"Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word." Psalm 119:107, NKJV
Bored these days? It's time to eat and drink – the Word!
The Bible is alive! God's Word is living and active and has the supernatural power to revive us! Here’s the thing: God's Word will effectually work within the person, family, community or nation – who believes and does it. We need a fresh revelation of the Word of the Lord. We need a revival of the living, life-changing message of redemption through Jesus Christ!
What we don't need is a revival of religion. And we don't need the Bible to be relegated to some piece of historical literature. We need a revival of the living Word of God.
If your eyes have glazed over and you've been bored as a gourd lately with Christianity-as-usual, then get serious about eating and drinking the Word! Today, grab your Bible, find a quiet place and then pray a heartfelt prayer, asking the Lord to revive you according to His Word. Take heart -- God's Word has the power to revive us!
Say This: "Father – revive me according to Your Word. I ask You to create in me such a hunger and thirst for You and Your Word that nothing else will satisfy. In Jesus' Name. Amen."
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"Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word." Psalm 119:107, NKJV
"Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing." Philippians 2:4, NLT
In his final address to the officers of the Salvation Army, the founder, William Booth, stood before his audience and said, "Others" and sat down. One word -- but what a speech! And what a great reminder to us!
Being interested in others is a lost art these days. We all get so consumed with our own affairs, busyness, details, schedules and checklists that we forget it's really not about us. I don't know how it works…but somehow when we put others first, God has a way of putting us first on His list.
Being interested in others will make you a member in a very small club! In fact, the key to being an interesting person yourself is this: be interested in others! One easy way to start is to show an interest in what people around you are doing.. What challenge are they facing? What project are they working on? What joy or accomplishment have they achieved?
Today, who in your world needs your attention? Who needs a visit? A phone call? A note? A lunch date with you? Take some intentional steps to show an interest in others -- and share the love of Jesus along the way!
Say This: "Father – it's not all about me! It's about others. Help me to remember that today. Help me to ask questions of those around me. I ask You for Your help, Lord, so that I can become genuinely interested in others and show them Your love. In Jesus' Name. Amen."
"An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels." Proverbs 31:10, NASU
What are you worth? Experts tell us that most people have a low self-esteem and sense of self-worth. That means most people don't really understand how truly valuable they are. Often, women struggle with this topic -- but men are not exempt!
It's easy to spot someone who doesn't value themselves because they often let others mistreat, abuse and demean them. If you've found yourself listening to external voices or internal thoughts telling you: "You're ugly." "You're stupid." "No one likes you." "No one cares about you…," and on and on – it's not true!
God values you! You've been created in His image. He thinks you're worth something. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. It's true – no matter who rejects you and no matter what anyone else says, God thinks you are a beautiful somebody!
Don't sell yourself short. Raise your price! Recognize your value as far above jewels. Don't don't allow others to treat you -- and don’t treat yourself -- as though you have no value. Today, set the bar of your value where God sets it!
Say This: "Father – I choose to agree with Your Word – whether I feel like it or not and whether anyone treats me as valuable or not. You see me worth more than precious jewels. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and You purchased me at a great price. I am valuable. My price is far above rubies. Today, I believe it! In Jesus' Name. Amen."
"…let the peace of God rule in your hearts…." Colossians 3:15, NKJV
Is your heart troubled? Anxious? Agitated? Let peace rule today. Jesus told us we could.
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27, NKJV
Unfortunately, for many people, living in strife, anxiety, agitation and fear is a way of life. Peace is the oddity. Jesus wants to turn that around in your life. The ability to live in peace can be a way of life. In fact, we can get so used to living in peace – it's an oddity to experience anxiety, a troubled heart, strife or fear.
Sometimes, we'll have to "force" ourselves to surrender to peace. We have to choose to "let peace rule" – because at times our minds are filled with fear, overload, frustration and any number of "peace robbers."
Peace comes from keeping our minds on the Lord and His Word. "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3, NKJV
If you need Jesus' peace to rule your heart today, set your mind on Him. Don't allow any thought that is contrary to His character and His Word to have any place in your mind. The result? God's perfect peace will rule!
Say This: "Father, thank You for perfect peace. I choose to surrender all of my anxious, fear-filled, agitating thoughts to You right now. I fix my mind on Jesus. You are good, You can be trusted, and You are bigger than anything I am facing. Peace…rule my heart! In Jesus' Name. Amen."
"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly, there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose." Acts 16:25-27, NIV
Do you need a big change? Need supernatural doors to open up for you? Need some chains to fall from your life? Need something to happen "suddenly?" Start praying! Keep singing!
Paul and Silas were in their midnight hour – the time when things looked the bleakest. After a day of accusations and being stripped, beaten, flogged, placed in the innermost prison cell and chained in stocks, most of us would be severely depressed, scared and defeated. Not Paul and Silas…they busted out with prayer and singing songs to God so loud the other prisoners heard them.
Can you imagine the scenario? It's almost as if they said, "What do we have to lose? Things can't get any worse…so let's just let everyone within earshot know that there is a glorious God in heaven. If they kill us…oh well, we'll get to be with Jesus that much sooner." And off they went singing and praying…"Oh, we worship You God of heaven and earth. We praise Your glorious Name. We pray for our enemies…open their eyes, Lord…" and then suddenly…
Suddenly there was a big shake-up! A shift. A change. Foundations were rocked. Doors flew open. EVERYBODY'S chains fell off.
What a picture! God is into "suddenlies!" He can change your life, circumstances, location, relationships, situation and future in a millisecond! If you're facing a midnight hour and you need a change…a major shift…open doors and freedom from chains – get your praise on today in a big, loud way!
Say This: "Father, I shout Your praise! You are the Most High God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. Jesus, I worship You as the Lord of Lords – my Redeemer, Savior, Healer and King. Holy Spirit, I praise You as my Helper, Strengthener, Counselor, Comforter and Guide. I worship You, Lord God Almighty. In Jesus' Name. Amen."