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DAILY CHALLENGES FOR PERSONAL GROWTH

JANUARY

1              Do you feel like no one really knows your inner feelings or understands you?  (Psa 139:1) O LORD, You have searched me and known me.  Share your private thoughts with the Lord because He knows you better than anyone else!

2              Are you uncertain about the future and where you are headed in life?  (Jer 29:11) 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.  God’s got a plan for you so, by faith, get excited about what lies ahead.

3              When you think about your enemies, does your blood boil and bitter feelings arise?  (Mat 5:44) 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.  With God’s help, do what Jesus said, and watch your life be blessed because you chose the more excellent way.

4              Are you wound up tight because of life’s demands and the unceasing daily pressures?  (John 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."  Let God‘s peace settle your heart and be the overcomer you were meant to be.

5              Are you anxious and concerned about all the troubling and out of control world news events?  (Isa 6:1) ... I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Take comfort in the fact that God is on the throne and is ultimately in charge of all the activity in His universe.

6             Good friendships are of extreme value and are gifts from above.  (Pro 17:17) A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  Make sure you are taking the time to cultivate your relationships, as they provide the support and nurture you need in the journey God has you on. 

7              Some people talk too much and will eventually put their foot in their mouth.  (Pro 10:19) In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.  Strive to speak less and make your words more meaningful for your listeners.

8              God doesn't show you faults in others to judge them.  (1 Pet 4:8) And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”  Believe the best in others and be committed to praying for their growth and maturity.

 

9              Many times when we wake, our thoughts can tend to be on the negative side.  (Phil 4:8) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  Put your mind on the right track first thing in the morning so you will have a Christ-centered mindset all throughout the day.

 

10           Harboring secret sin in our lives will eventually lead to our downfall.  (Psa 19:12-13) Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.  Come clean with any skeleton in your closet and let God's light shine in every room of your heart.

 

11           Revenge is the way of the world and getting even the objective of a sinful heart.  (Rom 12:19) Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  Let God deal with your enemies while you concern yourself with your own heart through forgiveness and showing mercy.

 

12           Running away from your problems will only delay their resolution.  (Eph 6:13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Face your problems as a soldier stands to face his opponent and watch what God will do in securing your victory.

13           Sometimes we add too much to our day and overwork our priorities.  (Mat 6:34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Relax and let God fill your day with the agenda you are to tackle, while the next day awaits tomorrow's concerns. 

14           Sometimes we act like God is in the other room and give in to compromise.  (Pro 3:7) Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.  Live in the healthy fear (reverence) of the Lord so you will be restrained from behavior that will hurt your life's progress. 

15           Stop saying you don't want to get your hopes up so you won't be disappointed.  (Pro 10:28) The hope of the righteous will be gladness . . .  Start getting excited about the future because God has great plans for you.

16           Are you in a bad mood today and feel like biting someone’s head off?  (Gal 5:22-23) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  Yield to God’s Spirit today so you will treat people as Christ would treat them.

17           Are you trying to perform your duties in the strength and energy of your own flesh?  (Zech 4:6) ...'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts.  Try doing God’s work God’s way and watch all that you will be able to accomplish for His glory.

18           Complaining about your circumstances is a sin and is telling God He’s not doing a good job overseeing your life.  (Phil 2:14) Do all things without complaining and disputing.  Bite your lip when you want to bemoan your negative situation and recall all the things you are thankful for.

19           Many people are selfish and hijack conversations so they may talk about themselves.  (Phil 2:4) Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  Validate others by being a good listener and graciously commenting on the thoughts they are conveying.

20           Comparing yourself with others is a sign of unresolved insecurity.  (2 Cor 10:12) For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  Be content with who you are and be happy for the assets and successes of others.

21           Are you struggling with feeling sorry for yourself and have joined your own pity party?  (Gen 42:36) And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me: Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you want to take Benjamin. All these things are against me.”  You can’t control what happens to you, but you are responsible for how you react, so ask God for help in your struggles.

22           Have you been lacking in strength and want your joy back?  (Neh 8:10) … Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Strength follows joy, so by faith express joy as a God-enabled fruit of the Spirit.

23           Are you easily offended by others who say or do contrary things against you?  (1 Cor 13:5) (Love) …does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil (does not keep a record of offenses).  Stop wearing your heart on your sleeve, roll with the punches, and quit taking things so personally.

24           Are you putting something off that you need to take care of?  (Phil 2:13) for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.  Find in Christ new motivation and start checking things off your To Do list!

25           Do you feel like you can never accomplish what you really want to do because you’re so busy putting fires out all the time?  (Eccl 3:11) He has made everything beautiful in its time...  Trust God for His timing on what is important to you, and then concentrate on being a servant of all.

26           Have you been putting off what you need to do to address your health concerns?  (1 Cor 6:19) Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit...?  Take the initiative to be more proactive in this arena so you may be the healthiest you can be to serve God and fulfill the purposes He has established for you.

27           Have you been spending way more time than you should be in viewing your media devices?  (1 Cor 7:35) ...serve the Lord without distraction.  Resist the impulsive tendency toward technology and spend more time thinking and meditating than being informed or entertained.

28           Are you escaping through entertainment and running here and there for fun?  (Psa 16:11) ...In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Face the reality of your life and let God’s pleasures satisfy you and soothe the underlying wounds of your soul.

29           When is the last time you went out of your way to help someone? (Luke 10:33) But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.  Watch out for the subtle sin of convenience and show God’s love, even at a cost to yourself.

30           Do you wake up with negative thoughts and dread for the day?  (Psa 118:24) This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Adjust your mental attitude early and expect good things from God throughout the day.

31           Be honest, is there racial prejudice in your heart toward a certain group of people?  (Acts 17:26) And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth ...  Come to grips with the fact that we are all one blood from our original parents and should therefore treat each other as equals in the human family.

FEBRUARY

1              Do you get easily frustrated and upset over what is happening on the political scene?  (1 Tim 2:1-2) Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  It’s time to turn that negative energy into a positive force through prayer, and then watch what God will do when His people seek Him on behalf of their nation.

2              Do you do just what is asked of you and only occasionally something more?  (Mat 5:41) And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.  Do more than what is required, and leave an impression on others that there are godly people in the world that are reflecting the one and only righteous God of the universe.

3              What is your usual reaction when others are blessed, and you are not?  (Rom 12:15) Rejoice with those who rejoice...  Be genuinely happy for other’s success and trust God that in His time you will see the prosperity He has intended for you for His glory.

4              When you walk into a room do you think only of yourself and your social comfort?  (Rom 12:16) ...Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.  Keep an eye out for others who may need a friend and be a good listener as they share about what is important to them.

5              Don’t be like the world who position and posture themselves to gain advantage to improve their standing in society.  (Luke 14:10) But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.  Stay humble in your own estimation and remember that the meek shall inherit the earth.

6              Are you a perfectionist and constantly set yourself up for failure?  (Isa 45:5) I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me…  Do your best and be satisfied with the results and remember only God is perfect.

7              It’s okay to give yourself a pep talk when you are down and discouraged and nothing is going right.  (1 Sam 30:6) Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.  Talk to yourself when you need to, and all the while call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised and who will deliver you from all your enemies.

8              Do you constantly feel tired and wrung out and useless as a tool in God’s hands?  (1 Cor 1:27) ...God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.  Step up to the plate and swing at that ball and watch God knock it out of the park.

9              Do you love God but are struggling with loving that difficult person in your life?  (1 John 4:20) If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?  Don’t be a fifty percent Christian, and make sure your Christianity is as strong horizontally as it is vertically. 

10           Have you been frustrated by your lack of organization and inability to get things in order?  (1 Cor 14:40) Let all things be done decently and in order. Trust God that in due time you will be able to catch up, and accept the chaos until you are able to do so.

11           Have you been worrying about money and keeping up with your needs and obligations?  (Mat 6:25) “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  If God feeds the birds and arrays the lilies, won’t He take of you, His redeemed and precious child that He sacrificed on Calvary’s cross for?

12           Have you been grumbling about the mundane tasks you have been assigned to when you’d rather be doing something more exciting and important?  (1 Pet 5:6) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.  Don’t overestimate your own importance and learn the delight of serving the Lord by the little things people usually avoid.

13           Do you love others only when they love and appreciate you?  (Rom 5:8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Take the example of Christ and choose to love those around you that you have no interest in or feelings for.

 

14           After God uses you, do not boast about your accomplishments.  (Isa 10:15) Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?...  Remember, God can speak through a donkey as well as through you.

 

15           Before you fall asleep at night, spend some time giving thanks to the Lord for His faithfulness throughout the day.  (Psa 92:2) To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night.  Then when you wake up in the morning, you’ll be ready for a new day of blessings.

 

16           When the pressure is on, its easy to question God for what He has allowed.  (Isa 55:8-9) "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. [9] "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.  Tell the Lord you trust Him and believe that He is working all things for your good.

 

17           It’s easy to think others have an easier life than you do.  (Gal 6:5) For each one shall bear his own load.  Everyone has a load to bear, so just concentrate on carrying yours and lend a hand to others who are even more overloaded than you.

 

18           Loneliness is an awful feeling of isolation and disengagement that many suffer with every day.  (Heb 13:5) ...For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."  Remember the promise of His continual presence, and then seek to be a friend to someone who lacks the hope and assurance you have.

 

19           Are you at times using white lies and half-truths in your conversations and communications?  (Col 3:9) Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.  Be a truthful person always, for you never have to fear or cover up anything if you have been walking in honesty and in the right way.

 

20           Sometimes we can be too independent and never ask anyone for help.  (Eph 4:16) from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  See yourself as part of the body of Christ and enjoy the give and take there is with others in God’s wonderful family. 

 

21           Are you struggling with punctuality and have basically given up getting anywhere on time?  (Eph 5:16) redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Ask God to help you be more time efficient, and discipline yourself to leave earlier than you think you need to. 

