Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Do you long to be free? Free from anxiety, fear, worry? God is waiting to give each of us an new heart, one that is made of flesh not stone. When we have a heart of stone we seek only for ourselves, what we want, what we need, life becomes all about “I” and not about Christ. A heart of flesh lives putting Christ first which means we put aside the “I” and replace it with”You”.
I don’t know about you but, there are days When it is easy to but others thought, feelings, needs above my own and then there are days when all I can think about is self, what I need and what I want. I long to be a child of God that puts others thoughts and feelings above my own. I need to surrender every moment of everyday because by nature I am selfish and that is not living with a heart of flesh. The problem with flesh? It can become wounded and I believe that is what stops me from living every moment with a true heart of flesh.
Father, thank you for being a loving and gracious Father, never giving up on your children. I know that you love me and walk with me. You promise to never leave me or forsake me. Over the years my heart has become a heart of stone, remove from me this selfish spirit and heart of stone replacing it with Your spirit and a heart of flesh. For I know that this heart of flesh will be wounded but, I also know that you are there to mend the broken-hearted. Help me to surrender every moment of everyday. Walk with me and protect me from the evil one. In Jesus Name, Amen
Pslam 119:133 “Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.”
Do you grow weary of the day to day? Do you get tired of fighting the same things everyday? Ever stop the think who you are fighting? I seem to continually fight for something or against something. I realized that I need to be fight with something, or should I say someone.
As we navigate this life we need to realize how much we need Christ in our lives. He brings poeple into our world to breathe life into our souls and remind us of whose we are not who we are. We were all born broken and we continue to fight against this brokenness. How we fight does make a difference. Critisim comes from allowing this broken world to control our thought, feelings, and our actions. When we become offended we open the door to satan. We allow him to influence our life, heart, mind, body, and relationships. Your reaction to this world is on you. You can no longer blame anyone but yourself for your choices or actions. We need to continually look to Christ. He is the One that bring healing, peace, joy, laughter, and is our ultimate redeemer.
Father thank you for prayer. That I can stay connected with you no matter what I face in my day. I know that no matter what, You are with me leading me, guiding me, and comforting me at all times. Help me recognize when I open the door to the evil so I can pray and close the door before he gets his foot into my life. Father, I pray for protection as I go forward into this day. I ask that you direct my path and lead me beside the still waters. In Jesus Name, Amen
Philippians 2:4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Sometimes in life we have conflict over two different views of the same thing. Rather than talk things out we just don’t say anything. When this happens seeds of bitterness can grow. Our Father tells us in Ephesians 4:26-27 ”… Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
A disagreement takes two people. One of you may be able to work through the conflict on your own while the other needs to talk it through. This is where we need to be mindful of the others interests. When we process by ourselves we leave a stumbling block for the other. Don’t be a stub=bling block for anyone seek the best way to resolve conflict for all those involved in a disagreement rather tan be selfish and allow the other to continue to stumble. When we allow another to stumble we allow Satan a foothold not only in their lives but in the relationship as well. This is how walls of separation are built. Don’t allow the thief to steal from you.
Father, I come seeking Your wisdom in opening my eyes to areas where I put my interests in front of others. Help me to see the interests of others before my own. Help me to see areas where the devil has a stronghold in my life because of anger, hurt, or strife. Father, You are the ultimate healer and can restore any and all relationships to bring glory to Your name. Give me this day what I need to bring healing to my heart, mind, body, and soul. In Jesus Name, Amen
Galatians 5:16 “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sin ;nb
When I read scripture, I am in awe of Christ and his disciples. All of the amazing things they did. Christ never worried. He always knew that the Father would provide. I look at how many times in a day I worry or feel insignificant. Then my spirit reminds me that I have Christ and I have His power within me. This means that we have power over sin. We don’t have to sin , worry, fear, or be anxious because of Christ. Now, I know that is easier said than done because we have to break the cycles and habits that we have created for ourselves. We need to exam our beliefs and make sure they line up with God’s Word.
