THRIVE: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your day!


Busy calendar? Is it because you have to be or because you let it be? Is it with the right people at the right time on the right topics? Invite God into your scheduling and allow Him to add/remove things from it based on His plans and purpose for your day! Invite the Holy Spirit to grant you wisdom and discernment about what meetings need to happen and which don’t. Invite the Holy Spirit into each meeting to give you the thoughts, the words, and the actions necessary to accomplish God’s will and for Him to receive the glory! Allow new things to be added when the Holy Spirit prompts. Allow existing things to be moved around when the Holy Spirit prompts. Focus on the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish today!

Will you allow the Holy Spirit to clean up your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to fill up your heart with love, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to heal and restore your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you guard your heart knowing that everything you do flows from it?

From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks

So who is in control of your day? Are you rejecting God’s wisdom and discernment or accepting it? Are you rejecting God’s purposes and plans for your day or accepting them? Are you rejecting God’s prompting or accepting it? Are you trying to go it alone or are you willing to go it with God and with others? Let’s choose to go through today with God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through it so that we can accomplish God’s will for His glory!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ‘

Proverbs 4:23

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 20


Are you ready to talk with God in a direct way? Are you ready to avoid the fluffy stuff and start with straight-talking? Are you ready to speak with and listen to the Holy Spirit to help you get through today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Allow Him to create a new heart in you and for you to be born again, becoming a new creation where the old stuff that was holding you back is gone and the new stuff that will help you finish the race called life strong!

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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 a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life.


Can you believe it is Monday again? Can you believe it is almost April? Can you believe what’s taken place in the first quarter of 2022?

This past weekend included an incredible message titled Look Again! It began with the importance of checking before you shoot so that you don’t get a bullseye on the wrong target! It spoke to the importance of looking again at what we are called to do and who we are called to be. So today as we prepare for the day, let’s slow down and make sure we are aiming at the right target! Let’s grab hold of what God’s mission and call are on our lives! Let’s make sure we aren’t sharpshooters aiming at the wrong target! Let’s take hold of who God says we are in order to learn what we are to do! Let’s choose to be the salt Jesus calls us to be that connects and is in contact with the death and decay that is taking place around us in order to be a preservative! Let’s choose to be the salt Jesus calls us to be that connects and is in contact with the hurting so that we don’t just reach out a helping hand but rather we bring Jesus into the situation so that we offer a healing hand to the hurting and walking wounded around us! Let’s choose to be the salt Jesus calls us to be that points people to Jesus so that when people see our good works, they thirst for Jesus and praise our Heavenly Father for what has been done! Let’s choose to be light in this dark world! Let’s choose to stay lit so that we don’t get burned out from lighting and snuffing out our light! Let’s be like the moon that reflects the sun and shine the love, the life, the hope, and the truth of Jesus into the dark world around us! Let’s allow Jesus to shine on us and through us so that like a disco ball, the light shows up everywhere in the room and causes the darkness to scatter and flee! Let’s be the salt and light God needs us to be! Let’s be the salt and the light that this world needs us to be! Let’s be the salt and the light that impacts this world for good and glorifies God in and through it all!

Are you ready? It’s a new dawn and the sun is rising, will you choose to be the salt and the light, walking in the wisdom and discernment of God in front of the world that God has placed you in? It’s a new day with new opportunities and challenges for us to face and to come into contact with in order to help bring preservation and healing to the situation! Let’s offer people what this world can’t like Peter and John did when they came upon the man who was looking for a temporary fix to get him through the day but God had bigger plans to bring salt and light into the situation and transform the rest of his life! Let’s bring Jesus into the situation to get wisdom and discernment to help us know what is really needed and then to put it into action! In Acts 3 we read about such an event for us to meditate on today as we prepare and walk into our today:

‘One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. ‘

Acts 3:1-10

Let’s get their attention! Let’s affirm that they are in need! Let’s confirm what they are truly in need of! Let’s reach out to them and touch them right where they are at! Let’s lift them up in faith, giving them a hand up instead of a handout so that God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name! Let’s live out today so that God receives the glory! Let’s live out today for God’s purpose, aiming in the right direction, focusing on the right target so that we accomplish His will for our good and His glory! Let’s decide to THRIVE for His glory!


Verse of the Day:

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ‘

Proverbs 3:5-6

In the Amplified version it is said this way:

‘Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. ‘

Proverbs 3:5-6

In the Message version it is said this way:

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.


