A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. It sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? You rarely reach day’s end without a sense of failure to some degree. The various means and measures of worldly “success” pull on you constantly, leaving you in a fragmented, unfocused condition.
To avoid confusion, you need a rule of thumb: Seek to please Me. When communicating with Me is your highest priority, I am pleased. The more you commune with Me as you go through a day, the more you walk in My ways. The Light of My Presence illumines the path before you, making sin both obvious and abhorrent. This same Light satisfies your soul. So make this a successful day by staying in communication with Me.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
WORKING FOR THE LORD
I pray that as you work, you will work with all your heart as if serving the Lord. May you work diligently and be steadfast, even when no one is looking. I pray that you will not be satisfied with mediocre performances, but that you will strive to show excellence worthy of the name of Christ. May you understand that your reward comes from Him, and that His reward is greater than any earthly reward for your work. May God place His seal of approval on you today.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Be imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and watch carefully those who are living this way, just as you have us as an example.
[Phil 3:17 NET]
Thyself and thy belongings
Are not thine own so proper as to waste
Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.
Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us, ’twere all alike
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touched
But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,
Both thanks and use.
~ William Shakespeare ~
My Father, I pray that I may not let my life become commonplace through habit. May I not be content to rest in my virtues and let the days pass neglected. Awaken my dull satisfactions to a desire to live for the greatest, that I may have the greatest to live for. Amen.
because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ.
[Col 3:24 NET]
Our business as Christians is to serve the Lord in every business of life.
~ Mark Guy Pearse ~
Benefits of Affliction — Teaches Our Frailty
My dwelling place is removed and taken away from me like a shepherd’s tent. I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth; from the loom he cuts me off. You turn day into night and end my life.
[Isa 38:12 NET]
Lord, let me know mine end,
My days, how brief their date,
That I may timely comprehend
How frail my best estate.
FOLLOW HIS GUIDANCE
I pray that you will listen to the guidance of God our Father. May you accept what He says so that the years of your life will be many. May you follow His wisdom, which will lead you along straight paths. May you hold on to His instruction, and guard it well for it is your life. I pray that you will not falter when you walk nor stumble when you run, and may you never set foot on the path of the wicked. I pray for your prosperity in life as you commit your way to follow His guidance.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Then Samuel said, “Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams.
[1 Sam 15:22 NET]
Our healing is thus represented as a special recompense for obedience. If, therefore, we would please the Lord and have the reward of those who please Him, there is no service so acceptable to Him as our praise.
Let us ever meet Him with a glad and thankful heart and He will reflect it back in the health of our countenance and the buoyant life and springing health, which is but the echo of a joyful heart.
Further, thankfulness is the best preparation for faith. Trust grows spontaneously in the praiseful heart. Thankfulness takes the sunny side of the street and looks at the bright side of God, and it is only thus that we can ever trust Him. Unbelief looks at our troubles and, of course, they seem like mountains, and faith is discouraged by the prospect. A thankful disposition will always find some cause for cheer, and gloomy one will find a cloud in the brightest sky and a fly in the sweetest ointment. Let us cultivate a spirit of cheerfulness, and we shall find so much in God and in our lives to encourage us that we shall have no room for doubt or fear.