Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekly Devotional Blog – February 13-19, 2012

The Word for You Today

1. "A Heavenly Perspective"

  • Great is your reward in heaven. (Luke 6:23)
  • God is recording every deed you do for Him
  • He not only rewards you in this life, but the greater rewards are waiting for you in heaven
  • Everything...your money, your talents, your time...matters into eternity

2. “What You Truly Stand For”

  • Above all else, guard your heart. (Pr 4:23)
  • Integrity is the key to earn the respect of others and the position of leadership
  • One word, one decision, one action can in a moment’s time destroy what has take years to build…protect your integrity!
  • Integrity doesn’t seek recognition and financial gain, but it shows what you truly stand for

3. “By My God I Can”

  • By my God I can leap over a wall. (2 Sam 22:30)
  • God takes us through storms to develop our faith
  • In the midst of our storms, we just need to keep our focus on Jesus, for He will see us safely through

Sparkling Gems

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

  • “We now have” – it is ours to keep, it is our possession
  • “great treasure” – riches beyond our imagination is placed within us
  • Our human body, our earthly body, is where the Holy Spirit resides; our body was chosen by God to place His greatest treasure – the Holy Spirit
  • We are the temple of God, and in us He places His Spirit, His character, His fruits, His gifts, His power, and His grace
  • We can change our world when we recognize that all we need is within us, give to us, placed there by God…we just need to allow Him to work and speak through us

James 4:5

What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy?

  • “envy” – extreme desire to have something for our own self
  • The Holy Spirit loves us so much, He wants more and more of us…He wants to fill us, consume us
  • The Holy Spirit wants all of us…He wants to change us, transform us to be like Jesus
  • The Holy Spirit wants to empower us to follow after God’s will for our lives
  • We must surrender to the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit so we might feel His presence in our lives

2 Corinthians 10:3

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.

  • “human” – our lives are basically lived and carried out in the fleshly/earthly realm – the physical realm
  • Spiritual battles cannot be fought or conquered through our physical abilities; we must have spiritual weapons, supernatural assistance of God’s Holy Spirit
  • Though we have limitations in the flesh, we can be giants in the spiritual realm, clothed in the complete armor of God…and we are victors every time in that realm
  • We need to keep our bodies in good physical shape, but our key focus needs to be strengthened in our spirit to overcome satan’s attacks

I Thessalonians 5:19

Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.

  • “stifle” – quench, put out, suppress, extinguish, dry up
  • If we ignore the leading of the Spirit too long, eventually we won’t be able to hear Him
  • You hinder God’s plan for you when you don’t allow Him to use you
  • Instead of dousing the flames of the Spirit with water to quiet Him, respond in obedience so that He might burn brighter through your life
  • We must trust the Holy Spirit, for He will never harm us nor let us down
  • When you are free to follow the Holy Spirit, you will be used to set others free
  • Choose to obey, step out in faith, watch His power work through you

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

  • “Surrounded by a huge crowd” – like the grandstands in a stadium, we are surrounded by Heaven’s Saints, cheering us on…we can make it!!
  • Those bleachers are full of people who have gone on before us and defeated the foe…they won, and we can also if we allow our faith to be strengthened by their examples

I Corinthians 1:27

Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

  • The church is often viewed by the world as foolish, weak, irrelevant because satan has chosen means to present the church in that light. In reality, satan knows the power and authority the church possesses, and he is afraid of it…so he tries to make fun of the church
  • “shame” – confound, confuse, frustrate
  • “powerful” – people with political power
  • You are called by God and filled with His Spirit to be used by Him for His glory

Hebrews 11:6

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

  • Our success depends on our determination to achieve a goal, no matter what it takes
  • We must have an attitude of deep commitment to our goal
  • “sincerely seek” – to be diligent, to be passionate and zealous, determined in our search
  • You must give your full attention to God’s leading in your life, immersing yourself in prayer and meditation
  • Be constant in your commitment
  • Increase your faith, lean on God’s divine assistance

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