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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 7:20am On Mar 05
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THE GOD FACTOR ON YOUR JOB


Tuesday, 5th March, 2019


'We are partners working together for God.' 1 Corinthians 3:9 GNT

The biggest plus factor you can have on your job is the God factor. Paul writes, 'We are partners working together for God' (1 Corinthians 3:9 GNT). Consider these three powerful words: 'together with God'.

A surgeon in a large city hospital had a habit of insisting on a few minutes alone before he performed an operation. He had an outstanding reputation, and one of the young doctors who worked with him wondered if there might be a correlation between this habit of spending time alone and the man's success. He asked the surgeon about it and he answered, 'Yes. Before each operation I ask the Great Physician to guide my hands in their work. There have been times when I didn't know what to do next in a surgery, and then came the power to go on - power I knew came from God. I would not think of performing an operation without asking his help.' The surgeon's words quickly spread through the hospital, then across the country. One day a father brought his daughter to the hospital, insisting that the only doctor he would allow to touch her was 'the one who worked with God'.

The Bible says, 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths' (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV). Note, it doesn't say don't 'use' your understanding - it says don't 'lean' on it. Instead, lean on God. 'Acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.' If you want success on the job, this is a proven formula for achieving it.

Soulfood: Exo 28-29 Luke 14:1-14 Ps 106:1-23 Pro 7:1-2.



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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 9:09am On Mar 06
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WHAT WE'LL DO IN HEAVEN


Wednesday, 6th March, 2019


'To depart and be with Christ...is better by far.' Philippians 1:23 NIV

Imagine boarding a plane for your dream holiday when suddenly the pilot announces, 'Welcome aboard. After take-off we'll serve you a wonderful meal and do all we can to make your flight enjoyable. However, I need to tell you - we have no destination. That's right; we're just going to keep flying until we run out of fuel and drop into the ocean.' No matter how wonderful the journey is, what's the point if there's no destination?

God's Word says, 'If our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world' (1 Corinthians 15:19 NLT). Thank God there's more! It's called Heaven. And it's 'better by far' than anything we've experienced in this life. If you're wondering what we'll do when we get there, the Bible says we'll serve the Lord (see Revelation 22:3). You won't be issued a halo, a long woolly robe and a harp, and be assigned to sit on a cloud and strum for all eternity. No, we'll each serve the Lord in different capacities. Think of it: no midlife crisis, no downsizing and no burnout.

On earth we fail, we get tired, we get frustrated, and our motives are mixed. But not there! Can you imagine serving the one you love most, doing the thing you enjoy most, and doing it in a body that's forever energised? That's Heaven! And the ultimate bliss will be seeing Jesus face to face. 'I will see your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake in your likeness' (Psalm 17:15 NKJV).

Soulfood: Exo 30-32 Luke 14:15-24 Ps 106:24-48 Pro 7:3-5.



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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 7:50am On Mar 07
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DO YOU HAVE THIS JOY


Thursday, 7th March, 2019


'This is the fresh, new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us.' Hebrews 10:20 TLB

In the Old Testament, there were more religious laws than anybody could possibly keep: over six hundred. And every time you failed, you had to offer an animal sacrifice as atonement. This resulted in people trying and failing; feeling guilty and trying harder; failing again and making more sacrifices. It was a never-ending cycle.

Then Jesus came and opened up 'the fresh, new, life-giving way...for us' (Hebrews 10:20 TLB) to have a relationship with God. His way included forgiveness for sin, and the replacement of sacrifices with faith in him. For many it was just too good to be true, so they kept working and trying to impress God with their goodness. Are you doing that?

One Christian author writes: 'I lived that way for years. It meant having to do everything perfectly; otherwise I was in trouble with God. Since this was an impossible standard to keep, it stole all my peace and joy. While I was trying to walk in love, I wasn't a very loving person. I couldn't give others what I didn't know how to receive myself! I wasn't receiving God's mercy for my failures; therefore I couldn't offer it to anybody else. I tried to follow all the rules, many that weren't even scriptural - just things to feel guilty about. But thank God I don't have to live that way anymore. Now I'm not working to be saved, I'm working because I am saved! My salvation isn't based on what I do, but solely on what Jesus has done for me.' When you understand this truth, your relationship with God is no longer a job - it's a joy.

