What makes today happy?


Is it a special day? Is there a party? Is there a reason? Is there something special about it?

Today is the day that the Lord has made, so lets rejoice and be glad in it! Don’t let anything rob us of that joy for the joy of the Lord is our strength! There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy, how about you?


The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.


There ain’t nothing
gonna steal my joy


Does it have to be a holiday? Does it have to be a weekend? Does it have to be a birthday? Does it have to be an anniversary? Does it have to be a party? Does it have to be a gathering? Or can it all be about the overflow of the joy of the Lord pouring out of your life?



Not feeling it? Why not fill up with Him? Did you listen to the above 2 songs? If not and you are questioning start with the one just above and then the first one. Don’t read on till you have listen to both and then come back to this point and continue.

Feeling it more? Needing more? Why not try going to the first one and watch it in YouTube and and allow YouTube to play thru a few more worship songs? This is the day the Lord has made! Music doesn’t work for everyone, so let’s do something powerful and turn to God’s love letter found in the Bible.



Even on special days, sometimes we need to know how much we are loved. Even on special days, the devil will try to rob us of our joy. Even on special days, people will do things or say things that will try to rob us of our joy. But we can’t let that cause us to lose our joy for the joy of the Lord of the joy is our strength and so if we feel it draining from us, lets turn back to God and be refilled. Let’s allow God’s Word to be our fuel for a new day so that in and through us and our lives God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.


Today’s reading from God’s Word:

  • Nehemiah 5
  • Nehemiah 6
  • Nehemiah 7:1-4
  • Ezekiel 46
  • Ezekiel 47:1-12
  • Acts 24:1-9
  • Revelation 17:11-18
  • Psalms 138

We need to defend the oppressed. We need to support the orphans and widows.

We need to ensure that the rules and ways of doing business don’t harm the oppressed.

Let’s live out our lives in a way that shows reverence to God so that in and through our lives, as living sacrifices, He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.

Let’s live out our lives with the wisdom of the Lord

Let’s not be fooled or tricked but rather live out our lives with the discernment that comes with the Holy Spirit. Trust God!

Let’s complete the good work that God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish.

Let’s be living sacrifices to our God that are pleasing to Him.

Let’s be living out our lives to supporting life and flourishing.

Let’s allow the living water of Jesus to flow in and through us so that there will be life wherever we go.

Let’s be a part of the victory by being on Jesus’s side.

Let’s be a part of the people who will spend eternity with God and not in the pit with the devil.

Let’s give God thanks and praise Him.

‘I give you thanks, O Lord , with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods. I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord , for all of them will hear your words. Yes, they will sing about the Lord ’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great. Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud. Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord , endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.’

Psalms 138:1-8

So where are you at today? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:


This morning when I landed on Bing to get my reward points it started with this page:


Yes, today is my birthday but that isn’t what makes it happy. Thank You Jesus for this new day You have created and have prepared in advance for me. Thank You Jesus for the strength I receive through the joy You have provided me. Thank You for today!

Can you withstand it?


There is going to be trouble! There is going to be conflict! There is going to be a battle! Will you be ready? Can you withstand it? Do you have the right tools? Do you have the right equipment to withstand it?

Today’s reading speaks to being prepared and active. It speaks to offensive and defensive tools. Let’s be ready so that we can withstand it!

The Whole Armor of God

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
–from Ephesians 6

We know that in this world we will have troubles and we also know that we don’t have to worry about it because Jesus has already overcome the world! We know that we are to consider it pure joy when we face trials of any kind! So to do all this we need to be strong in the Lord! We need to be putting God at the center of our lives! The best way for us be prepared and to do this is to put on the full armor of God! This isn’t a battle with people, but a spiritual battle! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! After standing up against the attack, keep standing! Withstand it! First things first, let’s put on the belt to guard our waist and hold up the tools necessary…let’s allow everything hang on the truth, the belt of truth! Next, let’s protect the heart with the breastplate of righteousness! Let’s protect our feet that allow us to stand firm and go deliver the incredible message of hope by putting on the shoes so that we can share the gospel of peace! Let’s protect ourselves from the fiery darts of the devil of his lies and deception through every circumstance by holding onto the shield of faith! Let’s protect our heads by putting on the helmet of salvation, remembering everything that Jesus has already done in order to have already won the victory! And last but not least, the only offensive weapon we have, God’s Word, the sword of the Spirit to battle the lies with truth! Let’s pray! Let’s pray for what today is going to include! Let’s pray for others around us who are having their own battles! Let’s pray for wisdom and discernment in how to respond and react to what will come our way today! Let’s pray that the others will also put on the full armor of God! Let’s pray without ceasing! Going into a tough meeting? Pray before! Pray during! Pray after! Going into a tough conversation? Pray before! Pray during! Pray after! Finding yourself in the midst of a tough conversation? Pray! Pray during! Pray after! Pray without ceasing so that you are in sync with God and allow Him to speak into every situation to help you from losing it!

