Good fear.

“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

A place of provision.

“So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” ” (Genesis 22:14)

He has the cattle on a thousand hills. Our Father owns all things; there is no shortage in Him, no economic downturn, and no lack. He is the all-sufficient one, the God of more than enough. There is power in that name, the name “The Lord will provide.”

He is faithful, and He will meet your need. Our hope is in Him, our trust is in Him, and our provision is in Him. Let’s take a moment to be thankful for what we already have, grateful for His past provision, and expectant for our current needs.

We have so many needs in so many areas, yet He is fully aware of all we need and will need in the future, and He has promised to provide.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you for your provision.” Amen

How straight is your path?

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)

How many times has God helped you out? How many times has He provided for you in your hour of need? Many times He works for our advantage and we are completely unaware.

So what should our response be? How often do we acknowledge Him in what we do, what we say and how we act. We can acknowledge it to Him. Saying thank you to God is an important part.

“Doing life” His way is a major way of acknowledging His Lordship in our lives. Acknowledging His Lordship in our influence and success, or overcoming of life’s problems, is not only a witness but will help align ourselves to His will.

When all is aid and done and we stand before God. The complexity of our journey will be shown to have been a straight path, where we have acknowledged Him and done it His way.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to remember to acknowledge you, in all I do.” Amen

Jesus.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Joh 3:16)

This is what it is all about. The core of what we believe. But familiarity often breeds contempt. Take a moment to read with fresh eyes the familiar words, with such a poignant meaning. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, and the expression of an incomprehensible love that is so wide, so deep, and so complete, that we cannot begin to understand its total, absolute, and monumental enormity.

It is for all history, the perfect expression of perfect love. The enormity of the sacrifice cannot be understood by mortal man nor the consequences of rejecting this indescribable gift.

Others need to know what we have heard and experienced. Let the love of others overcome the fear of opening up and letting them know.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you Jesus, for the ultimate sacrifice.” Amen

Blessed by Association

“From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.” (Gen 39:5)

When we surrender to God in an area, something extraordinary happens: the kingdom of God is brought to bear in that area. When we surrender to Him at work and offer up to Him all that is in our authority or under our influence, He begins to bless.

We literally bring the blessings of God to all we touch through a surrendered heart and prayerful walk. Those who are around us will experience blessings though association with us.

God is with us, and He also will be with those around us and the company or workplace we minister in. Our work in the world is ministry if it is surrendered and sanctified.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that my surrender to You brings blessings to those I associate with. Amen.

God’s Workmanship

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10)

What on earth are You doing, God? These words are all to frequent in my prayers and I am sure in yours as well. Often we do not see the purpose, reason, or plan God is enacting in our lives. Sometimes, even often, we will just not understand why things are happening. We just have to trust that God knows what He is doing.

Have you given your life to Him? Then He is at liberty to do whatever He wants. We are His workmanship and His handiwork, designed by Him for His purposes. The outcome as we surrender to His will in faith is good works and not just manmade good ideas.

God made good works prepared by Him before we were even created.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that I am Your workmanship. Amen.

Promotion

“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.’” (Gen 41:41)

There is a payday for those who follow God and work in His way. Joseph was gifted by God and disciplined and diligent in his execution of God’s purposes. He had a hard road to walk but then had the ultimate promotion.

He followed God’s ways and had God’s insights and wisdom. He moved well in the supernatural and in the natural. He is an example for us. It is God who exalts and God who promotes. He is interested in us fulfilling our potential. If we walk His way and work His way, we will ultimately fulfill our true calling and unlock our full potential.

Quick Prayer: You are the promoter and exalter; I surrender to You, Your timing, and Your way. Amen.

What Do You Do?

“Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.’” (Amo 7:14)

When we go to a party or meet strangers in a networking event, we are often asked the question, “What do you do?” We can identify with what we do, and there is nothing really wrong with that.

What about if we were in a room full of fulltime church workers? Maybe there are many missionaries, pastors, priests, and social and charity workers there. How would we feel about our profession then? Would we place our vocation on some kind of spiritual pecking order?

The truth is that God has called us each to play a role in His kingdom. You have a sacred calling to do what you do. There is no hierarchy of callings; each is anointed, appointed, and placed in a specific role for a definitive, God-ordained purpose.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for what I do, which is ordained by You. Amen.