THRIVE: We need to hold on tight to God even when it hurts, it is hard, and even when it is painful.


God has a viewpoint that is able to see the beginning and the end. God has a plan that is for good and not for evil. God has a plan to give us hope and a future. So we need to trust Him. Starting a relationship with God doesn’t mean we won’t have any troubles, trials, or pain, but it does mean we won’t have to go through them alone. Jesus told us that in this world we will have troubles but that we can take heart because He has overcome the world. God’s Word in James calls us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because it will build our faith and perseverance and when perseverance has completed its work we will be complete and lacking nothing.

In Exodus 5, we see how even when God calls us to something it may not be or go exactly as I think or hope, and yet we need to cling to Him, trust Him, and move forward through it. Moses did what God told Him to do, God knew Pharaoh’s heart, and God knew it was going to take some work for His will to be done. Unfortunately for Moses who knows God, had an encounter with God, Pharaoh’s arrogance and idea that he was a god was going to be a barrier. We see how after Pharoh rejected Moses’ ask that Moses went back to God with doubt, worry, and fear.

In Exodus 6, God responds to Moses. He affirms that He knows Pharoah’s heart and that He was going to do to Pharaoh what would be necessary for him to let the Hebrews go. God speaks to Moses how He has made Himself known to him in a deeper way that He had ever done with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They knew God as God Almighty but it was Moses who got to know Him as the Lord. God encouraged Moses by telling him how He was going to fulfill the promise to give them the land of Canaan. God encouraged Moses by telling him He was going to bring the Israelites out from under the yoke of the Egyptians, giving them freedom from slavery, and redeeming them through His mighty acts of judgment. God encouraged Him by letting Him know that He would be their God and they would be His people.

So in the midst of 2 weeks of major change that will transform the future. In the midst of a 3rd week with an encounter but no real revelation. I choose to hold on tighter to God. I choose to hold onto the reality that God knows what He is doing. I got to hear my oldest’s voice and that You are doing mighty things in and through her. You have raised her up to be the leader you created her to be. I got to read a letter from her too and be encouraged to know she is in Your hands Lord and that You are taking care of her in and through it all. I got to prepare for my younger by getting her a durable, reliable, and safe mode of transportation to get her where You are taking her. So Lord, as this next week is ahead of me, I lean in on You. I turn to Your Word and Your calling and ask for Your help in being the dad that You created and called me to be. As my youngest is about the have his birthday and yet another transition comes to the family. I give this week to You and ask that You would be with me, that You would allow Your Spirit to lead and guide and comfort me, that You would help me to navigate what is yet to come so that in 2022 I will thrive according to Your purposes and for Your glory!


Today’s verse of the day comes from 1 Peter 3 and says:

‘For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. ‘

Psalms 30:5

Today’s post from Be The Dads is What Dad Needs – Day 5.


How about you? Where are you at? Are you trying to go through life alone or are you leaning in and leaning on God? Are you trusting Him rather than leaning on your own understanding? Are you acknowledging Him so that He can make your path straight? Are you casting your cares upon Him because He cares for you? Are you wondering? Are you trying to figure out what to do?

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.

We made it through the 3rd workweek and just need to cross the finish line of the workday.


Another busy week. Another week of pressure. Another week of preparation. Another week of representing. Another week to lead. Another week to encourage. Another week of uncertainty. Another week of change. In the midst of it all, the word I cling to is still THRIVE. I knew to get from survive mentality to thrive mentality would require change, just didn’t know what that would mean or look like. I realized after 2 major changes in the first 2 weeks that the changes aren’t finished yet. I know today there will be many conversations that will impact the next level of change. I know that today there is supposed to be an update on what has been learned and the impact. I know that the one thing I can trust in and lean on is God and His Word. His Word never returns void! His Word is never changing! He is never changing, being the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow! So rather than trying to figure it all out on my own and leaning on my own understanding, today I will lean on and trust in God!


Today’s verse of the day comes to us from Matthew 5 and the Beatitudes that says:

‘ Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. ‘

Matthew 5:7

Today’s post from Be The Dads is What Dad Needs – Day 3.


So are you ready to live today in a relationship with God? Are you ready to live today mercifully? Are you ready to live today in a way that will leave a godly legacy? Are you looking to get started? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and start the journey and start to step into the promises of getting to live life more abundantly?

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.

Revival: It’s the first Friday of 2022, so let’s go and get it, finishing the week strong!


What an incredible first week! Starting a REVIVE week with Repentance, moving on to Renewal, then to Reconciliation, and yesterday to Restoration. What an incredible way to kick off 2022, a year to THRIVE! These past few years have been tough and we survived them, to what degree is another story but we are here and now and so let’s decide to make the changes and embrace the changes necessary to make 2022 a year to THRIVE! Be it releasing your child to pursue their dreams and passions out in the world. Be it releasing your child to pursue their dreams and passions through sports and education. Be it organizational changes that come because of unforeseen circumstances. Let’s turn to God and lean in and lean on Him in order to make 2022 a year to THRIVE! Let’s not lean on our understanding but instead on everything and at all times, let’s trust God! Let’s seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and then allow Him to take care of the rest! Let’s ask Him when we have questions! Let’s seek Him when we are in need of Him! Let’s knock when we need to have something opened! Let’s go about this life in God’s way! Let’s go through the highs and lows, the challenges or as some prefer to say opportunities, the troubles, and the trials remembering to count them all joy because we know that God has overcome the world and that when we persevere through the trials God will have refined us and in the end, we will be complete and lacking nothing! Let’s be steadfast like we read about in Philippians 4:6.

So today let’s find revival! Let’s ask God to help us have a revival first in us and then in the body of Christ and then in the world around us! Help us Lord to have an everlasting change in me, spiritual revival! Help us Lord to have an everlasting change in your church, spiritual revival! Help us Lord to have an everlasting change in our community, spiritual revival! Help us Lord to live out our days in a relationship with You! Help us Lord to walk out each step of each day in Your presence! Lord, I submit myself to You and ask Lord for You to live in me! Lord, I submit myself to You and ask Lord for You to move in me! Lord, I submit myself to You and ask Lord for You to shape me to be more like Jesus each and every day of my life! I trust in You Lord! I will give my cares, casting my anxiety and concerns on You because you care for me! Help adjust and change my perspective Lord this year into one that can THRIVE because I have a new perspective on myself, You, my current situations and the future You have planned ahead of me! Help it be a time that will not only motivate me but others into a closer and deeper relationship with you. Help it be a time that will not only motivate me but others into being the dads we have been created to be. Help it be a time that will not only motivate me but everyone around me from my wife to my kids to my neighbors to my community to my workplace to the camps to the world at large. Help me Lord to daily come to You humbly and pray for a desperate move of You in and throughout my life and the world around me. Today Lord, I cry out for revival!

Let’s grab some scriptures to help solidify this idea today:

‘and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land. ‘

2 Chronicles 7:14

‘‘And it shall be in the last days,’ says God, ‘That I will pour out My Spirit upon all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see [divinely prompted] visions, And your old men shall dream [divinely prompted] dreams; Even on My bond-servants, both men and women, I will in those days pour out My Spirit And they shall prophesy. And I will bring about wonders in the sky above And signs (attesting miracles) on the earth below, Blood and fire and smoking vapor. The sun shall be turned into darkness And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. And it shall be that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord Jesus] shall be saved (rescued spiritually).’ ‘

Acts 2:17-21

‘Will You not revive us and bring us to life again, That Your people may rejoice in You? ‘

Psalms 85:6

‘Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.’

Ephesians 3:20-21

Let’s pray throughout this day:

  • Pray for God to bring spiritual revival to your own heart and life.
  • Pray for Jesus to bring spiritual revival to His Church.
  • Pray for a worldwide move of God that will bring salvation to multitudes around the globe.

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Day 2 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?


So where are you at today? Are you ready to experience a revival? Are you ready to be a catalyst for revival? Are you ready to give your heart and your life up to God? Are you ready to have God clean house and transform you spiritually? Are you ready to get to live 2022 in a way you don’t just have to survive another year but so that you can THRIVE in it? The let’s pray together!


Do you believe in absolute truth? Do you believe consistent applications of laws?


To you is truth absolute or is it something you can debate or negotiate or manipulate? To you is there such thing as absolute truth? Where can you go for a source of such truth? What would it take for such a truth to exist? If you had the source and you knew it existed then would you accept it and receive it?

What about the law? Do you think the laws apply to everyone? Does it matter the type of law? Does it matter who the author of the law is? Does it matter where and when it was written? Do you think the law should be consistently applied? Let’s consider types of laws and how some of them you have or get a choice and others that were created by people tend to be able to be adjusted based on the lessons learned after they are put into place. How about the law of gravity? Non-negotiable right? How about the laws of thermodynamics? There are certain things God put into motion when He created the universe and those aren’t really negotiable, they just are. The interesting thing is that there are many things that people keep trying to figure out or dig deeper into and are able to find more specifics or precisions about these facts, behaviors, and observations. Now, what about laws about how we should live our lives? Ever noticed how laws based on biblical principles seem to work out better than others? Ever noticed how laws made up by people for their special interests tend to come with backlash or a need to iterate and tweak and adjust because they are based on a temporary point of view compared to one that is eternal? Ever noticed how those types of laws depending on people in power’s point of view or political lean can impact generations to come? Ever noticed how some of them have become slippery slopes and challenges? Ever noticed how some have become uphill battles to try and fix or solve? Ever found that some laws or the application of some laws don’t seem to be consistent? It almost seems like people are using different versions or interpretations of the truth? Shouldn’t the laws be clear enough that no interpretation is required but rather simply applied to the appropriate situations?

So is true truth? Is false a lie? dishonesty? fiction?

Can absolute truth exist? Where does it come from? Who defined it? Can you find it? Will you believe it? Will you trust it? Will you choose to live it?


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


The Danger of Situational Ethics


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.’

Matthew 5:37

Interesting right? Are you ready to live the truth with integrity? Are you ready to live a life that is above average? Are you ready to live a life that raises the bar? Let’s check out the context for the above and expand on it using the Amplified version:

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not make false vows, but you shall fulfill your vows to the Lord [as a religious duty].’ But I say to you, do not make an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God; or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you are not able to make a single hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’ [a firm yes or no]; anything more than that comes from the evil one.

