Archives for the month of: February, 2012

February 20

 

Look to Jesus

 

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,

who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…

Read Hebrews 12:2, NKJV

 
If we want faith to grow and be strong (and we do!), we need to be focused on Jesus.  The attention many of us give Jesus is more like a casual glance in His direction from time to time than the concentrated focus of our complete attention.  William Barclay had the right idea when he said, “So often we have a kind of vague, wistful longing that the promises of Jesus should be true.  The only way really to enter into them is to believe them with the clutching intensity of a drowning man.”  We cannot afford to be casual about this.  Our lives depend upon strong faith and the ability to walk in the power and authority of Christ alone. Keep your focus on Jesus and His finished work at the cross. At Calvary He overcame the world and conquered our Enemy.

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I am focused on Jesus and my faith is growing.

• By faith I receive strong faith and take my place in Christ at the right hand of God.

• Because I am in Christ, I live a victorious life.

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February 19

 

Hidden Treasure

 

And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness-secret riches.

I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD…

Read Isaiah 45:3, NLT

 
God has gone before us to make a way and place treasures in our path.  But, just as in any treasure hunt, we may have our focus fixed in one direction (looking for a particular answer or solution) and miss or overlook treasure after treasure that He has hidden away just for us.  Sometimes we don’t like what He gives because it’s not what we asked for; not the precise answer we’d hoped for.  He provides shelter with friends and places to rent and we’re unhappy because it isn’t a house of our own.  He provides food and resources through others and we’re mad because we couldn’t pay for these things ourselves. Allow God to surprise and care for you according to His plan in this season away from the workplace.  He is intent on caring for and perfecting you, so let Him do it His way.  Keep your eyes open for hidden treasures and secret riches. He is the God who sustains His own and remains ever faithful. Don’t miss what He’s hidden in plain sight!

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I look for God’s hidden treasures for my life every day and I am grateful for His gifts.

• By faith I receive eyes to see the workings of God, the demonstrations of His love for me.

• I know that I am precious to God and that He will never leave me of forsake me.

February 18

 

Ministering Angels

 

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers,

for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

Read Hebrews 13:2, NLT

 
Ministering angels figure into God’s divine plan for every child of God.  Make no mistake, they are very real, very powerful and ready to act on your behalf at God’s command.  When you read Psalm 91 you will quickly see that God has given angels a charge to protect us and to guard all our ways.  Psalm 103 tells us that they excel at doing the Word of God, so we are in very good hands.  However, they can’t do their job if we refuse their help and continue to strike out into the marketplace on our own.  Ask God for the ability to recognize your helplessness and need for Him. Then accept the support of the angels He has sent and invite them to cover you in your job search.  They are just one more wonderful provision from the Lord and they are waiting to serve you.

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

• I believe the Word of God and ask that angels be released on my behalf.

• By faith I believe in the reality of the unseen realm and the truth of God’s Kingdom.

• I accept the care and ministrations of God’s angels and their protection over all my ways.

February 17


Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.

Read Psalm 119:133, NLT

 
Many Christians believe that they are supposed to be and do good to make God happy. They have this backwards. God isn’t trying to have His way for His sake. He isn’t constantly measuring us and ever-ready to zap us if we miss the mark. The truth is, God has set before us a clean, clear path, covered it with His protection, and provided a Guide to ensure our safety. When we step off that path and fail to follow the leading of our Guide, we get into trouble. Do you see that it‘s not for God’s sake that we are called to obey? It’s for our greatest good. Tremendous joy in life’s magnificent journey is experienced by following our “owner’s manual”, the Word of God. Read Proverbs while you’re unemployed. Take some time to study this manual for life. You need it to get you through unharmed. Then you will obey God out of your great love for Him and thanks for how He cares for you.

 

WORDS OF FAITH:

I choose to obey God at all times.

By faith I receive guidance and direction from the Word and I am kept in safety.

God’s instructions are for my sake and in His Word I find all that I need for daily life.

 

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February 16

It’s Finished

And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—
the Beginning and the End.
Read Revelation 21:6, NLT

Our goal today is to take a good look at ourselves to see where we may be missing it in our walk with God. Many believers say they know God is there and they know He loves them, but they expect nothing from Him and fail to receive what He offers. They still think they can handle the things of life on their own. When they pray it’s just to beg for relief from their situation. They don’t ask Him for wisdom or search the Word for His promises. If this is true of you – you don’t yet comprehend the finished work of Jesus Christ. He is the beginning and the end of everything. He was in your past when you were hurt and He provides healing for your wounds. He is already waiting for you in the future and today He stands ready to meet all our needs. He’s promising the very things of life we thirst for right now! As soon as we understand our true condition—He is all we need— He will fill us up. Receive it.

WORDS OF FAITH:
• I believe that I am complete in Christ and all my needs are met.
• By faith I accept that Jesus has taken care of all that I need in life and I receive His provisions.
• I receive the water of life and expect to be fully satisfied. I receive abundant life now.

February 15

His Glory

You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD,
And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.
Read Isaiah 62:2, NKJV

There’s such a concern among job seekers, even believers, that they might miss God’s purpose by choosing the wrong job. Their biggest surprise comes when they discover that God’s purpose has little or nothing to do with their job. Our Kingdom purpose is to bring God glory in whatever we do; to demonstrate how a life following God is radically better than a life without Him. We can do this in nearly every kind of occupation and honor God’s purpose for our lives. Stop waiting for some big light bulb to go on and direct you to a particular line of work. Choose your work based on your interests, passions and God-given gifts, and commit to serving God wherever we go. Tell your Father what you’d love to do and see what He has to say about it. Then live in such a way that those who know you but do not know God will come to know God because they know you. There’s your purpose!

WORDS OF FAITH:
• I am an ambassador for Christ who makes His appeal to unbelievers through me.
• By faith I receive guidance and approval from God as I put my gifts to work for His glory.
• I intend to live my life in such a way that unbelievers will be attracted to what I have.

February 14

Temple of God

Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and
that the Spirit of God lives in you?
Read 1 Corinthians 3:16, NLT

Are you living your life and treating your body in the full awareness that you are a habitation for God in the form of the Holy Spirit? The moment we are born again we become His dwelling place – Christ in us! That realization alone should spark a change in you. How will you present yourself in an interview or on the phone when you know that Christ Himself is with you to lend His power and authority to all you do? And how will you spend your time and attention knowing that He accompanies you in all your endeavors?

WORDS OF FAITH:
• I am the dwelling place for the very Spirit of God Himself.
• By faith I receive the mind and nature of Jesus Christ who lives in me.
• Wherever I go and whatever I do Jesus is with me to guide and to support me.

February 13

Different Gifts

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.
Read Romans 12:6, NLT

No other person can do what God has designed you to do. Each of us has been given different gifts by God’s grace. It doesn’t appear that there are any better gifts or lesser ones — they’re just different. So our goal isn’t to determine the value of our gifts or compare our gifts to those others have received. The point is to use our gifts! What comes easy to you? What do you thoroughly enjoy doing? What would you do with your life if you weren’t thinking about earning an income? Look to those answers to see what your gifts might be. Once you find them and the Spirit confirms what you discover, give the gifts that you alone can give to God’s Kingdom and be a blessing to the world. In doing so you will bring God the glory He deserves.

WORDS OF FAITH:
• I am gifted and I use my gifts to serve the world and glorify my God.
• By faith I receive understanding of my gifts and direction for their use so I can be a blessing to others.
• I believe that I am fearfully and wonderfully made to accomplish great things.

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February 12

Pick It Up

The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.
Read Psalm 119:130, NLT

Most believers know they need to read the Word, and that the answers they need to live victoriously will be found in it, yet they aren’t able to make Bible-reading a daily habit. Even in a crisis they don’t think to pick up God’s Word and seek their solution there. Reading the Bible remains as just one more thing on the “ought to do” list. What’s the solution? Ask God for a hunger and thirst for His Word. Ask Him to draw you in with a thirst that can’t be satisfied any other way. Then put yourself in a position to hear the Word—on the radio, on CDs, on television— and get “hooked.” Ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding as you read. It only takes a few times of experiencing a living, personal word—the very thing you needed to know at the very moment you needed it—and you’ll be back for more.

WORDS OF FAITH:
• By faith I receive a hunger and thirst for God’s Word.
• I believe that God talks to me personally in his Word and I find my answers there.
• With the help of the Holy Spirit I receive the ability to understand the Word and to recognize when God is speaking to me.

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