THRIVE: The middle, the beginning, press towards the finish.


Well, it’s time again to decide how you will handle your midweek situation. Will it be a speed bump? Will it be a ramp to get you ahead? Will it be a blocker holding you back? The decision is up to you. Today is the beginning of ECNL Girls National Championship play with the opportunity for the local girls to win in their own state. So today be it at work, at home, in the office, or on the field, let’s choose to ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us! Let’s choose to ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and encourage us! Let’s choose to ask the Holy Spirit to be our advocate, our counselor, and our guide to help us live our lives to the full in order that we may thrive, living for the glory of God!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘ The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. ‘

Proverbs 9:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 21


Where are you at today? What is your perspective? How will you choose to see things? How will you adjust your perspective? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: Ramping things up…


Yep, it’s Wednesday or as some call it hump-day but I prefer to think of it as ramp day as it helps launch me forward as long as I choose to press in and press on, accelerating towards it. This week the high school graduation celebrations will be wrapping up too as my daughter has her grad party to close out the week. The wrapping-up also captures extended family heading back to their homes as my mother-in-law heads home today. So as I look to hit the ramp as we prepare to wrap up graduation celebrations, we know this isn’t the end but the beginning of a new chapter. So let’s choose to live today to the full, the way God prepared and planned for us to live it! Let’s choose to thrive for the glory of God by serving, preparing, being doers of the Word, and by being sensitive to and obedient to the Holy Spirit! Let’s choose to thrive for the glory of God in Jesus’s name!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. ‘

James 3:13

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 14


How are you today? Are you ramping up? Are you wrapping up? Are you needing help and direction? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you, instruct and correct you so that you can be all that you were created and purposed to be!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: What’s on your calendar? Who gets to choose?


Ever looked at your calendar and wonder how your day got so filled up? Do you give your calendar up to God to manage or do you just pretend your calendar is like Tetris and look to fill it up and knock out the lines? Do you allow time to be led and directed by the Holy Spirit or are you too busy for that? Do you allow God to own your calendar and to add and remove things so that the right things are on it?

What brings this to mind is that my wife wrote out the calendar for today so my daughter and friends and grandparents would know about everything that is scheduled for today. After she put it out the girls then went and started to add to it. When I looked at it this morning I noticed a bunch of new things that weren’t part of the original plans. Some were gap fillers and others included extra details and yet others were things they chose to make up.

So how about you? What’s on your calendar today? Who gets to choose? How will it help or hinder your ability to thrive for the glory of God?


‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ‘

Acts 1:8

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 4


So will you use your calendar to thrive and glorify God? Will you control your calendar or let it control you? Will you be rigid about your calendar or will you allow God to inject and adjust your calendar? Will you just go with the flow or will you live out your life with purpose, on purpose, and for a purpose? Will you invite Jesus into your life to help you navigate it? Will you invite Jesus into your heart to help you understand and be transformed?

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: It’s today so make it count!


We each get 24 hours to live out our today! We each get to choose how we will steward and use the time! We shouldn’t use it worrying about tomorrow! We should allow ourselves to get stuck or paralyzed in or by yesterday! Let’s learn from the past! Let’s hope for the future! Let’s live for today!

Let’s consider what God says about today!

‘ “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

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

‘ “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ‘

Luke 6:27-36

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ‘

Philippians 4:4-9

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. ‘

Galatians 6:7-10

‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.’

2 Peter 3:8-18

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Acts 20:35

‘Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”’

Matthew 16:24-28

‘ “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” ‘

Revelation 22:12-16

God’s Word gives us many instructions, tips, and commandments on how to make the most of today! God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path! God’s Words is an instruction manual on how to do life! So let’s reflect on what God has to say! Let’s even consider more scripture on how to live for today! Let’s consider what we can do today to put them into practice! Let’s choose to live today so that it will bring praise, honor, and glory to God! Let’s thrive today for the glory of God!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” ‘

Galatians 5:14

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 3


Are you ready for today? Are you ready to make the most of your today? Are you ready to invite Jesus in to help? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart to transform your perspective? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life so that you can live today to the full?

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: Making the most of the time we have.


Today I woke up with an interesting perspective on how important it is to make the most of the time we have if we want to thrive for the glory of God! Be it sending my wife with my daughter on a trip so that neither of them will need to go it alone and so that they both know how much they are loved. Be it spending my day with my son and helping him to realize the connection between building a computer and its components and how it is similar to the human body being put together. Getting to spend time with the girls last night watching some baseball. Getting to spend time with my son and pour love and wisdom into his life. The key for me this weekend is to make the most of the time I have with my family. Be it facetime with my parents and my daughter or in person with the rest of my family, the key is perspective and purpose behind making the most of the time we have! We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow and so let’s make the most of today!

Ever heard how you don’t know what you have till it’s gone? That’s not really true. You know what you have and get to choose what you will do with it! So today, let’s make the most out of what we have! Let’s make the most of every moment we have with our loved ones! Let’s make the most of every conversation we have with our loved ones! Let’s make the most out of everything we do with and for our loved ones!

Let’s make today count for the glory of God so that we can thrive in and through it!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” ‘

Ephesians 6:2-3

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Survival Gear for Dads – Day 5


So how will you make the most of your today? Will you consider it a gift from God and be able to rejoice in it? Will you consider it a gift from God and use it to serve those around you? Will you consider it a gift from God and ask Him how you can use it to its full potential? Not sure where to start? Invite Jesus into your heart and your life! Ask Him to give you wisdom and discernment to know what you should do! Allow Him to transform you from the inside out!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: What do you see? How does it look? Can you explain it?


What do you see when you look in front of you? Do you see visions and dreams? Do you see plans and purposes? Do you see hope and a future? How does it look when you see what is before you? How does it make you feel? How do you explain it to others? How do you express it to others? Are you able to grasp the way it will help you to thrive for the glory of God?

THRIVE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Verse of the Day:

‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. ‘

1 John 5:14

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Love Slows Down – Day 2


Are you facing any concerns or worries that you need to cast on or give to God? Are you facing any fears or anxious thoughts that you need to cast on or give to God? Let’s grab a hold of God’s Word and God’s promises! Let’s allow God to pour His love into our hearts and our lives to the point of overwhelming fear and overflowing into the way we live our lives! Let’s invite Jesus into every situation and choose to walk out our today with Him!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: What to do today in order to thrive regardless of your circumstances. How will you choose?


Do you remember what the definition of THRIVE is?

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

That’s right: To vigorously grow; to flourish; to take new ground in your life regardless of the circumstances. So what can you do in spite of your circumstances to thrive? Are you in the right place to be able to vigorously grow? Are you in the right place to be able to flourish? Are you eying your current situation and looking for new ground to take? Are there opportunities for you to be able to take? Are there opportunities for you to be able to make? Are there opportunities for you to be able to start? Could you do something today that would help you to take new ground in spite of your circumstances? Could you do something today that would help you to take new ground because of your circumstances? Are you ready and willing to do it?