Everyday is a gift. Every trial brings us closer to Christ. Every time we reach our destination safely is a gift. I could continue to list all the things we have to be greatful for but, my point is, every moment of everyday is a precious gift of God’s grace and love. When we look at our lives in this way things don’t seem so negative and hopeless. God has promised to care for us and to never leave us. Unlike humans, God cannot break a promise. So, today be greatful for all you have no matter how small because it is all a gift of God’s love for you.
Father, thank you for all the blessings you have for me today and everyday. Cover me today with Your love, lead me. Father, what are you doing today, I want to join you and walk in peace with you through my day. Father, strenghten my relationship with you and when I feel worried, anxious, or lost stir in my spirit a reminder of your love for and give me a strength that can only be found in a relationship with you. In Jesus Name, Amen
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider other better than yourselves.”(NIV)
Philippians 2:3-4 (MSG) “Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
I have never really thought about what it takes to be humble or really what it is. I know it means being modest but never really thought about the fact that a humble person does not really know the impact that they have on others. As we go through our day to day life we have the opportunity to change lives positively or negatively.
If we claim to be Christians are we truly being humble with words and actions or do we do things to get ahead? I know there are times when I have an idea and I share that idea with someone then they take credit for the outcome. This not only confuses me but actually at some level makes me frustrated. I have to say that is my humanity coming through. Does is really matter who gets the earthly credit or does it matter that someone was blessed?
That leads me to another question, why do we seek the approval of man? Man did not die on a cross, descend to hell in my place, raise from the dead, walk on water, the list is endless. So, as I go through my day I want to remember that God gets the glory for everything I not me. God is who matters, and when I humble myself I don’t care about recognition, I care about God’s approval because in the end I what to hear God say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Abba Father, Thank you for all that You have done for me. I know that my mind cannot truely comprehend the sacrifice tha You made on this earth to save the lost. Father as I go for the today I ask that Your Holy Spirit rise up in me and make its presence felt by all those who cross my path. Help me to be humble in spirit and look to You when I feel lost or confused. I want to give You all the glory and praise. In Jesus Name, Amen
Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good – indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.”
There are times in life when everything we as for God seems to be saying, “No.” I have never looked at God’s no as a protection. I seem to take no as a rejection. What a change in perspective if we look at a relationship we thought was perfect, a promotion we worked so hard to get, or, as hard as it is, the inability to have a child. All of this is designed by a Heavenly Father who knows the desires of our hearts because He created our hearts.
It is hard to imagine why God tells us know when we so desperately want something. The anguish we walk through or the tears we shed. Ever wonder, “What am I suppose to learn or do in this situation?” The answer seems so simple yet so difficult, wait on the Lord because He cares for you.
Heavenly Father, I come seeking Your wisdom and guidance. Open my eyes to all the amazing things You are doing in my life. Help me when life seems to be going all wrong remember that You are in control, even when I turn from You, You still love me and are waiting for my return like a prodigal child. Help me to continually seek refuge in You. Help me to remember that Your, “No” is a protection not a punishment. I know You care for me and are with me through all the ups an downs of life. Thank you for being my refuge and place of rest. Help me to follow The Holy Spirit as it whispers to me. In Jesus Name, Amen
Isaiah 35:4 “Tell everyone who is discouraged, be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue!”
No matter how far you fall or how much you mess up, even when people will not forgive you or want to hold things against you, know that your Heavenly Father loves you and will heal your brokenness. This life can be rough, no matter how hard we try pains from the past can hold us captive. When that happens allow God to wash over you. When all you want is someone to hold you and tell you everything will be okay, love you and comfort you yet, there is no one physically there, God is. When you feel everything is your fault, He is there. When nothing seems to be going right and all you feel is pain go to your Heavenly Father. He is waiting to hold you in His loving arms. So, when life seems unbearable snuggle up REST.
Yahweh Shammah “the Lord is there” in the depths of your soul, He is there. In the pains of life, He is there. When nothing seems to be going right. He is there. When the pains of your past smack you in the face, He is there. No matter how far you stray, He is there. When no one else sees you, He is there. Allow the God of creation to give you comfort in the storm. He is there and He is love.
