? Are you ready to hear from God and find your purpose? Are you ready to seek God and discover your purpose? Are you ready to step up and step out in pursuit of your purpose? Are you ready to thrive for the glory of God?


Verse of the Day:

‘He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. ‘

Matthew 28:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Kill the Noise – Day 5


So where are you at today? Are you ready to invite Jesus in? Are you ready to be transformed from the inside out? Are you ready to have your heart transformed so that what comes out of it will be good? Let’s invite Jesus in today as we celebrate Easter and the power of the resurrection and empty tomb.

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: When you don’t know what to do, do what you know to do.


When things don’t seem clear and you aren’t sure what to do, do what you know to do. God has given you directions so do that. God has given you wisdom so do that. God has given you hope so do that. God has a plan so do that. God has a purpose so do that. And in God’s timing, which is perfect, you will know what to do and then you can step up, step out, and do it. Be it at work! Be it at home! Be it somewhere in between! Let’s capture what God has for us to do today in the midst of the world being shaken and do it! Let’s capture what God has for us to do today so that we are doing the right things when the only thing left is unshakable and do it!

For me, that means I get to be the dad my wife needs me to be. For me, that means I get to be the dad my kids need me to be. For me, that means I get to focus on preparing for what is yet to come like scripts, decks, and videos that speak to men, youth, and kids about the importance and the responsibility of being the dads this world needs.



Verse of the Day:

‘Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ‘

1 John 3:18

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Killing Sin – Day 2


Where are you today? Are you ready to lean in on God to be able to do what you know to do in the midst of uncertain times? Are you ready to lean in on God to be able to do what you know to do in the midst of shaky times? Are you not sure what to do? Are you not sure how to do it? The answer is to turn back to God and lean in on Him for wisdom and discernment, direction and instruction, so that in everything you do He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory and it will be for your good.

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

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.

THRIVE: God’s timing is perfect!


As we hit mid-workweek the words God’s timing is perfect came to mind. In the midst of the meetings and the conversations, the waiting and the delays, my hope and my trust are in God because even when I don’t see it He does. God’s never late! God’s rarely early! God’s timing is perfect!

Gods Timing is Perfect!

As I consider where things are at, I look to God to help those who are being driven by fear and worry and pray they will cast their cares upon Him. The responses took place out of worry and fear that create ripple effects to others who hadn’t felt much effect to this point and had been able to focus on getting their work done. The fear and worry over the unknown and trying to align with a view, a vision, a perspective that may not fully align with reality will produce even more ripple effects on more people.

Timing is everything!

Today rather than focusing on the unknowns and the uncertainties, let’s focus on God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Let’s focus on how He is trustworthy and dependable! Let’s focus on how He loves us and will never leave us nor abandon us! Let’s focus on how much we can trust Him, even in uncertain, unclear, and volatile times! Let’s lean in on what God’s Word has taught us about THRIVing and decide to pick the right battles! Let’s lean in on what God’s Word has taught us about THRIVing in the midst of struggles! Let’s lean in on what God’s Word tells us when it comes to perseverance!

God's timing is almost never the same thing as our timing, but His timing always proves to be perfect. Trust Him while you wait.

DaveWillis.org

‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ‘

James 1:2-4

‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. ‘

James 1:5-8

‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. ‘

2 Peter 3:8-9

‘In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. ‘

Proverbs 16:9

‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. ‘

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. ‘

Jeremiah 29:11-12

‘The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. ‘

Lamentations 3:25-26

‘My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. ‘

Proverbs 3:1-18


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, ‘

Acts 3:19

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 7


So where are you today? Are you ready to lean in on God? Are you ready to trust God? Are you ready to wait on God? Let’s invite Him into our situation to help us to find peace in the midst of the struggles. Let’s invite Him into our situation to help us be patient in the midst of the challenges. Let’s invite Him into our situation to help us to persevere till His timing is right.

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

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.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)

catching up on the days I missed (back to Feb 8th)


THRIVE: Workweek is over and still decisions to be made…


Let us take hold of the reality of what we have learned through the book of Exodus when it comes to THRIVING and allow God’s Word to help us as we look ahead and into the future of this life. We learned about risk-taking, getting out of the boat, and allowing God to do new things in our lives, God answers prayer, and God is near to His people. We learned that God’s deepest work can come out through our trials, troubles, and pain. We learned how we are closer to a breakthrough than we think even during what we are going through. Just like the turbulence right before breaking through the sound barrier, life can get bumpy right before the breakthrough. During the struggle, we need to trust God and His choice of us for this calling and purpose rather than thinking we are the wrong choice. We need to trust God even when we do not understand. We need to keep turning to God when we do not know what to do or where to go. We need to fight our way through the pain, fear, and unbelief. God is in control! Do not give up! Lean in, kneel, and call out to God. We have learned the importance of picking our battles. We need to choose to fight the fight of trust – that God is good even when our circumstances are not. We need to choose to fight the fight of perseverance – to keep going and not quit (do not give in to the doubts and fears the devil is trying to use to get you to quit). We need to choose to fight the fight for unity – to move forward at the speed of health. We learned the why! It is important to know why! Why did God put Egypt through the plagues? Because He wanted to answer Pharoah’s question “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Egypt had a god for everything, and the plagues demonstrated that God was over and of them because they were not real gods. We need to understand WHY. Could simplification be the answer? What does that say and what does that mean for and to you? We learned the importance of leaving the things behind us to move forward to the things God has for us. We learned the importance of leaving the mistakes and trials of the past behind us. We learned the need to let go of the struggles and pains of the past. We learned the importance to instruct our kids. We learned God is so for you – taking you right where you are and leading you into a new beginning. We cannot get stuck in the past and not step up and step out into what God has planned for us. We need to do what we have to do to get where God needs us to be. We learned that we need to wake up to the reality of what is taking place instead of getting stuck we need to act. We need to pray and call on God rather than absorbing or accepting failure around us. We need to be able to accept success and breakthroughs when it is right in front of us. We cannot allow the fear of the unknown or the future to become our master again. We learned how we must let God make the change and take hold of the reality that God is able to exceedingly, abundantly more than you can ask or imagine. We learned how God wants to forgive you so much He came after you. He did all the work himself. Just needed to accept the gift. Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. We learned how God gave the cloud and the fire to comfort them. Do not let your heart be troubled. God has a change and a new way for you. God will stand between you and the enemy. We learned how today by faith in Christ you can be forgiven and start the journey with Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will lead you and guide you. He will come behind you to watch your back. We learned that we need to do what God is telling us to do. We need to stop going backward. We need to stop surrendering when we are on the verge of a breakthrough. Start moving towards what God is calling you to. Dare to sow, to pray, to give your best. The things you can do so do it. We learned how God had the wind stack up the water into walls and dried the ground. Let us keep our eyes on the Lord and keep moving towards what He is showing us and telling us. Pharaoh woke up to a supply chain issue – he questioned why he let them go and just because one day their eyes may be opened to the reality of the situation, it does not mean that we should not be moving forward into the promised land and glory had prepared in advance for us to step into. God does not send you to hell, He opened the door to forgiveness and heaven, and we need to choose the final destination. You are the only one who can keep you from eternal life with God and forgiveness. 