Seek God’s wisdom if you can’t see it. Seek God’s direction if you can’t determine which way to go. Seek God’s discernment in order to make a place where God can then direct your steps. This is the day that the Lord has made, right? So let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s consider God’s plans and purposes for today and step into it so that no matter what happens it will be a Happy Today!

What about if you make the decision to follow Jesus? Have you already done that?


Verse of the Day:

‘If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” ‘

Luke 11:13

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Killing Sin – Day 3


So are you ready to thrive? Are you ready to avoid the land mines and trip wires the devil is trying to catch you with? Are you ready to prepare and plan so that you are ready? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your very situation in order to have Him lead and guide you with wisdom and discernment for today? Let’s choose to keep our focus on the main thing in order to be able to thrive, no matter the circumstances!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: What will today bring?


We need to leave yesterday where it belongs, in the past. We can take the lessons with us but leave anything and everything else behind. We can’t think about or worry about tomorrow because we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. We need to focus on today! This is the day that the Lord has made and so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

Will today bring good news or bad news? Will today bring comfort, pleasure, and peace or pain? Will today bring direction or distraction? Will today bring focus or indifference? Will today bring joy or sadness? Will today bring opportunity or threat? Will today bring challenges or acceptance? Will today bring war or peace? Will today bring unity or division? Will today bring trust or skepticism? Will today bring hope or pessimism and despair?

What will today bring? The bigger question is how will you respond?

We don’t get to choose what today will bring but we do get to choose how we will respond! So let’s choose to make today Happy Today! Let’s choose to make today Happy Today, no matter what! We have life, so let’s make today Happy Today! We have God, so let’s make today Happy Today! This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!



Today’s Verse of the Day

‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ‘

1 John 1:9

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 8


So where are you today? What struggles are you facing? Are you ready to attack the problems rather than the people? Are you ready to make sure your focus is on the right enemy? Are you ready to invite God into your situation so that you can have His perspective? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart so that He is able to help you overcome rather than be overwhelmed? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life so that you can live out the rest of your life as an overcome?

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)

catching up on the days I missed (back to Feb 9th)


THRIVE: What it means! What could it mean?


Let’s reflect this morning on what it means to THRIVE. Remember that image included the last couple of days with the definition?

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

To THRIVE is an action, it means something actively happening, it’s a verb. To THRIVE means to grow vigorously! Not slow growth but rather strenuously, with great vigor, strongly, powerfully, potently, forcefully, with force, forcibly, energetically, aggressively, heartily, eagerly, with eagerness, enthusiastically, with enthusiasm, with great effort, with all one’s might, with might and main, with a will, for dear life, for all one is worth, to the best of one’s abilities, as best one can, all out, with a vengeance, fiercely, intensely, hard, as hard as possible, as hard as one can, with all the stops out, like the devil, like the deuce, and at full tilt. THRIVE means to flourish, not die or wither. THRIVE means to take new ground, not stand still, not fall back but to move forward and take new ground. As the definition says, to THRIVE means to take new ground in spite of or regardless of your current circumstances. So let’s remember and consider this as we grab hold of THRIVE as the word for 2022.

Now take a look at what you are doing and look at it through the prism of THRIVE. Take a look at what is taking place, the focus, the direction, and your place in it, and consider it through the prism of THRIVE. What does it say about staying where you are in the midst of the changes taking place? Will those changes allow you to THRIVE or will it remain in a state of survival? Will the adjustments, changes, and the direction forward help you grow vigorously? Will the adjustments, changes, and the direction forward help you flourish? Will the adjustments, changes, and the direction forward help you take new ground? Will it take new ground to the point of growing vigorously? Or will mean or require something else? Will it require something new to come on the table for 2022 to be the year to THRIVE?

Today as you consider THRIVE in your various conversations, listen for the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. As you speak and learn more don’t be driven by fear but rather by your trust in God. Determine what you need and what is required. Determine what your family needs and what is required to meet those needs. Determine the bar that will give you the green light. This is the day that the Lord has made so let’s rejoice and be glad in it. Let’s choose today to look to determine if the door is open or sealed shut. Let’s choose today to look to determine which door will help you to THRIVE for the glory of God.


Verse of the Day:

‘“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. ‘

Isaiah 55:1-2

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 1


So where are you today? Are you wanting to thrive? Are you facing challenges? Are you needing solutions? Are you needing scriptures to help you navigate the road? Are you looking for a way when there doesn’t seem to be a way? Then turn to God! Invite Jesus into your very situation! Humble yourself and turn back to God, ask Him for wisdom for He will give it to you without finding fault.

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)


THRIVE: Team up! Listen up! Step up!


As I begin this morning and consider all that has taken place in 2022 already and how fast the year is seeming to go, I wonder what is going to happen and how God is going to use it for His glory and my good. As I prepare for today and the big need to recruit people to be able to put on camps for foster kids and who God will bring across my path. As I prepare for today and what God will speak through His Word in Exodus to me to make it through this week. As I prepare for today and look to join with God to build up a team, to hear from His Word wisdom, discernment, and direction, and then to take all of that and step up to be able to be and do what He has prepared in advance for me to do for His glory and my good. As I prepare for this day and look to thrive, I lean in and trust God in the midst of everything. AS I prepare for this day and want to thrive, I look to build and drive unity at the speed of health, wanting to bring along the team in a healthy way that will produce strength and help us to accomplish God’s plans and purposes for our lives. This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalms 46:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Father Like The Father – Day 4.


Where are you today? What is it you are facing? What is it that is troubling you? What is it that is challenging you? What opportunities have been placed before you? How will you choose to respond? Where will you choose to turn? Are you ready to start with the one who knows it all? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your situation? Are you ready to trust Him and lean on Him in the midst of everything? Are you ready to press in and press on, persevering through God’s strength and wisdom?

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)


THRIVE: Turn to God! Find the joy in every situation!


After a great day with my family, dinner out with my wife, watching my daughter play some basketball, even in the midst of the blow out God is good and provides joy through it all. Joy of helping take down the tree. Joy of helping get the couch back in place. Joy of dinner with my beautiful wife. Joy of watching my daughter and her team play a tough game of basketball. Joy of coming home to my son and our dogs. There is joy in every situation. I consider the words I wrote on my window at work, back in the days when we went to the office and the assumptions that went along with it.

Happy Today!
Assumption 1: You are alive!
Assumption 2: No matter what happens!
 ∀ Today() = Happy!!

The bar is very low for every today to be happy! The assumptions tend to be easy to identify and achieve. If you are reading this then you are alive. Check Assumption 1 complete. What’s going to happen? Doesn’t matter, Assumption 2 says “No matter what happens”. Check Assumption 2 complete. So today’s let’s allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength so that we can thrive! Let’s let today be Happy Today! because of the overflow of the joy of the Lord in and through us!

