July 3, 2020
Word of the day: 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be convicted. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 NIV
Discussion Board: It’s time to be real. I had moments of judging people. It’s human nature to do that. I am the type of person that likes to judge based on history repeating itself. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. It is easy to judge someone. It is hard to understand the situation you are judging. Being kind to someone in a problem you can’t understand shows the love for them. For me, I have to be conscious. It takes that type of effort to understand and not have a hardened heart. When I am judging, I receive criticism. We love those instead of judging. Today’s verse in my terms is saying karma will come back to you. Judge, you will not be judged. Do not condemn; you will not be convicted. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. If you flip the scenario, karma will come back instead; good karma or bad karma.
Prayer: Father, we all give our hearts to you. I pray we can be humble when it presents itself. Help to keep our balance and to seek you every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
July 4, 2020
Word of the day: 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 NIV
Discussion Board: The Holy Spirit can speak to us anytime. Not just church, but in your home, workplace, friends, store, etc. Most churches use the building for worship. There is more to the church than a building. If the Holy Spirit can speak to you any time of the day, why are most people confined to inside the church only? The church is you conducting to your community. God is not physical around us, meaning he is not limited to one place. He is everywhere. The church should be everywhere. How we worship him solely depends on your ability to give him praise and share it with others. Romans 8:26 reminds us the Holy Spirit prays for us; John 14:26 teaches us the words of Christ and Romans 5:5 reminds us we are loved. Our worship for Christ will be in Spirit, and you will not be alone when you are worshipping him.
Prayer: Father, I pray you to fill us with the Holy Spirit. Remind us that the fruits of the Spirit are joy, love, peace gentleness, goodness, meekness, faithfulness, and self-control; the Spirit is how we act. I pray you will shower us with the Spirit. Let us fill your anointing and your power. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
July 2, 2020
Word of the day: 2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you, I pray. 3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:2-3 NIV
Discussion Board: The first thing that should happen in the morning is praying. That is the strength of your relationship with God. When we pray to God in the morning, our minds are freer to getting ready for work, getting the kids off to school, and trying to manure around different personalities throughout the day. Any relationship you have requires healthy communication. God wants that out of us with him. We can focus on him when we start the day off with him.
Deuteronomy 33:27: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath is the everlasting arms He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!'” God is your security in life. The things you want to worship, he can take care of without idolizing money, career, and other things that withdraw you from God. When you are without God, be careful and cautious because one mistake without God can wipe you out.
Prayer: Father, I pray we can continue to use your security for all things most people idolize. As relationships build, I pray we use the same tactics to strengthen a relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
July 1, 2020
Word of the day: 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols, and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.” 2 Kings 17:15 NIV
Meditation: Think about your idols. What can you do to make God over your icons that are not God?
Discussion Board: Israel had a habit always to forget God and worship things other than God. His patience with us can last a long time. We shouldn’t get caught up in things we shouldn’t idolize. We should always focus on being right for God. We never know when our time is up before he stops having faith in you. Money, cars, shopping, food, addictions, clothes, jewelry, social media, smartphones, and casual relationships are good examples of idols. Here is the good news about God. He will continue to pursue our hearts. The way to know that is what you idolize does not make you happy, and your heart feels wrong. Your gut drop, you start feeling guilty. That is God pursuing your heart and trying to soften it. Take the opportunity to let go of somethings and get your heart to assuage, not hardened.
Prayer: Father, our idols are not things you want us to worship. We can have stuff, but not let it take over the love we have for the gods. I pray we can sacrifice those things for your love and worship. Thank you for your passion. In Jesus’ name. Amen!