Let God Have It All

Are you carrying things that are keeping you weighed down? Whether it’s past hurts or present frustrations, learning how to let go is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding decisions you’ll ever make.

The enemy will seek every new opportunity to cloud your mind with unproductive thoughts and fill your heart with resentment. His goal is to leave no room for God to move in your life and situation. Therefore, holding on to things will only take up space that is reserved for God’s goodness and favor.

Like every discipline in life, we must learn to surrender to God and release the things we can’t control. When you let go, you can fully rest in His strength and embrace the new things He has for you. Let today be the day you let go and let God have it all.

Scripture Focus:

”Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”– 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

Turn Intentions Into Actions

Our world is full of people that have good intentions. But when it comes down to doing what is necessary to achieve results, they walk away.

Good intentions do not always translate into good decisions. Intentions must be aligned with actions. At some point, you have to learn how to follow through on what you want to do.

Too many people start things, but when the going gets tough, they decide to give it up. Maybe not every goal in life is worth pursuing. However, there are those goals you know are part of your purpose and destiny. They require your complete focus and commitment to achieve.

Are your actions aligning with your intentions?

Scripture Focus:

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”– James 2:17 (NIV)

Press Through the Process

God puts dreams in our hearts and writes a destiny over our lives. If we trust Him to lead and guide us, we will find ourselves on a journey towards the fulfillment of those dreams.

Unfortunately, the path that takes us to the promise is not always an easy one to follow. The road to success is often paved with challenges and uncertainties. Storms will come, lions will roar, and doubts will confront us. But I’ve learned that nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition.

We must learn to press through the process. Sometimes your dreams are your only reason to keep going. They can inspire you to get through your worst days. As a result, you push harder knowing that better days are ahead.

Whatever dreams are in your heart, trust that the process is working for your good. God is preparing you every step of the way to fulfill a much greater purpose for His Kingdom.

Scripture Focus:

”We traveled through fire and through floods, but you brought us to a land of plenty.” – Psalm 66:12 (CEV)

Choose to Worship

When life is peaceful and painless, the choice to worship God is an easy one to make. But during times of great trial, worship seems to be the last thing on our minds. 

It seems that we are only conditioned to celebrate God’s goodness in seasons of laughter and abundance, but we question His faithfulness in times of affliction.

In the life of every believer, there will be times when worship meets with pain and suffering, Yet, these are the moments that shape and define who we are.  

We must remember that when trials come, it’s our trust in God that will help us to overcome. So regardless of what you face in life, always choose to worship. 

Scripture Focus:

“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” – Habakkuk 3:18 (NLT) 

Discover Your Life’s Purpose

If you wake up every day feeling empty and unfulfilled, then you are probably not doing what you were meant to do. Several studies indicate that having a strong sense of purpose is the key to living a productive and joy-filled life.

Trying to discover your life’s purpose can be a stressful and overwhelming thing if you are going about it the wrong way. To find your God-given purpose is not about you coming up with something on your own. It’s about taking the time to discover what God has already put in you before you were born.

If you really want to know the purpose you were created to fulfill, begin by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you. Although you might not get the whole picture all at once, as you open your heart, He will begin to unfold it to you little by little. Then, the more you seek Him, the more He will guide your steps.

Scripture Focus:

”In fact, we always pray that God will show you everything he wants you to do and that you may have all the wisdom and understanding his Spirit gives.” – Colossians 1:9 (CEV)

Do You Know Your Purpose?

At one time or another, we have all asked these basic life questions: “What am I here for?” “What is my purpose in life?”

Humans have long struggled to answer questions like these in order to understand the world we live in and our reason for being in it. Yes, we do understand that we are born and that we die—that much is obvious. However, it’s what happens in between that we need help with.

By faith we understand that God created the universe (Hebrews 11:3). But do we also understand that God created each of us individually and intentionally to carry out something specific? His purpose for us is greater than anything we can imagine for ourselves.

I know firsthand that nothing else matters if you aren’t following your life’s purpose and mission. Once you’ve found it, you can align all areas of your life to point in that direction. 

Scripture Focus:

”For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB)

An Undivided Heart

There will always be things in life that will attempt to pull you in a direction that is opposite of what God intended.

We have an enemy that seeks to divide us in every way. Since he knows he can’t have our whole heart, he is happy to take half of it. Why? Because a divided heart indicates a heart filled with distraction. And distraction is what leads to destruction.

An undivided heart, however, has one aim and driving purpose in life, which is to please God. It is a heart that is fixed on God alone, and does not allow itself to be distracted or influenced by the cares and fleeting pleasures of life.

Scripture Focus:

“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” – Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

The Greatest Love

Did you know that God’s love is the greatest love ever known to man? Not only because it is unconditional and unchanging, but it is always available to us!

Many people grow up doubting the love of God due to negative life experiences. Broken relationships, rejection, misfortune, and even our own personal failures can cause us to doubt why God would choose to love us.

Sometimes well-meaning churches even misguide us into thinking that we need to earn God’s love by behaving or acting “good enough.” If you ever doubt that God loves you, just look at the cross. It was there that God demonstrated the greatest act of love when He sent Jesus to die for us.

Therefore, we no longer have to work towards being loved; it is already freely given to us. As you go throughout the week, I ask that you take a few minutes to meditate on Scriptures that will strengthen your faith in God’s love. Then pray and ask the Lord to show you how to reflect His love to others.

Scripture Focus:

”The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends.” – John 15:13 (GWT)

– Dr. John Barton

The Restorer of Broken Hearts

Is your heart broken and overwhelmed by the painful realities of life?

Perhaps you are dealing with past hurt or present rejection. Maybe you are grieving the death of a loved one, a painful breakup, or financial hardship. You may even feel weary in your faith and burdened by the immense pressures of life.

Whatever is broken in your life, you can receive healing and wholeness. God knows exactly where you are and what you are going through. It makes no difference whether you are feeling physical pain or suffering from an emotional wound. He has a master plan to restore your broken heart.

The God of the universe cares about you. He knows the pain you feel, and He cares about the condition of your heart. When you begin to surrender and allow His grace to do the necessary work in you, in time you will be fully restored.

My prayer for you today is that you will come to know God as the Mighty Healer, the Great Restorer, the One who heals all pain. May God heal your broken heart and fill it with His divine peace. In Jesus Name. Amen!

Scripture Focus:

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

How’s Your Heart?

When was the last time you gave any thought to the condition of your heart? I am not referring to the organ in your physical body, but the essence of who you are within.

If you were to honestly examine your own heart right now, what would you find? Would you find love, joy, peace, and gratitude? Or, would you find anger, fear, bitterness, and greed?

The advice to follow your heart may be dangerous if you’ve never taken time to examine what’s in it. Today’s scripture reminds us that everything flows from the heart—our hopes, dreams, fears, hurts, and decisions.

Everything that makes you who you are is in your heart. So again, how’s your heart?

Scripture Focus:

”Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)