11/29 Jeremiah 30:19
19There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply my people, not diminish them; I will honor them, not despise them.
The Lord cares for you. He is concerned about your life. As you face difficult situations and struggle with evil you can be confident that every promise of God is Yes for you. He is there with you and He will not leave you alone. Serve the Lord with gladness for Jesus loves you.
11/28 2 Corinthians 4:15
15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
We are here to serve the Lord and bring glory to Him. Tell others about Jesus. Do the next right thing. Spend time with Jesus. You will discover that you are constantly bringing glory to the Father as you live your life devoted to Jesus. As you become more like Jesus you will constantly be bringing glory to the Lord. Glory!
11/27 Philippians 4:6-7
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
When you trust Jesus and talk with Him about everything, He will fix it. Maybe not the way you thought, but Jesus will never let you down. He is God’s everything and His eye is upon you.
11/26 Matthew 6:30
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Be a today person. Let Jesus deal with your today. Do not worry about tomorrow. Do not focus and fret over yesterday. Jesus will deal with your troubles today every day.
11/25 Matthew 6:24-29
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
My life is controlled by Jesus. He is my everything. I spend time with Him and He corrects me. I spend time with Him and He teaches me. People count but in this world things like money and power and position count. Jesus teaches us to care for the hurting, the disadvantaged, the poor, the widow and orphans. What an awful world that murders unborn babies and pats itself on the back. Christ is calling us to pray for them. The only way we will change this is to lead the lost to Christ. Share Jesus with everyone.
11/24 Matthew 6:22-23
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of the Lord! Unless we have had personal meeting with Jesus and asked Jesus to forgive us of our sin and bring into the Family of God we are still lost. Doesn’t matter how much money, recognition or intelligence we have the only way to the Father is through Jesus. He is Lord. When we see things in Christ we know and do differently than those dead in their trespasses and sin. We have a responsibility to care for and pray for them. Pray for the lost. Pray for light for living from Jesus in your own life. Jesus is Lord.
11/23 Matthew 6:16-21
“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
We don’t hear much about Heaven. People seem to think it is awkward and foolish to think and talk about it. Yet we are encouraged to think about Heaven and to remember that this world is not our home. You think about Heaven. Get your heart and mind focused on that eternal place that is described by Jesus himself. Jesus loves you. Your reward comes directly from Him not from those around us who ooh and aah at our ability to be HOLY! We aren’t Holy-Jesus is and He gives us His holiness so that we can spend time with Him and the Father. Therefore, as you develop your spiritual life, keep it personal, keep it close and serve those around you. Smile. Jesus loves you.
11/22 Matthew 6:9-15
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. 14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Oh Lord I forgive those who abuse and misuse me and desperately ask for you to forgive me. Every one of us is constantly in need of forgiveness. Forgive me. Help me to see others the way you see me. Forgive them Father.
11/21 Matthew 6:1-8
1 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
We serve a God who redeems the person and lavishes grace upon grace on them. Jesus is Lord. We are the servant. We are striving for opportunities to bless and help others and to keep ourselves out of the limelight. Every honor is due Jesus. We do it for His glory and for the help of the other. Do what you do and don’t seek honors and recognition for it. As a child of God we are called to help others.
11/20 Matthew 5:38-48
“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. 40 If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. 41 If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. 42 Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow. 43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
People count with Jesus. He is Lord and we are to act like Him. He forgives we forgive. He cares we care. He loves we love. Really look at the New Testament account of Jesus and model your life after Him. He will be with you and guide you every step. Follow Jesus.