So, what is next for you? What will you decide? Are you ready to accept the change and move from surviving into thriving? Are you ready to receive what God has prepared in advance for you to do. Are you ready to accomplish the good works God has prepared in advance for you to do. Will you accept the calling? Will you step up and step out for the glory of God? The choice is yours! We have freewill and we can choose to be used by God or to abdicate our responsibility and calling. Remember the story of Esther and how she was called to save her people? Remember the story of when the people were praising Jesus and when told to tell them to stop, He answered that if they stopped the rocks would cry out


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. ‘

Proverbs 29:25

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 3


Where are you today? What decisions are you facing? What challenges are you facing? What struggles are you facing? What opportunities are you facing? What will you do about it? Where will you turn for wisdom and advice? What will you do about the answer you receive? Will you go? Will you do it? Will you trust Him? Let’s give it up to God! Let’s go to Him for wisdom and advice! Let’s be obedient to His instruction and go do it!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

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.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)


THRIVE: Do what you know to do when you don’t know what to do. Finish strong!


I am so grateful for a loving and caring God. I am so thankful that He knows what I need even before I can ask. I am so thankful that He loves me so much that He gave me His Word. I am so thankful that He loves me so much that He gave His one and only Son. I am so thankful that He loves me so much that He doesn’t want me to go it alone and so He not only give me one another but also His Holy Spirit to be my comforter and my guide. So, what to do when you don’t know what to do? You do what you know how to do and turn to God and ask for His wisdom and discernment, for His leading and guiding, so that you can move forward for the glory of His kingdom.

Can you believe it is the end of the workweek already? Let’s finish the week strong! Let’s give our day into God’s hand to help us navigate not only the information that will come our way but also the time we spend today with others, on projects, etc. Let’s choose to live today in a way that will glorify God! Let’s trust God knowing that whatever is going on it will be for His glory and our good! Let’s persevere as we move forward not giving up and not giving in to the lies or tricks of the devil. Let’s work for unity in health so that in and through it all God will be lifted up and glorified and others will see it and glorify our Father in heaven.


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. ‘

John 14:26

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Father Like The Father – Day 2


So are you ready to finish the week strong? Are you looking to figure out what to do? Are there many open questions? Is there uncertainty taking place? Let’s lean in on God! Let’s trust in God! Let’s not think we can figure it all out but instead turn to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help us! Let’s invite God into our life situation.

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

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.


Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)

THRIVE: What to do when you don’t know what to do?


The short answer is: Do what you know to do.

Today, as I enjoy the weekend with my family the workweek, has finished and yet the news/answers didn’t come. So what is going to happen? Don’t know! What will we do? Don’t know! Where will we be? Don’t know! But I do know what my team does and so we will keep doing that to the best of our abilities in order to not only support the various teams across the company but also produce the best-localized content we can for our customers, shoppers, and visitors.

So are you having to deal with unknowns? Are you having to deal with uncertainties? Are you having to deal with changes? Are you having to deal with obstacles? Are you having to deal lack of clarity? Are you having to deal with a lack of direction? So what are you going to do?

Do what you know how to do! Invite God into the situation and do what you know how to do!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. ‘

Proverbs 13:20

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


So what are you dealing with today? Is God your go-to? Is God where you turn when you are facing uncertain times? Is God where you turn when you are facing challenging times? Is God where you turn when you are facing change? Are you ready to open that door to start a conversation and relationship with God so that not only can you be engaged to the world but allow God to engage with you in the midst of the trials, the troubles, the challenges, and the change? Let’s invite Jesus into our situation and walk it out with Him! God doesn’t want us to leave Him out of it but rather He desires to be with us, He is going before us, He is walking with us, He will never leave us nor forsake us, and so we just need to invite Him.

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.

Today’s Reading from God’s Word:

THRIVE: Do you realize what is going to take? Overcoming fear! Do you know how to do that? Perfect Love!


Yesterday was interesting as it began filled with tension and stress which started to trigger fear. It caused me to pause longer and lean on God harder. The day closed better than it started which was good as I went from work to a birthday party. I got to spend time picking up pizza and riding along with my wife which helped. I got to speak to an incredible friend and leader too. It is interesting how in our conversation words like karma, reap what you sow, and this morning it came to me, to overcome fear with faith requires perfect love! Why do we have faith? Because Jesus loved us so much He gave His all and gave us the scriptures to help us remember and be encouraged. No need to fear trouble because Jesus overcame the world. No need to fear trials because they should be considered pure joy as they are a tool to allow perseverance to complete its work in making us complete and lacking nothing. Let’s receive the love of Jesus into our hearts, that perfect love that is so large that it will overwhelm and overcome fear.


Let’s grab hold of 1 John 4:18 that says:

‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ‘

1 John 4:18

So we need to grab hold of what this scripture is saying by expanding on it:

‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.’

1 John 4:7-21

So no matter what it is that is trying to trigger or cause fear, turn to Jesus! No matter what is trying to create worry or anxiety, turn to Jesus! Don’t try to go it alone! Don’t allow yourself to get isolated and tricked into believing things that you wouldn’t if you had been around your fellow believer friends. Whatever it is, cast it upon God because God cares for you!


Today’s verse of the day:

‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. ‘

1 John 3:16

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 6


So are you ready to step into the new world of love? Are you ready to overwhelm fear with love? Are you ready to be filled with so much love that it casts out all fear? Are you ready to refill so that you are topped up and keep topping up throughout the day so that there won’t be any room for fear? Are you ready to start thriving? Let’s invite Jesus in!

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.

No Quit! Don’t give up! Don’t give in!


Ever gone through a tough time and had to push through? Ever gone through a tough time where it felt like someone was trying to shake you up by changing the rules or the roles? Ever gone through a tough time where someone promised one thing and did something else? Ever gone through a tough time when you were made the sacrificial lamb because of the numbers? Ever gone through a tough time when you weren’t sure if you could or couldn’t trust someone?

What was your response? Were you tempted to quit? Were you tempted to give up? Were you tempted to give in? Did it upset you? Did it frustrate you? Did it cause you to question?

What did you do about it? Where did you take those concerns? What direction or instruction did you receive? Were you going to a reliable source? How did you respond to those instructions? What if they said to forgive them? What if they said to forgive them, face it head-on, and then work to make things right? What if they said to forgive them and hang in there and not give up?

How long would it take for you to become obedient to that instruction? How bad would things have to get before you would consider being obedient to that instruction? Do you realize that by not being obedient there is a larger battle taking place inside of you than outside of you? Do you realize the impact it has on your mind, your body, and your soul? Do you have to hit rock bottom before you will stop trying to avoid or go it your own way? Do you have to obey immediately? Do you start following the instructions right away? Do you start to lean on God rather than your own understandings? Do you start to trust God with everything, acknowledging Him in all your ways so that He will make your path straight? Do you keep casting your cares on God because you know that He cares for you? Do you give it all up to God even though it is still happening rather than being worried or anxious? Do you keep knocking, keep asking, and keep seeking to show your trust that God will open the right door, answer your question, and reveal the truth to you in His perfect timing?

