Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

~ Colossians 3:2 [NLT]

This verse points to a need for focused Christian living. It is so easy to get distracted by our responsibilities, entertainment, and all the noise around us. We have to refocus our lives so we are able to invest in the things that truly matter. What matters most? We answer that question by allowing the teachings of the Bible and the Holy Spirit that should lead us.

Do Good

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

~ Galatians 6:9 [NLT]

We gotta keep at this thing no matter how tired or emotional worn out we get. There are two powerful take-aways from this verse. First, don’t grow weary. Not growing weary calls for a partnership on our end. We have to be mindful of how tired we are. If we don’t want to burn out, we have to invest in our own hearts, health, friendships, and whatever it is that recharges you. The second take away, if we keep at it, there is a reward to be had! So keep at the good work God has called you so you may reap a reward.

Today With God

Her sins, which are many, are forgiven.

~ Luke 7:47

The love of Christ has power to change the worst sinner into the whitest saint. The woman we see wetting the feet of Jesus with her tears, and anointing them with ointment, was a poor outcast a little while ago.

One writer represents her as going along the street that day in her gay attire, and getting a glimpse of Jesus through the window of the house where He was being entertained by the Pharisee. That look shrivelled her to nothingness; her old self was dead and gone forever.

The same instant a new woman sprang up in her, in place of the old, and a moment later she was at the feet of her Saviour. Her tears told of her penitence. Her ointment, costly and fragrant, told of honor, of love, and gratitude. It represented her best – all she had she gave to Him who had rescued her. It was what was left of the old life, and she gave it to her new Master.

We all need the blessing, which this woman got, and we can get it if we come with penitence to Christ’s feet.

Daily Light on The Daily Path

There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

1 Cor 12:6

There fell some of Manasseh to David. And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour. The manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do. To one is given by the Spirit … the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.

Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

There should be no schism in the body; but … the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

One Lord, one faith, one baptism.

1 Chr 12:19, 1 Chr 12:21, 1 Cor 12:7, 1 Chr 12:32, 1 Cor 12:8, 1 Chr 12:33, Jas 1:8, 1 Cor 12:25-26, Eph 4:5

Daily Blessings

“Where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.”

~ Heb 6:20

How blessedly did the Lord comfort his sorrowing disciples when he said to them, “In my Father’s house are many mansions—if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” He has gone to take possession beforehand of his and their everlasting home; for he is ascended to his Father and their Father, to his God and their God. He has, as it were, filled heaven with new beauty, new happiness, new glory. In him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. His glorious Person as Immanuel has become the object of heaven’s praise and adoration. The elect angels adore him as God-man; and the spirits of just men made perfect worship him in company with the angelic host. What a view had holy John of heaven’s glorious worship, when he saw the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fall down before the Lamb; when he heard their new song and the voice of many angels round about the throne, and all saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain—to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Rev. 5:12).

Power, Love, and Self~Discipline

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

~ 2 Timothy 1:7 [NLT]

God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity! When your mind feels out of control, God is able to renew your spirit and let his power, love, and self-discipline fill you up. Ask God to give you the power to look more like him everyday.

Biblify Devotional

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
~ Philippians 4:4-5

Because the Lord is near, we can rejoice and treat others with gentleness. He is near because he lives in us through his Spirit. He is near because his coming is at hand. He is near because when we gather with other believers, serve others who are in need, or share the Gospel with friends and people of other cultures, he has promised to be with us. There is nothing more infectious than a joyous and kind person. Because Jesus lives in us, works through us, and is coming for us, we can be both joyful and tender!

Jesus Always

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of Joy. So do not despise your tears, My child; they are precious to Me. Someday I will wipe every tear from your eyes, but for now you inhabit a vale of tears. Just as water is necessary for seeds to grow into plants, your tears help you grow into a stronger, more joyful Christian. Your willingness to share in the sorrow of this deeply fallen world gives you depth and compassion. It also enlarges your capacity for Joy—your ability to enjoy Me in good times and tough times. Songs of Joy have been your birthright ever since you became My follower. Do not neglect this delightful way of worshiping Me and lifting your spirits. Even though it is counterintuitive to sing praises when you’re feeling sad, this is a powerful way to lift your heart to Me. As your Joy in Me encounters My delight in you, you can frolic in the Light of My Presence. 
This is the Joy of the Lord! 

Psalm 12 6:5–6; Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 62:4; Nehemiah 8:10

Evening Prayer

Psalm 119:128, 136, 139, 142, 163-164

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

I pray that you will have a deep hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness and truth. May you consider all His precepts right and deeply love His law. I pray that you will be zealous for His righteousness, and that you will stay away from every wrong path. May you be filled with God’s favor as you live by His precepts, for the Lord’s righteousness is everlasting and His law is true. I pray that your life will be a testimony of His righteous laws, and you will praise His holy name!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.