Real

June 21, 2020

Word of the day: 7 Jehoshaphat said, Is there not another prophet of the Lord here whom we may ask? 1 Kings 22:7 AMPC

Discussion Board: Jehoshaphat knew the difference between pagan prophets and God’s prophets. Pagan prophets are believers who take religion into a different turn of events. These types of prophets will make it seem like they believe in world religion and talk about God’s laws, but they do things differently. In this verse, Jehoshaphat demanded that he speaks to someone that is a real prophet. As Christians, we should be able to recognize real from fake. If you are not sure, do your homework. There are a lot of false prophets out there willing to share their list of thoughts. These people can be leaders, co-workers, government, law enforcement, anybody. Please do your homework to know how to approach them when they try to sell your soul to them.

Prayer: Father, I pray that we step in your light. You provide over us when we have to address or understand false prophets. Please give us the wisdom to see through them and know your policies. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Give Praise!

June 20, 2020

Word of the day: 6-8 Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant, his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked. Acts 3:6-8 MSG

Meditation: Think about the help you gave lately. How do you continue to help? Give God praise and glory.

Discussion Board: In the name of Jesus means by the authority of Jesus Christ. When Peter said this, gave him the power to heal a man that was begging. This blessing Peter did is not on his own but through the Holy Spirit. Peter also knew that the beggar was looking for a handout. He was jumping for joy and praising God for what Peter did, giving the beggar his ability to walk again. You can do that, maybe not physically, but mentally.  Someone may be drained and tired and don’t want to live life, but you give them joy by a random act of kindness. When God gives you the ability to bless someone, remember to thanks those around you and God for allowing you his sincere heart and security.

Prayer: Father, I pray we never take things for granted. Over the years, there are times we can take granted things that we should be praising you. I pray with your wisdom that we can always remember to give you praise and others that help us with excellent results. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Truth in our Faith

June 19, 2020

Word of the day: 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death because death couldn’t keep its hold on him. Acts 2:24 NIV

Discussion Board: When Jesus died on the cross, it pained many people during those times. After the third day, God rose Jesus up from the dead. Many people could not believe it. Verse 32 says, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses to it. Peter’s message about Jesus would have been laughed at or ignored if Jesus didn’t die. Our faith and credibility rest on this truth. One reason is that Christ’s resurrection means the sacrifice of sin is not acceptable to God, but he forgives us. Another reason is we can conquer death. In other words, overcome death. The last reason is the Son of God, and his name can be trusted. Our faith lies in this truth, so when you share your faith, do not leave the execution out.

Prayer: Father, we owe you more than you owe us. We do not deserve what we have, but you still manage to bless us every day. I pray we can be more accepting and loving. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Change Your Drought

June 18, 2020

Word of the day: 1 And Elijah the Tishbite, of Gilead’s inhabitants, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” 1 Kings 17:1 NKJV

Meditation: Take a moment and think about your spiritual drought.

Discussion Board: My spiritual drought is when I stop going to church for ten years from 2008-2018. During that drought, I learned I can’t live without Christ, but my biggest issue is with true churches. Without spiritual leaders, it is hard for a church to be genuine in leading a church. Instead, there are egos, titles taken seriously without comprehension of their job role. In today’s verse, Israel had no faithful kings, very wicked. Also, they had kings leading worshipers to pagan gods, meaning fake gods. You can imagine why Israel never listened. No true leadership. That was my ten years of spiritual drought, no authentic leadership—leaders taking advantage of their worship of money. We all have those moments of droughts that are unexplainable. Work through those to find the root cause of why you feel that way. Then work with God to correct your issue in a spiritual drought. God understands we have to let him work on it.

Takeaway: God never leaves us. Allow yourself to understand issues that God is calling you to, or you have problems solving.

