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  • Garment of Praise

    Today’s Scripture
    "...Provide for those who grieve…a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."(Isaiah 61:3, NIV)

    What type of attitude are you wearing today? What’s covering your mind and emotions? Are you clothed with despair and disappointment? Are you wearing “heaviness?”

    If you’ve recently gone through a hurtful or disappointing situation, there is a season to grieve a loss. It’s important to go through that process and release the hurt to God. But the Bible also says that God wants to give you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness or despair. He wants to exchange your hurt for His healing. He wants to fill you with His peace and joy.

    Are the garments of yesterday holding you back and weighing you down? Maybe it’s time to exchange that heaviness for His garment of praise. Maybe it’s time to release those heavy burdens. Maybe it’s time to forgive those who have hurt you and begin to praise your way to victory. When you wear a garment of praise, you’ll stand strong and display His splendor all the days of your life!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, I come to You with an open and humble heart. I ask that You take my old garments of despair and heaviness. Make me new today. Give me a garment of praise and have Your way in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • How to Start the Day

    Today’s Scripture
    "Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds."(Psalm 149:5, NKJV)

    As you woke up this morning, what was the first thing that went through your mind? Did you wake up with a song of praise on your lips?

    When we start the day in worship, we start the day connected to Almighty God. When we live a lifestyle of praise, it shows that our faith is constantly in Him. We make glorifying God a priority. It’s not secondary, “Oh, if I have time.”

    No, you’re always talking about God’s goodness. You’re constantly telling your friends how God has blessed you. In your car, you’re singing songs of praise. At the office, under your breath, you’re thanking God for His favor. You get up in the morning and say, “God, I love You today. I praise You today. Thank You for another beautiful day.” Then when you go to bed at night, you bless Him for His faithfulness!

    Friend, when you have the high praises of God coming out of your mouth, the scripture says Almighty God will go to war against your enemies. Praise precedes the victory, so start the day right and live a lifestyle of praise!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for Your good and precious promises to me! I choose to receive Your goodness by faith and sing a song of praise to You. I commit the day to You and make praising You a priority. Thank You for working on my behalf in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • The Keys to Freedom

    Today’s Scripture
    "I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades."(Revelation 1:18, NIV)

    Have you ever been locked out of your car or house? It can be very frustrating, not to mention inconvenient. Not having your keys can keep you stuck and unproductive. It steals your time and can steal your peace and joy if you let it.

    On a spiritual level, we need keys to access what God has for us—eternal life, peace, freedom and blessing. But we don’t have to stand on the outside of blessing, living in frustration. Jesus holds the keys, and He has opened the way for us to walk from death to life. We don’t have to live in defeat, mediocrity, sickness, sin or any kind of bondage any longer. He has given us the keys to abundant life!

    Today, if you feel stuck, locked out or defeated, remember, Jesus is the One who holds the keys to your freedom. All you have to do is call on His name and He will answer. He promises to hear you and deliver you. Receive His salvation, receive hope, and receive the freedom and victory He came to give.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, today I come boldly to You. Thank You for giving me life through Your Son, Jesus. I surrender every area of my heart to You and ask that You make me whole and complete. Set me free and teach me to walk in Your ways in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • Take the Limits Off

    Today’s Scripture
    "He raised us up together with Him…that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor)…”(Ephesians 2:6-7, AMPC)

    Sometimes we think so small. We limit our possibilities and potential. When God sees you, He sees all your potential. God knows what you’re capable of. His grace and favor in your life enable you to become what He sees. But first, you have to open your heart and take the limits off your life.

    How do we limit God? We limit God in our thinking. Thoughts of doubt, unbelief and unforgiveness in your heart will close the door to His favor. In Mark 6, it says that Jesus could do no great works in a particular town because of the unbelief of the people. It works the same way today.

    On the other hand, when you choose thoughts of faith and expectancy, you are opening the door for God to work in your life. You are taking the limits off. You are giving Him the opportunity to multiply what you have in your hand. Choose to take the limits off by choosing His thoughts of victory. Choose thoughts of increase and blessing. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher and live the abundant life He has prepared for you!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, I choose faith! I choose Your unlimited grace and favor. I choose to believe that You have good things in store for me. You use me for Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen"
  • Rest for Your Soul

    Today’s Scripture
    "Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'"(Matthew 11:28, NLT)

    God wants to give you rest. He wants to refresh and restore your soul—your mind, will and emotions. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “busyness” of life, and before long, your mind, will and emotions are so “spun up” that you can barely think straight! But even in the hustle of life, you can find rest, ease and relaxation. God wants you to enjoy your life. That’s why He tells us to come to Him. God wants to take care of everything that concerns you so that you can find rest in your innermost being.

    Imagine how you would feel if someone came up to you today and said, “Give me all of your monthly bills; I’m going to pay them.” You’d get pretty excited, wouldn’t you? But it wouldn’t happen until you did your part to actually hand that person your bills. They can’t pay them for you if you never release them. In the same way, when we release our cares and concerns to God, He promises to take care of them.

    Today, choose to release your cares to the Lord. Let Him fill you with His peace and joy. Receive the rest that He promises and enjoy the fulfillment and blessing He has for you!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father in heaven, today I humbly come to You. I choose to cast my cares on You so that I can live in Your rest. Thank You for Your goodness to me. Help me find ways to share Your goodness with those around me today in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • You're In Good Company

    Today’s Scripture
    "…but Jesus refused to answer."(Luke 23:9, NLT)

    In the Scripture, people often came against Jesus and criticized Him. Many times it says, “Jesus answered them not a word.” He simply didn’t respond to His critics. He didn’t try to convince them to change their minds. He didn’t get upset because somebody was talking about Him. No, He just ignored it. When people come against you and they’re jealous, trying to make you look bad, trying to discourage you, remember, you’re in good company! Jesus was probably criticized more than anyone else. I love the fact that He didn’t try to explain Himself. He didn’t try to make everyone understand Him. He just stayed focused on what He was called to do. He simply ran His race.

