Father, I am grateful for a new day and a fresh start. Oh, where would I be if not for Your great love and long-suffering. I fall into Your arms of grace this morning not because I deserve it but only because You love me.
Lord, how do you put up with us? We cast aside the sin in our lives and even though we know better, even though we can hear Your warnings – we still can be guilty of picking it up once again, only to realize that it’s just as empty as it ever was. As Paul says in Romans 7:15-20, we know what we should do and we want to do it but end up doing what we shouldn’t do – it’s crazy! Again, my opening thoughts. Thanking You for Your love doesn’t seem sufficient! But I don’t know how to say it any stronger! The best way to thank You is to live my life for You! Help me to overcome my weaknesses – and this passage (Ephesians 4:17-32) points out several! I know You are helping me. I hear Your voice. Help me, please, to heed it! To embrace it! I am weak – you are strong! I can find VICTORY in You alone!
May 3rd, Sun, 5:58am
I sure regret not getting together yesterday. You even reminded me as the day progressed and for whatever reason I ignored You. Father, please forgive me… Help me, please, to realize how imperative our times together are. To remain strong and focused, determined and driven in regards to my life in You, I have to have regular time with You. Please help me to remember. Help my love for You to increase to the point where it would crush my spirit to do anything that would hurt You.
As a pastor I am responsible for equipping the church, i.e. the body of Christ to do His work – so I must be growing and maturing in my relationship with Christ if I expect the body to be. In doing so we all can then “measure up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” If we do this we won’t be redirected by the slightest breeze to believe things that are not true. We’ll be able to ascertain the truth even if an overwhelming amount of people embrace things that are not truth. Sometimes to keep the Church moving forward the truth needs to be spoken in love. There needs to be a balance – truth and love. We need both because either one without the other will not bring the best outcome. If every part of the body will do this we will mature and grow. If we don’t our “body” will not be healthy and our love, which is so critical (essential), will be sorely lacking.
Lord Jesus, help me – help us – to be more and more like You. We are hopeless without You.
May 1st, Fri, 6:08am
Father, I so appreciate this time together! Please stoke the fire of my desire so much that I literally cannot live without it! No matter how hard (or soft) life might get, I beg of You – I plead, help me to never give up our time together! “As the deer pants for the water” (Psalm 42:1) may my heart be drawn to You! Thank you, Father, for Your love! Thank You, for Your grace and mercy and forgiveness! Oh, where would I be were it not for You! Praise Your holy name! I love You, too! Help my love for You to be ever on the increase and never on the decrease! Please, use me today and every day to bring You glory and honor. Help me to be a light on a hill that draws others to You! Fill me! Use me!
Lord, help me to “lead a life worthy” of God’s call on my life. “Always [may I] be humble and gentle [and] patient.” And may I make “love” the compound that binds it all together in the unity of “oneness” that is found only in living out our relationships with each other in unity with You.
April 29th, Wed, 7:29am
Father, forgive me for yielding to distraction…this is my time with You and Facebook should have no part in it. My phone is down and my attention is on You. Please help me hear and listen to what You have to say to me today.
Lord, help me to be “empowered…with inner strength through Your Spirit.” I know You have been doing a new work in me, accomplishing things that I could never do on my own (Praise Your Holy name! All the glory to You!) and I pray that I will cling to You. May my inner strength continue to be powered from Your “glorious, unlimited resources.”
This wonderful passage admonishes me to let my roots “grow down into Your love and keep me strong.” Without You I am surely weak and helpless! In my own strength I fail. Only in You am I victorious. Thank you, Lord…
I am incomplete without Your love. Help me so that my overwhelming desire will be to “have the power to understand how WIDE, how LONG, how HIGH, and how DEEP Your love is”! May I “experience the love of Christ” – overwhelm me with Your love. May it gush and splash over on to all I meet!
And “through Your mighty power at work within me accomplish infinitely more than I might ask or [even] think”!
April 27th, Mon, 6:30am
Good morning, Father! Thank you for the good experience last night* and reconnecting with old friends. Help me to cherish your Word and to not take it for granted. Please continue to bless the efforts of those diligently working to get Your Word into the hands of those who have never heard.
*Karen and I attended a Wycliffe Associates Banquet – it was a wonderful opportunity.
Lord, thank you for the affirmation of Your promises. The honor and privilege of coming into your presence is awesomely wonderful! (vs.12) I am so grateful that You provided a way for me, a sinner, to come before You, to be with You. Without the great sacrifice of You Jesus, I could not do it! Praise Your name, O Lord! For Your forgiveness, grace and mercy I truly give You praise!
I come into Your presence this morning asking that You would use me, use me to communicate Your love. And not just through the sermon but through every opportunity I have when interacting with people in church, in public and in social gatherings today. Please help me see with Your eyes and to respond with Your heart. Help my entire body to be infused with Your love and to disperse it to all I come in contact with each and every day.
April 26th, Sun, 6:42am