Scriptures reveal that God is perfect and good and loving—unconditionally, unlike mankind. His Word promises that He will never fail us nor abandon us, and we can place our trust in Him. read more
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There is nothing so fulfilling as serving Jesus Christ, representing Him with your finest gifts and talents. But perhaps even more important than offering your gifts is humbly yielding yourself to Him. God's Word provides passages that direct you in servanthood, in living a life of yieldedness and obedience. read more
Because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, His grace truly is active and operative in our lives. God's powerful, awesome grace through the Spirit of Christ is presented throughout the New Testament.
READ: John 10:10; Rom. 7:8-20; Rom. 8:7-9; 1 Cor. 15:56-58; 2 Cor. 3: 3-13; 2 Cor. 12:9.
HEART ISSUE: Consider what it means that God's grace is sufficient for you? Covenant with the Lord today to live with the expectation of victory in all things because He has given you the victory on the cross.
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for the cross of Jesus from which Your grace greatly abounds upon my life daily. Thank You that no matter what I have done or what I am going through, I can take it all to Jesus and lay it at the cross, where I can claim victory over all things through Him. Amen.
God's laws are external standards, but His grace is always at work within us. God's Word shows us how to live by the Spirit of Christ in all that we do. His Word shows His grace through Christ that moves through our lives, revealing His great presence and power.
READ: Rom. 8:14; 2 Cor.3:18; Gal. 5:24-25; Phil. 1:6-9; Col. 1:26-27; Heb. 8:8-13.
HEART ISSUE: When you consider that God's grace moves through the Spirit of Christ, the hope of glory that lives in you, then how can you not have His presence and power in all that you do? If you are facing challenges, rest in the truth that God's grace is sufficient and complete, empowering you to complete what He has begun in you.
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, thank You for Your all-sufficient grace that fills me with Your presence, that I might fulfill Your work —always in victory—on this earth. Amen.
Most of the time, we look at trials as a nuisance, a bother and even a curse. But God's Word tells us to "count it all joy" when we fall into various trials, trusting that God has a special perspective—a divine perspective—that will change the way we view our trials and change our lives in a profound way.
We live in a nation of varying and conflicting beliefs. It is a time in history when we must not only be aware of what these beliefs are, but more importantly, we must be certain of what we believe and should be standing for as believers in Christ. God's Word will help us to do that boldly, strongly and effectively. read more
We encounter situations daily when we might not always measure up how others think we should, or how we ourselves think we should. But through it all, God and His love for us are still the same. We are still loved unconditionally and are still covered and protected by His awesome presence!
READ: Deut. 31:6; Deut. 33:12; Ps. 145:8-9; Matt. 11:29; John 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:1-4.
HEART ISSUE: Pause and luxuriate in the truth that the Lord loves you very much. It matters not what others think. You are precious to the Lord. Search His Word and you will encounter much proof.
PRAYER FOCUS: Lord Jesus, I thank You for dying for me on the cross so that I may live eternally with You. Thank you for loving me through life's successes and failures and for always being with me. Let me never forget Your kindness or take for granted your new mercies each day. Amen.
No matter how far we fall short of doing the right thing (and doing it well in our own eyes and in the eyes of others), the Lord is faithful. He is with us, and will lovingly correct and restore us when we fail. God's Word testifies to His unfailing, unconditional love for us. This gives us great hope as we walk through the demands of daily life.
READ: Ex. 34:6; Lam. 3:22-23; Ps. 23; Ps. 100: 5; Ps. 103:4; Ps. 117:2.
HEART ISSUE: In your prayer time, take a walk down memory lane and recall times when the Lord's kindness and mercies were present in your life. Thank Him that He is still the same kind and merciful Lord today.
PRAYER FOCUS: Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning. Your kindness and love are sustaining me, empowering me at all times, and lifting me up. I am so grateful that You are in my life, and I give praise to You. In Your precious and powerful name, Amen.
God is involved in the process of your transition, but He also desires that the end result be the best one for you. His Word is filled with wisdom and insight about the changes He has for you. He will guide you and sustain you as He moves you to your next level of intimacy and anointing. read more
As a believer, how is your heart toward God? Of course, you love Him, but how persuaded are you that He loves you and desires to bless you? His Word reveals the truths that will help you guard your heart against doubt and unbelief, so that you may fully enter in to all that He has for you through Christ Jesus! read more
The greatest revelation of God Himself is in the face of His Son.
John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He lived before the face of God—the ultimate place of favor and responsibility. Others in Scripture had more dramatic experiences with God and did greater exploits, but no prophet ever bore the responsibility that was given to him.
John had an unusual grace for recognizing the presence of God, even before he was born. When Mary was pregnant with Jesus, she walked into a room to visit Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John. When Mary's greeting reached Elizabeth's ears, John leaped for joy while still in her womb. read more
Do you ever feel as if you are in a season of perpetual winter, when everything in your life seems cold and dreary and there is no sign of spring in view? Perhaps you are experiencing health, relational or financial problems, and the promises of God appear to be lying dormant rather than coming to fruition as you had thought they would.
If you are going through difficult circumstances that appear to threaten the fulfillment of your destiny, you can relate to the biblical character Tamar, who was the wife of Judah's oldest son, Er (see Gen. 38:6-30). Tamar was truly a victim of negative circumstances. Not long after she was married, God judged her husband to be wicked and put him to death.
According to Jewish custom, Tamar was then given as a wife to Onan, her husband's brother, so that he could produce offspring for Er. But because Onan refused to fulfill his duty, God put him to death also. read more
We should not be surprised when we see tremendous blessing and great evil appearing side by side. As believers today, I think we often look at the spiritual condition of our country and the rest of the world and we're given to think that God's kingdom is not advancing as it should be.
The other day, I heard someone say that the apparent worsening of the world's condition is not the result of our lack of spiritual authority and influence. Rather, the rise in hostility toward Christianity is a response to the power of God making inroads into the devil's domain.
Reading 2 Corinthians 1 in a contemporary version really opened my understanding on this subject. Paul wrote: "We don't want you to be in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn't think we were going to make it. read more
God not only desires that you be in right standing—walking in righteousness—with Him, He also expects you to do something (from your place of relationship with Him) to advance His kingdom. His Word will equip you to be an agent of change in the lives of others. Get ready to take exciting action! read more