Affirmation of God: God is my God.

Today’s Scripture: Leviticus 25:38 ESV I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.

God has us where He wants us doesn’t he? I really thought I was going somewhere else this morning in Leviticus 26 where I felt God’s peace; however He has me here in Leviticus 25 as I searched for context.

As the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai He speaks to us. He has brought us to our land, where we are today for His purposes and to be our God.

His Word lays out for us what we are to do, yet what we do is subservient to being His. We find security and our jubilee in trusting in His provision. I know God’s blessings will provide what I need. He will provide others for me and me for others so we support each other to live in Him.

Does God have you where you are so you will know He is your God?

Today’s Prayer: God of Moses, thank You for being my God. LORD, I trust You have me in the land You have intended for me. I trust in Your provision and Your law. LORD keep me ever mindful that You are my God right where I am. Help me to trust in You over all things and to live for You. Thank You for providing others for me and me for others to live with You. Amen

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Affirmation of God: My need for God blesses me.

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 5:4 NLT; “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Jesus tells us we are blessed when we realize our need for God. Here on the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches us what we really need.

The human experience teaches us that neediness is weak. Jesus however teaches us what we need to see God. Contrary to the needs of man the promises of God are blessings.

The needs of man are ever changing the promises of God are definite. The Kingdom of Heaven IS ours. We WILL be comforted. We WILL inherit the earth. We WILL be satisfied. We WILL be shown mercy and we WILL see God.

Do you realize your need for God? Do you need the blessings of God? The blessings of God are true and the needs of man are fragile.

May we continue to go to Jesus to teach us our needs and blessings. What do you need?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, I thank You for my brokenness. Because I am spiritually poor I realize my need and reliance on You. LORD, I confess I am incapable of being pure but In You I am blessed and filled with Your love and Your Spirit. In You I am blessed. Amen

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Affirmation of God: The blessings of the LORD make me rich.

Today’s Scripture: Proverbs 10:22 NLT; The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

The LORD’s blessings and the LORD’s riches are beyond measure. The blessings of thanksgiving are abundant and self producing. What are some of the riches we receive from the LORD mentioned here in Proverbs 10?

  • Wisdom
  • Righteousness
  • Diligence
  • Prudence
  • Blessings
  • Direction
  • Security
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Life

The gratitude and thanks we give back to the LORD and share with others continue to heap blessings upon us. As we turn back to thank our provider, our sustainer and our LORD we find new blessings and new riches.

The riches of man are deceiving and fleeting while the riches and blessings of the LORD are enriching and eternal.

Have you returned thanks to the LORD for the blessings you have already received and found that when you turn back you find more of His riches?

What blessings can you thank the LORD for now right now?

Today’s Prayer: LORD God, thank You for Your blessings. I am wealthy in the riches You have given me. Thank You for this world You created and blessed us all with. Thank You for this flesh created for You. Thank You for Your Son Jesus who died for me. Thank You for Your Spirit that fills me. Thank You for Your Word that feeds me. In You LORD I am truly rich. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I work enthusiastically for the Lord.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT; So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

Working for the Lord gives me life. I came to 1 Corinthians 15 this morning to write about death and yet what I found was life. Revisiting an affirmation almost four years old that said “I die daily” I have gained a different perspective.

Paul is saying he was willing to risk everything, even death, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ; are we? Instead of finding death in these verses I have found life. I found I am alive when I am working for Christ.

Death truly is swallowed up in victory. Christ is life giving and thanks be to God He gives us victory in our work. May we be enthusiastic and steadfast in sharing the good news that Christ died for all of us.

We do come to know the mystery that Paul speaks of and we are truly changed. Can you give way the life you have found in Christ today?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your Son Jesus and for His gospel. LORD, in You I find life. In sharing Your Gospel and Your love I live life to the full. I am alive in You Lord and I pray You use me and I pray for Your strength and Spirit to help me give all I have for You; enthusiastically. Amen

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Affirmation of God: God is a fountain of life to me.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 36:9 ESV; For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.

God is truly a fountain of life. This fountain of life and joy seems to burst out towards the heavens. The second half of this verse is also real; when in God’s light we see light.

I love David’s heart and here in Psalm 36 I can feel it. It is like YES that is what I have experienced too! I know God’s love and faithfulness has been extended to me.

I have come to realize the truth in 36:8. I feast on the abundance of God and I drink from the rivers of His delights. Praising God for who He is and accepting His love and grace have given me a glimpse and a taste of His abundance and His delights.

Is God a fountain of life for you? Have you seen His light and feasted on His abundance and delights?

Welcome His love and trust in His faithfulness and You will experience His fountain!

