THRIVE: Workweek starts in 3…2…1…


Yesterday was a fun day getting to get up on stage with an incredible team of people to be commissioned for camps this summer. Yesterday was a fun day getting to spend time with the family with a great meal and time together to celebrate father’s day. Yesterday was a great day too as I was able to get a great sleep in preparation for this new work week.

Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit to overflow? Are you filled with love to overflowing? Are you filled with compassion to overflowing? Are you filled with energy and excitement to overflow? Are you ready to thrive for the glory of God? Are you ready to accomplish the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to adjust your calendar in order to accomplish all God has planned and prepared for you to accomplish?

This is the day that the Lord has made and so let us rejoice and be glad in it!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. ‘

Psalms 113:3

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 19


Are you ready? Are you aware? Are you aligned? Are you prepared? Are you filled? Wherever you are right now, invite Jesus into your heart to help. Wherever you are right now, invite Jesus into your life to transform, lead, guide, direct, and to correct. Wherever you are right now, allow the Holy Spirit to be your comforter and your guide, your counselor, and advocate to help you move forward into all that God has planned and prepared for 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."

Merry Christmas!


A day of joy! A day of celebration! A day of love! A day of hope! A day of generosity! A time of giving! A time of receiving! A time to forgive! A time to reconcile! A time to make it count!

Are you ready to make the most of your today? Are you ready to be the person God created you to be? Are you ready to become the person God purposed for you to be? Are you ready to experience the fullness of life? Are you ready to let perseverance through the trials of life finish its work so that through God you will be complete and lacking nothing? Are you ready to be the catalyst for positive change? Are you ready to be the ambassador of peace God created you to be? Are you ready to be light to shine through the darkness in this world? Are you ready to receive the gift of God that is Jesus Christ and be and live a redeemed life? Are you ready to be adopted into the family of God and God’s child? Are you ready to be salt and spice up this world?

With the lights out the room is bright because everyone lifted up their light and chased away the darkness.
Candlelight Service – demonstrates how by raising our lights and letting our lights shine we can bring light into a dark world.

Will you use the time you have today to make a difference? Will you use the time you get today to be the difference? Will you use the time you get today to celebrate? Will you use the time you get today to strengthen one another? Will you use the time you have today to make it a Happy Today? Will you use the time you have to not only make a difference but also be the difference? Let’s lead with love! Let’s be the light! Let’s make today the best today it can be! Let’s finish strong! Let’s be prepared! Let’s decide to follow Jesus! Let’s choose love!


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 25TH


THE FULLNESS OF TIME


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.’

Galatians 4:3-5

Let’s take this and expand on it to have better context as well as more details by using the Amplified version to be able to better grasp being a child of God through Jesus Christ our Lord:

‘Now what I mean [when I talk about children and their guardians] is this: as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave even though he is the [future owner and] master of all [the estate]; but he is under [the authority of] guardians and household administrators or managers until the date set by his father [when he is of legal age]. So also we [whether Jews or Gentiles], when we were children (spiritually immature), were kept like slaves under the elementary [man-made religious or philosophical] teachings of the world. But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law, so that He might redeem and liberate those who were under the Law, that we [who believe] might be adopted as sons [as God’s children with all rights as fully grown members of a family]. And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave (bond-servant), but a son; and if a son, then also an heir through [the gracious act of] God [through Christ]. But at that time, when you did not know [the true] God and were unacquainted with Him, you [Gentiles] were slaves to those [pagan] things which by [their very] nature were not and could not be gods at all. Now, however, since you have come to know [the true] God [through personal experience], or rather to be known by God, how is it that you are turning back again to the weak and worthless elemental principles [of religions and philosophies], to which you want to be enslaved all over again? [For example,] you observe [particular] days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored [to the point of exhaustion] over you in vain. Believers, I beg of you, become as I am [free from the bondage of Jewish ritualism and ordinances], for I have become as you are [a Gentile]. You did me no wrong [when I first came to you; do not do it now]. On the contrary, you know that it was because of a physical illness that I [remained and] preached the gospel to you the first time; and even though my physical condition was a trial to you, you did not regard it with contempt, or scorn and reject me; but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus Himself. What then has become of that sense of blessing and the joy that you once had [from your salvation and your relationship with Christ]? For I testify of you that, if possible, you would have torn out your own eyes and given them to me [ to replace mine]. So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? These men [the Judaizers] eagerly seek you [to entrap you with honeyed words and attention, to win you over to their philosophy], not honorably [for their purpose is not honorable or worthy of consideration]. They want to isolate you [from us who oppose them] so that you will seek them. Now it is always pleasant to be eagerly sought after [provided that it is] for a good purpose, and not just when I am with you [seeking you myself—but beware of the others doing it]. My little children, for whom I am again in [the pains of] labor until Christ is [completely and permanently] formed within you— how I wish that I were with you now and could change my tone, because I am perplexed in regard to you. ‘

