THRIVE: As the week begins and things are heading back towards normal…


Happy Monday! The weekend of celebration is wrapping up and another early morning trip to the airport to send loved ones home. The work week begins with excitement about getting to present. And nearly back to normal. Although, what is normal? Is it how things were 3 weeks ago? Is it how things were pre-covid? Is it how things will be later this week? Is it how things will be when we get into the end of summer? Change is constant and so defining normal may seem to change too.

The dictionary tells us this about normal:

nor·mal
[ˈnôrməl]
ADJECTIVE
normal (adjective)
conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected:
"it's quite normal for puppies to bolt their food" · "normal working hours"
synonyms:
usual · standard · typical · stock · common · ordinary · customary · conventional · habitual · accustomed · expected · wonted · everyday · regular · routine · day-to-day · daily · established · settled · set · fixed · traditional · quotidian · prevailing · average · run-of-the-mill · middle-of-the-road · mainstream · unremarkable · unexceptional · plain · simple · homely · homespun · workaday · garden-variety
antonyms:
unusual · abnormal
(of a person) physically and mentally healthy:
"until her accident Louise had been a perfectly normal little girl" · "many previously normal people exhibit psychotic symptoms after a few nights without sleep"
synonyms:
sane · in one's right mind · right in the head · of sound mind · in possession of all one's faculties · able to think/reason clearly · lucid · rational · coherent · balanced · well balanced · compos mentis
antonyms:
insane · irrational
technical
(of a line, ray, or other linear feature) intersecting a given line or surface at right angles:
"a single plane of symmetry with a diad axis normal to it"
medicine
(of a salt solution) containing the same salt concentration as the blood:
"dilute the stock solution with sterile water or normal saline"
chemistry
dated
(of a solution) containing one gram-equivalent of solute per liter.
geology
denoting a fault or faulting in which a relative downward movement occurred in the strata situated on the upper side of the fault plane.
NOUN
normal (noun) · normals (plural noun)
the usual, average, or typical state or condition:
"her temperature was above normal" · "the service will be back to normal next week"
synonyms:
standard · usual · typical · average · the rule · predictable · unexceptional · par for the course · what one would expect · expected · (only) to be expected
antonyms:
the exception
informal
a person who is conventional or healthy.
technical
a line at right angles to a given line or surface:
"the view is along the normal to the surface"
ORIGIN
mid 17th century (in the sense ‘right-angled’): from Latin normalis, from norma ‘carpenter's square’ (see norm). Current senses date from the early 19th century.
Nor·mal
[ˈnôrməl]
DEFINITION
a town in central Illinois, home to Illinois State University (originally a normal, or teachers, school); population 52,056 (est. 2008).

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I’ve joked over the years that the only time people have called me normal is if they put ab in front of it! But are we supposed to be average? Nope, Jesus calls us to a higher standard and to raise the bar! The Holy Spirit is with us to lead us and guide us, instruct us and correct us! God is with us and in us when we have received the Holy Spirit through inviting Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior! So rather than choosing to be normal, choose to raise the bar, to be unusual, to be above average, to be unpredictable, to be exceptional, to be above par! Let’s allow Jesus to set the standard rather than living according to the standards of this world! Let’s choose to thrive rather than just survive by living for the glory of God!

THRIVE - LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! ‘

Philippians 2:5-8

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 12


So where are you at? Are you ready to be more than normal? Are you ready to be more than average? Invite Jesus into your heart today! Invite Jesus into your life today! Allow the Holy Spirit to enter in and guide you through life today!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: All things are possible for those who believe!


Yesterday we had a life group time and one thing that came up was times in our lives that left a mark. I shared with the group two such moments in my life and realistically there are so many more. One experience that left a mark taught me that I can’t allow fear and my own limitations to keep me from doing what God has called me to do and called me to be. This one over the years I have tagged posts with titles like “you will be president or you will be nothing, you choose” because God was calling me to step up into a position that at the time I thought was so beyond me I kept coming up with excuses why I couldn’t, shouldn’t, and wouldn’t, up until that one day when God gave me an ultimatum and nothing sounded really bad so I agreed to go it His way! It was an incredible experience to see God help me in every situation where I had to step up and step out into deeper water than I had ever been. He gave me the names of the people I was to hire. He gave me the wisdom to ask questions about insurance and security issues. He gave me discernment when some were trying to lead me astray or off track from where we were supposed to be going as a board. God is good and faithful and if we will be obedient and sensitive to Him, nothing is impossible!

