Month: February 2021

Power from the Holy Spirit

Scripture: Acts 1:[8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Observation: Since I’ve been saved the Holy Spirit has been working in my life. He has given me power to do things I could never had done on my own, He has guided my life and has given me courage and insight on what to do, He has given me power to use the testimony given to me and to be able to witness to other.

Application: Depend on the Holy Spirit and don’t try to do things in my own power, but the power of God. Trust in the Holy Spirit and put myself out there to accomplish things for God. Ask God for the filling of the Holy Spirit and then listen to Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord fill and baptize me in the Holy Spirit. Take charge of this life so that it may honor you. Guide me to be the man you call me to be and may I be pleasing in your sight.

Do I Love Jesus?

Scripture: John 21 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

Observation: How much do I love my Lord? To love someone is to obey them, to put them first, do I do that? Not often enough. God has given me commands and a specific way He wants me to live my life and I fall short all the time, if He truly was first in my life this wouldn’t happen.

Application: To love God with all my heart, mind and soul. To put his desires above all things and live the life He calls me to live. To serve Him wholeheartedly, thinking about him throughout the day.

Prayer: Dear Lord show me how to love you the way you deserve to be loved. Place on my heart the things that would show you how much I love you and make it obvious to others that you are my main love.

Stop Doubting and Believe

Scripture: John 20:[27] Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Observation: I hear God telling me the same thing, “stop doubting and believe.” I live my life doubting what God can do and yet he continues doing miracles, protecting and blessing me. I worry each day about what I’m going to do and what might happen, doubting God wants to help me.

Application: To stop doubting and believe and trust in my Lord. He has proven his love over and over again. Draw nearer to him and place my life in His hands and commit my life to him, laying it down as a living sacrifice.

Prayer: Dear Lord increase my faith and draw me near to you. You are worthy of all I am and have may it be used to glorify you.

No Room for Secret Admirers

Scripture: John 19:38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.

Observation: I can’t live my live as a secret disciple of Jesus, other wise I’m of little or no use. My faith should be bold that it would hurt if I tried to keep it hidden. Jesus says if you acknowledge me before others I will acknowledge you before the Father. People around me shouldn’t have to guess if I’m a Christian, but know without a doubt who is my Lord and Savior.

Application: Make it known that I follow my Lord and Savior, Jesus and why. Tell others my testimony of how God saved my life and use it to comfort others. Be bold and honor God and point others to Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so much and protecting and guiding me each day. You are worthy of my very best, help me give it to you and fulfill the purpose you have created me for.

Testifying the Truth

Scripture: John 18:37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

Observation: I need to be on the side of Truth and to be attentive to hearing the voice of God. My job also is to proclaim the truth of God to others so that they may hear and believe.

Application: I know the Truth and now I need to live this way and proclaim it to others. I need never give up learning by reading the word, Christian books, sermons and by prayer. I need to be a good student then tell others what I have learned.

Prayer: Dear Lord fill me with your Spirit and teach me the truth so that I may proclaim it to others. I am your bond slave and I freely give you this life, use it as you desire.

I’m Not of the World

Scripture: John 17: [16] They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

Observation: I am not supposed to be of this world but different. My focus should be of the things of God and not the pleasures of this world, but too often I’m wrapped up in this world. I’m to be forgiving and giving yet I’m so selfish, more concerned about what I want instead of what God wants of me.

Application: God calls me to be different to stand out and stand up for Him. To draw others near to Him and not to blend in to the crowds of this world. I am to be a new creation in Christ and go about my Father’s business of bringing others into the Kingdom and to honor my Lord.

Prayer: Dear Lord soften my heart and open my eyes to the desires of your heart. Make me different, a servant for you. Open my eyes and guide me on what to do and who to be. Get me out of this world and into your arms.

He Has Overcome the World

Scripture: John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Observation: My Lord is the only one who can give me peace. I continue to worry about things in this world and I do have trouble in this world, because I get so focused here. It’s when I think of my Lord and all He has done that I have peace.

Application: To be more focused on God and His plan for my life than what the world has in store for me. Continue to study and be in prayer to draw nearer to God and get His guidance.

Prayer: Dear Lord draw me nearer to you. I beg for your peace and comfort. Help me through this life that I may live a life in glory and honor to you, for you deserve all that I am.