Prayer: Father, we are worshippers of you. We will have times of struggle. I pray we can work on those issues with you to allow clear understanding and help us back on our feet. We can’t do that on our own. Only through you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Hearing Voices

June 17, 2020

Word of the day: 7 Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts. Psalm 95:7a-8b ESV

Meditation: Look around; you never know. You heard your name, but you thought it was somebody calling you. If that happens, pray to correct your response.

Discussion Board: I love mixing concrete as a kid. When mixing concrete, you have to keep stirring. Otherwise, it dry and get hard. Once your heart is hardening, it is hard to undo that. I wake up thinking my brother is calling my name, but he is not home, or he never called my name. That is the Lord calling on me to pay attention to his needs. That happened to me a lot more this year than in any previous years. Hearing things you usually don’t understand, do not ignore it. If you hear something you don’t hear on a daily occasion, listen to it.

Takeaway: Answer the voice by being quiet and meditating. Without that, you have no idea what God is calling you to do.

Prayer: Father, allow us not to be arrogant but be wise and knowing that you provide in all of our needs. When you call us, we should listen. Thank you for your grace, even when we don’t respond. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Uncomfortable Turned to Courage!

June 16, 2020

Word of the day: 19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 NLT

Meditation: What doubts and fears you have? Think this out and allow yourself to realize your doubts and fears. Then give it to the Lord to help you overcome.

Discussion Board: Doubts and fears are there, no doubt about it. Trying to resolve it is making it worse. Understanding you have these fears and doubts does help for the next steps. Give it to God. The one thing God will do is continue to test you on your doubts and fear until you pass. It is okay to fail, but it is not okay to try to attempt the test. Mark 9:24 reminds us to help us with our doubts. Believe in yourself to discover the root cause of your doubts and fears, then give it to the Lord so he can work on it.

Takeaway: We can’t be successful without getting out of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing never grows there. Your uncomfortable position to attack your doubts and fears will allow you to develop.

Prayer: A lot of us may not have the courage to work on our fears and doubts. Let us recognize our hurt and understand that you are the healer and help with our issues. Thank you for believing in us when we don’t believe in ourselves. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Love

June 15, 2020

Word of the day: 15 “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” John 21:15 ESV

Meditation: Take a moment and collect your thoughts on this verse. After Peter told Jesus he loves him, do you love Jesus?

Discussion Board: It is one thing to say you love Jesus; it’s another to back it up. Today, think about if you love Jesus. Not just love him because he has done a lot for you. The more significant root of how you love him. He died on the cross on rose from the dead on the third day. He died for our sins. He took the ultimate sacrifice for us. Will you do the same and love him and make sacrifices for him in your life? The story of Moses crossing the Red Sea. The Lord told Moses to lift his staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground (Exodus 14:16). The love of listening and obeying as Moses did. Do you love him so much that you can believe in anything Jesus tells you?

Takeaway: As most people believe they love Jesus, how much do you love him? Do you love him that you listen to and obey? Or do you love him but listen to yourself and do other things?

Prayer: Father, I ask you will help us understand the pure love for you. By our actions, are we proving loving you or misunderstanding? John 16:23 says: On that day, you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly, I tell you, my Father, will give you whatever you ask in my name (NIV). Give us the ability to hear from you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

God’s Day

June 14, 2020

Word of the day: 1 The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is robed, He has girded Himself with strength and power; the world also is established, that it cannot be moved. 2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. Psalm 93:1-2 AMPC

Meditation: Today is flag day. It is a day that the United States celebrates the adoption of the flag in 1777. Do you have a moment of celebrating your version of flag day? The day of your baptism?

Discussion Board: The adoption of the United States flag took work. The meaning of the flag, the rules on flag day, and how to celebrate it. Have you declared your God’s day? The day you got baptized is God’s day in my eyes. How did you learn about God? You had to learn a lot about Jesus for you to understand how he works. You did not go right in and get baptized; it took time, talking to others, and studying to know him so you can decide to give your life to him. Jesus reigns every day in our lives. We rejoice in our sorrows, our thanks to him, any mood we feel. The day you got baptized is the day God had planned for you. When he created this earth, he did it because of his love for us. He created light for us to see. God created the heavens and the waters, land, and vegetation, the sun, moon and stars, fish and birds, animals, man, and food. I praise him for allowing us to enjoy nature and all the things he created for us.