The most powerful and impactful mark left on my life has been the need to forgive and forgive quickly so that we don’t leave an opening for the enemy to allow things like bitterness, anger, frustration, and even in some cases depression to set in and take root in our hearts. When something happens we need to be quick to forgive for our own well-being! When something happens we need to be quick to forgive because it isn’t them we are setting free but we are keeping ourselves from getting locked up in our own prison of our minds! When something happens we need to forgive quickly because why should or would anyone take poison and expect the other person to be impacted? The drive to the tax lady and the song 7×70 turning on the radio transformed my response forever and has allowed me to share this important news and fact with so many others over the years! Forgiveness is the key to freedom! It left such a mark that I even shared my story in a company-wide Story Slam event and have gotten to post it on YouTube too.

The Power of Forgiveness!

So have you had an encounter with Jesus that has left a mark and transformed the direction you were going? Have you been willing to share it with others to point them to Jesus and allow their lives to be transformed forever? Would you consider sharing it in the comments section of this post to help encourage others with your lesson learned? Would you consider posting your story of how God left a mark in your life and transformed the direction you were going and the destiny He had planned? Would you be willing to share it so that you can thrive and others can thrive for the glory of God too?

Thrive by living for the glory of God!

Verse of the Day:

‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. ‘

Psalms 18:2

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Love Slows Down – Day 7


Do you have a mark from your encounter with Jesus? Are you looking for an encounter with Jesus? Are you struggling in life like the lady at the well was, tired of being judged and feeling worthy? Invite Jesus into the situation and have an encounter with the one who knows you better than you know yourself and loves you! Consider the mark that could be and would be made on your life if you would just invite Jesus into your heart and allow Him to teach you how to worship God in Spirit and in Truth! Why not allow today to be your day of transformation? Why not allow today to be your day of new beginnings? Why not allow today to be the day that leaves a mark?

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: Transition…Out with the old and in with the new.


Today feels different. Today is different. Today is a last. Today is an ending after nearly 9 years. Today I need to remember the conditions or requirements to help me get through today.

You are alive!
No matter what happens!
∀ Today() = Happy!


Verse of the Day:

‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.’

Psalms 4:8

So today I step out into this world finding my peace in God, finding my rest in God, and walking in the protection of God!


Today’s post from Be The Dads is A Father’s Legacy – Day 9


Let’s not go it alone! Let’s invite Jesus into our situation and seek His wisdom and discernment to make it through! Let’s invite Jesus in and celebrate His sacrifice and resurrection power with Him and other believers! Let’s choose to make today count! Let’s not lose hope but choose to live out today for good! Let’s get it done and accomplish the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish today! Are you ready to start your journey with Jesus?

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

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: Could it be so close? Could you get to the same answer in 2 ways?


Can you believe another workweek is coming to a close? Can you believe that another month is less than a week away from coming to a close? Can you believe that another quarter is less than a week away from coming to a close?

Wow, what change. Lots of changes have taken place on a personal and professional level and don’t seem to be quite done yet. Some changes were planned but the majority were not. Back when 2022 started and the word or theme for the year was THRIVE, I realized it was going to take change to get from survival mode to thriving but didn’t have a clue it was going to look like this. Since the beginning, I kept hoping that there would be clarity in about 2 weeks and the pattern continues and I am still hoping that it will happen soon.

Talking with my wife about some of it we were both looking at the numbers and came to a similar conclusion even though we were looking at things from two different perspectives. It amazes me how as we walked through this together and wanted to walk it out in unity at the speed of health for our marriage, it would come to the same thing. God is so good! God is so faithful! I am so glad that I can put my trust in Him! I am so glad that by not giving up and by persevering His will can both be found and be done! And through it all, we can move forward in unity at the speed of health! God is good! All the time!

And we know that ALL THINGS work together FOR GOOD to those who LOVE GOD.
Romans 8:28

So today as I prepare for the day, I give my calendar, my appointments, my conversations, my plans up to God and trust that He will adjust it as He sees fit in order that His purpose, His plan, and His will can be and will be done in and through my life today! God is so good! God is light and He causes darkness to flee! Thank you Jesus!



