Verse of the Day
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, [NIV] 2 Timothy 1:6a
Today I was reminded on the importance of not giving up on the dreams you’ve had for so long that appears to be taking forever to come to reality. The Lord gave it to you for a reason. Regardless of how long it may be taking to come to pass, refuse to give in to defeat. Remember, God has not given you the spirit of fear; He has given you the spirit of power, of courage and resolution, to meet difficulties and to meet uncertainties. He has given you the spirit of love, to carry you through opposition, spirit of a sound mind, of quietness of mind not to be moved by what you see. So what if the dream tarries, the Lord has said it will come to pass and in the end what He has said concerning you and me is all that matters. Stay focused, stay strong, Jesus is still in control. #Verseoftheday #Bible #Devotional #NotGivingUp #Dream #Vision #Focus #Purpose #Jesus #God
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. [NASB] John 14:26
Every person at some time or another will always need help. As you try to implement your plans for this year through sheer hard work and persistence, never giving up at any sign of difficulty, try not to forget to ask the Holy Spirit for Help. With Him by your side, He makes the work times infinity much faster . Well, let just say, because He helps you with your timing, your memory, your to do list, your actions and much more, He makes the whole process a lot easier. And with God by your side, you are already almost at your desired goal. You can achieve anything with the help of the Holy Spirit of God!
Announce this among the nations: Prepare yourselves for war. Wake up the warriors. [GWT] Joel 3:9
We all know how we see ourselves, but I ask you, how do you think Jesus sees you? Now that is the more important question. Because how you see yourself and how God sees you are sometimes never the same. We’re still on the fight of faith, still on the question of “what lens are you looking through”? The truth is certain situations may have made you so weak, that there’s nothing left in you to fight. Aside from being “Chosen”, God adds that He’s made you a remarkable, wonderful, Extraordinary, Amazing, Outstanding, Incredible, Astonishing person [Psalm 139:14], there’s no shame in that. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean you’re not it. Now what lens are you looking through? You know that temporary setback, that trial of your patience, those tests of your endurance and that period of adjustments are not permanent problems there to frustrate you. Truth is you’re tired, but that doesn’t mean you can’t muster the strength to fight your fight of faith. Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God is your lens of faith. Ask Him to show you how He views you. Ask Him how He sees you. Ask Him what He sees when He focuses on you. Ask Him, Ask Him, Ask Him what He sees when He looks at you. And believe me, after you’re done asking, you will never again fear any form of defeat in 2014 and in the years to come!
Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” [NLT] Matthew 9:29
Is your lens of faith distorting your focus? Is it causing you to see what is not there by magnifying/multiplying a problem, or generally making you feel pain? Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that what we think is a long-lasting and oppressive problem is in fact a temporary irritation. A lot of the time, the aggravations we face, are not actually problems but more so, trials of patience, tests of endurance or a period of adjustments. These discomforts in the end always go. The issues that disquieted me in the past are not the ones trying my patience now. But I know for a fact that they too will go. It’s all to do with my lens of faith. What lenses are you using? Are you using a magnifying lens to magnify the irritations or are you seeing them as they are? A temporary setback only there to help you to be a little bit more patient? You can only fight the fight of faith with the right lens, which only Jesus can give. The right lens is what you need in order to see your goals and visions clearly; the right lens is what you need to get to your success story this 2014.