Matthew 5:33-37

Let’s expand a bit more and see how this was a part of Jesus raising the bar on how we should be living our personal relationships. Let’s take hold of how we should live our lives to a higher set of standards! Let’s consider in our interactions today how we can step up and step out to make this world a better place through responding from an absolute truth connected to love!

“You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not murder,’ and ‘Whoever murders shall be guilty before the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother or harbors malice against him shall be guilty before the court; and whoever speaks [contemptuously and insultingly] to his brother, ‘Raca (You empty-headed idiot)!’ shall be guilty before the supreme court (Sanhedrin); and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of the fiery hell. So if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and while there you remember that your brother has something [such as a grievance or legitimate complaint] against you, leave your offering there at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come and present your offering. Come to terms quickly [at the earliest opportunity] with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way [to court] , so that your opponent does not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you are thrown into prison. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid the last cent.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who [so much as] looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble and leads you to sin, tear it out and throw it away [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble and leads you to sin, cut it off and throw it away [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

“It has also been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife is to give her a certificate of divorce’; but I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except on grounds of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who has been divorced commits adultery.

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not make false vows, but you shall fulfill your vows to the Lord [as a religious duty].’ But I say to you, do not make an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God; or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you are not able to make a single hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’ [a firm yes or no]; anything more than that comes from the evil one.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [punishment that fits the offense].’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person [who insults you or violates your rights]; but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other toward him also [simply ignore insignificant insults or trivial losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity, your self-respect, your poise]. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also [for the Lord repays the offender]. And whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor (fellow man) and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him]. For if you love [only] those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brothers [wishing them God’s blessing and peace], what more [than others] are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles [who do not know the Lord] do that? You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:21-48

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Want to succeed?
  • Want to get ahead?
  • Short answer is probably yes and that is ok, the key is to make sure we get there the right way!
  • Don’t take unethical shortcuts!
  • Be it business or personal relationships we need to be truthful rather than trying to tell them what we think they want to hear in order to close the deal!
  • We need to be truthful rather than trying to tell them what we think they want to hear in order to get a promotion!
  • We need to be truthful rather than trying to tell them what we think they want to hear in order to be or feel appreciated by our spouse!
  • We need to be truthful rather than trying to tell them what we think they want to hear in order to get our kids to behave!
  • We need to be truthful rather than trying to tell them what we think they want to hear in order to impress our friends!
  • We need to live with integrity rather than trying to manipulate people by telling them what they want to hear!
  • Consider Jesus’s words above and how He didn’t dig deep into the way to live, He just spoke rather than trying to rationalize it!
  • Manipulation comes from the pit of hell!
  • Will you get connected with Jesus in order to have the strength and courage to speak the truth?
  • To speak it in love not obnoxious nor beligerent!
  • To speak the truth simply with clarity and grace!
  • So let’s choose to fight against the temptations to exaggerate to impress!
  • Let’s choose to fight against the tempations to withhold information in order to protect ourselves!
  • Let’s be truth tellers!
  • Let’s tell what happened!
  • Let’s decide to not be people who shade the truth but speak the truth!
  • Let’s decide to please Jesus by being truth tellers rather than trying to please people and shade the truth!
  • Let’s choose to follow Christ next time we are tempted rather than the devil’s cunning mischief!
  • Let’s let our Yes be yes and our No be no.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some common situations in which you are tempted to share the truth to manipulate people’s responses to you?
  • What would it do for your self-esteem and your walk with God to choose the simple truth?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“It’s amazing what happens when you recognize your good qualities, accept responsibility for your future, and take positive action to make that future even brighter.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at? Are you ready to make your future better? Are you ready to make your future brighter? Are you ready to grab hold of the truth, a truth that will set you free? Are you ready to be different from the ways of the world? Are you ready to raise the bar to make your life and the lives of all those around you better? Are you ready to live by the example of how things should be? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life today? Are you ready to get started? 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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Tested vs Testing…


If you are like me then I know you have been tested in this thing called life. Some may have been small tests (like quizzes almost) and others much larger (like exams) and yet after it we realize what we have learned, where we need to focus, and where to keep on the pressure. At the end of the test, we have a testimony of God’s love, goodness, and grace that we are able to share with others. The test of forgiveness was a tough one for me and it lasted a while because I kept resisting it until I got to the tipping or breaking point. Once I realized that I had to forgive and did, I had learned so much and God was able to use me to speak love, hope, life, and forgiveness into the lives of so many others who had been carrying around the burdens of bitterness, resentment, anger, frustration, and were riding the downward spiral of their own. Through that test I grew, I learned, and I am prepared when the next situations happen to forgive rather than to build up a wall and start down the spiral to rock bottom. Not only was I able to share it multiple times while I was at the company where it happened, but I was also able to share it when I joined a new company as part of an introduction/get-to-know-you type of activity called Story Slam. Here are some reference links as well as the video they took of me sharing my testimony with a bunch of coworkers. A bunch of them came to me afterward and shared how my story touched them and they had even passed it along.

My Story Slam – Forgiveness Testimonial

How would you respond if you were offered to test someone else would you do it? What if it were God who offered you to test Him? Would you be as willing to test God as you would one of your friends, family members, or co-workers? Would it depend on the risk vs reward associated with the offer?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 11th


When It’s Okay To Test God


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.’

Malachi 3:10

Let’s get some context around what brought God to put this challenge out there to test Him. Let’s check out the verses around today’s verse and use the Amplified version to get more details.

‘“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will prepare and clear the way before Me. And the Lord [the Messiah], whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap [which removes impurities and uncleanness]. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi [the priests], and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord [grain] offerings in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in ancient years. “Then I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, and against those who oppress the laborer in his wages and widows and the fatherless, and against those who turn away the alien [from his right], and those who do not fear Me [with awe-filled reverence],” says the Lord of hosts. “For I am the Lord, I do not change [but remain faithful to My covenant with you]; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, have not come to an end. “Yet from the days of your fathers you have turned away from My statutes and ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’

“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings [you have withheld]. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, this whole nation! Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessing until there is no more room to receive it. Then I will rebuke the devourer (insects, plague) for your sake and he will not destroy the fruits of the ground, nor will your vine in the field drop its grapes [before harvest],” says the Lord of hosts. “All nations shall call you happy and blessed, for you shall be a land of delight,” says the Lord of hosts. “Your words have been harsh against Me,” says the Lord. “But you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God. What profit is it if we keep His ordinances, and walk around like mourners before the Lord of hosts? So now we call the arrogant happy and blessed. Evildoers are exalted and prosper; and when they test God, they escape [unpunished].’ ”

Then those who feared the Lord [with awe-filled reverence] spoke to one another, and the Lord paid attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who fear the Lord [with an attitude of reverence and respect] and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on that day when I publicly recognize them and openly declare them to be My own possession [that is, My very special treasure]. And I will have compassion on them and spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Then you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve Him.’

Malachi 3:1-18

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you living your faith?
  • Is your faith in God something you do something with or about on Sundays?
  • Is your faith in God something you write down and then come back or never come back to it?
  • Are you living your faith, active faith, where it makes a difference in your life and the lives of those around you?
  • Is your faith making a difference in your relationships?
  • Is your faith making a difference in your purpose?
  • Is your faith making a difference in your finances?
  • Are you all in when it comes to giving God what He is due?
  • Are you willing to read His Word?
  • Are you willing to sing and worship Him?
  • Are you willing to be a hilarious or generous giver?
  • What’s your perspective when it comes to money?
  • Is it yours or are you a steward of it?
  • Is it something you hold onto closed fisted or open handed?
  • Is it something that is a tool to accomplish God’s purposes and plans?
  • How do you use your money and what does that say about what you believe about God?
  • What does your use of money say about how you view God’s purposes and provision?
  • What does your view of money say about your relationship with God?
  • Ever heard how it isn’t good to test God?
  • Ever known there is one place where God actually drops the hammer, throws out the challenge and asks you to test Him?
  • Did you get surprised by today’s verse where God asks you to test Him with money?
  • Did you get surprised by today’s verse where God asks you to test Him with generosity?
  • Did you realize that generosity is a hallmark of true faith?
  • Did you realize that God promises that He will reward generosity?
  • Have you ever thought that testing God was showing a lack of faith?
  • If God says to do it then shouldn’t you trust Him and do it?
  • God asks us to test Him in the practice of being generous! Will you test Him?
  • I know I have learned that I can’t outgive God.
  • I know I have learned that it isn’t always an in kind contribution where if I am generous with my money, my time, or my efforts that it comes back the same way, but I do know it is His way and it is so much better and so much more than I can’t contain it.
  • So are you ready to be blessed?
  • Are you ready to test God where He is asking you to test Him and watch what blessings come your way?
  • Do you believe God enough to test Him?
  • Do you trust God enough to test Him?
  • Are you ready to see His faithfulness to fulfill His promise?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What does your level of generosity say about your trust in God’s faithfulness?
  • What would it look like for you to test God by being generous?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If we pack our measures down and run them over, that’s the way they will come back. This applies to all areas of life: material, spiritual, and emotional. The evidence is overwhelming–those who give more, get more.”

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Are you stuck in the pit of bitterness, anger, frustration, depression, sadness, and heading down the downward spiral towards rock bottom? Are you ready to get off that ride and make a change? Are you ready to learn from the tests others have taken and not only forgive others but allow God to forgive you? Are you ready for the test? Are you ready to ace the test? Could today be the turning point? Could you stop looking down and start looking up to 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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What’s it going to take to get there? Are you willing to take it step by step? Even it means getting there little by little?


Are you ready to move forward step by step? Are you ready to be taking ground little by little? Are you ready to press forward and press in one step at a time to get there?

What if you knew that God would be there with every little step you took? Would that encourage you to take that first step and not stop till you get there? Ever heard the lyrics to the song Little by Little? Ever tried to take too big of a step and found it hard and gave up? Ever tried to take too big of a step and then ended up going backward? Ever pressed in and pressed on but took a smaller step the next time? The lyrics to Little by Little that thought could be helpful were the following:

Little By Little
by: Ron Hamilton

1st verse
When mountains tower rugged and high,
Rise to the challenge, look to the sky.
Trust in the Lord and start out to climb,
Reach for the goal one step at a time.

chorus:
Little by little, inch by inch;
By the yard it's hard,
By the inch, what a sinch;
Never stare up the stairs,
Just step up the steps;
Little by little, inch by inch.

