3 John 1:2-4 (NKJV), James 1:21 (NKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. *Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
If a man gains the whole world but loses his soul, he has sustained a substantial loss because the value of a single soul exceeds all the wealth in this world, Mark 8:36-37. God is concerned about the state of our souls because He created them and He understands how valuable and powerful they can be. It is from our souls that we make decisions, express our feelings and emotions as well as think and carry out other activities of our minds and intellect. Sometimes, the Bible describes your soul as your heart, as it is recorded in Proverbs 4:23 and Proverbs 23:7.
Be watchful over the state of your soul. Your choices determine who you are in your soul. The salvation and prosperity of your soul are tied to your meditating on God’s Word and living your life according to God’s ways, Josh.1:8. Don’t be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, Rom.12:2. Desire to be more like Christ each day. Let your soul eagerly long after God like a deer longs after water, Psa.42:1. Do not let your soul become overcharged with either the pleasures or pressures of this life, Luke 21:34. Avoid anxiety; instead pray with thanksgiving about every single thing and meditate on good thoughts, Phil.4:6-8.
Be humble and walk in love. Love what God loves and hate what He hates. Love righteousness and hate iniquity, Heb.1:9. Desire to always please God in your soul. Humbly lay aside all iniquity and allow the Word of God to renew your soul so that it may prosper.
PRAYER FOCUS: Yield your will, emotions and intellect to God and ask Him to make you more and more like Christ from your inside.
Romans 12:1, Colossians 3:17
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. *And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Child of God, what do you believe is a reasonable way to respond to the great and unimaginable love and mercy that God has shown you in Christ? Your deep appreciation for God’s love and mercy should serve as strong motivation for you to live your life in a way that honours and pleases God. Ephesians 5:3 and 4 say that a child of God should give thanks unto God and flee fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, or inconvenient jesting. This means that our appreciation of and gratitude towards God’s love should motivate us not to partake in immorality In 2Cor.5:14, Apostle Paul notes that it is the love of Christ that constrains us. To be constrained is to be restrained; to be obliged and to be compelled to do something. In the Good News Bible, this verse says that we are ruled by the love of Christ. I pray that the revelation of God’s love for you in Christ will constrain you to live your life in a manner that honours and pleases God today.
In Malachi 1:6-8, God was expressed his displeasure concerning the manner in which the priests dishonored Him by offering unto Him sick and weak animals that they could not even offer to their governors. God said, “If I am your father, where is my honour?” We are greatly privileged to have God as our loving Heavenly Father. Let us, as such, honour Him by living our lives to
please Him and living as His children indeed. Present everything you do as a sacrifice unto God. Do everything you do in a manner that will honour God and in a way that will be acceptable unto Him.
PRAYER FOCUS: Heavenly Father, I appreciate the great love and mercies you have shown me in Christ. As such, I dedicate everything I do as a sacrifice unto you.
1John 3:1 (GNB & NIV)
See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s children—and so, in fact, we are. This is why the world does not know us: it has not known God. *How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Our salvation is indeed so wonderful and special that if we maintain an attitude of gratitude for all it entails, our lives will be filled with joy and gladness that will cause us to perpetually
rejoice in the Lord again and again, as Philippians 4:4 says. We have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. We have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, our sins have been forgiven and God has made us partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, Col.1:12- 14. We are now new creatures. The old life is gone and replaced with a new life. God loves us so much that He has made us His own beloved sons and daughters. In fact, He has made us just like Christ (1John 4:17) and has raised us up to sit together with Christ in Heavenly places, Eph.2:4-7. God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, Eph.1:3.
God has filled us with His glorious inheritance (Eph.1:18) and has also reserved a glorious inheritance for us in Heaven, 1Pet.1:3-4. We are ambassadors of Christ, 2Cor.5:20. He has made us His ministers and vessels through which He flows to touch and bless lives. He has given us all that pertains to life and godliness and called us to a life of glory and virtue, 2Pet.1:3. We are partakers of His divine nature. We have the name of Jesus and the Spirit of God. We cannot be disadvantaged. All things work together for our good (Rom.8:28) and God always causes us to triumph (2Cor.2:14). We are more than conquerors through Christ that loves us (Rom.8:37).
PRAYER FOCUS: Worship God and thank Him for saving you and for all the power, blessings and privileges that come along with your salvation.
