The Lord your God is living among you. He is a hero who saves you. He will rejoice over you. You will rest in his love; He will sing and be joyful about you”
There’s nothing like a celebration to make people feel good. Celebrations are a time of commemoration for a person or event that are always special. The people, food & conversation always make it unique, memorable and cheerful.
Today’s verse demonstrates God’s celebration over us. We’re told that He is a hero who lives with us. He wants to celebrate us for just being who we are. God made us, He loves us and He wants to celebrate us.
There are 3 wonderful things that God brings along to our celebration… rejoicing, love & singing. We’re told He rejoices over us; He lets us rest in His love & He sings over us with shouts of joy. This sounds like a fantastic party, a party that every believer should be a part of.
This week let’s remember that God made us, He loves us and He wants to celebrate us. No matter what’s happening God, our hero, is celebrating us. Join Him in this celebration by receiving his joy, love and rest. They will revive, refresh & empower us to enter His future plan and purpose for our lives.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
One of the earliest and simplest lessons we learn in math at school was 2 + 2 = 4. Once we learnt this basic then other things could be built upon it. If we failed to learn it, we’d have no foundation for future learning.
Today’s verse teaches us God’s way for us to receive what’s needed in our lives. It explains that when we seek His Kingdom above all else AND live righteously then He gives us everything we need. Difficulties in life arise when we try using a different formula than the one God says will work.
We should continually endeavour to put God’s Kingdom first. This means doing things God’s way, the way the Bible says. As we do this all things that we need will be given to us. Using any other formula simply doesn’t produce the same result; we must put God’s Kingdom first AND live rightly to receive what we need.
This week let’s commit afresh to God’s way of doing things above all else. As we do this and continue living righteously, we allow God to give us the things we need. Seeking His Kingdom above all else ensures that our future will be beyond what we can ask or think. We’ll propel ourselves into God’s plan & purpose of supplying all that is needed.
“Every one who hears my teachings and acts upon them is like a wise man who builds his house upon rock”
It always fascinates to me to watch a building being built. Methodically each piece is placed in its correct position and before long an empty block becomes a great building. It has taken a lot of work, skill and wisdom to accomplish this amazing task.
Today’s verse tells us that wise people will build. The wisdom to do this is gained simply by hearing & acting on the Word of God. The 2 vital elements of hearing & acting on God’s Word, form the rock-solid foundation that ensures lasting results from whatever we’re creating.
It takes effort to build. The last thing we desire is for it to be knocked over or easily destroyed. The foundation becomes extremely important in making any structure sound. That’s why we build on rock and not moving sand. The right foundation ensures that everything will last even through life’s most powerful storms.
This week let’s remember that every person leaves behind something. So why not leave something that’s guaranteed to last. Let’s be wise by building our lives & families on the Word of God. As we hear & act upon it we’ll become stronger each and every day. The foundation of our family will become rock solid and immovable. It will cause us to leave a greater legacy that’ll be able to bless the generations ahead.
“… whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
Everything we do, we do for a reason. We may work to get paid, eat because we’re hungry or watch a movie for relaxation. Everything we do, we do to accomplish something. We don’t do stuff simply to have something to do.
Today’s verse gives us the ultimate purpose for everything we do once we’re a born-again believer. It says that whatever we do, we do it totally for the glory of God. This adjusts our focus from the task or the intended result and puts it back onto what is the reason for everything – bringing glory to God!
If what we’re doing isn’t bringing Glory to God then we need to adjust our focus and direction so that it does. We must understand that as we keep our focus on God, in everything we’re doing, it’ll causes Him to receive the glory and us to receive a “well done good and faithful” from the creator of all things.
This week is the time to adjust our focus. Let’s stop accepting worldly praise for our efforts. Instead, let’s redirect our focus towards God in every task, no matter how small or how large it is. As we allow the glory to go to Him, He’ll be honouring us. We’ll start accomplishing so much more than we ever have before simply by doing everything to the glory of God.
“NEVER let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart.”
I can still remember the times, when I was much younger, where I would take the dog for a walk and it would escape. I soon learnt that wrapping the leash around my arm ensured that where I went the dog followed. It made us inseparable and ensured that what we needed to do was accomplished.
Today’s verse lets us know about 2 very important things that must never get away from us. They are loyalty & kindness. If we don’t watch out, they’ll try to escape, that’s why we’re told to NEVER let them get away. We have to be vigilant & proactive to ensure that they stay with us every day.
We’re instructed to wear them like a necklace and write them deep in our heart. This means to make loyalty & kindness so much a part of who we are, that we’re inseparable from them. When people see us, they see loyalty & kindness. Doing this allows the promise given in the next verse to become ours… “We’ll find favour with God & people and gain a good reputation.”This week let’s make the change. Let work on making loyalty & kindness inseparable from us. Let’s wrap ourselves in them and wear them proudly. Let’s live their reality from deep with our heart. Before long favour and a good reputation will be with us everywhere we go. People will notice the difference and so will we!
