Archive | July 2013

Surrendering our dreams to God

We can never move into all God has for us and become all He created us to be without surrendering our dreams to Him. Jesus said, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25). That means if we want to have a life that is secure in the Lord, we have to let go of our plans and say, “Not my will, but Yours be done, Lord.” 

We all need to have a sense of why we are here. We all need to know we were created for a purpose. We will never find fulfillment and happiness until we are doing the thing for which we were created. But God won’t move us into the big things He has called us to unless we have been proven faithful in the small things He has given us. 

Keep in mind that God “ has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9). May you never forget, dear brothers and sisters, that God has an important purpose for your life and that it is good. 

Dear Lord, I pray that You would show me clearly what the gifts and talents are that You have placed in me. Lead me in the way I should go as I grow in them. Enable me to use them according to Your will and for Your Glory.  Lord, I pray that nothing will draw me away from fulfilling the plan You have for me. May I never stray from what You have called me to be and do. Give me a vision for my life and a strong sense of purpose. I put my identity in You and my destiny in Your hands.                                                      

In Jesus name I pray                                        

 Amen

 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

Gifts and Talents

God wants you to have a clear vision for your life. He wants to reveal to you what your gifts and talents are and show you how to best develop them and use them for His glory. 

Predestination means your destination has already been determined. The Bible says we are predestined according to God’s purpose and will. That means God knows where you are supposed to be going. And He knows how to get you there. 

We all want to accomplish something significant with our lives. And we all have the potential to do something great. That’s because we are the Lord’s and His Spirit dwells in us. Because of His greatness in us, He can accomplish great things through us. When you know you are the Lord’s and you trust where He is taking you, you feel very secure. 

Lord, I thank You that You have called me with a holy calling, and I have a purpose because you have a plan for my life. I know that Your plan for me existed before I knew You, and Your will bring it to pass.

Lord, help me to live my life with a sense of purpose and understanding of the calling you have given me. I lay down all pride, selfishness, and anything else that would keep me from moving into all You have for me. Lord, help me to understand the call You have on my life. Take away any discouragement I may feel and replace it with joyful anticipation of what You are going to do through me. Use me as Your instrument to make a positive difference in the lives of those whom You put in my path. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3

 

Walk with God

It doesn’t matter how long you have walked with God; He always has new things for you to learn. It may be new dimensions of what you already know, or it may be something you have never seen before. Either way, it’s not enough to just learn the truth; you must act on it.

God has gold nuggets and diamonds everywhere in His Word, but we must dig them out. And, just like precious gems and metals when they are first pulled from the ground, the treasures of God’s Word need to be polished and refined in us in order to have the brilliance they are capable of revealing. Whenever you read God’s Word, it is essential to ask Him to help you practically apply it to your life. Take a step that indicates you believe what you read and are going to live like it. 

One of the most priceless gems you will find in God’s Word is His voice. That’s because He speaks to us through His Word as we read it or hear it. In fact, we can’t really learn to recognize God’s voice whispering to our soul if we are not first hearing Him speak to us in His Word. The Word straightens out our mind and soul and helps us think clearly about things. It leads us away from self-destructive thoughts and enables us to enjoy a sense of well-being. It gives us hope and keeps us on course. It provides us a solid foundation upon which to build a life of wholeness. Ask God to meet you in His Word every day. He looks forward to that, and He wants you to also. 

Dear Lord, I don’t want to be just a hearer of Your Word. Show me how to be a doer of Your Word as well. Enable me to respond the way I should and obey You. Show me when I am not doing what it says. Help me to apply my heart to Your instruction and my ears to Your Words of Knowledge. Thank You, Lord that Your plans for my life are good, and You have a future for me that is full of hope. Lord, I’m so thankful, that when I look into Your Word I find You. Help me to know You better through it. Give me ears to recognize Your voice speaking to me every time I read it. I don’t want to miss the way You are leading me.  Thank You that you are always restoring my life to greater wholeness, I praise You and thank You that You are my Healer, my Deliverer, my Provider, my Redeemer, my Father, and my Comforter.  

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Blessed is the man who walks not In the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1:1-3

Holiness and Purity…Part 2

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, set their minds to the things of the Spirit.

Romans 8:5 

Holiness means living in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Pray that God will help you live in the Spirit and not the flesh. 

The greatest lie our society has blindly accepted is that sexual sin is okay. It must grieve the Holy Spirit to see how women sell themselves short of all God has for them because they have bought into this lie. Holiness means not falling prey to fashion or trends of thought or deed. Ask God to keep you sexually pure in your mind, soul, and body. 

Holiness is not something you slip in and out of like a nightgown. Holiness is God’s will for our lives and something God has planned for us from the beginning. God has made a way for us to live in holiness. And He is able to keep us holy. When our heart wants to live in purity and do the right thing, God will keep us from falling into sin. It is only by the Grace of God that we can live in holiness, even after we have chosen to do so. God enables us to do what He asks us to do. But we still need to ask Him to do it. He wants to know that His holiness is important enough to us to seek after it.  Esteeming the holiness of God and living in purity is the only way we are able to be close to God. There is nothing more important than being close to Him. 

Dear Lord, help me to separate myself from anything that is not holy. I don’t want to waste my life on things that have no value. Give me discernment to recognize that which is worthless and remove myself from it. Help me not to give myself to impure things, but rather to those things that fulfill Your plans for my life. Lord, enable me to do what is takes to get everything rooted out of my life that is not Your best for me so I can live the way You want me to live. Help me to examine my ways so that I can return to Your ways wherever I have strayed. Enable me to take any steps necessary in order to be pure before You. Lord, I know that you have called me to purity and holiness. Thank You that You will keep me pure and holy so I will be fully prepared for all You have for me. 

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.

Ephesians 1:4-5

 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 7:1