GOD’S PATH TO BLESSING: STUDY HIS WORD

“Blessed is the one . . . whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” – Psalm 1:1-3 NIV.

The Bible is more than just a book you put on your shelf. It’s a pathway to God’s blessing.
Over and over in God’s Word, we’re told that studying and applying the Bible leads to blessing.
For example, the Bible says, “Blessed is the one . . . whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” – Psalm 1:1-3 NIV.

What does it mean to meditate? Some people think it means to put your mind in neutral and contemplate the lint on your navel as you say, “Ommmmmm.”

But that’s not what meditation is!

Meditation is seriously thinking about something. You meditate on God’s Word when you read a verse, think about what it means, and ask yourself how you could apply it to your life.
Doing this, Psalm 1:1-3 says, is like planting deep roots into the ground. It means you won’t get blown over when troubles come.

God won’t bless you if you’re not digging in and studying the Bible.

I want whatever you do to prosper. I want your life to be filled with meaning and purpose. But for God’s blessing, the Bible says you must not only read God’s Word but also study it.

I want whatever you do to prosper in the years ahead. But God makes the condition clear. If you want his blessing, you must study his Word.
James 1:25 tells us how: “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (NIV).

If you want God to bless you, commit to looking intently at the Word, continuing to examine Scripture, remembering what you’ve read, and obeying what it teaches you to do.
It’s not complicated. But it’ll change your life.

 

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Rick Warren.

MAKE TIME TO SERVE AT WORK

“If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important” (Galatians 6:3 NLT).
God isn’t impressed with your status. He’s impressed with your service

You are here on Earth to serve. If you want your work to be a ministry, you have to be willing to lend a helping hand in a practical way—and you can assist people in hundreds of ways. Years ago someone started a ministry at our church called People Helping People. Folks simply helped others in their area of expertise or interest, whether it was home repair, plumbing, gardening, housekeeping, auto repair, or accounting.

Helping others doesn’t have to be complicated. Just use what you know how to do to help other people. That’s called ministry! Every opportunity to meet a need is simply a way to show God’s love. This is true even—and especially—when it comes to your workplace and your co-workers.

Jesus said, “Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28 TLB).

It’s our nature to want to be served. I want to be served. I want people to wait on me. I want people to do things for me. Yet the mark of a Christian is the desire to serve. The Spirit of Christ is service and giving yourself away.

Who in your office or at your worksite is barely hanging on by a thread? Make it your business to know. That’s what being a Christian is all about! There are people all around you who are hurting. Behind their smile, they’re dying under the weight of some hurt or burden. God wants you to be the one to lift them up and show them his love.

You might say, “But I’ve got problems, too. I’ve got things to do. I’ve got goals to achieve. I don’t have time for ministry.” If you don’t have time to help anybody else, your life is too self-centered. It’s that simple. God did not put you here to live only for yourself. If you’re too busy for ministry, then you are just too busy.

Being a Christian means accepting people unconditionally, affirming people continually, and assisting people eagerly. God wants us to help others.

Talk about it.

Who do you know that needs some practical help this week or even today? What will you do about it?
Sometimes a simple phone call is the help that someone needs. What person would be encouraged by your hopeful words today? Don’t put it off any longer.
If you think you’re too busy for ministry, take some time to assess your schedule. What less important things are taking up time that could be spent on more important things?

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.

THE WORDS OF OUR MOUTH

Scripture: James 3:1-12

Have you ever considered what a wonderful gift speech is? When God created us, He gave us a voice and a language so we could communicate. With our tongues we can praise and glorify God, teach His Word, pray, and express encouragement and loving devotion to one another.

However, our voices also have the power to hurt. It often starts with something small, like a thoughtless comment that can snowball, causing unforeseen damage. At times we may express our opinion in a critical way, which tears the other person down. Or out of curiosity, we might ask a question or make a suggestion that sows seeds of doubt and distrust, thereby damaging another person’s reputation.

Scripture calls this gossip, and God has strong words to say about those who engage in it. They separate close friends, betray confidences, and stir dissension. Most alarming of all is the fact that the Greek word for a malicious gossip is diabolos, which is also translated “devil.” When we use our words to tear others down, we are acting like the devil rather than like Jesus Christ.

God takes our words very seriously, and so should we. Jesus said, “The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matt. 12:34). Therefore, what we need is a heart transformation, and the only one who can do that is God.

Since gossip is the opposite of love, ask the Lord to give you His love for others so you can be someone who protects reputations, covers sins, and blesses others with your words.

 

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from In Touch Ministries.

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I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8 (NIV)

 

A NEW YEAR WITH GOD

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” – Psalm 32:8.