Soulfood: Exo 33-35 Luke 14:25-35 Ps 112 Pro 7:6-9.


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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 6:53am On Mar 08
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HELPING OTHERS 1


Friday, 8th March, 2019


'They would not listen or respond.' Jeremiah 32:33 NIV

There are people we can't help - at least not right now. Notice what God said about the Israelites: 'Though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond' (Jeremiah 32:33 NIV). Now, if God himself can't help them, what chance do we have?

Let's look at these people who usually can't be helped: (1) People who keep making excuses. Excuses are a crutch for lack of commitment and a smoke-screen for self-justification. We can't help someone until they're willing to take responsibility for their life and apply the solutions of Scripture. Think:?if they won't listen to God, what difference will our opinion make? (2) People who move in the wrong circles. The Bible says, 'Bad company corrupts good character' (1 Corinthians 15:33 NLT). There are people who simply don't belong in our life, and we can't move forward until we break the link that connects us. The company we keep influences our conduct and character, and those two things decide our future. (3) People who blame God for their problems. When trouble comes, they ask, 'Why did God allow this to happen to me?' The fact is, we'll never see God as our solution until we stop seeing him as our problem.

God laid it on the line for his people: 'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life' (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV). If you want to keep from getting discouraged, love people and pray for them, but spend your time with those who are willing to be helped.

Soulfood: Exo 36-38 Luke 15:1-10 Ps 27 Pro 7:10-20.




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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 7:54am On Mar 12
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WHAT ARE YOUR BOUNDARIES


Tuesday, 12th March, 2019


'I can do all things...' Philippians 4:12 NCV

Rigid boundaries cause you to shut other people out and live unprepared and ill-equipped for the give-and-take that healthy relationships require. Permeable boundaries leave you defenseless against 'users' who feel entitled to manipulate you and who expect to be taken care of at your expense.

But flexible boundary people are competent in living their own life, yet with a balanced and healthy interest in others. They can be generous in sharing their time, compassion and resources, without becoming overly responsible, or betraying their God-given duty to be the unique person he made them, just to please others. They say, 'I can be in a relationship with you, without giving up being me!' They don't let you violate their boundaries, and they know how to keep from violating yours. Unlike rigid people, they bend and adjust as circumstances require, without becoming overwhelmed, defensive, resentful, blaming or reactive. In tough situations they roll with the punches, stay focused and draw on a well of inner strength which God provides.

Paul was such a person: I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens... I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength' (Philippians 4:12-13 NCV). People and circumstances don't control them; they flex, and let God take charge. They are helpful, but they don't feel guilty because they can't 'fix' everybody. Their boundaries enable them to adjust to circumstances. They practise the principle, 'Bear one another's burdens...' (Galatians 6:2 NKJV), without doing too much or being responsible for others.

Soulfood: Job 5-7 Luke 16:19-31 Ps 26 Pro 7:26-27.




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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 8:27am On Mar 13
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YOUR CHILDREN NEED YOUR TIME


Wednesday, 13th March, 2019


'Let the little children come to me.' Mark 10:14 NKJV

Can you imagine how these children felt when Jesus rebuked his own disciples for pushing them away, and said, 'Come to me'? How many destinies were changed that day because he loved these little ones and took time for them? He gave them something every child needs and deserves - self-worth and the dignity of their own thoughts and opinions. 'When you listen to me, it means that what I say matters. And more importantly, I matter to you.'

After years spent hearing words like, 'Don't bother me...Shut up!...I don't have time,' something important in a child begins to die - creativity and confidence. Can you imagine facing life without those qualities? You say, 'But I'm so busy.' That may be so, but you're certainly not busier than Jesus, and he made time for children. Parent, are you listening? The pressure is on. Today, many children commit adult crimes. And, generally speaking, when we study them we find that because they never learned to express their emotions in constructive ways, they end up behaving destructively! As a child, he took a hammer and pounded his toy to pieces; now as a man, he drives his fist through walls. His shirt size has changed, but the messages inside his head are still the same - nobody listens, nobody understands, nobody cares.

This is serious business. If you think we're making too much out of too little - think again. If children are wanting your attention, give them time. Do it right and you'll live with wonderful memories. Do it wrong and you'll live with regrets.

Soulfood: Job 8-10 Luke 17:1-10 Ps 115 Pro 8:1-3
Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 8:46am On Mar 14
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SURRENDER TO GOD 1


Thursday, 14th March, 2019


'I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.' Galatians 2:20 NIV

John Calvin defined surrender in these words: 'To have no other will, no other wisdom, and to follow the Lord wherever he leads.' To do this, you will have to face your greatest fear: who will drive your life?

It's pretty handy to have Jesus in the passenger seat when we require his service. 'Lord, I have a health problem, and I need your help. Something hard is going on at work, and I'd like it to be different. I'm feeling anxious, and I want you to give me peace of mind. I'm feeling sad, and I'd like a little hope. I'm facing death, and I want to make sure I'm going to Heaven.' But when it comes to sliding out from behind the wheel and letting Jesus drive, we're not so sure about that because it means we are no longer in control. For example, if he's driving, you are not in charge of your wallet anymore. You can't say, 'I'll give sometimes when I feel generous, but I reserve the right to keep what I want.' Now it's Jesus' money. When you let Jesus drive you're no longer in charge of your ego. You no longer have the right to satisfy every self-centred ambition. Now it's his life. You are not in charge of your mouth anymore. You don't get to gossip, flatter, cajole, condemn, lie, curse, rage, cheat, intimidate, manipulate, exaggerate and prevaricate any more. Now it's not your mouth - it's his mouth.

So here's the question: have you invited Jesus along for the ride, or is he driving? The word for you today is: surrender to God.

Soulfood: Job 11-14 Luke 17:11-19 Ps 11 Pro 8:4-5.



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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 7:20am On Mar 15
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SURRENDER TO GOD 2


Friday, 15th March, 2019


'If any of you want to be my followers... take up your cross.' Matthew 16:24 CEV

Surrender is not the same thing as passivity. God's will for your life involves exercising creativity, making choices and taking initiative. Surrender does not mean being a doormat; it does not mean you accept circumstances fatalistically. Often it means you will have to fight to challenge the status quo. It doesn't mean that you stop using your mind, stop asking questions or stop thinking critically. Surrender is not a crutch for weak people who cannot handle life.

Instead, surrender is the glad and voluntary acknowledgment that there is a God, and he is not you. His purposes are wiser and better than your desires. Jesus doesn't come to rearrange the outside of your life the way you want; he comes to rearrange the inside of your life the way God wants. In surrender, you let go of your life. You recognise that you are no longer the centre of the universe, and you put God there. You yield to him. You offer obedience. You do what he says. Jesus was very clear on this point: 'Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies [to self] it produces many seeds' (John 12:24 NIV).

How do you live a productive and fruitful life? By dying to yourself daily. D.L. Moody said the world has yet to see what God can do with one person who is totally surrendered to him. Today, kneel and pray, 'Lord, take me, shake me, break me, and make me what you want me to be.' That's a prayer he will answer.

Soulfood: Job 15-17 Luke 17:20-37 Ps 19 Pro 8:6-7.



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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 8:10am On Mar 16
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SURRENDER TO GOD 3


Saturday, 16th March, 2019


'Teach me to do your will...my God.' Psalm 143:10 NIV

You receive power through the act of surrender that you cannot receive any other way. You receive freedom through submission that you will otherwise never know. The 12-Step Programme for recovery offers a path to freedom for addicts. But at the core of the twelve steps lies a great paradox: in which of the twelve steps does it say, 'Now try really hard not to drink'? In which of the twelve steps does it even say, 'Now decide not to drink'? Amazingly, this powerful tool against our most powerful addictions never asks people to decide to stop doing what is destroying their lives. Instead of mobilising the will, its followers surrender their will to God.

