I want you to live close to Me, open to Me—aware of, attentive to, trusting, and thanking Me. I am always near you, so open yourself fully—heart, mind, and spirit—to My living Presence. Feel free to ask the Holy Spirit to help you in this endeavor.
Seek to stay aware of Me as you follow your path through this day. There is never a moment when I am not fully aware of you. Attentiveness involves being alert, listening carefully, and observing closely. I encourage you to be attentive not only to Me but to the people I bring into your life. Listening to others with full, prayerful attention blesses both them and you.
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”—Revelation 1:18
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
~ James 1:19
The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
~ Mark 9:24 [NLT]
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
~ Psalm 28:7
GIVING TO THE NEEDY
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You.
I pray that if you give to the needy, you will do it out of love and compassion. May you be careful not to give just to be seen by others. Remember that if you do, you will have no reward from our Father in heaven. I pray that when you give, you will not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do. I pray that you will not be hungry for honor. Realize that the Father recognizes those who – with the right heart – give in secret; and He will reward them in full.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
There’s always someone smarter than you and richer than you. Yet when we find ourselves around someone who is less capable, pride can get in the way. Treat those who are not as fortunate as you with respect, just like you would want to be treated from those who have more resources than you.
Why does God go to all the trouble to dirty his hands, as it were, with our decaying, sin-stained flesh, in order to reestablish it as a resurrection body and clothe it with immortality? . . . Because his Son paid the price of death so that the Father’s purpose for the material universe would be fulfilled, namely, that he would be glorified in it, including in our bodies forever and ever.
~ John Piper, [“What Happens When You Die?”]
Resurrected bodies are not intended just to float in space, or to flit from cloud to cloud. They call for a new earth on which to live and to work, glorifying God. The doctrine of the resurrection of the body, in fact, makes no sense whatever apart from the doctrine of the new earth.
~ Anthony Hoekema, [“Heaven: Not Just an Eternal Day Off”]