    Friend, Jesus set the example for you and me. We don’t have to try to win the approval of others. We have to understand that not everyone is going to understand us or be for us. Our focus should be on following God’s leading and let Him order our steps. The next time someone criticizes you, remember the example of Jesus. Overlook it, don’t get offended, and keep moving forward in the destiny God has for you!

    Today, if you feel stuck, locked out or defeated, remember, Jesus is the One who holds the keys to your freedom. All you have to do is call on His name and He will answer. He promises to hear you and deliver you. Receive His salvation, receive hope, and receive the freedom and victory He came to give.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, today I release every person who has criticized me or tried to discourage me. I choose to forgive them; I choose to turn away from that distraction. I choose to focus on You and the blessings You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • He Doesn’t Need a Cloud

    Today’s Scripture
    "Is anything too hard for the Lord?...”(Genesis 18:14, NIV)

    One beautiful, sunny day we were in the backyard enjoying the blue sky when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it began to rain even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The sun was out and very bright, but for about three minutes, there was a downpour. We thought, “Where in the world is this rain coming from?”

    It was like God was saying, “I can make it rain whenever I want to. I can use a little cloud, a big cloud or no cloud. I’m God. I’m the All-Powerful, Creator of the universe. When I say rain, I don’t need a cloud. When I say healing, I don’t have to use medicine. When I say promotion, I don’t need the approval of your boss. When I say abundance, I don’t need a bank. I’m not limited by the natural. I’m a supernatural God.”

    Whatever you are facing today, no matter what things look like in the natural, know that God has the answer. Trust Him because He can make a way where there seems to be no way. He can make something out of nothing, and He doesn’t need a cloud to make it rain!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, I praise You today because You are worthy. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You can make a way out of no way, and I look for Your rain of blessing in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • When the Intensity Gets Turned Up

    Today’s Scripture
    "Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise..."(1 Chronicles 16:35, ESV)

    Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that means you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when you’re tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, that’s not the time to back down. That’s the time to dig your heels in and put on a new attitude because you are closer to your victory.

    Maybe you’ve had a lot of things come against you. It seems like the more you pray the worse it gets. You’re doing the right thing, but the wrong thing is happening. The easy thing is to say, “Forget it. I don’t have to put up with this.” “This marriage is never going to work.” “I’ll never be able to raise this child.” Or, “I don’t like this job.”

    No, instead of getting discouraged, instead of going around sour and bitter, you need to say, “I’ve come too far to stop now. I’ve been through too much to back down. I realize the reason the intensity has been turned up is because I’m about to embrace the victory God has in store for me!” Keep standing, keep praying, keep hoping, and stay in faith when the intensity gets turned up!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, You’ve seen everything I’ve been through. You know what I’ve had to endure. I trust that You are working behind the scenes and leading me into victory. I keep my faith and trust in You and expect to see Your mighty hand in Jesus’ name! Amen."
  • Be Great in the Midst of Criticism

    Today’s Scripture
    "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."(Matthew 5:44, NKJV)

    If you’re going to pursue greatness, if you’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent or a great leader, you have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer you on. I’d love to tell you that your family, friends and coworkers will celebrate you, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some people simply can’t handle your success. As you grow and increase, as God pours out His favor on you, someone will get jealous and start finding fault. Don’t be surprised if a relative tries to belittle or discredit you. You can’t focus on making everyone around you happy or you’ll start changing and lose sight of what God has placed in your heart.

    Remember, your destiny is too great to be distracted by people who are never going to affirm you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. It’s their problem. Shake it off, run your race, and be great anyway.

    Having greatness in the midst of criticism begins with forgiveness. Don’t hold a grudge. Bless those who curse you; pray for those who spitefully use you. As you keep doing what is right, God will honor you. He’ll promote you, and you’ll be great in the midst of criticism!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I choose to forgive those who have criticized me. I choose to bless those who have hurt me. I choose to be great because You have equipped and empowered me to be great in the midst of criticism in Jesus’ name! Amen."
  • Still Standing

    Today’s Scripture
    "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand..."(Psalm 40:2, NIV)

    All of us can look back at things that should have defeated us. Maybe a divorce or a breakup should have taken you down, but look—you’re still standing! That’s the goodness of God. That addiction, all that partying should have killed you, but because of a praying loved one, you're still standing and becoming freer. Or, maybe you lost a loved one and didn't think you could go on. You thought you'd seen your best days, but God breathed new life into you. He lifted you out of the pit, put a new song in your heart, and here you are today, still standing.

    When you go through difficult things, it’s an opportunity to see the goodness of God shine in the darkness. You see Him lift you up, restore you, promote you and heal you. When you have this history with God, you don't get discouraged by every difficulty. You don’t fall apart because of a disappointment. You don’t get upset because people are talking about you. You know that God brought you through the darkness in the past, and He is going to bring you through in the future! Rejoice today because you are still standing and headed to the place of total victory!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for lifting me out of my difficulty and for helping me stand on solid ground. I trust Your goodness. I know that You are faithful. Help me stay focused on Your victory in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • Think on These Things

    Today’s Scripture
    “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”(Philippians 4:8, NIV)

    God wants you to be blessed in every area. The Bible says that Jesus came so that you and I could have life more abundantly, but it all starts in your thinking. That’s why the scripture tells us very clearly what we should be thinking about—things that are noble, right, lovely, pure and praiseworthy.