Galatians 4:1-20

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How many prophesies would it take for you to want for it?
  • The promise of the Messiah was propesied may times over many years by many people.
  • Many people lived and died hearing about the Messiah and yet never getting to know or witness Him.
  • God’s timing is perfect and He wouldn’t be rushed throughout the thousands of years of prophecy.
  • When the moment was right, He sent Jesus who stepped out of heaven, out of eternity, and into this world at the right time in the right place to be able to come and give Himself as the final payment, the ultimate payment to rescue and reconcile us to God!
  • God’s timing is perfect and the why at that exact moment will be something we will need to ask Him when we get to see Him face to face.
  • God’s timing brings together a situation where the Roman empire had conquered most of the known world which created connections that didn’t exist when most people had been living in their own little communities and tribes for so long.
  • Today’s devotional points out how some amazing “coincidences” came to be duing the first-century Palestine.
  • Today’s devotional calls out three factors that they call CPR:
    • Communication
    • Pax Romana
    • Roads
  • Communication:
    • Before the Roman Empire, life was a group of tribes and roaming bands of hunter-gatherers.
    • After the Roman Empire, life was connected with Rome being stamped into and onto every culture through languages like Latin and Greek which made it possible for people to communicate across tribes and bands.
  • Pax Romana:
    • The Roman Peace
    • Rome’s millitary came in and conquered because of their superior armor, weapons, tactics, and leaders.
    • Rome’s conquering brought about peace throughout the land as fighting ceased.
  • Roads:
    • The Roman roads created the opportunity and ability for trade and commerce to happen and grow.
    • The Roman roads created a way for messages to flow across regions, areas, tribes, and bands.
    • The Roman roads were built so well that there are still many in existance and being used today in parts of the ancient empire.
  • Jesus Christ came, lived, and died at a time and place where the gospel message could explode across geography and cultures.
  • Jesus Christ came, lived, and died at a time and place where the message could reach every person.
  • Jesus Christ could have come at any time in history and yet He chose that exact time which offered so many advantages and opportunities for the message of hope, the message of love, the message of God, the Good News to spread the world over!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Why are these three factors important to the spread of the gospel after Jesus came?
  • What are some similar factors today that make it convenient to tell people about Him?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“A pregnant virgin gave birth to the promised Son of God at a time when the world was pregnant with possibilities.”

Ike Reighard

It’s Christmas day! Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus! I would be missing something if I didn’t just close today’s post by asking you if you have received Jesus yet. I remember that first aha Christmas back in 2000 when the reality of having a relationship with Jesus was revealed. Knowing the reality that it isn’t about rituals and routines but rather about having a living and intimate relationship with God! So if you haven’t accepted the gift of a relationship with Jesus yet, why not decide today on Christmas to invite Jesus into your heart? If you have been putting off starting a relationship with Jesus for that right moment, why not decide today to make it that moment? If you were looking for a reason, a season, a day, a time to invite Jesus into your heart why not make it today? Are you ready to make the rest of your life the best it can be? Are you ready to live a life that is transformed by the grace of God for the better? Are you ready to grab hold of God’s plans for you which are good? Are you ready to grab hold of God’s plans for you of hope and a future? Are you ready to never have to go through anything alone ever again because Emmanuel, God with us, will be with You every step of every day through the Holy Spirit?

Let’s pray:

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

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Do you see the full picture?


When you consider what is taking place around you are you seeing it from the right perspective? When you weigh out the mandates versus person rights what picture are you seeing? When you drill to the core of the matter are you seeing it is rational, it is logical, it is political, it is spiritual, it is preparing in an effort to be able to control, it is setting in motion a way to control both producers and consumers, it is manipulating God-given freedoms by man-made rules, it is trying to wipe out, deplete, exhaust, and use up, … Are you seeing the full picture? Are you seeing it from various perspectives? Are you understanding the full picture?

Ever heard of a one-world government? Ever heard of a world where you need to have a mark in order to participate in buying goods and running businesses? Ever wondered what it would take to get people mentally prepared to accept such a concept? Ever considered what it might look like to get people to participate in a system that requires you to show some proof in order to buy goods and sell goods? Do you realize that the mark is something you get to willingly choose to receive? Do you think you would make the conscious choice to receive the mark? Do you realize the consequences of rejecting or declining to get the mark? It is death. Are you aware? Are you prepared? Are you ready? Are you willing? Can you identify it? Have you been numbed to the point where you will miss it and the risk or outcome that is associated with it?