The prospect of a new year can be exciting because of many new possibilities and opportunities, but also disquieting if you face the future with anxiety – wondering whether the problems and disasters of the past will repeat themselves.

International crises, financial setbacks, as well as personal problems and disappointments tend to cloud our vision of the future.

Always remember that you can place your hope in the omniscience of God. He truly cares about you and He loves you deeply. Believe in the promises of Jesus and approach the new year in His loving presence. He will guide you through the labyrinth of life because He knows what is best for you.

Prayer: You are truly a God of love! Thank You for sending Your only Son so that I, too, can be saved. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

AN OPEN DOOR

“See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” – Revelation 3:8.

Constant grumbling and drudgery makes life seen meaningless. It doesn’t take someone who lives like this long long to wilt intellectually and to develop a negative, cynical attitude towards life.

But Christ wants so much more for us. Scripture, history and personal experience offer ample testimony to the fact that an ordinary, seemingly meaningless life can be transformed by the power of the living Christ and through His Holy Spirit.

This new life of abundance that Christ offers you is yours for the taking. Turn to Christ and He will open the door to a new, meaningful life for you.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, the open door of Your grace leads me into the abundance and joy of life in Your presence. Fill my life with new purpose and meaning today. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR

“Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live” – John 14:19.

Many people harbor anxiety because the future is unknown to them, and become pessimistic and discouraged. We must constantly remind ourselves that life is extremely precious, so that we don’t fall into the trap of depression.

Even if the future seems bleak, you can be assured that your life and future are in God’s hands. God is in control of everything. There is joy in Christ because He is the Rock on which you can build your life. His grace is sufficient to get you through each day.

Seize this life and live it in the abundance of Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour.

Prayer: Through all the changing circumstances of life, Lord, in joy as well as sorrow, my heart will sing Your praises and thank You for the abundant life that You have made possible for me. Amen.

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

WHERE ARE YOU HEADING

“Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ” – 2 Corinthians 2:14.

It is not always easy to choose which road you should follow. But accepting Christ as Lord of your life puts divine powers into action. Your values in Him will provide you with an inspired yet practical goal.

Choosing your goal and objectives with Christ will put you on the right road and will bring joy, confidence and enthusiasm into your life.
If you walk through life in the light of God, the whole journey becomes a joyous experience.
Prayer: Dear Guide, thank You that I can walk through life with You and that You guide me along the paths of life. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL

“For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light” – Psalm 36:9.

Life is the best thing God has given to you. So be grateful for it. When you accept the goodness of life, you will stop fighting against it.

When you accept that life is good, all impatience and frustration will be removed and life becomes satisfying and exciting experience.

Allow your life to be controlled by godly principles and it will become an expression of those plans. You will possess a unity with the Creator, and your life will be filled with the fullness of God.

Prayer: Creator God, I thank You that You have a plan for my life that is filled with the fullness of You. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

A NEW YEAR; A NEW WAY; THE SAME GOD!

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” – Psalm 32:8.

When we reflect on the future, we often allow the events of the past – problems and disappointments – to cloud our vision.

Today, more so than ever before, the moment has come to place your unwavering trust in the omniscience of God. He truly cares about you and loves you deeply.

Everyone has a need for love: true, profound, sincere love. So rediscover that, in this seemingly loveless world, there is Somebody who has special interest in you: a God in heaven who is Love and who loves you dearly.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

GOD’S BLESSING OF BROKENNESS

Exodus 2:11-15

The Lord had a great calling in mind for Moses—to free more than 2,000,000 Israelites from Egyptian bondage. And the future liberator seemed qualified for the task. As Pharaoh’s adopted grandson, he would have had access to royal privilege, power, and education.

But Moses also had a strong independent spirit that could get in the way of his obedience to the Lord. God’s plan required a broken spirit that would follow Him and rest on His divine power.

A big mistake—killing an Egyptian for beating a slave (Ex. 2:11-12)—was Moses’ opportunity to learn this important lesson. Realizing the murder had been witnessed, he fled to the desert to escape Pharaoh’s wrath. It was there that he came to the end of himself.

Like Moses, we’re all born with a tendency toward selfishness and stubbornness and want things done our way. But God gives us opportunities to bring every area of our life to Him in submission.

Though few will be given a task on the scale of Moses’, the Father has a calling in mind for each believer. Whether His plan is that we raise a godly family, reach out to a neighbor, or run a business with integrity and consideration, He wants us to do so in His power. To prepare us for this work, He sometimes uses brokenness. That wouldn’t be our chosen method, but God knows hardship is sometimes necessary to strip us of our selfish ways.

Do you want to achieve what God has planned for you to do? In humility, ask Him to bring any brokenness that He deems necessary.

Bible in One Year: Luke 4-5

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from In Touch Ministries