Verse of the Day:

‘Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ‘

Proverbs 16:24

Today’s post from Be The Dads is My Father Can Be Your Father! – Day 1


Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life today? Are you ready to allow our Heavenly Father to be your Father? Are you ready to make today count? Are you ready for today to be the start of something incredible? Are you ready to make a change that will impact your final destination and how eternity will play out?

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

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: It requires a change to go from survival mode to thrive mode…


Ever wondered how many changes? Ever wondered what kind of changes? Ever wondered about the location of the changes? Ever wondered what it would require to give up? Ever wondered what it would require to pick up? Ever wondered if there was some timing associated with it?

My trust is in God and so I am leaning in harder towards Him because I know that in spite of the circumstances, the trials, the troubles, and the struggles, He is able to turn what was meant for evil and turn it around for good. He is able to do what He has planned and purposed because with God all things are possible. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine! And so I lean in on Him rather than my own understanding so that I can acknowledge Him in all of my ways and allow Him to make my path straight!

In the midst of the circumstances, the trials, the troubles, and the struggles I know that God is at work and so I must not give up but walk in hope. I must persevere in faith believing. I must take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. I must consider it a pure joy for with my faith being strengthened and leaning in on perseverance, God is working it all out so that in the end I will be complete and lacking nothing.

When changes started in January with losing two leaders. When the changes continued with my oldest going off to boot camp and my younger deciding to give up what she had been excited about for this entire senior year of high school for her beliefs, her goals, her values in order to walk her life in those even if it meant she had to give up a dream of playing D1 sports. When changes happen around me and yet never to me or with me being able to grab ahold of it and say this change is the one that will allow me to move from survival to thrive. In the midst of all of that, I will not fear because I know that God’s timing is perfect! In the midst of all of that, I will not fear because I know that God’s plans are for good and not for evil! In the midst of all of that, I will not fear because I know God is working things out so 2022 will be a year that takes me from surviving to thriving.

I remember the big change that took place on a day like today that broke the power of anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness and so I put my hope and trust in God!

I remember the big change that took place on a day like today that opened the door to knowing how and why to forgive those who hurt me and so I put my hope and trust in God!

As I prepare for this day, I grab a hold of the definition of THRIVE:

THRIVE: 
- to vigorously grow
- to flourish
- to take new ground in your life regardless of the circumstances
THRIVE:
– to vigorously grow
– to flourish
– to take new ground in your life regardless of the circumstances

Yes, I am in the midst of circumstances. Yes, the devil is trying to get me to take my eyes off of God but God is the one thing that is constant and solid in the midst of my circumstances. So I keep my eyes on Him! I know He is working things out right here and right now for His glory and for my good! This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! The joy of the Lord is my strength in and through this time! I am not looking for comfortable but to be able to thrive! I am looking to pursue and accomplish God’s plan and purpose for my life! I am looking to be able to be the dad my wife, my kids, and my world needs me to be! And so I turn to God and submit my life and this day into His hands in trust of His love!



Verse of the Day:

‘You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. ‘

1 John 4:4

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 6 Biblical Traits Of A Godly Dad – Day 1


Where are you today? What is it that you are needing? What is it that you are seeking? Where are you looking? What are you finding? Why not start your today by seeking God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength? When you seek Him with all that you are, Deuteronomy 4:29 tells us that we will find Him. Are you ready to find God? Are you ready to find answers? Are you ready to stop trying to go it alone?

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: Will it mean meeting new people? Will it mean trying something new?


As I have been telling people going from surviving to thriving will require change. Some of the changes coming into 2022 were known while others came as a surprise to kick off the year. Yet there are still many unknowns as figuring out what to do or where to keep swirling. Many announcements and decisions have been made while others are unknown. Some of the announcements made sense while others left me scratching my head. So let’s go back to what it means to THRIVE:

THRIVE: To vigorously grow; to flourish; to take new ground in your life regardless of the circumstances.

So do you know where you are today? With the options at hand, which will help you to vigorously grow? With the options appearing, which will help you to flourish? With the options being considered which will allow you to take new ground in your life regardless of the circumstances? Will it require meeting new people? Will it require trying something new? What will it mean? What will it require? What will it look like? When will you know?



