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

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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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

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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

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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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Change is at hand, how will you respond?


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


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

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16:13-14‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

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

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

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


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

The 49 week challenge – Day 238

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

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

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

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

Acts 20:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

The Sinner’s Prayer

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Who is ready for change?


Change seems to be the only constant in life. Sometimes people get comfortable which gives them a false sense of security. Are you looking for change or more of the same? Will you keep doing the same thing and hope that the outcome changes? Will you decide it’s time for a change and go and do something different?

what-is-insanity-by-albert-einstein

Take a look around and see what is taking place that needs change. Consider what things are working and also what things are not. What do you want to do about it? Will you step up and step out and do something about it? Will we come together as people and turn away from the evil and negative things that have been taking place? Will we put aside our differences in order to unify in alignment with God? and God’s will? Will we do it for God and with God before things get so out of hand that something more drastic needs to happen?

We’ve been given a way! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life – nobody gets to the Father except through Him!

We’ve been offered a gift! Jesus gave His life on the cross so that we can be reconciled to God! He conquered the grave so that we could have hope!

Will you choose to receive it? Will you choose to follow after Him?


Today’s reading from 2 Kings 23 continues from yesterday where we see how after Josiah’s enlightenment starts looking at ways to implement change…

Josiah’s Religious Reforms

1Then the king summoned all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2And the king went up to the Temple of the lord with all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, along with the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. There the king read to them the entire Book of the Covenant that had been found in the lord’s Temple. 3The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the lord’s presence. He pledged to obey the lord by keeping all his commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul. In this way, he confirmed all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll, and all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.
4Then the king instructed Hilkiah the high priest and the priests of the second rank and the Temple gatekeepers to remove from the lord’s Temple all the articles that were used to worship Baal, Asherah, and all the powers of the heavens. The king had all these things burned outside Jerusalem on the terraces of the Kidron Valley, and he carried the ashes away to Bethel. 5He did away with the idolatrous priests, who had been appointed by the previous kings of Judah, for they had offered sacrifices at the pagan shrines throughout Judah and even in the vicinity of Jerusalem. They had also offered sacrifices to Baal, and to the sun, the moon, the constellations, and to all the powers of the heavens. 6The king removed the Asherah pole from the lord’s Temple and took it outside Jerusalem to the Kidron Valley, where he burned it. Then he ground the ashes of the pole to dust and threw the dust over the graves of the people. 7He also tore down the living quarters of the male and female shrine prostitutes that were inside the Temple of the lord, where the women wove coverings for the Asherah pole.
8Josiah brought to Jerusalem all the priests who were living in other towns of Judah. He also defiled the pagan shrines, where they had offered sacrifices—all the way from Geba to Beersheba. He destroyed the shrines at the entrance to the gate of Joshua, the governor of Jerusalem. This gate was located to the left of the city gate as one enters the city. 9The priests who had served at the pagan shrines were not allowed to serve at the lord’s altar in Jerusalem, but they were allowed to eat unleavened bread with the other priests.
10Then the king defiled the altar of Topheth in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, so no one could ever again use it to sacrifice a son or daughter in the fire as an offering to Molech. 11He removed from the entrance of the lord’s Temple the horse statues that the former kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They were near the quarters of Nathan-melech the eunuch, an officer of the court. The king also burned the chariots dedicated to the sun.
12Josiah tore down the altars that the kings of Judah had built on the palace roof above the upper room of Ahaz. The king destroyed the altars that Manasseh had built in the two courtyards of the lord’s Temple. He smashed them to bits and scattered the pieces in the Kidron Valley. 13The king also desecrated the pagan shrines east of Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Corruption, where King Solomon of Israel had built shrines for Ashtoreth, the detestable goddess of the Sidonians; and for Chemosh, the detestable god of the Moabites; and for Molech,the vile god of the Ammonites. 14He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. Then he desecrated these places by scattering human bones over them.
15The king also tore down the altar at Bethel—the pagan shrine that Jeroboam son of Nebat had made when he caused Israel to sin. He burned down the shrine and ground it to dust, and he burned the Asherah pole. 16Then Josiah turned around and noticed several tombs in the side of the hill. He ordered that the bones be brought out, and he burned them on the altar at Bethel to desecrate it. (This happened just as the lord had promised through the man of God when Jeroboam stood beside the altar at the festival.)
Then Josiah turned and looked up at the tomb of the man of God who had predicted these things. 17“What is that monument over there?” Josiah asked.
And the people of the town told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and predicted the very things that you have just done to the altar at Bethel!”
18Josiah replied, “Leave it alone. Don’t disturb his bones.” So they did not burn his bones or those of the old prophet from Samaria.
19Then Josiah demolished all the buildings at the pagan shrines in the towns of Samaria, just as he had done at Bethel. They had been built by the various kings of Israel and had made the lordvery angry. 20He executed the priests of the pagan shrines on their own altars, and he burned human bones on the altars to desecrate them. Finally, he returned to Jerusalem.

