Yesterday was sure a mixed bag for me, Father. I enjoyed Your presence and am grateful You could use me. But later I felt my weaknesses inhibited what You wanted to happen. I was fearful and didn’t address an opportunity as I should have. And then in a separate incident I was slighted and instead of finding comfort in You, I had to “discuss” it with others. I’m sorry… The only solution is to draw closer to You, so as to spend more time with You, so as to become more like You. Amen
1 Timothy 1:12-14 (<<click here)
How apropos the notes of my study Bible for this morning’s passage are for me today, Lord. Initially Paul stood against the followers of the Way but You were able to turn him around. But now he is bold and rock solid in his relationship with You – no matter what is thrown at him. As yesterday clearly points out, that is not me. But, as my study Bible notes read, “we can remain confident that Christ will help our faith and love grow as our relationship with him deepens.”
I am dependent upon You, Lord. Please continue to draw me to Your side. I have no doubt that You love me and I truly believe that Your plan for me is victory – I will overcome the adversities of this life. I would ask that You would turn my detriments into determination! May Your name be forever praised my loving and patient Lord and Savior!
August 24th, Mon, 5:51 am
Father, please use this time together to draw me closer to You and to strengthen my determination to be faithful and true to You. These last few days have been a battle; sin has been battering me from all sides. I pray that I would do as Paul commands in 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” I am victorious in You, Almighty God, only in You.
I Thessalonians 1:8-10 (<<click here)
Jesus, I pray that Your word would ring out from me to people everywhere just as it did with the believers of Thessalonica! May every aspect of my life be a proclamation of the victory that is found only in an intimate relationship with You. Every day in every situation I have choices to make – to be loving or hateful, forgiving, to pass along gossip, to feed the monster of discontent, to go with the flow and complain about people or situations beyond my control, to stop, listen and encourage when it would be easier to ignore the whole thing – and the list could go on and on. But Lord, You have called me to be salt and light in my world (Mathew 5:13-16) Grant me the desire to do so willingly and eagerly! And as Paul proclaims at the end of this passage, what I do is all the more important for Your return is immanent! Help me to strive to make You the focal point of my life so others will be encouraged to stay true to You and walk with You faithfully. And if they do not know You that my actions would be a beacon shining on You showing them the way.
July 7th, Tues, 7:01 am
Father, thank You for this day, yesterday we will put behind us. I struggled with things, some of which I brought right away to You. Others I dwelt on and shouldn’t have. Help me subdue my critical nature especially when it not constructive or uplifting. Help me to be more attuned to You this day – guide and direct my thoughts and action so as to glorify You.
Colossians 2: 11-15
I am so grateful, Lord, that You and You alone provided me with the wonderful gift of salvation. We both know that sin can still trip me up (see above!) but it does not defeat me, it may have the upper hand in a battle here and there but because of You the war is won. And because of my relationship with You I am a conqueror as well! Because I have embraced Your wonderful gift my “sinful nature” has been cut away. Sin can still influence me to a certain point but it does not control me. I am not blinded (or blind-sided) by sin. I clearly see it for what it is and with You by my side it is defeated. I give You praise for forgiving “all [my] sins.” And for “canceling the record of the charges against [me] “ and by taking it “away by nailing it to the cross.”
You get all the credit. Only because of You can I live a life of victory over sin. Help me more and more to stand firm in Your strength. Help my love for You to grow more, and more every day and for that to persuade every aspect of my life.
June 14th, Sun, 6:45 am
I am determined to persevere! Each and every day sin is out there to tangle us up to try to wrap around enough to make me stumble or fall. Lord, I am here with You to build up my strength and stamina to be able to better focus on You(!) So I can resist temptation and be victorious! I know that the Adversary wants me to fail, but You are mightier than he and remaining in You, trusting in You, will surely result in his defeat in my life.
Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit! It’s so easy to be negative about multiple areas in my life – it is the norm in the world in which I live. Complaining about work, about other drivers on the highway. Looking down on other people because of the way they dress or do their hair or how they act. It’s bad enough to think such things but way too often I verbalize my thoughts! What good does that do anyone? It just perpetuates the negativity! And becomes a vicious cycle.
I’m a “music” kind of guy, that’s the way You have made me. 🙂 Lord, please bring that out in place of the negativity. When I want to complain, help me to thank You for the never-ending list of blessings in my life! Help me to praise You for who You are in my life. Help my tongue to bring glory to You and not to magnify the negative!
May 5th, Tues, 6:32 am
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