Verse of the Day:

‘Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. ‘

Proverbs 21:21

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Father Like The Father – Day 7


Where are you today? What are you facing? What is weighing heavy on your mind and soul? Are you ready to cast those cares on God because He cares for you? Are you ready to take heart about those troubles because Jesus has already overcome the troubles of this world? Are you ready to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds because you know the final state of things through faith and perseverance? Let’s invite Jesus into our situation today!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)

THRIVE – Let’s check our hearts to make sure they are ready and right.


It’s the end of the workweek and it has hit me that I need to look inside. The words I have spoken are like lights on the dash of my car, warning me to check under the hood. The responses that I have had are making those lights blink, warning check your heart. There is a lot of change going on and I need to be in the right state of mind and heart to be able to receive it and respond properly. With so much loss of control, it seems that is what is triggering it. Be it at home with kids growing up and having their own lives. Be it at work with organizational changes and uncertainty around what will happen. Be it conversations with others that create questions or concerns. And yet today, it comes down to stopping and checking under the hood.

I first remember a business person’s lunch where our guest speaker Brad spoke to us about a checkup from the neck up about right thinking. I next grab hold of today’s verse of the day speaking about how what’s in our heart will come out of our mouth. We need to inspect our hearts when we are seeing the lights on the dash turning on because those things coming out of our mouths are rooted in our hearts.

So let’s turn to God and ask Him to help us find and clean out our hearts. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment about what needs to be taken out of our hearts. Let’s ask God to create a clean heart in us. Let’s realize what we have done turn back with a spirit of repentance and ask for forgiveness.

So let’s make the right decisions today to help us go from surviving to thriving!


Today’s verse of the day comes from Luke 6:45

‘A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ‘

Luke 6:45

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 5


How about you? What is the state of your heart? What is the state of your mind? How is life showing you what’s going on there? Are you ready to move from surviving to thriving? Are you ready to look to clean things up and get things fixed up? Then let’s ask Jesus in and ask Him for help in cleaning things up. Let’s ask Him to step in and help get things fixed up so that from the overflow of our hearts the right things will come out of our mouths. Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and allow Him to lead and guide us as our Lord and Savior.

Let’s pray:

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

THRIVE in the midst of change.


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

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


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

Psalms 19:14

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


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

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

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


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

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

‘The greatest among you will be your servant. ‘

Matthew 23:11

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

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

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

Matthew 23:1-12

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

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

James 4:10

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

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

Matthew 6:25-34

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


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


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

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

Happy New Year’s Eve


It’s the day before a year that will be filled with lots of change. It’s the day before a year when one daughter who has been raised up in the way she should go will be leaving home to pursue God’s purpose, passion, and plan for her life. It’s the day before a year when another daughter will be heading off to college and getting to play collegiate soccer after graduating her senior year. It’s the day before a year when the house will only have one child left and our son will get the experience of being a teen and only child type of experience. So needless to say there will be a lot of changes in how our house is going to be and feel. God help us enjoy every day we have with our kids. God help us to focus on what is important to you as we prepare for and go through these changes throughout the year. God help us to live our lives in ways that will point our kids towards you and will bring you the praise, the honor, and the glory. Lord, help me I pray to Be The Dad you created me to be for Your purpose, Your plan, Your honor, and Your glory. Seasons are changing and we need to be ready. Seasons are changing and we need to get prepared. Seasons are changing as we move from a home of 5 to 4 and after a few months 3 and after a few years down to 2. Seasons change! So let’s enjoy the one we are in and prepare for the one that is coming so that we can make the most of it for the glory of God!


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 31ST


SPRINGTIME FOR THE SOUL


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land.’

Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Let’s look for additional context and details by expanding the verses and using the Amplified version:

‘“I am the rose [of the plain] of Sharon, The lily of the valleys [that grows in deep places].” “Like the lily among the thorns, So are you, my darling, among the maidens.” “Like an apple tree [rare and welcome] among the trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the young men! In his shade I took great delight and sat down, And his fruit was sweet and delicious to my palate. He has brought me to his banqueting place, And his banner over me is love [waving overhead to protect and comfort me]. Sustain me with raisin cakes, Refresh me with apples, Because I am sick with love. Let his left hand be under my head And his right hand embrace me.” “I command that you take an oath, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the does of the field [which run free], That you do not rouse nor awaken my love Until she pleases.” “Listen! My beloved! Behold, he comes, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping and running on the hills! My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he is standing behind our wall, He is looking through the windows, He is gazing through the lattice. “My beloved speaks and says to me, ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, And come away. For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth once again; The time for singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree has budded and ripens her figs, And the vines are in blossom and give forth their fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, And come away [to climb the rocky steps of the hillside].’ ” “O my dove, [here] in the clefts in the rock, In the sheltered and secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.” “Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that spoil and ruin the vineyards [of love], While our vineyards are in blossom.” “My beloved is mine and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies. Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, Return quickly, my beloved, and be like a gazelle Or a young stag on the mountains of Bether [which separate us].”’

