Commit Your Way to the Lord

God already planned every aspect of our life before we were ever born (Ephesians 2:10). His plans bring us prosperity and hope, with a future in Him, which does not include evil, disaster or harm (Jeremiah 29:11). As we obey Him and keep His commandments, He increases our life with His blessings (Deuteronomy 30:16).

God calls us to commit to the Lord Jesus everything that we think, say and do, because He is the One who inspires our dreams and goals (Proverbs 3:5-6, 16:3). The Lord is our shepherd and He supplies the needs of our body, He restores our soul and He also strengthens our spirit (Matthew 5:6; Psalm 23:1-4; Philemon 1:25).

After Jesus cleansed us from our sins, He retired to the right hand of our Father God in the heavenly realm. He is superior to the angels and His inherited name is much more excellent than theirs. Jesus is the physical representation of what God looks like, and is the radiance of God’s glory. His prevailing Word sustains everything in the universe (Hebrews 1:3-4)

As we worship our Lord God, He pours out blessings of food and water, and removes sicknesses from among us according to His divine plan for our life (Exodus 23:25). He meets all of our needs through His glorious riches (Philippians 4:19). He abundantly stores up good things for those who reverence Him, and He opens the eyes of those who take refuge in Him (Psalm 31:19).

Prayer:

Father God, You abundantly bless those who follow Your instruction and who trust in You. You open the floodgates of heaven on those who faithfully tithe of their income (Malachi 3:10). You tell us to avoid those who do not walk in Your ways, not to take the advice of the ungodly and not to hang around with those who practice iniquity and mock You (Proverbs 16:20; Psalm 119:2; Psalm 1:1). You call us to be peacemakers, and You bless our efforts to do so (Matthew 5:9). We thank You for giving us a place in Your Kingdom and we look forward to the day it will come to the earth (Matthew 6:10).

Thought for the Day:

Taste and see that the Lord is good and blesses everyone who takes refuge in Him. – Psalm 34:8

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Friend of God

So many people are so burdened by what they want, and don’t have; rather than being thankful for what they have, that they never knew they wanted! The more we complain, the less joy we experience each day. However, the more we give thanks, even for the negative issues of life, the more we live in peace and contentment.

This goes against our normal, human behavior. We almost feel dishonest to say that we are fine when we know we have something negative going on in our life. However, this earthly realm is not reality. Paul said it best. We brought nothing into this world, and we will take nothing with us in the end, so we can live in Godly contentment (1 Timothy 6:6-7).

In fact, giving God the first fruits of our time, love, esteem and attention decreases our trials as it honors God with the praise that is due His name (Psalm 69:30). God supplies all of our needs – physically, emotionally, mentally, financially and spiritually (1 Timothy 6:8). This allows us to give thanks for anything life throws at us (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

As we view our trials as joyous opportunities to enjoy intimacy with God, we watch His miraculous provision for us in and through them. This allows patience to have time to perfect our soul – our mind, will and emotions (James 1:2). Our faith grows during trials, as we see God’s mighty hand working all things out for our good (Romans 8:28). God is awesome, generous, full of loving kindness and the best friend we will ever have.

Prayer:
Father God, our unity with Your Spirit will enable us to hear Your voice to deal with lost glasses, what to fix for dinner, what to take with us before we leave the house and how to witness to the crying lady sitting across from us in the doctor’s office. Just a few moments of refocusing in Your presence will make all the difference in our positive attitude. Your faithfulness is our measuring rod, and Your friendship means more to us than we could ever express in words.

Thought for the Day:
What a privilege it is to live our days as a friend of God, because this relationship brings so many benefits to our life; some are even “out of this world”! – John 15:14-15