“A merry heart makes well, like medicine”
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the vast array of products we see when entering a pharmacy. Each item promises the good things that it can do for us. The selection is often so great that we need assistance to select even a simple treatment.
Today’s verse helps us select what is best for us. It says a merry heart or simply a heart that is joyful, glad & rejoicing, heals like a medicine. So many people will take medicine for ailments but few will ever apply a merry heart to their life to make it well.
God made us in His own image and He knows exactly what will assist our health the most. Medication holds an important place but so too does a merry heart. The Bible says a merry heart works inside us to help our health to return. That’s why we shouldn’t hide our merriment instead we should use it to work what God intended – well-being.
This week let’s use our merry hearts to make ourselves well. Let’s pick an area of life, one that isn’t thriving like it should, and allow our joy, gladness and rejoicing to overflow through it. Like a medication it will get inside the problem, causing wellness to return and victory to be obtained.
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy”
Have you ever been in a crowded room talking with someone only to discover that they were actually chatting to someone else? LOL… you feel embarrassed, you feel slightly disappointed. So you slowly move away and recompose yourself.
Today’s verse lets us know who to talk to about what we need in life. We are to go directly to God and ask in Jesus’ name. When we do this the Bible promises that we will receive what we asked for. It also promises that what we’ve received will be smothered in abundant joy. We won’t walk away disappointed and embarrassed like in the conversation above.
God promise to supply joy with everything He gives comes when we ask properly. Many believers have never asked for anything in Jesus name. That is why they haven’t received anything with joy. God’s promise is that whenever we ask in Jesus name, we will receive what we asked for plus abundant Joy.
This week let’s think about what we need. Let’s take some time to ask God for it in Jesus name. Then lets get ready to receive. God’s Word says that it will come to us at just the right time. That it will come to us smothered in Joy. That is God’s way, and it works, so why not let it work in you!
“Ask of Me, and I will give the nations for you to own”
Have you ever seen a child in a supermarket that asks for everything they see? If it’s in front of their eyes their hand reaches out and you instantly hear “Can I have that?” We’ve all experienced this at one time or another.
Today’s verse reminds us that God can give us the nations of the Earth… if we ask for them. The problem is, as we get older, we tend to ask less. We find ourselves becoming self sufficient instead of God supplied. God says, if we want something, then we ask Him for it! Then we keep walking in His ways, obeying His Word & fellowshipping with each other until we obtain it.
God can give us something as enormous as the Nations. So let’s think about what our actual needs are today. Our needs are smaller than the Nations that God is willing to give us so lets ask Him for what we need. Then as we pursue Him along life’s path we’ll receive them.
This week let’s come before God and ask Him for what we need. Let’s remember that nothing is too big or too small for Him. He is concerned about what concerns us, so lets ask Him for them now. Then we’ll keep obeying His Word and walking in His ways. Before long we’ll have what we need and we’ll be in a better place than we ever expected.
“The Lord reigns for ever and ever”
Have you ever driven on a road that looks like it goes on forever? Each time we turn a curve we discover that the road continues further, disappearing into the far distant horizon.
Today’s verse reminds us that God’s reign, that is his control & influence, are just like a never-ending road. His reign goes beyond what we presently see or experience. It goes all the way into the future. It runs right through eternity. It doesn’t matter what curves and turns we meet in life God must be allowed to lead and steer us on a course of safety.
Every day the enemy attempts to push and batter us. Nonetheless God’s reign allows us to survive and navigates even the greatest attacks. God will lead us beyond what’s happening today. He will lead us into a powerful and dynamic future. He will lead us into a future that we could never enter alone.
This week lets make an unwavering commitment to accept God’s reign afresh in our lives. His plans & purpose for us are full of future and hope. God will securely take us forward on life’s path if we allow him. We will go beyond our current circumstance and, before we know it, we’ll be racing along life’s road again filled with faith and hope.
“…I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…”
When a fire is left unattended it will eventually die down to nothing but a few glowing embers. If we refuel and fan them, flames will quickly start to flicker and climb. Before long the fire will be ablaze again.
Today’s verse lets us know that this is how our God given spiritual gifts work. If we leave them unattended they will decrease & become nothing more than an ember of what they should be. People may notice them smoldering in us but are unable to see the raging beauty that they should be.
Just as a fire needs fuel, heat & oxygen to exist, our spiritual gifts need prayer, study and fellowship to burn brightly. As we diligently bring these 3 together the flames of our spiritual gifts begin to rise and gather strength. What is an ember today can be a flame tomorrow and a raging fire in our future.
This week let’s fan into flames the spiritual gifts that God has given us. Lets start praying over them, studying God’s Word and fellowshipping with other Christians who think the way we think. This will cause even the smallest dying ember of our spiritual gifts to flicker and come to life in a short time. Lets not stop when we see the first sign of flame but lets keep praying, studying and fellowshipping until our spiritual gifts are a raging fire that no man can stop.