    In other words, when a thought comes to your mind that you’re never going to be successful, replace it by saying, “Father, You said in Proverbs that if I would put You first, You would crown my efforts with success. You said in the Psalms that You surround me with favor like a shield. You said in Deuteronomy that Your blessings would chase me down and overtake me!” That’s how you take every thought captive, one thought at a time!

    Today, refuse to allow any negative thoughts to take up space in your mind. Fill your heart and mind with the Word of God and open the door for His hand of blessing in every area of your life!

    A Prayer for Today
    “Father, thank You for Your truth which sets me free. I choose to meditate on Your goodness and dwell on the right things. Help me to keep my heart and mind set on all that is pure and lovely in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
  • Open Your Heart

    Today’s Scripture
    “...whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”(Luke 7:47, NIV)

    Forgiveness is such a powerful gift from heaven above. It’s like a door on our heart. When we choose to forgive, it opens our heart so that we can receive everything God has in store for us. But when we hold onto unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment, it closes up our heart and keeps us from moving forward.

    The scripture tells us that if we don’t forgive others, God cannot forgive us. That’s because the door on our heart is closed. If forgiveness doesn’t go out, forgiveness can’t come in. But when we choose to forgive, we open our heart so we can receive His forgiveness and allow His love to flow freely through us. Forgiveness increases our capacity to receive!

    Today remember, people will let you down, they will hurt you and disappoint you. Don’t let the actions of others block your relationship with the Father by holding unforgiveness. Instead, choose to forgive so that you can increase your capacity to receive everything He has in store for you!

    A Prayer for Today
    “Father, thank You for forgiving me and setting me free. Today I choose to forgive others so that I can have room in my heart to receive Your forgiveness and love. Thank You for setting me free in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
  • Go To The Place of Blessing

    Today’s Scripture
    "Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan..."(1 Kings 17:3, ESV)

    In the Scripture, the prophet Elijah was living in a certain city. God said to him, “Leave this place and go down to the brook Cherith for I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” When he got to the brook, every morning just like clockwork, the ravens brought him food. He had his provision; a prepared blessing. Here's the key: Elijah didn't have to try to find the ravens. He just had to get to where God wanted him to be and the ravens found him.

    In the same way, there is a place where God has commanded you to be blessed. Everything you need to fulfill your destiny has already been laid up for you—provision, favor, abundance. The real question today is, will you do what's required to get to your place of blessing? Elijah could have said, “God, I don't want to leave. I like it here. My friends are here.” But if he had stayed, he would have missed where he was commanded to be blessed.

    Are you willing to do what God is asking you to do today? Listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit inside, follow His leading, and enter into the place of blessing!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for leading me to a place of blessing. Thank You for sustaining me and empowering me to fulfill Your call on my life. I choose to follow Your leading so that I can be in the place You’ve called me to in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • Provision In The Wilderness

    Today’s Scripture
    "I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water..."(Isaiah 41:18, NKJV)

    There’s a lady in our church who is a single mom. Her family has gone through a lot of struggles. For years she was barely making it, but every Sunday she and her two sons would be at Lakewood. She stayed faithful during her “wilderness” season because she knew she was headed to her Promised Land.

    This lady's son, from the time he was a little boy, always said that he was going to get a scholarship to go to college. He could have thought, “We’re poor. I’m at a disadvantage.” But this single mother taught her sons that God is a God of abundance, that He can make a way when we don’t see a way. Her son graduated number two in his high school. He received not one scholarship, but nine scholarships totaling over 1.3 million dollars. His undergraduate, his master's and his doctorate degrees are all paid for at Georgetown University.

    Friend, remember, God is no respecter of persons. Whatever you are believing for, whatever provision you need in the wilderness, know that He is faithful. He will provide streams in the desert and provision for you in every area of your life!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for providing streams in the desert. Thank You for refreshing me in the wilderness. Thank You for providing all my needs according to Your riches in glory as I stand in faith and stay faithful to You in Jesus’ name. Amen"
  • Prospering In Everything

    Today’s Scripture
    "They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper..."(Psalm 1:3, NRSV)

    Large trees represent power, majesty and stability. Have you ever noticed the difference between a tree planted by the water and a tree far away from water? The tree next to the water is much more healthy and vibrant. Its fruit and blossoms are more beautiful.

    In the Scripture, the Word of God is compared to water. When you are “planted” in the Word of God, your spirit is fed, and you grow strong just like the tree planted by the water. Trees planted by the water will yield fruit at the right season and will not lose strength. Today’s verse tells us that those who love and obey the Lord will prosper in whatever they do.

    Do you want to prosper in your relationships? Seek God’s Word regarding relationships. Do you want to prosper in your health? Seek God’s Word about healing. Do you want to prosper in your finances? Seek God’s Word regarding finances. As you seek God and His Word and follow His commands, you will grow strong and prosper in everything you do!

    A Prayer for Today
    "God, thank you for your Word which is truth and refreshing water to my soul. Thank you for teaching me to seek you in all that I do. I trust you today and choose to commit my every decision to you so that I can grow strong like the tree planted by the water. In Jesus' name, Amen."
  • He Uses Our Difficulties

    Today’s Scripture
    "That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong..."(2 Corinthians 12:10, NIV)

    We all face difficult situations. Somebody isn’t treating you right, or your business is not growing, or maybe you’re single and still haven’t met anyone. It’s easy to get frustrated and anxious. You don’t understand why it’s taking so long or why things haven’t changed.

