Remember The Little Things
“And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep and rise, night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself, first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle because the harvest is come.” Mark 4:26-29
It can be so easy to look at the big picture and not recognize that it takes a lot of little things to make a big picture. When you begin to understand the way that the kingdom of God works, you will realize the importance of little things. Jesus tells us the way the kingdom of God functions is compared to a man casting a seed into the ground – a little, bitty, seed. Isn’t that amazing? If you will, from this day forward, realize that fact and begin to look at everything in life around you based on it, you will never neglect the little things as long as you live. Allow the Scriptures and the Spirit of God to teach you. You will never regret it!
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Luke 8:11
Who Is On The Lord’s Side?
“He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30
This is not the time for a person confessing Jesus Christ to be unclear and compromising about their position in the kingdom of God. Jesus makes it very clear that the kind of fruit that we bear shows who we belong to. The Holy Spirit is always watching out for those who are dedicated to putting the affairs of the kingdom of God as the number one priority in their lives. Let there be some clarity, some definition, some stability today and for the rest of your Christian life about whose side you are on. See what the Bible says today about the status of the Believer in the kingdom of God. Then make it your aim every day to live in agreement with what you see in the Scripture. Let it be known to all those around you; all who see your life, that you are on the Lord’s side. Draw people to God; don’t give them cause or excuse to go the other direction.
Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Revelation 3:14-22
Just Get Old and Die? Why?
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; WHO SATISFIETH THY MOUTH WITH GOOD THINGS; SO THAT THY YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLES.” (Emphasis is mine). Psalm 103:1-5
The mindset of a lot of folks is to get all the gusto out of living when they are young and prepare for heart attacks, arthritis, lots of medicine, bad memory, a nursing home and then a funeral once they start getting old. Do you realize that God makes promises to those who are aging? Just like any other area, you will have to make up your mind to stand firm on the promises – satan and this natural order won’t allow you to just waltz into them. God will literally satisfy your mouth, your palette, your desire, with good things and renew your youth. If you will make the Word of God your number one priority, remain active mentally and physically. (You will probably want to have someone who knows how to guide you to be involved with you. A Holy Spirit immersed medical doctor and the same by way of a nutritionist and trainer would be a good start.) Educate yourself in what and how to eat and drink and with the help of the Holy Spirit , train yourself how to talk. You would be amazed at the quality of life you can live in spite of what the calendar says about your age. Remove talk about being sick and jokes about getting old from your speech. Confess this Scripture and others instead. You will find out that confessing the Word concerning your health and satisfaction will work supernatural things in your body and it will cause the wisdom of God to rise up in you so that you can work with the promises of God, not against them. Don’t settle for a defeated finish to life – enjoy it.
Scripture reading: Numbers 14:6-15; Psalm 91:16; Psalm 92:12-15
Here I Am, Send Me!
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8
What a joy it must have been to God’s heart when Isaiah responded to the Lord’s voice and said, “Here am I, send me.” The Lord is very simply looking for people who are available through whom He can work. Talent and ability are wonderful, but they are not the major criteria that He is looking for when it comes to finding people to do His work. There is much to be done for the kingdom of God on this earth and in comparison to the amount of work that needs to be done, there are few laborers. It would be a wonderful thing for the ears of the Father to hear you say (and mean), “Lord, here I am, send me. Work your will through me in whatever way you need. I am available to you, in Jesus’ Name.”
Scripture reading: Matthew 9:35-38; 2 Timothy 2:19-26
Making Sure That God Hears You
“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth.” John 9:31
A true worshipper of God is not just one who sings praise and worship songs. To worship God is to reverence and adore Him; to prostrate oneself before Him; to follow behind and kiss Him like a dog would follow behind and kiss upon His master. To make it simple, a worshipper is one who’s heart is wholly after God. If that is you, then you have no problem with God hearing you. If not, then we have some work to do! Thank God for His mercy!
Scripture reading: John 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 5:14-15
It’s A New Day
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
The Father, more than anyone, wants us to know that today is a brand new day. This morning represents a fresh start on life. Realize that you cannot change the past, so there is no need to stay back there rehashing some mistake that you made or some bad thing that you experienced. The only beneficial thing that you can do with the past is learn from it: take advantage of its training by not committing the same mistakes over and over again and make the necessary adjustments for success. If the Father is starting you off with new mercies and compassions this morning and He is not holding the past against you, then why should you? It is a new day, so arise, shake off the past and prepare for something new and good that the Father has in store for you!
Scripture reading: Philippians 3:13-16
Stand Up and Be Counted
Closely read and reflect upon the following Scripture and make up your mind that you will be a part of those in the Body of Christ who, in these last days, will have their priorities set right and will live for the purposes of the kingdom of God. Pray, my brother, pray, my sister; be ready and on call for the Holy Spirit.
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: and I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: and it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:17-21
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17
Stand up today and fight for what is rightfully yours. You are already a winner in Christ. You have a righteousness that comes from God Himself. Satan has already been defeated. You are an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ. All things are yours. Every promise of God in Jesus Christ is yes and amen. You have been made the head and not the tail. You are above only and never beneath. You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. The Lord is your Shepherd, He provides, you shall not lack for anything. You have the full armor of God. The Name of Jesus is above every name and every other knee and name must bow at the sound of the Name of Jesus. You have weapons that are mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds. You dwell in the secret place of the Most High and the Father has hidden you from the strife of tongues. The Father has declared that you are blessed and that He has freely given you all things and…no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper. So, STAND!!!!!
Scripture reading: Isaiah 54:13-17
Let This Mind Be In You
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8
Notice this Scripture tells us that we are to let this type of thinking be active in us. And what kind of thinking is that? It is the attitude and mindset of humility, servanthood and obedience. Jesus set us the example, now we are to follow in His steps and “let” this mind function in us. Notice, this kind of thinking is resident in us because Jesus is inside of us, but we have to let it be active. My brothers and sisters, if Jesus, God manifested in the flesh, humbled Himself in servanthood and obedience to the Father’s will, it should be no problem for us to do the same. Determine today that you will allow the Word of God and the Holy Spirit teach you how to walk as Jesus walked. You won’t have to be concerned with exalting yourself; God will do that for you!
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 1 John 2:3-6
Watch Your Step!
“It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come.” Luke 17:1 New American Standard Bible
In this time that we live, opportunities to be offended are in abundance. As you walk this pathway of Christian living, you will have to be acutely aware of what is in your path. There will be little things and big things that the enemy will attempt to use and magnify through the actions of others. There is a very simple solution for you and that is TO CHOOSE NOT TO BE OFFENDED! Someone might say, “How is that possible?” The way to do it is to get to know God as love, follow His example and receive His commandment to walk in love. If you will do this you will find the Holy Spirit lighting your path in such a way that you will see how to deal with these things and some of them you will see even before you get to them. It will take time and dedication. You can do it!
Scripture reading: Psalm 119:165; 1 John 2:1-10