Perspective makes a huge difference and impacts whether we will thrive, survive, or back up. Let’s move forward in the strength of God for His glory! Let’s take that step forward in order to glorify God and be an example to the world around us of how great our God is! It’s a choice we are all going to have to make today! Will we choose to let today be a Happy Today! or will we allow what happens to change our perspective on how great God is and that this is the day that the Lord has made and so we should rejoice and be glad in it. The choice is yours! Will you cling to God and allow today to be filled with the joy of the Lord? Will you turn your back and decide to have a sucky day?

I am excited to get to attend church this morning as the theme for this series is THRIVE. I am excited to get to hear from God’s Word in the book of Exodus and how through the story of Moses, God will encourage me as I step into this new week of uncertainty. Last week closed with an incredible phone call on my son’s birthday. God knew I needed a bit of a pick me up as I was having a pretty rough morning, and it was FRIDAY. It should have been HAPPY FRIDAY! since today()=Friday. But I was struggling and kept turning and praying and casting my cares upon God. I know He cares for me. I know He will never leave me and never abandon me. I know that I am never alone for God is with me. He was helping me get through the day and to make sure I stepped into the weekend uplifted and encouraged, God provided a call from a long-time friend and mentor to pick me up. God is so good! All the time! All the time! God is good!


Today’s verse of the day:

‘ Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. ‘

Matthew 5:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 7


So are you struggling with finding joy? Are you struggling to thrive? Are you looking for a source of hope? Are you looking for a source of strength? Are you looking for a source of joy? Let’s invite Jesus into the situation! Let’s invite Him into our hearts to help fill it up with joy that overflows from it. Let’s invite Him into our lives as our Lord and Savior so that we can be new, we can be transformed, we can have joy.

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

Decision time… How do you know what to do?


I read a message this morning and triggered thoughts of a year gone by. When you go through a tough year, how do you decide if the challenges, the struggles, the trials, the tests, the pain, and the suffering are signs to move on or a time to build your faith strength? In my case, I kept leaning on God and He helped build my faith, He strengthened my family bond and unit, He kept telling me to stay in the midst of it all and never opened a door to step out or step away. It was also necessary as I look back to help me reset and prepare for the new role God had prepared in advance with an incredible new team to lead. The message I read brought this flashback moment because I was curious if that person’s decision was triggered by similar challenges and struggles. I was curious if that person’s decision to get out was directed by God or fear for what reviews and such might look like. I was curious if that person’s decision to get out was triggered by someone else offering them a new role and change. I may never know or it may be something discussed later in life but either way, it made me go back to decision time and how for me I turned to God to get the wisdom and discernment I needed to be able to both decide and press through it. I had picked up my lessons from years gone by and led with forgiveness! I then was able to seek wisdom and discernment from God to know what to do, where to go, how to proceed. And this past year for me with my new team has been incredible with both incredible managers as well as with incredible team members. God is good and He can use all things, even the bad or painful ones, and turn them around and use them for good! God’s got a perspective we can’t have or see from and so we need to trust Him, we need to lean on God rather than our own understanding, we need to go it His way that is so much higher and better than our ways.

It’s New Year’s Eve-eve today and many people will be thinking about making a decision heading into the New Year. What decision are you considering? What is the motivation for the decision? What is the purpose of the decision? Is it self-driven or God-driven? Is it something that you will commit to or is it like many of the New Year resolutions that rarely make it through January? Important things to consider since you still have a couple of days to get it figured out.


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 30TH


BIG CHOICES


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known. ‘

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

Let’s look to get more context and details for today’s Bible verses by expanding the verses around it and using the Amplified version for extra details.

‘“Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and always keep His charge, His statutes, His precepts, and His commandments [it is your obligation to Him]. Know this day that I am not speaking to your children who have not known [by personal experience] and who have not seen [firsthand] the instruction and discipline of the Lord your God—His greatness, His mighty hand and His outstretched arm; and His signs and His works which He did in the midst of Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land; and what He did to the army of Egypt, to its horses and its chariots, when He made the water of the Red Sea engulf them as they pursued you, and how the Lord completely destroyed them; and what He did to you in the wilderness until you came to this place; and what He did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben, when the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, their households, their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel. For your eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord which He did. “Therefore, you shall keep all the commandments which I am commanding you today, so that you may be strong and go in and take possession of the land which you are crossing over [the Jordan] to possess; so that you may live long on the land which the Lord swore (solemnly promised) to your fathers to give to them and to their descendants, a land [of great abundance,] flowing with milk and honey. For the land which you are entering to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it with your foot like a garden of vegetables. But the land into which you are about to cross to possess, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. “It shall come about, if you listen obediently and pay attention to My commandments which I command you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul [your choices, your thoughts, your whole being]— that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early [fall] rain and the late [spring] rain, so that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your [olive] oil. And He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away [from the Lord ] and serve other gods and worship them, or [else] the Lord’s anger will be kindled and burn against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the land will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you. “Therefore, you shall impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul, and tie them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as bands (frontals, frontlets) on your forehead. You shall teach them [diligently] to your children [impressing God’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with His truths], speaking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk [that is, to live each and every day] in all His ways and to hold tightly to Him— then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall become yours; your territory shall be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea (the Mediterranean). No man will be able to stand before you; the Lord your God will lay the fear and the dread of you on all the land on which you set foot, just as He has spoken to you. “Behold, today I am setting before you a blessing and a curse— the blessing, if you listen to and obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to and obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following (acknowledging, worshiping) other gods which you have not known. “It shall come about, when the Lord your God brings you into the land which you are entering to possess, that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. Are they not across the Jordan, west of the road, toward the sunset, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh? For you are about to cross the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall possess it and live in it, and you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you today.’