It’s a new day! So let’s go out there prepared! Let’s not be caught short, but prepared with everything we need!


Today’s devotional (Conflict At Work day 5)also uses this scripture for its teaching and it goes like this…

Be Spiritually Grounded

The book of Ephesians reminds us that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” In other words, we live in a fallen world, and there are factors beyond our control that contribute to the difficulties we face at work. We shouldn’t expect even the best workplace to be perfect. But we should expect the Spirit of God to be with us all the time.

In response to workplace struggles, Ephesians tells us to put on truth, righteousness, peace and faith. We are to remind ourselves of our salvation and gird ourselves with the word of God. We are to “pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers and requests.”

This means that we can always trust God to take care of us, so that we don’t need to be tempted to engage in unethical behavior, slander and anger. The powers of evil may indeed threaten, oppress or even cause us harm at work. But we don’t need to resort to dirty deeds to defend ourselves. Truth, right relationships, honest conflict resolution and faithfulness are the best ways for us, whether we are in good situations or bad. These are things we should request the Holy Spirit to give us.

This approach may not deliver overnight results. However, over time, we may find that we have more patience, fortitude, hope and love than we thought possible. And we know that Christ is victorious over every power of darkness and evil in the end.

Video

Watch this short video about our role in the world as image bearers of God.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I need your help when I experience darkness and evil at work. Help me to put on the armor of righteousness, peace, truth, faith, your Word and the joy of your salvation. Help me rely on your Spirit daily. I pray for the people who make my work difficult. Please bless them. I confess my own reluctance to love, and I admit that sometimes I’m the one who is difficult to work with. I pray for the ability to submit to you, knowing that you care for me. Amen.

–from Conflict At Work day 5

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t ask to make it easier, ask to be made stronger!


When it hurts too much try cry, lean on Jesus and He will comfort you.

God’s not somewhere out there, He is a personal God who desires to have an intimate relationship with you. Take time today to hear from God’s heart. He loves you and desires the best for You. God’s got a plan…

In Jeremiah – through the Old Testament we read:

11I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. 12Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. 13 You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. 14Yes, I say, you will find me, and I will restore you to your land. I will gather you from every country and from every place to which I have scattered you, and I will bring you back to the land from which I had sent you away into exile. I, the Lord, have spoken.’

— Jeremiah 29:11-14

So don’t give up and don’t give in! Seek God and build up your relationship with Him!

Some may think that God wants to judge and condemn us, but that is shown to be wrong when He sent Jesus. In the end we will be judged, however, before that we are given freewill to choose who we will follow and how we will live. The New Testament speaks to it this way:

14 As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 16For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.

18Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God’s only Son. 19This is how the judgment works: the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil. 20Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up. 21But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God.
— John 3:14-21

So today, not matter what you are facing, don’t turn in fear, don’t run away. Put on the full armor of God and stand firm. Ask God to make you stronger. Ask God to fill you up with the Holy Spirit that you may have wisdom and courage to take on the lies and the attacks of the enemy.

10Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. 12For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.

14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people. 19And pray also for me, that God will give me a message when I am ready to speak, so that I may speak boldly and make known the gospel’s secret. 20For the sake of this gospel I am an ambassador, though now I am in prison. Pray that I may be bold in speaking about the gospel as I should.
— Ephesians 6:10-20 (GNT)

God brought you to it, He can and will get you through it!

Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming

1There is no need to write you, friends, about the times and occasions when these things will happen. 2For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief comes at night. 3When people say, “Everything is quiet and safe,” then suddenly destruction will hit them! It will come as suddenly as the pains that come upon a woman in labor, and people will not escape. 4But you, friends, are not in the darkness, and the Day should not take you by surprise like a thief. 5All of you are people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, we should not be sleeping like the others; we should be awake and sober. 7It is at night when people sleep; it is at night when they get drunk. 8But we belong to the day, and we should be sober. We must wear faith and love as a breastplate, and our hope of salvation as a helmet. 9God did not choose us to suffer his anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us in order that we might live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes. 11And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing.