Josiah Celebrates Passover

21King Josiah then issued this order to all the people: “You must celebrate the Passover to the lord your God, as required in this Book of the Covenant.” 22There had not been a Passover celebration like that since the time when the judges ruled in Israel, nor throughout all the years of the kings of Israel and Judah. 23But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s reign, this Passover was celebrated to the lord in Jerusalem.
24Josiah also got rid of the mediums and psychics, the household gods, the idols, and every other kind of detestable practice, both in Jerusalem and throughout the land of Judah. He did this in obedience to the laws written in the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had found in the lord’s Temple. 25Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.
26Even so, the lord was very angry with Judah because of all the wicked things Manasseh had done to provoke him. 27For the lord said, “I will also banish Judah from my presence just as I have banished Israel. And I will reject my chosen city of Jerusalem and the Temple where my name was to be honored.”
28The rest of the events in Josiah’s reign and all his deeds are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.
29While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, went to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah and his army marched out to fight him, but King Neco killed him when they met at Megiddo. 30Josiah’s officers took his body back in a chariot from Megiddo to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. Then the people of the land anointed Josiah’s son Jehoahaz and made him the next king.

Jehoahaz Rules in Judah

31Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah. 32He did what was evil in the lord’s sight, just as his ancestors had done.
33Pharaoh Neco put Jehoahaz in prison at Riblah in the land of Hamath to prevent him from ruling in Jerusalem. He also demanded that Judah pay 7,500 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold as tribute.

Jehoiakim Rules in Judah

34Pharaoh Neco then installed Eliakim, another of Josiah’s sons, to reign in place of his father, and he changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim. Jehoahaz was taken to Egypt as a prisoner, where he died.
35In order to get the silver and gold demanded as tribute by Pharaoh Neco, Jehoiakim collected a tax from the people of Judah, requiring them to pay in proportion to their wealth.
36Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother was Zebidah, the daughter of Pedaiah from Rumah. 37He did what was evil in the lord’s sight, just as his ancestors had done.

–from 2 Kings 23

What needs to be changed? What needs to be updated? What needs to stay the same?

What do we need to start doing? What do we need to stop doing? What do we need to keep doing?

Where are you at today? Will you be part of the spark? Will you be part of the start? Will you be part of the light? Will you be part of the salt? What will be your part?

Don’t assume that you know, but rather turn to God and ask Him for wisdom in the situation so that you don’t go out to fight a battle that was never yours to begin with.

Josiah Celebrates Passover

1Then Josiah announced that the Passover of the lord would be celebrated in Jerusalem, and so the Passover lamb was slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2Josiah also assigned the priests to their duties and encouraged them in their work at the Temple of the lord. 3He issued this order to the Levites, who were to teach all Israel and who had been set apart to serve the lord: “Put the holy Ark in the Temple that was built by Solomon son of David, the king of Israel. You no longer need to carry it back and forth on your shoulders. Now spend your time serving the lord your God and his people Israel. 4Report for duty according to the family divisions of your ancestors, following the directions of King David of Israel and the directions of his son Solomon.
5“Then stand in the sanctuary at the place appointed for your family division and help the families assigned to you as they bring their offerings to the Temple. 6Slaughter the Passover lambs, purify yourselves, and prepare to help those who come. Follow all the directions that the lord gave through Moses.”
7Then Josiah provided 30,000 lambs and young goats for the people’s Passover offerings, along with 3,000 cattle, all from the king’s own flocks and herds. 8The king’s officials also made willing contributions to the people, priests, and Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the administrators of God’s Temple, gave the priests 2,600 lambs and young goats and 300 cattle as Passover offerings. 9The Levite leaders—Conaniah and his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, as well as Hashabiah, Jeiel, and Jozabad—gave 5,000 lambs and young goats and 500 cattle to the Levites for their Passover offerings.
10When everything was ready for the Passover celebration, the priests and the Levites took their places, organized by their divisions, as the king had commanded. 11The Levites then slaughtered the Passover lambs and presented the blood to the priests, who sprinkled the blood on the altar while the Levites prepared the animals. 12They divided the burnt offerings among the people by their family groups, so they could offer them to the lord as prescribed in the Book of Moses. They did the same with the cattle. 13Then they roasted the Passover lambs as prescribed; and they boiled the holy offerings in pots, kettles, and pans, and brought them out quickly so the people could eat them.
14Afterward the Levites prepared Passover offerings for themselves and for the priests—the descendants of Aaron—because the priests had been busy from morning till night offering the burnt offerings and the fat portions. The Levites took responsibility for all these preparations.
15The musicians, descendants of Asaph, were in their assigned places, following the commands that had been given by David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, the king’s seer. The gatekeepers guarded the gates and did not need to leave their posts of duty, for their Passover offerings were prepared for them by their fellow Levites.
16The entire ceremony for the lord’s Passover was completed that day. All the burnt offerings were sacrificed on the altar of the lord, as King Josiah had commanded. 17All the Israelites present in Jerusalem celebrated Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18Never since the time of the prophet Samuel had there been such a Passover. None of the kings of Israel had ever kept a Passover as Josiah did, involving all the priests and Levites, all the people of Jerusalem, and people from all over Judah and Israel. 19This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.

