STAYING SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY

STAYING SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY

In Psalm 51:10-11 (NKJV), we read:  Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

When a person gets sick, the first thing that leaves is their appetite for food. It can be the same way spiritually. When a person harbors bitterness and opens the door to the deceitfulness of sin, they begin to lose their appetite for the things of God.

This is why David cried out “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…”

He loved God more than anything else.  A strong devotional life and a constant communion with God will keep you spiritually healthy desiring more of Him in your life! Guard and protect your heart at all times from anything that can contaminate your faith and love walk.

Today, dig into the word, seek His presence through prayer, and ask God to cleanse your heart of anything that may be grieving to His heart. It will cause a continual passion for more of Him in your life, resulting in the triumphant life that you were destined to live!

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Luke 15

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

In Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV), we read:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

There are three spiritual forces that need to be developed in every Christian’s life. And strong families require parents to “life-coach” their children in them. They are the forces of faith, hope and love (see 1 Corinthians 13:13).

For some people “faith” can seem mysterious. They’re not sure what it is or how if fits into their lives. But faith isn’t as complicated as they may think. Faith in God is faith in His Word. Faith trusts what God says in His Word, the Bible. Faith trusts that God will do what He says He will do.

Trusting God’s Word can be difficult when we don’t keep our own word. A person who takes their own word lightly, who “crosses their finger” when making a promise, or breaks their word will always find it difficult to trust others. Teach your children to keep their word by setting an example of keeping yours. A family that knows how to trust God and each other will always be strong.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Luke 14

MAGNIFY THE LORD

MAGNIFY THE LORD

In James 1:2-4 (NKJV), we read:  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

In yesterday’s devotional, we read about Abraham’s example of faith, which grew strong by giving glory to God. This is one of the keys that keeps our faith from weakening and wavering. Giving God glory keeps us focused on His promises and not our problems.

Our focus is like a magnifying glass. Whatever we focus our minds on becomes bigger. If we focus on negativity, our problems can become so big, we think they’re bigger than God. From that point of view, everything can seem hopeless. Instead, magnify the Lord.

How do we magnify the Lord? David put it this way, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth,” (Psalm 34:1). We magnify the Lord by declaring our praise. And notice that David says, “at all times” not “just during the good times.” Weak faith only praise the Lord when things are looking good. But miracle faith will praise God at all times – during the good and the bad. David also says that praise is to be in our mouth. Praise isn’t based on how you feel but on what you say. Speak, sing, declare and confess God’s praises over your circumstances.

When you practice giving God glory, you feed your faith and starve your doubts. Get your praise on!

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Luke 13

CONSIDER NOT

CONSIDER NOT

In Romans 4:9-21 (NKJV), we read:  And not being weak in faith, [Abraham] did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Miracle faith does not consider the circumstances! Abraham had received a promise – the Lord was going to give him and his wife a son. It would take a miracle but Abraham believed that God was able to fulfill His promise.

Day after day, Abraham would wake up and be reminded of how old he and his wife were. Knowing that focusing on his current situation would weaken his faith and cost him his miracle, Abraham choose to ignore the condition of their bodies, and instead kept his focus on God’s promise. This decision kept his faith strong and his miracle took place.

Many believers have talked themselves out of their miracle because they began to consider their circumstances. They start off in faith but as each day gives them a reason to doubt, instead of ignoring the circumstances, they take them into consideration. Their minds focus on all of the reasons why God may not come through, and they dwell on thoughts of negativity. This weakens their faith and eventually give up, never seeing the fulfillment of God’s promise for their lives.

We would do well to follow Abraham’s example. Keep your faith focused on God’s Word…and “consider not” the circumstances.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Luke 12

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

In Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (TMB), we read:  I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

There are two (2) ways you can live on earth: in the blessing or under the curse. And the choice is yours. Do you realize that God is not the one who determines what kind of life you will live? Yes, He has a plan. Yes, He formed you in your mother’s womb. Yes, He designed your life to bring Him glory. But whether you do or don’t isn’t up to Him. It’s up to you. Choose life. Those two simple words have very profound meanings…

First…God wants you to be blessed. As crazy as it sounds, some people want to live their lives under a curse. They think they deserve it. They think they have to pay some type of penance or make up for their past. They believe that God is punishing them for some wrong they did. If that’s you…God wants you to know that’s not true.

God doesn’t have to punish you. He already punished His Son, Jesus, by having Him crucified. Jesus paid the price for our sin. You don’t have to pay for it yourself. Imagine eating at a restaurant and the waiter telling you someone has already paid your bill. Would you accept the gift, or insist you pay the bill again?

Second…it means that you must choose. God won’t choose for you. We must make a very deliberate decision that we want to live a blessed life. How do we make that choice? Simple. By following God’s directions for life. His path is blessed. Follow it and you’ll walk in His blessing.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Luke 11

ADD VALUE

ADD VALUE

In Philippians 1:5 (AMP), we read:  I [thank my God] for your fellowship (your sympathetic cooperation and contributions and partnership) in advancing the good news (the Gospel) from the first day [you heard it] until now.

The church is more than an organization. It’s more than a religious institution.The church is Christ’s Body and His Bride. God loves His Church. It’s at the very center of what He is doing in the world. So, what are you doing to add meaning and value to the church God has planted you in?

In his letter, Paul thanks the believers at the church in Philippi for their “cooperation, contribution and partnership” in the ministry. Don’t just consume what others have to offer; produce something good to offer others as well. Many in the church are only concerned about what program or event can help them. But ministry is a two-way street. We all receive but we must also give.

Paul shared three (3) things every Christian can do to add value to their church…

First…Cooperate. Cooperation is about “acting together to accomplish a common goal.” Every church has that “one guy” who’s always expressing that he’s against what’s taking place. Don’t be that guy. Rather, cooperate with what your church is doing. Help to move things forward. Be a part of the solution.

Second…Contribute. As mentioned earlier, don’t just take. Give back. Picture the roommate who always eats what’s in the fridge but never contributes to the grocery bill. Don’t be that guy either. Contribute your time and your tithe.

Third…Partner. Everyone has a part to play in the local church. None of us were designed by God to do live alone. We do life together because we are better together. Build relationships with other people in your church. Encourage your children to do the same. Your kids need godly friendships that influence them in a positive way.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Luke 10

FINISH WHAT YOU START

FINISH WHAT YOU START

In Haggai 1:2-4 (TMB), we read:  A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: “The people procrastinate. They say this isn’t the right time to rebuild my Temple, the Temple of God.” Shortly after that, God said more and Haggai spoke it: “How is it that it’s the ‘right time’ for you to live in your fine new homes while the Home, God’s Temple, is in ruins?”

After being exiled from their homeland, the Lord opened a door for the Israelites to return to Jerusalem. They were to rebuild God’s House. Led by the prophet Haggai, they started off well. They built the altar and the following year laid the foundation. But then they encountered some opposition and began to think that maybe it wasn’t time to rebuild the Lord’s House, after all, if it was the Lord’s will, wouldn’t it be easy? So construction ceased and God’s House remained unfinished.

We all start off well but it’s finishing well that matters. Looking back, how many “foundations” have you laid that you failed to complete? Haggai told God’s people to not allow difficulties, hardships or selfish pursuits to turn them aside from completing God’s assignment. He assured the people of God’s presence and blessing.

When times get tough, don’t talk yourself out of doing God’s will. Encourage yourself in the Lord and press on. Finish what you start.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Luke 9