What if the bottom were to drop out from under you today—and you came face to face with a financial crisis? Would you know what to do or how to handle matters? If you are facing such difficulties, challenge yourself this week to give more time, energy and thought to how much the Lord is your strength and your shield, rather than to how bad things appear to be. If your life is in His hands, then nothing is out of control—not even your finances. read more
You may be facing challenges this week that call for you to do something. But before you act, vow to trust the Lord to keep you firmly in Him. God's Word reveals Christ the Lord as the vine. As you trust and remain attached to Him, as a branch, you can find the ultimate rest. It is not about your doing but about your being in Him that will keep you walking in His victorious peace.
READ: Matt. 11:28; John 15:1-7; John 16: 24; 1 Cor. 1:30; 1 Cor. 16:13; Phil 3:12. read more
It may not make sense to your natural mind when God calls you to do something, but if you keep your eye on Him, He will take care of everything—even the bottom line. His Word will give you great peace as you follow Him.
READ: Ps. 142:3; Prov. 3:5-6; Is. 40:3-5; Is. 42:16; Is. 45:2-3; Matt. 6:33. HEART ISSUE: Regardless of how much or how little you understand of your calling right now, walk in obedience to the promptings of God's Spirit as He leads you. PRAYER FOCUS: Father God, in the name of Jesus, thank You for not only calling me and leading me in the ways I should go, but also providing for me and taking care of everything. I place my solid trust in you, beyond my personal understanding, and I walk in great faith in You, my great Lord and God! Amen.
Regardless of what you are walking through, you can activate the powerful force of the joy of the Lord. Speak life, hope, health and prosperity over yourself and your loved ones. Stand on the vital promises of God and receive the blessings He so desires to give you. read more
No matter what your past has been or what your present situation is, God's best for you is yet to come. If you are a believer in Christ, His great plans and purposes for you are always greater than anything you can imagine for yourself. read more
In his book, Real Christianity, Wilberforce suggested that we "fix our gaze upon Jesus." He meant, among other things, that we should acknowledge Jesus as our chief model of genuine love and humility. Then by the power of Christ's indwelling Spirit, we will be able to align our lives with His. read more
Spring is the perfect time to assess where you are regarding your finances. Are you surviving or thriving? God has wisdom for you in this area. Become a wise steward of the resources the Lord has given you, and you will prosper. read more
In these days of great evil and strife, there is no doubt about it that Satan is at war with God's people. As the evils of the age advance, you and I must advance the cause of Christ. God's Word gives us the power over darkness.
READ: Matt. 8:29; John 14:12; Rom. 16:20; Eph. 6:12; Heb. 11:3; Luke 10:19. HEART ISSUE: Have you been too passive in speaking up for your faith? Are you standing firm and ready to defend what you believe? PRAYER FOCUS: Father God, in the name of Jesus, thank You for showing me how to speak up for Christ. Thank You for giving me strength, confidence and peace in standing firm as a witness for You. Amen and amen.
In the Word of God we can find great wisdom and the tools we need to combat our fears and overcome the power of the devil. You must learn to use the sword of the Spirit effectively, and to draw strength from God's Spirit in order to walk in victory with Him each day.
READ: Matt. 10:1; Mark 3:14-15; Luke 9:1; Luke 10:1-20; Eph. 5:16; 1 John 3:8. HEART ISSUE: Ask God to reveal the opportunities you may be missing to influence others for Him. In your prayer time, ask Him to show you specific ways in which you can be a stronger witness. PRAYER FOCUS: Thank You, Lord, for empowering me to be Your vessel to shine in this dark and mixed-up world. Give me the words to speak when I witness to others. Let me not shrink back in fear. Allow me to be forceful and courageous, always showing Your love. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Regardless of any shame you have about the circumstances of your life, God's love and mercy can cover you. Despite how fragmented and torn apart you have felt, God loves you deeply and, by His Spirit, you can be made completely whole. Absolute cleansing is a promise to all who seek and accept His forgiveness. read more
A proven formula for spiritual growth and transformation combines the right approach to Bible study with the practice of Christian disciplines.
GOD, IN HIS SOVEREIGN GRACE AND outrageous love, has given us in the Bible a written revelation of who He is and what His purposes are for humanity. There is no book that is remotely close to achieving the significance and influence of this one. But the intrinsic power and greatness of the Bible does not make it easy for us to receive the life it offers.
In point of fact, we can often use the Bible in ways that stifle spiritual life or even destroy the soul. The source of the problem is rooted in the two most common objectives of Bible study: (1) The practice of studying the Bible for information or knowledge alone and (2) the tendency to study specific passages of the Bible that speak to particular needs rather than seeking whole-life discipleship to Jesus. read more