 

22           Wanting a bigger house, nicer car, or some other material amenity?  (1 Tim 6:6) Now godliness with contentment is great gain.  Learn to do with what you already have, and trust God for undeserved blessings ahead.

 

23           Don’t be stingy when opportunities of generosity present themselves.  (Luke 6:38) Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."  Live life with an open hand, and then let God fill it again so you may be a continual channel of blessing.

 

24           Make sure you are working God’s plan and not your own.  (Isa 30:1) "Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin.  Ask God for direction and wisdom everyday to follow His plans, which eventually lead to prosperity and success.

 

25           Is there a toxic person in your life that you need to start averting?  (1 Cor 15:33) Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”  Make sure the people in your life build up your faith and not tear it down.

 

26           Don’t blame other people for your mistakes.  (Gen 3:12-13) Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  Take responsibility for your actions and ask forgiveness from God and others.

 

27           Do you have a hard time taking any criticism or correction?  (Psa 141:5) Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it…  Be humble, and acknowledge the need for improvement in your life. 

 

28           Have you been withholding your tithes and offerings from the Lord?  (Mal 3:10) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this," Says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.  Make regular giving a habit, and watch God bless you beyond your capability to handle it.

 

MARCH

 

1              Don’t forget to pray for and support the missionary on the mission field who has given up so many earthly blessings to serve the Lord.  (3 John 1:6) ...If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well.  Every soldier needs the support of others at home to keep them going forward on their mission and encouraged in their calling to bear much fruit for Christ.

 

2              Some people will dominate the conversation and never let you get a word in edge wise.  (Pro 14:7) Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.  If you discern a talkative time-robber, it’s okay to politely dismiss yourself and continue about your business. 

 

3              Are you always in the market for something and getting high from the acquisition of possessions?  (Col 3:5) ... covetousness, which is idolatry.  Let Jesus be your excitement in life and be careful of cheap replacements for your soul’s satisfaction.

 

4              When you leave a room, are people happy or sad to see you go?  (2 Cor 2:14) ...and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  Be the sweet aroma of Christ amongst others, and leave behind a blessing everywhere you go.

 

5              Are you amid a long winter of the soul and wondering when the gloom and darkness will finally be over?  (Song 2:11-13) For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come... 13 Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!  Trust God that in due time the spring will come, and you will experience new life and the excitement of living and the joy of fruitfulness.

 

6              Is life kind of drab currently, and you do need some fresh perspective on your circumstances?  (Rom 13:11) And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  Live everyday like it could be your last and watch your hope levels rise and your motivation increase.

 

7              Are you fighting ongoing feelings of anger toward someone who did you wrong?  (Col 3:13) bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  Do yourself a favor and bury the ax deep, trust God for His vengeance and vindication, and in freedom move forward toward the future of the premium blessings He has planned for you.

 

8              Are you subject to your emotions and swayed by how you feel?  (2 Cor 5:7) For we walk by faith, not by sight.  Be anchored in God’s word and refuse to be a feeling-based Christian

 

9              In situations, do you act or react to what is happening to you?  (James 1:4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.  Be a mature believer and go with the flow of things, knowing God always has a handle on your life events.

 

10           Do you live with a lot of regrets and “should haves”, “could haves”, and “would haves”?  (Rom 8:1) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus...  We all make mistakes, so endeavor to celebrate God’s grace in your life and watch His love cover a multitude of sins and give you beauty for ashes.

 

11           Are you struggling with a lot of obsessive thoughts and irresistible compulsive behavior?  (Gal 5:22-23) But the fruit of the Spirit is... 23 ...self-control...  Trust the power of the Holy Spirit to effect a change in your mind, will, and emotions, and establish a new pattern of behavior that will bring glory to the Lord and the joy of freedom to your inner spirit.

 

12           Do you tend toward jealousy over other people’s successes?  (Rom 12:15) Rejoice with those who rejoice...  Be genuinely happy for other’s accomplishments, and trust God that your star will rise in the proper time for His glory.

 

13           Are you over-extending yourself and getting exhausted trying to keep everything and everyone going?  (Isa 45:5) I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me.  Realize there is only one Savior in the universe and resign yourself to Him as the one Messiah that is able to hold everything together.

 

14           Does your work ethic reflect the worthiness of the name of Christ?  (Titus 2:10) ...showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.  Be a good witness for the Lord in your occupation and make people want to follow you on your way to heaven.

 

15           After great victory there is often an attack of the enemy who is mad at your spiritual progress.  (1 Cor 16:13) Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Stay humble, keep alert, and continue giving glory to the One who has advanced you in the ranks of His kingdom army.

 

16           Does your face let the world know you are saved?  (Pro 15:13) A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance...  Maintain a genuine smile throughout the day and cast the rays of God’s loving favor upon the shadows of hurting hearts.

 

17           Do you tend to instantly write people off who are odd or rub you the wrong way when you meet them?  (1 Cor 13:7-8) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails...  Give people a chance to prove themselves to you, because God may have something for you to learn by their presence in your life.

 

18           When is the last time you thanked the Lord for His salvation and boundless blessings?  (Deu 8:18) "And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth…  Take time each day to ponder the goodness of the Lord and all He has done for you from long ago to present day.

 

19           Is there something in your life you are having a hard time surrendering to the Lord?  (Psa 19:12) Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.  Know that continued sins lead to a believer’s downfall and ask God for strength to resist temptation and to walk the rewarding path of righteousness.

 

20           If you are in doubt...DON’T!  (Pro 22:3) A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.  Better to wait on the Lord than to walk into a jungle you will have a hard time finding your way out of alive or unscathed.

 

21           Be honest, are you a pouter when you don’t get your way?  (1 Cor 13:11) When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  Strive to be a big boy or girl in the faith when you are denied your desires, and trust that God has a greater plan than you could ever imagine.

 

22           Do you have issues with your Heavenly Father because of experiences you have had with your earthly father?  (Gal 4:6) And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"  Learn to trust in the unconditional love of God that will never let you down and will make all things work together for your good.

 

23           Don’t let tiredness or fatigue be an excuse for being grouchy and irritable.  (1 Cor 13:5) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.  Trust God for inner strength to be kind and gracious to people until you are more rested and sociable. 

 

24           It’s easy to get bored with people who are uninteresting and that you cannot relate to.  (1 Pet 2:17) Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.  Give people the gift of a listening ear because who knows, you just might learn something new.

 

25           In this highly distracting world, it’s easy to get side-tracked onto other things coming to your attention.  (Phil 3:13) …one thing I do…  Endeavor to focus on one task at a time and exercise discipline to put competing interests on the back burner until you finish what you are doing. 

 

26           Do you have a hard time facing reality and fantasize a lot about Somewhere Over the Rainbow?  (1 Tim 6:6) Now godliness with contentment is great gain.  Count your blessings and realize that you already have an abundance of treasure right in your own backyard.

 

27           Are you starting to get picky about the weaknesses of your church?  (Eph 2:19) Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.  Be thankful for your place in the body of Christ, pray for its leaders, and look for ways to build up the brethren and strengthen the church family environment.

 

28           When things go wrong, do you wonder why God lets things happen to righteous believers?  (Rom 8:31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  Realize that God is on your side and that even the best of people, like Job, stand in need of improvement.

 

29           It’s easy to tell someone you love them.  (1 John 3:18) My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.  Take a little time today to show someone you care above the normal.

 

30           It’s a dark, cold world outside filled with hatred and strife.  (Mat 5:16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  Be a bright spot in someone’s life today by showing your compassion and care in Christ.

 

31           The world celebrates superstars and elevates Rockstars.  (Dan 12:3) Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.  Be a star in God’s eyes by wise living and godly persuasion of others, even if you are never recognized by the eyes of man.

 

APRIL

 

1              It’s funny how we can remember silly TV theme songs and commercial jingles from years ago.  (Psa 119:11) Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.  Challenge yourself to a little Scripture memory so your thoughts may soar in a higher mental altitude.

 

2              Do you have a peaceful disposition before others, or do you display preoccupation and anxiousness?  (John 14:2) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  Continue to cast your burdens on the Lord so you may focus on others around you.

 

3              Have you fully accepted your circumstances or are you still negotiating with reality?  (Job 2:10) ...Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"...  Refuse to view accepting the inevitable as defeat and trust that God has a favorable plan for you that is beyond your belief.

 

4              Are you still haunted by the past because of what you have done or what was done to you?  (Micah 7:19) He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.  Accept God’s grace and healing and don’t let yesterday shadow your present or hinder a promising future.

 

5              Do you struggle with getting older and your irreversible state of mortality?  (Psa 90:10) The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.  Come to grips with your human shelf life and make each day count for the Lord and others.

 

6              Does it irk you when people fail to recognize you and your accomplishments?  (Mat 6:4) that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.  Do everything for the glory of God, because that way you’ll never regret the lack of limelight for your God-given achievements.

 

7              Do you feel small when in the presence of a talented and bold personality?  (John 3:30) He must increase, but I must decrease.  Just be who God made you and don’t give in to the notion that you have to compete in silly man-made social contests.

 

8              Does your mind race ahead and create all kinds of scenarios of events that could go wrong in your life?  (Phil 4:8) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.  Replace that debilitating mind-matter with meditations of that which is true and uplifting, and watch confidence build and your productivity increase.

 

9              Do you sabotage your success by crippling feelings of failure before you even commence on a project or enterprise?  (2 Sam 7:18) Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: "Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?  Let God prosper you so you may use the platform He has created to glorify His name through you and your accomplishments.

 

10           It’s okay to be tired and feel like you want to give up and throw in the towel sometimes like Elijah did.  (1 Kings 19:10) So he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life."  Every saint will feel like quitting, but the truly successful will refuse to do so and patiently plod on in God’s chosen pathway.

