Week of July 1, 2019
You Are Not Forgotten
Jeremiah 23:24 (NLT)
“Can anyone hide from me in a secret place?
Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?”
says the Lord.
No matter what’s going on in your life today, one thing remains the same—God has not forgotten you.
Even if you TRIED to hide from Him, you wouldn’t be able to. When you’re hurting and hoping your heavenly Father notices you, He does. More than you know.
This is the start of a brand-new week, and you don’t have to go through it alone. Hold on to Jeremiah 23:24 and remind yourself constantly that God’s right here with you, and He wants to help you.
Today’s prayer: Father God, thank You for being here with me. Thank You for seeing every detail of my life and knowing exactly what I’m facing right now. This week I want You to be my focus, and I know this will bring me peace. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Monday be blessed!
Proverbs 24:5–6 (NLT)
The wise are mightier than the strong,
and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.
So don’t go to war without wise guidance;
victory depends on having many advisers.
The world doesn’t always understand what the strength of God looks like. He likes to pick what the world considers “foolish” to show what He’s really like. His paradigm is completely different than what the world expects (1 Cor. 1:27).
The wisdom of God is better than the strength of men. Whatever you’re undertaking today—a new business, a new relationship, a move, or any other challenge—don’t rely on the world’s strength. Choose instead to rely on God’s wisdom.
Take Him your problems and concerns. Ask Him to guide you and show you what to do. He knows the way to your success.
Today’s prayer: Lord, Your wisdom solves more problems than my strength! I ask You for wisdom in this specific area: _________, and I know You will answer me. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Tuesday be blessed!
Psalm 34:9 (NLT)
Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
for those who fear him will have all they need.
When the Bible talks about fearing God, we need to make sure we don’t automatically associate that phrase with human fear.
We’re afraid of bad things happening. We’re afraid because we feel like a failure—what if God looks at us and thinks we’re not good enough? In most cases when we say we “fear” something, it isn’t good.
But when we talk about fearing God, it is a completely different kind of fear. It carries the idea of deeply respecting Him, revering Him, and putting all our faith in Him.
The person who fears God can boldly tell other people, “This is who God is! And He is always trustworthy! And He is always good!” Because they have firsthand experience with who He is.
Don’t be afraid to put all your trust in God today. He knows what you need, and He loves to provide for His kids.
Today’s prayer: Lord, thank You for this opportunity to put my full trust in Your heart for me. I want to see You as You really are so I can tell other people, “This is what God is like!” In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Wednesday be blessed!
2 Corinthians 9:7–8 (NIV)
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
The world says, “If you give, you will have less.” But that is not the mentality of Heaven. All of Heaven shouts with laughter, “When you give, you will wind up with even more!”
Do you feel like a generous person? How could you practice generosity even more? Even if you’re completely broke right now, you can still open up your heart to the needs of others and start to give away what God has given you.
We all have “seeds” we can sow: gifts, talents, love, even just a cup of water to someone who is thirsty (Matt. 10:42). Small things are big things to God.
Trees don’t bear fruit just for themselves, nor does the sun shine just for itself. God is in the business of spreading out, sharing, and showing love in tangible ways that will help people.
The Lord always rewards generosity. The “reward” might not be what you expect, but as you give cheerfully from your heart, you will see the benefits of being faithful.
Today’s prayer: Father God, You are tender and compassionate toward all You have made. Thank You that I get to show people who You are as I give. I ask that You would teach me about generosity and help me be generous with the people You’ve placed on my heart. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Thursday be blessed!
Your Unique Gift
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
God created us in such a way that we need the people around us. We are parts of a whole, and we don’t operate at our best when we’re cut off from others. The Bible calls us the “body of Christ”—an entity with many, many special parts, each with a wonderful and specific reason it exists.
You are one of the wonderful parts. You are gifted, even if you can’t see it right now. You are special and it is GOOD you are here, because the people around you need you.
If you don’t know how God has gifted you, take some time this week to ask Him. If you’re struggling to feel accepted and like you matter, go to Him and ask Him to show you what He thinks of you. He has amazing plans for your life, and the gift He’s put inside you is wonderful and needed.
Today’s prayer: Father God, please help me to understand the value of how You made me. Help me to see myself the way You do. I want to operate according to the gift You’ve given me, so I can be a blessing to the people around me. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Friday be blessed!
Peace for Life
John 14:27 (NIV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
God doesn’t promise a life free of pain. But He DOES promise a life full of peace.
The world can’t offer us true, lasting peace because it’s broken. God, on the other hand, is the One who made us, and He knows intimately every detail of our hearts. When we go to Him to find peace and rest, we always get more than we expected simply because that’s His nature—to be more than we could possibly imagine (Eph. 3:20).
Are you struggling in your relationship? There’s peace for you in your Father’s arms.
Do you feel overwhelmed by life? Focus on God, and you will find rest for your soul (Matt. 11:28).
Today’s prayer: Father, I need Your peace. Please come and be with me as I go through this week, and help me to keep my eyes on You. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Saturday be blessed!
The Answer to Relationship Struggles
Proverbs 3:13, 17
Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding…
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
Even if things are hard in your relationship (or lack thereof) right now, you don’t have to think according to difficulty and pain. You get to rejoice in God, because you aren’t alone and you don’t have to rely on your own wisdom.
You don’t even have to come up with the answer to your problem—you get to listen to God and receive wisdom’s answer. The perfect answer is just waiting for your request.
The wisdom of God is greater than any knowledge the world offers, and it automatically brings a blessing. The way of wisdom is good for us; it’s enjoyable and satisfying, and as we walk in wisdom, we experience great peace.
Today’s prayer: Father God, thank You for being with me. Please help me to hear Your voice and have the courage to follow Your leading in this area of relationships. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Sunday be blessed!
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