When times get hard and problems seem insurmountable, it’s tempting to think that God is blind to all we’re facing.

But I want to remind you today that we serve a God who sees. He is an all-knowing, ever-present God who is constantly aware of every detail of our lives.

Not only is God aware, but He’s actively at work. He’s looking to strengthen those who trust Him with their whole hearts. A heart that is fully committed to Him will never go unnoticed.

Scripture Focus:

“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”– 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)

If there’s one thing that can lead you down the wrong path for your life, it’s following your emotions. Although emotions are a natural part of the human experience, we should not allow them to guide our decisions.

Emotions are like waves in the ocean—constantly changing. At any given time an ocean can encounter high tides, low tides, calmness, giant waves, and even the dreaded tsunamis. As believers, we must learn to develop emotional stability.

Emotional stability means that our faith is not based on our feelings. It means that we learn to withstand difficult situations, handle adversity, or opposition. Even though you cannot control the people or circumstances around you, you can control your responses to them.

This, in essence, is emotional stability.

Scripture Focus:

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”– Proverbs 16:32 (NKJV)

Out of all the things you can do for your personal and professional success, choosing your mindset is by far the most important.

Mindset is everything when it comes to achieving success and overcoming the hurdles along the way. It does not matter how talented you are, how many people you know, or how much adversity you face. If you do not have the right mindset, you will not go very far. 

Your mind is like a canvas. Whatever you can imagine is painted on the canvas of your mind. Once you paint a picture in your mind, you start to believe those thoughts, speak those thoughts, act on those thoughts, and ultimately see the results of those thoughts—whether good or bad.

Every day, God gives you the opportunity to decide the mindset you will have, and how you will approach the world around you. When you choose the right mindset, you will be steered in the right direction.

Scripture Focus:

”Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2 (NIV)

We all face obstacles in life. They may be related to our relationships, finances, health, job, or just the world around us. It can be something unexpected or something we knew was coming. No matter when or where they appear, you will almost certainly face obstacles at some point in your life.

The key to facing any obstacle is to remember that God is bigger than the obstacles you face. Therefore, you can take every concern to Him in prayer. The scripture says that we should not worry about anything, but rather pray about everything (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

When we worry, we are focusing more on the problem. But when we pray, we are focusing more on God, who is always the answer to every problem we face. Obstacles may be a present reality, but so is our God. Through Him, we are overcomers! 

Scripture Focus:

”For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”– 1 John 5:4 (NIV)

So many people find themselves basing their self-worth on the opinions and labels of society. If only we could see ourselves as God sees us!

Our identity becomes shaken when we place it in the wrong things. But when our identity is found in a loving and perfect God, nothing can move us.

Because of God’s great love for you, your life has meaning and value. How do you determine the value of something? The value of a thing is determined by the price someone is willing to pay for it.

Jesus was willing to pay a high price for each of us, so that we can be saved and discover our worth and value. Today, I want to encourage you to see yourself the way God sees you, and embrace His love for you! 

Scripture Focus:

”Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” – Psalm 17:8 (NIV)