Are you seeking the truth? Do you believe there is such thing as absolute truth? Do you believe there was a beginning? Do you believe there will be an end? Do you rebelieve there is an in-between which we are living today? How are these beliefs impacting the way you are living your life today? Are you building your life on a firm foundation? Are you well rooted so that even when the waves or the wind come you will be able to stand your ground? Are you fully prepared by having put on the right equipment to sustain you and strengthen you?

Before we jump into today’s devotional, let’s check in on 3 scriptures to reflect on:

‘Then I saw another beast rising up out of the earth; he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke like a dragon. He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence [when the two are together]. And he makes the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs (awe-inspiring acts), even making fire fall from the sky to the earth, right before peoples’ eyes. And he deceives those [unconverted ones] who inhabit the earth [into believing him] because of the signs which he is given [by Satan] to perform in the presence of the [first] beast, telling those who inhabit the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded [fatally] by the sword and has come back to life. And he is given power to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast will even [appear to] speak, and cause those who do not bow down and worship the image of the beast to be put to death. Also he compels all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead [signifying allegiance to the beast], and that no one will be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let the person who has enough insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the [imperfect] number of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.’

Revelation 13:11-18

‘Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “Whoever worships the beast and his image and receives the mark [of the beast] on his forehead or on his hand, he too will [have to] drink of the wine of the wrath of God, mixed undiluted into the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone (flaming sulfur) in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb (Christ). And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night—those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is [encouragement for] the steadfast endurance of the saints (God’s people), those who habitually keep God’s commandments and their faith in Jesus. Then I heard [the distinct words of] a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘ Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’ ” “Yes, [blessed indeed],” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest and have relief from their labors, for their deeds do follow them.” ‘

Revelation 14:9-13

‘ “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory and majesty and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him [for judgment]; and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right [the place of honor], and the goats on His left [the place of rejection]. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me [with help and ministering care]; I was in prison, and you came to Me [ignoring personal danger].’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’ “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons); for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me [with help and ministering care].’ Then they also [in their turn] will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or as a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these [my followers], you did not do it for Me.’ Then these [unbelieving people] will go away into eternal (unending) punishment, but those who are righteous and in right standing with God [will go, by His remarkable grace] into eternal (unending) life.”’

Matthew 25:31-46

‘ “Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them [that is, by their contrived doctrine and self-focus]. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the unhealthy tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruit you will recognize them [as false prophets]. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day [when I judge them], ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and driven out demons in Your name, and done many miracles in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them publicly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me [you are banished from My presence], you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].’ “So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, will be like a wise man [a far-sighted, practical, and sensible man] who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods and torrents came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish (stupid) man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods and torrents came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great and complete was its fall.” When Jesus had finished [speaking] these words [on the mountain], the crowds were astonished and overwhelmed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one who had authority [to teach entirely of His own volition], and not as their scribes [who relied on others to confirm their authority].’

Matthew 7:15-29

‘In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-18

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


He Made It All


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. ‘

John 1:3

Let’s expand on today’s verse to get more context of what is being said and use the Amplified version to help us too.

‘In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ( Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it]. ‘

John 1:1-5

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Imagine having gotten to be there and seen the story and humanity of Jesus’s life on earth.
  • Imagine having gotten to be one of His disciples and experience the divinity of Jesus’s time on earth.
  • Are you able to take hold of both of those areas of Jesus? His humanity and His divinity?
  • Are you able to grasp the combination of the one who was born in a manger and gave up His life on the cross and everything in between along with the reality that He is the same one who created everything and existed before the creation of the earth?
  • Is your faith able to hold tight to both of these areas in order to help it grow and develop?
  • Is your trust in God great because you have been able to grab hold of and allow Jesus’s humanity and divinity to amaze you?
  • Is your hope grown because of God’s love being so great as to come to the earth and make a way that we couldn’t have made for ourselves?
  • Is your faith growing by the reality that God loves you so much that He came to the earth in order to connect with us on our level?
  • Is your trust in God greater because He was willing to go through such pain and suffering and death for you?
  • Did Jesus’s willingness to stand up for us make you trust Him more?
  • Did Jesus’s life on earth help you to connect and realize how much He really gets what you are going through?
  • Did Jesus’s life on earth help you to realize how much He loves you?
  • Are you filled with hope because you know Jesus isn’t limited by time or space or even a human body?
  • Is the reality that all things are possible with God give you hope for today?
  • Is the reality that Jesus’s power is infinite give you hope for today?
  • Is the reality that Jesus’s knowledge is complete give you hope for today?
  • Is the reality that Jesus’s is present everywhere give you hope for today?
  • Let’s grab hold of the reality of Jesus’s humanity and divinity in order to live today with joy and hope!
  • Let’s grab hold of the reality of Jesus’s humanity and divinity in order to live today with faith!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What amazes you about Christ’s humanity? about His divinity?
  • How is your faith challenged and strengthened by both of these traits?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator I have not seen.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Time in the civilized world is measured by His birth. It’s either BC or AD. This is proper because He is Alpha and Omega–the beginning and the end.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Do you believe in a creator? Do you believe in a redeemer? Do you believe in a savior? Do you believe in anything or anyone? Are you looking for answers and direction? Are you ready to get started today? Let’s pray:

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

Did you pray with me?
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Are you filled up and ready to go?


So you woke up this morning from a night of sleep and how do you feel? Rested? Tired? Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Have you filled up? Are you feeling ready to go? Are you physically ready? Are you mentally ready? Are you emotionally ready? Are you spiritually ready?

If I told you that as I write this I have woken up, worked out, shaved and showered, and am digging into God’s Word as I write up today’s blog post, what would you think?

To get ready for the day, what do you need to do? Does it require food for your body? Does it require food for your soul? Does it require a kick like caffeine? Does it require a kick like sugar? Does it require a kick like the Word of God? What does it take for you to be fully ready for your today?

For me I know I need to have my God time for me to be ready for the day. I need to get filled up with God’s Word. I need to get filled up with God’s presence. I need to get filled up with God’s Spirit. For man can’t live by bread alone but rather requires the bread of life which is the Word of God!

I have found that my attitude is better when I start my day off this way. I found my patience is better when I start my day off this way. I have found my hope and joy are greater when I start my day off this way. I have found that my wisdom and direction are better when I start my day off this way.

So are you ready to be filled to overflow from the water that will prevent you from ever thirsting again?

So do you want to make a difference today? Do you want to make today count? Do you want to be a change agent? Do you want to be a part of doing something, living today for a greater good? Are you ready to live your life in a way that will glorify God? Are you ready to make time and take time before you start your day to hear from God?

Let’s get filled up and ready to go!


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for June 20th


Change Your World


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”’

Acts 1:8

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Have you taken hold of the promise of God?
  • Have you taken hold of the directives of God?
  • Have you waited upon the Lord to receive?
  • Are you ready and willing to wait a few days to receive what the Lord has for you?
  • Are you ready for it to become a reality in your life?
  • Are you ready to invite the Holy Spirit to live in you?
  • Are you ready for the reality of living that close to God by having the Holy Spirit in you?
  • Are you ready to have God living in you rather than being out there somewhere?
  • Are you ready to receive the Holy Spirit as your comforter?
  • Are you ready to receive the Holy Spirit as your generator to keep you going?
  • Are you ready to receive the Holy Spirit as your generator to supply you the power you need to follow Jesus’s directions?
  • Are you ready to receive the Holy Spirit as your generator to supply you the power you need to change the world?
  • Are you ready to receive the Holy Spirit as your generator to supply you the power you need to be Christ’s ambassador?
  • Are you ready to receive the Holy Spirit as your generator to supply you the power you need to be Jesus with skin on right where you are at?
  • Where are you at today? Are you in Jerusalem? Are you in the surrounding area? Are you in the remotest corners of the earth?
  • So will you receive this same promise and directive today from Jesus that was given all those years back to the original believers?
  • Have you already made the decision to trust in Jesus?
  • Have you already started living with the Holy Spirit in you?
  • Have you already started living with the Holy Spirit as your comforter, guide, and power source so that you can do what God is calling you to do?
  • What is God calling you to do today?
  • How will you live out the honor of representing Jesus in and to this world?
  • How will you live out the honor of representing Jesus in and to your family, your neighborhood, your workplace, and at school?
  • How will you pray?
  • How will you give?
  • How will you go out into the world?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What does the Holy Spirit want to do in you and through you?
  • What are some ways you can represent Christ to people around you today?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”

― James Hudson Taylor

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you filled to overflowing? Are you filled enough to start your day? Are you connected enough to be able to keep going throughout this day? Each day will have enough things and so don’t worry about tomorrow but rather focus on today! And allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength, this is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Do you need to get connected with God? Do you need to start a living relationship through Jesus? Do you need the leading and the guiding of the Holy Spirit? Let’s get filled up so that we can be ready for today! Let’s pray:

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

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Is average good enough? Is it really what you want to be?