I remember a time when I had to forgive but nearly hit rock bottom before I was ready to obey.

A story about the power of forgiveness

I remember a time when after four bosses/reorgs there were four of us who ended up in a tough situation, three of us were put in a bad position, and I was lied about and set up to be the sacrificial lamb in order to meet the numbers. I remember learning about how when they had done the “stack ranking” two teams stood up for me when my own team was looking to throw me under the bus. I remembered that previous situation and my first response was to forgive and then to face the lies before working to get things fixed up. It was much quicker, had no downward spiral, provided a window to testify of God’s goodness, and later discovered that even though they had put me as a 0 in God’s books and in the outcome the amount I was saving through God’s direction worked out to be better than what the companies gave the person who had the highest rating. God is good! God is greater! God is higher! I can testify to how His way was better than my way. I can testify to how His way was higher than my way. I can testify to how His way gave me a platform to both share God’s goodness, God’s faithfulness, and God’s provision in the midst of this broken world.

2020 was the latest incident where I was being challenged because it kept feeling like a setup. It felt like I was being positioned to fail. I felt like I was being cut off and isolated. I felt like I didn’t know what was going on and why. 2020 had the theme of hindsight is 2020. It took all the way till December for the aha moment, for the light to bring clarity to why the pain, the suffering, the treatment took place. Through it all I forgave. Through it all, I prayed with my wife and kids. Through it all, I trusted God and cast all my cares on Him. And in December it all changed. And in December within 16 days I went from uncertainty to confidence to a completely new reality. The first 12 helped me heal. The last 4 I walked through a door I hadn’t realized God had been preparing all year for me to be ready to walk through. Trust God! Trust God’s Word! Trust God’s wisdom and discernment! Lean not on your own understanding but rather in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight! 2020 finished strong and was a setup to a great start to 2021.

I am not sure where you are at today. I am not sure who did what to you. I am not sure who said what to you. I am not sure how they did it or why they did it. I just know the first step that is key is to forgive them and then to turn to God for wisdom and discernment on what to do next. It may be to wait. It may be to act. It may be something totally unexpected. Be still and know that He is God! Trust in the Lord in all your ways! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength! Don’t quit! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Be obedient to God’s leading, guiding, and prompting! Then testify of all He has done in and through you and your life to everyone God brings to you to encourage them!


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


Getting Back To Work


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. ‘

Nehemiah 4:15

You ever needed God to let you know what is really going on? Ever found out and then had the others wonder how you found out? Let’ check out the context of today’s verse and use the Amplified version to learn more.

‘ But when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious, completely enraged, and he ridiculed the Jews. He spoke before his brothers and the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Can they restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the heaps of dust and rubbish, even the ones that have been burned?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should get up on it, he would break down their stone wall.” [And Nehemiah prayed] Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their taunts on their own heads. Give them up as prey in a land of captivity. Do not forgive their wrongdoing and do not let their sin be wiped out before You, for they have offended the builders [and provoked You]. So we built the wall and the entire wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a heart to work. But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches were being closed, they were very angry. They all conspired together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to cause a disturbance in it.

But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night. Then [the leaders of] Judah said, “The strength of the burden bearers is failing, And there is much rubble; We ourselves are unable To rebuild the wall.”

Our enemies said, “They will not know or see us until we are among them, kill them and put a stop to the work.” When the Jews who lived near them came, they said to us ten times (repeatedly), “From every place you turn, they will come up against us.” So I stationed armed men behind the wall in the lowest places, at the open positions [where it was least protected]; and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears, and bows. When I saw their fear, I stood and said to the nobles and officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; [confidently] remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and [with courage from Him] fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and for your homes.”

Now when our enemies heard that we knew about their plot against us, and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each one to his work. From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work while the other half held the spears, shields, bows, and breastplates; and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah. Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens loaded themselves so that everyone worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other. Every builder had his sword secured at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet [to summon the troops] stood at my side. I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, gather to us there. Our God will fight for us.”

So we carried on with the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars came out. At that time I also said to the people, “Let each man with his servant spend the night inside Jerusalem so that they may serve as a guard for us at night and a laborer during the day.” So neither I, my brothers (relatives), my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us took off our clothes; each took his weapon [even] to the water.’

Nehemiah 4:1-23

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever felt like someone was testing your limits to find out when you would quit or give up?
  • If we considered the measure of what it takes to make someone quite as an indicator Nehemiah shows it would take a lot.
  • We see in the midst of everything thrown his way, nothing was going to keep him down.
  • We see a guy who has a huge task in front of him and all of his help is demoralized.
  • We see how he motivated them and got them to rally around the idea so as to get started building the wall.
  • It didn’t take long though for them to start losing hope between the betrayal from the inside and the opposition from the outside.
  • Ever been insulted to try and demoralize you and get you to quit? They did.
  • Ever been attacked to try and demoralize you and get you to quit? They did.
  • Ever found out in advance and had to come up with a strategy to avoid any panic?
  • Ever came up with a strategy that thwarted the plans and kept everyone focused and on point?
  • Were you able to encourage them with God?
    • ‘When I saw their fear, I stood and said to the nobles and officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; [confidently] remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and [with courage from Him] fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and for your homes.” ‘
      Nehemiah 4:14
  • Will you lean on and trust God enough to help you be the leader this world needs?
  • Will you lean on and trust God enough to help you be the leader your team needs?
  • Are you able to help them focus on the problem, on what’s important, and live up to God’s calling in and on their lives?
  • Let’s not grow weary in doing good!
  • Let’s take the victory and celebrate by getting the work God has called us to do done!
  • Let’s be like Nehemiah and know that we can’t stop and lose the momentum!
  • Let’s be like Nehemian and keep the focus on completing the good works God has given us to do!
  • Don’t waste time!
  • As leaders let’s focus on celebrating the success not by stopping or taking a break but instead by getting the job done!
  • Let’s take the energy and momentum that the success has created in order that we can get the job done and done well and done quickly.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When is taking a break a good thing to do? When is it best to get back to work immediately?
  • Describe Nehemiah’s leadership style.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The degree of hope you manifest by persevering through obstacles becomes a measure of your passion.”

Better Than Good
Creating a Life You Can’t Wait to Live
By Zig Ziglar 

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So have you been through some things and wondering what to do? Are you going through things and wondering what to do? Are you dealing with things and wondering what to do? Why not invite Jesus into the situation and get God’s perspective into what you should do? Ready for some wisdom and discernment from God? Ready to be bold and courageous in stepping out and doing what He instructs? 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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Feeling down? Feeling stuck? Wondering if there is any way out?


