We Aren't Listening
“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NLT)
As a nation and as a people, we need to listen and pay attention to this Scripture. We must return to God; loving Him with all of our hearts, souls, and strength.
Dear Lord, prick the hearts of the masses and bring us back to You. Amen.
The Good Fight
“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12 NLT)
Every day on this earth, we are in a fight. It is sometimes a physical battle but more often it is a spiritual battle. There is a spirit of evil that is becoming more and more prevalent every day. We need to turn to our faith and fight as we have never fought before.
If you want to know more about fighting in the spiritual realm, study Ephesians 6:10-17. Paul speaks directly to how to be victorious.
Thank You, Lord God, for Your book of instruction. Amen.
Love & Respect
“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” (1 John 4:11-12 NLT)
Love others. Respect others. This doesn't mean that we should love or respect what they do or their lifestyle.
We are called to love and respect them as a creation of our God and as a person, but condoning their sin is not what we are called to do. We are called to show others how to live a godly life while showing love and respect to them as a person.
We are all broken. We are all sinners. The big difference is that when followers of Christ sin, we come under conviction and are called to repentance. That is a big difference.
Dear Lord, help us to "go and sin no more" and help us to live a God-glorifying life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7 NLT)
If we build our lives on the values of this world, our lives will wash away without a lasting legacy.
If we build our lives on the Rock of our Savior, all of Heaven's glory will be our legacy.
Thank You, Father, for sending us the Rock, the Anchor for our souls. His name is Jesus and in His mighty name we give You praise and lift up our prayers. Amen.
God Is There
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 NLT)
The God of the mountain top is the same God that is in the valley.
I have a lot of friends that are dealing with life-changing/challenging situations. Sometimes we need to be reminded to rest in the comfort of knowing that God's word is true. If He says it, it is true.
God is with each of us. He also promises to bring us "through" the valley. He will not leave us there. How He brings us through the valley might be totally different than what we want or envision, but His way will prove to be the best way.
Trust in God, my friends. He loves us more than we can ever understand.
Father God, thank You for not leaving us in the valley. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Help from God
"I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalm 121:1-2 NLT)
In our times of trouble, when no friend is there, we can look to the Heavens for an answered prayer.
Thank You, Lord, Amen!
Ability To Love
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NLT)
We cannot begin to love others until we accept the love of Jesus. Accepting the love of Christ opens our hearts to begin to understand how deep, wide, and broad the Gospel is to the world.
Dear Lord, let us each begin a path of understanding Your Gospel. Walking with You, Lord is just the beginning of a lifelong education of the true meaning of love. Help us to walk, listen, and soak in Your presence in our lives. In Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen.