James 1:22-24 "Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was." INSPIRATION: Actions speak louder than words. If God has worked out miracles in your life, it is because you not only trusted in Him, but also because you acted on His promise. When God sees us moving on His promises, He then blesses us. What has kept you from taking action on His word lately?
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Colossians 3:12 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." INSPIRATION: Some things are just automatic when you get dressed in the morning. You never forget a shirt, socks, pants, shoes, etc…Sometimes we forget the necessary garments like love, compassion, and especially patience to name a few. While it is important to never forget the physical clothing, don't forget to put on your spiritual wardrobe also which will help you deal with difficulties that may come your way today. Did you remember to put on patience this morning?
Monday, September 28, 2009
Ephesians 6:12 "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." INSPIRATION: The adversary loves it when God's children are not getting along. Disagreements will occur, but holding a grudge is not of God. Today, do not allow the spirit of anger, rage or irritations prohibit you from showing patience, humility or love to those in your life.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Job 8:21 "He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." INSPIRATION: Right now, take an assessment of everything you possess. Next, reflect back to hard work and long hours you put into making it a reality. Now, smile and walk around for the rest of the day with joy in your heart knowing God was with you when you started, lifted you in the middle and carried you to your victory! Today, count it all as joy!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Luke 6:30 "Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back." INSPIRATION: We may not always receive the reason from somebody when they ask for a favor; but they came to you because they knew their need could be fulfilled. Today, don't worry about when you'll get something back from that person because chances are, you'll never see it again. Instead, know that if they still have it, they probably still need it and God will honor you for meeting their request.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Romans 8:28 "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." INSPIRATION: God is working it out right now, so stay close to Him. God is working it out right now, so don't grow weary. God is working it out right now, so keep the faith! God will work out HIS purpose in you if you love Him.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Habakkuk 3:17-18 "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior." INSPIRATION: There may be times when it seems impossible to praise God when everything around you seems so dark; but always consider that your situation is probably still better than someone else's. As opposed to concentrating on your entire have not's, consider reflecting on all your possessions and begin to thank God for just the little things. Little blessings turn into big blessings when you begin to praise God!
Friday, September 18, 2009
1 Peter 1:7 "These [trials] have come so that your faith -- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire -- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." INSPIRATION: I'm sure all of us would rather not go through difficult times, experience disappointments or even have a bad day. The problem is, if we lived a "worry-free" life, we wouldn't need God and we wouldn't feel the need to trust Him. Since there will be moments in your life where you need to trust someone other than yourself, allow your faith to trust in God. Once you grow out of the difficult moment, you'll know you have made it because of His faith in you. Now, give Him the praise, the glory and the honor for making the change in You!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." INSPIRATION: The "wants" in our lives are optional and the "needs" in our lives are essential. We should never just want to do good for others or just want to be nice; but rather, we need to do better for each other and we need to show love. Once you have turned your mission from wanting to live for Christ into needing to live for Christ, you'll never want for anything else!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Philippians 4:9 "Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." INSPIRATION: God plants seeds of wisdom all day to help us make peaceful decisions. If you want true peace, you must act on the decisions that will bring you there. Note: Peace requires change and the change you make today could be the change that will draw you closer to peace.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
1 John 4:12 "No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." INSPIRATION: You can always tell if God is in someone simply by the way they treat you and others. Today, be mindful of the people you encounter and be sure they can see God in you. Remember to always start with love and the rest will fall in place.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" INSPIRATION: By now, many are beginning to settle into their fall schedules with school, work, and activities. Regardless of how hectic the day feels, rejoice in the Lord and keep pressing towards all your goals because He has brought you this far, He'll see you to the finish line. Rejoice anyhow!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Exodus 35:35 "[God] has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers - all of them master craftsmen and designers." INSPIRATION: Don't you realize God created you to be master of your skill? What does that mean? It means you shouldn't allow anyone to tell you what you can't grow into. Whatever your craft is, know that God filled you with this skill not just for your advancement, but for you to Master it! Today, if you've been holding back because of someone else's opinion of your God given talent, I dare you to move FORWARD!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Proverbs 12:24 "Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave." INSPIRATION: You'll never be the leader as long as you like just getting by. Leadership requires you to step out of your comfort zone; It requires sacrifice and it even requires you to believe you can inspire others. Today, be a leader and take a faithful step towards leaving the spot that's behind you and walking towards the spot ahead of you.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." INSPIRATION: Taking your eye off your goal for just one moment can begin the perishing process. Remain focused or if you need to, refocus on where you want to be and keep that goal in your vision.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Isaiah 58:11 [God says,] "The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." INSPIRATION: God not only guides you to your next achievement but He protects you, sustains you, and provides resources to help you stay the course. Whatever your plan is, don't give up now. Your "tour guide" already knows the path and will never let you fail.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." INSPIRATION: You know how everyone can tell when you're in love by the smile on your face? The same outer appearance shows on you when you know you have the power from God in your life. When you walk with confidence, it shows that you walk with God. When you walk with no fear, it shows that you walk with God. When you walk today, let everyone see you putting the adversary under each step you take and that will show that you are walking with the power of the Holy Spirit!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hebrews 13:5 "Don't fall in love with money. Be satisfied with what you have. The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or forsake us." INSPIRATION: It doesn't hurt to have financial security for you and your family, but don't get caught up in glorifying the money. If you glorify God first, you can then control how you spend and how you save. If every day is about getting the dollar, it will control you. Allow God to always be in control.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Ecclesiastes 7:14 "When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other." INSPIRATION: We often only associate God being good to us when our lives seem in order. Remember; when those difficult times felt impossible to bear, God allowed His mercy to fix your situation. From now on, smile just as wide during bad times as you do during your good times because you are being made stronger to endure all times!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Isaiah 29:13-14 The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish." INSPIRATION: God is displeased when we claim to believe in His word and then don't allow Him to work things out for us. If you trust and believe that your current position is only a step for your next level, then worship God from the deepest part of your heart and let him bring you out.