During COVID I read two great books about being in a pit by Mark Batterson. Through those readings, I took hold of the reality that I don’t need to pray for safety but I do need to pray for protection in doing what God calls me to do. I learned to pray for wisdom and discernment in order to know God’s instruction and direction. So with God’s direction and instruction, I would just need to be obedient and pray for God’s protection as I step up and step out boldly to get done the good works God had prepared in advance for me to accomplish. The two books were In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day and Chase The Lion.

2020 was a year when I felt really down but had the theme of Hindsight is 2020 through it all and kept wondering when God would reveal to me what was going on and why I had to be in such a place, such a position, and if it would ever get out. I was feeling down. I was feeling stuck. I kept wondering what my way out would be and how God would bring it about because for most of the year He kept telling me to wait and stay. Through 2020 God blessed me by having to stay home more and foster a stronger and better relationship with my wife and kids. Through 2020 there were many great family moments that took place and having my family praying for me in and through it all while we all leaned upon God to help us make it. It took until December before it happened. It took until December before the why was revealed. It took until December before I was unstuck. It took until December before I found a way out. The interesting thing for me was how quick it took place when God said “now”. I learned about the opportunity on Thursday. I sought wisdom about the opportunity on Friday and gave my answer that I would go. I was working on my new job the following Tuesday, ramping up and gaining a new team. In the midst of the feeling down, I kept looking up to God! In the midst of feeling stuck, I kept holding onto God! In the midst of seeking a way out, I trusted God! Count your blessings! Testify to God’s goodness!

So don’t give up! Don’t try to go it alone! (I walked through it with my family sharing the journey with them and feeling loved through it all) Don’t try to go it alone! (Spend time seeking God, talking with God, and listening to God) Don’t be robbed by the devil who walks around like a roaring lion seeking who he can kill. Don’t be fooled by the devil whose plan is to steal, kill, and destroy, instead trust in God whose plan is to give you life and life more abundantly.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 15th


In The Pit


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. ‘

II Samuel 23:20-21

Do you realize the context of where this information came from? Let’s get some additional context and expand on it using the Amplified version:

‘These are the names of the mighty men (warriors) whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth, a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains, also called Adino the Eznite (spear) because of the eight hundred men killed [by him] at one time. Next to him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the son of Ahohi. He was one of the three mighty men with David when they taunted and defied the Philistines assembled there for battle, and the men of Israel had gone. Eleazar stood up and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day; the people returned after him only to take the spoil [of the slain]. Next to Eleazar was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines were gathered into an army where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people [of Israel] fled from the Philistines. But he took his stand in the center of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines; and the Lord brought about a great victory. Then three of the thirty chief men went down and came to David at harvest time in the cave of Adullam, while an army of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem by the gate, and carried and brought it to David. But he would not drink it, but poured it out [in worship] to the Lord. And he said, “Far be it from me, O Lord, that I should drink this. [Is it not the same as] the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” So he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did. Now Abishai the brother of Joab the son of Zeruiah was chief of the thirty. He wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them, and gained a reputation beside the three. He was the most honored of the thirty, so he became their commander; however, he did not attain to the [greatness of the] three. Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many notable acts, killed two [famous] warriors of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day. And he killed an Egyptian, an impressive and handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a club, snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed the man with his own spear. These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and gained a reputation beside the three mighty men. He was honored among the thirty, but he did not attain to the [greatness of the] three. David appointed him over his guard. Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; then Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, Shammah of Harod, Elika of Harod, Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, Abiezer of Anathoth, Mebunnai the Hushathite, Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai of Netophah, Heleb the son of Baanah of Netophah, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the Benjamites, Benaiah of Pirathon, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, Eliahba of Shaalbon, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite, Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai the son of Maacah, Eliam the son of Ahithophel of Giloh, Hezro (Hezrai) of Carmel, Paarai the Arbite, Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, armor bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, Uriah the Hittite—thirty-seven in all.’

2 Samuel 23:8-39

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you respond to problems?
  • Are you ready to turn them into platforms?
  • Are you ready to turn them into a legacy?
  • What are the battles you are faced with?
  • What are the challenges you are faced with?
  • What are the threats you are faced with?
  • Are you ready?
  • Are you preparing for the battles, the challenges, and the threats?
  • Are you preparing so you will be ready when they show up?
  • What are people running from? Could that be an opportunity for you to run towards?
  • Could the fact that others are running away mean you could get to the opportunity first because you are prepared and going upstream?
  • Do you trust God enough to go and do what He calls you to do?
  • Do you trust God enough to go and do what God has prepared in advance for you to do?
  • Do you trust God enough that when others fear something you are courageous and bold knowing if God calls you to it that He will lead, guide, and protect you through it?
  • We see how in Benaiah’s case his boldness and courageousness got him promoted to head of the bodyguards for David and commander-in-chief of Israel’s armies under Solomon.
  • We see how thousands of years later we marvel at the courage, the risk taking, and the faith of this brave, courageous, fearless, heroic, daring, gallant, confident, spirited, and determined warrior!
  • What comes to mind when you did something big for God out of faith?
  • What comes to mind when you think of the legacy you will leave behind?
  • Does anyone know about the faith it took?
  • Does anyone know about the faith experiences you went through?
  • Do you remember when your faith was greater than your fears?
  • Do you remember trusting God more than you would allow the fear of being unqualified to do it?
  • Do you remember when your accomplishments exceeded your expectations?
  • Do you remember times when you had to face and defeat warriors in your life?
  • Do you remember times when you had to face and chase lions in your life?
  • Do you remember times when you had to face and face giants in your life?
  • Oh the memories!
  • Oh the legacy!
  • As we step into our today, let’s seize the opportunities that come our way!
  • Let’s keep in mind our greatest blessings may start out as our biggest obstacles!
  • Let’s be ready! Let’s be prepared! Let’s be bold and courageous! Let’s get it done for the glory of God!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some of the events from your past that looked devastating at the time, but turned out to be great blessings?
  • Is there a lion that God is calling you to chase?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at? Are you in a pit? Are you facing a lion? Are you wondering what to do? Are you wondering how to proceed? Are you ready to trust God? Are you ready to do what God is calling you to do? Are you ready to leave a legacy? Are you ready to create a legacy? Are you ready to build the faith of others by sharing your story? Could today be your day? 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 been ask or seen executives being asked “What keeps you up at night?”?


What tends to be the cause of staying awake at night for you? Is it concerns? Is it worries? Is it stress? Is it anxiety? Is it health related? Is it family related? Is it work related? Is there anything that is keeping you up at night?

Ever considered that you have a choice between being kept up at night versus getting sleep? Ever considered that you have a choice between worrying and stressing over something versus giving it over to God? Ever considered that you have choice of staying up all night worrying and stressing about it versus giving it to God since He is going to be up all night anyways?

I can remember many years back when a pastor shared how they had some concerns and after a while said to God, “Since you are going to be up all night anyways, I am going to give this over to you so that I can get a good night’s rest.” How about you? Are you willing to give it up to God? Are you willing to give it over to God? Are you willing to let go and let God? The decision is yours! The choice is yours! Will anything keep you up tonight?



The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 15th


God Never Sleeps


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.’