Final Instructions and Greetings

12We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. 13Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves.
14We urge you, our friends, to warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15See that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but at all times make it your aim to do good to one another and to all people.
16Be joyful always, 17pray at all times, 18be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.
19Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; 20do not despise inspired messages. 21Put all things to the test: keep what is good 22and avoid every kind of evil.
23May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful.
25Pray also for us, friends.
26Greet all the believers with the kiss of peace.
27I urge you by the authority of the Lord to read this letter to all the believers.
28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
— 1 Thessalonians 5

So this is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s not give up nor turn away, but let’s hold onto the hand of God and press forward for He will get us through it! Let’s complete the work that God is calling us to that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Are you living for today? Does Justice matter to you? Are you walking in favor?


Is your focus on the present or the future? Is your focus on the temporary or the eternal? Is your focus on the now or never? What is your focus? If your focus is too close, are you sure that in the end you will be heading in the right direction? This morning’s reading starts with the sentence “Those Who Live Only for Today“. Don’t allow pride to think you are all that. Don’t be walking down the wrong way street to find out you are going down a dead-end street or even worse. Don’t think you are all that and as such should be served, rather, in your position of leadership you should be a servant leader just like the best leadership example, Jesus was. He didn’t come to be served, but to serve!

Is your focus on you or are you being considerate of the fate of those around you? It’s an interesting consideration. Do you care enough about what is going on around you to step up, to speak up, to put your hand to the work? If your neighborhood was going to ruin, would you do anything? If your city or town was going to ruin, would you do anything? If your state or province was going to ruin, would you do anything? If you country was going to ruin, would you do anything? Are you so focused inward, that you are missing the reality of everything that is taking place around you?

Does justice matter to you? Will you allow God into the conversation? Will you consider His Word? Will you seek His favor? Favor is an interesting word that was preached yesterday. Favor doesn’t mean easy street, it means walking in alignment with God’s will. For He will use it all for good. We see Noah had God’s favor, yet he had to deal with the challenge of building the arc for a flood that was coming in a dry desert land. We see Joseph had God’s favor, yet he had to deal being sold into slavery, then thrown in jail for something he didn’t do, then left there longer because he was forgotten by another inmate. We see Mary had God’s favor, yet she had to handle the challenge of trying to convince people she was a virgin and having a baby, and that the father of the baby was God. We Jesus has the favor of God, yet He went to the cross to give His all to reconcile us back to the Father, He was sweating blood it was so intense. So having the favor of God isn’t the easy street, but it is the good street. We need to be living with faith and hope and trust in the future promised by God’s Word. We see in the last book of the Bible, that Jesus Wins. So no matter what we have to go through, we know the He will never leave us nor abandon us, we know that He will use it all for good, and we know that we are on the right side if we are on His side because in the end He wins. So let’s live life through that perspective. Let’s look at life through the challenges, knowing we don’t have to give up or give in, because God is on our side. Thanks to Jesus, not because we are all that or good enough, we can live in God’s favor. There are so many examples of what God’s favor is, and the one that sticks with me is that God’s favor is a shield around me. No matter what I do through, He is with me. And He will use it all for good! Favor was just God bending over to give us a helping hand, He went beyond that and came down in the form of a child that He would lift us up, to give us a hand up rather than a hand out. So today, let’s live with the perspective God has given us. Let’s live with the truth and the love and the hope given to us by God.

Ever been confronted by others who didn’t like what you were saying? What if all you were doing was trying to warn them? What if all you were trying to do was help them? What if they asked you to stop doing what God was calling you to do? God’s Word tells us that we need to be speaking the truth in love. We need to be speaking the truth, for the truth will see you free.

What if everything isn’t fine? Will you keep quiet or speak up? If someone is taking more than they are giving, will you say something? If someone is walking over the weak, will you do something? If someone is mistreating the poor, will you say something? What you have been given, what will you do with it?

How far would you go to get to hear God’s Word spoken to you or spoken over you? What if you were going the wrong way and didn’t or couldn’t find it or hear it? Then what?

Consider a sieve. Sift the information against God’s Word! Sift the behaviors through God’s Word! If everything that exists were to be sifted and only the good would remain, how big of a pile would have gone through? How much would be left?

Are you ready? How much can you handle? How much can you contain? How much can you absorb? We know who wins. So let’s be ready!

When being tested, how do you respond?


When you are doing what is good and what is right the devil may feel threatened. When you are glorify God in how you live so that others can see how much you love and trust God, the devil may feel threatened. If the devil is feeling threatened and comes after you, how will you respond?

Today’s reading goes into the book of Job. Each time the book of Job begins, I wonder what God will teach me in and through this time. I have learned to lean on God and trust in Him through challenges and difficulties. I have learned to hope for the future for I know that in the end there is blessings through the trials. I have learned of the power of forgiveness. I have learned that when I go through forgiving and do what God is and has told me to do, that in the end He makes a way that is bigger and better than where I began. My hope and trust are in God. He is my wisdom. He is rock. He is my fortress. He is my strong tower. He is my ever present help in time of need. He is my comforter. He is my shield. He is my all in all.