 

11           When you are up, it is common for people to throw a wet blanket on the fires of your glowing heart.  (John 16:22) Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.  Your happiness is a gift from God, so don’t let others steal your joy by whatever may intentionally or unintentionally motivate them.

 

12           If you feel the niggle of your conscience about something, stop what you are doing and change course.  (1 Tim 1:19) having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.  Better to be safe than sorry and not have to wrestle with those nagging feelings of guilt and wrongdoing.

 

13           Pride will make you feel superior to those around you.  (Luke 18:11) The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men-extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  Call yourself out when you exalt yourself over others, and remember you are a depraved sinner deserving of judgment just like the next person.

 

14           The world prizes the tough guy and independent girl image as a model of imitation and empowerment.  (Col 3:12) Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.  Choose to be like Christ instead, and flex your meekness and not your muscle.

 

15           It’s easy to cast your aspersions on someone who has fallen into a ditch.  (Gal 6:1) Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Better it is to have compassion on your fallen comrade and see what you can do to help heal his wounds and get him back into the battle.

 

16           Do you jump into a conversation before the other person is heard?  (1 Cor 13:7) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Have patience with others because many do not have somebody to talk to and air out their feelings with.

 

17           Are you battling against bitterness for how you were unfairly treated and taken advantage of?  (Lev 19:18) You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.  Experiences can make you bitter or better, so take the high road and let God teach you through what He has allowed in your life to improve your character.

 

18           Are your emotional highs too high and your lows too low and you’re having a hard time balancing out?  (1 Kings 20:28) Then a man of God came and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, "Thus says the LORD: 'Because the Syrians have said, "The LORD is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys," therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.'"  Let the Lord be the anchor of your soul and establish more of an emotional evenness in you, so you may enjoy a steadier walk with Him.

 

19           The world prizes more about being a character than being a person of character.  (Dan 6:4) So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.  Be a man or woman of integrity and show to others that righteousness really matters and leads to a satisfying life.

 

20           Don’t let people in cults or proponents of certain “isms” intimidate you.  (1 Pet 3:15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.  Study your Bible and be prepared to give a bold and intelligent answer concerning the true faith of Jesus Christ.

 

21           You might be struggling with intense temptation that keeps harassing you and loudly knocking on your door.  (1 Cor 10:13) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  Trust that God is stronger than that intense craving, and will give you what you need in His power to deliver you and reserve you for Himself alone.

 

22           Don’t be surprised by sudden depraved and vile thoughts and urgent intense desires.  (Gal 5:24) And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Take all those negative and ungodly appetites to the cross and let the Spirit strengthen you to walk in the ways of the Lord and to aspire to hungering and thirsting after righteousness.

 

23           There will be times when you will have to fulfill your responsibilities when you are weak and tired, unmotivated, and maybe even sick.  (Isa 40:29) He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.  Trust God during these periods that you will have all you need to do His will and to keep serving others and eventually come to a place of refreshing and renewal.

 

24           Watch where your eyes go because your heart and actions usually follow.  (Psa. 101:3) I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.  Look to Jesus and use your sight for the right and dedicate your energies for eternal causes and treasures that will never fade away.

 

25           The world fixes their fascination on current trends and fads that are appealing to the senses and gives them something to talk about.  (Acts 17:21) For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.  Dignify your small talk with others and lift them to a higher plane of conversation to things of greater weight and value.

 

26           Turn off your negative thoughts and conversations way before you get ready for bed at night.  (Psa 127:2) It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.  Give God your perplexities so you may rest well and wake up with a fresh perspective on life.

 

27           You might be feeling claustrophobic with the thought of how many people are leaning on you for support.  (Isa 48:2) For they call themselves after the holy city, And lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name.  You can handle the weight and responsibility for others because you yourself are leaning on the Lord and He is holding the whole row up.

 

28           Fear and paranoia will at times try to creep into your life and seek to take a foothold.  (Psa 34:4) I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.  Give the Lord your frequent scenarios of sabotage and watch Him build a resilient confidence in your life that will be contagious to others.

 

29           It’s easy to get lukewarm in the faith, especially when things are going relatively well.  (Rev 3:16) So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  Fight spiritual apathy like the plague, and ask God for a fresh fire of revival to be ignited in your soul.

 

30           Are you doing your best for the Lord and others, avoiding mediocrity and the tendency to cut corners?  (Mal 1:14) "But cursed be the deceiver Who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished- For I am a great King," Says the LORD of hosts...  Strive for excellence in all you do and let your light shine for Christ by going the extra mile in the quality that is above the normal.   

MAY

 

1              Do you tend to pout when you don’t get your own way?  (1 Kings 21:4) So Ahab went into his house sullen and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." And he lay down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no food.  Learn to get over disappointment faster so you may move forward into what God has in mind for your life through the detours He allows for your good.

 

2              Are you feeling behind in many areas because you have been so busy and preoccupied with life’s demands?  (Psa 27:14) Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!  Keep the main thing the main thing and trust God that in due time you will be able to attend to the outer rim of your priorities and so gain a sense of accomplishment that will bring satisfaction and a settled state to your soul.

 

3              Are you pining over the spiritual state of your friend or cherished loved one?  (1 Sam 15:11) "I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments." And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night.  Turn your concern into prayer and gain the assurance that God is in control and is working on their heart to bring them to full commitment to Christ.

 

4              Do you have a problem with being bossy or pushy in your dealings with others?  (Mat 5:5) Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.  Try a softer approach in your interactions with people because God will hold you accountable for how you treat others.

 

5              Sometimes a person talks too much and robs you of valuable time you could be using in fulfilling God’s plan for your day.  (Luke 2:49) ...Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"  Give people the respect of a listening ear and then politely excuse yourself to pursue your God-given agenda.

 

6              When you're especially busy, it’s easy to see people as interruptions to your time management.  (Mat 9:20) And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.  Learn to see people as appointments instead and strive to value relationships over productivity.

 

7              It’s easy to think you have forgiven someone until their name comes up and your blood starts to boil.  (Col 3:13) bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  Learn to bury the hatchet, handle and all, so you may forgive completely as God has forgiven you.

 

8              The world is filled with a putrid air as the pollution of sinful activity permeates society.  (2 Cor 2:14) Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  Be a fresh breeze of the Spirit in every environment you enter so people may feel uplifted and refreshed for the tasks that lay before them.

 

9              Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of something that we forget what the overall purpose is in what we are expending energy on.  (Col 3:2) Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  Keep focused on the goal set before you and refuse to get off on a jungle trail that will lead you to being enveloped in a multitude of particulars that will leave you overwhelmed and ineffective.

 

10           We all develop stress when the pressures of life inundate us like a tidal wave.  (Mat 6:13) And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one...  Reduce stress in healthy ways and resist the temptation of sinful outlets that will just add to your tension later.

 

11           Don’t let how you feel keep you from stepping out and doing God’s will.  (2 Cor 5:7) For we walk by faith, not by sight.  Refuse to be an overly sensitive Christian and serve God despite your inner weaknesses, insecurities, and inner turmoil.

 

12           Are you feeling like you just can’t penetrate that wall in front of you to advance in life?  (2 Sam 5:20) So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, "The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water…"  Keep going forward when pushed back because you are fighting the Lord’s battles and He will see to your breakthrough soon.

 

13           Some days are just tough from the moment you wake up until you collapse in bed exhausted at night . (Judges 8:4) When Gideon came to the Jordan, he and the three hundred men who were with him crossed over, exhausted but still in pursuit.  True soldiers of the Lord keep fighting for the right even when all their energies are spent, fulling trusting in the power of Christ within them.

 

14           God didn’t give you the gift of discernment to be critical and judgmental of others.  (1 Cor 4:5) Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.  When God shows you something about someone, go to prayer, keep from gossip, and seek how you may make a positive impact on the person’s life.

 

15           It’s easy to get obsessive-compulsive about something and to distract you from a balanced life stemming from mental harmony.  (Isa 26:3) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.  Bring your troubled thoughts to the cross and trust God that He is working out the important issues of your life so you may have the carefree disposition of a trusting child.

 

16           It’s natural to think about quitting when the going gets rough because you are tired and fed up and enough is enough.  (Gal 6:9) And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Tell the Lord that with His help you’re not going to give up and then watch Him work toward your solution, bringing about amazing change, both in your heart as well as in the situation.

 

17           Many times we fight against the reality in front of us and we find ourselves resistant to what God has allowed to grow us in our character.  (Job 2:10) ...Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"...  Learn to accept adversity as a good teacher, adjust yourself to your new normal, and then watch God work all things together for good to the delight of your soul.

 

18           Are you waiting for God’s best or are you accepting subpar because you are tired of being still and eager to advance in life?  (James 1:17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  God gives the best of gifts and they are so worth waiting for.

 

19           Have you been taking life so seriously that you are tightly wound to the point of disabling anxiety and perhaps even tension headaches and pain?  (Psa 27:1) The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?  Learn to lighten-up because the Lord is your light and He sees the problem and knows how to fix it.

 

20           Do you expect a lot out of people and get upset when they don’t meet your expectations?  (Psa 62:5) My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.  Give people grace when they fall short and be that example they can aspire to, knowing that maturity takes time for most of us.

 

21           Do you have a problem with second-guessing after you have taken action?  (James 1:6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  Stop going back and forth in your mind, and have confidence in the Lord that you are capable of hearing from God and acting according to His will.

 

22           Are you striving to please people or God?  (Pro 29:25) The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.  Follow God’s path for your life even when others do not agree or try to direct you otherwise. 

 

23           Sometimes it hurts to be on the Potter’s wheel as we are being formed into the image of Christ.  (Isa 64:8) But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.  When God puts the squeeze on you, don’t complain, and instead give thanks that He is fashioning you into a vessel of honor for His supreme purposes.

