I want to be the kind of person that seeks first instead of trying to reap first. Seeking God first is a choice. When I’m trying to seek after material things I tend to neglect my responsibility to seek God. I must remind myself daily and say today I will choose God first over everything.
I don’t want to be so “thing centered” that I forget all about being God -centered.
Prayer: Lord help me seek you with all my heart because You have all that I need. Amen
Every time I spend more time with God, He grants me more time in the day, more time to get things done and more time to rest instead of rush. Do you know who watches your clock? It’s God who sets the order of the day. The One who controls the time is the One to spend the most time with. Ask yourself “how much time do I have?” and you will find various answers to that question depending on schedules. Maybe you’re rushing to get a report done, to pick up family members, or get to an appointment on time. Why not slow down and ask God the same question? I’m sure He has all the time in the world.
Sometimes I can accomplish something and think I’m doing something real big. My friends will often affirm it by saying things to me like you really “killed it” or you know you “crushed it.” Even my personal goal setting journal encourages me with a nice font saying “nailed it!” right at the bottom of each page. The idea of getting things done got me to thinking about how God did something real big one day. He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. The gift of eternal life and everlasting joy was the only goal. He accomplished it. The work of Jesus was finished on the cross through his death, burial and resurrection. This made me realize no matter what I accomplish, no one can kill it, crush it or nail it like Jesus can. None of my accomplishments can ever compare to Calvary.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for loving us so much that you sent your only Son Jesus to die for our sins. Amen
Are you looking for work? Do you desire to work from home? Do you want flexible hours and good pay? Well, I’m here to tell you that there are many jobs available in the kingdom business. You have special gifts to be used for God’s glory. You have unique gifts that God gave you to use and share. Servants are needed everywhere. Can you believe it? There is so much work to do in just sharing the good news of Jesus. I was reminded through a sermon that kingdom work is good work. Being eager to go tell somebody Jesus loves them and He died for their sins seems simple enough right? It’s a job that pays, it satisfies and it is something you can do from anywhere. I’m still learning that one of best jobs I have is to tell others about Christ. God saved me and He can save others too. We must share our stories of faith, testify of God’s grace and let Him do the heavy lifting and major work on converting the soul. Who’s ready for their assignment to help spread the good news of Jesus Christ? Let’s go to work!
Romans 3:23-24 KJV For all have sinned come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely, by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 KJV For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Here’s a fruit of the Spirit lesson I’ve learned: The hardest part about self-control is controlling yourself enough to keep it to your self. Sometimes I speak before I think. I type before thinking about the tone of the message, I pre-judge before I know all the facts, I even assume a position before making a sound decision. I let my emotions have full control and my emoting can quickly lead to demotion, hurtful and sometimes broken relationships.
Living a life of discipline takes focus, intention and a whole lot of self-control. Our thoughts, our mindset, our speech, our attitudes, our social life are all a part of our Christian walk. When we allow God to be the editor in chief we can do better, live better, talk and walk better as ambassadors. How do you discipline yourself to be sure you are living on pitch and bearing good fruit?
How do you practice self-control when things are out of control?
Prayer: Dear Lord take control over my thoughts, my speech and attitude today. Let my outside actions show people You live on the inside. Help me to hold back when I want to lash out. Amen.
Zero balance are two words that I love to hear when it comes to my credit card account. It’s a great feeling to know I have some freedom, I owe nothing and my account is in good standing. Zero balance is not necessarily what I want to hear when it comes to my prayer life’s bank account. No prayer, no power is what my former pastor used to say. It’s hard to experience any spiritual growth without making deposits and balancing things out daily. Some days you may feel you have lots of time and other days you don’t have as much, so we all have to make choices in our balancing acts. I am here to let you know, you can do it. You can keep an active lifestyle and maintain a healthy balance in prayer and devotion to God. Take five minutes today and make a deposit.
Thought: Today I choose to meditate and pray. I will be like a rock and just sit still.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
I’m glad it’s almost time for the weekend. I have had a busy week and I’m often told I am such a busy person. I realize being busy a lot has its ups and downs, which makes me think sometimes about how busy I am but God isn’t. God isn’t trying to get it all done in a week or even 24 hours. It’s already done. God isn’t trying to meet deadlines or deal with crunch time on a project like me. He is not limited by time. One day is as a thousand years to God.
God isn’t trying to make up his mind about what to do first. Priorities are never an issue. He’s the same God yesterday, today and forever.
God isn’t waiting to see what the future holds because He holds the future in His hands. I can cast all my cares on Him.
God isn’t busy being too concerned about financial freedom or watching what happens in the stock market. He’s already invested in me. I am free because He is my Provider and the Supplier of all my needs.
God isn’t busy saving up for rainy days. He controls both the windfall and the rainfall of my life.
God isn’t busy in the sense of how I see myself being too busy or others may see me. This daily walk with God has shown me God is busy working on me and He is always at work in my life.
One thing I’ve learned is this, God always takes care of business as He takes care of us.