Monday, July 22, 2019

Pour it Out to God

Scripture:

“My friends scorn me, but I pour out my tears to God.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭16:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Job couldn’t figure out why God was doing what he was doing.  His friends didn’t understand him.  His wife wanted him to curse God and die, but he knew what he needed to do.  Even though he wasn’t feeling God’s love, he poured out his tears to God.  God saw him and blessed him with double for his trouble in the end of his life.

Application:

When nothing seems to be going right, rather than pouring out our heart to humans that can’t understand anyway, we must learn to pour out our hearts to God, who can hear us and help us.  There is nothing wrong with crying in difficult times, it is just important that our cries are to the Lord, for He is always willing to help.

Prayer:

Father, when things are difficult, let me cry out to You.  Let my heart be poured out like the unceasing waves of the ocean, over and over again.  Let my cries not be to those who cannot help me, but to the one who always comes through.  You are my everything and I love you desperately.

Your Son,
Jeff

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Joy Comes Again

Scripture:

“He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭8:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

In this passage, Job had been complaining about his terrible condition and how he wished he could just die and let it be over.  Bildad told him to continue to seek the Lord because God would once again fill his mouth with laughter and his lips with shouts of joy.

Application:

When going through difficult times, we must realize that there are seasons in life and that we will come through the current season.  Sometimes I tell people like Bildad, “you will laugh again...I promise”.  During the season where it seems everything is falling apart, we need to remind people that God will once again fill their mouths with laughter and their lips with shouts of joy.  It won’t last forever.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to help others who are going through trying times.  Help me to give words of hope and not words of condemnation.  When I am going through tough times, help me to remember that “this too shall pass” and that I will laugh again.  You always bring us through and allow us to laugh again.

Yours,
Jeff

Friday, July 19, 2019

God’s Protection And Provision

Scripture:

“You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!”
‭‭Job‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Job was a man who was blessed by God and protected by God.  When God and Satan had a discussion about Job, Satan told God, “You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property.  You have made him prosper in everything he does.  Look how rich he is.”  Satan knew he couldn’t touch Job and that God had blessed him and made him prosper.

Application:

Although God lets down His wall of protection on Job’s life in this case, it shows that God has the incredible ability to protect and prosper His people.  When God decides to protect and bless You, there is nothing the enemy can do to stop it.  We must have faith that knows deeply that God will protect and prosper our lives.

Prayer:

God, put your hedge of protection around my life and my family.  Prosper my life as I serve You.  Let Your incredible hand of blessing fall on my life, family, church, ministry, etc.  I want to live a blessed life that can only be attributed to following You.  Work miracles and let us see the day of Your blessings.

Your Son,
Jeff

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Others First

Scripture:

“Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

Paul told the Philippians to abandon every display of selfishness and to be more concerned about what matters to others instead of their own selves.  He went on to say that we should have the mind of Christ which laid down His life for others.

Application:

We are to abandon every display of selfishness.  To abandon means to walk away from and to leave it behind.  Instead, we are to be more interested in what matters to others than ourselves.  I need to place others needs and interests above my own and to live a life that blesses others rather than seeking self-pleasure.

Prayer:

Lord, enable me to live a life like You lived.  A life that is more concerned about others than about myself.  I want to walk as You walked and live as You lived on this earth.  Teach me to be see others as valuable as You do.  Help me not to judge others, but to see them for the potential You have placed in them.

Yours,
Jeff

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Privilege of Suffering For Christ

Scripture:

“For God has graciously given you the privilege not only to believe in Christ, but also to suffer for him. For you have been called by him to endure the conflict in the same way I have endured it—for you know I’m not giving up.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:29-30‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

Paul is telling the Philippians that they are going to be called on to suffer like he was suffering, in prison.  He told them this was a privilege they were called to endure and reminded them that they knew he wouldn’t give up.  Paul saw suffering for Christ to be a privilege because in that moment we are more like Christ.

Application:

We must present a balanced Gospel.  It is an honor to suffer for Christ.  We like to know our rights and privileges as children of God.  There are many that are too incredible for words, but suffering for Christ should be one on our list.  Sometimes we have to endure some things unfairly, it just means we are becoming for like Jesus.  Jesus was falsely accused and went like a lamb to the slaughter.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, You are incredible.  Help me to represent Jesus well with my life today.  Teach me to walk in Your blessings and in the path You have planned for me.  Help me to walk as Christ did in every area.  Open my ears and eyes to hear and see You more clearly today.

Yours,
Jeff

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

God’s Incredible Timing

Scripture:

“That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him.”
‭‭Esther‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

The nest verse tells us that the king read about Mordecai and how he had saved the king’s life in the past.   It just so happened that the king couldn’t sleep on exactly the right night and that he felt to read some history on exactly the right night and he read about exactly the right person.  This was a total God setup.

Application:

Even when things have already been decreed against us, God can cause someone to have a dream, make them read something, or speak audibly to them, but God’s timing is incredible.  I need to learn to trust God that He can speak to the right person at the right time.  He can have the right person fall across my path to change my destiny in a moment.  His timing is incredible..

Prayer:

Father, help me to realize just how involved You are in my life and how You can works circumstances we are in to bring about Your will.  Help me to trust You more and more.  I am Yours and want to serve You well.  Help me to never fear, but to know You have my back and will fix anything that comes against me.

Your Son,
Jeff


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Never Doubt God’s Incredible Power

Scripture:

“Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Observation:

Paul says here that we shouldn’t ever doubt God’s mighty power to work in us.  He says God will achieve infinitely more than our greatest request, our most unbelievable dream and will exceed our wildest imagination.  He says it is God’s miraculous power that constantly energizes us.  What statements about our lives in Christ and His incredible power.

Application:

If God works at this level in our lives, then we should be able to walk in extreme confidence that God will do what He says He will do.  If God can take us far beyond our wildest dreams, we must learn to walk in faith more and more.  I don’t want to doubt God’s incredible power, but to tap into it in my life.  I want to live by faith in God’s power and not by what I see.  I want God to increase my faith.  I believe He is able, but I don’t always believe He will do it in my life.

Prayer:

Father, increase my faith.  Help me to trust You more and more.  Work Your incredible power in and through my life to achieve Your will and plans.  Take away every limitation to my faith and let me see more and more answered prayer.  I have no doubt You are able to do absolutely anything, help me to believe You will do it in my life.

Your Son,
Jeff