If you try to overcome the problem by your will, it will beat you. But if you surrender your will to God, deliverance becomes possible. Surrender, which we think means defeat, actually turns out to be the only way to victory. This is not just the case with alcohol and drugs, but with sin in general. Why does our will fail? The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says that when it comes to drinking, we say and feel 'never again'. But we do it again. Why? 'We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week ago...the certain consequences that follow taking a drink do not crowd into the mind to deter us. If these thoughts occur, they are hazy and readily replaced by the old threadbare idea that this time we can handle it ourselves.'

So the word for you today is: surrender to God.

Soulfood: Job 18-20 Luke 18:1-17 Ps 116:1-11 Pro 8:8-9.




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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 12:33pm On Mar 17
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SURRENDER TO GOD 4


Sunday, 17th March, 2019


'Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice...to God.' Romans 12:1 NIV

Paul writes, 'Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice...pleasing to God' (Romans 12:1 NIV). During a Jewish sacrifice, an animal would be killed and then its body placed on the altar to be consumed by fire. So what happens if you put a live creature on the altar and say, 'Stay there until you're consumed,' then light the fire? The creature will jump off!

But Paul encourages us to crawl back onto the altar, to surrender day by day, moment by moment. In the moment it feels like death, but it is really the only way to live. For example, suppose somebody does something that angers you. The situation is complicated, so you are not even sure of the right way to respond. Without even trying, your mind fills with all kinds of bad thoughts. In that moment you do not know what you should do. But God knows, and if you surrender to him, he will show you how to respond with grace. The options that look attractive to you - avoiding, evading, gossiping, blasting - you relinquish to God. If your hurt runs deep, it will be about five minutes before the revenge fantasies start raging back. You will have to surrender all over again. But you can recognise those fantasies a little quicker now, and yield a little longer.

As you learn to surrender to God in each given situation, you no longer have to surrender to your own impulses. You lose a life, but you gain a life - a life much better than the one you lost. In the end, it turns out that nothing you lost was really worth keeping anyway.

Soulfood: Est 4:13-17 Est 5:1-3 Matt 6:16-18 Mark 2:18-22.


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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 7:23am On Mar 18
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SURRENDER TO GOD 5


Monday, 18th March, 2019


'Not what I will, but what you will.' Mark 14:36 NIV

Because surrender is so closely connected to our wills, often a price is attached. You can feel devoted to God, yet when it comes time to act you discover that your surrender is only skin-deep.

Anticipating this, Jesus often identified the particular area where surrender was needed in a person's life. To the woman caught in adultery he said, 'Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more' (John 8:11 NKJV). That means you must surrender your sexual drives and desires to God. Many times surrender will involve money, because money is all about trust and control. To a rich businessman who wanted to follow him, Jesus said, 'Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor' (Mark 10:21 TLB). But the man was unwilling to do it. Often surrender will involve an act of self-disclosure about a grudge, attitude, habit or sin. When you're with a trusted friend, God may prompt you to talk about a matter in which you have struggled or even failed. Don't be surprised when your immediate response is 'No way!' Other times you may be with someone and feel the need to confront them about something, and it makes you uncomfortable.

So here's the question: will you surrender, when surrender means doing something uncomfortable? If it were comfortable, it wouldn't be surrender! The supreme example of surrender is Christ in Gethsemane, praying, 'Not my will, but yours be done' (Luke 22:42 NIV). It was the hardest prayer he ever prayed, and the one that launched him into his destiny. Amazingly, the prayer that brings God's power - is the prayer of surrender.

Soulfood: Job 21-23 Luke 18:18-30 Ps 116:12-19 Pro 8:10-13.



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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 6:15am On Mar 20
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WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM


Wednesday, 20th March, 2019


'The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.' Luke 6:38 CEV

Jesus said, 'Don't criticise, and then you won't be criticised. For others will treat you as you treat them' (Matthew 7:1-2 TLB). Think about it. Do you really want to live your life judging and being judged?