Today in Job 1, we see how the devil tested him first and Job’s proper response as he suffers loss and sadness.

What happened:

13-15Sometime later, while Job’s children were having one of their parties at the home of the oldest son, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing in the field next to us when Sabeans attacked. They stole the animals and killed the field hands. I’m the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened.” 16While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, “Bolts of lightning struck the sheep and the shepherds and fried them—burned them to a crisp. I’m the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened.” 17While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, “Chaldeans coming from three directions raided the camels and massacred the camel drivers. I’m the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened.” 18-19While he was still talking, another messenger arrived and said, “Your children were having a party at the home of the oldest brother when a tornado swept in off the desert and struck the house. It collapsed on the young people and they died. I’m the only one to get out alive and tell you what happened.”

How did Job respond:

20Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped: 21Naked I came from my mother’s womb,

naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes.

God’s name be ever blessed. 22Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.

 

The devil doesn’t want what is best for us. He wants to try and get us to walk away from God. God knows what we are able to handle and will never give us more than we can handle. And when we are tempted or put into a situation, He always provides us a way out. So don’t fall for the lies and the tricks of the devil who wants not only to kill us for today, but for eternity so that he can separate us from God forever. God’s will is that we spend eternity in relationship with God – His plans are good, to take what the devil planned for evil and turn it around and use it for good.

 

Is the way you are living being noticed by God? Is the way you are living irritating the devil? Are you a powerhouse for God? Are you honest and true to your word? Are you totally devoted to God and hating evil? Do you have a strong grip on integrity? When you are tested do you draw closer to God or do you walk away? Does your faith get stronger through trials? Let’s take another look and see what Job does when his health is affected in Job 2.

 

What happened:

7-8Satan left God and struck Job with terrible sores. Job was ulcers and scabs from head to foot. They itched and oozed so badly that he took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself, then went and sat on a trash heap, among the ashes. 9His wife said, “Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it!”

 

How did Job respond:

10He told her, “You’re talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God—why not also the bad days?” Not once through all this did Job sin. He said nothing against God.

 

Sometimes when people come around you at your points of need they can be helpful and encouraging. Sometimes the people you would expect to speak hope and life say things that shake you up. Either way, don’t let your faith fail. Either way trust God in and through it all. I remember going through the valleys and wondering what’s up? why? how come? I remember the first time not wondering what I was to learn. I remember the second time to forgive and then asked what I was to learn, what God had in store for me this time, what I was to do. It’s a time of reflection. It’s a time of growth. It’s a time of great knowledge and wisdom. It’s a time to grow closer to God. It’s a time to get rid of the distraction and waste. It’s a time to focus. It’s a time to find reason and purpose.

 

So as we start today, let’s do what we can do. As Psalm 122 closed:

6-9Pray for Jerusalem’s peace! Prosperity to all you Jerusalem-lovers! Friendly insiders, get along! Hostile outsiders, keep your distance! For the sake of my family and friends, I say it again: live in peace! For the sake of the house of our God, God, I’ll do my very best for you.

Are you trying to do it all in your own strength?


Not only are you not supposed to go it alone, but you aren’t supposed to try and get it all done in your own strength. Turn to God for wisdom. Turn to God so that you can do it His way. Assuming you can just do it the same way as the last time leads you into a situation that is different, but you are trying to do the same thing as the last time. We need to make sure there isn’t anything that would keep God’s blessing from touching our lives.

When or if you do that and fail, we try to analyze what went wrong. What we could have done better. What about our performance missed the mark. We may need to look deeper into making sure we are prepared. We may need to look deeper into the state of the hearts of those we have joined with to get it done. If there is anything that would keep God’s hand from blessing you, you need to take care of it and get it done. How can you know? You have to turn to God and ask. God’s Word tells us that we have not because we ask not. So we need to stop and ask God for wisdom. We need to check the team or the group to make sure there is no sin that is keeping us from the blessings of God. If there is sin, it causes a chink in our armor which by definition creates a narrow opening and vulnerable area in one’s armor that the opponent will usually aim for and in this case it would be the devil who is trying to get an advantage and keep you from accomplishing God’s will and glorifying God.

