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WHO'S THE BOSS

Jennifer Cole

In honor of celebrating Labor Day here in the United States today, let’s chat about work!

Work can be very satisfying, very fulfilling. But, work does involve people, and as they say -- people can be people! If you’ve been employed anywhere for any length of time, chances are you’ve encountered a boss who wasn’t your favorite person to work for -- or a coworker who wasn’t your favorite person to work with.

How was that experience for you? Did you find yourself getting frustrated, saying things maybe you shouldn’t have, talking about them to others...or maybe even quitting that job? While you can’t change other people, you can change your perspective...and often times, perspective is everything.

>>My encouragement to you today is to remember who's boss!

Meaning, remember who you really work for -- the Lord! Keeping that in perspective is truly a game changer. In the Bible we see this encouragement: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV).

As a Christ-follower, let this Scripture become the attitude of your heart in the workplace. When you look at your work as something the Lord has you doing -- in a place the Lord has you stationed at for now, and working for a boss the Lord has put in leadership over you for now -- it helps you keep your heart in the right place at your job.

With this heart attitude, you can extend grace and patience to your boss, coworkers and customers. You can go the extra mile at work, when no one is looking, because you know God sees and records your faithfulness. Beyond that, I encourage you to pray for your boss. Pray for your coworkers. And perhaps most of all, pray that the Lord will do a great work in and through you -- so you may have joy in your work, and so that His love will shine through you to everyone you encounter!

Say This: “Father, thank You for my job. Thank You that Your favor surrounds me and I have opportunities to grow and thrive at work. Lord, I pray for my boss, my coworkers and my customers. I ask that You help them prosper in every way. And Lord, I ask that You help me keep the right heart attitude at work and have Your light shining through me to everyone around! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

THE SECRET TO GETTING RESULTS IS...

Jennifer Cole

Today, let me share a secret I’ve learned along the way...consistency is the key to getting results!

For sure we’ve all seen this! If you go to the gym twice a month, you may not meet your goal of being mistaken for The Rock. If you eat healthy once a week, you may not meet your nutrition or weight-loss goals. If you get the “suggested” amount of sleep just once per month (well okay...welcome to our life...) that’s not going to help you be your best.

You get the point! Consistency matters. Not perfection, mind you. But when you apply your focus to something consistently -- you have a much greater chance to see results!

>>The basic truth is that a regular pattern of positive activities can do amazing things for you!

So why not put consistency to work in your walk with God, today? Grab your Bible and read a chapter in Proverbs every morning for the next 30 days -- I guarantee, you’ll notice a difference in your life, mindset and attitude. Or, for the next 14 days, spend a few minutes praying and asking the Lord for His wisdom for your day while you sip your morning cup of coffee -- I guarantee you’ll feel closer and more connected to the Lord.

You could go outside and walk 10 minutes on your lunch break or institute a “technology free” hour at night to spend that time being silly with your kids or hanging out with your spouse or friends. You name it, there are so many small things that when done regularly, add up to being a big deal -- and help you get the results you desire in your life.

So, why not start doing one thing consistently today and for the next 30 days?

Say This: “Father, thank You for all of the blessings in my life. I ask You to help me see the small steps I can take consistently that will help me get the results I need in my life. Thank You for wisdom, guidance and creative ideas -- and thank You for the inner strength and will to be consistent! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

GO AHEAD AND ASK

Jennifer Cole

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7 NKJV

Sometimes we think that verse is too good to be true. Did God really say to ask for “whatever” and we can have it? Really?

The short answer is, Yes!

But what gives Him full confidence to make such a bold statement? The key is found in the beginning of that verse. That’s where He maps out what the relationship looks like -- the relationship and heart condition in which we can ask for “whatever” and see it come to pass.

God says if we abide in Him, if we have a relationship with Him, if we stay close to Him -- and His Word, the Bible, the Scriptures are living in us -- then we can ask for whatever we desire. Let’s look at John 15:7 in a couple other translations to see how He describes this relationship:

If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. (AMP)

But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you – then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. (TPT)

Also notice this verse doesn’t say to ask for whatever God desires. It truly says whatever WE desire! But again, how is that possible…

>>Here’s the basic truth: God knows that if we are abiding in Him, and His Words are abiding in us, then He knows that our desires will be congruent with His will.

