Thursday, April 17, 2014
Every day is a new opportunity to either tackle something we are working on or discover we have a new struggle in life. We can’t always make problems go away in an instant or even a day. But we can take things one day at a time and realize if we allow God to help us get through the daily struggles, things will eventually get better. God wants to help us every day. He wants us to be there for our friends who are struggling reminding them that these daily struggles will soon end and we will be stronger.
2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us today to know our struggles will soon be gone. Help us to know when we struggle we are learning something from You and we become stronger. When our friends struggle, help us to be the friend who comforts them but also reminds them to take charge of the situation and move on. Help us to help them to know You better because of their daily struggles and that You are there for them just as You are here for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Our struggles should not cause us to give up on what God wants us to do.
Knowing that there will be struggles in our lives helps us plan ahead for them knowing God will get us through them.
When struggles come to our friends, we can be the friend who comforts and encourages advising them that God will help them through their struggles.
God is all we need in every struggle, in every battle, in every situation, every day.
If we go to God when we are struggling and encourage our friends to do the same, He will remind us that He is in control.
Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (NLT)
Focus today: Despite the struggles we have today, let’s continue to focus on God and lean on Him to help us.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
In this crazy world we live in, we have many issues where we lose focus. Life gets in the way and we lose track of time and money. Insomuch that we sometimes think we are losing our minds. When we realize Christ should be the center of all we do, we will be able to better focus on Him. When our focus is on Him, we will make better decisions, take the right actions and live as He wants us to live. We focus on Him because He is our Rock and Redeemer. He is and always will be. And He will never change or be shaken. When we focus on Him and His intentions, we will become stronger and able to do what He has called us to do.
Psalm 33:11 “But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us today to focus on Your intentions for us. Help us to remember that Your plans do stand firm forever. You cannot be shaken. You never change. You are constant. And when we place our focus on You, we remember. We remember Your goodness, Your grace and Your mercy. And we remember Your love. Help us to focus on all that You are today and remind us in all we do to be obedient to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
When we focus on God’s intentions for us, He will show us how to love others as He love them.
When we focus on God’s intentions for us, He will remind us of His goodness and how we are supposed to be good as well.
When we focus on God’s intentions for us, He show His grace and mercy upon us.
When we focus on God’s intentions for us, He will reveal them to us and show us how to be obedient to Him.
God’s intentions can never be shaken and can be found in His word. We should allow His Holy Spirit to guide us to follow God’s intentions for us.
Galatians 5:25 “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (NLT)
Focus today: Ask God what His intentions are for you today and be focused and obedient to Him.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Many of us struggle with focus. In order to focus well, we sometimes have to turn away. We sometimes need a break. Working at the computer is one example. When we stare at a computer long enough, we become tired. Our eyes begin to strain. Our back begins to hurt. We have to get up and move around. We need to take a break. In order to focus well on anything, we need to get away from it sometimes. Then we will come back fresh and ready to complete what it is we need to do. God tells us we need rest so we should periodically turn away from our work to get that rest.
Psalm 127:2 “It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us to remember to rest today. Help us to remember to take breaks and not work all day long. We know that You will provide us with all we need as You always have. We know that You have plans for us and in those plans, we are to rest. Help us today to set aside a time to rest, to focus on You and to be renewed so we can continue to focus on doing Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God wants us to work hard but He also wants us to rest.
There is no work that is so important that we can’t take a break from it.
When we are working too hard and not resting enough, we may lose focus on God’s plan for us.
Doing what God calls us to do requires us to work but it also requires us to rest.
Even in the beginning, God did not work all the time. He took time to rest and so should we.
Genesis 2:2 “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.” (NLT)
Focus today: We should take time to rest today after working to help us better focus and be obedient to God.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
In order to grow roots, we have to start from a seed. Springtime is usually when we plant seeds to make things grow. The activity begins underground before we see anything happen on the outside. Then soon we see sprigs which begin to turn into what we planted. In order for us to grow in faith, we need to begin planting the seeds of God’s word into our hearts. We need to build our lives on His word and we will begin to see the person He has created us to be.
Colossians 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us to focus on You today and begin to plant seeds in our lives for right living. Help us with the decisions we make today. Help us with the love and concern we show for others. Help us have the desire to stay focused on You and make the choices You want us to make. We want to live for You today, Lord, and we give ourselves to You. Please help us to grow deeply in Your word and begin making roots that will keep us strong and focused on You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
When we focus on God’s word, we will see His desire for our lives.
God wants us to read His word and grow stronger in Him. That requires focus on Him every day.
If we want to be strong in God’s word, we have to read it and meditate on it every day.
When we plant God’s word into our minds and hearts, we will see our faith grow.
When we accept Christ as our Savior, He will live in us and our roots will grow down into God’s love and we will be strong.
Ephesians 3:17 “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” (NLT)
Focus today: Before we can plant God’s word into our hearts, we have to decide to die to the world’s desires and only desire what God wants us to do.
1 Corinthians 15:36 “When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first.” (NLT)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
FIX OUR THOUGHTS
If we were to really think about our thoughts, we would probably tell ourselves to change our thinking. Many of us have what Zig Ziglar called “stinking thinking.” That is thinking that does us or no one else any good. That is thinking that not only puts others down but puts us down as well. Our minds sometimes think things that should never be said. So why do we even think them? Let’s focus today on how we think so our thoughts are what God has called us to think. Then we will see a definite change in our minds, our hearts and our lives.
Philippians 4:8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us today to think about what we think. Help us to focus our thinking on what is true. Help us to focus our thinking on what is right, what will honor You and what is pure and lovely and admirable. Help us to focus on You and allow You to help us think as You want us to think so we can live as You want us to live. We know that wherever our thoughts lie, our hearts are there as well. Thank You, Lord, for the change You are going to make in our thinking today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Write down what thoughts you are having right now and ask God to help you change your thinking to be in line with His commands.
When we want to obey God, we have to change our thinking to what He has called us to think.
Thinking about things that are no good to us or others is just a wasted thought.
Our minds sometimes think things that should never be said. So why do we even think them?
We seem to think about what we care about the most. So what is it that we need to change in our thinking so we care more about others and God?
Matthew 6:21 “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (NLT)
Focus today: Let’s focus today on how we think so our thoughts are what God has called us to think.
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