Today’s Prayer: Almighty Father, thank You for Your love and faithfulness towards me. I find life and joy in Your abundance and in Your rivers of delight. Your abundance of love and joy produce a fountain of love and life in me and I praise You. LORD help me to share this joy so others may feast in You. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I am one with God.

Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:17 NIV; But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

 

We are free to join God today! We can run to unite with God and away from what may enslave us. Paul offers us so many great truths here in 1 Corinthians 6. He reminds us we can choose to be enslaved to a host of temptations or accept the cleansing and promise of Jesus Christ.

 

“And such were some of you.” Yes God is well aware we have united ourselves with sexual immorality, greed, drunkenness and other sins of the flesh. Yet the greatest news of all is that the God who raised Jesus from the dead will raise us up by HIS POWER.

 

We have shown our lack of power but when we are united with God we become one spirit with Him. Let us run to God and His Spirit and be free.

 

Can you ask for God’s power to keep you united with Him?

 

Today’s Prayer: Almighty God, I praise You for Your power. I call out to You for Your power to keep me united with You. Forgive for when I have chosen lusts and sins of the flesh over You. I am guilty and only in You am I free. Thank you for raising me with Your power and I trust Your power and Your Spirit to keep me united with You. Amen

 

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Affirmation of God: I am thankful God seeks me.

Today’s Scripture: Ezekiel 34:16 ESV; I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

“So will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.” Ezekiel 34:12(NKJV)

 

I AM thankful that God did and does continue to seek me when I scatter on my cloudy and darkest days.

In 34:27 God says: “They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.” (NKJV)

Like His children of Israel. God promises to take us back to the land He has for us. We will know the He is our God and we are His people.

Do you believe that God will find you when you scatter to dark places? Do believe God found us so we may now help those who are lost?

Today’s Prayer: LORD God, thank You for finding me. I am thankful that when we are too weak to find You that You are seeking us. LORD, use me to find the lost and feed, strengthen and help them. Open my eyes and break my heart to give to others what You have so generously given me. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I give my heart to God.

Today’s Scripture: Proverbs 23:26 KJV; My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Who or what will we give our heart to today? Not lip service but our very heart. Who and what will we chase after today?

This seems to be where the rubber meets the road and where the conflict of life and God’s instruction intersect. When our feet hit the floor and we begin today’s race where are we running? Proverbs 23 is full of promise and warnings.

Are we tempted to run after deception of riches? Do we live for success driven from our envy of what others have? As stated in verse seven, as we think in our heart so are we. What are we thinking about?

Are we thinking about God’s instructions and wisdom? Do we think about and fear the LORD all day long? This is hard in the face of today. Yet, at the end of the day will there be rejoicing or exhaustion?

Who and what will receive your heart today?

Today’s Prayer: LORD God, I give You my heart. I need Your power and Your instruction to guide my heart in Your ways. Help me to acquire Your truth, Your wisdom, instruction and understanding. Help me to keep my eyes on Your ways today and everyday. Amen

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Affirmation of God: The truth has set me free.

Today’s Scripture: John 8:32 ESV; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Say this out loud, I am free! Saying those words, you can feel the rivers of living water flow, can’t you? Jesus tells us we will know freedom if we abide in His word.

To abide is to stay in His word, to live there. It is here we find true freedom that only the Father can give.

Living with God, trusting God frees us from the lies of this world. God’s power and His Spirit overcome everything. Trusting this world and its false promises and understandings will never produce lasting freedom. Just as Jesus said we will become slaves to this sin.

Have you been enslaved by the belief that you will find some form of freedom in this world? John 8:36 promises, if the Son has set us free we are free indeed.

Do you trust the Word? Have you been set free?

Today’s Prayer: Abba Father, thank You for Your word to us. In Your word and Your Son I have found true freedom. I trust Your word over my understanding. I know Your truth is beyond what I feel or what I experience in the flesh. You LORD are my only freedom and I ask You to help me live with You. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I delight in Your delights O LORD.

Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 65:12 ESV; I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.

God’s Word and His Spirit share His delights. When His delights are our delights we live in a safe place. When we find joy in Him and His creation we live fully.

We are clay in the Father’s hands and He creates in us His delights. He is the creator of new heavens and new earths and former things are not remembered.

Today, I delight in Your delights O LORD. I seek and trust Your Spirit to reveal Your delights to me. You LORD are my fortune and my destiny.

I am blessed and delighted in God’s truth. What is God showing you today that He delights in? Are we listening and answering God’s calls?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for molding me. Shape me as You desire. Forgive me when I seek my own imaginations of fortune and destiny. You LORD are my delight. Thank You for Your Word as my guide and Your Spirit as my way. Help me to hear your calls over my own thoughts. I delight in You. Amen

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