“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land”
There are always so many choices in life. When we need something, we often discover that there’s a selection between either good, better or best. We would always like to choose the best but sometimes it can seem a little out of reach and so we quickly settle for the good instead – which is always better than nothing.
Today’s verse lets us know how we can get the best each and every time. It says that when we’re willing and obedient to God’s Word we WILL (not might) eat the best of the land and not the worst. This means that we won’t have to settle for good or better any longer. We can jump right to the best just by applying this verse to our lives.
Now, what we’ve got to do is surrender our will & obey through our actions whatever the Word of God says. When we continually do this, we’re destined to receive the best of everything that is on offer and never the worst.
This week let’s get started by surrendering our wills and obeying through our actions what we read in the Word of God. This will activate our promise and we will begin to eat the best from the land. As this becomes a living truth in our lives let’s share it with other folk and help them on their journey. Remember, the best of the land is obtained by being willing and obedient to the Word of God!
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”
Have you ever been taking a walk only to discover that a lonely dog has decided to join you? No matter what you do it continues to follow wherever you go. When you run, it runs, if you stop, it stops. No matter what you do it faithfully keeps pace following you.
Today’s verse let us know about two faithful traveling companions that follow us on life’s journey. They are goodness and mercy and they’re unquestionably behind us every step of the way. We can’t outrun them and neither can we stop them from pursuing us every day of our lives.
Now, when we understand what’s following us there will be no need to keep looking back over our past to see what’s there. Goodness and mercy are! They’re able to keep pace with us our whole life. Whenever we need to lean on them, they are there, ready and able to support us.This week let’s look forward to the future and let go of the past. Goodness and mercy have got our backs so we’re free to advance confidently into our tomorrow. With 2 such valuable travelling companions supporting us we’ll never be alone. We can walk, run and sprint into our future and they will be right behind us. Life will be good and we’ll be setup for a victory far beyond what we could ever ask or think.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!”
There is something special about a great meal. Often before we see it, we smell the aroma that is coming from it. Our hunger is aroused and finally we get to see the meal and taste the many flavours that it carries. Our senses were right; it was a great meal!
Today’s verse says that we’re to taste and see that the Lord is good. We may have already caught the aroma of God in our life and sensed that He is good but this verse challenges us to go a step further. We’re to become active and experience all we can in God so that we can see His Goodness above everything else.
Now, not all people see God as good. Some haven’t set out to experience God in that way and so they think otherwise. But we know that our God is a good God! We know that what we’ve sensed is true and above everything else, we know that we know, that God is a good God. He is filled to overflowing with goodness.
This week let’s take the goodness of God to the people around us. Let’s have conversations with others about the goodness of God. Allow them to catch the aroma of His goodness so their hunger for Him is ignited. Then as we lead them on to taste and see His goodness in their lives, they’ll be telling their friends too. Everyone’s life will be the better because God is Good!
“Jesus went on A LITTLE FURTHER and bowed with his face to the ground, PRAYING, “My Father!…”
In life things can often get in our way and distract us. When they do, we can feel like we’re at our limit or that we can no longer move forward. When we stay there moaning and complaining, nothing ever improves. We just stay in overload. But when we’re able to regain our focus we soon discover there is a place of victory.
Now, this is a great verse to help us focus in difficult times. It says that when we go A LITTLE FURTHER, like Jesus, then PRAY, we enter a zone of victory just like He did. Jesus was able to accomplish the will of His Father because He went FURTHER and PRAYED. When we do the same we’ll become connected to our future and enter our victory.
This is such a powerful key. PRAYER is the connection between the Father and us whenever we reach out to Him. PRAYER also allows the plans of heaven to invade our world. Prayer causes confusion to cease and spiritual strength to be revived.This week let’s go a little FURTHER into God than we’ve ever gone before. Let’s escape our comfort zone and press into Him at a whole new level. Even if it seems impossible or painful. Even if the expected result does not appear quickly, let’s just keep pressing into God. Before long we’ll reach our victory zone exactly as Jesus did so we can fulfil God’s will in this season of our lives.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper to be with you forever, He is the Holy Spirit”
We love walking along holding hands and enjoying every part of life together. We share as much time as possible side by side. It doesn’t matter whether we’re shopping, travelling or walking on the beach, as long as we’re together we’re happy.
Today’s verse lets us know about a relationship that is closer than that of a husband & wife. Jesus says that He has given us a “helper” who’ll walk with us. One who’ll stay with us forever. This helper is the Holy Spirit.
The word “helper” means comforter, advocate, the one who comes alongside. This is an important role that the Holy Spirit plays in our lives. He brings comfort & draws in close as we walk through life’s mountains and valleys. He brings counsel, wisdom & strength to us every day.
This week let’s take time to acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit in our life. With Him beside us we will never be lonely or alone. We will have His wisdom, power and good counsel beside us every day. As we honour the Holy Spirit, we’ll quickly discover that the counsel we need is always available and our lives will become less stressful.