Song of Solomon 2:1-17

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever noticed how our relationships go through seasons?
  • Ever noticed it in your romantic relationships?
  • Ever noticed it in your relationship with God?
  • When you think of seasons have you ever felt like your relationship is going through Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall?
  • When you went through the season of winter, did you make the conscious decision to press through and keep going even though it seemed like there was very little warmth?
  • Ever considered how the season of Winter when we compare what happens in nature to the plants speaks to the state of our hearts? A season of barrenness.
  • We need to not lose hope because seasons don’t last forever!
  • We need to hold onto the reality that when this cold season passes it will be heading into Spring.
  • Are you looking for signs of spring? Are you looking for the warmth to return? Are you ready for your heart to be filled with hope?
  • Ever watched mature marriages and compared them to a relationship with God?
  • Marriages start with the heat of passion and idealism of pure love.
  • Ever noticed how when the honeymoon ended how reality hit the husband and wife hard?
  • Ever witnessed the reassessment that needed to happen and go through?
  • Ever witnessed how they took on this necessary challenge?
  • Ever seen how they had to rebuild their relationship based on reality?
  • Ever seen how they built their relationship on realistic expectations and good communication?
  • Ever seen it not work out and the marriage turn into an empty shell?
  • In the midst of the winter season, opportunities to have richer conversations appear.
  • In the midst of the winter season, opportunities to have deeper affection appear.
  • In the midst of the winter season, opportunities to have a marriage that flourishes like never before.
  • So don’t lose hope! Lean in and work to make things better! Be on the lookout for signs of Spring and what needs to happen to be ready.
  • Ever had a similar experience when you started your relationship with God?
  • Did you start the relationship with great joy and high hopes?
  • Did you get incredible experiences with God that built up your faith?
  • Did you eventually get to the point of needing to grow in your faith and find yourself in the point of a change of experience facing trials, troubles, and more difficult situations?
  • We you able to grow and mature through these times like James 1:2-4 speaks of and be able to consider them pure joy?
    • ‘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
  • Did you find that the more challenging paths caused you to struggle?
  • Did you find that the more challenging paths caused you to find disappointments?
  • Did you find that the more challenging paths caused you to have misunderstandings?
  • Did it challenge your young faith but by pressing in and pressing on found you built a more mature and strengthen faith?
  • Did you find it helped you draw closer to God?
  • Did you find it helped you build a deeper relationship with God?
  • Are you facing a Winter season today? Don’t lose hope! Remember that Winter’s season of dormancy is required in preparation for Spring.
  • Be it in nature when we see Winter come before Spring.
  • Be it in romantic relationships when we see Winter come before Spring.
  • Be it in our walk with God when we see Winter come before Spring.
  • If we develop greater trust when it is cold and dark, we’ll get to experience more love in the warmth of Spring.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How have you observed seasons in relationships wtih people and God?
  • In both kinds of relationships, what are some things we can do in winter to prepare for spring?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

― William Jennings Bryan

So are you ready to live your life on purpose? Are you ready to live your life with purpose? Are you ready to live your life for a purpose? God created each of us on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose. So we need to choose to receive it and then start to live it in order to achieve it. Let’s invite God into our lives and ask Him to help lead and guide our thoughts, words, and actions so that we can live out our lives for His glory in Jesus’s name. 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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As I was considering these a song came to mind and so sharing it here to close today’s post: https://youtu.be/QvHE65nImmM

Would you ever mess with perfection?


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

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

Ever considered what the Bible says about perfection?

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

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


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


Handle With Care


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Revelation 22:18-19

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

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

Revelation 22:1-21

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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

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

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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The Power of light!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy GrantThy Word (Lyric Video)

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


Stumbling in Darkness


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Micah 7:8

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

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

Micah 7:7-20

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

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

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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

― Maya Angelou

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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


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

Definition of New from Oxford Dictionary per bing.com

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

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

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

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

George Santayana

Ever heard other similar quotes?

