Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read Ephesians 3 – 4 As you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
• What is the main point of this portion?
• What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
• What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
• What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence…
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:12, 14 – 21
This has been a difficult morning and I am doing my very best to hold onto “confident hope” as I move through this day. Also if it weren’t for discipline and intention…this post probably would not be happening.
God wanted me to put my words into action. He wanted me to walk my talk and to realize that without Him in my life…I would be anxiety-filled mess right now. I would be going for the bottle instead of my Bible!
Thank God for the Bible and thank God for this challenge. Especially thank God for these words, right here.
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
I felt His power this morning, as soon as I stopped complaining and started seeking! God met me and He empowered me with inner strength. Not only did He give me today’s reading assignment; He also gave me this devotion; from praise.com to mediate on and to help move me forward, not backward.
Day 4: The 30 Day Praise Challenge
by Becky Harling
“I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth.” ~ Jeremiah 9:24
Injustice is a part of the fallen world. When life feels unfair, you are tempted to question My kindness. Satan, the Enemy of your soul, fills your mind with doubts. Child, My sense of justice is different from yours. Dare to praise Me for being good, even when I allow circumstances to occur in your life and in the lives of those you love that feel unfair. My every intention toward you is good. I continually offer you kindness as an expression of My nature. Celebrate My loving-kindness by thanking Me for the gifts I shower on you every day. I reign with perfect justice. There will come a day when I will bring good out of every evil. When you worship Me, My Spirit nurtures your faith. Test Me in this; praise Me for My justice and goodness, then watch and see how your trust in Me grows. I have your best interests at heart. Come, praise Me and feel renewed hope rising in your soul. (Ps. 118:1; Ps. 33:5; Ps. 34:8; Ps. 107:1)
Today, praise God for being just and kind. Before you turn on your praise music, spend a few moments making a list of all the ways you have experienced God’s kindness in the last week. For example, you might have received a call from a headhunter just a few days after being told that your job was being terminated. Or maybe your husband brought you flowers or gave you a compliment when you were feeling like he takes you for granted. Perhaps just when you felt you couldn’t handle the challenge of having a child with special needs, you experienced an unexpected breakthrough. You can trust His kindness. Praise Him that even when life feels unfair, His intentions toward you are good.
For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face. (Ps. 11:7)
I am going to praise Him, right now, because even though things are not going the way I think they should and some things this morning do scream of injustice to me…His intentions in this situation are going to be used for good. His intentions in all things are good!