Psalms 121:4

The Amplified version expands on this a bit by saying:

‘Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly]. ‘

Psalms 121:4

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you ready to be open and honest about yourself?
  • Are you ready to be open and honest about what you are going through?
  • Are you ready to be open and honest about answering the questions people ask?
  • Are you ready to be transparent and share the highs and lows of your life?
  • Are you ready to stop hiding behind a mask or persona or image?
  • Are you willing to share your concerns?
  • Are you willing to share your hopes?
  • Are you willing to share your faith?
  • Are you willing to be real and express your feelings and emotions?
  • Are you able to express when you are angry?
  • Are you able to express when you are feeling despair?
  • Are you able to express when you are fearful?
  • Are you able to express when you are confused?
  • Are you able to take these and bring them and give them to God?
  • Are you able to bring your fully exposed self to God?
  • Are you going to give it up to God in order that He will provide insights?
  • Are you going to give it over to God in order that He will provide renewed confidence?
  • Are you willing like today’s verse writer to cast your cares and concerns on God?
    • ‘I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]— From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord , Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly]. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your life. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in [everything that you do] From this time forth and forever.’ — Psalms 121:1-8
  • We find that God rewards his honesty with hope!
  • We find how wrestling with his doubts strengthens his faith!
  • God’s timing is different than our timing and so we don’t know how quickly this played out but we know that it did and that God let him know that He is aware of what he is going through and is present with him in the moment.
  • No matter what situation we are in, no matter how threatening it may seem or feel, don’t lose hope, turn to God, trust in Him, let go and let God!
  • So whatever we are going through, let’s be honest about it with God!
  • So no matter what we are going through, let’s cast our cares on God because He cares for us!
  • Let’s allow Him to fill us up with more hope, more understanding, and more confidence in Him!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When have you felt that God is taking a nap and you were on your own?
  • Does being honest with God about your doubts and fears seem right to you? Why or Why not?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The future is as bright as the promises of God.”

William Carey

“It’s nice to know that you don’t have to sit up at night and worry, because God s going to be up all night, anyhow.”

Zig Ziglar
Confessions of a Happy Christian – Page 83

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you stressing or worrying? Take hold of God’s offer to cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you. Are your worries and stresses, anxieties and fears keeping you up at night? Take hold of God’s reality that He is always up and cast your cares on Him, trusting Him to be able to take care of the situation and provide you with answers. Are you ready to let go and let God? 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 gotten to the point of “why so downcast oh my soul”?


Ever been through a lot of time or a long time where hope was fleeting? Ever been through a hard time or discouraging time where hope was lacking? Ever been through a challenging and uncertain time where hope was fading?

How did you go through it? Did it bring unhappiness? Did it bring depression? Did it bring physical illness? Did it bring sadness? Did it bring sorrow? Did it come with a feeling or sense of disappointment? Did it comes with a sense of rejection? Did it feel like it was zapping your spirit and your joy?

How did you respond? Where did you turn? How did it impact you physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

Did you turn to God? Did you turn to God’s Word?

Let’s consider what we can find in the Word of God…

‘Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my [sad] countenance and my God.’

Psalms 43:5

What started the problem? What triggered the feelings? How will you respond?

‘Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. ‘

Proverbs 3:5

Put your hope and trust in God! Cast your cares on Him!

‘May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. ‘

Psalms 119:74

‘My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. ‘

Psalms 119:81

‘I wait for the Lord , my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. ‘

Psalms 130:5

‘Israel, put your hope in the Lord , for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. ‘

Psalms 130:7

‘Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. ‘

Psalms 119:49

‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ‘

1 Peter 5:7

So are you ready to do it? What do you care about? What is making you worried? What is causing you to be anxious? Speak them and give them to God! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s care for us! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s love for us! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s mercy on us!

We need to get rid of and replace these thoughts that are triggering or causing fear, worry, doubt, and anxiety with God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s presence with us. We need to pick up the antidote for fear which is our faith in God!

Remember how in the Bible it tells us to fear not? Remember how there are enough that we can read one or take hold of one per day? He provides us with a way to go from fearful to fearless! There are references that speak to there not being 365 fear nots, there are many references that give you enough Bible verses to make it through the year.

Check out these reference sites that point to God’s Word to help you find the fear not for today:

So the key to facing the disappointments and the challenges, the trials and the troubles, the anxiety and the fear is hope. Without hope everything else can makes its way in and try to shake up our lives. So we need to turn to God! We need to cry out and call on God! We need to lean on God harder! And in so doing we will be able to use our faith as the antidote to fear. We will be able to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. We will be able to take heart when we face troubles. We will be able to lean not on our own understanding but trust God rather than being anxious.

So where are you at today? Is all the crazy going on in this world getting to you? Is all the crazy going on in this world shaking you? Step on and stand on the rock of our salvation which is unshakable. Let’s build our lives on Jesus! It doesn’t mean we won’t face problems but it does mean we won’t have to face them alone.

Don’t let your heart be troubled! Let’s take hold of the words of Jesus!

‘ “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” ‘

John 14:1-4

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for September 3rd


Heartsick


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.’

Proverbs 13:12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you think you are invulnerable?
  • Do you think you are bullet proof?
  • How do you handle disappointment?
  • We are just humans after all, as Solomon reminds us.
  • Ever noticed how disappointment hurts?
  • Ever noticed how disappointment can cause physical pain?
  • Ever considered the distance between your hopes and your disappointments?
  • Ever considered the impact of this difference?
  • Ever noticed how this difference between hopes and disappointment tends to have that amount of impact on us?
  • Be it a minor setback or a devastation, it is painful.
  • Pain hurts and is normal.
  • In this world we will have troubles remember and as such that means we will have to face unfulfilled hopes.
  • Check out Psalms and you will get to see glorious praise as well as sobering lows too.
  • The key we learn through Psalms is that when we face the painful, trying times we don’t turn away from God but we need to draw even closer to Him.
  • Let’s pour out our thoughts and pains to God with honesty and allow God to pour back into us the reality of His love, His truth, and His promises.
  • Let’s trust God!
  • Let’s not allow ourselves to be troubled without taking our cause to God and trusting in Him.
  • Let’s allow our hopes to be fulfilled through our trust and prayers to God!
  • Let’s not turn from God in times of troubles but instead lean into Him even more.
  • When things are great, let’s not wander off either to find ourselves alone and in the middle of who knows where.
  • Let’s share our emotions with God! The good, the bad, and the ugly!
  • Let’s be genuine and honest with Him in the midst of whatever we are going through.
  • Let’s seek the Lord with all of our hearts!
  • Let’s dig deeper into His grace!
  • Let’s seek Him for wisdom and discernment to help us know how to navigate the situation!
  • Let’s never forget to give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory He is worthy of!
  • God answers prayer!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe a time when shattered hopes made your heart sick.
  • Do you feel permission to be truly honest with God about your disappointments? How would it help you to be honest with Him?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

― George Bernard Shaw

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What are you going through? What are you in need of? Do you know where to go? Do you know where to turn? Where does your help come from? Where does your hope come from? Are you ready to turn to God? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart today? Could today be your new beginning?