Today’s post from Be The Dads is My Father Can Be Your Father! – Day 4


So where are you today? Are you ready to be salt and light? Are you wanting to learn more and figure out how to be salt and light? Are you ready to connect and contact people right where they are at and help be a preservative and healing point for them? Are you ready to connect and contact people right where they are at and be so salty it causes them to thirst for Jesus? Are you ready to connect and contact people right where they are at and shine the light of Jesus into the darkness in order to help them to be able to see what is really going on? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your situation today and allow Him to bring healing and restoration into your life?

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Let’s Pray!

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

Are you living your priorities?


As we get to a day of consideration and contemplation and before the work week gets started tomorrow, let’s consider what our priorities are and if we are living up to them. Let’s consider the top three or four on the list and then reflect upon if how we are choosing to live our lives are in alignment with them. Let’s consider the top three or four and consider based on resources if we are living up to what we say our priorities are. Based on time, money, and effort.

For me, the list goes like this:

  • God
  • Wife/Marriage
  • Family/Kids

If someone took a look at your how you spend your time, would the time you spend with God be at the top and then your wife and then your kids? Would they find that you are spending time on items four and following more than any of these? If someone took a look at your checkbook or maybe since many people use debit cards more, bank transactions, what type of a steward are you with your finances? How about the level of effort you are putting into things? Would your level of effort keep your priority order in order? If you put together a spreadsheet with priorities in column 1, time in column 2, money in column 3, and effort in column 4 and then did a sort by columns two through 4 one at a time, would it change the order of your priorities and show that one of these areas is out of alignment?

PrioritiesTimeMoneyEffort
God
Wife/Marriage
Kids/Family

Are you living your priorities or is an adjustment required? As two thirds of the first quarter are coming to an end, let’s evaluate where we are at.


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


Healing Touch


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 147:3

‘He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you respond to setbacks?
  • Where do you turn when you face a setback?
  • This word makes me think of someone I have had the pleasure to meet and his quote goes like this “A setback is a setup for a comeback”. It makes me think of a setback as a bend in the road rather than the end of the road and with that in mind can then get ready for a comeback based on the lessons learned and my perspective in the moment. Thank you Willie Jolley.
  • When the trauma of loss through death comes up, how will you respond and where will you turn?
  • When the trauma of loss through disease comes up, how will you respond and where will you turn?
  • When the trauma of loss through rejection comes up, how will you respond and where will you turn?
  • When the trauma of loss through any kind of setup comes up, how will you respond and where will you turn?
  • Do you question? Do you go to WHY?
  • As much as we may want to understand why, have you ever found that once you do it doesn’t help you deal with the trauma?
  • As much as we may want to understand why, have you ever found that once you do it doesn’t help you get back under control?
  • Are you going to get stuck in the pit of bitterness and despair? Or will you look to change your focus and try to figure out how to take your setback and start working towards a comeback?
  • Are you going to get stuck in the pit of bitterness and despair? Or will you stop focusing on the question “WHY?” and start focusing on the question “WHAT NOW?”
  • Rather than focusing on the WHY or the grief or allowing yourself to fall into a pit of bitterness and despair, will you get back up and start focusing on what’s next?
  • Will you focus on your next step in order to help you survive and move forward?
  • Will you focus on your next step in order to give time for God to help bring healing to your hurting heart?
  • Will you focus on your next step in order to give time for God to bind up your wounds?
  • Do you have to know why right here and right now? Will you ask Google, Siri, Alexa, or Cortana? Will you start searching the internet for answers through various search and answer sites?
  • Will you choose to trust God rather than try to rush God?
  • Will you choose to trust God because you know that He can’t be rushed but that He is always on time?
  • Will you choose to trust God’s timing?
  • Will you choose to go from questioning “Why?” and start moving forward with the question “What now?”?
  • Will you choose to be obedient to the answer tot he question of “What now?” and do what’s next?
  • Will you allow God’s timing to touch your heart and to bring healing and restoration?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What might be the outcome in our faith if we insist on knowing why something happened?
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Bitterness
  • Unforgiveness
  • Depression
Describe how God has healed your broken heart.

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.

Phillips Brooks

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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What will come with the broken seals…


Ever reflected on what is taking place around the world? Ever considered what the answer to the issues are? Ever considered that the answer won’t come through politics or politicians? Ever considered that the answer isn’t hidden? Ever considered what is required to bring healing of relationships? Ever considered what is required to bring healing to the division? Ever considered that the cause could be different from what you were thinking? Ever considered that the reason could be different from what you were thinking? Ever considered that the answer could be simple?

Imagine a world where we put Jesus at the center and allow His gravity to reunite us. Imagine a world where we put Jesus at the center and allow His healing power to restore and rejuvenate the body of Christ, the unity of people, and the empower the church to be the church.