2Samuel 11:2 (GNB)
…The following spring, at the time of the year when kings usually go to war, David sent out Joab with his officers and the Israelite army; they defeated the Ammonites and besieged the city of Rabbah. But David himself stayed in Jerusalem. One day, late in the afternoon, David got up from his nap and went to the palace roof. As he walked around up there, he saw a woman taking a bath in her house. She was very beautiful.
David made one of the greatest mistakes of his life when he chose to sleep at home rather than join his army which was active on the battle field. We are not told David’s reasoning for the decision but the Bible reveals the multiple implications that resulted from his negligence. His poor decision to let down his guard for a moment led him to lust after Bathsheba, to commit adultery with her, to cover up his evil act with deception and eventually, to murder her husband.
Place your hand on the plough and do not look back. In Luke 9:62 Jesus said, no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Ephesians 5:15-17 in the Good News Bible says, so be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but like wise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. Don’t be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do.
Choose not to give any chance to the devil. Stay alert spiritually and stay active in God’s will and purpose for your life. Make good use of the time you have right now and stop loafing around. Do not be idle. Do not become proud and conceited. Resist the urge to contend that you have “arrived.” Maintain your passion and commitment as you begin to make progress and succeed. Forget what is behind and press forward. Stay focused and fervent in God’s purpose and assignment for your life.
PRAYER FOCUS: Receive God’s grace right now to remain alert spiritually and active in His will and purpose for your life.
Psalm 89:20, Acts 13:22
I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. *And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.
God is always looking for men and women who are after His own heart; men and women that He can use and place in positions of influence to transform lives and to do His will on earth just as it is in Heaven. Will you allow God to find you today? If you want God to find you, then you have to maintain close fellowship with Him and make yourself available for His use. It was during the mundane task of sheep rearing that God found David, a young boy after God’s own heart.
You have to have a servant’s heart and consistently seek God’s heart. To seek after God’s own heart is to be passionate about loving God, serving Him and doing His will above everything else. Make knowing God and pleasing Him your greatest passion. It is a thing of the heart. Outwardly, David’s brothers fit the mold for the next king. Although David looked rough and dirty as a result of his work as a shepherd, he maintained the heart God was looking for, 1Sam.16:5-13.
If you make yourself available for God, He will find you no matter your location. He will bless you, He will anoint you and He will use you mightily. The lives of so many people are going to be blessed by you. God’s grace and mighty power will flow through you. There is no man or woman that has allowed God to find them that has ever regretted it. Like David, God can use you to bring down Goliaths that have terrorized the lives of people and nations. God will use you to set people free and restore hope and joy to many. You will lead and positively influence the lives of others. You will raise mighty men.
PRAYER FOCUS: Tell God that you are available to Him for His use and that you want to please Him with all your heart.
Deuteronomy 28:1, 13 (NIV)
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. *The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
Do you know how much God loves you and how much God wants to bless and promote you in every area of your life? In our text above, Moses explained to the people of Israel that the underlying purpose of God’s commandments was ultimately to bless them and to set them in a position that would be higher than all other nations of the earth. God wanted to love and bless His people so much that people of other nations would see them and desire to be like them.
In a strange land, God caused Joseph to rise to the top and to became a blessing to His world. God similarly exalted Daniel and Esther. All they had to do was follow God’s leading and lead their lives to please God. This remains God’s desire for all His children today. This is why God leads us the way that He does. God leads us because He loves us and because it is His desire to exalt us. He wants to lift us up both in Him and also in every area of our lives. God wants us to be the head and not the tail. He wants us to be above and not beneath.
God wants to use us to showcase His power and glory so that through us, He can draw men and women into His kingdom. God wants to use us to touch and bless the lives of those within our circle of influence in a special way. Child of God, you are not wasting your time by believing God, serving Him and following His leading in your life. You are allowing God to prepare you for the divine elevation He has in store for you in every area of your life.
PRAYER FOCUS : Heavenly Father, I thank you for Your great love for me and for the great lifting You have in store for me.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
How are you leading your life? Are you leading your life by the guidance of God’s Spirit or according to the lusts and desires of your flesh? Choosing a Spirit-led life embodies the wisdom of God, as doing so could save your life and connects you to more of God’s life and blessings. On the other hand, allowing the lusts of the flesh to dictate the direction of your life exemplifies foolishness because it will destroy your life and cut you off from the life and blessings of God.
Romans 8:6-8 says, for to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Do not be deceived by anything or by anyone and choose not to live your life arbitrarily. The fastest way for you to actually experience God’s blessings and abundance is for you to follow God’s leading and to please Him with your life. As you seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, every other thing will be added unto you, Matt.6:33.