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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Do you have it or do you need it?


As this thought came to mind and I stirred around songs that speak to what you have or for those who haven’t made the decision could have, it was interesting because the first song that came up felt like the right one but I wasn’t sure if it would fit with today’s topic. So let’s take a moment and watch and listen to grab of the words being shared and what we can decide to accept and choose.

Zach Williams – Chain Breaker

As I consider how having started a relationship with Jesus and how it has transformed my life, my purpose, my plans, my perspective, and my responses and actions, I realize there are so many benefits to having a relationship with Jesus including but not limited to never being alone, never being abandoned, and always having someone to talk to about anything. When all I have is Jesus, I have everything that I need.

How about you? What do you have? What do you need? Do you have what you need? If we reflect on the song, are there things you would like Jesus to take from you? Are there things you would like Jesus to break off or break away from you? Are there things you would like to have more of like love, freedom, or just to be saved? Could today be the day you realize and accept Jesus into your life? Could today be the day you decide to invite Jesus into your life and allow Him to help transform you and your life from the inside out? Could today be the day you start new and afresh knowing you are good, clean and clear, forgiven and reconciled with God?

So what do you have? What do you need? Do know you you’ve got?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 28th


Know What You’ve Got


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ‘

Hebrews 13:5

Let’s consider the context of this message and grab hold of the moral directions that were being given and expand on it by using the Amplified version:

‘Let love of your fellow believers continue. Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body [and subject to physical suffering]. Marriage is to be held in honor among all [that is, regarded as something of great value], and the marriage bed undefiled [by immorality or by any sexual sin]; for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax M y hold on you [assuredly not]!” So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid . W hat will man do to me ?” ‘

Hebrews 13:1-6

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you content with what you have or are you wanting what others have?
  • Are you considering what you have rather than comparing and coveting what your neighbor has?
  • What is causing the insecurity that makes you think or feel you need what others have?
  • What is the reason behind the fear?
  • Fear wants to rob from us! The Bible tells us that faith is the antidote of fear!
  • The devil wants to stir up fear and worry in order to rob us for peace and contentment.
  • Are you ready to fear not and start to believe in God?
  • If it isn’t fear that is causing you to not be content, could it be greed?
  • Do you realize how craving things rather than God and a relationship with Him robs our hearts?
  • Do you realize how craving things robs ruins relationships?
  • Don’t be robbed by greed! Take hold of God and invite Jesus into your heart! He is the only one who can fill that hole you would keep trying to fill!
  • Let’s not allow fear and greed to rob us of everything God desires for us!
  • When that feeling arises, let’s take hold of it and give it over to God!
  • When that thought comes to mind, let’s take every thought captive in order to be able to have the right response.
  • Let’s decide to get rid of every covetous thought!
  • Let’s decide to replace any covetous thought with a thought of contentment!
  • You might be wondering how do we do that. Let’s in the moment remember that every good and perfect gift comes from God! Let’s in the moment remember how we have the promise that God will never leave us nor forsake/abandon us.
  • Let’s allow our hearts to be filled to overflowing with love, mercy, grace, and strength from God!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that thanks to God we have everything that we need!
  • Let’s invest our time and efforts in building up our relationship with Jesus so that we can have true contentment and the richness of His love and friendship.
  • God promises to be as close as our breath!
  • God promises to never leave us for a second!
  • Do you have an empty spot that you are trying to fill?
  • What is the cause or the reason for the empty feeling?
  • If we allow God to pour into our hearts to overflowing, it will never feel empty and will allow us to be able to pour out into the lives of so many others that God brings across our path.
  • Let’s decide to be people who allow God to fill us to overflowing so that we can overflow His presence into the lives of others who are in need and needing to be filled up!
  • Let’s take hold of this incredible relationship with Jesus who is our King, our Savior, and our Best Friend!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How much do you crave things? What do you hope they’ll do for you?
  • In what way does Christ’s presence give us true contentment?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“It is a dangerous thing to ask why someone else has been given more. It is humbling and indeed healthy to ask why you have been given so much.”

Condoleezza Rice

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you in need or want? Are you in the know or seeking? Are you looking for an answer? Are you ready to be set free? Are you ready to have the invisible chains broken off of your life? 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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Part of the United series - preached by Pastor Josh Jamison
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Today’s Scripture: Acts 18:1-18

‘After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized. One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God. ‘

Acts 18:1-11

God never said it was going to be easy – He calls us to be obedient

Corinth is like Seattle – center of commerce and trade as well as culture – you can take the religions you like and make your own

Verse 9: ‘One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. ‘

Paul was dealing with fear and so God had to speak to Paul

Verse 10: ‘For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” ‘

It is tough, it’s difficult, you are being threatened, don’t be afraid, God is with you

Paul was obedient and stayed for a year and a half, teaching the word of God.

There is nowhere you can go where the presence of God leaves you or abandons you!

3 Things – A person who stays, who remains, who completes the work God has asked you to do

  1. Opposition is not our metric for God’s will.
    • There are moments when you are disobedient and God is trying to get you on track
    • There are moments where you are right where God wants you to be and you face opposition.
    • Opposition could mean you are right where God wants you to be.
  2. Don’t let the fear of potential problems distract you from what God promises.
    • Hear from God, don’t be afraid because God is with you
    • Focus on what God can do for you than what man can do to you.
    • Let’s go back to the promises of God
    • Don’t allow the fear of man to creep in and rob you of God’s promises.
    • Take hold of where God says “I am with you”
    • If God is with me then who can be against me?
    • If God is with me then what is God going to do in and through me?
  3. You need to understand the work is not finished.
    • There are more people here who God needs to touch and have hear about God
    • There are people who don’t believe yet but they will
    • There are people who don’t identify as a Christian but they will
    • They are 1 moment away from being touched and transformed
    • Don’t give up on this city! He isn’t done with it yet

God’s not done here! He needs people who are willing to stay!

You can be one conversation, one moment away, …

Where is God calling you to stay? Even though things are seeming difficult!

When God is for us, who can be against us!


In case you are looking or wanting to get started on a study of “I am with you” check out these posts I found:

Do not be afraid. Fear not. How much do you need to hear this?


How often do you need to be reminded to not be afraid? How often do you need to be told fear not? One thing that always makes me smile is when I get to a part of the Bible where there is an angel. This awe inspiring, overwhelming being that shows up and the first thing they tell the person is do not be afraid and the the person goes into shock. It seems that the shock or fear reflex is common to humans and so the angels try to be proactive in their encounters. Be it when the angel shows up to Mary to let her know that she is going to be the mother of the messiah. Be it when the angel shows up to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. (Luke 2:1-12) Be it when the angel shows up to Joseph to tell him to marry Mary. Be it when the angel shows up to Daniel to tell him that he had started to make his way to help him from the start of his praying. (Daniel 10:8-19) Be it when the women got to the tomb looking for Jesus and he was letting them know Jesus was resurrected and so was no longer in the tomb. (Matthew 28:1-10) Be it when the angel appeared to Paul on the boat that was to be shipwrecked and wanted to let him know everything was going to be ok. (Acts 27:1-26) Even when the news being delivered is good, the warning or message begins with don’t be afraid.