Deuteronomy 11:1-32

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever noticed how God can make the right choice more appealing that the wrong choice?
  • As you consider the above scripture about the benefits of following God’s law do you see how He desires us to make the right choice?
  • Today’s devotional put it the options this way: “You have a choice. You can have a thousand dollars in cash or a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Which one do you want?”
  • Throughout history we have seen many times where people have chosent the stick in the eye.
  • Ever wondered when the options are so clear how anyone could make the wrong choice?
  • The sad part is that they do and so do we.
  • God has made Himself clear about the right and wrong decisions and yet people have struggled to receive it.
  • Consider Eve in the garden and how Satan came to tempt her and confuse her understanding of what God had said.
    • ‘Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. ‘
      Genesis 3:1-7
  • Satan is trying to get us off track and bring confusion and try to cause us to doubt or question God’s authority and goodness.
  • What if Eve had of responded with “Yes, but He gave us all of the rest of these, and that’s plenty!”?
  • What choices are you facing today?
  • What does God say about your options?
  • Will you trust God?
  • Will you trust His plans?
  • Will you trust His authority?
  • Will you trust His goodness?
  • Or are you allowing Satan to create a wedge between you and God because questioning or doubt?
  • Will you allow doubt and questioning to cause you to walk away from God like what happened to Eve?
  • Are you being tempted today?
  • Are you being tempted to doubt God?
  • Are you being tempted to doubt God’s goodness?
  • Are you being tempted to doubt God’s authority?
  • Are you being tempted to doubt the importance of having God as the centerpiece of your life?
  • Do you think you can do it and nobody will ever know or find out? God knows.
  • Do you think you could have sex with that person because it sounds really good and you think you can do it without anyone finding out? God knows.
  • Do you think you can blow of that responsibility you have since you don’t think anyone will get hurt by it? God knows.
  • Do you think making up stories or lying about something or someone might help you get ahead quicker and coming up with stories why it won’t hurt them or how they weren’t going to be impacted or try for that opportunity anyway? God knows.
  • Do you think overeating won’t be a problem and won’t hurt? God knows.
  • Do you realize how such talk, thoughts, and conversations cause or create doubt over God’s goodness, God’s authority, and hence puts into question the benefits of obedience.
  • What will be your big choice today?
  • It may seem small in the moment but the question is will your decision move you closer to God or further away with each and every one?
  • Will you choose wisely and receive the wonderful blessings?
  • Will you choose unwisely and receive the painful curse?
  • The choice is yours! We all have freewill.
  • So will you choose blessings or curses?
  • The decision is yours! Why not be prepared in advance so that when you are faced with the situation you know the right answer and are ready to make it.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are the choices you face each day that question or affirm God’s authority in your life?
  • Which path are you on? How much progress are you making?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

There is no failure in God’s will, and no success outside of God’s will.

George W Truett

So are you facing a big choice today? Are you considering making a decision heading out of the current and into the coming year? Are you considering how it aligns with God’s will for your life? Are you ready to invite God into the situation in order to receive His wisdom and guidance? Are you ready to start making your decisions in a way that will bring God glory? Are you ready to grab hold of 1 Corinthians 10:31 that says: ‘So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God. ‘? Let’s pray:

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

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

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What is your source? What fuels you?


Where does your power come from? Where does your hope come from? What allows you to keep going? What is the foundation that helps you stand firm? What is the ground you are allowing your roots to grow into? What is feeding you? What is filling you? What is it helping you to become?

Don’t allow bitter roots to take hold because they will eat you up from the inside out! Trade those feelings and emotions of bitterness for forgiveness! Don’t be chained in bitterness instead choose to be freed by forgiveness? The choice is yours! Forgiveness is the key! God is required! Having problems with a friend, family member, colleague? Have you been able to forgive them? Have you ever been forgiven even when you didn’t deserve it?

Have you invited Jesus into your heart to help clean house? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to help you uproot things that shouldn’t be there? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to help create a new heart, a new perspective, and a new life for you? When you allow God to be your source and fill you to overflowing then you are able to pour life and love and hope into the people God brings your way. When you allow Jesus to be your foundation and cornerstone then you are able to stand firm and be prepared by putting on the full armor of God! When we allow Jesus to be in charge then we are able to live out our lives in pursuit of His plans and purposes for our lives and be His hands and arms extended to reach a lost world and point them to an eternity with God instead of one where they will continue to suffer apart from God. What’s it cost? Your decision! It’s too expensive for us to be able to pay for it or even afford it and so God is giving it away to those who will accept and receive it! It’s not something we can borrow from others but rather something we have to decide and receive for ourselves. Unlike material things which can be borrowed for a season, faith in Jesus requires us to accept and receive it for ourselves. The decision is ours and ours alone to make. It’s personal! It’s intimate! It’s real! So we need to make the decision on our own and for ourselves!

Are you ready to truly live? God’s plan is to give us a hope and a future! Are you ready to fully live? Jesus came that we can have life and life to the full! Yes, in this world we will have troubles but with Jesus we have the promise that He has overcome the world! Yes, we will face trials but with Jesus we can consider them pure joy because we know that the testing of our faith produces perseverance and that when we let perseverance finish its work will be mature and complete, not lacking anything. So are you ready to be filled with the power to truly live? Are you ready to be filled with the hope that will allow you to truly live? Are you ready to be filled with the life that is powered by and fueled by God? Could today be the day it starts?


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 27TH


POWER TO LIVE


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.’

I Corinthians 6:14

Let’s get more context for this statement by expanding the verses around it and getting more details by using the Amplified version.

‘Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]. Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will do away with both of them. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again because of the sacrifice of the cross]. And God has not only raised the Lord [to life], but will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Am I therefore to take the members of Christ and make them part of a prostitute? Certainly not! Do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall be one flesh .” But the one who is united and joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Run away from sexual immorality [in any form, whether thought or behavior, whether visual or written]. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the one who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.’

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • If you consider your eyes as the sight then what is your aim in life?
  • If you consider your eyes as the sight then what are you pointing at or towards?
  • Are you pointing upwards and towards God and His purpose and plans?
  • Are you pointing to earthly things and away from God?
  • Are you earthly like the young in their faith Corinthians that Paul is speaking to?
  • Are you ready to level up your life in response to Paul’s writing?
  • We see how Paul is speaking to them in today’s verses about food and sex.
    • ‘Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]. Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will do away with both of them. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again because of the sacrifice of the cross]. ‘
      1 Corinthians 6:12-13
  • Are you ready to receive the truth that our body and our urges have come from God?
  • Are you ready to receive the truth that everything we are and have is to glorify God?
  • Are you ready to live free rather than being restricted or imprisoned within our bodies by food and sex?
  • Are you ready to live free by dedicating your body to God?
  • Are you ready to live free by dedicating your body to honoring God?
  • The body is important! The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit!
  • The body is so important that Christ’s body was raised from the dead!
  • The body is so important that one day our bodies will also be resurrected too!
  • God works in and through our bodies to enable us to accomplis His will and His purposes!
  • Our bodies may not be perfect but they do have purpose to honor God and help others!
  • So let’s consider our bodies sacred!
  • Let’s decide to not use our bodies for immoral behavior!
  • Let’s decide that they are too valuable for such things!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • In what ways are you using your body to honor God? In what ways are you failing to use it for that purpose?
  • What are some choices you can make today to use your body more effectively for Christ?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If Christ was not raised, His death was in vain. Your faith in Him would be pointless, and your sins would still be counted against you with no hope of a spiritual life.”

John MacArthur

So where are you at today? Are you ready to decide to live a life to the full? Are you ready to decide to live a life that has been redeemed? Are you ready to decide to live a life that has been forgiven and can forgive others? Are you ready to receive hope? Are you ready to receive joy? Are you ready to receive love? Are you ready to overflow in all of these into the lives of the world around 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 gotten a message from someone checking in because you came to mind?


