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                                        


 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 


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 


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

Your Work is Valuable

It doesn’t matter if your work is recognized by the whole world or only God sees it. It doesn’t matter if you are getting paid big buck or receiving no financial compensation whatsoever. Your work is valuable. And your want it to be blessed by God. 

Whatever work we do, we want to do it well and be successful. When our work is good, it gives us fulfillment. When we accomplish something worthwhile that makes life better for other people, our families, or ourselves, it gives us satisfaction. 

Pray that your work is recognized and appreciated by others. Pray to receive promotions and advancements in line with God’s will. Say, “Lord, I would like to have that promotion and that raise if it’s Your will for my life.” As you pray that way and commit your work to the Lord, He will bless it. 

Lord, I pray You would show me what work I am supposed to be doing. If it is something I am to do in addition to what I am already doing, show me that too. Lord, whatever it is You have called me to do, both now and in the future, I pray You will give me the strength and energy to get it done well. Enable me to do what I do successfully. May I find great fulfillment and satisfaction in every aspect of it, even the most difficult and unpleasant parts. Lord, I thank you for the abilities You have given me. Where I am lacking in skill, help me to grow and improve so that I do my work well. Teach me to excel so that the result of what I do will be pleasing to others. I commit my work to You, Lord, knowing You will establish it. May it always be that I love the work I do and be able to do the work I love. 

In Jesus name I pray 


And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.

Psalm 90:17


When we praise and worship God, it is like being hooked up to a spiritual IV. As long as we have our hearts and eyes lifted to God in worship and praise, the joy of the Lord can pour into our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits and crowd out any darkness and depression. Confusion, oppression, fear or anxiety can’t exist in the heart of a worshiping child of God. 

Nothing we do is more powerful or more life-changing than praising God. It is one of the means by which God transforms us. Every time we praise and worship Him, His presence comes to dwell in us and changes our hearts and allows the Holy Spirit to soften and mold it into whatever He wants it to be. 

Because praise and worship is not something our flesh naturally wants to do, we have to will ourselves to do it. And because it’s not the first thing we think of to do, we have to decide to do it no matter what our circumstances. 

Dear Lord, there is no source of greater joy for me than worshiping You. I come into Your presence with thanksgiving and bow before You this day. I exalt Your name, for You are great and worthy to be praised. Thank You, Lord, that “You have put gladness in my heart” (psalm 4:7). All honor and majesty, strength and glory, holiness and righteousness are Yours this day and every day. 

I Jesus name I pray 


But the Hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father Is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:23-24

Standing Against the Enemy

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6: 13-17 

Life has much suffering, but too often we suffer unnecessarily because of lies we believe about ourselves and our circumstances. We accept as fact the words that are spoken to our souls by an enemy who wants us destroyed. But we can overcome each one of the lies with prayer, faith, and the truth of God’s Word. 

You don’t have to live with confusion or mental oppression. Instead you can have clarity and knowledge. Even though your enemy tries to convince you that your future is as hopeless as his, or that you are a failure with no purpose, value, gifts, or abilities, God says exactly the opposite. Believe God and don’t listen to anything else. 

A big part of standing against the enemy of our souls is taking control over our minds. As the Bible says, we must learn to bring every thought into captivity. 

Dear Lord, help me to never exchange Your truth for a lie. Where I have accepted a lie as truth, reveal that to me. Help me to clearly discern when it is the enemy who is speaking. Lord, reveal to me any place in my life where I am walking in disobedience. If I have given the enemy a place in my protective armor through which he can secure a hook, show me so I can rectify it. Gird me with strong faith in you and in Your word. Thank you that I will never be brought down by the enemy as long as I stand strong in You. 

In Jesus name I pray 


Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5

 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3