Author: Pastor Nick's Daily Dose

JANUARY 4

Trust and Obey
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5, 6
Trust? Obey? Two concepts that we, from a natural standpoint, rebel against. These principles require us to submit ourselves and our will to someone else and in this instance it is the Lord that we must submit to.
We must realize that our Father is attempting to put us in position to receive the best that He has for us in every area of life when He asks us to trust and obey Him. Lack of trust in Him and disobedience to His Word hinders our ability to receive.
Spend some time with the Scriptures below and search some out on your own. Revolve them around in your mind. It may be difficult for you to trust and obey any one other than yourself.
Realize this fact: the Father will never hurt or harm you. He loves you and desires the best for you. Give Him the opportunity to show Himself faithful. HE WILL NEVER FAIL YOU!
Scripture reading: Hebrews 4:9-13; Jeremiah 38: 14-23; 39:1-8
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JANUARY 3

Love My Enemies?
“Love your enemies…” Matthew 5:44
Love my enemies? Why would I want to do that?
Well, as much as we do not want to hear it, it’s the right thing to do, the “God thing” to do. Do you realize the Father’s attitude towards those who mistreat and abuse Him? Matthew 5:43-48 gives us a good illustration.
When people curse Him, despitefully use and persecute Him, do you know what He does? He does good to them and blesses them. Verse 45 says that He causes the sun to shine on them and He sends the rain upon them. Jesus tells us that we are to be just like our Father. Why is this important? Is God wanting us tormented? No! Here’s one answer. Are you ready for this? It’s powerful.
The Father knows Who He is and He is not going to lower Himself to strife, disharmony or what others say or think about Him. He is not going to allow the words or the actions of any other being to cause Himself to fall out of character with Himself. NO ONE ELSE WILL DEFINE HIS CHARACTER!
He is attempting to help us to see the same thing. We are in His family, the blessed, His righteousness in Christ, joint heirs with Christ, the possessors of all things and the list goes on. When we understand who we are as He understands Who He is, then we can release the power of His blessing into the lives of those who come against us.
Here is the power in this: Romans 2:4 says that the goodness of God is what leads people to repent. When we do as He does, we provide people with what they need to see the truth and it challenges them to change.
Don’t allow anyone else to cause you to fall out of character with yourself. Be as your Father, love your enemies and empower them to change.
Scripture reading: Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:18-21

JANUARY 2


Don’t Fold Under Pressure
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
Proverbs 24:10
Have you ever noticed that after you have made a decision to pray and believe the Word for something, determine to make a change, or just do the right thing, pressure arises? If we don’t understand what is going on, it can throw us for a loop. The Bible teaches us a principle that we must remember for as long as we are in this world: when the Word of God is sown, satan and this world system will apply pressure to our mental and physical lives in an attempt to get us to back off of our commitment (Mark 4:14-20). Being rooted and grounded in God’s love for us, being steadfast and resting in the finished work of Christ are vital components of our faith in these times of pressure (Ephesians 3:16-19; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 5:6-10; Ephesians 1:3). Whenever we feel pressure, we must learn to apply pressure against our opposing forces rather than becoming discouraged, depressed and irritable of other people. If we will learn to use what the Father has given us, we will keep ourselves in a position to receive and…not fold under the pressure.
Scripture reading: 1 Peter 4:12; James 4:7; 1 Timothy 6:12

JANUARY 1

Resolve
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

“Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children.” Ephesians 5:1


Resolve. What a powerful word. Today is the day in which many have put into effect what is called a “New Year’s Resolution.” We say that we are going to turn over a “new leaf”, yet, after only a few days many falter and return to whatever it was that they had planned on changing. There are a number of definitions for the word, “resolve.” Let me give you three of them. 1) To have a fixed purpose or intention. 2) Firm determination. 3) To terminate an abnormal condition. The only way for us to be resolute as God’s people is to understand what it means to repent. To repent means to change one’s attitudes and actions (Matthew 4:17: Ben Campbell Johnson). The Word of God provides the power for us to do this. So, before making a hasty, emotionally-based decision to change based on the first day of the year, take some time to search the Scriptures for God’s solution to your issue. Give some time to pondering. Then, rely  on the Holy Spirit and the power of that abiding Word to help you change.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 1; Matthew 4:17 Amplified Bible; Philippians 3:10, 11 Amplified Bible

DECEMBER 31

The Horizon of A Fresh Start

“And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words and true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5

Think about this: you are about to finish another year and step into a new one. It, by your estimation, may have been a great year. Or, it may have been one full of challenges and one that you would like to forget. Regardless of where you fit, you are on the horizon of a fresh start. There are new things in store: new victories, new challenges, new things to master, new things to experience and new glories to bring to God. I realize that our Scripture for today speaks of the New Heaven and the New Earth. However, in principle we must realize that we serve a Father Who desires freshness for His children (kainos, the Greek word used for new means fresh). We are the new creation; His mercies are new every morning; we are to put on the new man; we have been given a new commandment; so on and so forth. Glean from the past; learn from it. But afterward, fix your meditation on what is ahead-on the horizon-for the Father has so many new things for us to look forward to. Anticipate the goodness of God in this year that is on the horizon. Hallelujah!!!!!
Scripture reading: Philippians 3:13-17