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

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

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

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Consider insights like Esther 4:14 which says:

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

Esther 4:14

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

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

Genesis 45:5-8

Consider insights like Psalms 13:1 which says:

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

Psalms 13:1

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


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


Qué Será, Será


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Ecclesiastes 1:9

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

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

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

Blanche McKeown

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


Unchanging


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Hebrews 13:8

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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

— Henry Allen Ironside

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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Do you realize how much?


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

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

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

John 3:16-17

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

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

Romans 5:8

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

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

Romans 8:37-39

God’s love for us is everlasting!

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

Jeremiah 31:3

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

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

Jeremiah 29:11

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

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

Matthew 10:29-31

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


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


Some More Than Others


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Matthew 10:30

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

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

Matthew 10:27-31

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


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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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

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


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

Ever considered it from another perspective?

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

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

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

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

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


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


On Second Thought


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Philippians 3:7-8

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

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

Philippians 3:7-11

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


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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

Ike Reighard

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Doors of Opportunity


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

I Samuel 17:17-18

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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

Ike Reighard

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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Change for the better. What would it take?


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

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

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

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


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


Convicted to Change


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

II Kings 22:11

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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

Matthew Arnold

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together:

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

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

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

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

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


Is it easier to learn or unlearn something?


When you consider some of the things you have learned over the years, what if you find out it was wrong? Do you think it will be easier to learn the new thing or the new way or forget the old way than it was when you learned it originally and have gotten to apply it ever since? Is it easier to get your brain wrapped around something or unwrap it and rewire your brain? When you learn something and it becomes a habit, it becomes like second nature. How do you respond and react when you find out it was wrong and you need to unlearn it? How do you deal with the fact that you have to learn a new way?

Ever tried to figure out the new way kids do math these days? Supposedly it is easier or better but for those of us who learned how to math a long time ago it seems overcomplicated and confusing. The part the really got me was the reality that both ways work and get the same answer. It isn’t like you end up with different answers or the old way is wrong, it is just that the teachers want the kids to do it this new way.

What about if it was something different that was a life skill or a behavior or a reaction or a way of speech? What about if it was a viewpoint? How easy would it be to reset it? I reflect on my grandparents and parents or elderly people who have lived through so many changes and wonder. Especially if you look at their viewpoint or behavior and think there is some form of prejudice or discrimination. I remember in high school getting to be a part of multicultural exchange and when I learned from the family I got to spend my time with, about apartheid in South Africa which they had escaped from, it blew my mind. It was more than confusion, it got me angry. To think that some people at that time in history could still think it would or could or should be ok to have segregation and discrimination was horrific. Imagine the people who go to live thru the world wars and their viewpoint. Imagine the things you would have to learn and unlearn if you lived through most of the 1900s. Imagine all the changes and innovations that you would have gotten to see and how many times you would have to relearn things.

How do you deal with learning things that feel counter intuitive? How do you deal with learning things that seem to be backwards to your view? How does it impact your ability to learn? How does it impact your ability to ramp up? How does it impact your ability to keep up? How does it impact your ability to adjust?

Are you ready for change? Are you ready to have to unlearn things? Are you ready to delete the old things and replace them with new ways? How hard is it for you to be able to grasp the reality that you have to change and relearn? How often are you able to do it?

Imagine thinking the world was flat. Imagine thinking the universe revolved around the earth. Imagine finding out that you can’t fall off the edge of the planet. Imagine learning that the moon rotates around the earth and the earth rotates around the sun. Imagine learning about gravity. Imagine learning that not only isn’t the world flat but it is also rotating. How hard do you think it would be for those folks to relearn? How hard would it be to convince people otherwise?

So is it easier to learn or relearn something? Is it pride or something else that makes it difficult?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for April 23rd


