THRIVE by making a difference in the world around you!


What an incredible week. Today’s verse of the day along with the special guests that are speaking at church this weekend point to the importance of doing our part to serve those in need around us.

Today’s verse of the day comes to use from Luke:

‘Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. ‘

Luke 9:23-24

So are you ready to live a life of service? Are you ready to live a life of sacrifice? Are you ready to live a life of giving? The words found in Luke after today’s verse add to these questions when it says:

‘What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? ‘

Luke 9:25

Thriving isn’t about having lots of stuff but how you choose to live your life. God has provided, so what will you choose to do with that provision? Will you be a giver or a hoarder? Will you choose to reap something greater for the kingdom of God rather than keep the seeds He has given you in your pocket? Remember how God promised to give us seed to sow and bread to eat? Don’t eat the seed, let’s choose to sow so that we can reap greatly for the kingdom of God! Let’s pause a moment to capture what God’s Word says and helps us to understand:

  • Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
    Galatians 6:7-9
  • The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
    2 Corinthians 9:6
  • Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.
    Proverbs 22:8
  • As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.
    Job 4:8
  • Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
    Luke 6:38
  • Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! – Psalm 126:5
  • Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your warriors,
    Hosea 10:12-13
  • “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
    Matthew 7:12
  • Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
    Philippians 2:3
  • And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.
    Mark 4:24
  • Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
    Luke 12:24

So today to thrive, we know that we need to trust God rather than our own understanding. We need to take the gifts and talents, and the provision to glorify Him, sowing it to His purpose.

When we are in need we will turn to God because we know that God answers prayer. We need to live by faith and not by sight and to do that requires stepping out and taking risks. We need to make sure our vertical relationship with God is strong so that it will overflow and produce good horizontal relationships with people around us. We need to share what God is and has done in and through our lives, testifying of His goodness and faithfulness, through the highs and the lows. We need to remember and share that Jeremiah 29:11 is for everyone! We need to step into and live in the reality that nothing is impossible with God as it says in Matthew 19:26 and Luke 1:37. God knows your need and can provide just enough, not too much and not too little to meet your needs. So today lets decide to be Jesus’s hands and feet into the world around us! Let’s decide to be God’s ambassadors, God’s helpers, and God’s people!


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Day 4 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?


So where are you at today? Are you ready to thrive? Are you ready to thrive for the glory of God? Are you ready to make a difference? Are you ready to be the difference? Are you ready to go beyond just making a scratch or a dent and making a real difference? Then let’s decide we will thrive by inviting Jesus into the situation and walking out our lives in a relationship with Him. Let’s pray:


What would it take to put your life in someone else’s hands?


How much would you need to trust someone to put your life in their hands? Would they need to have a special qualification? Would they need to have a special relationship? Would they need to have a special job? Would they need to be close or even family? Would they have to have a medical background or even be a doctor? Would they have to have known you for a while? Would they have to know your heart and thoughts?

As I consider wills and estate planning it is something to consider. As I get older it is something to consider. But realistically things can happen to us outside of our control at any age that could put us in a position where we need someone else to speak for us, act for us, and for all practical reasons put our lives in someone else’s hands. Be it for a sickness. Be it for an injury. Be it for some other medical issue. Be it for some mental or emotional reason. It could happen and do you know who that power would or should go to? Is there someone who can speak when you can’t speak? Is there someone who can act when you can’t act? Is there someone you trust enough to put your life into their hands?

Would you give your life into someone’s hands? Would you submit your life into someone’s hands?

How much do you trust you family? How much do you trust your friends? How much do you trust your coworkers? How much do you trust God?

What would it take to put your life in someone else’s hands?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for April 8th


“Into Your hands”


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Luke 23:46

‘And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Imagine the crushing pain Jesus was feeling from the weight of the sins of the world and their punishment being placed on Him.
  • Even though God had to step back because those sins had been put upon Jesus and Jesus moaned “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” when it got to the last moment of His life, Jesus entrusted His life and His spirit into the hands of God.
  • Jesus trusted the Father completely and was able to give up His spirit to Him!
  • So when we face trials and troubles, let’s make our first response to turn to God and give our lives into His hands so that He can give us comfort and direction.
  • Don’t lose hope and don’t give up, give it to God! Put your trust and hope in Him!
  • Nothing is too big for God! All things are possible with God!
  • Worry changes nothing but prayer changes everything!
  • Let’s follow Jesus’ example and in all our ways acknowledge God so that He can make our paths straight!
  • When you feel alone, in a dark place, don’t give up turn to God and trust in God the Father, call on Him and lean on Him rather than your own understanding!
  • When we are facing challenges and troubles in life, let’s be life Jesus and call out to our Heavenly Father and tell Him that we are in His hands because we trust in Him!
  • Our faith will please God!
  • Our faith will open doors to answers and experiences we would never have expected!
  • Let’s take hold of the truth and the blessings that God cares for us!
  • Let’s cast our cares on God because He cares for us!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What have been some dark times in your life?
When we acknowledge that we are in God’s hands, what can we expect from Him?
  • a peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of the pain and the confusion and the trials
  • a joy unspeakable in the midst of trials
  • a hope that comes in the midst of troubles

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

You can trust the man who died for you.” 

Lettie B. Cowman

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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