Archives for the month of: February, 2012

February 28

 

New Every Morning

 

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Read Lamentations 3:22, NIV

 
Maybe you’ve just started your job search and you’re full of energy and enthusiasm.  Then again, perhaps you’ve been looking for a long time and you feel like you’re running out of gas.  If that’s the case, this scripture is for you and you can receive it as a personal message to you from the heart of God. This is truth that you can count on — you will never be used up or consumed.  God never runs out of love and He is our Source and supply.  He never looks away and never loses interest in you.  Every morning we can receive a fresh supply of love, mercy and provision. So when you feel like you can’t go on, turn all your thoughts towards the God who loves you and remember these words of Emily Dickinson, “I know not where His islands lift their fronded palms in air, I only know I cannot drift beyond His love and care.”

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I am safe in the love and mercy of God.

• By faith I receive my provisions from God and I know that my supply will never run out.

• I thank God for His faithfulness and I place all my hope in Him alone.

February 27

 

Silenced Voices

You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you.

These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD;

Read Isaiah 54:17, NLT

 
Sometimes it seems like everyone is judging and criticizing your job search performance, doesn’t it?  Plenty of people seem more than ready to declare that “there’s no reason for your job search to take this long.”  That’s not the only chorus of negativity that must be overcome.  Managers say they’re not hiring and tell you that you don’t fit. Job seeking believers hear accusations and judgments coming from all sides.  But, then there’s God!  Our Father tells us that we are exactly right and that He is perfectly pleased with us. So how are we to decide which report to believe?  Vincent Van Gogh once said, “If you hear a voice within you saying, “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”  Press on in faith. When the Lord walks you into a wonderful new position those voices will fall silent. God has spoken!

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I trust that the Good Shepherd will lead me to a beautiful pasture and all accusing voices will be silenced.

• By faith I stand on God’s promise that He will supply all my needs, including work and income.

• I claim the benefits that are enjoyed by servants of the Lord.

February 26

 

Shine Out

 

… let your good deeds shine out for all to see,

so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Read Matthew 5:16, NLT

 
We work for God, and are always on duty.  God is our employer and the One who is providing for us, so we are to be excellent in carrying out our assignments.  Whether we are sending out resumes, going to interviews, working on a temporary assignment, or just scouting for potential employment, we need to be in the business of continuously doing good works.  You, as a representative of the Kingdom of God, are to bring blessing everywhere. Pray as you move through your day and look for opportunities to do good deeds.  When people you encounter start to thank God for you, that’s praise.  When non-believers wonder about the God you serve and how He loves you, that’s praise. Serve God with all your heart and, with no effort to take care of your own needs, you’ll find yourself in line for a blessing overflow, a harvest beyond your wildest imagination.  That’s always how God provides for those who work wholeheartedly for Him.

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I work for God and my good deeds bring Him glory.

• By faith I receive direction from the Holy Spirit and I am lead to opportunities for service.

• I am in the good deed doing business everywhere I go and I experience a supernatural harvest.


February 25

 

Supplement Your Faith

 

Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and … knowledge, and … self-control, and … patient endurance, and …godliness, and… brotherly affection, and …love for everyone.

Read 2 Peter 1:5-7, NLT

 
Are you really making every effort to supplement your faith with powerful habits and godly thinking?  Peter tells us that it’s our responsibility to try our very best to be morally excellent.  We should constantly work at increasing our knowledge of the Kingdom. Ours is the job of developing self control, with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in us. As for building patient endurance—there’s something few of us truly aspire to.  We want things immediately, microwave style.  Then we’re told that we’re called to demonstrating brotherly affection and having love in our hearts for everyone.  Notice that not one of these things requires you to be employed in order to develop or demonstrate it.  We can be working on them every day of the job search.  This is the effort that builds our Christ-likeness and grows our faith, so give your energy to the effort.

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I am willing to grow in character and the likeness of Jesus.

• By faith I receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to help me to develop day-by-day.

• With the help of the Holy Spirit I am becoming the person I was designed to be.

February 24

 

Use Your Hands

 

…use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

Read Ephesians 4:28, NIV

 
This may seem an unusual choice of scripture for those who are looking for work.  But  remember, unemployment is a temporary condition—you won’t always be without a job.  That’s why it’s important to plan for, and practice, the way you’ll behave when you start your next work assignment.  Examine your motive for working. Is it to make a living, or to be a blessing? This Word makes it clear – we work in order to give generously to others.  Make that your primary reason for seeking work, put the Kingdom first, and allow God to “set you up” as a Kingdom resource for others.  John Wesley put it this way, “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”  Practice that now and carry that behavior into your next position in the workplace.

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I live to give and know that my Father does the same!

• By faith I believe all my needs are met by God, so I can focus on giving to others.

• I work hard in order to bless others and show God’s love to them.

Not for Today—Really?