“God is not like people. He tells no lies. He is not like humans. He doesn’t change his mind. When he says something, he does it. When he makes a promise, he keeps it”
Have you ever told people the truth only to have them not believe you? It can be devastating but as time passes, and good fruit shows, everything turns around. Those who didn’t believe you often become your greatest cheerleaders.
Today’s verse reminds us that God tells no lies, doesn’t change His mind, does what He says, keeps every promise He makes. God’s pleasure is that we believe Him and His word. Often people humanize God to have similar weaknesses & failures to themselves. The truth is our God is not weak in any area. He is stable, sure and true in every area!
This is why we can be 100% obedient to God’s Word. It will produce everything that it says. There are no lies and no changes. Exactly what God says is what will happen. We can bind our lives to Him and have success as we obey His Word.This week let’s work on any lingering areas of doubt that we may hold towards God’s Word. Lets dig them out of our lives by telling them the truth… “God said it, I believe it and I’m going to do it.” Lets keep speaking to them until they line up with His Word. Soon enough doubt will flee and the strength of God will enter in. Then our fruit will display the truth of God in every arena of our lives.
“In the last days,” God says “I’ll pour out of my Spirit upon all people”
Have you ever been out for a walk and been suddenly caught in a downpour? One minute you’re happily strolling along, the next you’re drenched from head to foot. The weather changed suddenly and you were caught unprepared.
Today’s verse tells us about a sudden change that God is planning. He’s about to gush, spill & pour out His Holy Spirit like never before. God’s been speaking about this for millennia and now it’s about to happen. It’s time to get prepared for a total drenching in His Holy Spirit.
What an exciting time this will be. God says He’ll do His part by pouring out the Holy Spirit and we do our part by being prepared to receive Him. Our sons and daughters prophesying, our young people seeing visions, and our older folk dreaming dreams. Everyone will be saturated. There’s an overflow of the Holy Spirit coming like never before!This week lets start preparing to be a vessel that can receive from this His great outpouring. Why not consider gathering friends around you and prepare for what’s ahead. Lets study our bibles, pray together and intimately know the Holy Spirit like never before. Let’s continue to prepare to receive until God releases His downpour on all people.
“The people who love God’s Instructions enjoy peace and lots of it and nothing shall offend them”
I enjoy walking on paths that twist and turn on their way to a destination. My mind thinks about what’s coming up ahead or what’s beyond the next turn. As I stay on the path I arrive safely at the destination.
Today’s verse reminds us that God has a path for us. He says that as we walk on His Path, and follow His instructions, offense will not be able to lead us astray. God has provided each of us with this fabulous escape from offense. We’re able to walk out our journey knowing that around the next bend of life will be peace rather than more unexpected offense.
Offense will always try to pull us away from God. It tries to draw us into a wilderness of self-interest and deception. When we discover that peace has gone and that the never-ending storms of life are tossing us about instead we simply need to return to following His Instructions. Then we’ll find ourselves back on His offense free path for our life.This week lets not allow offense to stalk us. Let’s not allow offense to lead us away from God. Instead lets hold firm to God’s way of doing things. As we do we’ll find that there is a LOT OF PEACE in our lives. Soon others will be looking to us to help lead them along His path of life towards peace.
“The mouth of a righteous person is a fountain of life”
Fountains are fascinating. People are drawn to their seemingly endless flow of water as it dances and spills around them. The many cascades create a peaceful atmosphere. Their calming sound attracts many who sit and relax on their edges.
Today’s verse reminds us that our mouth, or more specifically the words we speak, can become a fountain of life. Stinking words produce a dead fountain that no one visits. Life giving words produce a beautiful fountain that everyone wants to be near.
Try picturing this in your imagination. See your life-giving words becoming a fountain of life as they dance and spill from your mouth. See their sound attracting people and creating a refreshingly peaceful atmosphere for others.
This week let’s allow encouraging words to freely flow from our mouths. As we do this we’ll create a beautiful fountains of life that has an overflow of healthy waters. People will almost instantly be attracted by our words. When this happens allow more life-giving words to gush out and affect all those who come near. Before long lives will be changed, people refreshed and cascades of life will be flowing from us in every direction. That’s God’s Word so we know it will work!
“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished…”
When roadwork commence on a highway it’s easy to become frustrated. We have to slow down and crawl along while they work to upgrade the road. Eventually it is complete and we are speeding along in safety again. We soon forget that it had ever happened.
Likewise our verse today tells us about the work God has planned in us. He says He has already started it and that it is going to continue. It will keep going until it is complete just like road works. At that time we will again speed along in life and get to the planned destination safely.
The powerful key to victory here is to never allow frustration to set in. God is doing a perfect work in us so we need to slow down and yield to His mighty hand. It may seem slow, bumpy and dirty but as soon as it’s complete we’ll forget the difficulty & frustration that was there. We’ll be speeding along with a smile on our face.This week let’s remember that God is doing a work in us and in everyone around us. Decide not to react in frustration & anger but reach out to others with love and concern. As we do this we’ll reap the same back as a harvest in our life. Rather than people reacting to us they’ll be supporting us.