2nd verse
Growing in Christ takes work every day,
Reading your Bible, learning to pray.
Build Godly habits, seek help divine.
Great things are done one step at a time.

chorus:
Little by little, inch by inch;
By the yard it's hard,
By the inch, what a sinch;
Never stare up the stairs,
Just step up the steps;
Little by little, inch by inch.
Little By Little

So let’s take it one step at a time. Let’s not try to overreach our boundaries but rather let’s take it one step at a time and make sure we are heading in the right direction and don’t end up way off course! Let’s do it in a way that will not only be productive and helpful but also keep us encouraged and motivated. Let’s decide to make a difference in this world one step at a time, one person at a time, one act of kindness at a time for the glory of God!


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


One At A Time


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.’

Matthew 9:22

Let’s make sure before we move forward that we have the context and better understanding of this statement and the circumstances around it by grabbing the context from the verses around it and by using the Amplified version.

‘While He was saying these things to them, a ruler (synagogue official) entered [the house] and kneeled down and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just now died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and began to accompany the ruler, with His disciples. Then a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the [tassel] fringe of His outer robe; for she had been saying to herself, “If I only touch His outer robe, I will be healed.” But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Take courage, daughter; your [personal trust and confident] faith [in Me] has made you well.” And at once the woman was [completely] healed. When Jesus came to the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players [who were professional, hired mourners] and the [grieving] crowd making an uproar, He said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead, but is sleeping.” And they laughed and jeered at Him. But when the crowd had been sent outside, Jesus went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the news about this spread throughout all that district. ‘

Matthew 9:18-26

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever been in a big hurry but someone needed you for something?
  • Jesus’s group was but the divine enounter on the trip was scheduled for Him to touch a life.
  • Everyone was trying to get Jesus to the home of Jairus whose daughter was ill and seemed to be dying and so they wanted Him to get there to save her.
  • Jesus agreed to go with Jairus as we read above.
  • The disciples figured this would give Jesus some great PR.
  • They probably figured such a high profile healing would do miracles for movement or cause.
  • As we see they were surrounded by a huge crowd.
  • In the midst of the crowd was a lady who had been sick for years.
  • She believed and had the faith that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’s robe that she would be healed.
  • So she reached out and touched it and was instantly healed.
  • Jesus knew and felt it and wanted to make sure she and everyone to know how much He cares and so stopped to talk with her.
  • The people who were trying to escort Him quickly to the dying little girl probably started to get nervous by such a delay.
  • Jesus’s timing was and is perfect and so He finished His conversation with the lady healed of the blood problem.
  • As He finished and they were ready to go, the little girl had died, but Jesus is the Lord of life and so that wasn’t an obstacle or problem to Him. (Check out the story of Jesus resurrecting Lazarus from the dead in John 11:38-54)
  • Ever had people try to make a bad situation worse? Did you request they leave?
  • Just like Jesus got the doubters to leave, we need to remove such people from the situation in order for faithfilled people to rise up.
  • Jesus was able to enter into the situation and the young girl woke up and got up.
  • How would you have responded? You are faced with a chronically sick woman and a critically sick little girl who needed immediate attention?
  • Jesus realize how much that woman had been through, the feeling of rejection, the feeling of abandonment, she needed more than just a physical healing, she needed an encounter with Jesus!
  • Jesus knew that nothing was out of his power and control and so He knew that He needed to make the time for this older woman and speak life and hope into her life.
  • Jesus knew that by taking this time to pour into her life that she would be ready and able to have a true relationship with God!
  • She needed Jesus time now! Jesus can take care of healing and death, so Jesus chose to take care of the urgent and important over the important in the moment and then took care of the important issue too.
  • Do you realize how important you are to God? You are so important that God wants to spend time with you to start, build, and have a relationship with you!
  • Just like the lady with the chronical illness, who needed Jesus to talk to her, to connect with her, to impart love and power to her in that moment, Jesus knows we need it too!
  • God gave priority to the here and now because He knew He was able to take care of the original request and save Jairus’s daughter too.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What does this story tell you about God’s priorities in His relationship with you?
  • Take some time now to respond to God’s love and tell him how you feel about Him.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

When you come to the end of everything you know And are faced with the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen. Either there will be something solid for you to stand on, Or you will be taught how to fly.

Barbara J. Winter

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Are you needing faith to be able to take that next step? Are you ready to take that next step in faith? Are you pursuing God’s instruction and direction? Are you ready to experience what that next step will bring? Are you ready to tell God how you feel about Him? Are you ready to tell God that you want Him to move into your heart and be your Lord and Savior? 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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What is worst doubt or fear?


Let’s consider what they mean first:

Let’s look up the word doubt and see what the definition reveals to us:

doubt
[dout]
NOUN
a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.
"some doubt has been cast upon the authenticity of this account" · "they had doubts that they would ever win"
synonyms:
uncertainty · lack of certainty · unsureness · indecision · hesitation · hesitancy · dubiousness · suspicion · confusion · question mark · queries · questions · dubiety · incertitude · diffidence · insecurity · inhibition · unease · uneasiness · apprehension · wavering · vacillation · irresolution · lack of conviction · demurral · skepticism · distrust · mistrust · lack of trust · doubtfulness · cynicism · disbelief · incredulity · unbelief · misbelief · lack of confidence/conviction · wariness · chariness · questioning · reservations · misgivings · suspicions · qualms
VERB
feel uncertain about.
"I doubt my ability to do the job"
synonyms:
distrust · mistrust · have doubts about · harbor suspicions about · have misgivings about · be skeptical about · have qualms about · be suspicious of · be wary of · feel chary about · feel uneasy about · have/harbor reservations about · have a funny feeling about
archaic
fear; be afraid.
"I doubt not your contradictions"
Definition of doubt as found in answer on Bing for define doubt

Now, let’s take a look at the definition for fear:

fear
[ˈfir]
NOUN
an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
"he is prey to irrational fears" · "drivers are threatening to quit their jobs in fear after a cabby's murder" · "fear of increasing unemployment"
synonyms:
terror · fright · fearfulness · horror · alarm · panic · agitation · trepidation · dread · consternation · dismay · distress · anxiety · worry · angst · unease · uneasiness · apprehension · apprehensiveness · nervousness · nerves · timidity · disquiet · disquietude · discomposure · unrest · perturbation · foreboding · misgiving · doubt · suspicion · the Joe Blakes · worriment · inquietude · phobia · aversion · antipathy · bugbear · bogey · nightmare · neurosis · complex · mania · abnormal fear · irrational fear · obsessive fear · bête noire
VERB
be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.
"farmers fear that they will lose business" · "he said he didn't care about life so why should he fear death?"
synonyms:
be afraid of · be fearful of · be scared of · be apprehensive of · dread · live in fear of · go in terror of · be terrified of · be terrified by · cower before · tremble before · cringe from · shrink from · flinch from · be anxious about · worry about · panic about · feel consternation about · have forebodings about · feel apprehensive about · have a phobia about · have a horror of · have a dread of · shudder at · take fright at
Definition of doubt as found in answer on Bing for define fear

It is interesting to see that fear comes up in the definition of doubt and doubt comes up in the definition of fear. Fear shows up in the definition of doubt when you speak of doubt as a verb. Doubt shows up in the definition of fear when you speak of fear as a noun.

So as we consider these two and the similarities and the differences, we find that fear can be a good thing but doubt is not. A healthy fear keeps you aware, ready, and can even save your life. Doubt on the other hand causes a gap, a void, a hesitation that stops you in your tracks. A healthy fear can keep you from getting hurt. A healthy fear can help you stay in touch with reality. A healthy fear can notify you of danger. A healthy fear can point out when something is out of place. Doubt isn’t helpful at all! Doubt doesn’t provide you with any good. Doubt causes you to become disheartened, dejected, downcast, and even cause depression. Doubt tries to undermine you. Doubt tries to sap you of your joy and your energy. Doubt tries to corrupt what is good, what is true, what is right. Doubt tries to pervert reality. These lies and deception cause self-doubt. Doubt tries to kill your dreams!

So how will you bring positive to the situation? How will you choose to prioritize and live your life so that there is a healthy fear but not allow doubt to rob you of your hope, your joy, and your future? Where will you turn for hope, encouragement, and love? Where will you go to get filled up with love and from the fountain that can keep you full? Are you ready to live life to the full like God’s plan for you is defined?

Let’s reflect on this reality through God’s Word before we jump into today’s devotional:

‘But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Matthew 6:33-34

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

Psalms 37:4

‘I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] ‘

Philippians 4:13

‘The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. ‘

John 10:10

‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the L ord , ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ‘

Jeremiah 29:11

‘You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.’