As Os says in TGIF today:

“Sin makes our armor vulnerable to attack from satan, who then gains permission from God to attack us in the area where we have failed to uphold righteousness. If we break down in moral purity, satan comes in and establishes a stronghold. If we give place to bitterness and unforgiveness, we will break fellowship with God and others. If we become money-focused, we will fall into greed and deception. It is a vicious cycle.

Examine your armor today. Make sure you are not susceptible to attack. Begin from a solid spiritual foundation and your chances of success will be great. “

I learned through some challenging times the power of forgiveness to get out of the foothold or stronghold of the devil. I learned that not only unforgiveness not a word, but it is also not something that God desires as He loves us so much that Jesus died on the cross that we could be forgiven by receiving and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and asking for forgiveness. The bitterness is like taking poison and expecting the other person to get sick or die. It will eat you up from the inside out. Don’t allow greed or bitterness keep you from being and becoming everything that God desires for you in your life.

Let’s live lives that glorify God. More concerned with what God thinks of what we are doing and more aligned with what He speaks to us to do.

 

References:

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that is within it. I praise You Lord for the incredible opportunities before me and for Your hand in it, for I know that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Grant me wisdom for today. Help me I pray to complete the work You have planned for me and grant me the wisdom and discernment and courage to complete it. Lord, I look to You for guidance that You will speak to me and through me so that with every thought, word, and action You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

What way are you doing things?


Is there unity within the team? the family? the group?

Is there obedience within the team? the family? the group?

Is it in alignment with God’s will and plan?

Is there anything that could remove the shield of God from over you? Have you done something or left the door open to something that can get a foothold in your life that would cause the shield to be removed?

Are you still under the blessing of God? If not, you might have to go back and clean up some mess that wasn’t dealt with. Take whatever steps are necessary to clean it up so that you can stay under the blessings of God.

We see how this impact Israel when Joshua went to defeat Ai after defeating Jericho.

 

1Then the People of Israel violated the holy curse. Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah of the tribe of Judah, took some of the cursed things. God became angry with the People of Israel. 2Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai (The Ruin), which is near Beth Aven just east of Bethel. He instructed them, “Go up and spy out the land.” The men went up and spied out Ai. 3They returned to Joshua and reported, “Don’t bother sending a lot of people—two or three thousand men are enough to defeat Ai. Don’t wear out the whole army; there aren’t that many people there.” 4-5So three thousand men went up—and then fled in defeat before the men of Ai! The men of Ai killed thirty-six—chased them from the city gate as far as The Quarries, killing them at the descent. The heart of the people sank, all spirit knocked out of them. 6Joshua ripped his clothes and fell on his face to the ground before the Chest of God, he and the leaders throwing dirt on their heads, prostrate until evening. 7-9Joshua said, “Oh, oh, oh . . . Master, God. Why did you insist on bringing this people across the Jordan? To make us victims of the Amorites? To wipe us out? Why didn’t we just settle down on the east side of the Jordan? Oh, Master, what can I say after this, after Israel has been run off by its enemies? When the Canaanites and all the others living here get wind of this, they’ll gang up on us and make short work of us—and then how will you keep up your reputation?” 10-12God said to Joshua, “Get up. Why are you groveling? Israel has sinned: They’ve broken the covenant I commanded them; they’ve taken forbidden plunder—stolen and then covered up the theft, squirreling it away with their own stuff. The People of Israel can no longer look their enemies in the eye—they themselves are plunder. I can’t continue with you if you don’t rid yourselves of the cursed things. 13“So get started. Purify the people. Tell them: Get ready for tomorrow by purifying yourselves. For this is what God, the God of Israel, says: There are cursed things in the camp. You won’t be able to face your enemies until you have gotten rid of these cursed things.

Don’t assume because of a past victory that the next win will happen. Go to God and ask Him how you should go about it. Ask Him if there is anything that would get in the way of a victory and how He would want you to proceed. We see how David continued to go back to God to ensure that the way he went in to battle was God’s way.

So where are you at today? Are you facing a loss and not sure what happened? Are you about to step into a new battle and wondering what to do? Turn to God! Ask Him for wisdom! As His Word tells us, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness“.

Don’t be tricked into doing the wrong thing because of people. Turn to God so that you will walk in His wisdom and strength. Let Your light shine for Jesus so that in and through You others may see your work and glorify Your Father in Heaven.

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My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I praise You Lord for the incredible wife and children that You have blessed me with in my life. I praise You Lord for the great job and team I get to be a part of. Grant me wisdom today Lord and help me to do the work that You have called me to do. Help me with wisdom and discernment so that I can work in a way that will glorify You as I try to do everything I do unto You. Lord, help me to be a blessing to others so that in so doing they will glorify You in Heaven. Help me Lord in all that I think, say, and do so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.