Josiah Dies in Battle

20After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. 21But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message:
“What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”
22But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. 23But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
24So they lifted Josiah out of his chariot and placed him in another chariot. Then they brought him back to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried there in the royal cemetery. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him. 25The prophet Jeremiah composed funeral songs for Josiah, and to this day choirs still sing these sad songs about his death. These songs of sorrow have become a tradition and are recorded in The Book of Laments.
26The rest of the events of Josiah’s reign and his acts of devotion (carried out according to what was written in the Law of the lord), 27from beginning to end—all are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.

–from 2 Chronicles 35

We need to realize it isn’t Jesus plus, it’s just Jesus that is the answer! Don’t allow others to add weights or burdens that were never yours to carry! Ask God what it is that He would have you do today! Ask God how He would like you to do it! And then allow Him to receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Consider what change may be required to help you get to the next level God desires for you? Could it be going a different way? Could it be a new partnership? I am sure whatever it is, the important part is to stay aligned with God’s will and walking in His way! I am sure whatever it is, the important part is to walk out God’s work for your life to bring truth, hope, and love to those in need. Could it be that what is best is to divide and conquer in order to reach more people and spread/share the good news?

Consider what it will take for things to go well. Receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Consider the things we need to avoid as we read from today’s reading…

The Council at Jerusalem

1While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently. Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question. 3The church sent the delegates to Jerusalem, and they stopped along the way in Phoenicia and Samaria to visit the believers. They told them—much to everyone’s joy—that the Gentiles, too, were being converted.
4When they arrived in Jerusalem, Barnabas and Paul were welcomed by the whole church, including the apostles and elders. They reported everything God had done through them. 5But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and insisted, “The Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses.”
6So the apostles and elders met together to resolve this issue. 7At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. 8God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. 9He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith. 10So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? 11We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
12Everyone listened quietly as Barnabas and Paul told about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
13When they had finished, James stood and said, “Brothers, listen to me. 14Peter has told you about the time God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people for himself. 15And this conversion of Gentiles is exactly what the prophets predicted. As it is written:
16‘Afterward I will return
and restore the fallen house of David.
I will rebuild its ruins
and restore it,
17so that the rest of humanity might seek the lord,
including the Gentiles—
all those I have called to be mine.
The lord has spoken—
18he who made these things known so long ago.’
19“And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood. 21For these laws of Moses have been preached in Jewish synagogues in every city on every Sabbath for many generations.”

The Letter for Gentile Believers

22Then the apostles and elders together with the whole church in Jerusalem chose delegates, and they sent them to Antioch of Syria with Paul and Barnabas to report on this decision. The men chosen were two of the church leaders—Judas (also called Barsabbas) and Silas. 23This is the letter they took with them:
“This letter is from the apostles and elders, your brothers in Jerusalem. It is written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Greetings!
24“We understand that some men from here have troubled you and upset you with their teaching, but we did not send them! 25So we decided, having come to complete agreement, to send you official representatives, along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27We are sending Judas and Silas to confirm what we have decided concerning your question.
28“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements: 29You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell.”
30The messengers went at once to Antioch, where they called a general meeting of the believers and delivered the letter. 31And there was great joy throughout the church that day as they read this encouraging message.
32Then Judas and Silas, both being prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith. 33They stayed for a while, and then the believers sent them back to the church in Jerusalem with a blessing of peace. 35Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch. They and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord there.