It is interesting to me the things that have happed and the lives that have been touched or changed when the Spirit prompts me to check in on people. Some people may get a message on SLACK. Some people may get a message on LinkedIn. Some people may get a text message. Not matter the tool used, something happened to cause me to feel prompted to reach out and check in. It’s interesting how even the words that get used make a difference and sometimes have foreshadowed what the situation going on is. Be it family struggles. Be it health struggles. Be it work struggles. Be it that everything is going great. Be it that they are moving on from the company. Be it that they are conflicted in what they should do. Be it that they were having a rough day and this was a message of hope that turned their day around. Be it that they receive it as a way of knowing someone cares. Be it they questioned what have I heard. God has had a plan in each case. God has needed those people to know they aren’t alone and that someone cares. God has needed those people to know they haven’t been forgotten.

So when God prompts you to check in on someone do you do it? When God puts a name in your mind or on your heart do you reach out and check-in? Why? or Why not? Are you thinking life is too busy? Are you thinking they are fine, I don’t need to bother them? Are you thinking they are too busy? Do you realize that God has put them in your mind or on your heart for a reason? We may never know because they may say everything is fine even if it isn’t. We may never know there was something going on but they will because you might have been the sign they were praying for to show they weren’t alone and that someone actually cares.

So today if someone comes to mind, how will you respond? So if God puts someone on your heart, how will you respond? Will you choose to be the hands reaching out? Will choose to be the arms embracing? Will you choose to be the feet going? Could today be a day that changes things for you and for them? Why not try to make today a Happy Today for both of you?


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 16TH


Moved By The Spirit


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.’

II Peter 1:20-21

Let’s look for extra context for this as well as more detail by using the Amplified version .

‘For we did not follow cleverly devised stories or myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty [His grandeur, His authority, His sovereignty]. For when He was invested with honor and [the radiance of the Shekinah] glory from God the Father, such a voice as this came to Him from the [splendid] Majestic Glory [in the bright cloud that overshadowed Him, saying], “This is My Son, My Beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased and delighted”— and we [actually] heard this voice made from heaven when we were together with Him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic word made more certain. You do well to pay [close] attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and light breaks through the gloom and the morning star arises in your hearts. But understand this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of or comes from one’s own [personal or special] interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.’

2 Peter 1:16-21

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you read God’s Word?
  • Why do you ready God’s Word?
  • What expectations do you have in reading God’s Word?
  • When you read God’s Word are you doing it like it is an old book, old news, and not interesting?
  • When you read God’s Word are you doing it with excitement because you believe it is alive and speaks into your today? I do.
  • Are you reading a translation that is too hard to understand and so you feel like it is old and outdated?
  • Are you reading a translation that allows you to be in that moment and see how it applies today?
  • Are you reading it and finding how it isn’t some old dusty book but is a book that is important and relevant today?
  • Do you realize that the Bible, although written long ago in a farming society, is a book for all cultures at all times?
  • Do you realize that the Bible applies even in the digital era?
  • Do you realize that the Bible is a love letter from our Heavenly Father?
  • Do you realize that the truths found in the Bible are the most challenging, the most dramatic, the most comforting the world has ever seen or known?
  • Are you paying enough attention to find your mind being blown or your socks being blown off by its power when you read the Bible?
  • We need to grasp that all the words in the Bible were God inspired.
  • We need to take hold of the reality that across all of the people who wrote the words that make up the Bible, all were lead and directed by God’s Spirit.
  • Every writer of the Bible was prompted, guided, and inspired to write God’s message!
  • Every writer wrote for people of all time!
  • Have you gone through all the promises captured in the Bible from God?
  • Have you gone through all the Bible and captured the truth of God’s grace and forgiveness?
  • Have you gone through all the Bible and captured the truth of God’s cleansing power that can touch even the worst sinners?
  • Have you gone through all the truth of the Bible and grabbed hold of how God will give you the Holy Spirit to be with you always and provide the power we need through His comforting, directing, and teaching?
  • Have you captured the words of hope and encouragement in your times of doubt?
  • Have you captured the words of forgiveness to help get you out from under the pressures and weight of guilt?
  • Have you found guidance and gone with it because of God’s Word in those moments when you don’t know where to go?
  • Are you ready on that day when you close your eyes here on earth for the last time to find yourself in Heaven with God, seeing for the first time the place He has prepared in advance for you as He has described in His Word?
  • So are you ready for God to speak to the heart of the matter?
  • Are you ready for God to speak to your heart?
  • Are you ready for God to work in and through your heart into this hurting world?
  • Are you ready to be God’s hands extended to build and create relationships?
  • Are you ready for hope through God and His Word?
  • Are you ready for hope through following God and His Word and His Spirit?
  • Do all of these things get you interested in going and jumping into God’s Word found in the Bible?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When you read the Bible, what are your expectations? Explain your answer.
  • Since every word was written under the leadership of the Spirit, what would (or should) your expectations be?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Nobody ever outgrows the Scriptures; the Book widens and deepens with our yearts.”

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon

As we continue through December we have finished the readings of the Tanakh and I thank Sefaria for their resources in helping me to see the Old Testament in a new way and my friend Lionel for having shared this tool with me. As we kicked off December the idea my wife brought up came to mind about going through the book of Luke (who was a doctor) which happens to have 24 chapters so that we can read one a day and complete it in time for Christmas. To get as many details from this I am going to use the Amplified version to try and grasp all the details Luke gives us to consider and learn.

So today we will read Luke 16:

‘Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “ ‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law. “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”’

Luke 16:1-31

So where are you at today? Are you being prompted by the Spirit? Are you being called by the Spirit? Are you feeling the tug on your heart from God? Are you are you feeling the leading or directing of your words, thoughts, or actions by the Holy Spirit? Are you ready to step up, step out, or even step into someone else’s life because God wants or needs you to? Are you ready to receive someone God sent to speak to you and into your life today? Are you ready to receive God into your heart and live a transformed life from this moment forward? 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 messed up? made a mistake? missed the mark? Ever needed a second chance?


We are all human and as such none of us are perfect. We’ve all made mistakes! We’ve all done or said something incorrectly! We’ve all done or said something inaccurately! We’ve all missed the mark when trying to achieve something. So what does that mean, how will we respond, and how will others respond?

Are you ready to learn from it? Are you ready to grow from it? Are you ready to refocus in order to try again? Are you ready to look back to see where it went wrong? Are you ready to check your tools, your equipment, and your techniques to understand what got you tripped up? Are you ready to change in order to make things better? Are you ready to admit your mistake or that you messed up or that you missed the mark and ask for forgiveness? Are you ready to be humble about it and not let pride create barriers or walls that prevent you from moving (forward, backward, or sideways)? Are you ready to humbly ask for a second chance?

We’ve all been there but we haven’t all responded in the same way. We’ve all faced troubles but we haven’t all responded in the same way (right or wrongly). We’ve all had trials but we haven’t all looked at them in the same way nor responded to them in the same way either. And so it comes down to a decision that we have to make individually and it will impact our future and the responses from others. So we all have to decide when faced with trials, troubles, or our own mess-ups, mistakes, and missed opportunities and actions. It is just like many decisions that we will have to make are personal and individually we will need to decide and move forward into whatever outcome, rewards, or consequences will come with it.