Have you ever been told that certain New Testament promises were only for the early church? That the signs and wonders following those first disciples came from a special set of blessings and empowerments no longer available to modern day believers?  If so, you’ll appreciate this statement by Charles Spurgeon, the renown and well respected “Prince of Preachers” who lived in the late 1800’s. “No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, he has said to all. When he opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When he openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. Whether he gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; he has given it to thee as one of the covenanted seed. There is not a high blessing too lofty for thee, nor a wide mercy too extensive for thee. Lift up now thine eyes to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west, for all this is thine. Climb to Pisgah’s top, and view the utmost limit of the divine promise, for the land is all thine own. There is not a brook of living water of which thou mayst not drink. If the land floweth with milk and honey, eat the honey and drink the milk, for both are thine.”  (Excerpted from his “I will never leave thee” devotional on Hebrews 13:5, http://click.lists.biblegateway.com/?qs=d7cf4518be587f730598ab16c86ea89e0d752fc7b69ecfa56c3b33cbfca7cb96)

When Jesus said it was to our advantage that He go away so that we could receive the Holy Spirit He meant it!  With His indwelling Spirit we are positioned for greatness.  We are fully capable of doing greater works than He did (John 14:12), when we are directed by the Spirit to take action. Of course, it still isn’t up to us to decide what we are called to do or to speak without being directed to do so –even Jesus didn’t do that.  But as for being an agent of healing, a minister to the broken hearted, a liberator of the captive, a caregiver to widows and orphans, a true believer in the promises of God—those are expectations we should all have of ourselves.  And every disciple needs to know that what God did for one of us, He is prepared to do for all.  The issue or problem is NEVER God.  So ask for wisdom, root out unbelief and doubt, and expect the supernatural empowerment of the Holy Spirit as you go forth in His will!

February 23

 

Harvest of Generosity

 

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer…He will provide

and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

Read 2 Corinthians 9:10, NIV

 
Are you concerned that you might move in the wrong direction or go after the wrong job?  Look again at this scripture.  God puts seed and resources into your hands and expects you to turn them into something.  This tells us that we are co-creating with Him.  He knows what He has given us and He knows what He wants to accomplish both in and through us.  We need to base our complete confidence in that.  Determine where your passion is and where you want to make a Kingdom difference.  Tell God what you’d like to do and ask Him to lead you to a place to make an impact and be a blessing.  Then move with confidence knowing that He “who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it.” Expect God’s provisions and supernatural support as you walk in obedience and love. Your resources increase more and more as your faith in Him grows…so that you might produce a harvest of generosity toward others in need.

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I am a co-laborer with God.

• By faith I move into the workplace in confidence knowing that God goes with me.

• I surrender all my selfish motives at the feet of Jesus and choose to work for the Kingdom of God in whatever I do.

February 22

 

Pray About Everything

 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Read Philippians 4:6, NLT

 
Job seekers are generally very good at telling God what they need but not so good at speaking to Him about everything, including blessings and moments of joy.  Praying about all the good things that happen in the day may be a new idea to consider.  Most of us tend to take good things for granted, even let them go by unnoticed.  But we’re quick to cry “Foul” if something happens that we don’t like.  So here’s an experiment to try – spend one whole day thanking God for every good thing big and small.  Believe His Word that says He knows about our needs before we ask so don’t even mention them.  Reverse the habit of a quick thank-you and a long laundry list of needs, petitions and disappointments and spend all your time thanking God for all he has already done.  Your job search activities will seem easier, your day lighter and brighter and you may even realize how wonderful your life is, despite the challenges.

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I am thankful for the gift of eternal life and freedom from sin.

• By faith I believe that all my needs are met and provisions come to me now.

• I thank God for Jesus, the most precious gift of love that the world has ever received.

God is Sovereign

 

How many people do you know who can offer an accurate definition of the word “sovereign”? Believers use this word a lot but I wonder if they really know what it means. Here are the first four definitions listed by BrainyQuote on the internet (http://www.brainyquote.com/words/so/sovereign221955.html#ixzz1n1IovXHm):

  1. Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince.
  2. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion.
  3. Princely; royal.
  4. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.

Given those definitions God is clearly sovereign—there is none like Him; He is wholly independent; He is supreme in power (in fact the only source of true power). But now let’s look at what you can NOT say about the sovereignty of God…He is not the cause behind everything that happens on earth. He does not “drop into” the sovereign territory of another to impose His will. He does not grant the devil authority to bring harm (or correction) to His children. These errors must get corrected if the body of Christ is ever going to come together in power and demonstrate its identity in Christ.

 

God gave mankind sovereignty in this world. (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 8) When we handed it over to the devil God sent Jesus to take it back again and reestablish us. This He fully accomplished, putting mankind in right relationship with God and His creation, in Christ. (1 John 3:8) God also designed us in His image, therefore with free will. That means that men can choose to do something evil and wrong and innocent people can be hurt by their actions. If God dropped into stay the hand of everyone choosing sin or evil, there would be no FREE will, would there? (You may want to speak to God about His reasons for giving this freedom to mankind when you get to heaven…) Perhaps God desires for us to learn the joy of freely choosing to love and the amazing power of surrender. We see the very best characteristics of mankind when we exercise our free will to pull together in response to evil, to deal with a crisis. That’s when courage, sacrifice, loyalty come forth…And obviously it would mean nothing if our “choice” to follow Christ and our desire for fellowship with Him was a forced choice and no other option was available, right?

February 21

 

Power in Us

 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us,

to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Read Ephesians 3:20, NLT

 
This great promise also carries with it the message of personal responsibility.  Work will get done, but not by God alone.  It will be His power working in us.  With this amazing relationship God will carry us far beyond what we asked for, far beyond what we thought possible.  The only question to be answered then is “What is the power of God that will produce such awesome results?”  It is the power of Christ’s Love working in and through us.  We can be bold and walk in confidence when we know that our motives are unselfish and our goal is to be of service.  That’s love in action. As we go through the job search process let’s stay mindful that we are “powered by love” and as Willa Cather has said, “Where there is great love there are always miracles.”

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I have God’s mighty power at work in me.

• By faith I receive God’s promise that He enables me to accomplish more than I ever dreamed.

• I thank God that He is able and I give Him all the glory for the accomplishments of my life.

 
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