Today I’m praying this over you, my friends!
BE BLESSED. (3 John 2)
BE FILLED. (Acts 2:4)
BE HEALED. (Psalm 103:1-5)
God has given us so many pathways for experiencing and accessing His blessings, His infilling and His healing power. Below are 11 of my favorite routes...and if you look up the associated Scriptures and get these basic truths in your spirit, they will be game-changers for you!
Be led by the Spirit. (Romans 8:14)
Know and believe the love God has for you. (1 John 4:19)
Rest in Jesus, receive His finished work and yield to His Spirit. (Acts 2)
Employ your faith. (Mark 11:23-24)
Believe God and His Word. (Mark 9:23)
Forgive anyone of anything. (Mark 11:25)
Ask a believer to lay hands on you in Jesus’ name. (Mark 16:17-18)
Ask church leaders to pray and anoint you with oil. (James 5:13-16)
Use wisdom and live in moderation. (Proverbs 3:5-10)
Pray and talk to your parents, your pastor, your doctor and other God-appointed people in your life to seek their wisdom and counsel. (Proverbs 15:22)
Keep your tongue from speaking words contrary to love and faith. (1 Peter 3:10)
Write these out on index cards, tape this up on your mirror, read through the list over your morning coffee each day...do whatever you can do to get these basic -- but life-changing -- truths deep into your heart! As you do so, look out...because being blessed, filled and healed is sure to follow!
Say This: “Father, thank You that Your Word is living and active, and as I intentionally learn the Word and plant it like seeds of life into my heart, You will guide me on the path to being blessed, filled and healed! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
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Today I’m praying this over you, my friends!
When someone knows their time left on earth is short, they choose their final words with great care...they make sure the words are meaningful and intentional, they say something that matters. I often think of that in terms of what Jesus said to His followers, shortly before He paid the ultimate price on the cross and then ascended to heaven on that glorious day. Let’s take a look at the words He chose in that very important time.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV).
Here, Jesus was instructing us to make disciples...to tell the world...to share the Good News with others so they come to know Christ too! Let’s not let telling others about Jesus just become a “side” thing or a “maybe someday if I have time” thing...it’s absolutely essential, and there are many people in your life who need to hear about Him!
>>This is so important that Jesus used some of His precious final moments on earth to instruct us in this!
So, how do we make disciples? Many ways! We live by example, continuing to grow in our knowledge and application of the Word so that others can catch the spirit of faith from our lives. We make the choice to stay others-minded, asking God to use us to help others each day. And -- this is hugely important! -- we share our story with others. We talk to others about how Jesus has changed our lives. Not in an over-bearing, judgmental or weird way...just honestly and sincerely, as a way to encourage others in their faith.
Some may think that making disciples or sharing our faith with others is scary or overwhelming. If that’s you, let me encourage you with this...keep saturating your heart and life with the Word of God. That’s the secret to being an effective disciple-maker!
Because...when you are so full of the Word and of experiencing the Word at work in your life...you can’t help but share it with others. It just comes out of you when people press into you, so-to-speak!
Friends, be encouraged today to keep investing your lives into things of eternal value. Share with others the great gift you’ve received -- Jesus Christ -- so that their lives can be forever changed too!
Who do you know that needs the Lord in their lives? Who’s showing signs of interest? Hunger for something real? Why not take a step of faith and follow Jesus’ instructions to “go ye” and have a chat with your friend about the Lord. You can start up a conversation by asking them a question or getting their feedback. Maybe a question like, “What do you think about eternity?” “Do you know for sure where you will go when you die?” “Would you like to know for sure that you’ll spend eternity in heaven?” “Would you be open to watching a video about how to get to heaven?” “How would you like to take an online course to learn the basics of the Bible?” Etc. Just ask the question and see how they respond. The Lord will guide you in the rest of the conversation.
Jesus thought it was important enough to instruct us in this before He left earth...so let’s take heed to His call to action and make the most of our time. You can do this!!
Say This: “Father, thank You for Jesus’ instruction to me...I want to help make disciples and help others receive the same gift I’ve received which is Christ Jesus. Lord, help me to saturate my life with Your Word and let that be what naturally and sincerely spreads to all those around me, as I live the life You’ve called me to live. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
“If you get tired, learn to rest -- not to quit.”
I absolutely love this quote. I’m not sure who said it originally, but it’s so spot-on!
Sure, on those days when everything is going just right, we feel like we could conquer the world. You know those days...when the sun is shining and the weather is perfect, there’s no line at Starbucks, you’re not double-booked in your schedule...and maybe there’s even a mani/pedi in the books for that day. Top that off with some quality time with family or a bestie, and that’d be one amazing day! Absolutely, on that kind of day, we feel like we could keep running this marathon of life with energy and enthusiasm.
But, then the rain comes. Literally, and figuratively. Problems happen, a surprise event or even a crisis pops up, or just a series of little things all go wrong in a row. Maybe someone at work says something unkind or untrue, or some comments made on social media hurt you. Maybe it’s bigger than that...maybe you get let go from a job you planned to retire from, a life-long friend has decided to part ways or maybe a loved one passes.
