This Day With God Devotional Reading and Podcast
“Give us this day our daily bread.” –Matthew 6:11
Receiving a new day is the gift-wrapped mercies from our loving, Heavenly Father. It is with joy that we have the opportunity to put the frustrations and failures of yesterday behind us. Nor should we try to anticipate the unexpected events of today or tomorrow. Faithfully trust God and pray for help if the known events of today are threatening to take away your joy and peace. The newness of this day should reflect a joyful heart along with praying and singing praises of gratitude.
Reflection for today and every day should begin by focusing on our relationship with Jesus. Each of us falls short in the hearing and doing of the Word of God. Believing in God is more meaningful than proclaiming the spoken words of, I am a Christian.
God knows that our spiritual journey is the most challenging aspect of our lives. It is a journey that we cannot travel alone. Faith, prayer, and diligent study of the Scriptures keeps us connected to the Vine, Jesus Christ.
“It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.” –Isaiah 65:24
Let this become one of your go-to scriptures. God knows our every thought. Never attempt to resolve any hardship or sorrow without God. He knows that we need His Divine intervention and Jesus reassures us, “…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).
Living a faith-based life requires dedication to God. The distractions of spiritual warfare threaten to break our connection to Christ. With steadfast perseverance, we make a covenant vow to keep God first. Still, this is where human effort falls short. Despite our best intentions, we require spiritual help to stay on the Path of Righteousness.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
Rely on God! It takes spiritual discernment and wisdom to recognize the daily distractions that prevent us from maintaining our relationship with Christ first. Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life as soon as you awaken. Never forget that our human effort will never be enough. We must receive Divine intervention to have victory through Christ.
Develop the discipline of not allowing distractions to disrupt your day. I remember one of my best friends [who now is asleep until Jesus returns] would always respond when she was asked to do anything, “I have to pray first, receive my answer, and I will let you know.”
Loving God is giving Him first place in our hearts, minds, and lives. Our desire is for Jesus to be the Lover of our souls. When we comprehend the reality that Jesus sacrificed His life for us and promises to sustain our lives, we can say, Yes, to His will and will eagerly accept His decisions. Surrendering to God is a free will choice. When we make a habit of letting our first response of asking God to show us the way, we stay in alignment with His perfect will. Live to always to please God.
Possessing the Love, Humility, Faith, Trust, and Obedience of Children
“He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.'” (Matthew 18:3)
We decide every day if we will commit ourselves to God. Our love for God is proven by the prayer that Jesus prayed daily, “Father, not my will, but Your will be done in my life.” From a loving heart flows humility, faith, trust, and obedience. Without obedience to God, we think and make the same wayward decisions as unbelievers. Yes, like young children, we love and live with joyful anticipation by eagerly believing, trusting, and waiting on the Lord.
Holiness is demonstrated by having an obedient mind that is in Jesus Christ.
Serving God requires a heart transformation. We were born in sin. The struggle to do right is real. Even the apostle Paul said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15). One of my prayers is, “Lord, save me from myself.” Our lifestyle of self-denial helps us to “…be doers of the word…(James 1:22).
God’s Standard for the Righteous: “…Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2).
The word for holy in Hebrew is qadash [pronounced kaw-dash], which means to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, holy, sanctified, and separate. We have a reward of eternal life promised to us by King Jesus if we choose to accept it.
The Holy Spirit’s Awesome and Mysterious Power
Holiness is striving for righteousness which is right doing. We cannot attain the righteous standards nor experience spiritual transformation [that God requires] without the Divine Intervention of the Holy Spirit. Staying close to God by praying and inviting the presence and power of the Holy Spirit enables us to discern the truth, gain wisdom, and most importantly, hear God’s voice.
Pray brothers and sisters! Prayer is our lifeline to heaven. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When faced with the spiritual warfare of distractions, fatigue, confusion, anxiety, worry, stress, and discouragement, pray for comfort. Do not wait for something drastic to happen before you pray. Include every challenge in your life and take it to God in prayer. Our Heavenly Father is waiting to hear from us.
Serving God is all or nothing. From embracing forms of worldliness, many believers have left their First Love–Jesus. If you are confused about your spiritual status, think about the people in your social circle. Do your conversations reflect your relationship with Christ? In our daily activities, do we see every interaction with others as an opportunity to witness? Is it important that we help those in need?
What can we do with our blessing of a new day to reflect our love for Christ? The darkness of hopelessness pervades humanity and leaves many with the desire to stop living. People from all walks of life are consistently medicating themselves with alcohol and illicit substances. Show love, kindness, and gentleness to yourself and to everyone else who you interact with. We cannot live with a mindset of not wanting to get involved. We represent Jesus who is the Light of the world.
Prayer: God, we thank You for the blessing of a new day. We desire to dedicate ourselves totally to Your will. We pray for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. And we ask You to reveal those whom we can encourage today and every day. In Jesus’ powerful name, we claim victory. Amen.