 

24           Are you coveting what others have and it bothers you that these kinds of acquisitions elude you?  (Pro 15:16) Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure with trouble.  Rejoice, because God could be sparing you from a lot of difficulties, as well as what would affect your priceless walk with the Lord.

 

25           Are you being plagued by feelings of inadequacies and the sense that you fail to measure up to the standards that exist, if even in your own mind?  (2 Cor 4:7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  Be comforted by the fact that God uses ordinary vessels of clay so He may get the glory for what He accomplishes for His purposes.

 

26           Have you been bemoaning the fact that others are advancing in life, but you are trapped forever in your circumstances?  (Phil 3:14) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Accept your position in life but also take the necessary steps to advance forward with view to the fact that someday you may even pass up others who are presently ahead of you.

 

27           Do you rage when you get extremely upset at something or somebody?  (Pro 16:32) He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.  Ask God for self-control when you are angry and trust the Holy Spirit to restrain your emotions and settle your mind as the Lord takes over and addresses the important issues that concern you.

 

28           Do you struggle with being self-conscious when you are out and about in the public arena?  (John 12:21) Then they came to Philip...and asked him, saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."  Focus on others and their needs, and most of all meditate on the fact that Jesus is the center of the universe, not you.

 

29           Have you always felt that your success has never been as much as others in your life and career?  (Rom 12:16) Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.  Serve God and others humbly and be assured that God has positioned you where He wants you and you would be miserable otherwise.

 

30           Do you tend to manipulate people and situations to gain advantage and to add to your own agenda?  (Psa 37:5) Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.  Start letting God have His way and trust Him to work things out and enjoy the freedom of not always being in control.

 

31           Have you been bored lately and unmotivated with the everyday routine of your life?  (Rom 2:7) eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality.  Keep putting positive energy into your tasks and relationships and ask God for a new challenge that may spark new life and energy in you.

 

JUNE

 

1              Do you have a decision to make and you’re having difficulty making up your mind on what direction to take?  (James 1:5) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  Give your concern to God and trust Him to guide you along the path He has chosen for you take.

 

2              Are you tired of waiting and have been thinking of taking things into your own hands?  (Psa 37:7) Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret...  It’s okay that you’re frustrated, just make sure you keep out of God’s way so you won’t circumvent the marvelous plan He is working out on your behalf.

 

3              There are seasons in our lives when we must keep running like a marathon runner.  (Isa 40:31) But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.  God will sustain and strengthen you and bring you to a place of refreshing of soul and renewal of energies, so you may enjoy your life as well as endure it.

 

4              Quit thinking about the old days and how great they were.  (Isa 42:9) Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”  You are in a new season of life, so let the past go and embrace new people and experiences that will build new glory days.

 

5              Have you been dragged down by the news and all the violence and disasters that are occurring in the world?  (Gen 6:11) The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.  Maybe it’s time to fast the media for a while and get into the good news of God’s Word to build you up and give you a more positive outlook on life. 

 

6              Have you been feeling that over time your significance has diminished, and your recognition has sunken to lower levels?  (John 3:30) He must increase, but I must decrease.  Maybe you needed all that feedback before to make you feel good about yourself, but now it’s time to serve in secret and to receive the joy of being unknown by men but well known by God. 

 

7              Are you angry because you didn’t get your way recently and things didn’t turn out the way you thought?  (Jonah 4:4) Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”  God knows what He is doing and sometimes He must edit the expectations of our life to bring about His glorious plan that unfolds through disappointments and push backs.   

 

8              You might wonder sometimes why your life has been so hard and why you have faced so many difficult situations and losses in the past.  (Dan 11:32) …the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.  God has chosen you and has been forging you in the heat of trial to make you a strong and effective instrument in His hand to do significant and wonderful things for His kingdom purposes. 

 

9              Are you bringing your problems home with you after a full day of responsibility?  (2 Sam 6:20)

Then David returned to bless his household…  Make it a practice to give your burdens on the Lord on the way home so you will walk into your house ready to cast some sunshine on any possible dark clouds awaiting you there.  

 

10           Have you been singing the blues because of all the hassles you’ve been dealing with lately?  (Psa 98:4) Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing (or hum) to the Lord spontaneously throughout the day with your favorite praise songs and watch the atmosphere around you begin to be positively charged. 

 

11           There are those who enjoy being contradictory no matter what you say or how you say it.  (Pro 14:7) Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.  Don’t feel bad about removing yourself from such a person so you may avoid getting upset and stooping to his or her level.

 

12           We so often think that it must be all or nothing when it comes to making our dreams a reality.  (1 Pet 5:6) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.  Sometimes God wants us to take those humble baby steps that will lead to further opportunities, and which will eventually lead to making a broader impact for His kingdom.

 

13           It’s so easy to get obsessed with details that we fail to spend time with God and maintain our devotional life.  (Mat 6:33) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Make sure you are putting God first, even if you must trim back time spent in other arenas.

 

14           You have a place in God’s world, and He has uniquely gifted you to fulfill the special purpose He has chosen you for.  (Rom 12:6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them...  Spend time investing in and developing your gifts and be ready for doors of opportunity to open for you to use them.

 

15           Be careful of swelling up with pride when your accomplishment is acclaimed by others.  (1 Cor 4:7) For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?  Give glory to God because He has prospered you and given you an elevated platform for the purpose of boasting in His goodness.

 

16           Sometimes we must serve God in the weakness of our flesh and in the lower levels of our emotional state.  (1 Cor 2:3) I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.  God is pleased when we do his bidding by faith, and He will reward us with a shout of triumph and much fruitfulness from our labors.

 

17           You might think at times that God has taken His glance off you and that you’re on your own to figure things out.  (Psa 139:17-18) How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand...  Be confident in the fact that God is always present with you and is addressing your concerns in His infinite love and wisdom.

 

18           At times we can feel vastly insecure in our relationships and as a result be uneasy and unsure around others.  (Pro 14:26) In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence... God wants to build up your confidence level so that no matter how people treat you, you will be rooted deeply in God’s love, producing healthy social interactions.

 

19           Usually there are a few closed doors before the right door opens.  (Rev 3:7) …He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”.  Be an optimist when you try but then find out there are no openings, because God has something right around the corner for you.

 

20           Feeling entitled for everything to go your way is not only foolish but also unrealistic.  (Psa 34:19) Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.  Expect tribulation in your life because it’s the best tool to bring you closer to the Lord and to refine you, so you may be a well-prepared instrument for the Master’s use.

21           Do you rehearse what people said or did to you later, which inevitably brings up ill-feelings and resentment?  (1 Cor 13:5) (Love) ...does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.  Stop wearing your heart on your sleeve and taking things so personal and begin emptying the file cabinet of you mind of all recorded wrongs.

22           To be a follower of Jesus Christ there is a lot of self-denial and your personal share of sufferings.  (Mat 16:24) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  But remember this is the doorway to freedom and the happiest life a person could ever live.

 

23           Are you about ready to give up on a relationship because it’s too difficult and challenging?  (Rom 5:8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Don’t be too quick to give up on someone who needs your unconditional love and who is also the source of sandpaper that is smoothing the rough edges of your character and personality.

 

24           Are you indifferent to the needs around you because you feel there is so much hurt and pain and you wouldn’t know what to do anyway to really make a difference?  (Pro 19:17) He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.  When you help the poor and the needy, you are on to a cause that is important to God, leading to unexpected dividends and which will put you on a search for the next person to be a blessing to.  

 

25           Have you been feeling that your best days of productivity are over and there isn’t much else you have to offer?  (Psa 1:3) He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.  Just as nature has a season of barrenness followed by new life, so your future awaits regeneration and the springing up of a new period of fruitfulness and a yield of harvest beyond your imagination.

 

26           Most of have issues from the past that are unsettled and at times affect our perspective of reality as well as our relationships with others.  (2 Cor 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  God has made you a new creation, so don’t allow “old world” behavior to carry into your new your new life in Christ that is as fresh as the first day in Eden.

27           You might feel like a common Joe or Jane and that nothing special or noteworthy could come out of your life or service.  (Isa 8:18) Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel...  God calls ordinary people to extraordinary things, so that God may get the glory and others will be inspired that God can use them, too.

28           Sometimes you’ll do the work and others will take the credit, stirring up feelings of resentment and bitterness.  (Col 3:17) And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Who cares who gets the credit when you do all things for God’s glory and when you know that He who sees in secret will reward you openly. 

 

29           Have you been irritable and short with people lately?  (Psa 23:2-3) He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul...  It could be that all you need is a natural remedy such as getting a few good night’s sleep and a slowing down of activities until you regain your maximum level of strength.

 

30           Do you tend to overly explain yourself when people ask you about a course of action you have taken?  (Pro 11:3) The integrity of the upright will guide them...  You never have to justify your behavior when you have been walking in the way of righteousness.

 

JULY

 

1              When you are accused of wrongdoing do you rush to defend yourself?  (Psa 59:9) I will wait for You, O You his Strength; For God is my defense.  Relax and let God defend you so you won’t look like the avenger and bring bad light upon yourself or your witness for Christ.

 

2              Are you overly clingy with others at times because of your past issues of abandonment?  (Psa 73:25) Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.  Cling to the Lord when you are afraid of being left alone because He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you.

 

3              Do you let people manipulate you or take advantage of you because you want to be nice and have a hard time saying no?  (Psa 70:5) But I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.  Ask the Lord to give you discernment that recognizes controlling people and a backbone to say no to their ungodly and exploitative schemes.

 

4              Do you tend to be strict in your rules and regulations both for yourself and others?  (2 Cor 3:6) …the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  Refuse to be a modern-day Pharisee and error on the side of grace instead of legalism. 