Psalms 16:11

‘Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, ‘

Colossians 3:23

‘Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. ‘

Philippians 4:4-7

‘Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “ I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” ‘

John 8:12

‘ “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”’

Matthew 11:28-30

So let’s turn to God for wisdom and discernment. Let’s trust in God in awe and wonder. Let’s take hold of His truth and His promise so as to be able to live our lives according to His plans and live our lives to the full!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 16th


No Doubt Allowed


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. ‘

James 1:6

Let’s expand on this a bit and use the Amplified version to get better context:

‘ James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, T o the twelve [Hebrew] tribes [scattered abroad among the Gentiles] in the dispersion: Greetings (rejoice)! Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides]. ‘

James 1:1-8

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • James shared how we will face trials and how we can consider it pure joy through the process, walking it out with God.
    • ‘Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. ‘
      James 1:2-4
  • Jesus shared that we are going to face troubles in our lives but that we can take heart because we trust in Him.
    • ‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]’
      John 16:33
  • There is benefit to trusting God in the midst of trials and troubles.
  • There is benefit to trusting God in the midst of challenging and difficult times!
  • Problems, Trials, Troubles test our faith!
  • It is in the crucible times when things heat up we develop endurance and perseverance!
  • It is in the crucible times that our faith is built up as we lean in and trust God rather than our own understanding!
  • In these times our faith expands and matures!
  • In these times we grow spiritually!
  • Through these times our trust in God gets stronger!
  • It prepares us to be able to trust God through it all!
  • So rather than trying to go it alone, we need to seek God’s wisdom and direction!
  • Let’s ask God for wisdom and discernment so as to be able to understand the process and the purpose!
  • Let’s invite God into our situation so that we can get the purpose, the plan, and walk through the process!
  • Let’s not doubt but rather ask for wisdom that He promises to give us abundantly and without fault!
  • Let’s trust God and ask Him confidently!
  • Are you like me when I start to doubt when trouble rears its head?
  • Have you ever doubted your abilities? your understanding? other people’s motives? the path forward? or even God’s goodness?
  • Let’s put our focus on God instead of the problem!
  • Let’s remember our God is bigger than our problems!
  • Let’s stop trying to figure it all out on our own and instead turn to God quicker, sooner, earlier, so that we can lean on Him, we can cast our cares on Him, we can receive His wisdom abundantly!
  • Let’s grab a hold of our anchor, our rock who is Jesus Christ so that we won’t be getting tossed and turned like the waves!
  • Let’s build our lives on the rock who is Jesus Christ rather than the sand so that when the waves and wind come our ways, we have solid footing!
  • So let’s ask in faith, humbly admitting to God that we don’t have the answers and what we need is Him!
  • Let’s turn to God for wisdom so that we have a plan, a process, and a purpose and don’t need to get ourselves wrapped in the paralysis that is doubt or caused by doubt!
  • Let’s trust in God’s perfect timing and will and way to answer the problem and situation that we are facing!
  • Let’s trust in God so much that we ask rather than demand in our prayers!
  • Let’s trust in God so much that we ask confidently, trusting that He will answer!
  • Let’s be ready to turn to God’s Word for wisdom and encouragement during the wait!
  • Let’s act when God says GO!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe situations when you felt confused and needed God’s wisdom. Did you ask “in faith”?
  • How would you explain what it means to ask for God’s wisdom without doubting?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“God’s laws work all of the time, not just some of the time, and they work whether you believe in them or not.”

Confessions of a Happy Christian
By Ziglar, Zig · 1978

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you living a life of healthy fear? Are you living a life in awe and wonder of God? Are you allowing the enemy of your soul to try and rob you of joy and peace by replacing it with doubt? Are you ready to trust God at His Word? Are you ready to turn to God and invite Him into your very situation? 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 recruited? Ever been asked to be a contributor? Did it feel like it might be more than you can handle?


Well, many years ago a friend named Ken started recruiting with the idea of writing a book, a devotional of sorts for men. It was written so as not to be overwhelming and hence 1 per week and at the same time be something powerful that could impact the lives of many men. The book More Than > Mighty Men of God by Ken Wenner is available and was published with the help of 8 of us (RG, LN, MH, KW, RS, PD, BA, MA – most names can be found at the end of the book but the devotionals are tagged with our initials). I remember when Ken asked if I would participate and contribute to such a project. It is amazing to consider what God was able to do with 8 willing guys. It was more than anything we would have thought or imagined. It was something that has been able to touch the lives of many men over the years. I pray that it will continue to touch the lives of many men for years to come.

How about you? Do you trust God enough to step up and step out to attempt more than …? Are you ready to receive the gift of grace through Jesus and become more than a conqueror? The decision is yours to make. It’s a choice nobody else can make for you.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 10th


More Than Conquerors


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. ‘

Romans 8:35,37

Let’s get a bit more context around these statements and dig in a bit more using the Amplified version:

‘In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will. And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers. And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified [declared free of the guilt of sin]; and those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity]. What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (His chosen ones)? It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself]. Who is the one who condemns us? Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us. Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written and forever remains written, “For Your sake we are put to death all day long; We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Romans 8:26-39

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What comes to mind when you think of difficulties?
  • Do you realize that interpretation impacts the way you will respond to the situation?
  • Does your interpretation cause you to become devastated or shocked when you face difficulties or troubles or trials?
  • Do you realize the impact of having unrealistic expectations?
  • Do you realize the emotions and responses they trigger? From bitterness to resent to even unforgiveness…
  • So we need to guard our hearts and see things from the right perspective!
  • Let’s consider Paul’s instruction and advice!
  • Trying to live for Christ in a fallen world isn’t going to be easy, but it is going to be worth it!
  • Trying to live for Christ in a fallen world can cause to have to deal with actual suffering!
  • Consider all the troubles he shares and how they cover the spectrum.
  • Let’s not be surprised when trouble rears its ugly head. Remember the Words of Jesus, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  • So just like Jesus said, let’s take heart and be overcomers!
  • Just because trouble and trials show up doesn’t mean God isn’t still there with you to help you get through it and overcome it!
  • Remember God is with you! God will never leave you nor abandon you!
  • God’s presence is with you!
  • God’s love is with you!
  • So don’t lose heart, instead take heart, remembering that Jesus overcame the world and with Him we can be overcomers too!
  • Nothing can separate us from the love of God!
  • — take a moment and listen to this song and see if it helps brighten your heart —
Absolutely Nothin’ by Jana Alayra

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When you experience difficulties, how do you normally interpret the situation? How realistic are your expectations?
  • What would it look like for you to be more than a conqueror in difficult times in your life?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“There are two things to do about the gospel. Believe it and behave it.”

Susanna Wesley

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you needing a comforter? Why not invite the Holy Spirit into the situation? Are you needing a savior? Why not invite Jesus into the situation? Ready for a new life and a new beginning? 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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What is the answer to “Why do you …?” Is it LOVE?


Why you do something can be questioned by some in an effort to determine your motivation and purpose. For some it is the love people. For others it is the love of money. For some it is the love of position or power. For some it is the love of the product or service. For some it is the love of family. What is your motivation for what you are doing today? What is the purpose behind what you are doing and how you are doing it?

We know why Jesus came to the earth, it was out of love. We know why the Father send Jesus and had Jesus go through all He did, it was love for you and me. We know that God’s commandments can all be summarized in two love statements: LOVE God! Love People!

So are you ready to live out your today with LOVE being the motivation and the purpose? Are you ready to live out your today with LOVE as your fuel source? Do you remember what love is and what love looks like? Let’s take a moment and reflect on it before we jump into today’s devotional.

‘Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

So let’s be patient and kind! Let’s avoid being envious, boastful, and proud! Let’s be honoring to and of others! Let’s be selfless rather than selfish! Let’s keep from being easily angered! Let’s not be keeping records of wrong! Let’s rejoice in the truth rather than in evil! Let’s protect! Let’s trust! Let’s hope! Let’s persevere! Let’s live so filled with and overflowing with LOVE that through God we can live out our lives with all things being possible and seeing how LOVE never fails!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 5th


Jesus Loves Them


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” ‘

Matthew 19:14

Let’s bubble out a bit to get more context around what Jesus was sharing with the people and try to grasp some additional insights by using the Amplified translation:

‘Then children were brought to Jesus so that He might place His hands on them [for a blessing] and pray; but the disciples reprimanded them. But He said, “Leave the children alone, and do not forbid them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After placing His hands on them [for a blessing], He went on from there.’

Matthew 19:13-15

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you think of people in tiers?
  • Do you think of people in classes of society?
  • Do you think of people at different levels?
  • Do you realize how in the old days and in some societies today they still do tier men, women, and children in distant third place?
  • Have you ever noticed how when Jesus came on the scene that He tipped things upside down?
  • It is kind of like how in some companies they use the upside down pyramid to explain the org where the person at the top is at the bottom and the people who are the workers are at the top?
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Which model of leadership are you following or seeing?
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Are you old school traditional leadership or new school emerging leadership model?
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Do you realize the benefits of flipping things on their head to make things better?
  • Back to Jesus flipping things on their heads, we see examples where He broke the mold of accepted religious behaviors.
  • We see how He reached out and touched the lives of those who were sinning or sinners and far from God in order to love them and draw them closer to God.
  • We see how instead of ignoring women that He reached out to them (like the woman at the well) and included them in His circle as equals.
  • We see how He loved and included the children as we read in today’s verse.
  • Jesus honored them and welcomed them into His inner circle, His life, and into His heart.
  • We need to make sure we prioritize our kids but not just their activities and schedules but also their emotional and spiritual lives too.
  • We need to make time and leave energy to be able to pour into their lives.
  • When we consider our priorities are we also putting our efforts and energies in those same areas?
  • If you say your priorities are God, your wife, your kids, and then everything else and you check out your calendar, your checkbook, your schedule would it prove out to be true? Or would it reveal some adjustment may need to be instated/installed?
  • Let’s take our cues from Jesus!
  • Let’s see our children the way He did and does!
  • Let’s treat them with respect!
  • Let’s treat them with patience!
  • Let’s treat them with LOVE!
  • Let’s carve out time to love on them just like Jesus did!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • To what extent are children in your life a joy, an annoyance, or a burden?
  • What are some thing that need to change so that you can devote more emotional energy and time to them?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Start your child’s day with love and encouragement and end the day the same way.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Job 1 (Sometimes you go through troubles and trials not because you are out of the will of God but because you are in the will of God and the devil is coming after you and God wants to build up your faith, your strength, your perseverance and to showcase and highlight His work in and through your life)
  • Job 2 (We may not understand why we are facing the trials and troubles, the sorrows and pain
  • Job 3 (God is ok to talk it out and listen to you. God is with you in and through it all. God’s love is greater and stronger than even your closest friends)

So where are you at today? Are you being challenged by having to lead with love? Are you being challenged by having to love, invest, and support the children? Are you being challenged to love them? Are you being challenged with trials or troubles? What are you going to do about it? Where are you going to turn? Are you ready to turn to God and allow Him to work in and through you and the situations you are facing? 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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Do you need to see it to believe it?


Do you need to see it to believe or are you good enough believing it based on evidence? Do you believe there is oxygen in the air? Does the fact that you are alive and can breathe give you enough evidence to believe there is oxygen in the air? Do you believe there is something called time? You can’t see time but you can see evidence of time. Be it how things happen over some measure. Be it how we know about history. Be it how we have found fossils. There is evidence to prove there is such thing as time. So you need to see it to believe it or are there things you can believe without seeing it?

