What Are You Uprooting and What Are You Growing
EVENT: Friends, I’m flying to Pierre, South Dakota today and will be leading my P.R.A.Y. with Passion Across the Nation Conf on Saturday. Please pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit and travel protection. Thank you!
Some time ago I noticed a vine growing in my flower bed and wasn’t sure what it was.
I didn’t know if it was a weed I needed to remove or a valuable vine I should keep. I had to make a decision. Uproot it or let it grow? Many today seek spiritual teachings, but don’t know which of them are eternally true and valuable and which are mere humanistic thought that should be uprooted. Jesus doesn’t want us to make a wrong decision. He tells us in John 15:1, “I am the true vine.” Do you know someone who is allowing vines of secular humanism to grow in their heart rather than growing Jesus’s words and teachings in their heart? If so, what can you do? Bear Christ, the TRUE VINE and His fruit in your life so they can taste and see the real thing.
Lord Jesus, we praise You, the TRUE VINE. Uproot anything in our lives that hinders the fruit of Your presence.
The Key to Not Living in Darkness
Are you excited about all the ways our Lord is described? Every day when I select a description to share with you, I have a renewed sense of awe. Often the way our Lord is described is a contrast to that which is in the world. Such is the case today. Many in our world are living in spiritual darkness. They are seeking to be “enlightened” by powers apart from Jesus Christ. But in John 1:9 we find the word “true” in reference to Jesus. Although there are many sources of “enlightenment,” there is only one TRUE LIGHT: JESUS CHRIST. He enlightens our soul, mind, and heart when we turn to Him. The world apart from Christ is dark. Take seriously His charge to let His light shine through you. His Light in you is a beacon to those living in darkness.
Lord Jesus, You are the TRUE LIGHT who enlightens every man. May we be light houses through whom You shine.
“There was the TRUE LIGHT which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.”
Love the True God
Our world is filled with gods. We focus our time, energy, and money on sport gods, education gods, work gods, money gods, pleasure gods, political gods, and social gods. In effect, we worship them when they become the driving force in our lives and occupy our thoughts. However, if we want eternal life, Jesus makes it clear in John 17:3 that it is found in knowing the only TRUE GOD. He is to be the object of our love and passion. He is to occupy our thoughts, energy, and resources. We are to love the LORD with ALL our heart, and ALL our soul, and ALL our mind. (Mark 12:30) What or whom are we worshiping?
Lord, You are the only TRUE GOD. May we give You our full worship and praise.
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
Think God, Think Bigger
When you think of God, how big or how small is He? To David, He was HUGE. Listen to his words of praise in Psalm 65:5. “By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You who are the TRUST of ALL the ENDS of the EARTH and of the farthest sea.” Our God isn’t an American god or a Jewish god. Our God is the One to whom ALL people can come. God hears the prayers of people throughout the earth. Do you live in a remote part of the world, and are receiving this? Are you in rehab and looking for One you can trust? Are you in a country where these words are being translated? Are you a missionary living with those who speak a different language? How incredible it is to know that the God of our salvation, who answers in righteousness is the TRUST OF ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND OF THE FARTHEST SEA.
Lord, we worship You.
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I Don’t Know What to Do
“I don’t know what to do.” How many times have you said or thought that? Perhaps you’re trying to figure out your finances. Maybe you’re at a crossroads in your life and trying to figure out God’s will. Or, maybe there’s a personal or business relationship that’s troubling you that needs to be handled in the wisest of ways. Whether you’re wondering whether to take your child to the doctor or your question is of a larger nature, look to Jesus. Why? We’ve seen in other Scripture how Jesus is a treasure that we have within us. But Colossians 2:2b-3 gives us more insight. It says that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Jesus. Ponder what that means for you. Talk to Jesus. Look to Him. Listen to Jesus. Record what He tells you to do. Follow up on His instructions. Walk in the wisdom and knowledge you have in Jesus.