 

5              A certain portion of our stress is self-induced through poor choices and lack of waiting for God’s guidance and provision.  (1 Pet 2:20) For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently?...  Line yourself up with God’s program and watch Him graciously bring about His marvelous plan that absorbs your past shortcomings and crowns your efforts with success.

 

6              Have you been having an identity crisis lately, wondering just who you are and how you fit into this world and what you can bring to the table?  (Isa 43:1) …thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.  God has a purpose for your life, and He will lead you in ways that will make you feel significant and fill you will purpose so that you will know that your life indeed counts in a vital and important way.

 

7              Sometimes we relegate negative feelings to the devil when in reality there are immediate needs that can be taken care of that will lift us from the dark side of our emotions.  (John 21:12) Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.”…  In all your business, take time to nurture your physical and emotional well-being and never make any decisions when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. (H.A.L.T.)

 

8              Have you been bemoaning the fact of some of your past personal decisions that have led you on a street to nowhere and you can’t seem to find your direction?  (Jer 29:11) 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.  Believe that God has a superior plan for your life that includes your previous failures being absorbed in His goodness and grace as only He can do.

 

9             Have you been playing the victim lately and rehearsing all the ill treatment you have received at the hand of others that has shortchanged your life and success?  (Gen 50:20) But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.  In Christ you are an overcomer, and nothing can hold you back from advancing in life, including former abuses, neglect, and being taken advantage of.

 

10           Do you feel like you’re serving everybody else and you have no time for what you would like to really do?  (Acts 20:35) I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"  It could be that the Lord is teaching you joy in serving others, as well as trust that your personal needs will not be neglected but fulfilled in their time because you can’t out-serve the Lord.

11           Opportunities from God are placed in our pathway and may be possessed or passed by.  (Gal 6:10) Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.  When open doors are providentially placed in front of you, be flexible in your schedule because life happens when you are busy making and executing plans.

12           Every now and then you will meet someone that just rubs you the wrong way.  (1 Cor 13:7) (Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Believe the best in that person because God might be trying to teach you something through them, and they ultimately might prove your initial feelings were wrong. 

13           Are you working hard at a situation but the more you put in the less you see results?  (Zech 4:6) …‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.  It’s time to do God’s work God’s way so you will get the desired outcome you have been looking for.

14           The quality of loyalty is quickly eroding from our society’s landscape.  (Ruth 1:16-17) But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”  Cast your allegiance to the relationships and commitments that God has brought in your life and be devoted to the end, just as God’s love in Christ has been unfailing in your life.

15           Many believers are emotional Christians who are up and down in their moods as well as their faith according to what is happening in their present circumstances.  (2 Cor 5:7) For we walk by faith, not by sight.  Strive to be not only spiritually developed but also emotionally mature with Jesus as your Rock and your hope in Him as the anchor of your soul.

16           Refuse to put all your emotions into one bad day or season of life and therefore project ongoing misfortune.  (Eccl 3:11) He has made everything beautiful in its time...  There is a season for everything, so have faith that God will turn things around for the good in His time.

17           Be careful about the little compromises you make because a small toehold can turn into a foothold and before you know it there is a stronghold in your life.  (Judg 16:4) Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.  Don’t be deceived, and remember that Satan’s temptations are always dressed to kill. 

18           Tragedy will strike every human being over a lifetime in some way or another and even the child of God.  (Job 2:10) ...Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"...  When someone or something has been ripped from your life, God will help you to accept that harsh reality and cause you to move forward so your trials will make you better and not bitter.

19           Do you rehearse everything you did and said when it is all over and have thoughts of shame and regret?  (Psa 71:1) In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame.  Knowing God uses humble vessels of clay, do your best for God and then leave the results with Him.

20           It’s easy to get pessimistic with the scripture “the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away” and just live in a grayish hue, not expecting much sunshine from life.  (Job 42:10) And the LORD restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Keep in mind the Lord restored Job’s losses and that he ended on a good note and that the Lord isn’t finished with your story either.

21           Stress does more to affect our emotional and physical health than we know.  (Psa 120:1) In my distress I cried to the Lord, And He heard me.  Call out to the Lord when you are under pressure and ask Him for relief and the wisdom to know what you can do to keep your stress levels to a minimum.   

22           It’s easy to let our relationship with the Lord slide because of all that transpires in our lives and busy schedules.  (Rev 2:4-5) Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works…  Get your priorities back in order with Jesus first and then let everything else fall into the categories where they need to be. 

23           At times God will feel distant and nowhere near.  (James 4:8) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…  Make your move to get closer to God and watch Him make His, so you will have the assurance that He is always there and will never leave you or forsake you.

24           Sometimes we get weary of waiting and begin accepting anything that comes along our way.  (Gal 6:9) And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  The longer you wait the greater the reward will be, so be encouraged and keep pursuing God’s best for you.

25           The world’s love runs out quickly when there are difficulties and ongoing strife in a relationship.  (1 Cor 13:8) Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.  Choose God’s agape love which keeps on giving and never gives up, even when there is nothing reciprocal on the other end.

26           Sometimes in life we will experience feelings of tremendous unhappiness due to our ongoing negative circumstances with no hope in sight.  (Psa 42:5) Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.  God is able to turn your misery into a mystery of His working, so power ahead by faith knowing that the final chapter has yet to be written on an ending note of grace. 

27           Sometimes life comes down to a lot of hard work with not much to show for it.  (Psa 126:5-6) Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. 6 He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.  Though your harvest is nowhere in sight, be encouraged, you will reap the results of your endurance and prove that God does not waste an ounce of your energies that you expend for His cause.

28           You might not have a lot of advantages that others have had in life, but you do have a lot to be thankful for if you just take the time to count your blessings.  (Psa 103:2) Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits.  Don’t compare yourself with others and refuse to bemoan missed opportunities, because God has your life right on track to the blessed destination He has ordained for you.

29           People trusting in themselves tend to need a lot of security and contingency plans to give them a safety net if things go wrong.  (Psa 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  God has called you to a life of trust, so when you feel insecure and frightened about the future, press into the Lord who will give you a strong peace and a settled heart to continue on in His plan for your life.

30           When you have a lot to do it’s easy to get stressed out and turn into a person even you yourself can’t stand to be around.  (Col 3:15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…  It is possible to be highly busy and highly peaceful at the same time when the Prince of peace is reigning in the inner sanctum of your heart. 

31           Sometimes you must be aggressive against the desires of your old sinful nature if you want to really be an overcomer and follow Christ wholeheartedly.  (Mat 5:29) If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.  Cut the cord to anything or anybody that will take you back to the old life and rejoice in the freedom that walking with Christ really brings.

AUGUST

1              Have you come to terms with yourself that you are a hopeless sinner and lost forever outside of Christ?  (Rom 7:24-25) O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!...  Give humble thanks each day that He has rescued you from sin and eternal death, and avoid self-righteousness, knowing the depraved state that you have been delivered from.

2              Be open when someone corrects you and keep pride from blinding you to the areas of your life that need changing.  (Psa 141:5) Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it...  Thank people for their insights and seek to make the improvements that are needed in being a more well-rounded person of character for Christ’s sake.

3              Many times we walk away from a social setting feeling bad about what we said or how we acted.  (James 1:26) If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.  Have more grace for yourself when you are embarrassed by your behavior and see it as a lesson for growth and maturity.

4              Many times we sacrifice the enjoyment of the moment by worrying about what lies ahead in the future.  (Mat 6:34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Ask God for His help to stay in the now, so you may experience the fullness of today and the sufficient grace for all that will come your way.

5              At times we cross the line in trying to help others and become caught up in their ups and downs drama.  (Gal 6:5) For each one shall bear his own load.  Refuse to ride the roller coaster with others you care about and stay emotionally healthy by putting them back on to the One who can only really help and sustain them.

6              Are you draining the energies of others by constantly talking about your problems to them?  (Pro 18:10) The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.  Run to the Lord when you feel the need for comfort and support and start putting back into others what you have taken out of them.

7              Every day you might feel like quitting because you get weary and weakened with every blow of life you receive.  (2 Tim 2:3) You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  Don’t quit now because the Lord is making you as tough as nails for the greater purposes He has for you in the future.

8              Have you been struggling with guilt over your past and the low points in your life that your choices have led you to?  (Rom 8:1) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus...  Stop looking back at your former failures and trust God to thrust you forward into a fruitful future by His marvelous grace and redemptive power.

9              Do you have unfinished business with someone or something that you have been avoiding?  (Heb 12:1) ...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Face your issue and get that monkey off you’re back so you may progress in life without that extra baggage weighing you down.

10           The Bible says in the last days there would be a great falling away from the faith.  (2 Thes 2:3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.  Stand fast in the faith even when you see good friends and spiritual leaders turning from the truth of God’s Word and the faith of Jesus Christ.

11           Are you procrastinating over tackling the small details of your life?  (Eccl 7:8) The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.  Budget time in your schedule soon to check off those niggling low priority items and experience the rewarding feeling of accomplishment.

12           Are you in place where the season of loss that you are experiencing contradicts the joys of salvation?  (Rom 11:33) Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!  In times like these, settle your heart in the ultimate goodness of God instead of trying to reason things out, knowing that explanations usually follow tribulations.

13           God has given you gifts that He wants you to use for His glory and to be a blessing to others.  (Mat 25:25) And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'  Do your best to develop your gifts and be ready to serve the Lord when the door of opportunity begins to open.

14           Don’t find it too shocking that solid people of faith may experience a hard fall.  (Gal 6:1) Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  No one is above succumbing to temptation, so make sure you are safeguarding yourself against the schemes of the devil.

15           If you don’t have a peace about something then do not proceed.  (Col 3:15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts... It may look like an open door, but that still small voice is cautioning you for reasons you may not presently understand.

