Holy People

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

~ Colossians 3:12 [NLT]

We need God’s help to be people defined as those who show mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Today, ask God to equip you through the power of your Holy Spirit to reject my sinful nature that wants to be harsh, unkind, proud, brash, right, and impatient. With God’s help pause before speaking so your words reflect a heart of love for others and not a heart of criticism. Remember that when you  feel justified in your unkindness you are called to a higher standard and are accountable to God first. 

Daily Word of God

The True Vine

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman 

~ John 15:1

This is a wonderful Vine. It grew up at first like “a root out of a dry ground, with no form nor comeliness.” The soil in which it was planted seemed too poor to produce anything good. But its origin was heavenly, and it grew into luxuriant beauty. By-and-by it seemed that men in their rage had altogether destroyed this Vine, which had in it so much blessing for the earth; however, it was not destroyed, but was only lifted away from earth and transplanted to heaven. There in the garden of God its roots were fixed, and the Vine itself dropped down to earth again, and began to send out branches in all directions. Every poor little human life which attaches itself to this Vine is grafted on it and becomes a branch in it, drawing life from the Vine’s fullness, and sharing its fruitfulness.

These branches are not left to grow wild and untended, but have wise and skilful care. It ought to be a great comfort to us to know that as branches we are under the culture of a husbandman who is none other than our heavenly Father: “Your Father is the husbandman.” We are very sure that His care will be both wise and tender. If an ignorant, inexperienced, unskillful man were to enter a beautiful vineyard and begin cutting away at the vines, he would soon destroy them. He does not know what he ought to prune off, or what he ought to leave on the vine.

But if the man who comes to tend the vineyard understands vines, and has had long experience and is skilful, there is no danger that he will do harm in his pruning. Sometimes, indeed, He may seem to be cutting the vine to death; but we know that He understands what He is doing, and that all His prunings are for the good of the branches. By-and-by we shall see increased fruitfulness as the result of His unsparing work.

Work Hard

The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.

~ Proverbs 10:16 [NLT]

When we are faithful to do the work God calls us to, beauty unfolds.  Our efforts are meaningful, they bless our families, workplaces and communities.  God’s hand is on the lives of His godly people. Do work that grows God’s goodness, today!

Afternoon Prayer

Psalms 25:2; Psalms 37:3, 5; Psalms 40:3-4; Psalms 56:10-11

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

I pray that you will trust in God and commit your way to Him. May you not place your trust on the proud nor turn to false gods, but trust in God alone. I pray that you will put your trust in the Lord, for He will not let your enemies triumph, nor will He put you to shame. I pray that you will dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture as you trust in Him. May He put a new song in your mouth and a hymn of praise. I pray that many will see God’s faithfulness in your life and put their trust in Him. I pray that you will put your whole trust in God, for He is Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pray About Everything

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
~ Philippians 4:6 [NLT]

Do your best with the talents God has given you, and relinquish to Him the things over which you have no control.  When you turn all of your worries to God, a sense of peace will set in.  If you feel anxiety and worry building up in your thoughts, take a moment to ask your Heavenly Father to calm your fears.  Remember to thank Him by acknowledging that He is the creator of this earth. 

Orders to Rahab

So the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab: “Bring out the men who have come into your house, for they have come here to spy out the whole land.”
~ Joshua 2:3 [NLT]

Rahab was a noble woman who put her faith in God by protecting the invading Jewish spies from her fellow King.  By the way, she was also the town prostitute.  That didn’t stop her from stepping out and being courageous.  Nor did it stop God from using her in the future.  Did you know that Jesus was her descendent?  When you are challenged in your faith because of your past, take courage.  You are very valuable.

All We Ever See

“We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted.  But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”
~ Numbers 11:5-6 

Everything is much better in our memories.  That’s the case with the Israelites as they were wandering in the desert, they were remembering the foods they used to eat.  Never mind that they were slaves!  God provided a daily miracle for them and that is their thanks.  What miracles is God providing for you that you’ve overlooked?  Let’s learn from these ungrateful Israelites and thank our God for His provisions with a grateful heart!

How Beautiful

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
~ Isaiah 52:7 [NLT]

How beautiful is God’s great plan of salvation?  How wonderful is it that God was willing to step down from heaven and become human all so we could know Him! We can live with peace because we know that with God, death does not win. We have an eternal future and hope with Jesus.  Share this good news with those around you today!