Do you need to experience to believe it? Do you believe that you have blood and would bleed if you were cut? Do you believe it because you have seen it? Do you believe it because you have experienced it? Do you believe it because you have seen it happen to someone else? Is getting to learn through someone else’s experience enough for you to believe? If someone else were to share the experience with you would that help you to believe?

What about when it comes to God? Do you believe in God? Do you believe in gods? Do you believe in a god or a GOD? Do you believe because of something you have seen? Do you believe because of something you have heard? Do you believe because of something you have experienced?

‘Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. ‘

Romans 10:17

‘As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. ‘

1 Timothy 1:3-4

‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ‘

Hebrews 12:1-2

‘To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. ‘

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

‘Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ‘

Ephesians 6:23

‘The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. ‘

1 Timothy 1:14

‘You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. ‘

Job 11:18

So what will it take for you to believe? Does it take the same level of evidence or experience for you to believe something? Does it take a specific amount of time for you to believe something? Do you need to make it personal and see it, touch it, or experience for yourself?

‘Now Thomas (also known as Didymus ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” ‘

John 20:24-25

When you finally get to see it and you do believe it, how do you respond?

‘A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” ‘

John 20:26-29

So before we jump into today’s devotional, pause for a moment and consider the things you believe. Consider if they are facts that don’t change. Consider if they are truths that will last. Consider if there is evidence to things you need to believe or reject. Let’s be ready for this day ahead of us! Let’s be building our lives on truth, a solid foundation that doesn’t change, and a firm life that we can live out into eternity.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for September 27th


Seeing The Invisible


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ‘

Hebrews 11:1

Let’s take a moment to consider what is being said and grab a bit more context through the Amplified translation:

‘ NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. For by [faith–trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report. By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible. [Prompted, actuated] by faith Abel brought God a better and more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, because of which it was testified of him that he was righteous [that he was upright and in right standing with God], and God bore witness by accepting and acknowledging his gifts. And though he died, yet [through the incident] he is still speaking. [Gen. 4:3-10.] Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God. [Gen. 5:21-24.] But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. [Prompted] by faith Noah, being forewarned by God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family. By this [his faith which relied on God] he passed judgment and sentence on the world’s unbelief and became an heir and possessor of righteousness (that relation of being right into which God puts the person who has faith). [Gen. 6:13-22.] [Urged on] by faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went forth to a place which he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went, although he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go. [Prompted] by faith he dwelt as a temporary resident in the land which was designated in the promise [of God, though he was like a stranger] in a strange country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs with him of the same promise. [Gen. 12:1-8.] For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God. Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word. [Gen. 17:19; 18:11-14; 21:2.] So from one man, though he was physically as good as dead, there have sprung descendants whose number is as the stars of heaven and as countless as the innumerable sands on the seashore. [Gen. 15:5, 6; 22:17; 32:12.] These people all died controlled and sustained by their faith, but not having received the tangible fulfillment of [God’s] promises, only having seen it and greeted it from a great distance by faith, and all the while acknowledging and confessing that they were strangers and temporary residents and exiles upon the earth. [Gen. 23:4; Ps. 39:12.] Now those people who talk as they did show plainly that they are in search of a fatherland (their own country). If they had been thinking with [homesick] remembrance of that country from which they were emigrants, they would have found constant opportunity to return to it. But the truth is that they were yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly [one]. For that reason God is not ashamed to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God–the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], for He has prepared a city for them. [Exod. 3:6, 15; 4:5.] By faith Abraham, when he was put to the test [while the testing of his faith was still in progress], had already brought Isaac for an offering; he who had gladly received and welcomed [God’s] promises was ready to sacrifice his only son, [Gen. 22:1-10.] Of whom it was said, Through Isaac shall your descendants be reckoned. [Gen. 21:12.] For he reasoned that God was able to raise [him] up even from among the dead. Indeed in the sense that Isaac was figuratively dead [potentially sacrificed], he did [actually] receive him back from the dead. [With eyes of] faith Isaac, looking far into the future, invoked blessings upon Jacob and Esau. [Gen. 27:27-29, 39, 40.] [Prompted] by faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in prayer over the top of his staff. [Gen. 48.] [Actuated] by faith Joseph, when nearing the end of his life, referred to [the promise of God for] the departure of the Israelites out of Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his own bones. [Gen. 50:24, 25; Exod. 13:19.] [Prompted] by faith Moses, after his birth, was kept concealed for three months by his parents, because they saw how comely the child was; and they were not overawed and terrified by the king’s decree. [Exod. 1:22; 2:2.] [Aroused] by faith Moses, when he had grown to maturity and become great, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, [Exod. 2:10, 15.] Because he preferred to share the oppression [suffer the hardships] and bear the shame of the people of God rather than to have the fleeting enjoyment of a sinful life. He considered the contempt and abuse and shame [borne for] the Christ (the Messiah Who was to come) to be greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt, for he looked forward and away to the reward (recompense). [Motivated] by faith he left Egypt behind him, being unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king; for he never flinched but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible. [Exod. 2:15.] By faith (simple trust and confidence in God) he instituted and carried out the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood [on the doorposts], so that the destroyer of the firstborn (the angel) might not touch those [of the children of Israel]. [Exod. 12:21-30.] [Urged on] by faith the people crossed the Red Sea as [though] on dry land, but when the Egyptians tried to do the same thing they were swallowed up [by the sea]. [Exod. 14:21-31.] Because of faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encompassed for seven days [by the Israelites]. [Josh. 6:12-21.] [Prompted] by faith Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed along with those who refused to believe and obey, because she had received the spies in peace [without enmity]. [Josh. 2:1-21; 6:22-25.] And what shall I say further? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, [Judg. 4:1-5; 6:1-8, 35; 11:1-12, 15; 13:1-16; I Sam. 1-30; II Sam. 1-24; I Kings 1-2; Acts 3:24.] Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions, [Dan. 6.] Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts. [Dan. 3.] [Some] women received again their dead by a resurrection. Others were tortured to death with clubs, refusing to accept release [offered on the terms of denying their faith], so that they might be resurrected to a better life. [I Kings 17:17-24; II Kings 4:25-37.] Others had to suffer the trial of mocking and scourging and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death; they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith]; they were sawn asunder; they were slaughtered by the sword; [while they were alive] they had to go about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated– [Men] of whom the world was not worthy–roaming over the desolate places and the mountains, and [living] in caves and caverns and holes of the earth. And all of these, though they won divine approval by [means of] their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what was promised, Because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them].’

Hebrews 11:1-40

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What do you have faith in today?
  • What areas or things are you putting your faith in today?
  • What about that chair you are sitting on?
  • What about that screen you are looking at?
  • What about that floor you are walking on?
  • Do you have faith the chair will hold you and not break?
  • Do you have faith that the floor won’t collapse and cause you to fall?
  • What about technology? What about other people?
  • Do you trust that when you come to a green light that it turned red the other way?
  • Do you trust that when you come to a green light that the person going the other way won’t go through the red light?
  • What about in the spiritual realm?
  • Where can you put your trust?
  • Where do you put your faith?
  • Do you grab hold of the evidence of God’s power, love, and faithfulness even when it is invisible because of the evidence?
  • Do you grab hold of the beauty of nature as evidence of God’s creativity?
  • Do you grab hold of the life of Jesus as evidence of God’s character and purpose for our lives?
  • So with the mystery of the unseen, what has brought you to the point of faith?
  • So with the mystery of the invisible, what has allowed you to come to the point of faith?
  • Is it creation? Is it Jesus? Is it stories of believers?
  • We all have to make the choice for ourselves!
  • We all have the freewill to decide for ourselves!
  • Let’s consider what we read about from today’s verse of the day!
  • Let’s grab hold of what we read in Hebrews 11 to give us more context!
  • So today let’s stand firm on God’s faithfulness in the past and reach forward into the future trusting God and walking and standing in faith that God is in control, He did it before, He can do it again!

Let’s take a moment and listen to a song as we get ready for the day:

https://youtu.be/0B_lnQIITxU

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • In what ways is our faith based on the visible and tangible? on the invisible and intangible?
  • What does God want you to trust Him to do today?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Faith is a passionate intuition.”

William Wordsworth

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What do you believe? What do you have faith in? Whom will you trust? How will that impact the way you choose to live out your today? 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 a bit off track? A bit out of place? Want to get back on track?


Have you swerved from the path? Have you tried to go it alone? Have you tried to make your own way? Have you tried to make a plan that is out there? Have you found yourself missing the mark? Have you found that you need to make some course correction? Do you know how to get back? Do you know how to get back on course? Do you have a way to find true north? Do you need to turn back? Do you need to go back in order to move forward? Where will you turn? What will you do? How will you get back on track? How will you get back to where you need to be? How will you get back to where you should be? Are you ready to admit where you went wrong? Are you ready to adjust? Are you ready to walk it out in humility? Could today be the first day of the rest of your life where you are doing what you should be doing and going where you should be going in order to arrive where you are supposed to get?

Are you lost? Are you ready to be found? Are you troubled? Are you ready to take heart? Are you facing a trial? Are you ready to consider it pure joy? Are you ready to wait on God? Are you ready to trust God? Are you ready to stop being overwhelmed? Are you ready to stop being overlooked? Are you ready for a new today? Could today be the day of change? Could today be the day of transformation? It’s up to you!


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


Getting Straight


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.’

Luke 13:11-13

Let’s get a bit more context and read the full section from God’s Word:

‘Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.’