    But here’s a key: just because it’s an uncomfortable place doesn’t mean it’s not where you’re supposed to be. God uses difficulties to do a work in us. We grow in the tough times. That’s where your character is developed, where you learn to trust God and persevere, and where your spiritual muscles are made strong.

    God will not allow a difficulty unless He has a divine purpose for it. If you’re going to reach your highest potential, you have to make up your mind, “I’m not going to live frustrated because I am uncomfortable. I’m not going to be upset because things are not happening on my timetable. I’m not going to fight against everything that I don’t like.” Instead, believe that God is doing a work in you. Believe that He has the best for you. And see yourself moving forward in the victory He has prepared for you.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, today I give You my questions, frustrations, concerns and doubts. Have Your way in me. I trust that You are at work in every difficult situation in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • The Heritage of the Believer

    Today’s Scripture
    “No weapon formed against you shall prosper...”(Isaiah 54:17, NKJV)

    As a believer in Jesus, you have certain privileges because you belong to Christ. When you chose Him, God put a blood line around you that the enemy cannot cross. As long as you’re keeping Him first place, you have a hedge of protection, a hedge of favor, a hedge of mercy surrounding you like a shield. When difficulties come, God says that because you’re His child, because you honor Him, even though that problem has formed, in the end it is not going to prosper. When it’s all said and done, it’s not going to harm you. God is going to turn it around and use it to your advantage. That’s your heritage as a believer!

    Notice it doesn’t say that we’ll never have problems. No, life is full of difficulties. The promise God is making to us is that when things do come against us, because you’re in covenant relationship with Him, you can stay in peace knowing that it is not going to prosper. God has already paved the way for you to live in victory in every area of your life!

    A Prayer for Today
    “Father, thank You for Your many promises. I choose today to accept Your truth which sets me free. I declare by faith that no weapon formed against me shall ever prosper in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
  • Your Mistake Is Not Bigger Than God

    Today’s Scripture
    "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."(Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV)

    Oftentimes, I hear people say, “I’ve just blown it so many times. I had this major setback. I don’t see how I could ever get to where I’m supposed to be.”

    We have to realize—our mistakes aren’t that powerful. Our mistakes aren’t too big for God. He’s not up in the heavens shaking His head saying, “I never dreamed they would do that. They’ve ruined My plan.”

    No, God knew every mistake we would ever make. He knew every wrong turn, and He’s already prepared a new route. He already has your detour figured out.

    Scripture says that God knows the end from the beginning. If you’ve made some mistakes, the good news is that He has already planned a way to get you back on track! Just come to Him with an open and humble heart. Let Him wash you clean and make you new. Your mistakes aren’t bigger than God. He loves you and has a good plan in store for you!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father God, thank You for choosing me and accepting me beyond my mistakes. Thank You that the blood of Jesus cleanses me and makes me new. I invite You to have Your way as I submit every area of my life to You in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • The Same Spirit

    Today’s Scripture
    "And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you..."(Romans 8:11, AMPC)

    When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit makes His home inside you. That’s the same Spirit and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That resurrection power can bring back health, strength and life to your physical body, and it can bring back life to your hopes and dreams. In fact, it can bring life to any area that may seem dormant on the inside of you!

    The next time you feel overwhelmed by sickness, challenges or despair, remember, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you! You may have been burdened by an addiction, fear, worry or sickness, but there’s nothing that can stand against the power of God! Rise up and declare by faith, “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. I am restored and healed because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me!”

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for loving me perfectly. I want to know You more, and I want to know Your love. I receive it by faith today and ask that You show me Your ways and fill me with Your peace as I keep my heart and mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • Kindness and Goodness

    Today’s Scripture
    "See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek that which is good for one another and for all people..."(1 Thessalonians 5:15, AMP)

    In Galatians 5, the Scripture talks about the nine fruits of the Spirit or the spiritual qualities that manifest in our lives when we allow Him to work in us. The more we invite God to move in our hearts and follow His Word, the more those characteristics will manifest in us.

    Kindness and goodness are two of those fruits of the Spirit. The Scripture tells us that His kindness leads people to repentance. In other words, kindness advances the kingdom of God. The more kindness and goodness we show other people, the more we are acting like God. The Bible also tells us that what we sow, we shall reap. When we seek to do good to others, we will reap goodness in our own lives in return.

    Today, look for ways to show kindness and goodness to the people around you, even when they aren’t kind to you. Don’t repay evil for evil. Take the high road. Bless those who wrongfully use you. Seek to do good, show kindness, and you will see it come back as a blessing in your own life in return!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Heavenly Father, thank You for displaying Your character through me. I choose to show kindness and goodness so that I can honor You with my thoughts, words and actions all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • Angels Move On Your Behalf

    Today’s Scripture
    "Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word..."(Psalm 103:20, NIV)

    Did you know that when you speak words of faith, angels are dispatched to move on your behalf? The Scripture tells us that God gives His angels charge over us. That means, when God hears you declaring His Word, He says to the angels, “Do you hear My child speaking words of faith? He believes I can do great things. Angels, I have an assignment for you. Go to work and begin to turn the situation around.” And the angels obey His Word!

    If we could pull back the curtain on the unseen realm, we would see a host of angels and heavenly beings watching over us. That’s why it’s so important to guard what we say because with our words, we either open a door for God and His angels to move on our behalf, or we open a door for the enemy and the forces of darkness.”

    Make the decision today to only speak words of faith and life over you, your home and your family. Declare God’s Word and His promises and let your words set the angels into motion to help you fulfill the destiny God has planned for you!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father in heaven, thank You for the relationships in my life. Help me find creative ways to connect with the people I love. Help me to walk and live in a spirit of unity as You commanded in Jesus' name. Amen."

