devotions

A Persevering Spirit

July 1, 2016

Lord, give me a persevering spirit
that sees no limits
or obstacles too great
come what may
help me listen
when my confidence goes missin’
and my faith is shaken
help me hear the voice of your grace and
peace calling me from deep within
when my face is against the wind
help me know it’s the not the end
it’s not over and you’re not done
no, it’s not over
and you’re not done with me yet
keep me like a good promise met
with the same intensity
that you fight for me
help me fight for you
with the same intensity
that you hold onto me
help me hold onto you
give me a persevering
a determined
and tenacious spirit
that sees no limits
or obstacles too great
no matter
what I face

God is calling His people to persevere by faith like never before. Persevere until you stand before the Lord and He says, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Persevere until you have finished your course and completed all that God purposed you to do. Persevere until your whole family knows that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life—whether they accept Him or not. Persevere until you see His glory on full display in your life. The day is coming when you will receive His rewards for your faithfulness and your perseverance. Don’t let go of His hand. Your labor is not in vain.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7, ESV.

Prayer: Father God, I love you. Give me a persevering spirit and help me finish my course with joy. Come what may, help me not be moved from my place in you. Help me Lord to keep the faith and keep pressing forward toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Amen.

(Examples of perseverance: Genesis 32:24-28; Matthew15:25-28; Luke 11:5-8, Luke 18:1-8)

devotions

Bless the Lord

June 30, 2016

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalms 34:1

Blessing the Lord at all times was what David decided he would do for the rest of his life. When his adult son rose up against him, when he lost his newborn child, when his life was threatened by Saul, he made a decision to bless the Lord. He had every reason to be angry at how things were going in his life, but he took all of his hurts and pains to the Lord and blessed Him.

We too can learn to bless God at all times. Bless Him while you’re walking or riding the bus. Bless the Lord while you are waiting for your green card. Bless the Lord while you lay in the hospital bed wondering when your healing will manifest. Bless the Lord when your husband tells you he don’t love you anymore. Bless the Lord when you are denied the job position and you don’t know what else to do…

Bless the Lord.

Not only do we bless Him in good times, we bless Him in bad times too. It’s what we do because we know He is our good heavenly Father and our times and seasons are in His hands.

We can’t always choose what happens in our lives, but we can choose to bless His holy name.

Prayer: Father God, I bless you with everything in me. Nothing I have going on is more important than blessing you right now. I bless you and your holy name. I choose not to be silent, but I open my mouth and bless all that you are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.