“Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.” (Psalms 34:9)
Is God some big overbearing parent that needs to be appeased? Is He a harsh taskmaster that demands obedience and waits to punish any error? No, no and no. We serve a loving heavenly Father who sent His only son to die in our place. There is no greater love, than His for us.
Yet He remains the creator of the universe, whose footstool is the earth. He spoke all that is into being with a word. He has always been, omnipotent and omnipresent. Our small minds cannot begin to image His overwhelming size, power and strength.
So lets not let His love cloud our awe and sense of fear. That holy fear that is based in respect and acknowledgement of who He really is.
Quick Prayer. “I am in awe of you Lord.” Amen
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” ( Proverbs 30:5)
We all need protection. From time to time we are attacked. We are in a war, expect some flak. So how do we defend ourselves and fight back? Jesus used the word of God as a weapon.
Here we are advised to use it as a shield. If you find yourself in trouble in business, or in your personal life; Speak the word of God. Get to know your armoury, you never know when you will l need it. If you take the time to study the bible, it will become a part of who you are.
Speaking the word was modeled to us by Jesus, how much more do we need that protection?
Quick Prayer. “Protect me when I need a shield Lord. Teach me to use your word.” Amen
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
Wow! What a promise. All the promises of God are “yes and amen” to those who love Jesus (see 2 Cor 1:20). You will have more than enough when you are faithful and honor God with your income. His Word is true; He is not a man that He would lie (see Num 23:19). Do we dare to accept Him according to His Word and exercise faith and action to appropriate His promise?
This is a mind-bending promise but one that is true because God said it was so. How we honor God with our first fruits is between us and God, and many errors have been placed on this truth. The important part is recognizing the truth of His provision and actually acting on it to reflect the command to honor Him with the cream of the crop.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you are a generous God. Please bless me according to your Word, as I have sought to be faithful to your will.” Amen
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
You are what you say. God spoke the world into being and we are created in His image. how many have been damaged by having negative words spoken over them by a parent, teacher or minister?
Describing the tongue as having the power of life or death is about as strong a term as you could use. God is obviously placing a massive emphasis on the importance of what say, so therefore, so should we!
Watch what you say, be measured in your words, encourage, build up and edify those around you and yourself. You will inhabit the world created by your words.
Quick Prayer. “Help me to be aware of my words and the power they hold.” Amen
“The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)
This truth is perfectly presented in the person of Jesus. The greatest of all was the servant of all. As we seek to serve others, God will exalt us. As we seek to be exalted he may well oppose the proud. This is counter to human nature as we all want significance and to be esteemed.
There is a part of us that will use others to advance ourselves. We need to be reminded of God’s way to counter our own ambition. Let’s learn from the Master and learn to serve.
As we choose to be faithful in serving, doors will open that no man can shut, and opportunities will come as we prove to be faithful in the discharge of our God-given responsibilities.
Jesus is our example!
Quick Prayer. “Teach me to serve like you did.” Amen
“In Christ Jesus, then, I have legitimate reason to glory (exult) in my work for God.” (Romans 15:17)
We work for God. Regardless of our occupation, we are in His employ. Because of this, when we experience success, it is legitimate to glory in it. In fact, we can glory in the very act of service as we work for God in the marketplace.
But what of humility? Surely the ultimate in humility is agreement with God. He says we can glory in our work, so let’s drop our false humility and enjoy it as He intended. There is nothing wrong with enjoying all His good gifts. He provides them for our enjoyment and provision and to make us effective in His kingdom.
What a privilege. If we really grasped this truth, it would revolutionise our work life.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that I work for you.” Amen
“ …for the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which is lost.” (Luke 19:10)
What should our priority be? What is our highest imperative? What is God’s vision?
Our bottom line is profit or cash flow or a triple bottom-line for some progressive companies. God is vitally interested in bringing success, but He has an ultimate bottom line.
In the midst of your busy life, keep an eye out for an opportunity—a God-given opportunity to share a word, plant a thought, say a prayer, or reap a soul for Jesus. It is the true bottom line and should be our top of mind. The ones with eternal consequences are always wrought in the practical application of obedience and grace.
God is in the restoration business, and He will make us all restorers. Jesus came to heal and restore that which was damaged and lost. We are part of His ongoing work.
Quick Prayer. “Show me how to restore others to you Lord.” Amen
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Hebrews 6:10)
God has seen your faithfulness. He has seen all you have done and are doing. He will not forget your work. Your answer is coming. Daniel had to wait to see an answer that was dispatched the moment he prayed. We don’t understand how it all works or the mechanism of prayer, but we do know He is faithful.
He will watch over His Word to see that it is fulfilled. When we stand in agreement with His Word, we literally pull the promises from the spiritual into the physical. It is in our faith that the answers to prayer are born. This is what it means to have ‘Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”.
It is because of Who He is that we can count on Him. He is the full manifestation of all it is to be faithful. We put our trust in His character; He is not a man that He should lie. Your answer is on its way!
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for your faithfulness, and that you honour your word.” Amen