Praise First

“Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.” Matthew 6:9 (NLT) Jesus gives us a template of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. The first line reminds us that God is our Father which means we have a personal relationship with him. He is not off in the distance expecting us to be…

Let God Fight Your Battles

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) At first glance, the verse above may seem peculiar. The Bible tells us to put on the full armor of…

God Will Protect You

Keep me from harm… 1 Chronicles 4:10 It can be easy to watch the news or social media and become fearful.  There is a constant stream of bad news that is broadcast to the public each day.  The good news is that God did not give us fear, but He did give us power, love,…

All Things Are Possible with God

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us… Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV) It’s refreshing to know that God is able to not only answer prayer, but He can answer your prayers and do exceedingly abundantly above all that you…

More Influence

“Enlarge my territory…” 1 Chronicles 4:10 As you receive more of God’s blessings you should ask God to increase your influence. We want to be a positive influence on our neighbors, co-workers, children, family, and community. The objective is for us to influence the world, not for the world to influence us. Think of ways…

The Blessings of God

You want something you don’t have, and you will do anything to get it. You will even kill! But you still cannot get what you want, and you won’t get it by fighting and arguing. You should pray for it. Yet even when you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just…

The Altar of Incense/ Worship

Tabernacle Prayer In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle was the dwelling place of God, built to His specifications, where He would meet His people. As they entered the Tabernacle, they passed through seven stations, following God’s instructions, to experience His presence. Today, even though we no longer need the physical Tabernacle to meet with God,…

The Table of Shewbread/ The Word of God

Tabernacle Prayer In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle was the dwelling place of God, built to His specifications, where He would meet His people. As they entered the Tabernacle, they passed through seven stations, following God’s instructions, to experience His presence. Today, even though we no longer need the physical Tabernacle to meet with God,…

The Candlestick/ The Holy Spirit

Tabernacle Prayer In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle was the dwelling place of God, built to His specifications, where He would meet His people. As they entered the Tabernacle, they passed through seven stations, following God’s instructions, to experience His presence. Today, even though we no longer need the physical Tabernacle to meet with God,…

The Laver/ Cleansing and Preparing

Tabernacle Prayer In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle was the dwelling place of God, built to His specifications, where He would meet His people. As they entered the Tabernacle, they passed through seven stations, following God’s instructions, to experience His presence. Today, even though we no longer need the physical Tabernacle to meet with God,…

The Brazen Altar/ The Cross of Jesus

Tabernacle Prayer In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle was the dwelling place of God, built to His specifications, where He would meet His people. As they entered the Tabernacle, they passed through seven stations, following God’s instructions, to experience His presence. Today, even though we no longer need the physical Tabernacle to meet with God,…

Obey the Great Commission

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And…

Bold Evangelism

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Acts 4:31 (NIV) Imagine, if you had lost something valuable to you. No matter what you did, you couldn’t find it. All of a sudden, it reappeared. You…

Devoted Prayer

“All of these with their minds in full agreement devoted themselves steadfastly to prayer, [waiting together] with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.” Acts 1:14 (AMPC) It is easy to think that we have to pray a certain way. We may think God only hears us if we say…

Now Our Turn

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV) The early church in the book of Acts were not trained in seminaries. They weren’t pastors. They didn’t even…

Then Their Turn

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21 (NIV) Jesus came to save us all. He spoke of the kingdom of God and demonstrated compassion for the world. He not only talked about the principles of the kingdom, but he also showed us what…

First His Turn

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14 (NIV) The human race decided to follow their own path. We decided to move away from God instead of drawing toward him. Our choices opened the door to sin in our lives…

Thank God

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT) Every day we have a choice. We can focus on our problems or God’s promises. We can focus on what we think is missing from our lives, or…

Tell God What You Need

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT) It is easy to worry about things. Each of us have a lot of different things happening all around us. But all of our worrying won’t change anything. Instead of worrying…

Listen to God

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew…

Start Small

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV) Joseph was seventeen when he was sold into slavery…

Think Big

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us…” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) While Joseph was his father’s favorite son, he also had ten older brothers. At seventeen, he began having dreams…

Forgive Irrationally

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (NIV) People make mistakes. They can sometimes hurt us intentionally and other times hurt us unintentionally. We have a choice to hold grudges and continue to nurse hurt feelings toward…

Share Generously

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV) Just is defined as behaving according to what is morally right and fair. God calls us to live a life that…

Love Deeply

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV) God is love (1 John 4:8). We were created out of the overflow of God’s love. God loved us enough to send his Son to cover our sins. Based on this example, we can choose to love…

Confront Humbly

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV) We were created for relationship. God wants us to…

Live at Peace

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 (NIV) Every day, we have the choice of how we want to interact with everyone we meet. We can try to get along with and reconcile with others, or we can hold our ground for what we…