Today is a new day and today you will get to choose! Make Today Count! Where are you at today? Where are you at today? Do you know what to do? Could it be to be still? What can you do today? Do that to the best of your abilities! Do you believe enough to be able to live out your today? How will you make the most out of your today? It’s coming… Are you ready? Will you live out today in LOVE? Lead with Love! What can you do today to encourage and lift up others? Will you be the one? Do you realize what day today is? What will today bring? So here we go, let’s live out our today to the full, to bring praise, honor, and glory to God by being sensitive to His Spirit and being obedient to His Word!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 13th


Thank God For A Second Chance


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”’

Exodus 3:3-4

Ever considered the full story of Moses, not just from the burning bush forward? Ever checked out all of Exodus and how God worked with, in, and through him? Let’s check out the context of today’s verses surrounding the burning bush experience using the Amplified version:

‘Now Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro (Reuel) his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb (Sinai), the mountain of God. The Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing flame of fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was on fire, yet it was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn away [from the flock] and see this great sight—why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he turned away [from the flock] to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then God said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet [out of respect], because the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Then He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. The Lord said, “I have in fact seen the affliction (suffering, desolation) of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters (oppressors); for I know their pain and suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand (power) of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a land [that is] good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty]—to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. Now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me; and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. ‘

Exodus 3:1-9

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • When you think of Moses do you think of a great leader?
  • When you think of Moses do you think of the great miracles?
  • When you think of Moses do you think of the burning bush moment?
  • When you think of Moses do you think of the freeing the Israelites from Egypt?
  • When you think of Moses do you think of the parting of the Red Sea?
  • When you think of Moses do you remember how he got to be so far away from Egypt?
  • When you think of Moses do you remember what had happened in Egypt for him to have to flee?
  • Do you realize that even Moses needed and got a second chance?
  • Do you remember how Moses had sinned, missed the mark, and when he stood up for the slave he murdered the egyptian?
    • ‘One day, after Moses had grown [into adulthood], it happened that he went to his countrymen and looked [with compassion] at their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his countrymen. He turned to look around, and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. He went out the next day and saw two Hebrew men fighting with each other; and he said to the aggressor, “Why are you striking your friend?” But the man said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Certainly this incident is known.” When Pharaoh heard about this matter, he tried to kill Moses. Then Moses fled from Pharaoh’s presence and took refuge in the land of Midian, where he sat down by a well. ‘ — Exodus 2:11-15
  • Do you remember how Moses went through many years of desolation after fleeing Egypt?
  • Even though Moses was trying to help his people, he tripped up, messed up when he crossed the line and murdered.
  • Remember how Moses was lonely for 40 long years?
  • Can you imagine the number of times Moses might or must have considered giving up?
  • Can you imagine the number of times Moses might or must have thought it was all over?
  • Can you imagine the despair of being an outcast and wondering if his life may ever have meaning again?
  • We learn in today’s verse how God gave him a second chance!
  • We learn how God’s timing may not have been Moses’ timing but it came when Moses responded to God at the burning bush.
  • Ever had God ask you to do something and question that you would be able to do it? I know I have, one example can be found here: Will you answer the call from God even if you don’t feel qualified?
  • Moses had a similar response, hesitating, doubting his abilities to do what God was telling him to do, but he still chose to obey and move forward.
  • Ever blown it in a big way? Ever thought you were a lost cause? Ever doubted things could be good again?
  • Ever blown it in a big way at work?
  • Ever blown it in a big way at home?
  • Ever blown it in a big way in private?
  • Ever blown it in a big way in public?
  • Remember the consequences that came with missing the mark, with messing up, with making a mistake, with sinning?
  • Remember the feeling of being exiled to a far away land?
  • Remember the feelings of isolation and doubt?
  • Remember the feelings of despair and worry?
  • Remember the feelings and questioning of if there will be a second chance?
  • God is the God of another chance! Be it the second, the third, the fourth, …
  • We may have to wait, but waiting on the Lord is always worth it!
  • During the wait, prepare yourself so that you will be ready to respond to His calling!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Whom do you know who feels exiled and needs a second chance?
  • What are some ways we can be ready to respond when the second chance comes?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You are the only one who can do it permanently.”

― Zig Ziglar, The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Are you in need of a second chance? Are you ready to give someone a second chance? Are you aware of what it takes for a second chance? Could today be the turnaround day for you to receive a second chance? The decision is yours to make! 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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Top 3…All things considered what are yours?


Ever been at a point in your life where you had to go back and reprioritize things? Ever gotten to the breaking point where your health was starting to suffer and as such, you needed to make a change? Ever gotten to a crossroads where you needed to make a choice? I know I have.

My diabetes was going out of whack and so my doctor sent me to the diabetic educator to help me both with counting carbs (which was a new method for me) as well as getting a refresher on diabetes evolution since the last time I had training which had been almost 25 years. This was an aha moment where I realized that the way I was living needed to change. The stresses I was dealing with had to change. The hours I was working had to change. The way I was spending my time had to change. I was at a crossroads where I had to make a choice of changing and getting better or staying the same and letting myself and my family down by allowing my body to get worse. So the decision was made that I was going to change. So I took inventory of what I said my priorities were and how my life wasn’t being lived out in alignment with it. God was to be first! My wife and marriage were to be second. My child and family were to be third. Everything else was going to have to take a spot after that. So work had to change, 3-4 hours of sleep a night wasn’t going to cut it anymore. I remember going through the process of thinking about how the company hired smart people and so I didn’t and shouldn’t have to babysit. So I would delegate and verify rather than continuously monitor and give them the power to inform me if they needed my help with something. I remember thinking about my volunteer time both on the HOA board as well as at church. I know God called me to serve and I had accomplished what He had wanted me to do when I took that final step of being president and fixing up the structure of things. I know God gifted me with tech and management skills to serve Him and so I stuck with the serving within worship & arts at the church and stepped down from the HOA board. These changes helped me spend more time on my top 3. These adjustments helped my health improve. This also was a turning point to switching to an insulin pump which over the years has continued to help my diabetes control get better and better. Having my priorities straight in my head, knowing my top 3 helped me to say no to things that conflicted or were lower priority. And even over the years as my child became children, having the priorities straight continues to have a huge impact on me and how I choose to live my life.

How about you? What are your top 3? Have you ever gone through the exercise of deciding what are your top 3? Have you then done the work to make sure you are living in alignment with your top 3? Have you had to make changes to ensure that your top 3 are your top 3 and evident by the way you are choosing to live? If you haven’t then why not take some time today to figure it out. Ways to see what others will think are your priorities are to check out your calendar and how you spend your time then check your transactions on your bank account to see where your money is going.

Ready to live out your life with the right top priorities so that you can be everything God created you to be? Thanks to God and that wake-up call, I am! God first! Marriage second! Family third! Everything else comes after this priority wise and so it may mean saying no to some of them.