Remember the difference between Jesus’s purpose and the devils?

Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” ‘

John 10:1-21

Consider what is taking place around the world to try and divide everyone. The blame games. The pointing fingers. The attacks. The lies. The misdirection. We need more Jesus! We need to realize the signs of the times and turn back to Him before it is too late. We can’t be putting all our hope and trust in politicians to heal the world but rather we need to turn to Jesus and ask God to help heal the land and restore relationships. We need to get rid of the hate and replace it with love! We need to get rid of the bitterness and replace it with forgiveness! We need to get rid of the fear and replace it with faith!

We need to do it now, before it is too late!


Today’s Verse of the Day comes from 1 Peter 5:6 and says:

‘ Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,’

— 1 Peter 5:6

So as we are about to start our reading from God’s Word today, let’s take a moment to pause and humble ourselves. Let’s submit ourselves to God and allow Him to prepare our minds and our hearts to receive the truth in love through His Word for today.


They say hindsight is 2020. What if part of the lessons for 2020 were to help you realize you aren’t all that and you don’t have it all under control and as such you need to humble yourself before God? What if it was to strip off and strip away the pride that was tripping you up? What if the purpose of trying to strip off the pride was to keep you from falling further than you already have? Let’s humble ourselves and pray! Let’s turn from our wicked ways! Let’s turn back to God! Let’s put our hope and our trust in God and in due time allow Him to restore and exalt us!

The 49 week challenge Day 319

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 319 link to join me and sign up. It is never too late. The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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

My Notes:

  • Do you have a preference in terms of your experience of the tribulation? Would you rather be with Jesus and off the world before the tribulation begins? Would you like to be around for a part of the pain and suffering and then be removed to be with Jesus? Would you like to experience it all before being lifted out to be with Jesus?
  • Have you decided where you want to spend eternity yet? Do you want to spend it with God or apart from God?
  • There are but 2 final destinations!
  • Jesus, the lamb of God is the only one who will be able to break open the seals on the scrolls.
  • The six seals
  • White Horse – rider with a crown and rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest
  • Red Horse – rider takes away peace from the earth and causing people to kill each other
  • Black Horse – rider carrying scales – speaking to famine
  • Pale Horse – rider is Death and was closely followed by Hades – power to kill 1/4 of the earth
  • The voice and message of the martyrs
  • Natural disasters
  • Will you decide before it is too late?
  • Will you be left behind?
  • ‘I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been. I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”’
    Revelation 6:1-17
  • ‘The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah: “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord . “I will sweep away both man and beast; I will sweep away the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea— and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.” “When I destroy all mankind on the face of the earth,” declares the Lord , “I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will destroy every remnant of Baal worship in this place, the very names of the idolatrous priests— those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host, those who bow down and swear by the Lord and who also swear by Molek, those who turn back from following the Lord and neither seek the Lord nor inquire of him.” Be silent before the Sovereign Lord , for the day of the Lord is near. The Lord has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited. “On the day of the Lord ’s sacrifice I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all those clad in foreign clothes. On that day I will punish all who avoid stepping on the threshold, who fill the temple of their gods with violence and deceit. “On that day,” declares the Lord , “a cry will go up from the Fish Gate, wailing from the New Quarter, and a loud crash from the hills. Wail, you who live in the market district ; all your merchants will be wiped out, all who trade with silver will be destroyed. At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad.’ Their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. Though they build houses, they will not live in them; though they plant vineyards, they will not drink the wine.” The great day of the Lord is near— near and coming quickly. The cry on the day of the Lord is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry. That day will be a day of wrath— a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness— a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers. “I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind, because they have sinned against the Lord . Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord ’s wrath.” In the fire of his jealousy the whole earth will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth.’
    Zephaniah 1:1-18
  • ‘God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great. His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war. You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still. It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry? From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet— when you, God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained. Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.’
    Psalms 76:1-12
  • ‘After Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and the officials, the skilled workers and the artisans of Judah were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Lord showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the temple of the Lord . One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very bad figs, so bad they could not be eaten. Then the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “Figs,” I answered. “The good ones are very good, but the bad ones are so bad they cannot be eaten.” Then the word of the Lord came to me: “This is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians. My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord . They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. “ ‘But like the bad figs, which are so bad they cannot be eaten,’ says the Lord , ‘so will I deal with Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the survivors from Jerusalem, whether they remain in this land or live in Egypt. I will make them abhorrent and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth, a reproach and a byword, a curse and an object of ridicule, wherever I banish them. I will send the sword, famine and plague against them until they are destroyed from the land I gave to them and their ancestors.’ ”’
    Jeremiah 24:1-10
  • ‘A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him. The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness. Whatever they plot against the Lord he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time. They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble. From you, Nineveh, has one come forth who plots evil against the Lord and devises wicked plans. This is what the Lord says: “Although they have allies and are numerous, they will be destroyed and pass away. Although I have afflicted you, Judah, I will afflict you no more. Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away.” The Lord has given a command concerning you, Nineveh: “You will have no descendants to bear your name. I will destroy the images and idols that are in the temple of your gods. I will prepare your grave, for you are vile.” Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.’
    Nahum 1:1-15


As day 319 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

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

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

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


Has anything good been birthed out of pain?


