“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.’ ” Matthew 22:37-38
Let us seek to love and honor the Lord with every part of our being – to love as Christ loved us – to love Him with our heart, our mind, our thoughts and our motives.
God alone is worthy of our worship, admiration and affection. Everything and everyone else pales in comparison to this great and loving God!
We are called to take every thought captive to the Lord so that we may remain in sweet fellowship with the God of our salvation.
When the eyes of our heart are totally fixed on Him in thankfulness for His dying on the cross at Calvary for our sins. We who have been forgiven much are called to love much. Indeed, it should be our complete joy
Only if we pursue loving God can we live out a life of meaning. May we all become people who love God. Amen!
Loving Father thank You for loving me when I was dead in my sins and for bringing me into Your family, simply because I trusted the Lord Jesus as Savior – Lord I want to love you with every part of my being. May I live as You would choose and love You with all my heart and soul and strength and mind, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
Praise the Lord, the final outcome is already determined and Christians “win big” through Jesus. And this victory is a forever win!
Thank you, God, for giving me the victory through Jesus Christ my Lord. I greet the future with anticipation because I know each day brings me closer to you and the glorious future you have planned for all of your children. Until then, I pray that I may never lose sight of that victory and yearn for the day of its arrival! In the name of Jesus,
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.
YES! There is truly no more beautiful name than Jesus!
Names have power.
He is our Redeemer, Savior, Friend, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Anointed one, Advocate, Beloved Son Of God, Bright and Morning Star, Deliverer, Healer, Restorer , to name but a few.
He is the Lord. He is the name above all names. He is mighty to be praised.
We are His kingdom on earth in the here and now. God doesn’t need us. He wants us. He desires to live in constant communion with us and for us to live out His plan for our lives in preparation for eternity.
Jesus brought heaven to us. He came into humanity and lived the perfect life that we never could. He traded places with us. He took the sin of all on Himself on the cross.
Praying in Jesus name is powerful because when we pray in His name, we pray with His authority. God promises to answer whatever we ask in His name according to His will. This is why we must know the will of God in order to pray with the authority of Jesus. What a power in His name!
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3
If you’re a Christian, your identity is not in this world. It is found in Christ. You belong to him.
Have you ever asked yourself what occupies your thoughts? That’s a challenging question and one we should not ignore. We are what we think. If our thoughts are focused on the concerns of this world, we will become like the world. But if our minds are set on the things above—in other words, where Christ is—we’ll become more like Him.
When we think on Christ and meditate on his word we find that the things of the world will lose it’s appeal. The more aware we are of Jesus, the less we tolerate sin, because we know it doesn’t fit us anymore. Instead of chasing the passing pleasures and goals of the world, we’ll pursue a lifestyle of obedience to the Lord. Even when everything looks dismal, we have a reason to hope because our time here is so small compared to eternity with Christ.
Your beliefs determine your perspective on life, and that shapes your priorities and attitudes.
Always check your heart and make sure you pursue the mind of Christ in every area of your life.
Gracious Lord, we surrender afresh to You and Your Lordship over all areas of our life. Give us Your heart and mind today as we choose to walk with You.
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.
God watches over us every day, 24/7. How do I know that? Psalm 121.
The promises in Psalm 121 are as true for us today as they were thousands of years ago. No matter what situation we face, we can rely on the God who created heaven and earth. Day or night, today through eternity, God promises provision and protection for all who follow Him (Psalm 121:5-8).
There is no situation that God is not aware of. Trusting in the Lord is the safest place for us to be. Why? Because, Our Helper is also our Keeper. The One who watches over us never sleeps, He is all ways with us. The One who guards our souls cannot be moved.
This Psalm is a tremendous encouragement to me. I hope it is to you as well.
Gracious Father, Thank you Lord that our lives are in your hands. You protect us in ways we will never know. And, though we might suffer difficulty in this life, we know we are eternally safe with you. Help us to realize that we do not walk alone, that you are always with us now and forever. In Jesus name we pray, Amen