Morning Devotional – Living Life Abundantly

9to5 just to stay alive…

9to5 just to stay alive…

9to5 just to stay alive

Just to stay alive

Just to stay alive

Just to stay alive

Do you go to work, go home, sit at the tv, eat, pass out and then wake up the next day and do it all over again?

Have you ever sat in traffic or waiting for the train; bus; taxi cab, and wonder…isn’t there more to life than this?

I have good news! There IS! Jesus gave His life for you…to give you life and not only that, He came so you would have life more abundantly.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. -John 10:10

When wondering if there is more, ask yourself what your gifts are? What is your passion? What do you enjoy doing? It may have nothing to do with the job you are in now but what if you were able to use those gifts and talents where you are right now? It only takes some creative thinking. It’s so easy to get in a rut in the day to day hustle and bustle. I urge you to never lose sight that you have a greater purpose and life propagates new life. Life has untold capacities about it – beauty, fragrance, strength, growth, variety, reproduction, resistance to death, continuity, eternity.

There is so much more.

My prayer for you:

Father God, I pray that the person reading this is filled with Your Holy Spirit. I pray that You touch them and open their eyes to new insight into what You have purposed them to do. I pray that you renew their faith, their hope and their spirits. I come against any schemes of the enemy that try to trip them up and make them think they are any less than what You have called them to be.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Morning Devotional – Spur One Another On

I was spurred on yesterday and it was so refreshing.

I find that in our Christian walks it is imperative to surround ourselves with like minded people. Not so that you are a part of a clique, not so you can gang up on others, not so that you can find value in them, but, so that they can spur you on in this walk.

Paul states in Hebrews that this is something we should consider: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” Hebrews 10:24

The definition of consider is – to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision; contemplate; reflect on

This was so important that Paul wanted us to carefully think about how we could spur each other on toward LOVE and secondly GOOD DEEDS.

I don’t know about you but sometimes I just don’t feel like it. I’m stressed from work, home, and everything in between and I just don’t feel like being loving much less doing a good deed… Have you felt that way before?

That’s why it’s so important to have others around you spurring you on and in turn, when you are filled, can spur them on.

Have you spurred someone on lately?

Do you have people in your life that spur you on?

What good deed can you do for someone today?

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Heart Check

Today as I meditated on Luke 12:35-48 I began to feel God probing me…slightly nudging me…to acknowledge that I needed a heart check this morning. Am I really ready for the Lord’s return? Am I waiting in hopeful expectation for it to happen any day? Am I as excited about His Coming as I am an upcoming date or the season return of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal? Sadly, I must admit that I am not. I don’t feel it’s possible to live in a state of perpetual excitement. We all have our good and bad days. Although, I do feel that the Lord’s pending return should never be far from my mind and a spark of excitement and expectation should always surface when I think of it. I can get so trapped and focused with the business of the day that I forget to remember. Make sense?

But what does waiting and ready for the Lord’s pending return look like? How can I apply that to my everyday life?

Well, people who are ready for their Lord’s return are (1) not hypocritical but sincere (Luke 12:1 “Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and stepping on each other. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees—their hypocrisy.”), (2) not fearful but ready to witness (Luke 12:4-9 “Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear. What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Manwill also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels. But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.”), (3) are not worried but trusting (Luke 12:25-26 “ Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”), (4) not greedy but generous (Luke 12:34 “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”), and (5) not lazy but diligent (Luke 12:37 “The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat!”).

May your life be more like Christ’s so that when He comes, you will be ready to greet Him joyfully.

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Motivational Monday

The Lord reigns…”

As I was reading Psalm 93 on the train this morning, this statement caught my attention. I tried to read on but kept being pulled back to this one, absolute, amazing thing. The Lord reigns…” Although the rest of the Psalm is pretty amazing as well I tend to take one thought with me in this hectic NYC life… “The Lord reigns…” He is doing so right now. No matter what’s going on in my life, no matter what the circumstances are the Lord is reigning right now. That is such a comforting thought. Even though you may not feel Him. He is here. Now. Take a moment and bless the Lord’s reign. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Bless you, Lord. Bless You.

1 Corinthians 9 – Passage�Lookup – New International Version – BibleGateway.com

1 Corinthians 9 – Passage�Lookup – New International Version – BibleGateway.com

This is really blessing me this morning as I read it. It’s entitled “The Rights of an Apostle” Paul is letting us know what he could be doing but what he chooses to do to win souls. He’s so serious about his mission; his purpose. He is a great example to me.

A verse really stood out to me: “No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:27

This empowers me and fortifies my sexual integrity. God is always on time. Let’s beat our bodies and make them our slaves! I don’t want to miss out on my prize! Do you?

Romans 3:23-24

 

Romans 3:23-24 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:23-24

There is a freedom when we realize that we all fall short and are in need of someone to help us. We can stop trying harder and realize that what we could not do, God already has done in Christ! We are more wicked than we want to admit, but we are more loved than we could ever dream! This is the good news to all of humanity.