|Today's Verse from Heartlight (KJV)|
|Galatians 5:25 (05-29-17)|
|Mon, 29 May 2017 02:00:00 -0500|
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
— Galatians 5:25 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...It is one thing to talk about being filled with the Spirit; it is quite another to live under the Spirit's control and direction in our life. Paul is reminding us that we must do more than talk the talk; we must walk the walk. The Holy Spirit must guide our decisions, determine our morality, and control our speech. His fruit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control — must be in evidence. Paul says to Christians filled with the Spirit, "Live like it!"
My Prayer...Holy God, thank you for your gift of your Spirit, who is alive in me. May your Spirit guide my thoughts and mold me to be like Jesus in words and deeds. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
|Proverbs 31:8 (05-28-17)|
|Sun, 28 May 2017 02:00:00 -0500|
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
— Proverbs 31:8 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...Christians in every era are called to defend the rights of the weak, speak up for the disenfranchised, and protect the life of those who are vulnerable. This comprehensive call is the great reminder that the blessings, rights, wealth, and power we may have is not ours alone; it is a gift from God to be used to bless those who have no power to speak, to defend, or to protect themselves.
My Prayer...Father, rouse in your people, rouse in me, a passion to stand up for those who are vulnerable to abuse, to abandonment, and to attack. Please use us, and especially Father, please use me, to be a redemptive force in the time and the circle of influence in which I live. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
|Isaiah 40:28-29 (05-27-17)|
|Sat, 27 May 2017 02:00:00 -0500|
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
— Isaiah 40:28-29 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...God is eternal. He has unlimited power. His supply of strength is limitless. He blesses and shares his grace without growing tired. Most importantly, he longs to share his power and grace with us daily.
My Prayer...Almighty and eternal God, loving and generous in your mercy, thank you for giving me strength in my weariness, guidance in my confusion, and hope in my despair. Please bless me with courage to follow your will and trust in your presence through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
|Jeremiah 33:3 (05-26-17)|
|Fri, 26 May 2017 02:00:00 -0500|
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
— Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...This was originally spoken to Jeremiah about the fate of Jerusalem. However, this promise is true in special ways for us as well. God wants us to call to him. God often waits for us to ask before he blesses us what he longs to give us. Yet we lack the ability to comprehend and receive all the great truth about God. He is simply too big and too glorious for us to fully apprehend him in his grace.
My Prayer...Father and Almighty God, you are breath-taking and beyond my ability to comprehend. Dear Father, please bewilder the world by coming on a day everyone least expects it. I do long to know you better, dear Father. In Jesus' name. Amen.
|Jeremiah 29:13 (05-25-17)|
|Thu, 25 May 2017 02:00:00 -0500|
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
— Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...God wants us to seek him. In fact, he made us to seek him! Unfortunately, however, we often seek God along with the other things that draw our eye for a moment or two. We must never let anything detract from God having first command of our heart. Only God is worthy of our full devotion.
My Prayer...Righteous God and Holy Father, please bless me with an undivided heart, one that seeks you as the first and ordering priority of my life. Forgive me, dear Lord, for letting other things distract my focus from you and interfere with my service to your Kingdom. Fill me with a holy passion for Kingdom matters above all other concerns and interests. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
|Acts 16:25 (05-24-17)|
|Wed, 24 May 2017 02:00:00 -0500|
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
— Acts 16:25 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...Falsely imprisoned, Paul and Silas had been beaten "with many blows," placed in prison, and locked down in stocks. Under such horrible circumstances, they managed to praise God in hymns and pray to their Father in Heaven. Under this kind of pressure, their faith caught the attention of the other prisoners who listened to them. We need to be reminded that over the years of Christian witness, some of the most effective times of evangelism happened because Christians remained faithful and joyous people despite persecution and harassment. Nothing should limit our prayer and praise. God will use them to reach the hearts of those in the most difficult of places!
My Prayer...Holy Father, in times of adverse reaction against me because of my faith, I pray that you will make me a loving, respected, and forceful witness for Jesus. I ask this not so that I can boast, but so that others can more fully know your grace and come to Jesus to be saved. In the name of my Savior, Jesus, I pray. Amen.
|Jude 24-25 (05-23-17)|
|Tue, 23 May 2017 02:00:00 -0500|
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
— Jude 24-25 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...Two things I trust implicitly: 1) God's power and might, and 2) my joy at getting to share in his presence. My best efforts will always fall short, but God's grace is greater and more glorious than my best efforts! The faultlessness that I have when I stand before him is based on his grace and mercy. How can I not praise him from a thankful heart and anticipate seeing him face to face in glory?
My Prayer...Father, you are gracious, you are glorious, and you alone are God! I praise you for what you have done in my life through your transforming Spirit. Please strengthen me and keep me in your care. I am confident about my salvation because of your greatness and grace. Fulfill your purposes in me and bring me to your throne of glory with great joy. In Jesus' name. Amen.