THE PERSON YOU CAN BECOME.

Scripture:

“However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

 

Message:

There are two sides to your personality: the person you are, and the person you would like to be. If these are in conflict with each other, you will experience bitter frustration and disappointment.

There is no harm in dreaming about the heights that you can achieve, provided that you take steps to make your dream a reality. You have the potential for spiritual growth that is beyond your wildest imaginings.

Spiritual greatness can be yours if you live in harmony with God. You whole life should respond to His love with joy and gratitude.

 

 

Prayer:

I pray for inspiration and strength to become all that you created me to be. Help me to grow in you day by day and to fulfill your vision for my life. Amen.

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

SHARE IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST

Scripture:

“God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 1:9

 

Message:

God has called you to share in the life of His Son, Jesus the living Christ – granting us a privilege beyond words.

But with this privilege comes responsibilities. Intimacy with the Father demands that the holy characteristics of God must be revealed in your daily life by love, honesty, selflessness and the integrity of your purpose. If you walk in the truth of this amazing grace, your understanding of God deepens and your vision of what your life could be broadens.

Once you have this you will never again be limited by secret fears and doubts. Instead you will face the future with confidence in the strength of the living Christ.

 

Prayer:

You are the True Vine that gives lasting life. Keep me safe, inspire me and bless me so that I will forever remain fruitful. Amen.

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

ASPIRE TO THAT WHICH IS NOBLE

Scripture:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

 

Message:

Life can be an unpleasant or an exquisite experience, depending on your attitude towards it.  When you are confronted with the cruelty of life, it is all too easy to allow it to affect your nature and character.

 

It requires spiritual sensitivity to consistently appreciate the beauty of life. To appreciate God as the Creator of all that is beautiful and noble, look around you. You will discover Him in unexpected places: in the smile of a friend, the innocence of a child, even a subtle act of love. In numerous ways, you will begin to see the wonder and beauty of life.

 

Prayer:

I bring you humble thanks, O Savior, that through the presence of Your Spirit I can appreciate the beauty and grandeur of life. Amen

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

THE MOST IMPORTANT EXERCISE

Scripture:

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45

 

 

Message:

It is the quality of your inner life, not that which you pretend to be, that is significant. For a while you may be able to present a false front, but a time will come when storm clouds gather and you will be put to the test.

Cultivating a practical spiritual life is the most important exercise that one can undertake. It influences every aspect of your life and creates moral stamina, which enables you to rise victoriously above inner weaknesses.

When you live in harmony with God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you, you will experience a motivating force in your life that will be reflected in your behavior.

 

Prayer:

Lord, teach me to fix my eyes on you more and more. I want to devote my whole life to you. Amen.

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

PAST MISTAKES DON’T END GOD’S CALL ON YOUR LIFE

Scripture:

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28 (NIV).

 

 

Message:

You’ve messed up. You’ve sinned. You’ve made bad decisions. So have I—all of the above.

But guess what?

None of those failures have changed God’s call on your life one bit. The calling God gave you at birth, the one he reaffirmed when he saved you, is a calling he gives you forever. It’s permanent.

Just look at Paul. Before he became a believer, Paul went into people’s homes, dragged them out into the street, and threw them into jail. He writes in 1 Timothy 1:12-13, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief” (NIV).

But none of that changed God’s call on Paul’s life. And nothing can change God’s call on your life, either.

In fact, God wants to use the pain from your past for his glory today and in the future. God never wastes a hurt. It all fits into his plan.

 

He can take your mistakes, your sins, and even the sins of others who’ve hurt you and work them all into his plan of redemption. The Bible says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

 

Talk About It

What mistake from your past do you most fear God can’t use?

How have you seen other people overcome their failures to pursue God’s call?

How are you encouraged by the truth that God doesn’t waste any of the pain in your life?

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.

REFLECT GOD’S GLORY

Scripture:

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” – Ephesians 5:1

 

 

Message:

Most of us have a role model to which we aspire to be like, whether it is a teacher, a parent, an employer or even a friend, we want to be like them.