Reversing the Learning Curve


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. ‘

Matthew 11:25

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever come to realize that something is the opposite to what you expect?
  • Imagine having to serve if you want to lead
  • Imagine strength being found in weakness
  • Imagine having to be a humble servant to be great
  • Imagine having to admit the darkness and how depraved your heart is will cause you to become closer to God
  • Imagine the truths of God is more clear to babies and hides it from the proud and know it all
  • Imagine having to go back to the basics in order to learn spiritual truths
  • Don’t let your education or your status keep you from being able to receive Jesus into your life and believing the truths of God
  • Don’t allow pride to cause you to have a closed heart and miss the reality and truth
  • Ever considered who flocked to Jesus and who rejected Him?
  • Ever considered who listened with an open heart to Jesus and trusted Him?
  • Ever considered who got to see and experience the miracles of Jesus and who didn’t and missed out?
  • Don’t be fooled by the lies or deception of the devil or lean on your own understanding because you think that “knowledge is power”.
  • Don’t allow the education, the power, the knowledge you have to rob you of being able to hear from God and receive from Him.
  • Let’s come to God with a humble heart!
  • Let’s come to God with our questions and confusions and allow Him to bring clarity and vision and wisdom!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some ways pride can prevent us from learning spiritual truth from God?
  • You think you know it all and so you aren’t willing to listen
  • You think you don’t need to know more and so you miss out on the opportunity and wisdom
Where are you on the reverse learning curve? Explain your answer.
  • work in progress.
  • Some things I get more easily because of my education – like multi-dimensional actions and how God outside of the ones I can visualize is able to work and cause incredible miracles.
  • My hope and trust are in Jesus

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“When you know the author of the Book, the Book will have meaning to you.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So are you ready to learn something different? Are you ready to jump on the reverse learning curve? Are you ready to unlearn some things? Are you ready to receive wisdom you need to make it real? Are you ready to be transformed by it?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together:

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

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

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

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How will you make the most out of your today?


Life is short in the grand scheme of things. All we have is what we have. So how will you make the most of it? How will you make the most of your family time? How will you make the most of your friend time? How will you make the most of you home time? How will you make the most of your work time? How will you make the most of your on time? How will you make the most of your off time? How will you make the most of your time with your spouse? How will you make the most of your time with your kids? How will you make the most of your time when it if free and available? How will you make the most of your time when it is confined and booked?

If you have an hour today, how will you choose to make the most of it?

Don’t put off the important things of today because there is no guarantee of tomorrow. How do you prioritize your life? What’s number 1? Did you start your day off working on #1? Do spend most of your time and energy on #1? Do you invest and spend on #1? So what is it that you are seeking first? What is your primary focus or goal? Where does your hope come from? Where does your confidence come from from? Where does your trust come from?

As we begin today, what is on your mind? Some might put it as what is top of mind? Is what is top of mind the top priority or is it robbing you of your top priorities?


Today’s Verse of the Day: 1 Peter 1:24

“You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God. For all flesh (mankind) is like grass, and all its glory (honor) like [the] flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower drops off, But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever. And this Word is the good news which was preached to you. [Isa. 40:6-9.]”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:23-25‬ ‭AMPC

I added verses 23 and 25 just so that we have a perspective of temporary vs eternity. Our focus for today is on today, the short period of time we have available to us to live out our lives either as God has purposed and planned or the way choose to use it. God’s plan is that we have a hope and a future. God’s way is that we live life to the full and are lacking nothing. It may not be easy and there will be troubles and we will face trials of many kinds, but we get to choose how we respond and whose purpose and plans we will pursue.

Realize the circumstances of life will change like the seasons. Let’s never forget to don’t stop or get stuck on the problem statement but allow God to finish the story with His plans and purposes. Don’t stop when you hear “in this world you will have troubles” but continue reading so you don’t miss the promise that we can “take heart because Jesus has overcome the world”. Don’t stop when you hear “consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds” because without the rest of the story you might think it is crazy talk or absurd, continue reading so that you can learn the process of faith and perseverance and how when it finishes its work you will be “complete and lacking nothing”.

Help me Lord as I put my hope, trust and focus on You, not getting stuck focusing on the past but pressing forward the glory of Your kingdom so that I can finish strong in order to accomplish Your will and give You the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Help me Lord to focus on you and my eternity with and in You. Help me to not get stuck focusing on me and my life which is temporary but rather on things that are eternal and for Your glory. Help me Lord to not make it all about me or being glorified, but instead about pointing people to You so that it is You who will receive the glory because human glory drops off like the flowers.

So how about your story? Consider all the chapters of 2020 and how messed up they have been. Consider how each of those chapters gives you the ability and opportunity to share a testimony of How good God is and how He helped us in and through them. How many testimonies or stories do you have to share? Have you written them down? Have you been able to share them with others? Let’s remember that no matter how messy the stories get how faithful God is and how He will get us through. So let’s remember what matters and focus on that.