DECEMBER 30

Be Aware of The Tenses

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

In this New Covenant there are some small, subtleties that we must remain conscious of because of the role that they play in the accuracy of our prayers and in our standing in faith and in our proficient receiving from the Father. We must renew our minds to the tenses in which certain things are written to us in the New Testament. The redemptive work of Christ is a finished work; nothing can be added to it neither can anything be taken away from it. That speaks volumes to us. It tells us that everything that we could ever want or desire that is good in this life has already been paid for and accomplished in the finished work of Christ. His resurrection from the dead declares that. Basically, that is telling us that we are not trying to be blessed, nor are we trying to get the Father to bless us. WE ARE ALREADY BLESSED! Our approach to receiving or appropriating our blessing is to approach the Father with thanksgiving in these areas of blessing. Not seeing and understanding little things like this become detrimental to the accuracy of our prayers and our receiving what the Bible says is ours. I want to challenge you today to become acutely aware of the past tense as seen with regard to our blessing and position in Christ in the New Testament. This slight adjustment in your focus will revolutionize your vital life in Christ.

Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

DECEMBER 29

Praise Him All Day Long

“From the rising of sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3

Saints, we have a living, loving Father Who is worthy of all praise and adoration because of Who He is and what He has done for us. Praise, worship and adoration of Him should be evident in our lives all day long. His name is to be praised from sunrise to sunset. You may not realize it, and yet, you may. The Hebrew word for “praised”, as used in this verse, is the word “halal.” Some of its meanings are to be clear, to shine, to boast, to be clamorously foolish, to make a show. So, all day long the Lord’s name is to be “halalled.” This is where “hallelujah” comes from. So, all day long we are to hallelujah the name of the Lord. We are to boast about His name, make a show be clamorously foolish, shine and just plain ol’ brag about the name of the Lord. Follow the Scriptures today. If you do, you won’t have time to let life get you down. The name of the Lord will swell up in your circumstances.

Scripture reading: Psalm 150

DECEMBER 28

Little Things Lead To Big Things

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10

In the kingdom of God, it is the little things that carry so much weight. Jesus tells us in Mark the fourth chapter that the whole kingdom of God is likened to a seed being sown in the ground. This is why it is important for us to pay attention to the Holy Spirit and obey Him in the “little things.” If we will read the Bible closely with this in mind, it is amazing what we find. All throughout we see God attempting to prove the obedience of His people in the small things. Why is that? According to the principle that we read in Luke 16:10 this becomes the basis by which He is able to commit to us bigger things. A classic illustration of this is Israel after they left Egypt. As they began their journey, the Lord gave them some simple instructions regarding the food He prepared for them and how they were to gather it. They failed miserably as they did with many other things that were set before them. As a result, there was a generation of people that could not step into the Promised Land. Folks, we really need to hone in on listening to the Holy Spirit and the simple instructions from the Word. If we desire to be entrusted with more from our Father, then we need to start by being diligent about the “little things” that He sets before us.
Scripture reading: Exodus 16:1-30

DECEMBER 27

Time-Tested

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

In this age where people, trends and life situations are shifting and unstable, there is one person that you and I can count on to be constant and unchanging: Jesus Christ. He has never changed and He never will. His stability is meant to be a blessing to us. It assures us that He is reliable, without partiality, consistent in His character and the way that He deals with us. Every day that we arise we can know that His mercy towards us is new. Count Him as faithful and trustworthy, for He is. Rely upon Him and His Name today, for He will never fail you!

Scripture reading: Malachi 3:6

DECEMBER 26

Play By The Rules

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” 2 Timothy 2:4-7

Do you realize that there truly are rewards and blessing for labor and diligence in the kingdom of God? Yes, there are! Some of us have gotten our thought patterns crossed up and thought that because of grace that we don’t have to work at things. That is only true in a sense. We cannot earn the blessing of God upon our lives; that has already been accomplished by the finished work of Christ. However, earning and appropriating are two different things. There are certain principles that have been set up and established, long before you and I ever came along and in order for us to reap certain benefits and rewards, there are principles that we have to play by. Diligence is one of those principles. Notice in this Scripture that the Holy Spirit uses the soldier, the athlete and the farmer as illustrations to get His point across. These are three types of people that have to play by certain rules in order to reap the reward associated with their position. They must be dedicated, focused and diligent in order to reap the rewards. I would, by the Holy Spirit, challenge you today, just as Paul did, to look at these three examples and meditate on what it takes for these three types of people to receive the fruit of their labor. And just as Paul said, “Consider what I say and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” The Holy Spirit will reveal to you how you are to receive the best in your life.

Scripture reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-7; Hebrews 6:10-12