God doesn’t want us to be living our lives in fear. God is love and so wants us to be filled with and overflowing in love! God wants us to be bold and courageous! God wants us to put our hope and trust in Him and as such fear not but instead believe! God wants us to receive the gift of the Spirit which gives us power, love, and a sound mind, not fear! So are you ready to live your life God’s way? Are you ready to live your life boldly and courageously? Are you ready to live your life fueled with God’s power and love? Are you ready to live your life with God’s wisdom and as such a sound mind? Why not choose today to receive Jesus and to be transformed so you can live a life a faith over fear? The decision is yours! Choose wisely!


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


He is Risen!


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”’

Matthew 28:6-7

To connect the two themes, if we expand what the Bible says one verse earlier, we read: ‘But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”’ — Matthew 28:5-7


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Imagine how devastated Jesus’ followers and friends were after seeing Jesus die on the cross and then be taken down and put into a tomb.
  • Imagine the impact on their dreams and hopes…
  • Imagine trying to make sense of the whole ordeal
  • On Sunday would you have stayed home uncertain and confused? Would you have been like the faithful women who went out to the tomb to show their love for Jesus?
  • Could you imagine how quiet and somber the walk to the tomb would have been?
  • Could you imagine the shock and wonder of seeing the stone rolled away from the opening of the tomb?
  • Imagine seeing the glowing angel sitting on the stone that had been rolled away…
  • Imagine the thrill and amazement of receiving the message the angel had to deliver…
  • Imagine receiving the message “He is Alive!”
  • With the rollercoaster of emotions of the last few day and now to get this message, how would or could someone handle it and respond?
  • How do you respond to miracles? How do you respond to the incredible? How do you respond to the impossible?
  • Would you be ready to run off and tell everyone?
  • Are you ready to share and tell everyone about Jesus today?
  • Could you imagine after such a message getting to see Jesus again?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus if He decides to return today?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus if He calls you home today?
  • Let’s grab hold of the angel’s message – “He is alive!” “He is risen!”

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What do you think that moment was like when the angel spoke to the women?
  • What is the significance in your life that Jesus has risen from the dead?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The entire plan for the future has its key in the resurrection.”

Billy Graham

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready to receive this truth? Are you ready to receive this hope? Are you ready to receive this promise? Are you ready to receive this good news? 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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At such a time as this, which invitations will you accept?


Considering the times we are in, would you accept and invitation to an event? Would it matter if it was inside or outside? Would it matter who it was for? Would it matter how many people would be attending? Would it matter what the weather will be like? Would it matter if it was personally delivered? Would it matter if it was handwritten rather than printed out?

Considering the times would be you open to make an invitation to others? An invitation to celebrate? An invitation to serve? An invitation to search your background? An invitation to search your heart? An invitation to search your mind? An invitation to search your worries and fears? An invitation to your home? An invitation to lead or direct you? Would it matter how well you know the person? Would it matter if you knew their intentions were good?

Would you accept or give an invitation at this time?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 8th


An Invitation


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.’

Psalms 139:23-24

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • You realize God knows you, knows everything about you, loves you, right?
  • Nothing escapes God’s sight!
  • How does this reality make you feel?
  • Does it depend on how you are behaving?
  • You know you can’t hide from God right?
  • God won’t force Himself on you though, you have to decide with your freewill if you will choose to invite God into your life or not.
  • Will you put your hope and trust in God and ask Him to enter into your heart and help clean house?
  • Will you put your hope and trust in God and ask Him to help straighten out your path in life?
  • Will you put your hope and trust in God and ask Him to strengthen you?
  • Will you put your hope and trust in God and ask Him to pour out His grace into your life in the midst of your mistakes and troubles?
  • Are you ready to do like David did at the end of Psalm 139 and invite God to search your heart, to show you any sin, and to change your life?
  • Will you invite Jesus in and be transformed? Becoming a new creation where the old is gone and the new has come?
  • Will you invite Jesus in and discover that God is for you and not against you? that God loves you and wants the best for you? that God is calling you to partner with Him for a greater reason and purpose of sharing His Word and the Good News with the world?
  • Will you accept God’s love and grace?
  • Will you accept the calling to represent God? to be an ambassador for Christ?
  • Are you willing to give your life into God’s hands so that He can help clean things up and direct your path?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some attitudes and beliefs about God that make us want to stay away from Him?
  • God is just
  • God is firm
  • God is good
  • God is light
  • God is love
Do you, like David, want to be sure that nothing gets in the way of your relationship with God? If so, pray these verses to God–and then listen.
  • Yes and I am so glad for God’s Word that never returns void.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered on anything short of God and His will for us.”

Billy Graham

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So will you allow love to overcome fear? Will you pray instead of worrying? Will you cast your cares upon God because He cares for you? Will you invite Jesus into your heart so that He can make your path straight? Will you choose to go beyond routines and rituals and step into a living relationship with God?

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

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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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How can you bless someone?


Do you realize the importance of acknowledging others? Do you realize the importance of expressing how valued others are? Do you realize the importance of telling someone you appreciate them? Do you realize the importance of telling someone they did good? Do you realize the importance of celebrating victories with others? Do you realize the importance of celebrating milestones with others? Do you realize that you have a part to play in making sure that everyone in the group is appreciated for the work they do?

So what can you do about it? How can you bless someone today? Now that you know you can’t say you didn’t. Some may think that ignorance is bliss because if you don’t know something then you don’t have to worry about it. Worry changes nothing but prayer changes everything! God doesn’t want us to worry, God wants us to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us! With all the technology, all the social media, all the broadcast technology that is taking place, it can be a choice to not know. When you think of the word ignorance what comes to mind? Is it any of these words?

incomprehension, unawareness, unconsciousness, inexperience, innocence, unfamiliarity with, lack of enlightenment about, lack of knowledge about, lack of information about, cluelessness, nescience, lack of knowledge, lack of education, unenlightenment, benightedness, lack of intelligence, unintelligence, stupidity, foolishness, idiocy, denseness, brainlessness, mindlessness, slow-wittedness, thickness, dimness, dumbness, dopiness, doziness

So why not turn to God and ask Him for wisdom and discernment? Why not turn to God rather than trying to stick your head in the ground in order to avoid the world? Why not turn to God for health and protection rather than avoiding the opportunity to accomplish His will and plans for your life? Take time to hear from God so that you know the what, the why, the how, the who, the where, and the when and then step up and step out boldly and with courage knowing that God has you protected to get it done His way!

So now that you know how important it is to bless someone, what will you do today? Will you be on the watch to catch someone doing something that you can recognize them for? Will you be on your guard to find something good that your team, your family, and your friends have done? Will you take a half hour to express it?

You are blessed in order that you can be a blessing to others! God blesses you so that you can bless others!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for April 28th


Ignorance is no excuse


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?’