16           Sometimes we wonder why God takes so long to answer our prayers when we feel we are losing it.  (Psa 107:27-28) They ... are at their wits' end. 28 Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.  God will stretch us at times to show us His mighty power, as well as to make us stronger for the plan He has for us that lies ahead.

17           As Christians, we celebrate our freedom in Christ from the bondage of sin as well as from legalistic rules and regulations.  (1 Cor 8:9) But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.  As you rejoice in your liberties, make sure your actions don’t stumble others or even potentially lead you yourself back into sin.

18           Living life in our economy can be very challenging as we endeavor to meet our needs and obligations.  (Mat 6:25) "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Take courage and seek to be worry free, knowing that He who feeds the sparrows and makes the wildflowers bloom will surely provide for you and take care of the endless details of your life.

19           Discouragement seems to be the devil’s number one tool to bring the believer down and produce defeat.  (Phil 4:4) Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Beat the enemy at his game by finding something positive to praise God about and watch Satan scamper away in defeat.

20           When we are tired, our attitude can quickly turn to negativity.  (Gen 42:36) And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me: Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you want to take Benjamin. All these things are against me.”  Ask God for strength to fight pessimism until you can get a few good winks and then see things from a newer and fresher perspective.

21           There are times we will struggle with the desires of the flesh that seem so strong and will want to pull us in to their power and domain.  (Rom 6:14) For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  Call upon the name of the Lord during these times, continue to resist the impulses of sin, and watch our strong Savior bring you through to exuberant and triumphant victory.

22           It is futile to argue with God because He not only always wins but knows what’s best for us.  (Job 9:4) God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?  Make it a habit to say yes to God when He asks you to do something outside your comfort zone, knowing that blessings always follow obedience.

23           We as humans both inspire others and are inspired by others.  (1 Cor 11:1) Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.  Make sure your influences are from godly sources, and seek to be an inspiration to others as they see Christ in you.

24           When God appeared to holy men and prophets of old, they trembled at God’s presence and felt unworthy.  (Hab 3:16) When I heard, my body trembled; My lips quivered at the voice; Rottenness entered my bones; And I trembled in myself...  Walk in the fear of the Lord, and at the same time be rooted in the love of God as He uses you as His instrument of honor.

25           At times you might feel like giving up in the Christian life because you feel like such a bad example of a believer.  (James 4:10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Keep in mind God doesn’t expect perfection, but only progression, so keep advancing in your spiritual walk, even after taking a few steps back.

26           It is good to have plans and to have a sense of direction for your life.  (Pro 16:9) A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.  Just remain flexible and refuse to get upset when God changes things up because His plan is always the best.

27           Have you been pushing so hard and not taking the rest you need to rejuvenate?  (Exo 20:8) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  It’s great you are a hard worker but remember to take that once a week rest, as well as smaller breaks here and there, so you won’t get worn out and not be good for anything or anybody. 

28           If you feel defeated as a Christian because you keep slipping back into the same sins, you are in the same company as the apostle Paul and the rest of us.  (Rom 7:24) O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  Read Romans 8 and learn the secret of relying on the Holy Spirit, and not yourself, for victorious Christian living.

29           Some days are just struggles from the moment you open your eyes.  (2 Cor 10:4) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.  Fight that good fight of faith throughout the day so you may wear the victor’s crown in the evening as you close out your day as God’s warrior.

30           When finances get low, it’s time to trust God for His supply.  (2 Cor 9:8) And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  At times like these you have the privilege of depending on the Lord and watching Him meet every obligation, as well as always having enough to bless those around you.

31           The sin of transgression is defined as crossing the border line between right and wrong.  (1 Cor 9:27) But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.  Put into place the practice of holy restraint when your desires are calling out to you to come over and play.

SEPTEMBER

1              If you are doing something but not feeling good about it anymore, it could be the Lord is pricking your conscience.  (Rom 2:15) who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them).  Go for that good feeling because it always feels right to do the right thing.

2              You might have the right idea, but the timing may be off.  (Pro 24:27) Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.  Be patient, and let things develop, because God is preparing the place for you and He’s also preparing you for that place.

3              Do you carry around a lot of insecurity about yourself and feel uncomfortable in your own skin?  (Psa 139:14) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.  Accept the way God fashioned you and learn to be confident so you may shine for His cause without holding back. 

4              Jesus predicted that in the last days times would be challenging and there would be so much to be fearful about.  (Luke 21:26) men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Live in the expectant hope of the soon coming of Christ as well as in His keeping power over your life until you arrive safely home in His presence.

5              Sometimes we cry out that we just can’t take it anymore.  (Mat 26:39) He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."  It’s okay to express to God how you feel and at the same time to choose to follow our Lord’s example of humble submission to the will of the Father.

6              Do your best at planning but don’t force things on the calendar.  (James 4:15) Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."  Some developments come late term so be patient and wait for heaven’s faithful delivery of your good and perfect gifts.

7              Sometimes we get tired of resisting Satan and all his temptations and might think it’s easier to just give in.  (1 Pet 5:9) Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.  Keep your fists up in the fight and trust God to strengthen you and bring you into victory and that place of rest after the battle.

8              We live in a sinful society waiting for us to step on a landmine of addictions that have destroyed others.  (1 Cor 6:12) All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  Be careful of what you allow in your life, for one crack under the door can give access to the python that will subtlety strike and swallow you whole.

9              Continual trials are hard to bear but God has a purpose in all things that He allows to enter the lives of His children.  (Rom 5:3-4) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  The next time you feel high levels of stress and pressure, keep in mind that your spiritual and personal growth is maturing and will soon manifest itself to your delight.

10           When you are hyper-stressed, what coping mechanism do you revert to so you may feel better and take the pressure off?  (1 Pet 5:7) casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.  Coping mechanisms may be either healthy or unhealthy, so make sure you begin with prayer and then be led by the Spirit to the wise choices you need to make as you face your source of anxiety.

11           It can be so discouraging at times to deal with a long-term illness.  (2 Cor 12:7) ...a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.  Approach your ongoing affliction with God’s sufficient grace and turn your weakness into His strength to carry on for His glory.

12           Caregivers give their lives to aide others in their affliction.  (Gal 6:2) Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  When you see someone serving others at a cost, keep them in prayer and seek to validate them with your words of acknowledgment and encouragement.

13           Sometimes it feels like the pressures are just too strong and we are going to succumb at any moment.  (1 Cor 10:13) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  Trust that God has an evacuation route for you to take for safety when you feel like the fire or flood is about to consume and overwhelm you.

14           Many times we pray that God will take something away because the burden is just too heavy for us to carry.  (Deu 1:31) and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.'  Pray the more mature prayer for God not to lighten your load, but to give you a stronger back, as He is surely able to carry you and your load at the same time.

15           Sometimes our pride keeps us from admitting that we were wrong.  (James 5:16) Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed...  Be willing to admit your mistakes and ask others for their patience and prayers as you learn to be more humble in your relationships.

16           Don’t schlep your feet as you execute the work God has you to do.  (Eccl 9:10) Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.  Whatever you tackle in life, do it with enthusiasm and joy because you are laboring for a higher and eternal cause which will fuel your energy output. 

17           Sometimes we feel insignificant because we feel we are not doing anything big or noteworthy in life.  (Eccl 1:9) That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.  There is honor in all labor for our Lord, so tackle those little details with a sense of quiet purpose in fulfilling the overall purpose God has for your life.   

18           Worrying about your loved ones will only weaken you and wear you down to where you will be good for nothing.   (Psa 55:22) Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.  Stay strong for your family by growing your faith through trust in God and in the fact that He cares for those you love more than you do.

19           There are times to go like thunder and there are times for slowing down and renewing your energies.  (Isa 40:31) But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.  Make sure you live a life of balance so that, like the tide, you may keep an overall even pace in God’s will for your life.

20           Many blessings come after a period of tribulation and suffering.  (James 1:12) Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  Don’t give up when the road gets long because your blessing is right around the corner.

21           Most of us are overtaxed in our schedules and activities and from the constant input from our buzzing personal devices.  (Acts 27:18) And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship.  Live more judiciously and less impulsively and get more done by doing less. 

22           Are you in debt more than you would like to be and can’t get a grip on your expenditures?  (Rom 13:8) Owe no one anything except to love one another…  Ask God for strength to exercise financial discipline and then work a sensible budget that includes paying off your obligations in full.

23           Do you feel like a failure because you don’t have much to show for yourself by this time in your life?  (Deu 7:6) …the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.  Stop trying to prove your worth by your achievements and think more about the value of your soul that Jesus died for on the cross.

24           Some Christians purport to live a holy life and then compromise when it comes to their media viewing.  (Psa 101:3) I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.  Refuse to live an inconsistent life and realize sin is sin in real life as well as on a screen.

25           When the Lord calls you to take a step of faith, refuse to overthink things when you start noticing the risk.  (Mat 14:30) But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"  Stay confident in what the Lord has called you to do and watch the miracle unfold before you as you continue to walk on water.

26           When people have hurt you and circumstances have disappointed you, refuse to sulk or sour.  (Heb 12:15) looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.  Everything that has happened to you has been for a purpose, to teach you and prepare you for the amazing plan that God is unfolding even now for His glory and for your good.

27           Your mind lately might be tired from trying to figure out a solution to the problem that is plaguing you.  (Psa 127:2) It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.  Rest in God’s peace, and trust that the only wise God is right now working in your situation and will bring about a solution that will wow you to no end.

28           You might think you always have to rescue others who are in need.  (Jonah 2:9) …Salvation is of the Lord.”  Realize there is only one Messiah in the universe and that it is not you. 

29           Be careful about getting too sidetracked with details throughout the day.  (Psa 94:19) In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.  Be realistic about what you want to get done in a day and keep refocusing on accomplishing those designated tasks. 