    Sa mundong ito, may mga pagkakataon na ang nadarama natin ay kaligayahan o kasiyahan. Lalo pa nga at wala tayong mga malulubhang suliranin at natutugunan ang mga pangangailangan o baka lumalabis pa ang nagagamit sa ating pang-araw-araw na pamumuhay. Matatag at maayos na nakapamumuhay ang ating sambahayan, at payapa tayong nakapaglilingkod sa Diyos. Sa gayon ay maligaya na tayong nabubuhay.

    Subali’t hindi sa lahat ng panahon ay maaliwalas ang takbo ng ating buhay. Sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon ay dumarating sa atin ang mabibigat na pagsubok o ang mga bagyo ng buhay. Kung tayo ay nakaharap sa malubhang suliranin, papaano natin ito pakikitunguhan at pakikiharapan? Dapat ba natin itong ikagitla o ipagtaka? Ano ba ang ipinagpauna na ng mga Apostol na ating mararanasan?

    Ano ang maaaring dumating sa buhay naten?

    I Pedro 4:12
    “Mga minamahal, huwag kayong mangagtaka tungkol sa mahigpit na pagsubok sa inyo, na dumarating sa inyo upang kayo'y subukin, na waring ang nangyayari sa inyo'y di karaniwang bagay.”

    Sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon ay maaari nating maranasan ang mahigpit na pagsubok. Ang mga halimbawa ay: biglang pagkawala ng trabaho, pagtatakwil ng mga mahal sa buhay, pagkakasakit ng malubha kung kailan nagdaraan sa kahirapan, pagdating ng malubhang kalamidad o aksidente, pagkamatay ng magulang, asawa, o anak na siyang tanging nagtataguyod ng kanyang sambahayan. Hindi ba’t napakahigpit na pagsubok iyan? Ang sabi sa atin, huwag tayong magtaka.

    Bakit itinutulot ng Diyos na maranasan natin ang iba’t ibang mga matitinding pagsubok?

    I Pedro 1:7 MB
    “Ang ginto, na nasisira, ay pinararaan sa apoy upang malaman kung talagang dalisay. Gayon din naman, ang inyong pananampalataya, na higit kaysa ginto, ay pinararaan sa pagsubok upang malaman kung talagang tapat. Sa gayon, kayo'y papupurihan, dadakilain, at pararangalan sa Araw na mahayag si Jesu-Cristo.”

    Ang pagsubok ay gaya rin ng eksamin para malaman ang ating kapasidad o kakayahan. Sinusubok tayo ng Diyos hindi dahil sa hindi tayo kilala o hindi alam ng Diyos ang ating kakayanan, kundi upang makilala natin ang ating sarili o mahayag kung sino talaga tayo, kung ano tayo kay Cristo. Baka kaya lang tayo nakasasamba o nakatutupad ng tungkulin ay dahil sa maginhawa o maaliwalas ang ating buhay. Papaano kung dumating na sa atin ang mga bagyo ng buhay, naranasan natin ang matinding kahirapan, mga mabibigat na pagsubok o kahadlangan? Sasamba pa rin kaya tayo? Tutupad pa rin kaya tayo ng ating tungkulin? Kaya may pagsubok. Hindi natin ito maiiwasan sapagka’t kailangan ito upang maipahayag natin ang ating katapatan sa ating Panginoong Diyos. Kaya huwag tayong magre-react na may diwang mapaghimagsik kung may mga pagsubok na dumarating. Huwag magdaramdam o sisihin ang Panginoong Diyos at ang pakikiisa kay Cristo. Huwag sasama ang ating loob na sasabihing, “Bakit nangyayari sa akin ang mga bagay na ito? Ako naman ay nananalig kay Cristo.”

    Papaano dapat harapin at pakitunguhan ng mga kapatid ang mga matitinding pagsubok na nararanasan sa buhay?

    I Pedro 4:13
    “Kundi kayo'y mangagalak, sapagka't kayo'y mga karamay sa mga hirap ni Cristo; upang sa pagkahayag ng kaniyang kaluwalhatian naman ay mangagalak kayo ng malabis na galak.”

    Magalak tayo hindi dahil sa tayo ay nahihirapan o napipighati, kundi dahil sa buting idudulot ng ating paghihirap at pagtitiis dahil kay Cristo o sa ating pagsunod sa Kanya. Sapagkat kung mahayag na ang kaluwalhatian ng ating Panginoong Jesucristo (sa ikalawang pagparito) ay magagalak naman tayo ng malabis na galak, sapagka’t makakabahagi tayo sa kaluwalhatian na kaniyang tinamo.

    Subali’t sinong nagdaan sa mga pagsubok ang makikinabang? Kailan magiging sa ikabubuti ang mga pagsubok na ating nararanasan?

    Santiago 1:2-4 MB
    “Mga kapatid, magalak kayo kapag kayo'y dumaranas ng iba't ibang pagsubok, sapagkat alam ninyo na lalong magiging matatag ang inyong pananampalataya matapos ninyong pagtagumpayan ang mga pagsubok na iyan. At dapat kayong magpakatatag hanggang wakas upang kayo'y maging ganap at walang pagkukulang.”

    Kung sa kabila ng pagsubok na dumating sa atin ay nanindigan tayo sa panig ng Diyos; Hindi tayo nanlupaypay, nanghina, o umurong sa paglilingkod sa Panginoong Diyos; Ang buting idudulot − lalong tatatag ang pananampalataya.