Takeaway: Like how people celebrate flag day, have your day with God by celebrating your day of baptism. What are your takeaways?

Prayer: As flag day is a holiday, I pray for our celebration with you. Let us take the time to celebrate it. You are holy. Thank you, Jesus, for all you do.

Prayer Requests

June 13, 2020

Word of the day: 57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us. 58 May he gives us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that he gave our ancestors. 1 Kings 8:57-58 NLT

Meditation: Has someone abandoned you? How did you feel and what did you learn during that time?

Discussion Board: God’s presence (8:57), The desire to do God’s will in everything (8:58), help in everything (8:59), The willingness and ability to obey God’s decrees and commands (8:58), spreading God’s kingdom to the entire world (8:60). These are prayer requests Solomon gave when we pray. It’s in a pattern for prayers every day for anybody. God does not abandon us. Joshua had many challenges to lead over two million people to a strange land and conquering it. Problems will come our way. God reminds us he will never abandon us (1 Corinthians 10:13). With each situation, we can always ask God to point us in the right direction. We face challenges with difficult people and temptations. Being content is explained in the book of Hebrews. Relying on materialistic things tells God that he can’t take care of us. We should strive to live with less than more, give away out of abundance than accumulating, cherish what you have, not resent what you don’t have. Psalms 119:36 say, “turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.” Do things in your self-interest towards God instead of doing things planned in your financial implications.

Takeaway: God reminds us he won’t abandon us. We can be pre-occupied with other objectives and not listen. Being quiet can help a lot with decision making. What are your takeaways?

Prayer: Father, thank you for our time of fellowship. Joshua faced many challenges with leading people to a new land. We have issues that most of us will not confront. For most, it is hard to face those issues and lead right. I pray we have faith to do what is right and be quiet when it is decision-making time. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Secrets

June 12, 2020

Word of the day: 38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus… 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. John 19:38a-39b

Meditation: Do you call yourself a secret follower of Jesus? You believe in him, but don’t share your faith in his good works? What can you do to be a voice for Jesus?

Discussion Board: Sometimes, people believe they will offend someone if they something as simple as “have a bless day.” Sharing your faith is not a bad thing; most people are closed-minded to it. It doesn’t mean we step to the level of not sharing our faith. It takes creativity, listening to someone’s problem in words they say. Hearing words like I can’t do this anymore, or I can’t handle this problem means that they have issues that need God’s handling. We can share our faith, but it is up to others to examine Jesus for themselves. When you want to learn about a case, you review it yourself to see for yourself how the details of the situation worked out or getting to know someone; you have to do it yourself so you can understand. Worrying about what someone feels or think about you doing that shouldn’t affect you. It’s for your examination. Jesus wants us to learn about him through our eyes and not have anyone else do that for us. Nicodemus became a secret follower of Jesus. It’s good that he became a follower and that he was willing to learn. The problem is that it was a secret. Why keep your following of Jesus a secret? If you have to keep it a secret, examine yourself to see how you can become a voice. If your relationship has secrets, think about if your relationship needs more communication or if you want to be in affiliation with that person.

Takeaway: Secrets are not suitable, depending on the situation. If you surprise someone, that’s fun to have secrets. Otherwise, it shows you have something you don’t want someone to know. Be upfront at the beginning, and not after the fact. What are your takeaways?

Prayer: Father, thank you for our fellowship. Secrets can be dangerous and ruin people. I pray we are upfront at the beginning and not during the situation. It takes courage to share our thoughts and our faith. I pray we continue to have the confidence to share. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!