Yet, there is a much better role model for us, a perfect role model for you and me – Jesus Christ. Never g=forget that He lived and worked just like us and was subject to all the temptations, frustrations, joys and sorrows to which you and I are subject to.

Allow the Holy Spirit to take control of your life and manage it in a way that is acceptable to God. Then you will display a measure of likeness to Christ that will glorify God.

 

 

Prayer:

Lord, transform me into your image more and more. Transfigure me so that I may become more like You in my behavior, thoughts and words. Amen

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotion.

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL IS ESSENTIAL

Scripture:

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

 

Message:

From time to time it is necessary to take a break in order to refresh yourself and prevent burnout. Jesus often withdrew Himself from the masses and from society so that He could be alone with Hi Father.

It is even more necessary for us to spend time with our heavenly Father. It is in those precious moments when you spend quiet time with God, that you will discover the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. He will fill the empty reservoirs of your life and you will return to the world refreshed, bearing testimony of Him with the new strength and energy that you have drawn from the Source.

 

 

Prayer:

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit. I ask for comfort, strength and guidance – all to your glory. Amen.

 

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotion.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH DOES NOT COME NATURALLY.

Scripture:

“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6

 

Message:

Physical growth is nature’s way of allowing your body to develop. Your spiritual nature needs to grow too. Many people ignore this important aspect of their lives because it cannot be observed or measured like your body can. Yet, that does not make it any less important.

The greatest Guide and Advisor that you could ever find is Jesus Christ. He is the revelation of the living God and therefore has a perfect understanding of the problems that you wrestle with. Having a desire for oneness with Christ and yearning for a deeper relationship with Him will result in spiritual growth if you surrender to God completely.

 

Prayer:

I can do nothing without you. In you I can grow and gain fulfillment. I wish to remain in you always. Amen.

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotion.

ARE YOU TEACHABLE OR UNTEACHABLE?

Scripture:

“At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: ‘O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike” – Matthew 11:25 (NLT).

 

Message:

Jesus wants us to be like little children because we need to remain teachable so we can mature and understand God’s plans. Children are eager to learn. They’re not defensive. They don’t say, “I don’t need to learn to walk. I don’t need to learn to talk. You can’t teach me anything about reading.” They know that they don’t know it all, and they’re eager to learn.

That’s how Jesus wants you to be: willing to listen, eager to learn, open to suggestions and corrections from others. Teachable people understand that it’s impossible for anyone to know everything about every subject. You don’t have time in life to learn everything from personal experience. It’s wiser to learn from the experience of others.

 

The Bible says in Proverbs 15:12, “Conceited people do not like to be corrected; they never ask for advice from those who are wiser” (GNT). Pride, at its root, is insecurity. Because of pride, people act like they know it all. Does that sound familiar?

 

When you’re afraid to show that you don’t know how to do something or how to answer a question, it may be a signal that you’re not teachable. If you get defensive when someone corrects you, it may be a sign you’re not teachable.

 

You have a choice: Will you be humble and open to learning, or will you live in prideful denial? Will you be teachable or unreachable? God is for you, and he’ll support you as you learn new things. And like a child growing to maturity, you can keep learning—that’s God’s desire for your life.

 

Talk About It

  • When someone tries to correct you, how do you usually react? Does your reaction reveal your humility or your arrogance?
  • Think about an argument you’ve had with someone. How did either of you demonstrate humility? How did it make a difference?
  • Why is it important to continue learning?

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.

GROW IN WISDOM BY SERVING GOD

 

Scripture:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His prospects have good understanding.” – Psalm 111:10

 

Message:

To be educated is definitely an advantage in life. However, you can be highly educated and still suffer from spiritual want.

For the Christian, sanctification must always receive priority over education. A person who is in the process of developing spiritually is closer to the heart of God and, therefore, he is more skilled in understanding God’s ways.

 

A spiritual person has discovered the true Source of wisdom in life. There is purpose in his service to God. He possesses peace and inner strength born from the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, and lives his life in such a way that he gains deep-rooted contentment and inspiration from it.

 

 

Prayer:

Lord, help me to spend every day in fellowship with you and to experience the fullness of life. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.