Paul and Barnabas Separate

36After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.” 37Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark. 38But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work. 39Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus. 40Paul chose Silas, and as he left, the believers entrusted him to the Lord’s gracious care. 41Then he traveled throughout Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches there.

–from Acts 15

 

Consider the power when people come together.


The power of encouragement. The power of unity. The power to change lives.
The power of
hope. The power of change. The power of love.
The power of belonging. The power to make a difference.


The leader appears to lead the way. The leader appears to provide a vision.
The leader appears and serves.
The leader knows to encourage, to build up, to raise up, to empower.
Others will rise up for the opportunity to follow,
because they believe in the leader.


So step up and step out.
Trust in God whose love is amazing & unfailing.
Put your hope in Him!
Chase after the dreams and visions
that He puts in your mind and heart.
It’s not all about you!
It’s about the plans, the purposes, and the future God has for you!


12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours. Surely you repay all people according to what they have done.

Psalm 62:12


Today’s devotional: Don’t Let Yourself Snap

(Non-Bold or Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)

Have you been overstretched? Are you just trying to tie the broken pieces back together? Do you know what behavior got you into the predicament in the first place? Can you detect if you fall back into the same pattern? Be aware of where you are standing and how you got there. Realize it before you repeat it. We go through situations and events for a reason – it may be to learn how to go over the mountain before us, it may be to learn to go around the mountain before us, or yet, it may just be that we have to go through it. Any way it is, we need to make sure to learn from it the first time so that we don’t have to repeat it again.

Let’s say you’re working around the house and break a rubber band while trying to stretch it around something. You can’t find another rubber band, so you try to fix the broken one by tying the ends together.

Sometimes in our daily lives, we stretch ourselves beyond our capacity, and we snap like the rubber band. We think we’ve fixed the problem by simply tying the ends back together. But soon we fall into the same behavior that caused us to break down in the first place.

Don’t get burned out or snap. Allow time to rest and refresh. Allow time to be refilled and refueled. Take time to de-stress. God has a plan for us and if we try to go farther, stretch further, and overwork ourselves, we will be like that elastic or rubber band and snap.

Over time with repeated exposure to stress, our lives begin to resemble that worn-out rubber band. It can completely deplete us.
Ignoring God’s laws and His ordained limits for our lives will ultimately cause burnout. You simply can’t continue to overwork your mind, emotions and body without eventually paying the price. But that’s not how God wants you to live.

How are you looking at things? Consider God’s perspective and align to it. We only get one life to live, so we need to handle it with care. Are you looking for the instruction manual? It is available and can be found in electronic (softcopy) or paper (hardcopy) formats. It’s God’s Word!

Adjust your perspective to match God’s. Seek His peace and His pace for your life. Respect your body. Treat good health as a priceless gift. Don’t waste the energy God has given you on stress. Save it for living and enjoying life!

Prayer Starter:

God, I want to find my rest in You. Instead of constantly going and snapping under stress, show me how to follow Your pace for my life.


Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to Fearless

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

Biblical Truth:

Satan is a deceiver, but God is faithful, so draw strength and security from Him. He knows our limits and will either proportion temptation to our strength, or provide us with the strength to overcome. Be faithful to Him by relying on Him.


Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan 

  • Exodus 35
    • time of rest
    • time to give
    • time to teach
  • Exodus 36
    • God has gifted each of us for His purpose
    • Imagine if everyone gave what they felt in their heart and the word went out that there was more than enough
  • Exodus 37
    • complete the work God has called you to complete
  • Proverbs 7

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for the reminders of allowing time for rest and not overstretching for the risk of breaking. I thank You Lord for the reminder that You always provide a way out when we are tempted. I praise You Lord that You will never give us
more than we can handle. Today Lord, when I look at my time with You 1:1 as well as corporately, I pray Lord that You will speak to me and grant me wisdom for my current situation and what You want me to do. Grant me wisdom to be obedient to Your plan. Grant me wisdom to be courageous to step up and step in to what You have in store for me next. I give my life into Your hands Lord trusting and believing in You so that in every thought, every word, and every action, You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.