Maybe you need this word of encouragement today:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Do you feel this way about something in your life? You have seemingly been doing all the right things, with no visible results?
Today, I pray that you, nor me, will give up, but will reap the rewards in the proper time.
If we will serve with faithfulness, discipline, and integrity, God’s grace will empower us to do what he has called us to do. The wonderful blessing of God, however, is that he will renew us and sustain us and rekindle us.
Dear Heavenly Father, I am grateful for these lessons. it’s easy to become tired in giving, but I’m asking You to increase my desire and determination to be generous in all parts of my life. I pray that I may not lose heart or grow weary in doing the good works that You have prepared for me to do, and pray that in due time, I may reap a fruitful reward, Refresh me as I refresh others! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Have you ever thought about how our words impact others especially on social media. Words will make or break every relationship that we have. Our words will either draw people to us (kindness), or they will push people away (harsh).
Words, written or spoken, carry great deal of weight in our lives. Even if you need to speak words of correction to someone you can season those words with salt. That just means we can frame our words in such a way that even though they are corrective, they can be easily swallowed, or heard.
I don’t know about you, but I want my words to always be filled with generous amounts of God’s grace, and seasoned with heavenly inspired salt.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouths, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
“Father, I can clearly see how important my words are. Help me today to guard my words and only use words that build up the people in my world. May my words, whether spoken or written, be with grace and seasoned with salt. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
I think we have all learned that words can bring hope, encouragement and love. They can strengthen us, and nourish our spirit when we are emotionally weary. They can help us draw together in peacefulness. Words can be like comfort food. We have also learned that Words can also bring bitterness and resentment. Words can spread anger and division between us, breaking relationships apart. They can burn, sting, and crush us apart inside, destroying our peace. Words can be poison.
Too often when we are dealing with: gossip, mean thoughts towards others, course language, lust, you name it, we try to just stop ourselves from saying the words or thinking the thoughts.
Instead, we should be getting to the root of the problem, our heart. It all boils down to the meditation of our heart, which should ever be on Christ.
This Psalm 19:14 reminds us that the words of our mouth begin with the meditations of our heart. If we meditate on God’s word, then the words of our mouth will be naturally sweetened by God’s goodness and kindness.
O Holy and Almighty God, I want this day to be a day of worship and honor to you. May my life praise you: not just in thought, not just in words, but also in action. In the name Jesus I pray. Amen.
Invite God to pick up and handle what we are not able to handle. God actually encourages and commands us to shift to Him the weight and responsibility of our burdens! He promises to take care of them. And He always takes care of them better than we can!
Are you trying to pick up something that is too heavy for you? Are you carrying spiritual, emotional or relational baggage God never intended for you to carry? Give it up to Him! Trust Him! Experience the rest that comes when you do!
Dear Lord, thank You for seeing my need for rest and inviting me to learn from You. On my own I always seem to be looking for knowledge and approval elsewhere. In my heart I want to receive what You have to offer. Help me to stay focused on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Have you ever found yourself pleading with God to show you what to do? How to please and serve Him…but not knowing how?
Well, here is a good place to start: Micah 6:8, we need to handle those around us justly — practicing patience and dealing with others in fairness, without partiality. We need to practice mercy — blessing others in need with what they don’t deserve but so greatly need. We need to walk humbly with our God.
It’s interesting to note that although there is action involved, each of those requirements starts with a soft and loving heart. We won’t act justly if we harbor resentment or hate. We won’t show kindness and mercy if we seek to serve ourselves. And a prideful heart will always walk ahead of God. Finding God’s will for your life is really pretty simple. He wants all of your heart. He wants a surrendered life.
Maybe all God is asking of us is to stand for what is right … to choose kindness … and to walk closely to Him, submitting our will daily.
As for me, I want to embrace all that God has for me, and that means obeying what He’s already shown me.
I hope God’s Word encourages you today. Maybe it really is this simple. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God. Now, the choice is yours.
Father, please make of me what you will. As you fashion me, please bless me as I seek to be a person of justice, mercy, and humility. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
I wonder if there are times when God would like to have comforted us “under his wings” but instead of coming to Him, we depended on our own resources. When He covers us, the forces of evil cannot penetrate His protection.
God’s wings provide safety and refuge. In Psalm 17:8 David asked the Lord to hide him in the shadow of His wings, protecting him from danger and attack. I may not have physical enemies attacking me but Satan is continually attacking me with fears, despair, discouragement, and countless other negative thoughts. When I cry out to God for His protection, His Word and Spirit are my refuge.
If you are experiencing pressures or satan’s attacks in your life today, just ask the Lord in faith to help you. Say, “God, you said you’d be my refuge!” If you’ve run out of strength , remember that he is your strength. Now you have to run to him! Begin by praising him right now for loving you and for being all that you need. Thank God that he is greater than every problem you may encounter. Tell him, “Thank you, Lord, for who you are!” Then trust him to be your refuge and your strength, at this very moment in your life.
Father, what words can I offer that are sufficient to thank and praise you for your deliverance that is greater than death? You are the Alpha and the Omega. You are the God who was and is and is to come. You are my Abba Father, who has adopted me and made me your own. I place my trust, my hope, and future in you and I will not be afraid. I find my refuge under your wings! All praise to you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
I have always loved this verse, Because no matter what I am going through I am assured He is always there.
Are you struggling today? Do you feel like you are all alone with your struggles? The Lord wants you to know that no matter what you are going through right now, no matter how alone you may feel or how dark your days may seem, He is always there. He can always be found.
There are so many times that I feel alone in my struggles. Struggling with being “good enough.” I feel like I fail God on a daily basis.
However, it is during my alone time that I am truly able to seek out the Lord. He always meets me right where I am and reminds me that I am enough, that He loves me and I am His beloved child. There is nothing sweeter than being in the Presence of God. It changes everything.
My challenge to you today, when you start to feel all alone in your struggles, use that time to seek out the Lord. When you draw closer to Him, He draws closer to you. When you seek Him, you will find Him. That’s a promise!
We must never let anything detract from God having first command of our heart. Only God is worthy of our full devotion.
God wants us to seek Him with our whole heart, He is waiting for you today? Will you seek Him?
Gracious Father, please give me an undivided heart, one that seeks you as the first priority of my life. Forgive me, dear Lord, for letting other things distract my focus from you and interfere with my service to you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit today, so I can do your work and seek you with All my heart In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.