Friday, May 26, 2017

Weakness

Father, the weaknesses rise to the top quickly. It hurts. You tell me that your strength is made perfect in my weakness and that I should boast in it so that your power will rest on me. 


Teach me to be like Paul. To plead with you for freedom, healing, deliverance, relief. But when you tell me to move forward in those weaknesses, help me to live in the promise of your strength being made perfect. 


Help me to learn to boast in you and your strength and not what o can do for myself. Teach me to rest in your grace through my weakness. 

2 Corinthians 12


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Tears

Father, be gracious to me. The attacks come from all around me. All my plans are being stopped. When I am afraid I will trust in you. In you I trust and I have no fear for what can happen to me. Because your word is final. 


Thank you that you know all I face, you know all my pain and you have seen every tear fall. I know they are important to you. 


Thank you that you are for me. I can praise you. I trust in you, so I will not be afraid. 

Psalm 56


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Fight

Jesus had just performed the miracle of five loaves and two fish. He had just given thanks, broken and gave provision to them. The disciples had just walked away with twelve baskets left over. Yet, just a few hours later, they felt far from Jesus and began to fear. Because their hearts were hardened, the truth of Jesus' miracle had not sunk deep into their hearts and taken root. 


Father, I see this fear overtaking the disciples and I see it overtaking me. I see your miracles and experience them in my life and when I come out of the trouble times, your truths have not taken root. I fall into fear again. Their hearts were hardened, maybe because the work of the ministry was their normal. It grew old easily. 


When Jesus appeared to them you told to take heart, do not be afraid. Because you were with them in that storm. Your provision surrounded them. 


Father, thank you that you are with me always and you have given me the weapons to fight the fear. Help me to stand firm in who I am in you. Make my heart soft so that your truth can penetrate the depths of my heart and kill the fear. 

Mark 6


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Faithful

Father, when things go wrong or not how I expect or plan, I ask you why. I question your goodness and your blessing in my life. I become like Job and I state my defense. I tell you what I deserve. 


Help me to run to you because you are God and in control of all things. Use the example of Ruth to write faithfulness on my heart. So that in hard times, even when you ask me to give up things or position or relationships, that I will trust you are keeping me on the path you have for me. That you will correct me when I go astray. That your plan is always perfect. 


Thank you that you have a strong arm and you are able to hold me up. 

Job 40


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our good

Father, all throughout the book of Genesis we see the enemy making plans for evil, but you always turn the situations for good in the lives of the men and women who followed and obeyed you. 


Thank you for this example of Joseph who was able to identify the enemy's schemes and he knew that God changed all the circumstances around. 


Father, open my eyes to that too. So that I can know that the battle is not in the physical, and to know and rest in the fact that you are sovereign above all. 

You always have your way. 

Genesis 50

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Promise

Father, while this passage in Joshua was written to the Children of Israel, I can say it of my life as well. 


Not. One. Word. Has failed, of all the good things that you have promised to me. There are too many to list. But as I walk in obedience to you, none of your words have failed. 


Even in the storms and when the blessing isn't always a physical blessing. I know you are with me. You have never left me alone, without hope or without provision. 


Help me daily to walk in obedience to you, to know the promises you have for me and to watch for you to fulfill them. 


Thank you that you are faithful and your promises never return void. 

Joshua 23

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Good news

Father, thank you for the book of Isaiah, where there is more prophecies of Jesus found, than in any other book of the Bible. 


You also called Isaiah to preach the good news, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, which I once was. And because I am a follower of Christ, you have called me to that very same thing. 


Thank you that your Holy Spirit is in me to do these things. 


Father, help me to walk boldly into the calling you have in my life. In every situation to bring the good news of the gospel of grace, to bind up broken hearts with your love and to proclaim freedom because you have taken away our yoke of slavery. 

Let me be your hands and your feet. Let your words flow from my mouth and proclaim you alone. 

Isaiah 61

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