GROWTH THROUGH TRUTH

Scripture:

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” – Ephesians 4:15

 

Message:

If you ignore or undermine the necessity of growth in your spiritual life, it will not be long before you start to suffer on the stormy seas of disappointment and despair. There must be growth and development or your spiritual life will flounder on the rocks.

God makes resources available to us to assist us in our spiritual growth, such as fellowship with believers, Bible study and good deeds, but we should guard against these aids becoming goals in themselves. These are simply the result of our relationship with God and can never be a substitute for our faith in Him.

There can only be spiritual growth if your main objectives is to reflect the image of Christ more and more. This should be the heart’s desire of every believing Christian disciple.

 

Prayer:

My Lord, let Your Holy Spirit take possession of me so that I will live for your glory alone. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

A BALANCED INNER LIFE

Scripture:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault; and it will be given to him” – James 1:5

 

 

Message:

Many people believe that to live a truly spiritual life, you need to live in seclusion; where the realities of life are either ignored or forgotten.

However, the lessons Jesus taught along the dusty roads of Palestine were very spiritual, yet essential practical. For Him, everything – every thought and deed – was an expression of His relationship with His heavenly Father. Therefore, true Christians do not divide their lives into compartments, because all of their lives should be an expression of the spiritual.

Christianity touches the realities of every day and enables you to look, to a certain extent, at other people’s problems as God does.

 

 

Prayer:

O Spirit, take control of my life and let everything I do and say be an expression of my love for you. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

WISDOM COMES THROUGH PRAYER

 

Scripture:

 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault; and it will be given to him” – James 1:5

 

 

Message:

Prayer holds many advantages for those who make it part of their daily routine. To wait patiently in the presence of God creates an opportunity to experience the Holy Spirit. It can transform a time of senseless words into a source of strength and wisdom that restores balance to your life.

God talks to you through prayer. Whether we are plagued by doubt or confusion, or whether we are finding it difficult to make a decision, the person who prays will be enlightened and guided. Prayer confirms the existence of God in our heart and brings with it a new experience of life and wisdom.

 

 

Prayer:

Jesus, Saviour, Your burden is light and your yoke is easy. Help me to take my cross daily and follow You.. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

MIRACLES THROUGH PRAYER

Scripture:

“Praise be to the Lord, for He has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.” – PSALM 28:6-7

 

Message:

Despite the cynicism of our age, God can still perform miracles. Every time someone is healed in answer to prayer, God has performed a miracle. Every time we experience peace in our hearts after a time of tension and suffering, or when our grief finally becomes bearable – then a miracle has occurred.

Hand your problems over to God in prayer today and wait on Him in faith. If there is something you need to do, do it without delay. Do not let despair overwhelm you. In the right time and in the right way, God will answer your prayers and you will be astounded by the results.

 

Prayer:

My God and Father, I know that you are powerful and that you can do far more than I can pray for or think of because you are the Almighty. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

 

 

A GROWING SPIRIT

Scripture:

“Your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.” – 2 Thessalonians

Message:

If you are not enjoying your spiritual experience, you have probably allowed stagnation to rob you of your spiritual zest.

A vibrant and powerful spiritual life requires constant attention. There will never be a point when nothing more is required from you. The longer you walk with the Lord, the greater your enthusiasm should be, and any tendency to grow slack should be resisted with all your might.

Your quiet times sustain and nurture your spiritual life. When you start fading spiritually, ask God for the wisdom and courage to confess your negligence and weakness and to help you do something constructive about it.

Prayer:

Lord, You who are the True Vine, let me grow in You so that I can bear fruit that will please You. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

TO LIVE FOR CHRIST

Scripture:

“For to me, to live is Christ.” – Philippians 1:21

 

Message:

Too many people live purposeless lives, passing through life with superficial goals. But this type of life cannot bring real satisfaction. Real joy and fulfillment come from having a goal in life that pleases Christ.

Your goal should be to live your life in God’s grace, for His glory. You will not be a spiritual person only when the mood strikes you; your faith will remain constant in spite of your fluctuating emotions. Living for Christ means committing your spirit, soul and body to Him.

If you live for Christ, He will be alive to you and you will know the ecstasy of a life poured out before God as a thank-offering. Accept the gift of Himself in your life and allow Him to live through you. Then for you, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

 

 

Prayer:

Holy Jesus, live in me so that I will do all things for your glory. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS ESSENTIAL

 

 

Scripture:

“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?” – 1 Corinthians 3:2-3.

Message:

Many people believe that God is great and awesome. In faith they accept that He is love, but refuse to allow Him to fill their lives with that same love. He promised His power to all who serve Him, but they remain weak and powerless. They say they believe in Him, but they don’t experience His loving presence.

The Christian way of life is meant to enrich the life of disciples. When you start becoming spiritually mature, you develop a greater love for others. When the love of Christ saturates you, negative attitudes such as pettiness, jealousy and strife are dissolved. And then you can rise above this immaturity and enjoy the solid food that the Holy Spirit gives.

Prayer:

Lord, I want to know more of Your love daily so that I can love others in turn.. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

REACH FOR SPIRITUAL MATURITY

 

 

Sripture:

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, i REASONED LIKE A CHILD. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me” – 1 Corinthians 13:11

 

Message:

Some people’s spiritual journey can be compared to a rocking horse: there is a lot of movement, but little progress. They never achieve spiritual maturity because they allow grudges to poison them with bitterness. Allowing a grudge to fester could harm your spirit and hinder your spiritual development.

Today you have an opportunity to grow by God’s grace, to put the negative behind you, and to reach for a future of exuberant spiritual growth. If you open your heart to the Holy Spirit’s influence, He will help you to forgive and forget – allowing you to concentrate on the things that will bring you spiritual maturity.
 

Prayer:
Lord, I cannot do anything without You. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I can grow and experience fulfillment in You. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

LIVE FOR CHRIST

 

 

Scripture:

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness” – 2 Peter 1:3

Message:

The call to live a Christian life rings out once again, but some of us are so overwhelmed by the intensity of the tasks that our faith falters because of our human weakness.

Yet we do not have to rely on our own abilities to serve God at all. Remember that Christ will not call you to any form of service without equipping you for it. He has set the example and all that He expects from you is to follow Him.

If you commit yourself to Him and place your trust in Him completely, He will provide you with everything that you need to truly live.
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I dedicate myself to Your service anew, in the certain knowledge that You will provide everything that I need to live an abundant life. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

 

BE PATIENT IN PRAYER

 

 

Scripture:

“I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint” – Habakkuk 2:1

 

Message:

So often people complain that their prayers remain unheard. They become impatient with God and their faith weakens.
Yet it is an established and irrefutable fact that God hears and answers our prayers. However, we need to know His Word to understand that His answer comes in His perfect time, and in His perfect way, according to our needs – not our wishes and will, unless they are in accordance with God.
Truly effective prayer requires us to watch and wait. He will reveal Himself to us and show us His way in His good time.

Prayer:

Father, grant that in times of doubt I will turn to You, that I will hold on to Your constancy and on to the assurance that I have in Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.