30           Sometimes we can drain people of their energies because they are so friendly and helpful.  (Pro 25:17) Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, Lest he become weary of you and hate you.  Enjoy people who enjoy you and then know when to give them space to replenish their social output.

OCTOBER

1              Sometimes your pathway will get bumpy and go beyond your comfort zone.  (Pro 3:6) In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct (make smooth) your paths.  When things get rough, give God your concerns and watch Him get you through that rough patch and level out your road again. 

2              Stop holding others to such a high standard to where you are constantly disappointed and resentful.  (Heb 13:9) …For it is good that the heart be established by grace…  Live by grace, it’s so much healthier for your heart. 

3              Our hearts can be like a neglected closet filled with God only knows what.  (Lam 3:40) Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD.  Open your heart to the Lord for His careful inspection and let Him sort, clean, and organize your life to be more than a catch-all for unhealthy spiritual clutter.

4              You might hear a lot of suggestions from your flesh throughout the day crying out for attention.  (Gal 5:16) I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  Follow the Shepherd’s voice instead and let Him lead you to a more satisfying and abiding experience, and one you will not have to be ashamed for.

5              Sometimes you will be tried beyond your abilities to perform.  (2 Cor 1:9) Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.  Lean hard on the Lord during these times and watch Him do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

6              When times are good, keep humble and remember where your blessings come from.  (Deu 8:18) "And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth...  Count your blessings each day and seek to use your advantages to bless those around you. 

7              When you have an awkward moment with someone you just met, don’t get offended or write them off as strange or unusual.  (1 Pet 2:17) Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.  Believe the best in everyone, because God makes everybody different, and He just might have something significant for you to learn through that person.

8              Avoid self-pity and feeling sorry for yourself like the plague.  (John 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  Even in defeat, play the part of the champion, because there is no victory without a fight and some losses along the way.

9              At times there will be disagreement between you and someone else.  (Eph 4:3) endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Keep fostering a spirit of good will through humility and love and believe God that in due time you will understand each other’s views and come to terms of agreement.

10           Don’t get so set in your routine that you never diverge to do something inspirational.  (1 Kings 19:12) and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.  Listen to those inner promptings, because those whispers just might lead you to a surprising shout of joy.

11           Each day is different from the day before and is subject to twists and turns as well as highs and lows.  (Psa 118:24) This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Enjoy each day as it unfolds in the kaleidoscope of God’s amazing and unchanging love.

12           It’s difficult to have patience in today’s society where everything is fast and easily attainable.  (Luke 21:19) By your patience possess your souls.  Learn the fact that you cannot speed God up to work His plan because He takes His time for His quality work, not only in your situation, but also in your heart.

13           Sometimes we might hide from the public because we aren’t feeling well or don’t feel we are at our best.  (1 Cor 2:3) I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.  It’s okay to let people see your weak side every now and then because it just might encourage them to keep going when they aren’t feeling strong. 

14           Don’t underestimate how far a small kindness will go.  (Psa 107:43) Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.  Look for ways to practice love in action throughout the day because you may never know how this impacts people’s lives for the better.

15           You may feel unsure about your abilities in the tasks you accomplish or the ministry you perform.  (2 Cor 4:7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  Have faith, and keep in mind that God prefers to use simple and frail vessels over self-confident and polished ones. 

16           When you can’t avoid the lures around you, God will give you the strength to overcome through His mighty and sustaining power.  (1 Cor 10:13) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  Trust God that that He is able to keep you pure from your own inner desires, as well as the sinful invitations from the outside.

17           Do you have difficulty recovering after a fumble or a fall in the faith?  (1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Take sin seriously but also live in the freedom of forgiveness that moves a child of God forward in grace instead of backwards in guilt and condemnation.

18           Are you doing your best for the Lord in all areas of your life, or do you cut corners when you have the opportunity?  (Mark 7:37) And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."  Be dissatisfied by mediocrity and be committed to excellence for the glory of God and as a reflection of His good and perfect work in His created world.

19           You might be asked to carry a heavy load for a while that you would rather not bear.  (Psa 55:22) Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved…  Trust God for the strength to carry on until your task is complete and you see the fruitful reward of your labors.

20           You might be feeling like there is more to life than the everyday monotony of repetitive tasks and occurrences.  (Eccl 3:1) To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.  Be faithful in the little things and get ready for a new season of challenge that will keep you interested and motivated.

21           Have you been emotionally damaged due to past hurts and mistreatments?  (Isa 61:1) …He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.  Jesus can not only heal bodies, but He can also heal injured souls and make them strong for living, and an effective tool in His hands to do mighty things for His kingdom.

22           Face it, throughout life you will suffer many hits, setbacks, and disappointments.  (1 John 5:4) For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  Tough times can make you bitter or better, so choose your attitude now even before the storm, and be fully convinced that God is navigating you to a desired and hopeful future.

23           Don’t get so stuck in your regular routine that you never change the agenda you have grown comfortable with.  (Titus 3:1) ...be ready for every good work.  Be flexible, and always be ready for something new that God might want to do in your life and schedule.

24           Be careful of fantasies that only give you momentary satisfaction.  (Eccl 2:17) ...for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.  Wake up and face the reality of your life and grab a hold of what is in the long term healthy for you.

25           Be friendly to people throughout the day and show genuine care and concern.  (Pro 18:24) A man who has friends must himself be friendly...  This way you build credibility with others and they will listen to you when you share about your faith.

26           Don’t listen to negative and discouraging voices in your head when you are fatigued and have basically run out of gas.  (Psa 42:5) Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.  You will feel brighter and have more optimism when you get a little more rest and refuel your personal energies.

27           Don’t be arrogant and independent when it comes to decision making and problem solving.  (Pro 15:22) Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.  God puts people in your life for a reason, so tap into them to get the wisdom you need for your journey.

28           There will be times when you will have plenty and times when there will be scarcity.  (Phil 4:12) I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  Be thankful in times of bounty and rejoice when things are constricted, knowing God causes the ebbs and flows of your life and has promised to always provide for your needs.

29           You might be wondering about your future and even have some anxiety about what lies ahead.  (Isa 46:10) Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’  God is already in your future and is working all things out for good, so rejoice in His sovereign plan over your entire life.

30           Every day we are bombarded by a massive amount of information that makes our head spin and puts us on constant overload.  (Psa 46:10) Be still, and know that I am God…  Set boundaries to your media input and give your heart and mind enough space to hear God’s voice and to be led by His Spirit.

31           Sometimes we wish we could just get away from it all when are get overwhelmed and stressed out.  (Psa 61:2) …When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  What we need more than a vacation is to seek refreshment from the Lord who will lift our burdens and give us what we need to be triumphant in our everyday life’s battles.

NOVEMBER

1              Jesus said that we would face hard times in our lives.  (John 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  Claim the Lord’s promise of peace and be cheerful in the rough spots of life, knowing that for each battle a victory lies ahead.

2              Sometimes when you wake up the devil chooses to pounce on you right away to start you on a bad foot for your day.  (James 4:7) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  In the early fight against your adversary, call on the name of the Lord and refuse to give in to Satan’s ploys, and watch him run away in defeat as your day turns successful.

3              The devil loves to isolate a believer so he can pick him off, like a wolf does to a lone lamb.  (Pro 18:1) A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.  There is strength in numbers, so stay in fellowship with other believers so you may receive their support in the ups and downs of life.

4              Refuse to fear about running out of money and not being able to meet your obligations.  (Luke 12:32) “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Work hard and manage your money well and trust the Lord to provide for your every need. 

5              Are you getting ahead of yourself and worrying about everything that could go wrong that would leave you languishing in multiple and untold need?  (Mat 6:34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Reel back your disconcerting thoughts and stay in the now, because God only gives you grace for one day at a time.

6              At times you may feel like an unregenerate pagan for all the thoughts and desires that still rage within you.  (Eph 4:22-24) that you put off…the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man…  It is normal to sense sinful sensations, just yield to Christ each time and develop a pattern of obedience that will always lead you to the right path. 

7              Why pine over your difficult situation when historically the Lord has never let you down?  (Psa 77:11) I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.  Think about the Lord’s perfect track record in your life and tell yourself that if He did it before, He’ll do it again.

8              Some days will be productive, and some days will be a complete washout.  (Mat 6:10) Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Trust God that overall you are advancing and getting the work done and are right on track to where you need to be.

9              You might be asking why it’s taking so long for God to answer your prayers and for Him to deliver you.  (James 1:4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.  God’s priority is to work inside of you before He takes care of the outside situation, so hasten the process along by being submissive to His will and learning the lessons He is trying to teach you.

10           The motives of our hearts are very important to God and are mixed at best.  (Psa 139:23-24) Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.  Make sure you are doing the right things for the right reasons and that the righteous God will get His rightful glory.

11           Do you get easily frustrated over even the littlest issue or inconvenience?  (Psa 37:8) Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.  Stop fuming over the small stuff and save your strength for the larger obstacles you’ll need energy for.

12           Have you been feeling envious over other people’s achievements and stature in life?  (Pro 14:30) A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.  Be content in what God has allowed you to accomplish and believe that He has more goals for you to attain that are predetermined by Him and are for His supreme honor.  

13           The Lord promised He would come back soon.  (Rom 13:11) …it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  Live for Christ and not for this world and live each day as it might be your last.

14           Sometimes we unwittingly stray from the path that God has for us.  (Isa 30:21) Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.  Expect God to use robust means to get you back on track because He loves you and knows that you need His intervention to keep you on His blessed path.

15           It’s strange, but sometimes bad things happen while you are doing good.  (Acts 28:3, 5) But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand…5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.  When problems seem to attach themselves to you, shake them off in the name of the Lord and keep going about your Father’s business.

16           When something adverse happens, never ask, “Why me?”  (Job 2:10) …Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”…  We live in a fallen world and should expect both good and bad to happen to us, all the while knowing God is in control of events and works even the most wretched deposit in our life for our good.

