40 Days of Joy - He Must Increase - Day 1

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

Every January we have the opportunity to start anew. We can ask God to search our hearts and show us all the things that compete with Him for our hearts, our time, and our resources. It is a time when we can elevate God back to His proper place over our lives, acknowledging Him as our Lord and God, and surrendering all else to His will.

In Psalm 46:10, God reminds us, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

In John 3:29-31, John the Baptist shares that his joy was complete upon the arrival of Jesus Christ and he stated in verses 30-31 that, “He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all.”

In Luke 10:39-42, we are told that Mary sat at the Lord's feet and listened to His teaching while Martha was distracted with much serving. Jesus reminded Martha that only “one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • Spend some time sitting at the feet of Jesus. Ask Him to search your heart.

  • What must decrease so Jesus can increase in your life? Make a list of the things that have distracted you from your walk with God.

  • How can Jesus increase in your life? (Spend time in His Word. Pray. Make time for worship and serving others, etc.) Be specific.

Father, I praise You for being the God who is above all. May You be exalted on the earth. I confess that You have not been a priority in my life. I have other passions and pursuits that take Your place in my heart. I want to start anew this year. Help me to acknowledge that You are God and to see You increase in my life as I make You a priority. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

Mark 1:35 - And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Romans 12:1-2 - I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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