Let’s grab the NIV translation for the verses above and consider it.

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:23-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In a world that keeps changing let’s take hold of God’s Word that will endure forever and and never changes. Let’s take the light off of ourselves and reflect the light of Jesus that this world needs so much. Let’s point people to God through our lives, our words, and our actions. Let’s make time and spend time in God’s Word so that we don’t forget how faithful God is, even in uncertain times. Let’s remember how these challenges and trials are temporary. Let’s remember how God’s Word is everlasting and never changing. Let’s remember that nothing is able to stop our God. Let’s remember how not to leave a godly legacy in order that God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory.



They say that hindsight is 2020. So what does your story say about 2020? What testimony can you share to encourage others about how faithful God has been in and through this time? How has it built up your faith so that your view of today is clearer and more positive? How does it allow you to focus on the future rather than get stuck in the past?

The 49 week challengeDay 322

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

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

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Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD
– THE BIBLE comes to us from:

‘ Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]. [Prov. 3:12.] Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.’

Revelation 3:19-20

My Notes:

It is decision time, Jesus is knocking at the door to your heart and it is your choice if you will decide to invite Him in or not. It is like a door where the only handle is on the inside and so for Him to get in, you have to make the decision.

Verse 19

As many as I love I rebuke and chasten,…. The persons the objects of Christ’s love here intended are not angels, but the sons of men; and these not all of them, yet many of them, even all who are his own by his Father’s gift and his own purchase; and who are called his church, and sometimes represented as such who love him and obey his commands: the instances of his love to them are many; as his suretyship engagements for them, his assumption of their nature, dying in their room and stead, paying their debts, procuring their peace and pardon, bringing in a righteousness for them, purchasing their persons, his intercession for them, preparations in heaven, supplies of grace, and frequent visits in a kind and familiar manner; and as for the nature of his love, it is free and sovereign, everlasting and immutable, and it is matchless and inconceivable, it is strong and affectionate, and as his Father loved him; and such are rebuked by Christ, not in a way of wrath, but in a tender manner, in order to bring them under a conviction of their sin and of their duty, and of their folly in trusting in, or loving any creature more than himself, and of all their wrong ways; and they are chastened by him, not in a vindictive, but in a fatherly way, which is instructive and teaching to them, and for their good. This seems to refer to some afflictions which Christ was about to bring upon this church, by some means or another, to awaken her out of her sloth and security, and which would be in love to her, and the end be to rouse her zeal and bring her to repentance. Some think this respects the Gog and Magog army, which will encompass the camp of the saints, and the beloved city; but that will not be till after the thousand years’ reign, and besides will be no affliction to them; rather it designs the unchurching them, signified by spewing them out of his mouth, Revelation 3:16,

be zealous, therefore, and repent; zeal was what was wanting in this church; which is nothing else than hot, fervent, and ardent love, love in a flame; whereas she was neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm, Christ would have her be “zealous” for God; for his cause and interest, for his Gospel, ordinances, and the discipline of his house, and against everything that is evil; against all false worship, all errors in doctrine, all sin and iniquity; and to be zealous of good works, and in the worship of God, both private and public: and “repent”; in an evangelical way, of her lukewarnmess, remissness, and supineness; of her pride, arrogance, and vain boastings of herself; and of her self-sufficience, self-dependence, and self-confidence.

Verse 20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock,…. The phrase of standing at the door may be expressive of the near approach, or sudden coming of Christ to judgment, see James 5:9; and his knocking may signify the notice that will be given of it, by some of the immediate forerunners and signs of his coming; which yet will be observed but by a few, such a general sleepiness will have seized all professors of religion; and particularly may intend the midnight cry, which will, in its issue, rouse them all:

if any man hear my voice; in the appearances of things and providences in the world:

and open the door; or show a readiness for the coming of Christ, look and wait for it, and be like such that will receive him with a welcome:

I will come unto him, and sup with him, and he with me; to and among these will Christ appear when he comes in person; and these being like wise virgins, ready, having his grace in their hearts, and his righteousness upon them, he will take them at once into the marriage chamber, and shut the door upon the rest; when they shall enjoy a thousand years communion with him in person here on earth; when the Lamb on the throne will feed them with the fruit of the tree of life, and lead them to fountains of living water, and his tabernacle shall be among them.

— from John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible
Revelation 3

As day 322 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

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

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