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5 – 11th
DEVELOP THAT SEED
For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
2 Timothy 1:6
God has a seed in us all.
We also have to develop our seed. Let it manifest in our lives. The Bible tells how we can have our seed developed. If we never let our seed develop, it will never get out of the seed stage because it just sits in them, they don’t do anything with it.
Remember, ‘Study the Word of God’ let it develop. None of it tells on us like ripe fruit from a tree. It had to take potential and turn it into reality by developing it.
It all starts with a seed
By devoting the time and effort it takes to develop what God has placed in you, you will experience the joy of fulfilment.
God works sometimes in patterns. He starts with a seed, which He plants in us in the form of a thought, a dream, a desire. In order for the seed to grow and develop, we must nourish and nurture it, being careful to watch over it and protect it because the devil is a master of stealing seeds.
Remember the devil comes only to steal, to kill and to destroy.
Read the parable of the Talents; Matthew 25:14-30 Read here
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12 – 18th
Practice, Practice, Practice
Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:9 NLT
That’s what I want for you and me. I want us to approach each day as our golden day! To switch metaphors, I want your life and mine to be like a string of pearl, strung with day after day of precious days.
If you desire a good life, focus on having one good day, one quality day – today. After all, as someone has observed, “Every day is a little life, and our whole life is but a single day repeated”. So keep that focus on having a good day today and, at day’s end, slip that single pearl onto your strand. The pearls on your strand will add up to a good life!
But what if your past days was full of failures? A day of merely trying to survive? We all have those days, But thanks to God who enables us to forget the day that is done, to reach forward the next morning, and to press on toward the goal-the pearl again and again and again. In His power and by His grace, we keep following after God’s heart no matter what.
After all, every morning He gives you a fresh new day, His gift of a fresh, unspoiled opportunity to live according to His priorities.
So this week remember that your goal is simple…
You want to have just one good day of living your priorities.
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
– John C. Maxwell
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19 – 25th
5 THINGS TO DO IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORM
“But when [Peter] saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted.” Matthew 14:30 NIV
When you’re going through a storm, God is not distant or uninvolved. He is “I Am” and He is working in your life for your good. But He also has some things He wants you to do.
Here are 5 things God wants you to do if you feel you’re sinking in a storm.
Have courage, because Jesus is with you. Don’t ever argue with a fear. Just tell it where to go! Tell it to go talk to Jesus.
Take a risk in Faith.
Don’t ask God to bless what you’re doing. Do what God is asking. Ask Him what He wants you to do, and then be willing to get out of the boat in an instant.
Stay focused on Jesus.
The moment you take your eyes off the Lord, you’re going under. Matthew 14:30 says, “But when [Peter] saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted”. When you focus on the wind and the waves (your circumstances) you’re going to sink, just like Peter.
❝If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed; if you look within, you’ll be depressed; if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.❞
You don’t need great faith to make it through the storm in your life. You just need faith in the right person.
Even in the storm, even when you feel like you’re sinking, even when you’re scared to death — praise Him all the time. Thank God in the middle of the storm.
What storm is scaring you right now? What storm is sinking you right now? Why do you think God is letting you go through this storm?
He’s letting you go through this storm for the same reasons He sent the disciples into the storm — to say,
“I’m all you need. I can handle anything. I will come to you in the ninth hour. And I’ll come walking on the very thing that scares you the most. I’m not asking you to come to me. I’m going to come to you. You need to stop being afraid, and you need to totally trust me in faith.”
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26- 2nd December
Learning From Your Mistakes
In Matthew 5:4 Jesus states, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.“
As we reflect on our success this year, we can’t help but also reflect on our failures. However, we can learn from our mistakes and receive the promises of God through faith.
Failure can be the result of our own actions, others’ actions, circumstances beyond our control, or a combination of all three. While failure is no fun, it can benefit us in the long run. When mourning our mistakes compels us to make ourselves right with God and others, God comforts us and our relationships improve.
For those who struggle with perfectionism, grieving humbles us and puts us in touch with our humanity. Anxiety-driven striving alienates us from our emotions. Allowing ourselves to feel unadulterated sadness dispels this anxiety and the stress that comes with it.
Feeling sadness is uncomfortable. Without the emotional blessing of sadness, however, we would probably never muster the guts to admit our mistakes. But when we do admit mistakes, we may be surprised how often people are ready to forgive us. If we make a mistake with a friend, family member, colleague, customer, employee, or other person, we can admit it, ask their pardon, and commit to learning from our mistakes.
Of course, we must also deal with our failures in prayer. We can ask for forgiveness first, and then for the wisdom, courage, and perseverance to meet future challenges.
❝Failure gives us an opportunity to grow.
Failure teaches us that we must depend on God’s living power.
Faith in Christ enables us to do through God’s power what we could not otherwise.❞
I hope you have been blessed!
I pray this Word – this Seed falls on the good soil and May The Lord answer your heart cry today, Amen!