Has any of your suffering turned into a blessing? Have you been able to share the lessons learned with others? Have you shared it privately, one on one? Have you shared it openly with a larger group? Have you shared it publicly on the Internet?

Would you have ever envisioned that such pain and suffering could be turned around and used for good? Could you have imagined the number of lives transformed because you were willing to share the experience with others? Could you have imagined that this experience that felt like an anchor dragging you down in the moment could be used as a lifeline to others?

Do you realize the hope and the faith that can be birthed from and through pain and suffering? In you and in those you are willing to share the experiences with?


“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
‭‭— Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬


“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
‭‭— Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬


“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
‭‭— Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬


“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.””
‭‭— Hebrews‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.””
‭‭— Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬


There are many examples in God’s Word that speak to blessings that come out of pain and curses. How about out of you? Is there a story you can share that provides hope and faith and truth from your life story? We know Jesus’s story. How about something people who haven’t read the Bible, what if you are or were the closest they ever got to a church or the Bible, what story would or could they hear?

Share a story of yours in the comments. Here is one of my stories…

Forgiveness first and then work on the other things…

Are you willing to throw someone a lifeline?

LOVE–the greatest gift of all. Will you give it? Will you receive it?


What greater love is this, than to laydown your life for a friend. (Jesus went to the cross and gave up His life for us, that we may be called friends of God and be reconciled back onto the Father, bridging the GAP created so long ago in the Garden of Eden.)


Thank God for spiritual gifts that he gives us. It is only by the Holy Spirit that people come to the realization that Jesus is Lord. Nobody who would say that Jesus is accursed speaks by the Spirit of God. There is only ONE Holy Spirit that provides the spiritual gifts. There are different ministries, but just one LORD.

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

We are part of a single body. As the body has many members, so are we the members of the body, each with a purpose essential to helping the body stay healthy.

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.

If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

LOVE is the most excellent gift. Pursue LOVE.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does notbehave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


WORSHIP

Righteous are You, O LORD,
And upright are Your judgments.
Your testimonies, which You have commanded,
Are righteous and very faithful.
The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting;
Give me understanding, and I shall live.
Psalm 119:137-138, 144

WISDOM

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6


Today’s Reading: 1Corinthians 12-13; Psalm 119:137-138,144; Proverbs 22:6

When someone tells you “I have some good news and some bad news, which do you want to hear first?” what do you usually answer? Me I ask for the bad news first so that I get a happy ending.


Our God is greater, Our God is stronger, God You are higher than any other, God You are healer, awesome and power, Our God, Our God…

 

So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow. And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.

And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch. After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.

And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In whom will you trust? In what will you trust? Who will you worship? What will you worship? He is the way, the truth, and the light, nobody will come to the Father, but through Him.

When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.

Do you know what has made the US great? Do you know that He who lifted it up can also tear it down if the people of the land forget and walk away? Consider what happened in Ephesus to the economy around making idols for people to worship when the truth of God was there. Let’s turn back to God. Let’s put our hope and trust in Him. God’s Word says that “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade. Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.”

Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s travel companions. And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him. Then some of the officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he would not venture into the theater. Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together. And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people. But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”

And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly. For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess. Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly. For we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.” And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

After the uproar had ceased, Paul called the disciples to himself, embraced them, and departed to go to Macedonia. Now when he had gone over that region and encouraged them with many words, he came to Greece and stayed three months. And when the Jews plotted against him as he was about to sail to Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.


WORSHIP

My soul faints for Your salvation,
But I hope in Your word.
My eyes fail from searching Your word,
Saying, “When will You comfort me?”
For I have become like a wineskin in smoke,
Yet I do not forget Your statutes.
Psalm 119:81-83

WISDOM

The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
He covets greedily all day long, but the righteous gives and does not spare.
Proverbs 21:25-26

 

 


Today’s Reading:
Acts 18:18-23; 19:11-20:3; Psalm 119:81-83; Proverbs 21:25-26