Jesus lived in intimate communion with His Father. The Scriptures refer to Jesus as "the express image" of God. As believers, we also have the amazing privilege of close, face-to-face communion with the living God. Such knowledge carries with it the expectation of access to His presence and power. read more
What are you doing to make sure others receive the truth of God's salvation? He has made available immeasurable blessings and riches, yet so many live in poverty of spirit. Let us boldly carry the standard of God's love and peace to everyone we meet, so that others will get blessed—now and for all of eternity.
READ: Matt. 28:19; John 5:11; John 3:36; John 6:48-51; John 14:6; Eph. 3:20. HEART ISSUE: Spend time in God's Word this week, preparing your heart for how to share these truths with those around you, blessing them and transforming their lives. PRAYER FOCUS: Father, in Jesus' name, I thank You that You are Lord. You are my bread of life. By Your hand I am satisfied. My needs are met, and I can live wholeheartedly and walk in Your abundance. Amen.
As you get into God's Word, you will begin to discover that He is a God of abundance and overflow—He has plenty of blessings and supply for you and others!
READ: Mark 8:34; Acts 1:8; 1 Tim. 1:12-17; 2 Tim. 2:10; 2 Tim. 4:17; Heb. 12:14-15. HEART ISSUE: Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal how you might minister the gospel to the lost world around you. Jot down ideas and directions and carry them with you—as strategies for reaching the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ and eternal life! Prepare your heart to see miracles as others receive Him. PRAYER FOCUS: Father, in the name of Jesus, thank You for making me a vessel of Your good news of Jesus Christ. Let me touch many—beginning with my family, my neighbors, my co-workers and others I encounter. Let them be blessed to receive the good news of Jesus the Savior, not just for today, but also for all of eternity. Amen.
When was the last time you "looked up" and gave thought and focus to God Almighty? He created the heavens and the earth. He also created you, and He reigns supreme over any concern or problem you will ever face. In His strength, you can rise above the storms of life that would hinder you. He is your great God, and He has great things in store for you.
READ: Is. 40:31; Ps. 40:12; Ps. 121:2; Ps. 123:1-2; Ps. 143:10-11; 2 Cor. 3:18. HEART ISSUE: Take some moments in your prayer time this week to celebrate the miraculous workings of the Lord. Enjoy the freedom He has given you and all He is at work to perform on your behalf. PRAYER FOCUS: Father, I thank You that I am destined to be victorious over every form of darkness and bondage. Use me, Lord. Fulfill Your great plans and purposes for my life, and help me to reflect Your glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Today women are breaking through to new levels of leadership, and yet there is still opposition. But God is calling women, like Deborah, to "awake" and claim with faith the leadership potential they have, knowing that they can make a powerful difference. read more
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.
Some of life's events can bring us such excruciating pain that we end up carrying the weight of them inside us for years. But God's Word can give us hope for the future and teach us how to receive inner cleansing and healing. read more
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.