Matthew 7:7: Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”
I know this is probably a bible verse many of you have memorized but I wanted to emphasize the importance of ASK. If you don’t ASK, odds are you won’t receive. That’s why we ask for Christmas presents. How else are others supposed to know what we want?
God knows. He knows what He’s going to give you as well. But He wants to hear it from you. He wants to give. He wants you to know He is the one doing the giving.
ASK, ASK, ASK, AND ASK SOME MORE. TRUST, TRUST, TRUST, AND TRUST SOME MORE.
Proverbs 3:24: “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
This is for all the insomniacs or at-times insomniacs out there (so all of us) who lie down at night and who cannot turn off their brains from the worries, the heartaches, the struggles of life this side of heaven.
Rest is so important to everything we do. We need to shut off our brains, heal our bodies, and regenerate in order to do God’s work every day, day in and day out. Mediate on Him and His word at these times. He will grant you rest. And one day it will be for eternity.
1 Corinthians 9:24: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
A reminder as we head into the weekend of summer busy-ness to keep working for the Lord. Keep fighting for His plan in your life. Keep plugging away no matter how overwhelming life may seem. Keep Him in focus and let the messiness of life and sin fall away. Our prize is eternal. Be in it to win it!
Galatians 1:10: “Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Paul is emphatically telling the Galatians he is working for Christ. He is not trying to please man. My question for you today: who are you trying to please? God or your mom? God or your dad? God or your spouse? God or your kids? God or your boss? God or your neighbor? God or an acquaintance who is skinnier than you? And most importantly: God or yourself?
2 Corinthians 9:11: “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Since we do all of our work for God (Colossians 3:23) and we give Him thanks for everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18), He blesses us and in turn we are able to bless others. So today: be generous. Hold the door for someone. Give a compliment. Smile. Give of your time. Give of your energy. Give yourself. It’s nothing compared to what God has given us (Jesus).
Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
I think this very apropos for a Monday. Whether you’re an office manager, a CEO, a teacher, a garbage collector (anyone else thinking of Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs?), a stay-at-home mom, a lawyer, a doctor, or a McDonald’s server, remember you work for Him. Always. When your day is really starting to suck, turn to Him who has a purpose in all things in your life. Be grateful you have work to do AND you get to do it for Him. How awesome is He?
1 Corinthians 10:13: “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
My husband is going through a hard time at work and I reminded him of this verse. God never gives you more than you can bear. He has a purpose is all that He does and all that happens in your life. You don’t have to understand it. You just have to have faith that God will handle it and will overcome it.
Romans 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
This is for the perfectionists out there (myself included). We all fall short. Period. No way around it. Because of sin. Be gentle with yourselves when you do sin. Ask for forgiveness and give it to God. He knows. He understands. He forgives. He loves. Then move on with your life. Quit living in the past or the vicious ‘what if” cycle that only saps your energy and your mind. Embrace the here and now. The rest is dust.
Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Most people read this verse as the reason there is no excuse to know God (I posted on this HERE if curious). What I want you to see in this verse is how God is everywhere, always, in nature, in everything on this planet. All you have to do is look. And He is there. Appreciate Him. Every moment of every day. Cause one day the life you know will end.