Tap into God's power

"...And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ."
(Ephesians 3:17–18)

Tap into God's power You may have things in your life that seem dead—a relationship, a business, your health. Jesus would say to you that He has power over death. God's love can bring that relationship back to life that seems dead to you and take it to an entirely new level. Maybe you feel that you have a "dead-end job," or maybe you think your life is going nowhere and you have no purpose. We want to encourage you today! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead can revitalize your career and put you on a path of success. If you start believing again, God is going to resurrect what you thought was dead. You may have tried and failed, but dreams that you’ve given up on are going to suddenly come back to life. Problems that looked permanent are goin…

God's Unending Love

"...I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you."
(Jeremiah 31:3)

God's Unending Love God tells you in His Word that He has always loved you and will always love you—a love that is truly eternal and unending. Nothing can ever separate you from His love, and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more and nothing you can do to make Him love you any less. His love is truly amazing! Human love can be powerful and faithful, but it still falls short of the perfect love God has for you. It has been said that you can't out-give God, and that's true of love as well! First Corinthians 13 is a wonderful chapter because it gives a glimpse into God's love, which never fails. All the loves on the earth either fall away or fail from time to time, but not God's perfect love. That is a wonderful thing to know and something to model your own love and life after. A Prayer for Today"God, thank You for loving me with …

The Most Powerful Relationship Possible

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20)

We focus on our relationship with God. This verse from Revelation assures us that Jesus Christ will come into our life, just like we would have a friend over for dinner.

And yet, our relationship with Jesus is even more powerful than human friendships:
Jesus replied, ‘All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.’ ” (John 14:23)

You can’t get much more intimate than making your home with someone!

Not only is Jesus with us individually, but he is with us when we are gathered together as believers.

For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

One reason Jesus wants us to have a relationship with him is so we can also have a proper relationship with others:
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, th…

Be Patient

"The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him."
(Lamentations 3:25)

Be Patient Even when you are busy, you can choose to be patient. Nobody really likes to wait around for something to happen, especially if it's something they really want to see come to pass. But God says that people who trust in Him need to wait on Him. Waiting is hard, but here's the good part: waiting on God is not like waiting on anyone else in your life because God never fails to keep His Word! If you're asking God for something right now or hoping that He will fulfill your dreams, just keep praying and holding on. Don't give up on God. If it's not happening on your timetable, remind yourself, “God knows what He is doing. He has my best interest at heart. I wouldn’t be having this delay unless God had a very good reason for it.” Rest assured that it will be in God's perfect timing. A Prayer for Today"God, please continue to give me patience to wait o…

The Seed Must Lead

"And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor."
(2 Timothy 2:6)

The Seed Must Lead In farming, the seed always precedes the harvest—and that's true in our lives as well. In other words, if you want to reap happiness, then you have to sow seeds by making other people happy. If you want to reap financial blessings, you have to sow financially. If you want to reap friendships, you have to be a good friend first. Sowing seed is not just a one-time effort, it’s an important part of everyday life. Instead of focusing on your need, worrying about how it’s going to work out and living frustrated, look for ways you can sow a seed. Be more seed-oriented than need-oriented. Can you give an encouraging word to someone who’s down? Is there someone you can pray for? Are you investing quality time with your loved ones? If you'll dare to sow a seed in your time of need, God will do more than you can ask or think! A Prayer for Today"God, thank You t…

Follow your Conscience

"I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live."

Follow your Conscience God speaks to us in many ways. One way is through that "small voice" we call our conscience. In many cases, that's the voice of the Holy Spirit prompting you to be good to someone, or it might be warning you about a situation that otherwise seems fine! When you feel uneasiness and unrest, the Lord may be saying, "Watch out, there's danger ahead." That’s not just your nerves, it’s God protecting you. If you ignore these warnings, you could experience heartache and pain. Is the Holy Spirit placing warning signs in front of you today? When you sense these warning signs, you have a choice to make. God won't make you do the right thing. You have your own free will. It's up to you to choose the right road. Refuse to compromise. Don't compromise in your marriage, your business or with your family. Listen to the st…

Does Your Conduct Contradict or Confirm your Faith in God?

“…Not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.” (Titus 2:10)

Christianity is not a list of dos and don’ts or an intellectual belief in the tenets of the Christian faith. True faith is having a personal relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ. We have been born again to a living hope, a relationship with the risen Savior who lives in and through the life of each believer.

That being the case, Scripture exhorts us to be good examples of the relationship we proclaim:
Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel…” (Philippians 1:27)

If we are to be effective representatives of Christianity, our conduct cannot contradict what we say we believe in.

We live in a difficult environment, and it is critical to work at staying away fr…