    Totoo ba ito sa pangyayari? Opo. Sino ba ang tunay na matatag sa pagdadala ng tungkulin? Hindi ba ang nagdaan sa maraming mga pagsubok at bagyo ng buhay at nakapanindigan? Ang dapat sikapin, maging matatag hanggang wakas, na anuman ang mangyari − maghirap na kung maghihirap, masaktan na kung masasaktan − ay hindi tayo bibitaw sa ating paniniwala kay Cristo, sa ating mga tungkulin, bagkus ay itataguyod natin ito hanggang sa wakas.

    Bakit kailangan sa mga kapatid na masanay na harapin at pakitunguhan ang iba’t ibang pagsubok sa buhay?

    Juan 17:11 MB
    “At ngayon, ako'y papunta na sa iyo; aalis na ako sa sanlibutan, ngunit nasa sanlibutan pa sila. Amang banal, ingatan mo sila sa pamamagitan ng kapangyarihan ng iyong pangalan, pangalang ibinigay mo sa akin, upang sila'y maging isa, kung paanong tayo'y iisa.”

    Kailangan nating patunayan na tayo ay kaisa ng Panginoong Jesucristo at ng Panginoong Diyos. Kaya tulad ng Panginoong Jesucristo, ang dapat na laging naghahari sa ating pagkatao ay kung ano ang kalooban ng ating Panginoong Diyos.

    Ano ang nasa sanlibutan na hindi maiiwasang sagupain nating mga hinirang?

    Juan 16:33 MB
    “Sinabi ko ito sa inyo upang kayo'y magkaroon ng kapayapaan sa pakikipag-isa sa akin. Mayroon kayong kapighatian dito sa sanlibutan; ngunit laksan ninyo ang inyong loob! Napagtagumpayan ko na ang sanlibutan!"

    May kapighatian sa sanlibutan: pagdurusa, mga hirap, at tiisin. Hindi natin maiiwasan ang mga ito. Dapat na matuto tayo na ito’y harapin. Maling mali na dahil sa mga hirap at tiisin ay hindi na tayo sasamba, uurong na tayo sa ating mga tungkulin kay Cristo. Kung wala na ba tayo o nagbitaw na sa ating tungkulin ay hindi na ba tayo maghihirap o hindi na ba tayo magtitiis? Baka mas lalo pa ang mga hirap at kasawian na ating mararanasan sa labas ng ating pananampalataya.

    Ang payo sa atin, lakasan ang loob upang mapagtagumpayan din ang sanglibutan. Ayaw ni Cristo na tayo ay maduwag, matakot, o panghinaan ng loob. Kung napagtagumpayan ng ating Panginoong Jesucristo ang sanlibutan, magagawa din natin na ito ay mapagtagumpayan sa tulong niya at ng ating Panginoong Diyos. Ang totoo, hindi naman sa lahat ng panahon ay mapipighati tayo. Bakit hindi sa lahat ng panahon?

    Saan ba ang tunay na pagkamamamayan ng mga hinirang ni Cristo?

    Filipos 3:20
    “Sapagka't ang ating pagkamamamayan ay nasa langit; mula doon ay hinihintay naman natin ang Tagapagligtas, ang Panginoong Jesucristo.”

    Naglalakbay at nakikiraan lamang tayo sa mundong ito. Ang ating destinasyon at tunay na bayan ay doon sa langit, ang Bayang Banal na siya nating tunay na tahanan. Kaya huwag nating ilagak ang ating puso sa mundong ito, huwag nating ubusin ang ating panahon sa mga bagay na panlupa lamang. Baka dahil lang sa hanapbuhay ay pababayaan na natin ang pagsamba o mawawala tayo dahil sa maling paraan ng pag-aasawa. Huwag din tayong paakit o patangay sa mga bisyo at kalayawan. Sa halip, lalo nating pagtapatan ang ating pananalig kay Cristo, lalo tayong maging masunurin sa lahat ng mga utos ng Diyos sa atin. Matiyaga nating hintayin ang pagbabalik ng ating Panginoong HesuCristo.

    Ano ang ipinangako ng ating Panginoong Jesucristo sa kaniyang mga hinirang na hindi natin dapat malimutan?

    Juan 14:2-3
    “Sa bahay ng aking Ama ay maraming tahanan; kung di gayon, ay sinabi ko sana sa inyo; sapagka't ako'y paroroon upang ipaghanda ko kayo ng dakong kalalagyan. At kung ako'y pumaroon at kayo'y maipaghanda ng kalalagyan, ay muling paririto ako, at kayo'y tatanggapin ko sa aking sarili; upang kung saan ako naroroon, kayo naman ay dumoon.”

    Umakyat si Cristo sa langit, hindi dahil inabandona na niya tayo o pinabayaan. Tapos na ang kaniyang misyon sa lupa, naitatag na niya ang kaniyang simbahan at nagbuwis siya ng buhay upang tayo ay matubos sa ating kasalanan. Naroroon siya sa langit ngayon upang ihanda ang ating magiging tahanan. Nakaupo siya sa kanan ng Diyos upang ipamagitan pa tayo sa ating mga pananalangin at pangangailangan.

    Bakit tiyak nating maaasahan ang pangako ng ating Panginoong Jesucristo? Ano ang kaniyang hiniling sa Ama bago siya umakyat sa langit?

    Juan 17:24
    “Ama, yaong mga ibinigay mo sa akin ay ibig kong kung saan ako naroroon, sila naman ay dumoong kasama ko, upang makita nila ang kaluwalhatian ko, na ibinigay mo sa akin: sapagka't ako'y iyong inibig bago natatag ang sanglibutan.”

    Si Cristo ang unang-unang nagnanais na tayo ay makasama niya sa langit. Hindi ba ang marapat ay tayo ang lalong magnasa na makasama niya sa langit?