Luke 13:10-17

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Imagine living a life where you are minimized.
  • Imagine living a life where you are overlooked.
  • Imagine living a life where you are ridiculed.
  • Are you in need?
  • Are you willing to go somewhere where the need can be seen and met?
  • Do you realize it isn’t too late, no matter how long you have been dealing with this issue? The woman had been dealing with it for 18 years.
  • She hadn’t given up and kept praying and going to the synagogue in hope.
  • She may or may not have known the cause of the problem.
  • She kept worshipping God through it all by going to the synagogue.
  • She was worshipping God that Sabbath day she encountered Jesus.
  • Her spine had fused together over those years and it would take a miracle for her to change.
  • She had to deal with the pain that potentially had caused her to be bent over in the first place and for so long.
  • She had to deal with the embarrassment of being hunched over.
  • In the midst of it all she didn’t stop pursuing God.
  • We may not know the day or the time when God will step in
  • We may not know the minute or the hour when God will step in
  • Sometimes God decides to step into our pain and change it all.
  • Can you imagine the amazement that day when God stepped into her life and Jesus healed her miraculously?
  • Can you imagine trying to be invisible so people don’t tease or mock you and then being called out to come in front of everyone?
  • Would you have been able to be so obedient to go up when Jesus called you forward?
  • Could you imagine the joy, the sensation as her back was healed and she straightened up?
  • Could you imagine the surprise and the screams of joy and praise to God in that moment?
  • Be it today or be it in eternity, we don’t always know why or when God will touch and heal us.
  • When we get to experience the miraculous though, we need to grasp it and praise God!
  • So whatever we are facing today, let’s choose to remain faithful to God!
  • Whatever we are going through today, let’s choose to remain faithful to God!
  • However long we have been going through this, let’s choose to remain faithful to God!
  • Let’s trust God because know that in this life or the next that a miracle is going to happen!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you think the woman felt the day before this event, at the moment Jesus called her to come forward, and when He healed her?
  • Does this give you confidence that Jesus will one day perform a miracle in your life? Why or why not?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If you truly want to measure the success of a man, you do not measure it by a position he has achieved, but by the obstacles he has overcome.”

Booker T. Washington

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Do you need some straightening out? Do you need God to touch your life? Do you need a physical touch? Do you need a relational touch? Do you need a psychological touch? Do you need an emotional touch? Are you looking or or needing a miracle from God? Are you ready to turn to Him? Are you ready to give it up and over to Him? Let’s pray:

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

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Do you realize how much?


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

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

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

John 3:16-17

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

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

Romans 5:8

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

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

Romans 8:37-39

God’s love for us is everlasting!

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

Jeremiah 31:3

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

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

Jeremiah 29:11

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

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

Matthew 10:29-31

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


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


Some More Than Others


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Matthew 10:30

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

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

Matthew 10:27-31

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


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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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How well do you deal with absolutes?


Absolute love? Absolute hope? Absolute trust? Absolute belief? Absolute faith? Absolute obedience? Absolute disobedience? Absolute good? Absolute evil? Absolute truth? Are you able to live in a world of absolutes or do you prefer to live in the grey areas? So where do you stand when it comes to God? Are you living inside or outside of God’s will? Are you leaning on God’s Word or the ways of the world? Are you deciding to live in absolute obedience to God’s will and God’s Word or are you trying to partially obey? You realize that partial obedience is disobedience right?

How well do you deal with absolutes at home? How well do you deal with absolutes at work? How well do you deal with absolutes in the community? How well do you deal with absolutes in the church? How well do you deal with absolutes in the government? How well do you deal with absolutes in the judicial or laws of the land? How well do you deal with absolutes when it comes to what is and isn’t a sin?

So how would you respond to being tested in any of those areas? Would you be ready and willing to testify of how it went? Would you be ready and willing to share your testimony of how it all played out?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 16th


Life’s Biggest Test


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. ‘

II Corinthians 2:8-9

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you deal with and respond to when bad things are taking place?
  • How do you respond when you are directed to deal with the problem?
  • Are you obedient?
  • How do you respond when the problem is fixed and there is a change of heart?
  • Are you obedient?
  • Are you able to forgive?
  • Are you able to restore?
  • Are you able to accept?
  • Disciplining is to help get the person back on track, and so if it works how will you respond?
  • Are you able to be obedient and discipline when necessary?
  • Are you able to be obedient and accept when necessary?
  • How about if you are the one being disciplined? Are you ready to repent? Are you ready to ask for forgiveness?
  • When you have the test of needing to discipline someone for their sins will you pass the test?
  • When you have the test of needing to forgive, restore, and accept someone who has repented and turned from their wicked ways will you pass the test?
  • Are you able to be firm enough to require that someone who has gone off track change?
  • Are you able to forgive them if they admit to their wrongdoing and change?
  • As church, as a family, how will you deal with sin when it shows up?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How did your family handle significant sins like additions, abuse, and rebellion (if they were present in your family)?
  • Describe the purpose and process of dealing with others’ sins.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If you are not living in the will of God, you are uncomfortable in the Word of God.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at? How do you handle the test of obedience? How do you handle the test of dealing with people who have gone off track? How do you respond when you have gone off track? Where do you turn? How do you know what to do? Are you ready to turn to God and invite Jesus into the situation? Are you ready to do what is asked of you? Let’s pray:

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

Did you pray with me?
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Ever considered the benefits of honoring your parents?


It is only in looking back that I realize it. I didn’t do it because of something I read in the Bible but because I felt either option would work. I did want to give my parents and my in-laws the choice though as it would impact their ability to see my wife and I and their first and only grandchild at the time. So what was the situation and what did I do? Well, I was at a crossroads in my career where my options were to leave the company I was at or I move far away and stay with the company. So I gave the choice to both sets of parents and they both exclaimed that I would crazy to leave the company and so the journey began to find a new role within the company but out of the area. So what benefits did I experience? A few more details before we get to that.

So I found a job and we found a home and moved away. We got an invitation in the mail to go to a Christmas production at a church down the road that we drove past nearly daily. So we decided to go and we haven’t looked back. It was through this church that I realized it wasn’t about rituals and routines of going to church but rather it was about having a relationship with Jesus. And my learning from the Bible began through personal reading, sermons on the weekends, men’s small group, and Wednesday night Bible studies. After a while with things going great in all aspects of my life, God pointed me to a scripture out of His Word and that it was because of this that I was being blessed. “What verse?” you may ask. Well, it was Ephesians 6:1-3 which says:

‘Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”’

Ephesians 6:1-3

I was shocked and amazed. As I mentioned earlier it wasn’t this verse that had made me do it, it was the sense that it was the right thing to do and that I would be ok with either decision. God is good! God is faithful to His Word!

So what about you? How are you doing in respect to living up to God’s calling on your life?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 6th


The Gift of Honor


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.’

Exodus 20:12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Where are you at today when it comes to thinking about your parents?
  • What do you think about them and the way they are living?
  • What do you think about them and the way they are or were raising you?
  • What do you think about them and the way they raised you?
  • Do you see past the flaws and see how wonderful they are?
  • Do you realize how important families are to society?
  • Do you realize the impact families have on society?
  • Do you realize the importance and the impact of your relationship with your parents?
  • Do you realize that you are always your parent’s child?
  • Do you realize the need and the benefit of honoring them?
  • Do you realize that it’s not a one time thing but something that keeps going?
  • Do you have feelings that make you want to resist such a command from God because of what happened to you?
  • Have you needed to work through hurts you have endured and as such resist such a command?
  • Did you notice that God didn’t put any caveats into His command? He didn’t say if you have the best parents ever then … He didn’t say if you have the worst parents ever then …
  • He said to honor our parents.
  • Now remember, honor doesn’t mean approve of what they did or are doing.
  • Remember, honor doesn’t mean to excuse the wounds they inflicted on you.
  • Honoring our parents means that we speak words of appreciation rather than complaining to them or to others.
  • Ever considered if there is anything you can be thankful for?
  • Do you realize that speaking words of affirmation about your parents has positive effects on you?
  • Let’s take hold of the benefits of obeying this command from God as it gives long life per Exodus and that it will go well with you per Ephesians.
  • So grab hold of this commandment.
  • Let’s choose to treat our parents with honor and respect so that it removes or at least reduces the pressures that can occur in the family.
  • Let’s choose to relate to them in a positive way so that it will fill us up and overflow into other relationships we have with love, respect, and thankfulness.
  • Let’s allow this to help reduce stress levels and in so doing help extend our life expectancy.
  • Remember that’s what God promised!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Make a list of things you appreciate about your parents, even if you were abused or abandoned.
  • How might honoring your parents have a multiplied impact on the rest of your life?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you walking in alignment with God? Are you looking for ways to connect with God or relate to God? Are you wondering how you can live your today for a greater purpose and greater benefit? 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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Where do you turn for find the truth? How do you know if it is the truth?


Tide has an interesting commercial out these days about washing in cold with two very interesting characters, Ice-T and Stone Cold. During the commercial with the play on cold and their respective characters, you don’t hear what the other person says but it made me laugh when Stone Cold replied with his catch phrase “cause Stone Cold says so“.

How about you and your life? How do you know if something is true? How do you know if it is the truth? How do you know if it is a version of the truth versus the truth? How do you know if it is partial truth or the truth? Do you have a source where you can say that what you are hearing is or isn’t the truth? Do you have a source where you can say “that’s wrong” or “that’s right” because … says so? Who or what are you able to place in that blank?

Is the truth absolute? Can the truth change? If the truth can change doesn’t that mean it isn’t the truth? If the truth can change doesn’t that make it more of an opinion which may be acceptable for a time? When you know the real truth, the absolute truth, do you realize that it can set you free?

So today, how important is the truth to you? Are you satisfied with partial truth? Are you ok with half-truths? Do you want to stand on something that will be solid and last and so desire the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

For me, I go to God’s Word, the Bible! God is unchanging! We learn that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light! God provided us with guidelines with the 10 commandments! Jesus calls us to a higher standard! The key is love! Love God! Love people!

How about you? Do you have a source of truth that is solid and you can build your life upon? Do you have a source of truth that is never changing and so you can allow your path to be directed by it? Do you have a source of truth that you can trust? Are you ready to take hold of the truth and be set free?

The choice is yours! We all get to decide for ourselves! How will you choose?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 2nd


Stone-Cold Truths


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me.’

