Daily Digest : Nobody Like You


We’ve already made it to the tenth day in the first month of the year 2017. Some may have regrettably fallen back on their new year resolutions and feel like giving up but I am here to remind you of something special.

It is not too late to try again. However, this time, ask the Holy Spirit to assist you and you can be assured that he WILL. For there is NOBODY like the Lord. Pick yourself up in him and try again.

All my bones shall say, “ Lord , who is like You, Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?” – Psalms 35:10 NKJV

Prayer:   Father I thank you for this day that you have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I pray for your guidance in performing all my daily duties. Help me to become the person I desire to be and more so who you intend for me to be, in Jesus’s name I pray.

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ARISE

Daily Digest: Can Your Character Speak?


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Paul challenged the Philippians to pursue Christlikeness by following Paul’s own pattern or example. This did not mean, of course, that they should copy everything he did; he had just stated that he was not perfect. But as he focused his life on being like Christ, so should they. The Gospels may not yet have been in circulation, so Paul could not tell them to read the Bible to see what Christ was like. Therefore he urged them to imitate him. That Paul could tell people to follow his example is a testimony to his character. Can you do the same? What kind of follower would a new Christian become if he or she imitated you?

Php.3.17.nkjv Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.

Prayer
Father thank you for this day. I pray that my life would be an example for others,  not just today but everyday. Let me show you in all my doings. Let my shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify you in heaven. Thank you for answering this prayer in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Daily Digest: Stand Firm


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Standing firm is not a way to be saved but the evidence that a person is really committed to Jesus. Endurance is not a means to earn salvation; it is a by-product of a truly devoted life. Endurance grows out of commitment to Jesus Christ. In Matthew 10:22, Jesus predicted that his followers would be severely persecuted by those who hated what he stood for. In the midst of terrible persecutions, however, they could have hope, knowing that salvation was theirs. Times of trial serve to sift true Christians from false or fair-weather Christians. When you are pressured to give up and turn your back on Christ, don’t do it. Remember the benefits of standing firm and continue to live for Christ.

2 Corinthians .1.24.nkjv – Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.

Prayer
Father I thank you for another day in the land of the living. The fact that I’m alive means that you have a purpose for me to accomplish. Sometimes it gets tough and I feel tired, weary – like giving up. I know that my help and source of strength comes from you, so help me to stand firm in my faith, even when it’s rough. Thank you for keeping me in Jesus name. Amen.

ARISE!!

Daily Digest: Size Doesn’t Matter


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Rom.3.23.kjv – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Some sins seem bigger than others because their obvious consequences are much more serious. Murder, for example, seems to us to be worse than hatred, and adultery seems worse than lust. But this does not mean that because we do lesser sins we deserve eternal life. All sin makes us sinners, and all sin cuts us off from our holy God. All sin, therefore, leads to death (because it disqualifies us from living with God), regardless of how great or small it seems. Don’t minimize “little” sins or overrate “big” sins. They all separate us from God, but they all can be forgiven.

Prayer
Father, I thank you for today. I pray that you will help me not to measure sins but to see them all as things that will cut me off from you. Please forgive me for all of my sins. Give me a new start and help me to live Holy, in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Arise!!

Daily Digest: Parental Solicitude


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I remember as a kid growing up, the local television station used to run a public service announcement each night at 11pm. The broadcast stated, “It’s 11pm. Do you know where your children are?” From my perspective as a young child, I always thought it to be very strange that parents wouldn’t know where their own children were. Yet now, years later, as a parent who has raised three kids, I totally understand the purpose of the question and seriousness of the subject.

Today’s passage of Scripture introduces us to Saul, whose dad gave him the responsibility of finding lost donkeys. In the process of this search, he wandered far from home, but not far from the concern and attention of his dad. Saul is away from his homeland, seemingly disconnected, distanced from family. Nevertheless, the good news is that God set aside a special purpose for this young man, and Saul would soon find himself anointed and appointed by God to lead a great nation. So, what’s the point for you and me?

If you’re a parent, there may be times in life where you wonder where your kids are, and if they’ll ever become who you hoped they would. Will the relationship they have with you and God ever be all that it could be? I want to remind you and encourage you with the knowledge that God has a plan! And He often works in ways we cannot see or fully comprehend until much later.