Father of Heaven and Earth, thank you for being my rock and always being there. Even when I feel lost and alone I know deep in my soul you are there. Help me to find comfort in your loving arms today and remember that today is a day you have created. Allow your love to wash over me and give me the strength I need to do what You have called me to do. In Jesus Name, Amen
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good new t the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,”
Are you tired of being a prisoner? Tired of carrying pain from the past? Even yesterday is past. It seems like such a simple things, to move forward, yet some how pain creeps in like a thief in the night is comes to steal your joy robbing you of anything good. It can even make you feel forgotten, as if you don’t matter. These are lies from Satan. God created each of us and God does not make mistakes.
It is interesting how things in life can be going so well then out of the blue fear creeps into your life. Fear of begin forgotten, fear of being alone, fear of not mattering to anyone, the list can go on. When all we do is look at our fears we cannot see the good in our lives. It can be hard to see the good when you feel so broken inside so, start small, be thankful for the air in your lungs, clothes on your back, food, and water. God is ready to take away your fear and your pain, go to Him and He will comfort you with His righteous right hand.
Papa, I come before you hurting and broken, heal my broken heart. I know I cannot forgive on my own nor am I able to walk this path without help. Rid me of my fears, help me to embrace my brokenness for I know that You will use it for good. Father, Your timing is perfect and lovely so, help me feel you with me as I continue to seek Your face. Comfort me with Your righteous right hand and walk with me beside the water. In Jesus Name, Amen
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
When we accept Christ we become a new creation. I believe that when we accept Christ we see the world differently, that is where the new creation comes from. We are made new, our eyes are open to the beauty this world has to offer. We try to see the good in people rather than the evil. We are all made in the image of God although we don’t all act Christ like. When Christ lives in us we do not have to “preach” Christ we can live Christ. To live Christ is to show people the love of Christ in you. The fruits that exist because Christ lives in your are joy, peace, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This last one seems to be the most difficult for me especially when my feelings are hurt. We are all a work in progress so, continue to seek Him.
Gracious and loving Father, I come before you a broken person. I ask that You heal me From the inside out. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me. Draw me closer to You as I learn what it means to be Christ like. Father, allow the fruits of Your Spirit to shine through me into this broken and hurting world. Help me be Your light as I begin my day. In Jesus Name, Amen
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.”
Do you ever get tired of going to work, cooking, cleaning, dishes, laundry, and all the other daily things we do? Have you ever thought to yourself, “This is unfair, I seem to be the only one who ___________________ (you fill in the blank)?” I am reminded of the story of Mary and Martha. What would it be like if instead of the unfair thinking if we changed to grateful thinking, “I get to ______________.” For example if I changed, “I am the only one that cooks dinner,” to “I get to cook dinner for myself and my family.” If we changed our thinking to “God thinking” instead of selfish thinking wouldn’t our life be that much better?
Attitude is so important. I know we grow weary of the day to day things that we do but, we have so much to be grateful for that we really have no right to complain and grumble. When I think about the way Christ lived I really have no reason to complain. He had no bed to lay down in or place to call home. He was a servant and lived his life giving himself completely to others, loving people even when they did not love him or deserve his love. There is no sin to great for Him to forgive yet, we continually hold unforgiveness in our hearts. This unforgiveness will lead to bitterness and hate. You do not forgive to set the other person free you forgive to set yourself free. When you are working for the Lord forgiveness becomes apart of who you are and you are free. So, live your life for Christ not for man because living for Christ brings freedom. You will not do this perfectly but if we chose to serve others as though we are serving Christ would we not bring joy?
Holy and Gracious Father, I come before you seeking freedom that is only found in You. I want to live my life for You and You alone. Remind me when I have a bad attitude that life is a gift, even when it is difficult. You placed me here on this earth for a time such as this. Father, I ask You to guide me and change my heart. I what to serve You and You alone rid me of any bitterness and unforgiveness that I am carrying with me. Free me from the chains that bind. In Jesus Name, Amen