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Just Stick With It!

How many times this year have you been tempted to give up and quit, reasoning that nothing you have set out to accomplish has happened? I would hope your answer would be none, but if you’re like so many others you’ve had more than your share of reasons to want to “throw in the towel.” There has never been a shortage of reasons for people quitting or giving up. Fear of failure. Anger. Impatience. The list is endless. But there are times, when giving up is not an option.

Exercising your faith is one of those times. We all face challenges that are beyond our physical or mental endurance. But that doesn’t mean we should tuck tail and run. God always makes His strength, power and wisdom available to us. That’s His promise! The next time you are faced with a mountain that you can’t seem to climb, pray and ask God to help. He will show you how to stick it out and victoriously conquer any obstacle that stands in your way. His grace is sufficient, and His strength is yours.


Made Like Him!

In the Book of Genesis, as God completed every step along the way in His creation of heaven and earth, the Bible says He looked at His workmanship and declared that “it was good.” Then, after all creation was completed, God said, “And let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Do you understand what that means, and just how important it is to everything you do today?

The psalmist David wrote his interpretation of that verse in Psalm 139:14, The Message. He said, “Body and soul, I am marvelously made…what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.” From David’s description, it’s easy to see we have everything we need to succeed and be victorious—including God’s wisdom and His strength. He made us just like Him, so we can stand fearless and strong, no matter what the adversity. As you enter the new year, and prepare to face new challenges, that’s a very important truth to remember.


Your True Source for Help!

Why is it that some people are quick to turn to others when they need help instead of going to God? Could it be they find it easier to believe and trust whatever their senses can relate to? Or maybe it’s because they feel more comfortable with someone who will show them sympathy or empathize with their situation. If you’re one of those persons, let me encourage you to stop looking to man to help solve your problems and instead go to God. He loves you more than you can possibly imagine, and He stands ready and able to help.

What a blessing it is to be a child of Almighty God, whose presence is unseen but whose love is wonderfully made known. And what comfort it brings knowing when we need Him, He’s always there. While others may at times be able to offer good, sound advice and assistance when needed, God is your true Source of help. When you need help, pray and ask Him to show you who to go to, or exactly what to do. People will not be with you always, but Almighty God will be with you now and forever.


Go In His Strength!

It’s December. As the year comes to an end, we can now begin to focus on a brand-new year with great anticipation of what God’s plans and purposes for us will be. But before we do that, it’s a good idea to reflect on the past 11 months—consider all our accomplishments, as well as any mistakes we might have made that kept us from prospering and being victorious. For many people, admitting their mistakes is a sign of weakness. But the truth is, being willing to acknowledge your weaknesses is the only way you will ever be able to gain the strength you need to move forward in life and become successful.

Taking inventory of our past is one of the best ways to prepare for our future. It enables us to make whatever adjustments are necessary, so we don’t make the same mistakes again. It also helps us to realize that we don’t move forward in our strength, but through God and with the help of His Holy Spirit. God has assured us that when we feel our weakest, we’re actually our strongest. He says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” As you prepare to enter your prosperous new year, plan to do so in God’s strength and wisdom, and not your own. That way you’ll not likely to do things you’ll regret or make mistakes that will distract or hinder you or hold you back.


Forever Thankful!

Here’s a question for you: What do you really want God to do for you? What needs do you have that only He can supply, or dreams that only He can fulfill? Whatever they are, you need to know God is able to provide them for you. Ephesians 3:20, New Living Translation, says God is able “through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Think about that for a moment. Whatever you need and desire God to do for you, no matter how big or small, He is able, and will do it—according to His plan for your good.

We’ve spent this month talking about being thankful—about remembering all that God has done and is doing for us, and expressing our gratitude to Him for those things. But here’s something else to remember: The more thankful you are, the more reasons God gives you to be thankful. God’s plans for you are so big you can’t even imagine them. He has an abundance of blessings waiting for you. They have your name specifically written on them, and they’re coming your way. That’s just how much God loves you!