Proverbs 24:12

As I read this and want to learn more, I took a look at the Amplified translation and it goes like this:

‘ If you [profess ignorance and] say, Behold, we did not know this, does not He Who weighs and ponders the heart perceive and consider it? And He Who guards your life, does not He know it? And shall not He render to [you and] every man according to his works?’

Proverbs 24:12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Don’t make an excuse about it!
  • Will you take accountability for what you have or haven’t done?
  • Will you take responsibility for your mistakes?
  • Will you stop blaming or pointing fingers at others?
  • Don’t make up stories to try and make it look like you didn’t have a choice!
  • God is gracious!
  • God is forgiving!
  • God is also omniscient and omnipresent, so nothing goes unseen!
  • God didn’t miss or not see what happened! God didn’t miss or not know your thoughts!
  • God knows what we know!
  • God knows what our motives are!
  • God is able to take all of that knowledge into consideration when evaluating our responsibility, our guilt, and our accountability!
  • We each will get to give an account for our choices and actions!
  • We each will get to be before the throne of God who is just and gracious and have to deal with the evaluation of our behaviors that will either be rewarded or not!
  • What is your conscience telling you to do?
  • How did you respond when your conscience told you to do or not do something?
  • What does the scripture tell you to do?
  • How did you respond when the scripture told you to do or not do something?
  • Are you reading God’s Word? Are you meditating on God’s Word? Are you living in alignment and accordance to God’s Word?
  • How did you respond when your Christian friends told you to do or not do something?
  • Are you spending time with them or other friends instead?
  • How did you respond to the Holy Spirit when He told you to do or not do something?
  • Will you listen?
  • What would it take for you to listen to such godly guidance?
  • Will you take accountability for what you have done?
  • Will you avoid making up excuses?
  • For Christians, the day of reckoning will evaluate our deeds and motives as believers and have to give an account and no excuse will work!
  • For Christians, the day of reckoning isn’t about the judgment of heaven or hell.
  • Let’s do our part to be able to hear on that day “Well done, good and faithful servant
  • Let’s enter into the joy of God!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Why is it so easy to make excuses instead of taking responsibility?
  • Redirects the judgment
  • Tries to show that there wasn’t a choice
  • Don’t want to take the blame
What needs to change so that standing before Christ will be a joy for you?
  • Stay grounded in Jesus through His Word in Scripture, Christian friends, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit
  • Decide to be accountable and take responsibility now for what we have done and turn back to God and ask for forgiveness!
  • Decide to ask God before you act and then obey
  • Decide to do what God says through the Bible and the Holy Spirit

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So are you ready to express it? Are you ready to make the decision? Are you ready to get it done?

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?

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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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To Forgive or Not to Forgive that is the question


Do you realize the benefits of forgiveness? Do you realize the consequences of not forgiving? Do you think forgiveness makes you weak? The reality is that by forgiving you are able to take back the power from the one who made you the victim. Do you think forgiveness means the other person is off the hook? The reality is that forgiveness removes the bitter or angry root from your heart and gives you freedom. The reality is that by forgiving them it puts the incident back into their hands and in their court to deal with instead of you needing to carry it around with you. Do you think forgiveness is only for other people? The reality is that to many people they are able to forgive others and even ask God to forgive them but the challenge they have which causes them to carry the burden is that they have a problem forgiving yourself!

This morning I was reading the chapter on Forgiveness in the Death Row Chaplain by Rev. Earl Smith. It goes through various scenarios and various truths around forgiveness. Just because you forgive someone doesn’t mean they won’t have to pay for their actions. Not forgiving though means that even after they are gone (aka death row) you get to carry around memories, the pain, and the anxiety. I would strongly recommend reading the book as I only have 1 chapter left and having gotten to meet the chaplain at a men’s conference, it is definitely worth the read. Where have you been and where does God want you to go? Your past doesn’t define you and so will you be willing to forgive yourself? As you consider and reflect on your day and your life, how will you choose to live it out?

Check out the category in this blog on forgiveness or forgive or unforgiveness which by the way isn’t a word!

Need to hear or watch something to reflect on it better? Here is a video you can watch:

Have I got a deal for you…

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


The 365 Plan


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: II Timothy 1:7

‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Fear Not!
  • We need to remember that God is bigger than our situation and circumstance
  • Do you realize that the topic of “Fear Not” happens 365 times in the Bible? There is even a site where you can have 1 a day. It’s a book too “Fearful To Fearless
  • Enough for every day! So we don’t need to live a day in fear!
  • We can trust God every day and so rebuke the fear the world sends our way.
  • We can trust God in threatening experiences and situations!
  • We can trust God when facing the most difficult people!
  • God knows we are prone to fear and hence gives us so many reminders and verses to tell us to fear not!
  • God doesn’t want us to be overwhelmed!
  • God doesn’t want situations to overwhelm us!
  • So when things get stressful or difficult let’s change the way we respond and turn to God first!
  • I use the idea in my head that both excitement and nervousness create the same butterflies in my stomach and so when that feeling kicks in I choose to think of it as how excited I am getting about the situation!
  • Let’s choose to trust God rather than run away in fear!
  • Let’s choose to turn to God first, remember how He is greater than any problems or situations that can come our way, His grace is more than enough, and then take hold of God’s ability to overcome anything!
  • Today’s devotional reminds me of the two lion books I read by Mark BattersonChase the Lion and In a pit with a lion on a snowy day. It reminds me how my prayer life has changed to seek wisdom and discernment from God to make sure I am doing the right things and then a prayer for protection and health as I step up and step out in faith to do what God is asking of me and calling me to do.
  • Let’s take hold of Paul’s reminder to Timothy – “if you are afraid, it’s not from God”!
  • Let’s take hold of Paul’s reminder to Timothy – “God is the author of power, love, and right-thinking”!
  • So rather than holding onto fear, let’s count on God!
  • So what situation(s) is/are making you feel threatened?
  • What situation(s) is/are making you feel out of control?
  • What situation(s) is/are making you feel overwhelmed?
  • Are you ready and willing to cast your cares on God knowing that He cares for you?
  • Are you ready and willing to stop when that situation happens, look to God for wisdom and discernment, listen to His assurance through the Holy Spirit, and step forward in faith?
  • Are you ready to take a hold of today’s verse of the day and step up and step out with power, love, and a sound mind?
  • Let’s choose to trust God today!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some recurring situations that cause you to run away in fear or fight back in defiance?
  • Challenge my abilities
  • Challenge my integrity
  • Challenge my character

When that happens again, what about God do you need to remember? How will this reflection help you in critical moments?
  • Remember who God says I am
  • Remember who God is
  • Respond in alignment with the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding!

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So will you face the fear and choose to forgive? Will you reflect on the past and choose to forgive? Will you forgive yourself and forgive others in order to be able to release the past and walk out into your future with true freedom? Will you accept forgiveness from God, from others, and from yourself? Will you allow faith to overcome fear? Will you allow forgiveness to overcome anger, bitterness, and hate? Will you let love rise to the top and be how you lead and live your life?

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?

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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?