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


Three Things God Requires


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?’

Micah 6:8

Ever considered the context of this? Let’s check it out and use the Amplified version to try and fill in some spots we may have missed.

‘Hear now what the Lord is saying, “Arise, plead your case before the mountains, And let the hills [as witnesses] hear your voice. Hear, O mountains, the indictment of the Lord , And you enduring foundations of the earth, For the Lord has a case (a legal complaint) against His people, And He will dispute (challenge) Israel. O My people, what have I done to you [since you have turned away from Me]? And how have I wearied you? Answer Me. For I brought you up from the land of Egypt And ransomed you from the house of slavery, And I sent before you Moses [to lead you], Aaron [the high priest], and Miriam [the prophetess]. My people, remember now What Balak king of Moab devised [with his evil plan against Israel] And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him [turning the curse into blessing for Israel], [Remember what the Lord did for you] from Shittim to Gilgal, So that you may know the righteous and saving acts [displaying the power] of the Lord .” With what shall I come before the Lord [to honor Him] And bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves? Will the Lord be delighted with thousands of rams, Or with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my acts of rebellion, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you Except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]? The voice of the Lord shall call to the city [of Jerusalem]— And it is sound wisdom to heed [solemnly] and fear Your name [with awe-filled reverence]; “Hear, O tribe [the rod of punishment]. Who has appointed its time? Are there not still treasures gained by wickedness In the house of the wicked, And a short (inaccurate) measure [for grain] that is cursed? Can I [be guiltless and] justify deceptive scales And a bag of dishonest weights? For the rich men of the city are full of violence [of every kind]; Her inhabitants speak lies And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. So also I will make you sick, striking you down, Desolating and devastating you, because of your sins. You shall eat, but you will not be satisfied, And your emptiness shall be among you; You will [try to] remove [your goods and those you love] for safekeeping But you will fail to save anything, And what you do save I shall give to the sword. You shall sow but you shall not reap; You shall tread olives, but shall not anoint yourself with oil, And [you will extract juice from] the grapes, but you shall not drink the wine. For [you have kept] the statutes of Omri [the idolatrous king], And all the works of the [wicked] house (dynasty) of Ahab; And you walk in their counsels and policies. Therefore, I shall hand you over for destruction and horror And your [city’s] inhabitants for ridicule, And you shall bear the rebuke and scorn of My people.”’

Micah 6:1-16

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever been faced with questions about what you are doing?
  • Ever been in or seen a courtroom of where someone is being accused of being disloyal?
  • Ever been in or seen a courtroom of where someone is being accused of being fraudulent?
  • Ever noticed the tone of the prosecuting attourney?
  • Imagine how Micah had of sounded as he represented God to the people and accused them.
  • The difference we find here is that instead of having an accusatory tone like the prosecutor in a trial would have, God pleads with His people and tries to remind them of all the times He has shown up and rescued them from trouble.
  • We see how God doesn’t want to have to judge them but wants to build them up.
  • We see how like teenagers who got caught and pretend to be sorry, the people responded with fake repentence.
    • ‘With what shall I come before the L ord [to honor Him] And bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves? Will the L ord be delighted with thousands of rams, Or with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my acts of rebellion, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? ‘ Micah 6:6-7
  • We see in today’s verse how Micah intercedes, he steps in and calmly speaks to the people when he says:
    • ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the L ord require of you Except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]? ‘ Micah 6:8
  • Micah brings the truth to the people in a calming way.
  • He brings it back to the 3 core requirements.
  • He respond to their crazy statements by simplifying and speaking the truth in love that what God requires is for the people (that includes you and me) to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.
  • That’s it! Are you ready to try living out your life that way?
  • Let’s not rebel and grieve God’s heart!
  • Let’s not ignore God and grieve His heart!
  • Let’s not mock God in our response to his 3 requirements.
  • Let’s make good choices!
  • Let’s treat people right and show His love and mercy to others!
  • Let’s humbly accept and receive His love into our lives and hearts!
  • Let’s humbly accept and receive His acceptance of us into our lives and hearts!
  • Let’s humbly accept and receive His forgiveness of us into our lives and hearts!
  • Ready? Set? Go!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Have you ever responded to God in an over-the-top way like the people of Israel responded to Him? If you did, what were the circumstances?
  • What does it [or would it] look like in your life ot make good choices, rightly place your affections, and humbly embrace God’s love, acceptance, and forgiveness?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Many times I have people come forth and say I have missed my calling, that I should have been a preacher. I find this both flattering and very humorous because, even though I’m not preaching, I am spreading the Word.”

Ziglar, ZigConfessions of a Happy Christian

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Do you have your 3 priorities straight? Are you ready to meet God’s 3 requirements? Are you ready to start living the rest of your life in alignment to them all? 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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Would you ever mess with perfection?


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

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

Ever considered what the Bible says about perfection?

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

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


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


Handle With Care


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Revelation 22:18-19

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

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

Revelation 22:1-21

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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

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

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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The Power of light!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy GrantThy Word (Lyric Video)

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


Stumbling in Darkness


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Micah 7:8

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

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

Micah 7:7-20

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

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

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

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

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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

― Maya Angelou

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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Ever been in a car when a song comes on and when you hear the lyrics you change it and everyone else is like WHAT?


That is the thought that came to mind as I saw today’s topic. I made me think of being in the car and when I heard the lyrics to a song I changed the station and everyone was like “Dad, we were listening to that”. I asked them if they heard what was being said and they all replied “no, but we like the beat”. Growing up listening to so many different types of music has allowed me to hear the words behind the beat. Be it rap or reggae, pop or country, rock or alternative, I hear the words and when I danced I danced to both. It takes both to make the song and as such it takes both to direct the motion of dance. It takes both to be able to not only dance but also sing along with the music. New song comes on and I stop to take a listen because I know I could dance to the beat but do I want to dance to the words is the question. Even when I could dance the night away, the wrong song could get me off the dance floor.

There is power in words! So we need to realize that and not only control our tongue and what we will say but also protect our hearts and minds by what we allow ourselves to hear! Words have the power of life and death! Words have the power to corrupt! Words have the power pierce like a sword and heal a broken heart! Words have the power to defile you! Words have the power to bring or cause judgment! Words have the power to heal and bring health! Words have the power turn away wrath or stir up anger! Words have the power to justify and to condemn! Words have the power to bring life or destruction! Words have the power to be a tree of life or to breach the spirit! Words have the power to build up or tear down! There is so much power in our words that we need to find a way to control them like a bridle to a horse! We can do it by limiting the amount of talking we do! (‘When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable, But he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise. ‘ Proverbs 10:19) We can do it by using our words carefully! (‘The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life and his words of wisdom are a source of blessing, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence and evil. ‘ Proverbs 10:11, ‘A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath, But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise speaks knowledge that is pleasing and acceptable, But the [babbling] mouth of fools spouts folly. A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life, But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit. ‘ Proverbs 15:1-2,4, ‘There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing. ‘ Proverbs 12:18, ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words. ‘ Proverbs 18:21) We can do it by not mimicking or mirroring the way the world speaks! (‘A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath, But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise speaks knowledge that is pleasing and acceptable, But the [babbling] mouth of fools spouts folly. ‘ Proverbs 15:1-2, ‘The heart of the righteous thinks carefully about how to answer [in a wise and appropriate and timely way], But the [babbling] mouth of the wicked pours out malevolent things. ‘ Proverbs 15:28) Let’s choose to use our words wisely and in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory!