The Spirit of God will never lead you to do anything that is against the Word of God. Remain confident that every time you choose to walk in the Spirit, you sow seeds of eternal life into your future and embody more of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23).
PRAYER : Heavenly Father, I desire to please You and do Your will with all my heart. I receive Your grace to continually walk in the Spirit.
Colossians 1:9-10 (GNB), James 1:5 (GNB)
…we have always prayed for you…. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. Then you will be able to live as the Lord wants and will always do what pleases him. Your lives will produce all kinds of good deeds, and you will grow in your knowledge of God. *But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.
You have no reason to lack God’s wisdom in any situation because the wisdom of God is always just a prayer away. As noted in our 2nd text above, God’s wisdom is generously and graciously available in every situation if you are willing to ask for it or for the knowledge of His will.
Remain assured that God neither wants you to fail or to walk in error. On the contrary, He wants you to succeed, to be fruitful and to make progress in all that you set your heart and mind to do. God is actually more willing to give grant you His wisdom than you beleive, so have faith. James 1:6 & 7 reveals to us that after asking for God’s wisdom, we must have faith and not doubt if
we want to receive anything from Him. We must be decisive.
Activate your faith! Believe that because you are Christ’s sheep, you will hear His voice, John 10:27. Have faith that because you have the Spirit of God, you have access to what is on the mind of God, 1Cor.2:9-12. Have faith that because God loves you, He will grant you His wisdom as you ask Him for it. God will release the wisdom you need to you in the most effective way possible. He may even lead you to the person or place where you will receive His “for such a time as this” wisdom. So have faith, child of God, that as you pray and ask God for His wisdom, He will flood your mind with it. You can even pray for others to receive God’s wisdom and He will graciously and abundantly grant it to them.
PRAYER FOCUS: Thank God for His willingness to grant you His wisdom and ask for His wisdom to fill you in this very moment.
Deuteronomy 34:9, Proverbs 13:20 (GNB)
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses. *Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.
Who are your friends? What kind of people do you closely associate with? What kind of people and things are you allowing to impact and influence you? God can impart great wisdom to you through the right associations that can be tremendously beneficial to your life and destiny. Esther’s association with Mordecai enabled her to maintain the right attitude becomes Queen and motivated her to take a risk that positively impacted the lives of God’s people. Elisha’s association with Elijah was the channel via which Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. Associations can even be made with positive role models via their books, tapes or other produced materials.
Your priority should be the impartation of wisdom and grace. Be willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary in order to receive this impartation. Before Joshua received the mantle of leadership from Moses, he patiently sat under Moses’ leadership as an apprentice and in time, he received a specific impartation of the Spirit of wisdom from Moses. There were even times that Moses and Joshua entered God’s presence together and Joshua remained behind, Exo. 33:11. Be willing to humble yourself to listen, to learn, to practice and to take corrections when necessary. In the Good News Bible, Proverbs 10:17 says, people who listen when they are corrected will live, but those who will not admit that they are wrong are in danger. Also make it your desire for people who associate with you to become wiser in the things of God and wiser in a positive way. Desire to impart the wisdom that God has given you to others and to the next generation.
PRAYER FOCUS: Heavenly Father, I receive your wisdom to be more deliberate about associating myself with people who embody Godly wisdom.
Proverbs 2:1-2, 9, 1Kings 3:9 (GNB)
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, *Then you will understand what is right and just and fair — every good path. * So give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?”
Today, we will be blessed as we reflect on the manner in which God’s wisdom enhances your ability to make good decisions in tough situations and enhances the way you treat and interact with others. Do you realize that the major reason that Solomon humbly desired wisdom from God was so that he could rightly judge and lead God’s people, 1Kings 3:9? Solomon wanted tO be able to treat people fairly and he knew that to do this, it would be necessary for him to make some tough decisions. Your desire to enact justice will similarly activate the wisdom of God that is in you and enable you
to make the right decisions, even in tough times.
Our 1st text above confirms that wisdom will give you an understanding heart to know what is right, just and fair. Do not be afraid. Immediately after Solomon’s request for wisdom from God, he was asked to resolve an argument between two harlots over who was mother to a dead child and who was mother to a living child. The wisdom of God flowed effortlessly through Solomon and caused him to render the right judgment in the case. 1Kings 3:28 says, and all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment. Today, this will be your testimony also.
PRAYER FOCUS: Heavenly Father, I thank You that Your wisdom in me has given me an understanding heart to know what is right, just and fair. I receive grace to make the right decisions today and to treat people rightly, justly and fairly.