Exodus 20:1-3

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you communicate with God?
  • Do you pray?
  • Do you read His Word?
  • Do you hear voices?
  • Do you have dreams?
  • Do you have visions?
  • Do you use calamities?
  • Do you use your conscience?
  • Do you look for signs or wonders?
  • Do you talk to Jesus?
  • Ever considered what it would be like to receive it in written format on a tablet of stone?
  • Imagine if God wrote your instruction on a stone tablet each time
  • Imagine being Moses and receiving the 10 Commandments to help instruct and lead the people.
  • Imagine being given direction on how to connect and relate and love God. (first 4 commandments)
  • Imagine being given direction on how to connect and related and love people. (last 6 commandments)
  • How well do you remember your past?
  • How well do you remember what God has done in your life to get to this point?
  • Imagine if it had been something as significant as the freedom/release from slavery in Egypt after 430 years.
  • Imagine if it had been parting the Red Sea so that the million people were able to walk through on dry ground.
  • Imagine if it had been the provision of food / mana from heaven that was picked up daily except on the 6th day when they collected twice as much so they didn’t have to work on collecting the food on the 7th day.
  • How much goodness and grace would it take for you to receive it and believe it?
  • How much goodness and grace would it take for you to put God first?
  • What are you putting first in your life?
    • Is it success?
    • Is it money?
    • Is it pleasure?
    • Is it power?
  • Is there anything that is crowding God out of that spot?
  • Is there anything that is pushing God from being the center of your life?
  • Is there something that is causing your mind to be preoccupied and as such miss out on God?
  • Are you ready and willing to decide to put God at the center?
  • Are you ready and willing to put in the work required to keep God at the center?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some things that threaten to crowd God out of the center of your life?
  • What do you gain and lose by having Him in the center?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. ”

― Thomas Carlyle

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So how about you? What is at your core? What is the truth on which you stand? What have you put at the center of your life? Are you putting God there? Is God your source of truth? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart to help give you the wisdom and discernment you need know the truth as you walk through each 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

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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Will you trust Him enough to hold his hand in order to walk through life?


Remember when you were younger and you would hold onto your parent’s hand to keep you balanced? Remember when you were younger and you would hold onto your parent’s hand to keep you on track? Remember when you were younger and you would hold onto your parent’s hand to keep you going in the right direction? Remember when you were younger and you would hold onto your parent’s hand to keep you from falling and hurting yourself?

Remember that childlike faith and trust in them? Remember how you were nearly invincible thanks to them?

What about with God? Are you ready to trust Him? Will you hold onto His hand with such childlike faith? Are you ready to walk through this life holding onto His hands to help you stay on track? Are you ready to stick so close to Him that you know His will and His way? Are you ready to stick so close to Him that you know that you are walking in His purpose?

Could today be the beginning of such a journey? Ready to walk through this life and into the next holding onto God’s hand?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for July 27th


Holding on to the Hand of God


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.’

Psalms 73:22-24

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever felt like life wasn’t fair?
  • Ever compared your situation to others and felt like you were getting a bum deal?
  • Asaph did. He was following God and yet saw the ungodly flourishing.
  • Asaph did. He had a pity party by lashing out at God and by sulking about this situation.
  • Asaph did and as we read about his response to God was beast-like.
  • Remember how God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow?
  • Remember how God is love and there is no darkness in Him?
  • Even at our worse, God is at His best!
  • In our weakness, God is our strength!
  • We see how even in Asaph’s worse, God was faithful and at His best too!
  • Remember the definition of Love in 1 Corinthians 13?
    • ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • In the midst of Asaph going off, we see how God is patient, God is kind, God doesn’t envy, God doesn’t boast, God isn’t proud, God doesn’t dishonor him, God isn’t self-seeking, God isn’t easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs, God rejoices in the truth, God protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres, God never fails!
  • We know this and see this in today’s reading as God kept holding Asaph’s hand.
  • God was holding Asaph’s hand just like that kid we see at the store whose parent is holding onto their hand as they are pulling a fit and having a tantrum.
  • God assures Asaph that He will lead him down the right path and that in the end would receive him in love!
  • Where are you at today? You in the middle of a tantrum with God?
  • Don’t put the human response you would expect on God because God’s better than that.
  • Remember at our worst, God is still at His best.
  • Remember that in the middle of our tantrum, God will never leave us nor forsake us!
  • He loves us! Will we receive and accept that love? Will we grab hold and keep holding His hand through it all so that we can come out the other side of this life being able to spend eternity with Him?
  • Let’s not take the response we received from our parents, siblings, grand parents, and others and think that God will respond the same way! His ways are higher and better than our ways!
  • God doesn’t change just because we decide to have a fit or tantrum!
  • God doesn’t want to lose us that is why He sent Jesus!
  • God loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son Jesus! (check out John 3:16)
  • God loves us so much that He didn’t want to condemn us and so He sent Jesus to rescue us and save us! (check out John 3:17)
  • Are you ready to receive the gift of grace from God? Invite Jesus into your heart today!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When you are at your worst, how have you imagined God responding to you?
  • What difference does it (will it) make to realize that He is patient, loving, kind, and near when you are angry with Him?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I pray God I may be given the wisdom and the prudence to do my duty in the true spirit of this great people.”

— Woodrow Wilson

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready to turn back to God? Are you ready to grab hold of His hand? Are you ready to walk out the rest of your life holding onto God’s hand? Could today be the beginning of such a journey? Let’s pray:

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

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

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How much will you trust God?


Will you trust Him enough to allow Him to fill you with hope? Will you trust Him enough to allow Him to fill you with joy? Will you trust Him enough to allow Him to fill you with peace in believing? Will you trust Him enough to fill you to overflowing? Will you trust Him enough to allow the Holy Spirit to fill you to the top and then to overflowing?

Today’s verse of the day from the Bible App puts it this way:

‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

Romans 15:13

Looking at the Amplified version, we are able to get this extra piece of the puzzle:

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. ‘

Romans 15:13

Will you trust God through the experiences of your faith? Will you trust God enough to allow His love to fill you to overflowing? His love that is patient. His love that is kind. His love that doesn’t envy. His love that doesn’t boast. His love that isn’t proud. His love that honors others. His love that serves others. His love that isn’t easily angered. His love that keeps no record of wrongs. His love that doesn’t delight in evil. His love that rejoices in the truth. His love that protects. His love that trusts. His love that hopes. His love that perseveres. His love that never fails.

Will you trust God with confidence in His promises? Forever?


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


Eternal Patience


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.’

II Peter 3:9

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever considered Jesus’ return?
  • My blog title comes from that beginning when I started to post in 2005 and the part of my reading at the time came from the book of Revelation.
  • Ever imagined or considered that day? the power of it? the beauty of it? the majesty of it?
  • Do you find it as mind blowing as me?
  • Imagine seeing Him riding in on a horse on the clouds in a way where everyone on the earth will be able to see Him.
  • Imagine seeing His believers joining Him in the heavens, both the living and those who have left their earthly lives.
  • Imagine seeing Him coming as the warrior King that He is.
  • Imagine seeing Him battle the devil and his alliance to finish it and take His throne in Jerusalem.
  • Imagine such a time as the 1000 years of His rule all that will happen and take place.
  • Imagine how different things will be, even in the natural world with visions of the lion laying with the lamb.
  • Are you someone who is ready for Jesus’ return?
  • What about all those other people who aren’t ready or haven’t decided yet?
  • What about all those people who haven’t had a chance to hear about Jesus yet?
  • God is patience and so Jesus is postponing His return in order to give others the chance to decide.
  • To give them the opportunity to choose if they will receive the gift of grace or reject it.
  • Who do you know that needs to turn to Jesus and receive Him as their Lord and Savior? What are you doing about it?
  • What about all the others you don’t know? Jesus cares for them too! He wants everyone to turn to Him.
  • Jesus’ timing is perfect! He is never early and never late!
  • He knows there are still people who haven’t heard the Good News yet!
  • He knows there are still people who haven’t put their trust in Him yet!
  • He tells us though that it won’t be long!
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and make all the wrongs transformed and made right?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and honor all His faithful people?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and for His justice to rule throughout the world?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and for His grace to rule the world?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and for His priorities and plans to happen?
  • Remember how Jesus tells us the story of the lost? Remember how important and how determined in each story finding the lost was?
  • God is delaying judgment for sinners in order to help more lost people be found.
  • God is delaying honoring the saints in order to help more lost people be found.
  • Remember it is but a small price to pay in waiting for God’s perfect timing!
  • Remember this small price to pay will provide forgiveness, peace, and joy for even more people!
  • Remember the story about Lot and Abram and Sodom and Gomorrah? Remember in Genesis 18 when Abram kept asking God what if there were different numbers of righteous people. Remember God’s answers and replies?
  • Remember why Jesus came the first time? Not to condemn the world but that through Him the world could be saved! (John 3:17)
  • So are you ready? Are you helping others get ready? We don’t know the day or the time but we do know He is coming back!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you long for Christ’s return? Why or why not?
  • From your perspective, is the delay reasonable and fair?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“When you turn to God, you discover He has been facing you all the time.”

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready to meet your maker? Are you ready to pursue after His plans, purposes, and will? Are you ready to turn back to Him today? Are you ready to trust Him and invite Him into your heart and your life? Are you ready to lead with love? Loving God and loving people? Let’s pray:

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

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

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When you know the ending you can rejoice!


Are you like me and want stories to have a happy ending? Are you like me and can get upset if you spend a bunch of time watching a show and then it has a sad ending? I still remember watching Pocahontas and saying that I can’t believe Disney would allow something like that. As I thought about it and the tears I cried as a kids watching “The Wonderful World of Disney” and seeing movies like Old Yeller which was another one with a sad ending. And looking back there were a bunch of Disney movies where there were sad endings. They weren’t all Happily Ever After type of stories. But I remember back to when I began to write this blog and it started with the end. The End Times that is. I started my blog in the book of Revelation which is where the Eternity in the blog name from 2005 to eternity comes from. When you realize that Jesus has already won the victory, it allows you to be able to rejoice in the Lord always. When you realize that Jesus has already won the victory, when tough times come your way you are able to take heart. When you realize that Jesus has already won the victory, when you face trials of many kinds you are able to consider it pure joy because you know that when perseverance finishes its work that you will be complete and lacking nothing. When you have started a relationship with Jesus and you know the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey used to tell about), even when things get hard, you can lean in on God rather than your own understanding and put your trust in Him. We can grab hold of the reality that He works all things for good for those who love God and called according to His purposes. So even when there is pain and suffering, troubles and tribulation, trials and challenges, we can take heart and not give up! I know in 2020 I leaned on God a lot. He helped me through 2020 to build a stronger relationship with my wife. He helped me through 2020 to spend more time with my family. He helped me through 2020 to grow my faith by leaning on Him rather than my own understanding of the craziness. He helped me through 2020 to grow my faith by trusting in Him no matter what craziness happened. He helped me through 2020 to grow my faith by continuously forgiving. And 2020 had a happy ending when I got a new role and a new boss and a great team just before Christmas and in time to start off 2021 on a new note. It was God’s Christmas present to me. I kept having the theme that Hindsight is 2020 for the entire year, even before the crazy began but it was right as the year ended and I was able to see clearly what was going on from painful changes, leadership favor and support, and yet being able to keep the relationships even though I lost the teams. God used it and turned it for good. And as such I can say that we can, should, and will rejoice in the Lord always!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for June 29th


Rejoice


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!’