So if that’s you today -- you have a personal relationship with the Lord and His Words are living and active in your heart and life -- then ask for “whatever” and watch and see what the Lord can do in your life!

Say This: “Father, thank You for Your love, generosity and care for me. I ask You to please help me grow in my relationship with You every day and help me to learn and live by Your Word. I trust that as I enjoy a close relationship with You and live by Your Word, I may ask for ‘whatever’ and know You’re bringing it to pass! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

ASK BIG!

Jennifer Cole

God has a LOT to say in the Bible about asking! But why? After all...hasn’t He already paid for all of the blessings and provisions in your life? Yes. Hasn’t He promised you that whatever you pray for (in accordance with the Word) He will give you? Yes. Doesn’t He already know what you need? Yes.

>>But friends, there’s something huge about ASKING. Don’t miss this!

The Bible says: “...you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2 NKJV). That oughta stir all of us up! What are some examples of BIG things to ask for?

How about the salvation of your entire family? Ask! We know it’s not His will that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). When we ask in agreement with His Word, He hears and goes to work. Also, ask the Lord to use you! Make yourself available to be used in whatever way He sees fit to reach your family, and others. Pray big!

How about praying out the dreams in your heart? Have you asked for doors to be opened, to be in the right place at the right time, for favor and grace? For God to take the seemingly impossible and make it possible? Ask big!

James 1 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights! None of us want to find out when we get to Heaven that God had all kinds of presents ready to come down for us, but we never asked for them! Ask! He wants to bless you, prosper you, and help you succeed -- for your enjoyment and so you can be a blessing to others! Today, make a decision to focus on asking BIG...and watch and see what the Lord will do in and through your life!

Say This: “Father, thank You that everything I ask in accordance with Your Word, You provide! Lord, with faith that nothing is impossible for You, today I ask for ________. (Ask for BIG things here!) And I ask You, Lord, for the salvation of all my friends and family. Use me, Lord, to reach others for Christ. Thank You that I am blessed to be a blessing. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

you've got help!

Jennifer Cole

Friends, today’s devo will be short and sweet but I genuinely hope it encourages you! If you haven’t read last week’s devo yet, I highly recommend reading that before jumping into today’s. (You can check it out below, on this blog page.)

Today, let’s talk about something that may not be talked about enough but I believe many may be struggling with this...let’s dive into what to do if you feel “stuck” in your prayer life. Sure, you likely know all the benefits of prayer and you genuinely desire to be a pray-er...but for some reason, you just feel like you can’t break through whatever is holding you back in prayer. I’m here to tell you today, there’s hope! You will break through!

The secret is being filled with the Spirit. When you’re filled with the Holy Spirit, He helps you pray out God’s perfect will. We see this in God’s Word: “...for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will” (Romans 8:27 NLT). You can pray out what you know in your own understanding...but then you don’t have to feel “stuck” or “stopped” there. Pray in the Spirit, and He’ll help you pray out all of the mysteries, the things you don’t know but He does!

So, are you feeling burdened about an issue or situation in your life and just struggling to find the “right” words to say in prayer? Pray in the Spirit! Are you fearful, scared, anxious, nervous, agitated, frustrated or confused? Pray in the Spirit! Worried about your future, wondering what path to take or choice to make? You guessed it...pray in the Spirit!

>>You don’t have to have all the “right” words or know all of the details...the Holy Spirit will help you!

Romans 8:26 NKJV explains it like this: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” And, I love 1 Corinthians 14:2 NKJV as well: “...in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.”

So take a few deep breaths, do a few shoulder rolls and sit up a little straighter -- you are not alone in this, the Lord will help you pray! Pray with your own understanding, speaking out in faith the promises of God. But also pray in the Spirit. Allow Him to help you pray out mysteries, laying out the track you’ll run on in life. You don’t have to have it all figured out, just lean into Him and He’ll help you pray it out!

Say This: “Father, thank You so much that I am born of the Spirit and also filled with the Spirit. Thank You that the Holy Spirit helps me to pray out mysteries and to pray according to Your perfect will. Thank You that I don’t have to know it all -- You help me pray! I thank You for helping me to experience breakthrough in my prayer life as I pray more in the Spirit. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”