I remember being at a corporate event and two of my friends who for years when we went to the Christmas parties only got up to dance for the slow songs I taught them how to hear the beat. Pretty much every song has the same beat and as such once you can hear it you can dance, maybe not with the fullness of when you can merge the words and the beat but it would at least get them up on the dance floor which would make parties in the future more fun for them and their wives. I remember making them a deal that once they could hear it would would get up and dance. It was long before they got it. So up on the dance floor we went for the rest of the night. It was so awesome to see the breakthrough and the fun we had. It was funny when we went back to work the next day as their bodies weren’t used to dancing and so they were aching. I remember one commenting on how sore their body was. I remember the other commenting that it hurt so bad that their hair hurt. It was awesome.

So today when you are listening, do you just hear the beat or are you also listening to the words? Be it music or in a conversation. Are you spotting not only the words but also the tone and body language that is communicating the unspoken part of the words? Are you able to step into the situation because of the ability to hear it all and speak truth and life and hope in love to the situation? Are you able to step into the situation with love in order to help direct or correct the situation? Are you able to stand up for those who aren’t able to stand up for themselves? Are you able to take a stand for what is true, what is right, what is just? Are you able to receive the feedback, the input, and the rebuke when it comes from the heart, when it comes with your best intentions in mind, when it is for your own good, when it is from someone who knows and gets it and is looking out for your best?

Can you hear what is being said? Are you ready to turn it up or turn it off? Are you ready to tune in or tune out? Are you ready to get better because of it?


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


Foolish Songs


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise Than for a man to hear the song of fools.’

Ecclesiastes 7:5

Let’s dig in a bit to get some additional context and even see what the Amplified version brings to this verse as we see the comparison and contrast of wisdom and folly:

‘A good name is better than precious perfume, And the day of one’s death better than the day of one’s birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that [day of death] is the end of every man, And the living will take it to heart and solemnly ponder its meaning. Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad (deep in thought) the heart may be happy [because it is growing in wisdom]. The heart of the wise [learns when it] is in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools is [senseless] in the house of pleasure. It is better to listen to the rebuke of the wise man and pursue wisdom Than for one to listen to the song of fools and pursue stupidity. For like the crackling of [burning] thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is vanity (futility). For oppression makes a wise man foolish, And a bribe corrupts the [good judgment of the] heart. The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit (pride). Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger dwells in the heart of fools. Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this. Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an [excellent] advantage for those who see the sun. For wisdom is a protection even as money is a protection, But the [excellent] advantage of knowledge is that wisdom shields and preserves the lives of its possessors. Consider the work of God: Who can make straight what He has bent? In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider that God has made the one as well as the other, So that man will not find out anything that will be after him. I have seen everything during my [fleeting] days of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in [spite of] his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who lives a long life in [spite of] his wickedness. Do not be excessively righteous [like those given to self-conceit], and do not be overly wise (pretentious)—why should you bring yourself to ruin? Do not be excessively or willfully wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time? It is good that you take hold of one thing (righteousness) and also not let go of the other (wisdom); for the one who fears and worships God [with awe-filled reverence] will come forth with both of them. Wisdom strengthens the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who always does good and who never sins. Also, do not take seriously everything that is said, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you, for you also know that you too have cursed others many times. I have tested all this with wisdom. I said, “I will be wise [independently of God],” but true wisdom was far from me. Whatever has been is far off, deeply remote and exceedingly mysterious. Who can discover it [for it is beyond the grasp of man]? I turned around and directed my heart to know, to investigate and to seek [skillful and godly] wisdom and the reason for things, and to know that wickedness is folly and that foolishness is madness [leading to stupidity and recklessness]. And I discovered that [of all irrational sins none has been so destructive in beguiling one away from God as immoral women for] more bitter than death is the woman whose heart is [composed of] snares and nets, and whose hands are chains. Whoever pleases God will escape from her, but the sinner will be taken captive by her [evil]. “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “while adding one thing to another to find an explanation, which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand [who pleases God], but I have not found [such] a woman among all these [a thousand in my harem]. Behold, I have found only this [as a reason]: God made man upright and uncorrupted, but they [both men and women] have sought out many devices [for evil].”’

Ecclesiastes 7:1-29

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Did you hear what they said?
  • Did you enjoy hearing what they said?
  • Have you ever heard someone way that feedback is a gift?
  • Ever thought that some feedback you wish you could return or exchange it like you can a gift?
  • Ever had a hard time hearing feedback you realized you needed to hear it?
  • Ever thanked someone for giving you the hard message? the feedback you needed? even if it wasn’t easy to receive?
  • When you have to give feedback are you able to explain the why?
  • When you have to receive the feedback are you still listening by the point it gets to them explaining the why?
  • Are you able to ask why if they don’t initially give it to you?
  • Are you ready to listen rather than respond?
  • Are you ready to accept the truth even if it has the bad taste of medicine because you know it is going to help you get better?
  • Are you ready to make the necessary changes based on that feedback?
  • Are you mature enough to receive feedback?
  • Are you mature enough to ask for feedback?
  • Are you mature enough to receive correction?
  • Are you looking for someone to tell you what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear?
  • Are you surrounding yourself with people who will miss the opportunity to help you correct, improve, grow because they aren’t willing or they are afraid to tell you the truth?
  • Are you ok with receiving the truth even when the person doesn’t deliver it the right way?
  • Are you ok with receiving the truth with love even when the other person can’t package it up in a nice box?
  • Are you ready for the truth rather than the flattery?
  • Are you ready for the rebuke of the wise over the song of fools?
  • Are you willing to find out you are sick so that you can find the right medicine to get better?
  • Isn’t getting feedback the same thing?
  • Do you have anyone who can be a wise “physician of the soul” who can give you the medicine of truth?
  • Let’s be willing to listen, take the medicine and move forward on the path to healthy and hope!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you normally respond to correction?
  • How is correction from a wise person like medicine?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn’t true, forget it and go on and serve the Lord.”

– Harry Ironside

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready to receive good advice? Are you ready to reject fooling advice? Are you ready to accept good advice? Are you ready to forget about bad advice and serve the Lord? Are you ready to invite God into the situation in order to get the wisdom and discernment you need to know the difference? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart so that when your heart overflows it will be good and full of love? Remember how from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks? So will you invite Jesus in to help clean your heart house and fill it to overflowing with love? 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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