Philippians 4:4

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize how many choices you get to make?
  • Do you realize that rejoicing is a choice?
  • You get to choose if you will rejoice or not.
  • Do you rejoice in the goodness and greatness of God?
  • Do you rejoice for what God has given you whether you feel like it or not?
  • Do you rejoice for what God has given you whether you see it or not?
  • Paul tells us in today’s verse that we are to always rejoice in the Lord!
  • So we are to rejoice in the Lord at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows!
  • We are to rejoice in the Lord in the good times and the bad times!
  • We are to rejoice in the Lord when things are going easy or smoothly as well as when things get tough or difficult.
  • We rejoice in the Lord because we trust in Him!
  • We rejoice in the Lord even when we don’t know what He is doing, so we trust Him and that He is working all things for good because we love Him and are called according to His purposes!
  • Paul who went through great highs in his missionary journeys has incredible reasons and occasions to rejoice in the Lord!
  • Paul who went through incredible trials and persecution (even being stoned to what the people though killed him and dragged him out of town) and he is the guy who continued to rejoice that he was getting persecuted for the cause.
  • To hear from someone who went through so much tell us to always rejoice, we can see in and through his life how during the highest of highs where people were being saved to the lowest of lows when he was beaten, imprisoned, and more that He worshipped God and rejoiced and praised God even in the cells and ministered to the world wherever he was.
  • So can you rejoice like Paul when you are experiences incredible blessings and miracles?
  • Can you rejoice like Paul when you are experiences trials and persecution?
  • Let’s take hold of what Paul is telling us and rejoice in the Lord always!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How would it help you to make the choice to rejoice even when you don’t feel like it?
  • What are some situations right now that require that choice?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.”

— John C. Maxwell

“Encouragement is the fuel on which hope runs.”

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Do you have hope for the future so that you can rejoice in the present? Do you have hope for the future so that you can take heart in the present? Do you have hope for the future so that you can consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Do you have hope for the future so that you can rejoice in the Lord today? If not, would you consider inviting Jesus into your heart and your life? Would you be willing to receive the gift of grace that provides a hope for the future? Let’s pray:

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

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

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How are you choosing to live?


Are you trying to find your own way? Are you trying to make your own way? Are you trying to go your own way? Are you trying get your own way?

Are you submitting your life over to God and allowing Him to lead you and guide you, directing your path? Are you walking through life with God or are you trying to escape Him? Are you walking through life with God or have you turned your back and walked away? Are you pursuing God or avoiding Him?

When things get tough, where will you turn? When things get rough, how will you respond? When things aren’t clear, who can you turn to?

If we remember what Jesus taught us about this life, we will face troubles, so if we haven’t just gone through troubles and we aren’t going through troubles then there is probably going to be some troubles ahead, but Jesus didn’t just stop with the warning, He also provided us with hope in the troubles so that we can take heart because He has overcome the world!

How would you respond if you received a message that doom was coming? How would you respond if you received a message that trouble was coming? How would you respond if you received a message that disaster was coming? How would you respond if you received a message that the cycle time has come up? Ever noticed through history the cycle of people turning to God and then over time as they feel too comfortable they stray or walk away?

So we need to stick with God! We need to have Jesus in our lives! We need to make time and take time to hear from the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us as we go through this thing called life.

How are you choosing to live? What would it take for you to change or adjust or realign your life to God’s will?


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


In God’s Right Hand


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’’

Isaiah 41:10

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever face a confusing or perplexing situation or circumstance?
  • Ever face a puzzling or inexplicable situation or circumstance?
  • Ever face a mysterious or surprising situation or circumstance?
  • Ever face an amazing or astonishing situation or circumstance?
  • How did you respond?
  • Where did you turn?
  • Ever gotten to the end of your rope and said “I just don’t know what to do?”?
  • So what did you do? Did you turn to God? Did you lean in on Him rather than your own understanding? Did you seek God’s Wisdom through His Word? Did you keep doing what you knew to do until you figured it out?
    • I know for me in 2020 I had to do that a lot. I had to lean on God as I didn’t understand. I had to seek Him to help me keep going and doing what He wanted me to do. I forgave. I pressed forward. I trusted God. Hindsight definitely was 2020. There were so many things that were shaking my world. There was isolation from people and yet more time with my wife and kids. There was more time to spend in couple devotionals with my wife. COVID wasn’t as big of a deal in terms of what it caused because it caused my family to draw closer to God and closer to each other. But it was the non-COVID stuff that kept me unsure of what to do. But God was faithful and He showed up. He helped me to be able to look back and see what happened and why it was required. Without God I am not sure what I would have or could have done. With God all things are possible!
  • So what will you do? Will you turn to people for help or go straight to the top? Will you go to God?
    • To close out 2020 I had a choice between 2 roles and I liked both managers and felt I would like and could do both roles. So I gave it up into God’s hands and started at the top with the President of our division and after his response to our Senior VP and after his response the person who was my boss. God opened the door so wide, it was clear which role I was to take. Once I let the hiring manager know God took over and within 2 business days things were in place, and I was in my new role. God is good. God can move mountains that we couldn’t if we tried. My faith in God got me through 2020 and it allowed 2020 to close on a positive note.
  • So go to God first! He knows the beginning and the end! Why go through the contact lists when you can go straight to God?
  • Through Jesus we can go to God first! We don’t need to go through a phone tree of options, go straight to God. We don’t need to send or wait for an email to come in, go straight to God. We don’t need to wait for a repair man or a technician to come and fix our problems, God is personal and shows up in person to get it done!
  • Remember the contract God made with Moses?
    • I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. — Exodus 6:7
    • “’So you will be my people, and I will be your God.’” — Jeremiah 30:22
    • I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. — Leviticus 26:12
    • but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you. — Jeremiah 7:23
  • This applies to us too!
  • Let’s take hold of God’s promises!
  • Let’s take hold of today’s verse!
  • Let’s choose to be a part of His family by accepting Jesus!
  • Let’s be adopted into the family of God!
  • Let’s be transformed by the decision to invite Jesus into our lives!
  • And then let’s live out the promise that God Himself is committed to strengthen, lead, support, and uphold us!
  • Let’s allow God to stick close to us and live out our lives in intimate relationship with Him!
  • Let’s decide to live securely in His right hand!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Since God is invisible, what does this promise really mean?
  • What are some recent or current situations in your life in which you need God’s personal help? Ask Him for it now.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Franklin Roosevelt

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you wanting or needing direction? Are you wanting or needing courage and boldness? Are you wanting or needing hope and strength? 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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Do you realize the importance of Believing?


What does it take for you to accept something as true? What does it take for you to trust something as true? What does it take for you to credit something as being true? What does it take for you to stand firm that something is true?

Do you have to see it to believe it? Do you have to experience it to believe it? Do you have to hear it to believe it? Do you have to read about it to believe it?

What happens when you believe something? Do you act differently? Do you behave differently? Do you think differently? Do you respond differently? Do you think differently? Do you speak differently?

Do you realize the impact of your beliefs on your life? on your thoughts? on your behavior?

What do you believe? Is it sure or could it be changed? Is it based on solid footing? Is it impacting the way you are living your life? Is it impact the way you are interacting with others? Is it able to be put into practice? How are your beliefs impacting you and all of those around you?


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


Believe


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”’

Matthew 21:22

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize the source of the power?
  • Do you realize the where when it comes to the what?
  • Do you pray because you believe in Jesus?
  • Do you pray because you believe that God hears your prayers?
  • Do you pray because you believe that God answers your prayers? Even if the answer happens to be No, Not yet, or Yes?
  • Prayer isn’t a checklist item!
  • Prayer is simply put a conversation with God!
  • Prayer helps you connect with and build your relationship with God!
  • Jesus helps us get started when He shares how to pray with us in Luke 11 when He provides us with a model for prayer:
    • ‘Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”’ Luke 11:1-4
  • God’s power is matchless!
  • God’s love is limitless!
  • So we can put our trust in Him!
  • So when we ask, we must believe, as it says to us in James 1
    • ‘But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.’ James 1:6-8
  • Remember what we learned back in Matthew 7 about asking, seeking, and knocking?
    • ‘“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’ Matthew 7:7-12
  • When we pray, it isn’t as much about how we say it but more about how much we love and trust and believe in Him!
  • God wants to have an intimate relationship with you and so He wants to be able to have deep conversations with you where you trust and believe Him and in Him!
  • When we pray, it isn’t as much about the emotional or emotions of the words but more about how much you love and trust and have faith in Him!
  • Remember the power of faith, even as small as a mustard seed?
  • Will you choose to seek first the kingdom of God so that God will give you the desires of your heart?
  • Will you pray in a way that will honor God rather than trying to get yourself honored?
  • Will you pray in a way that God is in control rather than trying to get or be in control?
  • Are you willing to spend time in God’s Word in order to understand God’s desires, plans, and purposes for you and your life?
  • Are you ready to hear from the Holy Spirit through such times in order to lead and guide you?
  • Are you ready to pray out of relationship rather than out of demands?
  • Are you ready to pray out of reverence rather than out of control?
  • Are you ready to pray in a way that shows how much you believe and trust God? The shows your hope and faith in Him?
  • Are you ready to pray in a way that acknowledges that God knows what is going on from every perspective and so you can believe and trust in Him?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How would you define and describe “believing prayer”?
  • What are some types of steps you can take today to develop a habit of praying this way?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Satan trembles, when he sees the weakest Saint upon his knees.”

William Cowper

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So what do you believe? Do you believe it enough that you are getting to witness the fruits? Do you believe enough that it builds your faith? Is today your day to start believing? Let’s pray

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

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

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