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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Are you ready for a surprise?!?!?!?

“If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you...all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you...” Deuteronomy 28:1–2

A surprise is simply something good that you weren’t really expecting. It’s something that makes you feel special and lets you know that someone is thinking about you. Surprises bring us joy and lift our hearts. Your heavenly Father wants to surprise you and overtake you with His goodness. He wants to do things that make your life easier and lets you know how much He loves you.

The word “overtake” can also be translated “to catch by surprise.” Your heavenly Father longs to be good to you ~ He wants to catch you by surprise! He wants to help you accomplish your dreams and overcome your obstacles. He wants to amaze you with His goodness and mercy. We should wake up every morning with the attitude, “I can’t wait to see what God is going to do today!”

Make room in your heart and mind for what God wants to do in your life today. Keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. As you do, you’ll see His surprises. You’ll see His hand of blessing overtake you and bring you to new levels in every area of your life!

Father in heaven, I open my heart and mind to You right now. Fill me with Your goodness and overtake me with Your blessings. I honor You today and invite You to use me to be a blessing to others in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Do You Want to Win the Respect of Others?

“So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders...” 1 Thessalonians 4:12

When others look at our lives, what do they see? Does our daily life win the respect of others? As believers in Christ, we are His representatives here on the earth ~ we are called to a higher standard. The way we live our lives should bring glory to God the Father, but does it?

Notice the key verse doesn’t say, “Go out of your way to do something major so that everyone will respect you.” And it doesn’t say, “Win a gold medal or Pulitzer prize so that people will glorify your Father in heaven.” Rather, it says that our daily life should win the respect of others. That simply means that we should always take the high road and live a life of excellence, always try to do the right thing even when no one is looking, always looking for and trying to find a common ground in order to be a peacemaker, and going out with an attitude of faith and thanksgiving.

We will become like whomever we spend the most time with. If we spend time with negative minded people, we will have a hard time being positive, we will be negative ourselves. However, if we will commit to spending time with God the Father every day (preferably from the moment we wake each morning so that we can start our day off on the right foot), we’ll develop His character AND we’ll win the respect of outsiders all while bringing glory to our Father in heaven!

Father, today I dedicate every area of my mind, will and emotions to You today. Help me live my daily life as an example of Your love. Let me honor You in all I do so that my daily life wins the respect of others in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Can God See Your Faith?

“And when he saw their faith...” Luke 5:20

Do you know what moves the hand of God? This may surprise you, but God is not moved by complaining and self-pity. He’s not even moved by our needs. Yes, He is concerned about our needs and yes, He wants to meet our needs, but we have to do our part and invite Him to work in our lives by exercising our faith.

When Jesus walked the earth, oftentimes right before He healed someone, the Bible says, “When He saw their faith...” So I ask you today, can God see your faith?

When God sees you doing everything you can to get well; when He sees you getting to work a little earlier because you really want that promotion; when He sees you bite your tongue to keep the peace in your house; when He sees you help others when you really need more help than they do; when God sees your faith, that’s when extraordinary things will begin to happen. Faith opens the door for God to move. So demonstrate your faith today and watch the hand of God move in every area of your life!
So, are you hungry for more of God in your life? The scripture also tells us that faith opens the door for Him to move on our behalf. Faith is what pleases Him. It gives substance to the things we hope for and makes them tangible ~Hebrews 11:1. We’ve all been given a measure of faith, but it’s up to each of us to put it into action. Notice today’s verse starts by saying, “Now faith.” It’s not “later” faith or “one day” faith. We have to have faith for today, right now.

Father, thank You for the gift of faith. I choose today to believe Your Word which is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I choose to exercise my faith and let the world see that I’m trusting You. Search my heart and remove anything that is displeasing to You. Show me how to continue to grow in faith so I can be pleasing to You in every area of my life.I bless You today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.