So maybe you aren’t a parent, and the lesson in the story for you is a different one. Maybe you simply need to be reminded that God is in the details, even when He seems mysteriously absent. Are you far from home, or even far from God? He’s at work, willing and wanting to reconnect with you.

Are you trusting in God’s plan? Pray for your children . . . and trust God!

DIG: What happened along Saul’s journey that prepared him for his anointing as king?
DISCOVER: As a parent, do you find yourself wondering what will happen with your children in the future? What do you do about it? Do you rely on God or try to control your child?
DISPLAY: Parents, sit with your kids today and find out where they are in their walk and journey with God. If you’re not a parent, sit with your Heavenly Father and ask Him where He wants to take you.

– Interconnected

Daily Digest: Playing Favourites


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James 2: 1 – 13

A few months ago, something a bit unsettling happened in our home. You may have heard of this affliction; in fact, you may have experienced it. It’s called the Terrible Threes, and it hit our happy family with the heat of a thousand suns. After one particular day in which my preschooler threatened to give me a time out and told me I wasn’t very nice, I commiserated with a friend. She admitted there were days (and sometimes months or years!) when she wasn’t crazy about her children’s personalities. Thankfully, kids change as they grow, so her “favorite” child was always changing . . . not that she would ever admit to having a favorite.

Not so with Jacob, whom we read about in Genesis chapter 37. The Bible says Jacob loved Joseph more than his other children because Joseph was born to him in his old age. Jacob must have missed the parenting class where they tell you not to show favoritism, because he decided to give Joseph a fancy robe, which added to the brothers’ ill will toward their younger brother.

So when we read the above verse by itself, it seems innocent enough. Jacob sent Joseph to check on his older brothers—how kind and caring of Jacob! But because we know the background, we know there was a fierce case of sibling rivalry going on, and Jacob was only stoking the fire. The older brothers didn’t want to be monitored by baby brother, and they certainly didn’t want him reporting back to dear old dad about what they were up to.

Joseph’s story—at least this chapter in his story—does not end well. But we learn a valuable lesson from Jacob’s mistake: don’t show favoritism. Whether it’s with family members, your employees, or friends at church, just don’t do it. It sets them up for failure and it’s dishonoring to God.

DIG: Read James 2:1–13. What does this passage say about showing partiality?
DISCOVER: Do you unconditionally love the people God has placed in your life? How would they say you make them feel when you’re with them?
DISPLAY: If you have children, purpose to spend one-on-one time with each of them this week, reminding them of your love for them.

– Interconnected

Daily Digest: In Christ – Redemption


ISA 1:18 KJV – Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

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When seen at a distance, certain objects seem blurry and are difficult to discern. Such may be the case with Bible verses like Romans 3:24—that is, if you just glance at it from a distance. With such gigantic words like justified, grace, and redemption, you might feel like you’re standing at the bottom of the Empire State Building, trying to see up to the very top.

However, as you lean in close to view this verse, you find things become a lot clearer. This verse says that because God is gracious, He chose to declare us right in His eyes. This was accomplished by Jesus coming up to the display case of life and claiming us as His. It’s all Him. Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, sent His Son into this world to pay a debt He did not owe . . . because we owed a debt we could not pay. Jesus alone was able to pay for all of our sins. The best that the Old Testament sacrifices could offer was to cover over the sins of people. Not so with Jesus. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus was not for just covering over sin; His precious blood takes sin away completely.

God’s message to His people, delivered through the prophet Isaiah, was that though their sins were as red as scarlet, “they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18 NKJV). That, my friend, is not the covering over of sin. That is the taking away of sin. Jesus alone was able to accomplish that.

My dear friend, relax and enjoy today. Why? Because Jesus has redeemed you. He’s done all the work. Delight in being His child today.

DIG: What are some things that seemed difficult to grasp at first glance but became clear when you focused in through the Lord?
DISCOVER: When was the last time you relaxed and delighted in the fact that you are God’s child?
DISPLAY: Let your weary soul unwind in His Presence because He’s picked up the tab of your sins. You’re good.

– Interconnected