Forgiveness

7 01 2017

Day 16 Monday January 23

Search me O God in the area of forgiveness

Read Jesus in Matthew 18:15-35 Ephesians 4:32 Colossians 3:13

God’s Purpose: Remove Guilt & Restore Relationship

Forgive: to give up resentment of or claim to requital for, to grant relief from payment of, to cease to feel resentment against. Forgiving: allowing room for error or weakness.

God’s Forgiveness: a commitment to pardon graciously those who repent & believe so that they are reconciled to Him.

Repent – turn around in actions and attitude….to change behavior as a result of a complete change of thinking and attitude.

We’re saying, “I will not dwell on this incident, bring up this incident again and use it against you, talk to others about this incident, let this incident stand between us or hinder, our personal relationship.”

Why? “By making and keeping these promises, you can tear down the walls that stand between you and your offender. You promise not to dwell on or brood over the problem or to punish by holding the person at a distance. You clear the way for your relationship to develop unhindered by memories of past wrongs. This is exactly what God does for us, and it is what He calls us to do for others.”





Your Word

7 01 2017

Day 15 Sunday January 22

“Lord, please help me to grow closer to You by reading, digesting, memorizing, and putting to use Your Word. Please help me become more familiar with the Bible, honoring it as Your word to me.”

  • Like newborns we must crave pure spiritual milk so that we will grow into a full experience of salvation. We will cry out for this nourishment, now that we have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
  • So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
  • We cannot live by food alone but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
  • Let these words be your weapons as you fight. 1 Timothy 1:18 (CEV)
  • Many of the benefits of Scripture (and how we should relate to it) are listed in Psalms 119

“Lord, thank You for speaking to me through Your Word the Bible. Today I choose to read it with faith. Today I choose to read it and pray about it. Today and every day I choose to obey Your Word. Thank You Lord for this Treasure!”

Please take time to read the Bible today. Expand your reading. If this is a first, try starting with Psalm 23. If you usually read a few verses, try a longer chapter. If you usually read three chapters, try several. Find a verse that speaks to you and memorize it.





Blessed to be a blessing

7 01 2017

Day 14 Saturday January 21

“Lord, as I thank You for all that You have provided me, as I ask for Your will first in my life, I also ask that You would continue to provide for my basic needs. Beyond that, Lord I ask that You would bless me in the way that You blessed Abraham (that he would be ‘blessed to be a blessing’ to others Genesis 12:2).”

  • I will trust You with all my heart. I will not rely on my understanding. In all my ways, I will acknowledge You and You will direct my paths. Proverbs 3:5-7
  • I ask, in prayer, believing, and I know I will receive. Matthew 21:22
  • As I diligently obey the voice of the Lord, all these blessings shall come upon me and overtake me. I will be blessed in the city, in the country, when I come in, and as I go out. The Lord will command a blessing on my savings and in all to which I set my hand, and He will bless me in the land which He is giving me. Deuteronomy 28:1-8
  • God is able to make all grace abound toward me, that always shaving all sufficiency in all things, I may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
  • I will give and it will be given unto me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured on me. With the same measure that I give, it will be measured back to me. Luke 6:38
  • It is God who gives me the ability to earn a living, savings, and more than enough to give away, that He may establish His covenant with me. Deuteronomy 8:18

“Lord, I thank you for the way in which you have already provided for me. Please help me to be a good steward of all that you have given me. Help me be responsible. Help me make good decisions. Help me choose to be generous with my time, energy, and money in a way that is courageous and reflects my belief that You are my Provider.”

“Lord, please help me to be ‘blessed to be a blessing’ in my: personal life, family, business, church and relationships with others.”





Conversation

7 01 2017

Day 13 Friday January 20

“Lord, please search me oh God in general, and search me in particular with regard to the quality of my conversation, my words, my heart, and what comes out of my mouth.”

  • I will not use foul or abusive language. I will let everything I say be good and helpful, so that my words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29
  • I will be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. James 1:19
  • Death and life are in the power of my tongue. Proverbs 18:21
  • Take control of what I say, Oh Lord, and guard my lips. Psalms 141:3
  • May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, Oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14

‘Lord, please forgive me for the times when I have said the wrong thing and the times when I have not said the right thing. Please forgive me for allowing my heart to be unhealthy. Please forgive me for allowing my heart to be anything other than worshipping You and overflowing with gratitude to You. Please forgive me for the times when my heart has overflowed with words that do not glorify You. Please help me to learn to control my tongue in a way that gives You thanks. Please help me learn how to control my words to speak life (faith statements) and not death (wrong perspective).”





Your Love Gives

7 01 2017

Day 12 Thursday January 19

“Lord please help me better understand the way that You love me and the way in which you want me to love others.”

Agape Love: a God kind of love that gives – to have love for someone or something, based on sincere appreciation and high regard. To love, to regard with affection, loving concern. Describes attitude of God to His Son and the human race. To convey His will to His children concerning their attitude one to another. To express the essential nature of God.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT

“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:1-11

“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my followers.” John 13:34-35

“God showed us how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” 1 John 4:7-12

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:16, 18

“Lord, today I receive Your love for me in all its purity, faithfulness, grace, and mercy. Please help me to grow in my understanding of just how deep and wide Your love for me is. Thank you! In response to Your love, I say Thank You, and I make a fresh commitment to show Your love to those whom you have placed in my life. Please help me to see others the way that You do! Help me see exactly what You want me to do, how to listen, what to say, and how to reflect Your love for them.”





Your Kingdom Come

7 01 2017

Day 11 Wednesday January 18

“Lord, I ask that your kingdom would come, that your will would be done in me, my relationships, my faith, my vocation, my home, my neighborhood, my city, my state, my nation, and this world. Lord, I submit to you. I will pursue the discovery of and the implementation of your desires and plan. Lord, please establish your righteousness, (healthy right standing relationships with you and others) your peace, and your joy in me and this your world.” Luke 11:1-4

“Lord, please have your way in my:

  • Personal life Luke 9:23
  • Family 1 Timothy 5:8 Matthew 5:9; 6:14
  • Vocation Matthew 6:33 Colossians 3:23
  • Church Ephesians 3:10-11
  • Relationships 1 Timothy 2:4 2 Peter 3:9
  • Baltimore City Jeremiah 29:7

“Lord, please help me to see the future, that you prefer, in each of these areas. Please do miracles. Please let our enemy, his agents, their works, and affects be bound in the name of Jesus. Please let the efforts of any who are not working in alignment with Your will be confounded. Please bring myself and all of your followers into alignment with your will. Have Your way oh Mighty God!”





New thoughts feelings

7 01 2017

Day 10 Tuesday January 17

“Lord, please cleanse and make new the way that I think and the way that I feel.”

  • Let the Spirit make new your thoughts and and attitudes. Ephesians 4:23
  • I will bring every thought through a Jesus filter, brought into obedience to Jesus. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
  • I will set my mind on the things above, not on the things of earth. Colossians 3:2
  • I will not be conformed to this world, but I will be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
  • I will not be unwise, but I will understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17
  • I will do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind I will esteem others better than myself. Philippians 2:3
  • I will not set my mind on high things, but I will associate with the humble. I will not be wise in my own opinion. Romans 12:16

Lord, today I submit to you. I live for you. I welcome you to help me see anything in my thoughts and/or feelings that does not honor you. Please help me to see you. Help me follow you. Please make my thoughts and emotions new. Today I decide to focus on you. Please fill my thoughts and emotions today. Give me the grace to not live by my own thoughts or emotions, but instead to live based on following you, loving you, and your words!