What if the average keeps going down, do you still think that average is good enough? What if the average keeps going down, is it really what you want to be? When you are asked “how are you doing?” how do you respond? Is it with a positive response, a negative response, or a neutral aka average response? Are you doing well? Are you doing good? Are you having problems? Are you struggling? Are you ok? Are you in or are you out or are you just sitting on the fence? Are you going to be helping the average go up based on how you are choosing to live out your life? Are you going to help the average go down based on how you are choosing to live out your life? Are you just going to coast and ride the average line? Do you realize that when you aren’t moving forward that you are falling behind? Do you realize that by standing still you are actually falling back? Ever watched water waves? The waves that are pushing to get to shore vs the waves that are pulling out to sea vs the floaters who are just bobbing there and over time get pulled out to sea or get stuck on the beach?

Is average good enough or are you willing to choose to be positive or negative, good or bad, getting better or getting worse? Are you willing to run the risk of allowing what’s going on around you to drive where you will be by staying average? On a good day it may mean you move up. On a bad day it may mean you go down. But what will you decide and choose when it comes to your life?

Ever considered that God created today on purpose and created you on purpose and both have a purpose? Ever considered the idea of taking hold of the scripture “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.“? Ever consider God’s plan for your life is “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future“? Ever taken hold of the reason and purpose Jesus came to this world? We know from scripture that He came that we would have an abundant life, a full life, and an overflowing life!

So are you really going to settle for average? Are you going to be good with just being average? Or are you ready to take hold of God’s Word and God’s promises and God’s plans to avoid being lukewarm?


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


The curse of mediocrity


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Revelation 3:16

‘So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. ‘


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you living with purpose or just going through the motions?
  • Are you living with passion or just going through the motions?
  • At home, are you living with passion or just going through the motions?
  • At work, are you living with passion or just going through the motions?
  • With God, are you living with passion or just going through the motions?
  • With your family, are you living with passion or just going through the motions?
  • With your volunteering or ministry, are you living with passion or just going through the motions?
  • Are you wanting and ready and willing to be a change agent in this world?
  • Are you drained and have lost your passion and have decided to just go with the flow and go through the motions?
  • Have you motivations and passions been lost?
  • Have you become lukewarm?
  • What can you do to refill your take? What can you do to get rejuvenated? What can you do to become energized again?
  • Stress can wear us down!
  • Life can cause our energy to dissipate!
  • Where is the excitement?
  • Where is the caring?
  • Is it impacting others around you?
  • If you are in a position of being average, lukewarm, or going with the motions then step back and consider the negative habits that you have developed in your life.
  • If you are in a position of being average, lukewarm, or going with the motions then take stock of your stresses and your stress level.
  • If you are in a position of being average, lukewarm, or going with the motions then decide to make a change.
  • If you are in a position of being average, lukewarm, or going with the motions then decide that you are done settling for mediocre.
  • If you are in a position of being average, lukewarm, or going with the motions then take an inventory of things on your list and prune the ones that need to be prune, cut off the ones that need to be removed, and then once you have eliminated them add things that will bring life and help you to become fully alive again.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What activities, purposes, or people bring passion and purpose to your life?
  • My wife and kids
  • My church and the worship and arts department
  • At risk and in need children – be it through sponsorship or directing a camp for foster kids and teens
  • Connecting with people to make sure they are doing well (if if not how to support and pray for them)
  • Helping problem solve and bring connections
To what extent has your life become mediocre? What do you need to do about it?
  • 2020 was a year that drained
  • 2020 was a year that stressed
  • 2020 was a year that frustrated
  • 2020 was the beginning of isolation
  • New beginnings closed out 2020 and kicked off 2021 – new team, new projects, new energy
  • Removed much of the old and opened up space for the new
  • COVID and the isolation that comes with it can cause mediocre to seem ok
  • So need to ensure connections and to do things that energize and motivate me and others.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“As I read my Scriptures today, the words ring loud and clear that the most miserable creature on earth is the fence-straddler trying to please God and man. He fails to do either and ends up not even pleasing himself, much less his fellow man or his God.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Deuteronomy 17
    • Keep God’s Word handy so that you always have it available in a moment of need and be able to determine the right response.
  • Deuteronomy 18
    • Let’s do all we can to keep a pure heart and mind in how we choose to live
    • Test any words spoken to or over you against God’s Word to know if it is true.
  • Deuteronomy 19

Are you settling to be a straddler? Are you settling to be mediocre? Are you settling to be lukewarm? Are you settling to be average? Will you decide today to change that plan?

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

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

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

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

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

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