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Meekness

Wednesday

January 30, 2013

Wed, Jan 30

Read

“If you start thinking to yourselves, ‘I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!’-well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth…” Deuteronomy 8˸17-18

Think

When we begin to experience any amount of success in life—from the locker room to the boardroom; from the classroom to the family room—we can all fall into the trap of thinking we’ve done it on our own. We begin to believe that it was our giftedness, ability, intelligence or our physical capabilities that allowed us to achieve that success.

But no matter what amount of success we have, we owe it all to God. He is the one who gifts us. He is the one who allows us opportunities. He is the one who paves the path and sets forth a game plan for our success. Have you fallen into the trap of thinking you have done it all on your own? Instead, acknowledge the fact that God has blessed you, and be thankful for the success He has allowed you to achieve.

Pray

Thank God for the opportunities He has provided for you. Ask Him to keep you humble, no matter what level of success you achieve.

Act

Write out a list of some of your greatest accomplishments. After writing the list, write a thank you note to God for allowing you to achieve those things.

Friday

January 25, 2013

Fri, Jan 25

Read

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14˸6

Think

So many of us have a competitive nature that pushes us to strive for more.  And being competitive isn’t a bad thing.  But unfortunately, it can often drive u to a “whatever it takes” mentality that can take us off course.  We can fool ourselves into thinking that shortcuts will get us to where we want to go.

It’s important to understand that the ultimate prize in life is a relationship with God.  And the Bible clearly says that Jesus Himself is the ONLY path to that ultimate prize.   There is no short cut or alternate path to get us where we need to go.  No one gets to the Father except through Jesus.  Don’t allow yourself to be distracted from THE WAY.   Instead, redirect your competitive drive to cultivating your relationship with Christ. Because then you will attain the ULTIMATE prize.

Pray

Ask God to direct your competiveness to strive to know Him more.

Act

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Monday

January 14, 2013

Mon, Jan 14

Read

“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known." Habakkuk 3˸2

Think

In our everyday life, the focus seems to be on popularity and fame. From our earliest days in school, in our work environment, our neighborhood or our social circles, we all strive to be the star of the show. In our daily contact, we tend to say and do things that will make us known to those we come into contact with. More and more, people seek to be famous.

But to get the most out of life, our real focus should be on making God famous. Throughout Scripture, God challenges us to take the focus off of ourselves and to place it on Him. Because He knows that anything else will leave us longing for more. Are you trying to be the focus of attention or is your aim to make God famous?

Pray

No matter how well known you are, ask God to use you to point people to Him and help you to make Him famous.

Act

Today, make the focus of your conversations not yourself, but on pointing people to God and all that He has done in your life. Bring up the truth about how God has blessed you to be where you are, have what you have, and do what you do.

Friday

June 29, 2012

Fri, Jun 29

Read

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3˸5-6

Think

This week we have looked at the importance of not trying to use, capture or manage God. We have all been guilty of it at some point, but it just doesn’t work.  We have to allow God to use, capture and manage us. That takes trust. It takes putting God’s way above our way. It takes submitting to God’s desires when they conflict with our own desires. But if we will do that, we have the opportunity to walk down a path with God that leads to opportunities beyond our greatest dreams.

Pray

As you think about areas where you are struggling to trust God, ask Him to help you understand why you are struggling with trust in that area.

Act

Think of an area where you are struggling to trust God and do something, take a step of faith, to demonstrate your commitment to trusting Him. No step is too small!

Tuesday

June 26, 2012

Tue, Jun 26

Read

When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, “Why did the LORD bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the LORD’s covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.” 1 Samuel 4˸3

Think

For some it is something like a rabbit’s foot, for others a piece of clothing, others have a routine – what is it you look to when you want your luck to change? For the nation of Israel, it was the Ark of the Covenant. They had seen God do incredible things when the ark was present.

Israel was trying to use the Ark of the Covenant to bring success, but God cannot be used. If we want to experience God, we don’t try to use Him, we ask Him to use us.

Pray

Ask God to make you aware today of opportunities where He wants to use you.

Act

Read Isaiah 6˸8 and work on having a “Here am I. Send me!” attitude.

Wednesday

June 13, 2012

Wed, Jun 13

Read

“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” James 3:5

Think

Like a horse led by a bit or a ship led by a rudder, many great things are controlled by small parts. If we are not careful, we can allow our tongues to dull the light we are called to be in the world. Just as it’s impossible for an orange tree to produce apples, it may be impossible for others to receive words of hope from us if all they hear are words that are careless, calloused and capricious. We need to consistently communicate in caring and careful ways that elevate Christ and help us to make a difference in the world for Him.

Pray

Pray for God to help you control your words today. Before you speak, pray for wisdom and consider the effect your words have on the lives of those around you.

Act

At the end of today, write out a list of things you said throughout the day that stand out. Consider your words, thoughts, and deeds, and ask yourself, “Have I honored Christ in those ways today?”

Tuesday

April 10, 2012

Tue, Apr 10

Read

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4˸10

Think

One of the paradoxes of God’s economy is that humility is confidence. So often we think confidence comes from our own strength, but true confidence – GODfidence – is discovered when we humble ourselves before God and acknowledge that everything we have, everything we are, and any strength we display comes from Him. What do you think it could look like to rely on God’s strength for confidence?



 

Pray

Ask God to help you remain humble before Him and before others today. Pray that God will give you the strength to rely on Him and His power today.

Act

Take time to memorize James 4˸10 so that when you feel that temptation to rely on your own strength, you will remember to choose God’s strength instead.