His Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

 

“I’m the best cook.” “No one can beat my record.” “My child is an honor student.” Each of these are strengths we proudly boast to one another. It is absurd to think about taking pride in our weaknesses. We are uncomfortable with weaknesses because recognizing them means we are not enough. Yet this attitude welcomes Christ into our lives so He can perfect our weakness and He can receive glory. What is one of your weaknesses? Invite Christ to have the power to work in you. Share your weakness with others and watch to see the power of Christ!

Daily Bible Devotion. 3.30.14

God First Loved Us

 

It’s all very simple. God is love. He is love’s origin, example, and architect. I love because he loved me first. I know how to love because he has demonstrated it. I can love because he made me in his likeness and to share his character. He is the fountain, the motivation, and the pinnacle of love. I love because He does, first, last, and always.

Prayer for Today…

God of comfort, than you for comforting me with your love. Just as a child learns from parents how to do so many things, I want to learn to love as you do: sacrificially, selflessly, and submissively so that others may know that they do not have to earn your love, only to receive it. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

 

Devotional provided by Heartlight. February 24, 2014

Victor’s Mentality!

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37

I actually received this daily devotional yesterday from Joel and Victoria Osteen, and thought I’d share. Most of us have been in a place where we felt like giving up, throwing in the towel, or hiding under a rock. It’s important to remember “We are More Than Conquerors“! Note, the scripture says, More Than Conquerors. You are one, who does More Than overcome, More Than take possession by force. You are one who can do More Than defeat your enemy and prevail! This isn’t made up….this is what God has already called you to be! You are NOT defeated! You are More Than A Conqueror!

In scripture, Paul went through hard times. How did he come through? He wasn’t complaining, living in self-pity or despair. No, he shook off that defeated mindset and chose to have a vision of victory. This is what we have to do, too!

Remember, you’re not a weakling. You’re not lacking. The most powerful force in the universe is breathing in your direction. Every morning you need to remind yourself, “I am ready for and equal to anything that comes my way. I am full of can-do power.”

Listen, that sickness is no match for you. That relationship issue is not going to keep you from your destiny. The loss of that loved one did not stop God’s plan for your life. Don’t let it overwhelm you. You can handle it. You’ve been armed with strength! Keep a victor’s mentality because a victor’s mentality becomes a victor’s reality!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for the victory that overcomes the world — faith in Jesus Christ. Today I choose to trust You. I stand on Your promises and choose to live with a victor’s mentality in Jesus’ name! Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria. 2.18.14

Love Takes Courage

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” – 1 John 11-12

Can you imagine what an honor it is to have the Creator of the universe, the Lord God Almighty, living inside of you! But when we love each other, that is exactly what happens. When our hearts are full of love, there is room for God. When they are not full of love, we leave God little room to take up residence and produce his character in us. Let God complete his love in you. Make a commitment to do loving things for others today!

Prayer for Today…

Abba Father, it is so comforting to know that you are not far away – that I live in you and you love in me. Help me see others with your eyes and respond to their needs with your heart so that your love may be complete in me. In the name of Jesus, the Servant and Savior of all, I pray. Amen.

Devotional provided by Heartlight. February 19, 2014

His Glory!

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (NIV) ( Isaiah 6:3 )

Today is a day of remembering our blessings and giving thanks for all we have. If you have a hard time thinking of blessings in this world, there are many around you. God’s unending love for you and another day on this earth are but a few of our blessings. Don’t forget that we need to give praise and glory to God for all we are blessed with. He is the ultimate source.

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This is Just For You!

I’m about to tell you something you may find hard to believe. You don’t have to agree with me, but I’d like you to consider it with me.  Here it is.  If you were the only person on earth, the earth would look exactly the same. The Himalayas would still have their drama and the Caribbean its charm. The sun would still nestle behind the Rockies in the evenings and spray light on the desert in the mornings. If you were the sole pilgrim on this globe, God would not diminish its beauty one degree.

Because He did it all for you! 

And He’s waiting for you to discover His gift, for your eyes to pop, your heart to stop. He’s waiting for the moment between the dropping of the jaw and the leap of the heart. For in that silence He whispers, I did it just for you.

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UpWords. 11.11.2013

Grow Up!

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Paul assumes that we should grow up in our faith. Becoming a Christian by accepting God’s grace through faith is the beginning of lifelong growth in Christ, or at least that’s the way God has planned it. Unfortunately, many Christians have chosen the path, not of growth to maturity, but of Peter Pan Christianity: “I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up, not me!” Perhaps we have been led to believe that being a Christian is mainly about going to heaven after we die, rather than living as citizens of God’s kingdom both now and forever. Perhaps we sense that we should be maturing as Christians, but aren’t quite sure how to do this. Or, maybe our lives are so busy we just don’t pay attention to our development as disciples.

No matter what slumbers might keep us from realizing that we should be growing as Christians, Ephesians 4:11-16 is a stirring wake up call. It says to each of us and to all of us together, “Grow up!”

 

Questions for Further Reflection:

To what extent do you think of the Christian life as an experience of growth? As you take a good look at yourself today, would you say that you are growing in Christ? Are you more of a Christian today than you were a year ago? Fiver years ago?

Prayer:

Gracious God, I need to hear the call of this passage today. Though I have been a Christian for a long time. I still need to grow up in you. Help us to understand what it means for us to grow up in faith. Show us how we might receive your grace and respond to it so that we are maturing as Christians. Amen!

 

 

Daily Reflections with  Mark D. Roberts

Perfect Peace

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Are you searching for peace? Are you longing for it? You thought you would find it if you made a lot of money, but you didn’t find it. You thought you would find it in getting and accumulating a lot of knowledge, so you got all the degrees you could, but you didn’t find it.

You’ve searched the religions of the world, but you haven’t found it. There are a thousand ways you’ve turned, trying to find peace, but you haven’t found it. When you come to Christ by an act of faith, He gives you the Holy Spirit who produces the fruit of the Spirit and gives you the peace that passes all understanding!

Daily Devotion with Billy Graham