Scripture: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12)
Prayer: Loving Father, you give me everything I need. Help me to rest in your love, to rely on your grace. I worship you with all that I am, forgive me for the times
Reflection: Be careful where you place your confidence. If you are successful, influential, or popular—or long for these things—these are pit traps for your confidence, for they will falter when you need them most and leave your soul with a deep hunger.
Only the boundless love of God, his endless forgiveness, can satisfy our deepest thirst.
Scripture: This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
Prayer: ALMIGHTY GOD, I am humbled in your presence and resorted by your grace. Thank you for being so good to me.
Reflection: Every decision is either for God or against him. Every decision is excellent, when we choose God, we reap the blessings of a well ordered life. When we choose against him, we have the opportunity to confess and receive his grace.
Scripture: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
Prayer: Dear Father, protect me from the temptations of the enemy. Guard my heart against his deception. Open my eyes to the true life you offer.
Reflection: The devil’s deception promises life but brings destruction. God’s Son promises real life, and that life begins the moment we choose faith in Jesus.
Scripture: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
Prayer: My Friend, I have many cares, and I give them all over to you. The weight of life weighs heavy on my heart, I trust you with everything important in my life.
Reflection: We can find True Rest in Jesus. We must respond to his call and commit our ways to following him. We put our life in step with his, we learn from his wisdom rather than our own. We cannot live by our own terms and still expect to find the rest our soul needs.
Scripture: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
Prayer: God, thank you for your blessings, help me to love you more than your gifts.
Reflection: A measure of spiritual maturity is rightly ordered priorities. Often, we don’t love the wrong things, we simply love the right things too much.
Scripture: So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there–so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured. (Isaiah 28:13)
Prayer: God, I need your holy Word in my life. Without it I lack wisdom for my decisions and nourishment for my soul.
Reflection: There is no doubt, we are called to obey God’s Word. Discipline becomes ritual when our actions are an expression of our guilt rather than a reflection of God’s grace.
Scripture: All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. (Proverbs 16:2)
Prayer: Lord, help me to understand the things I do and why I do them. Create in me a pure heart.
Reflection: The test of every action is the motive from which it springs. We are not called to simply do the right things, but to obey with a pure heart. The test of every motive is the action it creates. For we are not called to simply believe, but to have a faith that is expressed in deeds.
Scripture: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8)
Prayer: Dear God, help me to love others as a reflection of the love you have shown me. Out of the overflow of your work in my heart, I want to serve others in love.
Reflection: The best friendships aren’t based on mutual benefit. “Win-win” is nothing more than good business, or more accurately in the context of personal relationships, selfishness. A by-product of servanthood may be mutual benefit, but this is not the goal.
Scripture: Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, satisfy my soul’s thirst. Only you can fill my needs, forgive me when I settle for imperfect substitutes.
Reflection: Why do we seek fulfillment from the things of this world? The world’s promises are attractive, but the delivery is empty. The rewards are instant, but the effects are temporary. The consequences seem non-existent, but the guilt is overwhelming. The gratification is complete, but only the Father knows what we truly need.
Scripture: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:9-10)
Prayer: Father, transform my knowledge of you into love for others. If I cannot love others as you have loved me, I am not living in faith.
Reflection: Discernment is the essence of spiritual maturity, and it is the ability to understand how God is calling us to love others. The pursuit of discernment is a lifelong chase and keeps us from complacency.