Month: April 2021

Aware But Still Fooled

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2 [11] in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

Observation: I wish I could say that Satan does not outwit me, but it would be a lie. I know what God wants and I know what Satan wants me to do and yet I still fall into the trap. I battle every day because I still want worldly things and sinful desires and Satan is more than happy to deliver.

Application: I need to fight the desire and focus on my Lord. Reap the reward for honoring God instead of paying the consequences for disobedience.

Prayer: Dear Lord I can’t fight Satan alone. I need You to stand in the gap for me and give me a peace of mind and I desire to obey You.

Who Can I comfort?

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1 [4] who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Observation: When I give my testimony I use this scripture because God has comforted me and has given me a testimony to help bring others closer to Him. I look back and see how God comforted me yet each day I live in anxiety and doubt instead of trusting God that He’ll always be there guiding me.

Application: I need to give my worries to God and when I do I realize they are nothing in comparison of what He has already gotten me through. I need to trust Him and have faith that He will take care of me.

Prayer: Dear Lord I freely give you this life as a living sacrifice, may it be holy and pleasing to you. Please Lord help me do this.

Be a Man of Courage

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16: 13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

Observation: I’ve been struggling so much lately and I’m so anxious for nothing. I feel like a fool and a coward. I know it’s Satan messing in my head, but I can’t seem to stop worrying. My faith is weak and instead of standing firm I waiver back and forth.

Application: I need to realize who is getting to me and I need to stand firm in my faith and the love of Jesus. I know I don’t have strength in myself, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Prayer: Dear Lord strengthen me and open my eyes to your power in my life. May I focus on you and Your Word and not what I see in this world.

Giving Myself to the Lord’s Work

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Observation: I was just talking to Teri about the CIA and not sure which way to go. I wrote Pastor Mike a letter asking for his guidance. It’s been awhile since I did anything for God or His children. It’s just too easy to do nothing, but that’s not what God is calling me to do otherwise He would just take me home.

Application: I need to start getting busy doing the work God has called me to do. I shouldn’t wait for anyone else but just get going and do what He has called me to do. I need to get back in the race and off the sidelines.

Prayer: Dear Lord I need your strength to accomplish what you call me to do. Take this laziness away and get me busy honoring you. May I hear the words, well done good and faithful servant.

Using God’s Gifts

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14 [12] So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.

Observation: How am I using my gifts or am I using them at all? God has given me spiritual gifts and earthly talents to use for His glory. God loves the church and that would make sense to use those gifts to build up the church and my fellow believers. Used together with the body of Christ we can do anything in His name and especially bring others to know Him.

Application: Start using the gifts God has given me within the church. Stop waiting for others but put myself out there and let God bring those He has chosen. Stop wasting so much time doing nothing or things that have no value to God.

Prayer: Dear Lord guide me in what it is You want of me. Bring those you want me to work with that have gifts that will compliment mine so we can accomplish the purpose you have created us for.

Do I Have Love?

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Observation: So am I patient, kind, proud and do I envy. According to these things I’m not loving. I know I’m very impatient, I’m not as proud as I use to be, but still have my prideful moments. I do spend too much time desiring things that are not mine. I’m kind but only on my terms. Yes I fall short of having a true love.

Application: Even though I fall short I’m better then I use to be, thanks be to God and I know with God’s help I can get much closer. I need to look at people and situations through God’s eyes and not my own. I want to have the heart of Jesus and have is loving spirit.

Prayer: My Lord I know with you all things are possible, even turning this unloving man into a loving one. So change my heart and give me your eyes so I may be the man you call me to be.

God Works Through Us

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12 [6] There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

Observation: Sometimes I feel everyone should do what I do when serving God, when I have an outreach in mind that everyone should be as excited as I am doing it. I get discouraged because people don’t feel the same way I do, but God has put different works in their hearts. In this chapter it tells about how different the parts of the body are and how we need all the parts to do what they were created to do to become whole.

Application: Focus on what God has called me to do without worrying about others. Use the differences of the body to fulfill God’s purpose and not mine. God has called me to do certain things and has equipped me to do them, so may I honor God and not men.

Prayer: Dear Lord guide me in this journey and use me to fulfill the purpose that you have created me for. Open doors for your servant to serve and make a difference for you.