Week of July 22, 2019
Giving God Your Fears of the Future
Psalm 16:5 (NLT)
Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine.
When we’re single and wishing we weren’t, it’s easy for worry to creep in.
Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?
What if God has a spouse for me—but I won’t meet him/her until I’m 60?!
What if something’s wrong with me, and it’s my fault I’m single?
What if my spouse is married to somebody else?
But we don’t need to ask any of those questions. God is the One who guards what belongs to us. We can trust Him to look after what’s important to our hearts—including the spouse we haven’t met yet.
If you’re dealing with fear about your future, set your concerns in God’s hands. He has GOOD plans for you, and He is excited about your future.
Today’s prayer: Father God, I’m sorry for the times when I’ve allowed fear to be my guide instead of Your voice. I know You have good plans for me, and I choose to trust You with my future. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Monday be blessed!
Look to God
Romans 3:10–11 (NIV)
There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
We find true understanding as we search for God. His wisdom is beyond anything the world can touch or fabricate. It allows us to do what He would do in any given situation, and we get to make decisions according to His righteousness. Seeking God is vital to living a good life (Matt. 6:33).
Every day when you get up, seek God.
When you’re dealing with a health issue, even just allergies, seek God.
If you’ve run out of resources or there are financial problems, seek God.
When you don’t have the solution you need, and it looks like there’s no way out, seek God.
Your heavenly Father opens paths where there are no paths and a door where there used to be only a wall. He will give you the wisdom you need.
Today’s prayer: Father, I look to You. Please shine a light on my path and give me the wisdom I need for this week. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Tuesday be blessed!
He Is Faithful
Psalm 86:11 (NIV)
Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
David knew how to be a successful king—he wanted the ways of God. If he could only know God’s ways, he would be able to rely on His faithfulness. That is, he would get to see God’s answers and the fulfillment of His promises with his own eyes.
The ways of the Lord aren’t a secret. We can see them everywhere we look. Nature itself wants to tell us who God is (Rom. 1:20).
But even though the truth of God is right here, waiting, we can’t trust human wisdom and logic to explain His ways to us. We need the Holy Spirit to explain Him. This kind of special, back-and-forth conversation with God grows as we spend time with Him listening for His voice.
Today’s prayer: Lord, please come and show me Your ways. Teach me to walk in Your paths so I can rely on Your faithfulness like David did. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Wednesday be blessed!
Peace That Unravels Darkness
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
When your thoughts are “fixed” on God, you will have great peace. Peace is the outcome of being filled up with Him.
But the opposite is also true. If you’re dealing with worry or any fears (even fears that make sense in the moment), then right now you have the opportunity to run into your Father’s arms and let Him give you His peace.
You don’t have to shoulder your concerns all by yourself. Fix your thoughts on God, and experience a peace that unravels the darkness.
Today’s prayer: Father God, I need Your peace. Please show me how to keep my attention on You throughout the day: during meals, work, times with friends—everything. I want to know what Your perfect peace is like. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Thursday be blessed!
Romans 12:2 (TPT)
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.
When you think about your future, your spouse, or your married life, do your thoughts line up with God’s? Do you think about these things the way He does?
When our thoughts don’t look like God’s thoughts, we need to figure out what He’s thinking, so we can start to imitate Him (Eph. 5:1). Whatever He’s thinking is the truth. And that’s what we need!
Today’s prayer: Father, thank You for going through life with me. Please help me to think Your thoughts today. If I’m thinking something that doesn’t look like You, please point it out to me so I can discover what Your truth is instead. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Friday be blessed!
When God Waits
1 Chronicles 12:32 (NLT)
From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.
God’s sense of timing is often very different than our own. We expect something to happen quickly, and sometimes it doesn’t. So we have to wait.
God doesn’t withhold the answers to our hopeful prayers because He’s trying to “teach us a lesson.” It’s so much better than that!
When God waits, it is for a reason—something precious and beautiful and perfect. If we only knew what that reason was, we would also choose to wait, understanding it’s for our good.
Today’s prayer: Father God, I place myself in Your faithful hands. Help me to know You better, and please lead me to act at the opportune moment so I can walk in blessing. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Saturday be blessed!
Do the Thing God’s Put on Your Heart
Ephesians 5:15–16 (TPT)
So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes.
Is there something you know you SHOULD do, but for whatever reason, you keep putting it off? Has God told you to do that thing?
We really start to grow when we live “carefully.” That means different things for different people. Your version of “careful” might not look like your best friend’s version, and that’s fine. “Careful living” means following God’s leading and doing what you know He’s asking you to do.
If God has put something on your heart, go do it. Take a bold step forward! Be sensitive to His daily counsel because this will always bear great fruit in your life.
Today’s prayer: Father God, please help me understand the times I live in, and give me Your wisdom so I know what to do. In the name of Jesus, amen.
May your Sunday be blessed!
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