17           Sometimes we tell ourselves that we would never be able to face a certain aspect of suffering if it happened to us.  (Job 42:10) And the Lord restored Job’s losses...Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.  Refuse to rehearse what you would or would not be able to handle, because if all hell broke loose and the worst imaginable thing happened, you would get through it like Job of old and come out a stronger and wiser person. 

18           You might wonder why the Lord allowed a certain negative event to happen to you that left you with lifetime scars.  (2 Cor 1:4) who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  No one gets through this life in a fallen and sinful world unscathed, and God uses our experiences to grow our character and so we may help others who have experienced the pain of life. 

19           Are you functionally depressed and apathetic in life and nothing excites you anymore?  (Psa 80:3) Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!  Start basking in the sunshine of God’s love and meditate in His Word, and watch your spiritual, mental, and emotional temperature increase to higher levels than they have been in a long time.

20           Stop fretting about how you need more time to get your To Do list done.  (Psa 31:15) My times are in Your hand…  Don’t serve time, serve the Lord, and watch how things will come together for you and your productivity increase.

21           It’s okay to be angry when you have been mistreated or have suffered an injustice.  (Eph 4:26) “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.  Give your feelings to God and maintain your dignity and watch Him go to work on your behalf. 

22           You might have some people in your life right now that are depending on you to the point of exhaustion.  (Heb 6:19) This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…  Let Christ be your strong anchor so you may be strong for others and always have what you need to keep being a pillar of strength.

23           Do you worry about catastrophic things like contracting a disease, losing your money, house and security, or the loss of loved one?  (Psa 4:8) I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Focus instead on the fact that you have a loving and caring Shepherd that watches over you and yours and guards you from present danger and preserves your soul for His supreme intentions. 

24           Are you seeking self-improvements from the resources of this world that do not include God?  (Psa 60:11) Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless.  Following Jesus and yielding to the Spirit will make you the best you that you could ever be.

 25          Are you agreeing with the devil when he accuses and condemns you and tells you that you are worthless, and there is nothing meaningful in your future to look forward to?  (Psa 37:37) Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace.  Combat Satan’s lies with the truth of God’s word that you are valuable through the redemption you have gained through the cleansing blood of Jesus.

26           The world lives for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  (Rom 12:20) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…  Live for eternal values and don’t allow the world and its ungodly principles squeeze you into its mold.

27           Are you making plans for family, personal, business, etc. without even seeking the Lord about your ideas?  (James 4:14-15) whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor… 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”  Remember to pray about everything, even the little details and whimsical ideas you have every now and then. 

28           Are you known for your generosity or your stinginess?  (2 Cor 9:6) But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Learn to have a more open hand when you see a need because you will never be able to out-give the Lord.

29           Sometimes people will give you advice that you might feel is not of the Lord and is not the way you should go.  (Acts 5:29) But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.  Kindly thank people for their input and at the same time be determined to God’s will and not man’s.    

30           When you have a misunderstanding with someone, give it to God and stay humble.  (Col 3:12) …put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.  Learn to live with an impasse until God touches hearts and then carry on in love and believing the best in each other.

DECEMBER

1              When God-given opportunity knocks, rejoice and walk through that open door.  (1 Cor 16:9) For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.  But in the flush of excitement, remember to keep your armor on because the devil hates when you advance in the cause of Christ.

2              As you mature in the faith, make sure you are bringing someone else along who needs discipling.  (2 Tim 2:2) And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  One day the veterans will be off the scene and it will be time for the newer recruits to take over.

3              In this life we will continue to sense a normal dissatisfaction with our present world.  (Heb 11:13) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  Remember we are just passing through and our real home is in heaven where we will be in rich contentment forever.

4              Are you feeling weak most of the time and wish you were stronger to face life and its daily challenges?  (Isa 41:10) Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’  Learn to lean on the Lord the whole day long and watch Him sustain you by His Spirit and carry you along like wind in the sails.

5              Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair that God is allowing so much suffering and pain in the world, as well as in our own lives.  (Rev 15:3) …“Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!  Even when you can’t understand, just keep telling yourself that God is a righteous and loving heavenly Father, He knows what’s best, and He allows the bad to mix in with His plan that is always and only good. 

6              It’s hard to be in a cold war with someone who might even be an intimate of yours.  (Pro 15:1) A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.  Refuse to get worked up and learn to be gentle and forgiving, because that is the way of Christ who is working in the hearts of both of you.

7              Are you suffering from P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) over an intense and painful experience you have gone through?  (Isa 61:3) To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…  Sometimes we think this disorder is only for soldiers after the battle, but remember you are a warrior in God’s army, and He has promised His consolation, healing, and restoration for what He has allowed you to go through.

8              Do you tend to avoid people and problems, wishing they would just go away on their own?  (Heb 10:35) Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.  Try a new approach of confidence and facing what you must face, so you won’t have that persistent menacing shadow hanging over you.  

9              Are you tired of ending each day without feeling like you have achieved something meaningful?  (Rev 17:17) For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose…  Wake up with a sense of purpose in the morning and plow through the day like you are on assignment from God in all the details of your life.

10           Are you a dreamer, always daydreaming about what could be?  (Eccl 11:6) In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.  Wake up and begin sowing your seeds so that your tomorrow will have a harvest.

11           Sometimes the flicker of hope dies down to just a smoldering ember.  (Rom 15:13) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Refuse to be discouraged and believe God to revive that flame and to inspire you to greater things ahead.

12           Have you been working your own agenda lately and winding up frustrated because your plans are not working out?  (Psa 37:5) Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.  It’s time to recommit your plans to the Lord and to trust that in His good timing He will do for you what you were not able to do for yourself. 

13           Are you struggling with hatred toward a person and you just can’t get over what they did to you?  (1 John 2:9) He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.  Ask God to help you overcome this strong and gripping emotion and to replace it with the willingness to let go through forgiveness and by the grace and mercy of God.

14           Self-confrontation isn’t easy and definitely doesn’t come naturally.  (Psa 51:6) Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.  Do the hard thing that most do not do and with God’s help grow as a person into a more enjoyable self. 

15           Sometimes a person is so difficult and complicates your life so much that you must forgive them over and over again.  (Mat 18:21-22) Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.  Think of how much the Lord forgives you and extend that grace to others. 

16           You might be personally unhappy at the present time because of the disappointment of heart you are experiencing in your life.  (Psa 36:8) They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.  Pull from the reservoir of God’s delights when earthly enjoyments elude you, as this will lead you to a full and rich experience despite your lot in life.

17           If you have nothing to be happy about presently, think back to what God has done in the past and have faith that future blessings will be added.  (Jer 29:11) 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.  This is your key to joy, so start claiming God’s promise now. 

18           You might be asking why you have it so rough when others you know live such a carefree life.  (2 Cor 10:12) For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  Stop comparing yourself with others because everyone has a problem to deal with, and you wouldn’t be happy carrying someone else’s cross.

19           Your tolerance for frustrating circumstances and annoying people might be very thin at this time.  (2 Thes 3:5) Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.  Ask the Lord for patience and love and choose not to be snarly when that black moody cloud wants to park over your head.

20           Sometimes we forget that we are in a fierce battle between in the kingdoms of light and darkness.  (Eph 6:11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Don’t be so surprised when you feel spiritual conflict around you and remember to keep your armor on so you may continue to advance in the cause of Christ.   

21           Do you find yourself lazy at times and wanting to do the least amount of work in fulfilling your responsibilities?  (Pro 13:4) The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.  Keep industrious in spirit and continue in a forward motion, because the best and most rewarding life is the one that reaps from ongoing efforts.

22           It’s hard to get excited about the future when there is so much commotion and uncertainty in the present.  (Heb 10:38) Now the just shall live by faith…  Keep believing, because God has a wonderful plan that is activating in the regions of faith and that will manifest itself in your physical world before you know it.

23           Most of life is just showing up and being willing to put your best foot forward.  (Rev 2:10) Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.  Be faithful in your calling and watch the Lord crown your efforts with success.

24           It is normal to have regular concerns floating around your heart and mind as this is a part of human living.  (Psa 94:19) In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.  As you think about your responsibilities keep in an attitude of prayer about them, and don’t forget to pray about the little things, too. 

25           When you feel alone and wonder who really cares about you, think of how Jesus came into the world as Immanuel…God with us.  (Mat 1:23) “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”  With Christ as your Savior, you will never be alone as you make your way through this life and on your way to heaven.

26           It’s easy to feel let down, crabby, and exhausted after a period of intense activity and output.  (Isa 40:31) But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.  Ask the Lord to help you land softly at times like this so you may continue to do His will in a joyful and pleasant manner. 

27           After the worst of life’s storms come the sunshine in the stillness.  (Psa 107:29) He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Don’t give up in the worst of times because He who commands the storm orders your future of peace with a rainbow of promises. 

28           Sometimes your brain feels like mush and you just can’t think straight or get a good orientation for the day.  (Pro 16:3) Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.  Give yourself some grace and have a sense of humor, knowing that some days are just like that and other days will make up for them.

29           You might be looking back this past year trying to find out if anything significant or noteworthy really happened in your life.  (Phil 2:13) for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.  In all your rehearsing, don’t forget that the most meaningful experience has been God’s work in you, which is more important than any life event or history making occasion.

30           Do you feel bad about some of the things that have happened this past year and how you have responded?   (James 4:6) But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”  Guilt is the “gift” that keeps on giving, but grace is the greater gift that absorbs the wrong and turns everything into right for the glory of our merciful Lord.

31           In this fallen world, life is full of good and bad occurrences.  (Jer 24:3) Then the Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.”  Accept the bittersweet as God’s plan for your growth, and rejoice in the fact that soon you will be in the presence of the Lord where the bitter will be past and the sweet will only get sweeter. 

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