Archive | July 2013

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 

Amen 

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

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Worship

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 

Amen 

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 

Amen 

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

Holiness and Purity

Where I need to be pruned in order to bear more fruit, Lord, I commit myself to You. I know that without You I can do nothing. You are the vine and I am the branch. I must abide in You in order to bear fruit. Help me to do that. Thank You for Your promise that if I abide in You and Your Word abides in me, I can ask what I desire and it will be done for me. 

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

John 15:7-8 

Being holy is not being perfect. It’s letting Him who is holy be in you. We can’t be holy on our own, but we can make choices that allow holiness and purity to be manifested in our lives. 

Purifying yourself means asking God, who is holy, to purify your heart because unholiness happens there first. Purifying ourselves means taking stock of our lives, thoughts, actions, associations, and business dealings, and cleansing ourselves from anything that contaminates us. When God said, “Be holy”, He meant we are to take specific steps to see that we do not live an impure lifestyle. We are to deliberately turn away from anything that glorifies immorality and other unholiness. 

 Dear Lord, continue to purify me by the power of Your Spirit, help me to “cling to what is good” and keep myself pure.  You have said in Your Word that You did not call me to uncleanness, but in holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:7). You chose me to be holy and blameless before you. Thank you Father, for I know that I have been washed clean and made holy by the blood of Jesus.

 In Jesus name I pray 

Amen

 But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

1 Peter 1: 15-16

But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God

1 Corinthians 6:11

 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1 John 3:3

Surrender

Surrendering everything means being willing to say, “Lord, whatever You want me to do I’ll do it. I say yes to anything You ask of me, even if it means dying to myself and my desires. I will give up the things of the flesh that I want in order to have more of You in my life.” This attitude of surrender means putting God first and submitting to His rulership. 

God is not only Lord over the universe; He is Lord over our individual lives as well. Whether we acknowledge that or not will determine the success and quality of our life. If we would drop everything and say, “I give up, Lord. I surrender. Take everything. I will do whatever You say,” our lives would be better in every way. 

Lord, I bow before you this day and declare that You are Lord over every area of my life. I surrender myself and my life to You and invite You to rule in ever part of my mind, soul, body, and spirit. Lord, I love You with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind. I commit to trusting You with my whole being. I declare You to be Lord over every area of my life today and every day. I surrender my relationships, my finances, my work, my recreation, my decision, my time, my body, my mind, my soul, my desires, and my dreams. I put them all in Your hands so they can be used for Your glory. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your way acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7