Thankful, Right Where You Are!

If you’re like most believers, more than likely you live each day expecting God to move in great and mighty ways—not just in your life, but in the lives of others as well. And that’s a great way to live, especially when you know you can trust God to keep His promises. God is always faithful to His Word. If He says He will do something, then you can count on Him to come through—every time! But how do you respond when God doesn’t move as quickly as you had hoped and prayed—or, maybe not at all?

That can be a huge challenge and disappointment for some, especially if they are not truly living by faith. They see how others are prospering, how God is blessing them, and they want the same. An important key to receiving from God is patience. If what you’re believing and praying for is God’s will for you, then it will happen—according to His timing. Meanwhile, keep believing God and keep expecting. Trust the Holy Spirit to help you to walk firmly and stand in faith while you wait patiently on Him. And while you’re waiting, think about what God has already done for you and thank Him for those things.


Every Day a Day of Thanks!

I titled Monday’s devotion “A Day to Give Thanks.” Obviously, I was referring to Thanksgiving Day, which we celebrated yesterday. And I hope that you, along with family and friends, made time to give God thanks for all His goodness to you. But the truth is, every day gives us opportunities to be thankful. That’s because God has an awesome purpose and wonderful plans for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11, New International Version, He says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

From the foundation of the earth, God has always had a plan for your life that includes your provision, safety and protection—regardless of how bad things appear. His plans are designed to cause you to prosper and not be harmed. That means you can be peaceful and rest easy, knowing your future is bright and prosperous. So, how should you respond? With thanksgiving, that’s how! Accept God’s promises and goodness to you, and give Him thanks!


A Day to Give Thanks!

On Thursday, our nation will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It’s a time when we lay aside all concerns and worries, forget about the negative things going on, and focus on the good in life—including the love of family and friends and the many blessings of God to us. It’s also a time to reflect how God loved us so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. That’s the best reason in the world to be thankful!

No matter what is going on in your life, I want to encourage you today to believe and see that you have much to be thankful for. God is always with you, and He is always there to handle whatever difficulties arise in your life. Romans 8:28 says, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” And Isaiah 54:17 promises that no weapon formed against us—including no evil deeds or schemes devised against us by the devil—will prosper or succeed. Carol and I love you and pray that you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day with family and friends!


Happy, and Full of Thanksgiving!

Ever met someone who, no matter how bad things appeared to be—even in their own life—they always are happy? They always wear a smile. I’ve known people like that and, to be honest, I strive to be that same way myself. Sometimes it’s not easy, considering the many challenges we all face from one day to the next. But the one thing I’ve learned is that when we truly believe and understand just how much God loves us, we’ll also understand why, no matter what’s going on around us, we can be happy and thankful.

In Philippians 4:4, New Living Translation, Apostle Paul tells us to “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Verse 6 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” When you make the time to rejoice and give God praise, there is no time left to worry or fret. That’s very important for walking in victory. Instead of worrying about your problems, pray—don’t complain—to God about them. Thank Him for the answers, and then rejoice and be thankful for His lovingkindness and faithfulness in what He has already done for you.


Just Say ‘Thank You’!

The words “thank you” are two very simple, yet profound words that, when spoken in sincerity, convey humble appreciation for someone’s kindness or generosity. Sadly, many find it hard to express their thankfulness when kindness is shown to them. Maybe it’s because they feel that something is owed them. Or perhaps it’s because they just don’t know how to be thankful. The truth is, when we sincerely look at all God has done for us, it’s hard not to be thankful.

What about you? Are you only thankful when life is comfortable? Do you think about and thank God for His love and faithfulness only when you are facing trouble? Despite the negative things we deal with from day to day, we all have reasons to be thankful. We have our lives and our health, our family and friends, and we have God’s promise that He will never leave or forsake us. He is faithful and will continually bless us abundantly. When was the last time you thanked God not because He did something for you, but for just being Himself? If it’s been awhile, take a moment right now and let Him know how thankful you are for Him and His love for you.