    Ano ba ang katangian ng pamumuhay doon sa tahanang inilalaan niya sa atin?

    Apocalipsis 21:2, 4
    “At nakita ko ang bayang banal, ang bagong Jerusalem, na nananaog mula sa langit buhat sa Dios, na nahahandang gaya ng isang babaing kasintahan na nagagayakang talaga sa kaniyang asawa.”
    “At papahirin niya ang bawa't luha sa kanilang mga mata; at hindi na magkakaroon ng kamatayan; hindi na magkakaroon pa ng dalamhati, o ng pananambitan man, o ng hirap pa man: ang mga bagay nang una ay naparam na.”

    Hindi ba napakasarap na mamuhay doon sa bayang banal. Sa mundong ito ay hindi natin maiiwasan ang mga hirap at tiisin sa pagtataguyod natin ng tunay na paglilingkod sa Diyos. Nguni’t huwag tayong mawalan ng pag-asa. Matibay ang pangako ng ating Panginoong Jesucristo. Magbabalik siya, kukunin niya tayo, tatapusin niya ang ating mga paghihirap at papalitan niya ito ng kagalakang walang hanggan.

    Subali’t ano ang inaasahan sa atin? Mahalin natin at pakaingatan ang ating pananalig kay Cristo. Anuman ang bigat ng pagsubok na ating maranasan ay hindi tayo dapat bumitaw sa ating tungkulin. Hindi dapat na magkusang magpatiwalag sapagkat sa ganito ay tinatalikuran na natin ang ating Panginoong Diyos.

    Nguni’t sa ganang sarili lamang natin ay hindi natin kayang pagtagumpayan ang mga pagsubok. Tayo’y mga tao lang na may hangganan at lipos ng mga kahinaan. Kailangan natin lagi ang tulong ng ating Panginoong Diyos at ng ating Panginoong Jesucristo. Nakahanda Sila na tayo ay tulungan at damayan. Ang totoo, ang Panginoong Diyos ay nakikinig at inaantabayanan tayo na dumulog at dumalangin sa Kaniya.

    Ano ang ating kailangan? Ano ang bumabagabag sa atin? Hindi na ba natin makaya ang mga tiisin? Litong-lito na ba tayo sa bigat ng mga suliranin na ating nasasagupa? Napapagod na ba tayo at gusto nang sumuko sa hirap ng pagdadala ng buhay? Nagkakasakit na rin ba kayo at binabagabag ng maraming alalahanin sa buhay? Lumapit tayo sa Diyos at magmakaawa na sana ay tulungan Niya tayo sa ating abang kalagayan at makatawid tayo dito sa masamang sanlibutan.
  • A Heart At Peace

    Today’s Scripture
    "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones..."(Proverbs 14:30, NIV)

    The best thing you can do for health is to set your heart at peace with God. Peace is such a powerful position. It is a position of life and strength. Peace literally means "to set at one again."

    In other words, we have peace when our minds and hearts are "at one" with the Word of God. It's so easy to let the pressures and distractions of life pull our thoughts away from the heavenly Father. It doesn't take long before we are so focused on earthly things that we feel overwhelmed and all stressed out. We weren't meant to live filled with anxieties, we were meant to live in peace.

    Today, keep your heart at peace by staying focused on God the Father. Sow life to your body by staying in agreement with Him. Let His peace guard your heart so that you can be equipped to live the abundant life He has promised to you!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for Your Word which is life to my soul. I praise You because You are the Prince of Peace. I choose to set my heart and mind on You today. Thank You for guiding my every step in Jesus' name! Amen."
  • His Timing

    Today’s Scripture
    "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart..."(Galatians 6:9, NKJV)

    I’d love to tell you that if you stay in faith, if you believe, God will always answer your prayer within twenty-four hours, or at least within the first week. But we know that’s not reality. God promises He will be true to His Word, but He never puts a timeframe on it. In fact, He tells us that we need patience to see the promises come to pass.

    Sure, it would be a lot easier if God told us when we were going to get well, when we would meet the right person, or when our child would straighten up. But the truth is, that wouldn’t take any faith. It takes faith to say, “God, I don’t know when You are going to do it, but I trust You enough to believe that You will do it, that the answer is already in my future.”

    Today and every day let this be your prayer: “God, give me the grace to accept Your timing.” That means you’re asking for God’s strength, His supernatural empowerment to stand strong while you are waiting. Choose to keep believing, choose to praise Him, and choose to accept His timing, whether it’s twenty minutes or twenty years, knowing that what God promised He will bring to pass.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father, thank You for Your hand of favor, blessing and mercy on my life. You are good and faithful. Because of that I trust You. I trust Your love, and I trust Your timing in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • A Flood of Power

    Today’s Scripture
    “So [Israel] came up to Baal-perazim, and David smote [the Philistines] there. Then David said, God has broken my enemies by my hand, like the bursting forth of waters. Therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim [Lord of breaking through].”(1 Chronicles 14:11, AMP)

    Notice how David likened God’s power to the bursting forth of waters. In other words, he described it as a flood. He was saying that when the God of the breakthrough shows up and releases His power, it will be like a flood of His goodness, a flood of His favor, a flood of healing, a flood of new opportunity.

    Think about how powerful water is. Three or four inches of water can pick up a huge car that weighs thousands of pounds and move it all around. The news has even shown whole houses floating down the river in big floods. Nothing can stop the force of that water! Anything that’s in its way is moved!

