Philippians 4: 9 ESV “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
When you wake up in the morning there are more than enough thoughts going through your mind. My question to you is what are you thinking about? Do you think about finances two to three times a day? Do you think about a job you don’t have three to four times a day?
The thought you keep bringing into your mind is what you are focussing on and that is what is occupying your mind. The Apostel Paul reminds us in Philippians chapter 4 verse 9 to think of something pure, lovely and something commendable. Something excellent and worthy of praise.
Being someone that struggles with negative thoughts it takes me a couple of hours to get my thoughts in order. I need to stay focused and practice thinking of things that are pure, focusing on what is good and not taking note of any bad or ugly thoughts.
Heavenly Father, Lord please help me to stay focused and concentrate on thoughts that are pure, thinking on whatever is good and whatever is excellent. I pray asking for help in Jesus Christ name. Amen
Acts 4: 19 NIV “But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.”
How do you and I become obedient to the Lord God? It is clear that when you love and know the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth and understand what He has done for you; it will be so easy to obey God.
Peter and John healed a man who was in his late forties and they healed this man in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. They obeyed the Lord and the Sanhedrin wanted to prohibit them from speaking in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
We see Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit and tells them “If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”
Staying true to God is so important, we draw near to Him every day. In obedience, I challenge you today, keep the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth in your heart. Let us become more and more like Jesus so that we are able to heal the sick and bring the Good News to the World today.
Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I humbly come into Your presence today praying that I too will be obedient to You and that I will bring the Good news to the people. Holy Spirit renews my mind and help me to stay obedient in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen
Proverbs 23: 7 NIV “for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.”
Go and stand before a mirror and look at your countenance, what do you see? When I go to the mirror I see an elderly lady looking back at me. I see her every morning when she combs her hair and brushes her teeth, so it must be me. Then, of course, I am a wife, a mother, and stepmother and a grandmother and last but not least a daughter.
Come to think of it, I have many different roles to play in my life. But have you visited with someone and when in their company you feel a little off. You just cannot put your finger on it. They are kind, friendly and look all too good but there is something off about the whole scenario?
We sometimes act just like this person in Proverbs, we are supposed to be children of the Most High God but we treat people with contempt and disregard them. Why? I believe when you get to a certain level in your life and you feel that you have made it, you become selfish and don’t really want to share your wealth with others. But because of etiquette and protocol you need to act in a certain way, you know it because it is expected of you.
Oh my goodness, Lord help us.
Lord God, in humble adoration we come before You today, Lord. Just as we are, daughters of the Most High God, a royal priesthood. Bought with the blood of Jesus Christ. Remind us that we Lord, need You in our lives. That whatever we have is because You gave it to us. Lord bless each person reading these words today. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen
Matthew 17: 20 NIV “He replied, “Because you have so little faith, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Have you actually seen how small a mustard seed is? Seriously, it is rather small but that same seed yields the most beautiful huge tree. I have a question I want to ask you, please think about it seriously and see if you agree with me. If you and I have faith as small as a mustard seed, why then aren’t all our prayers heard?
Do you think it is because our faith does not align with that of God and that we don’t really believe God is able to do what He says He can do? Or are we trying to make things happen on our own ability, you know praying God do this and then going through a lot of trouble to see what we can do in the meantime?
Where is our confidence? In ourselves and our ability or that of God and His ability? I wonder whether I am really and truly surrendered to the Lord God in such a way that He is able to take over and do what needs to be done. Have I truly surrender every thought and deed into the Lords Hands?
Heavenly Father, Luke Chapter One verse thirty-seven says “For nothing is impossible with God.” Lord as a Christian I come into Your presence today, I pray Lord for the needy and I pray for the sick. I also pray for each and every one of us seeking You. Lord in our unbelieve we draw near to You. My prayer today is that I truly will draw near to You and that I will actually have faith as small as a mustard seed and I ask that You Holy Spirit will ignite the growing power in my soul and heart and mind. This I pray in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen
Psalm 34: 10 NIV “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.”
In order to reap an abundant harvest, it is important to stay in the field the Lord has placed you to reap a bountiful harvest. You also have to ensure that you are in the will of God. But what if you have moved away from the shelter of the Lord? You find that you are on the outskirts of the field and it seems almost impossible to move back into the field.
Fasting and prayer is a possibility and you do this on a regular basis, you are still seeking the Lord your God with all your heart. I believe that God is a fair and just God and that He will give both you and me a second chance. All we have to do is call out to Him and He will rescue each one of us.
There was this lady she was a Moabite and her mother-in-law was Naomi, they both returned to Naomi’s hometown. Ruth the Moabite lady went out to work in the fields collecting barley for the mother-in-law and herself so that they could eat. Boaz was the owner of the farm and when he saw Ruth he likes her instantly.
She was able to collect as much as she could for both herself and her mother-in-law. God provide for both Naomi and Ruth and blessed them.
O Lord my God, in all humility I stand before You today, I am in need of a miracle and I feel that I cannot move forward without You by my side. I am seeking You with my heart, soul, and mind today. I come before You just as I am and it is my desire to draw near to You. Lord God please help me. I need a touch in my life from You. In the name of Jesus Christ amen.
Ruth 2: 12 NIV “May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
Psalm 57: 1 NIV “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you, my soul takes refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”
I feel that I am under the protection of the Almighty God and I believe that God covers me with His strength and that I am encircled by His mercy and love. Many times I do not understand why things happen the way they are and what the purpose of it may be but today it is clear that I am under God’s protective hand.
I feel hurt and to be honest it isn’t easy for me to understand what to do next. I am pressing into the LORD my God, Elohei Ma’uzzi the God of my strength. Elohei Ma’uzzi I take refuge with You and I draw near to You today. I declare and encircle my entire life with the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I press into You Elohei Ma’uzzi.
Elohei Ma’uzzi the God of my strength, today humbly Lord I come to You in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and I pray please Lord God hold me close and never let me go. I press into You today give me the strength to face today and guide me, show me the purpose of my life. I encircle my life with the precious blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen
Ephesians 6: 17 NIV “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
As a Christian, it is imperative that we trust and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ with all our hearts, soul and mind. The funny thing is that when you are feeling a little sick, or discouraged it becomes difficult. Then doubt comes into play, the devil will place a thought into your mind and you either accept it or reject is. This is where the full armor of the Lord God is important. Be honest we don’t always put the full armor of God on do we? The past couple of days has been grueling for me personally. Self-doubt has been plaguing my mind. To top it off, I actually entertained the devil. As I meditate and think on the word of God I have come to realize that I am my worst enemy.
You see I have been ill for a couple of days, feeling miserable and not myself. I am not perky and definitely not a pleasure to be around. Then I also feel disappointed by a couple of people that I have met in the past year. But nevertheless, let them be. The antidote to being so doubtful is actually very simple. I have to put on the full armor of God. You see as a person our minds are the battlefield. You can look at me and not see what I really am going through. Smoke and mirrors hey.
Well, the devil, today I am coming up against you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and I bind your works. I place the helmet of salvation over my head and I take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. I stand up against you in Jesus Christ of Nazareth name.
Heavenly Father, O Lord, just as I am today with all of my fears and doubts please forgive me. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth has died and risen again for me. I declare the blood of Jesus Christ over my life today. I accept that I am more than a conquer and that I can do all things through Christ Jesus. I put the whole armor of God on. I put on the belt of truth around my waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Taking the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. In the name of Jesus Christ, I am armored. Amen