One Christian author puts it this way: 'We were created to be in community...[Not] treat each other with a spirit of judgment...There's something in us that permits us to vie for a better impression of ourselves by belittling someone else. It rages through the teenage years, and should end when we "grow up", but instead it mutates...We judge each other's relationships when our own are crumbling ...or their parenting skills when our own are hanging by a thread...Someone who never exercises is "lazy"...Someone who hides their feelings is "cold"...we judge who has what job, who's busier, who has more stress, who has it "rougher". Someone tells us bad news and we secretly rejoice that it's not us...someone shares good news and we call them arrogant. But no one wins because we're all on the same team.'

Instead of judging and criticising, Paul says, 'When we have the opportunity to help...we should do it' (Galatians 6:10 NCV). So: (a) Look for a way to bless somebody who is not in a position to reciprocate. (b) Identify someone you can encourage today. (c) Go out of your way to make someone feel special. Jesus said: 'If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return...The way you treat others is the way you will be treated' (Luke 6:38 CEV).

Soulfood: Job 29-31 Luke 19:1-10 Ps 55:1-11 Pro 8:17-18.



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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 7:58am On Mar 21
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FOCUS ON FORGIVENESS


Thursday, 21st March, 2019


'Do not give the devil an opportunity.' Ephesians 4:27 NAS

The Bible says, 'Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity' (Ephesians 4:26-27 NAS). The word translated 'opportunity' is the Greek word topos, the same term from which we get the English noun topography. It means territory or ground. And anger gives ground to the devil. Bitterness invites him to occupy a space in your heart. And when you do, he will move in and stink up the place with things like gossip, slander, temper - any time you see these, you have given ground to Satan.

What should you do? Evict him. Don't give him the time of day. In the name of Jesus tell him to pack his bags and hit the road. Begin the process of forgiveness. Keep no list of wrongs. Pray for your antagonists rather than plot against them. Hate the wrong without hating the wrongdoers. Turn your attention away from what they did to you and begin to dwell on what Jesus did for you. Outrageous as it may seem, he died for them too. And if he thinks they are worth forgiving, then they are.

Does that make forgiveness easy? No. It comes in fits and starts, has good days and bad. Some days when you think your old wound has healed and you're over it, someone will knock the scab off it and the pain will return. This is okay. When it comes to forgiveness all of us are beginners. As long as you are trying to forgive, you are forgiving. It's only when you no longer try that you give ground to the devil.

Soulfood: Job 32-34 Luke 19:11-19 Ps 55:12-23 Pro 8:19-21.



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Re: The Word For Today by Moneyfem: 7:26am On Mar 22
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STAY IN THE CHARIOT


Friday, 22nd March, 2019


'No one will be able to stand against you.' Joshua 1:5 NIV

Standing on the threshold of the Promised Land, Joshua realised there were seven nations and forty kings to be conquered before he could possess it. So God told him, 'No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life...I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you' (Joshua 1:5 NIV).

When you're in God's will, the forces and resources of Heaven are behind you, and that means you'll ultimately win. It doesn't mean you won't have to fight, but it means you'll win! The movie Ben Hur won more Academy Awards than any other movie in history. Charlton Heston, who played the hero in this movie, had to drive a chariot for his role. He was supposed to win the climactic chariot race, but there was a problem: he was having trouble learning to drive the chariot. He walked over to his director, William Wyler, and said, 'Mr Wyler, I can barely stay on the chariot. I can't win this race.' Wyler looked at Heston and said, 'Son, your job is to stay on the chariot; my job is to make sure you win.'

Every time you head to the office, or walk into a pressure-packed meeting, or job interview, trust God. When you make that dreaded doctor's appointment, or confront a friend who has done you wrong, trust God. Stay on the chariot. Don't quit on God and don't stop trusting in him. Your job is to obey; his job is to make sure you win. And when you do your part, you can be sure that he will do his.

Soulfood: Job 35-37 Luke 19:20-27 Ps 38:1-12 Pro 8:22-23.



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