"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:
God created us for a purpose. When our lives are controlled by God’s purpose, we are not controlled by our desires or our circumstances. The question many of us have is, “What is our purpose?” Jesus summarized God’s purpose for our lives in just two commands.
Mark 12:30-31 - 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
What is the first purpose God has for us (vs. 30)?
What is the second purpose God has for us (vs. 31)?
Apply God’s Word to your life:
Set the goal to fulfill God’s purpose for your life today.
What is one way that you can love God today with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?
To whom can you show God’s love today?
Allow others to experience God’s love through your actions today.
Father, I praise You. You know the end from the beginning and are working out Your eternal purposes on this earth. Thank you for creating me for a purpose. Help me to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Give me the courage to boldly love people today, even those who are difficult to love. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Philippians 3:14 - I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Posted on Sun, January 15, 2017
by Sam Petitfils