Can you think back on a time in your life when you felt so tired and weary that quitting seemed like the only option? Maybe you’re facing a season like that right now. Let’s face it -- there are just so many big and little things that could happen each day that it could start to wear us down if we’re not vigilant to cast our cares to the Lord. We can start to feel tired, weary and run down.
God knew that could happen...and He gave us the heads-up that in our tiredness would also come the temptation to quit. In Galatians 6:9 He gives us guidance for just such a scenario: “...let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up” (TLB).
>>So my friends, my encouragement to you today is to acknowledge when you’re tired or weary, and to intentionally REST rather than QUIT.
Today’s NOT your day to quit! It’s your day to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It’s the day you turn your eyes to the Lord and allow Him to carry the weight of what you’re facing. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (NLT).
As you cast your cares upon the Lord and keep your eyes fixed on Him, He will see you through this. 1 Peter 5:7 says: “Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there, for He always tenderly cares for you” (TPT). Casting your cares to the One who cares for you doesn’t mean that you keep carrying that heavy weight on your own shoulders! You must let Him carry your cares, so you can find rest.
If you’re feeling tired or weary today, find what brings your spirit, soul and body REST...and make resting a priority. Resting is never wasted time. It’s so vitally important that we allow God the space and time to revitalize us -- it’s never been His plan for us to run through life on empty. Find rest in Him, cast your cares to Him...and you’ll find that once you’ve rested, you can look at the challenges ahead with fresh vigor and grace for the pace! You CAN do this...you WILL do this...today make the choice to REST, don’t quit!
Say This: “Father, thank You that You are more than enough for me, in every circumstance and season. Lord, I turn to You and ask for fresh grace for the pace. Show me the best ways for me personally to get rest for my spirit, soul and body. I crave time with You to rest in Your presence, and I trust that You’ll give me all the strength I need to keep pressing forward and to not quit! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Did you know...God has a lot to say about your life? Check this out…
In Psalm 139 He says that YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made.
In Jeremiah 29:11 He says He has good plans for YOUR life, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 He says His grace is sufficient for YOU, and His power is made perfect in your weakness.
In James 1:17 He says the gifts He gives YOU are good and perfect.
In Matthew 11:28 He says you can come to Him with heavy burdens and He’ll give YOU rest.
In Philippians 4:13 He says YOU can do all things through His strength.
>>Wherever you are or whatever you find yourself facing today, you can remain confident that YOU were made for THIS.
I pray that you’ll be encouraged today -- whatever “this” is in your life...He’s got you.
Say This: “Father, thank You that You have my back, You believe in me, and You have great things in store for me. Lord, I ask You to be the Lord of my life, and I choose to follow Your Word and seek after Your wisdom. Thank You that there’s nothing I’ll ever face alone -- You’ll always be with me, helping and strengthening me! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
In last week’s devo, we talked about rejection...which all of us at some point or another have faced. You are not alone! (I encourage you to go back and read last week’s devo, in case you missed it!) Today, let’s dive further into this subject because the fact of the matter is that in our Christian lives, some rejection is inevitable! Jesus confirmed this basic truth in verses like this one: “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12 NIV).
It’s true that because of our union with Jesus Christ, we are totally accepted by God. At the same time, because of our alliance with Jesus, we will experience rejection by others. People will mock, insult and distance themselves from us because of our faith in Jesus.
>>Because of our identification with Him, we will face persecution and rejection. When this happens, Jesus told us to be happy about it. It’s confirmation that you’re a Christian!
Wait a second...you might be thinking...He wants us to be happy about it? Yes! Take a look at this passage in Matthew: “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way” (Matthew 5:10-12 NLT).
So, as Christians, we will at some point in our lives experience things like being “looked down on” because of our faith in Jesus Christ, or we might lose friends, be ignored, laughed at, talked about or rejected and overlooked. When Jesus, Savior of the world, was on earth, they did all of that to Him -- so as we identify our lives with Him, it makes sense that this world would throw some rejection at us as well.
Here’s the deal...no matter how good your intentions are and how gracious your approach, you will at some point or another be misunderstood, and people may reject you and your faith in Christ. You are in good company! Jesus, the disciples and prophets of old, and Christians all around the world are experiencing rejection too, for His Name’s sake...and Jesus knows it. That’s why the Lord comforts us with promises like: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).
Now, as a quick point of clarification here, let’s be sure persecution and rejection is coming because of our genuine Christian testimony, not due to any kind of obnoxious or self-righteous kind of behavior! Let’s be “true blue,” walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk, real deal, gen-u-ine Christians who live out our faith through our actions and who share our faith with truth, grace and wisdom.
Friends, keep growing your knowledge of His Word and in your faith...and rest assured that He’s always got your back, even when rejection or persecution knocks at your door. He has given you everything you need to rise above it and to keep living out your amazing, faith-filled, overcoming, blessed and joyous Christian life!
Say This: “Father, thank You that You never leave me nor forsake me. I know that even when I face rejection or persecution because of my faith, You are always with me and You’ve given me everything I need to walk out this faith-filled journey. Lord, help my Christian testimony to be strong, bold, genuine and effective for reaching more and more people for Christ! When rejection comes, I will choose to rejoice and to keep my eyes on You -- and I will keep pressing forward in following You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”