TIP: Each morning, after recording God’s attribute in the first column of my Prayers of My Heart journal, in the ’Week at a Glance’ section and interceding others, I record God’s “prayer prompts” of what He wants me to do in the ‘Meditations, Notes, and Prayers’ section. Yes, God has things for us to do. When we pause with pen in hand, we’re positioned to hear and do the wise things that He places on our hearts. Returning to celebrate the wisdom of Christ’s ways in our lives and relationships brings a smile to our face and joy in our heart. Walk daily by the Treasury of Wisdom that you have in Christ Jesus.
If You Think You Have Nothing, Think Again
When you were little, did you go on a treasure hunt? Today, do you put your treasured valuables in a safety deposit box? The Bible tells us that believers have a treasure within them. What is the TREASURE? Second Corinthians 4:6-7 explains that the treasure is God – His Holy Spirit, the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God shining in our hearts. The treasure we carry about in our earthly bodies is God’s surpassing greatness of power. With humble reverence and gratefulness beyond measure, we bow and worship God for the great gift of His presence in us.
Lord, YOU are the TREASURE men seek, and we have You in our hearts. Help us present You well to others and share out of the surpassing greatness of Your power. We adore and worship You.
“GOD… is the One who has SHONE in our HEARTS to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. For we have this TREASURE in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;”
Praise to Our TOWER OF STRENGTH AND REFUGE
Terrorists killed innocent people. Illness struck suddenly. Your job is a constant source of worry. Do you ever feel that you get past one storm and another hits? When a flood of sorrow, despair, or enemies surround you, run to the Lord. He is a TOWER OF STRENGTH. He is a place of refuge. You can pray. You can pour out your heart to Him. Then, be still and listen to His counsel. Follow His wise voice.
Lord, we praise You – a TOWER of STRENGTH and REFUGE. When we don’t know how we can get through the next minute, when our heart is aching to the point of death, when there is no one who can console us, when there is no shelter from despair or the enemy, You are there. We find refuge and strength in You.
“For You have been a refuge for me,
A TOWER of STRENGTH against the enemy.”
If You’ve Been Disturbed by People
In our society, it’s hard to know who to trust. If that’s where you find yourself today, turn to Jesus. He wasn’t only a good teacher, He did what no other person has done – stood against every temptation. He never gave in to sin when He was tested and tried. As the Lord says in Isaiah 28:16 , ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a TESTED STONE, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.” The verse continues, “He who believes in it will not be disturbed.’” Because Jesus is tested and proven, we can confidently build our lives on Him. We’re wise to say “no” to humanistic, passing social views and to say “yes” to Jesus – God’s TESTED STONE.
Lord Jesus Christ, once again we’re reminded of the joy and privilege it is to call You our God. You are foundational to all we believe; a pure and holy TESTED STONE. We praise and worship You!
If it’s been a while since you’ve read 2 Samuel 22, this morning would be a wonderful time to read it. David models thanksgiving to God. He isn’t thanking God because he feels he must, or he’s been told to. He’s praising God because he’s overwhelmed with thanksgiving to Him. He’s SEEN God answer his prayers and meet his needs. In 2 Samuel 22:51,, David praises God for being a TOWER OF DELIVERANCE. Is there something you need delivering from? Perhaps worry, resentment, fear, or covetousness of what other’s have? Let the Lord be for you who is to David…a tower of deliverance for whom you’re thankful.
Lord, You are a TOWER OF DELIVERANCE! We praise You with our whole heart!
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“He is a TOWER OF DELIVERANCE to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever.” 2 Samuel 22:51
How’s Your Heart Toward “That” Person
Have you ever known a hardhearted person? It seemed no matter how hard you tried, they shut you out? If you do anything wrong, they’re relentless and unforgiving. Not so with our Lord. Although He could have every reason to be hardhearted toward us when we sin, instead, He pursues and forgives us. What a TENDERHEARTED Lord we have! And, this is important – in Ephesians 4:32, He commands us to be like Him – kind, tenderhearted, forgiving each other. If there’s someone you’re hard-hearted toward, this Thanksgiving season would be a good time to “forgive, as God in Christ has forgiven us.”
Lord, we praise You that You’re TENDERHEARTED toward us. Thank You for Your mercy! Thank You for Your grace! Help us follow You and be obedient to forgive others as You have forgiven us.