“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
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
Who keeps you sharp? Who do you have in your life who you trust—who you can “do life with”? We all need people who love God who can keep us sharp.
Often in our busy lives those relationships have drifted away or may not even exist. Ask God today to bring someone into your life or reacquaint yourself with a true friend. Why not schedule in some time to stay sharp with good company?
Be careful of a life with many acquaintances and no true friends. We all need some accountability. In order to gain true friendship, we need to be a true friend. As in any relationship, we will only get out what we put in. Investing in friendship is a sure way to surround yourself with great friends.
Quick Prayer. “Lead me to people who I can trust Lord.” 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
“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
“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
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-16)
The church as an institution, populated with the five fold ministries, is to “prepare you for works of service.” The role is to prepare, the work to be done, is outside the church, in the marketplace.
The full expression of our work with God is to be manifested in our daily work, not within the four walls of the church.
However, it is vital to be well connected to a place of worship, where you can be refreshed and prepared as you go out again to minster in the world.
We are called to be “fishers of men” not keepers of the aquarium.
Quick Prayer. “I commit to supporting my local church, show me how I can help.” Amen
“In a loud voice they were saying: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’” (Rev 5:12)
When they worship Jesus in heaven, they attribute many things to Him. Praise, glory, and honor are due to Him, and He is worthy to receive this adoration. They also praise Him, saying He should receive strength and wisdom, which all come from Him.
They start with saying that Jesus is worthy to receive power and wealth. God has all wealth and all power, all honor, all strength, and all wisdom. If we are subject to the kingdom of God, we worship by acknowledging these are all His and that He is worthy.
Laying down our wealth, authority, and power to Him is part of our worship and acknowledging that He is worthy.
Quick Prayer: All wealth and honor are Yours, Lord. Amen.