By Series - Dog Days

Dog Days

Friday

May 3, 2013

Fri, May 03

Read

“If you love Me, obey My commandments.” John 14˸15
“You are My friends if you do what I command.” John 15˸14

Think

A dog’s master knows what is best for his dog. While a dog may want to do one thing, his master knows what the dog needs and is able to guide him down the right path. And when the dog obeys his master, life goes much better for the dog.

God has a great path and purpose for our lives. It’s not all about following our feelings and doing whatever we want. Instead, when we follow His lead, we find ourselves heading in the right direction. Are you living life by following the lead of your Master? Or are you trying to do your own thing?  

Pray

Thank God for the amazing plan and purpose He has for your life. Ask Him to help you remain obedient to His leading so you can get the most out of that plan.

Act

Write down all the “K9-ments” and keep them posted as a reminder of all you can learn from dogs. (And you can watch Pastor Ed’s message again right here).

Thursday

May 2, 2013

Thu, May 02

Read

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.” Philippians 2˸14-15

Think

A dog’s attitude is amazing. When their owner comes home after a long day, the dog is excited and happy! They live in the moment and don’t worry and stress about what’s ahead. Instead, they have an attitude that is contagious and are content with their lives as they are.

As Christ followers, our attitude should be like that of a dog greeting his owner. We should be encouraging and excited and content with today. We shouldn’t walk around complaining or bitter, stressing out about what is ahead.

God’s Word tells us that He grants us enough grace for today. Are you living a life of joy for others to see? Do you have the kind of enthusiasm and excitement for life that a dog does?

Pray

Thank God for the life that He has provided you. And ask God to help you maintain a perspective of gratefulness in all situations.

Act

Write down today’s lesson: Attitude is Everything. Then make a list of the top ten things you are grateful for in life. Refer to this list often to help you maintain a positive and joyful attitude.

Wednesday

May 1, 2013

Wed, May 01

Read

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1˸8-9

Think

Dogs will let you know when something is wrong, won’t they? They’ll bark and bark until someone pays attention. And many times they’ll keep barking even after they have your attention.

When something is wrong in our lives; when we fail to hit God’s target of holiness in our lives, it is called “sin”. And the Bible teaches us that we aren’t to keep our sin bottled up. We must confess it to God. Confession simply means admitting to God what He already knows about us. It is by confessing our sin to God that we discover forgiveness from God.

Is there sin that you need to confess to God? Don’t try to hide it. Instead, confess it and discover forgiveness from the only One who can truly give it to you.

Pray

Admit to God how you have missed His mark of perfection. And thank Him for the forgiveness He provides through Jesus Christ.

Act

Read Isaiah 59 to discover a powerful reminder of the power of confession.

Tuesday

April 30, 2013

Tue, Apr 30

Read

…I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43˸1

Think

Watch the interaction between a dog and his master. When the master calls the dog will respond immediately and excitedly, because he knows who he is and who he belongs to. Even in a crowd of people, a dog can hear and respond to his master’s voice. The same should be true when it comes to our relationship with God.

God has called each of us by name. He knows us intimately and fully. And when He calls us, we should be ready and excited to respond. Do you have that kind of relationship with God? Do you recognize His voice, even in the noise of the world around you?

Pray

Thank God for all that He provides for you. Pray that you will continue to recognize His voice, even in the midst of a crowd. And ask for the courage and ability to continually respond to Him.

Act

Write down today’s lesson: Know Who You Are. Then, read Psalm 139:13-14 for a reminder of just how well God knows you.

Monday

April 29, 2013

Mon, Apr 29

Read

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. Proverbs 17˸17

Think

There’s a special connection between a man and his dog. We call them “man’s best friend” for a reason. But dogs are more than just companions; we can actually learn a lot about life through our dogs. And one of the greatest lessons is the lesson of loyalty.

Loyalty is a quality that is too often lacking in our culture. We love loyalty in our dogs, but we so rarely see it in people. Loyalty, though, is crucial to getting the most out of the life God has given us. When you have the chance to commit to something or someone, then commit! Stay loyal to God. Stay loyal to your spouse. Stay loyal to your friends. And discover the lasting benefits of staying loyal to God’s plan.

Pray

Thank God for His loyalty to you. Ask Him for the strength and endurance to remain loyal to those things He has called you to.

Act

Start a list of the lessons this week that we can learn from our dogs. Today, write “Be Fiercely Loyal” and write today’s Scripture reference. Keep the list visible in your house. And make it a point to read it each day.