    Today, you may have difficulties that look extremely large, obstacles that look impassable, dreams that look unobtainable. But know this: when the God of the breakthrough releases a flood of His power, nothing can stop it. You need to get ready not for a trickle, not for a stream, not for a river. Get ready for a flood of God’s favor, a tidal wave of His goodness, a tsunami of His increase! Dare to believe that God is going to overwhelm you with victory in every area of your life today!

    A Prayer for Today
    “Father, I invite You to overwhelm me with You today. Take over every area of my life; my thoughts, my attitude, my body. Flood me with Your healing, favor and strength today as I surrender my entire being to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
  • Something New for You

    Today’s Scripture
    “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?...”(Isaiah 43:19, NLT)

    God has something new in store for you! His plan for your life is not for you to reach one level, get stuck and stay there for 30 or 40 years. His plan is to increase you, open new doors before you, and take you places that you’ve never imagined. He has something big in your future, but He also has something big in store for this year! He’s already planned out big breaks, big opportunities and big ideas for you. You may have seen God’s goodness in the past, but you have not touched the surface of what God has for you!

    I believe this new thing is going to be far greater than you’ve ever seen before. It’s going to be bigger than you imagined. It’s going to be more rewarding than you thought possible. Receive it by faith and declare, “Yes, God, this is for me today. I’m not going to get stuck where I am. I know You’re a big God, and You have something new coming my way!”

    A Prayer for Today
    “Father, thank You for a new day to glorify You. Thank You for choosing me and using me for Your purpose. I set my love on You today knowing that You have something new in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
  • Stay in Sync

    Today’s Scripture
    "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps."(Proverbs 16:9, NIV)

    Have you ever tried something and got the results you wanted and then tried the same thing again and got different results? This happened to Moses in the Bible. They needed water, and God told Moses to strike the rock. He struck the rock, and water flowed out freely. Another time they needed water again, and God told Moses, “Speak to the rock.” Do you know what Moses did? He went over and struck the rock. He thought, “Hey, it worked last time. It’ll work this time.” But it didn’t. God had a different plan.

    The point is that we have to stay open and make adjustments to stay in tune with God’s plan. You can do the same thing the same way you did last time and get different results. It may not be something major, but like Moses, maybe it’s just something small. Sometimes a small tweak, a small adjustment can make a major difference in the outcome.

    Today, make sure you aren’t doing things just because it’s the way you always did it before. Instead, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit of God inside. Follow His leading and stay in sync with the wonderful plan He has for you!

    A Prayer for Today
    "Heavenly Father, I submit my mind, will and heart to You. Help me to see clearly what Your plan is for me. Help me to stay close to You always, not living in the past, but pressing forward to the new things You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen."
  • He Gives Strength

    Today’s Scripture
    “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”(Isaiah 40:29, NIV)

    Oftentimes, when we are facing a difficulty, it’s easy to become weary in our minds and emotions. Trying to figure it all out in our own strength can be exhausting. But we weren’t meant to try to figure everything out, we were meant to trust. We were meant to call on Him and let Him be the hero of our story!

    The Bible says in Isaiah that when you cry to God for help, as soon as He hears, He will answer you! He will give you strength when you are weary and increase your power when you feel weak. No matter what is going on in your life today, God is greater than any obstacle or difficulty you may be facing.

    Do you need strength to overcome a challenge in your life? Do you need power to stand strong in the midst of a storm? Call on Him and He will hear you. Open your heart, and by faith, receive His strength and might. Let Him empower you to live in victory and overcome all the days of your life!

    A Prayer for Today
    “Father, thank You for hearing and answering my prayers. Fill me with Your strength and power today. I trust that You are working things out for my good as I surrender every area of my life to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
  • Make Preparations

    Today’s Scripture
    “...prepare the way for the Lord...”(Isaiah 40:3, NIV)

    Everyone goes through seasons of waiting. A lot of times, people just sit back and wait for God to do something. But did you ever think that God might be waiting on you to do your part? Part of making preparations means talking like it’s going to happen and acting like it’s going to happen.

    Some people might say, “Well, what if I do this and it doesn’t happen?” But, what if you do, and it does happen? And even if things don’t turn out the way you had hoped, you’re still better off living your life filled with expectancy than going around down and discouraged.

    David said, “God, my times are in Your hands.” He was saying, “God, I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know You know what’s best for me.” So I’m going to go out today expecting good things. And even if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to go to bed all disappointed. I’m going to go to bed knowing that I’m one day closer to seeing my dreams and desires come to pass!

    A Prayer for Today
    “Father, I dedicate this day to You. Show me how to prepare for Your blessing in my life. Help me guard my words and thoughts as I put my trust in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
  • The Attitude of an Overcomer

    Today’s Scripture
    “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”(1 John 5:4, NIV)

    Are you facing some challenges or experiencing some unexpected setbacks? We all have things that come against us, but God didn’t create us to be overwhelmed and overcome; He created us to be overcomers!

    During the times when we face challenges, it’s our attitude that is most important. Think about it for a minute. When something isn’t going your way month after month, how do you respond? Are you tempted to get sour or start expecting the worst? Does your mind start going “ninety-to-nothing” playing out all the scenarios?

    It may be easy to get down and discouraged, but if we go around thinking it’s never going to work out, our attitude limits what God can do. But when we dig our heels in knowing that God is bigger than our problems, when we fight the good fight of faith, that’s what allows God to show up and turn negative situations around.

    Today, remember, you are created to overcome. There is victory already in store for your future. Stand strong with the attitude of an overcomer and watch what God will do on your behalf!

    A Prayer for Today
    “Father, thank You for making me an overcomer in Christ Jesus. I trust that You are bigger than my problems and that You are working on my behalf. Thank You for the victory in store for my future in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

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