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Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose.”  Psalm 25:12 (NLT)

The word fear does not sound appealing. Feeling fearful is not what we want. Yet, while other types of fears can lead us towards making wrong decisions and causing a mess, the fear of the Lord leads to good decision-making.

When someone fears the Lord, this means they revere him.

Therefore, they’ll seek to honor him. This form of fear is a good fear.

It doesn’t mean that we will not fail now and then.

But, the more we become aware of our weakness, the more we learn to depend on God’s strength. Respect for God will help us pay attention to our support system. God is our Source.

For instance, when we can stand on our own, we might think that we don’t need to lean on anything or anyone and we can do as we want. Yet, a person with weak knees will accept their need to lean on to something, right? In the same way, our weaknesses can work for good — teaching us to fear God more and to be humble. It helps us to let go of our own ways and lean on God for support.

The more we realize this, the more we’ll be mindful of the mistakes we can make. This can help us yield more and more to choices that will honor God.

Can you see how reverence for the Lord guides us? It leads us towards one right choice at a time. Those small and big decisions will keep us on the right path.

Dear Father God, give me wisdom to choose what is right in your eyes, and to obey you in the strength you give me. In Jesus’ name I ask. Thank you.

Focus on honoring God in all your choices, trusting his Spirit gives you the strength to obey him moment by moment

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“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5.17

When someone knows and does the will of God, they may not appear to be wise to everyone. Yet, whoever is wise will live out the will of God.

John the Baptist ate locusts and honey, which may seem strange to some. Yet, he did what he was sent for. So, it may be a surprise that the wise don’t appear to have it together.

If I tell you there’s much evil on Earth today, I may sound negative. Even if I do, that’s the truth. However, you may want to do what’s good. If you want to be and do well, remember that time is limited.

So, let’s use our time wisely — to do things that apply to our vision.

It’s so important to pay attention to God’s ways of doing things. As long as Earth and humanity exist, God will want our attention. That’s because he loves us. Maybe you feel too busy and think you have too many issues to take time to listen to God. By the time you finish what you need to do, you might feel worn out. We have only 24 hours in a day and we have to take care of our daily needs. Yet, if you and I are willing, we’ll know the heart of God. This helps us to live in sync with his will.

Sometimes we may miss his will, but if we pay attention, we’ll get to know his ways. We can then make decisions that are more and more in line with his will.

So, before you make a decision, ask, “Will this honor you, Lord?

Heavenly Father, can you please help me know your will for my life? Strengthen me so I can make decisions that are within your will. In Jesus’ name I ask.

Before making any decision, ask God if this will honor or dishonor him. Then give him time to remind you of his commandments and priorities on this issue before deciding what your next step should be. Then obey, trusting his Spirit within you is giving you all the resources you need to do so.

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“Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

Have you ever questioned God’s goodness? 

I am tempted to do so when I don’t understand why things went wrong.

Once, I purchased a lovely casserole and it looked great. It came with a lifetime warranty! Sounds like top quality, right?

As I used the casserole to do some cooking, I noticed that the non-stick layer started to disappear. When the casserole wasn’t useful anymore, I thought “I should have known.” A casserole rarely lasts for a lifetime!

Maybe there’s something else you believed would last a lifetime or almost. Could it be a job you liked? Or a relationship you really thought would last? Or a beautiful home? The list can go on…

When things end or don’t go our way, it’s easy for others to say that life still goes on. Yet, we know what we’re going through. It hurts. And during those tough moments of life, if we are not careful, it’s so easy to question God’s goodness.

When things are foggy, I like to remember the past.

Sometimes circumstances seemed to be too tough to be true. Yet, I’m still alive and well. Maybe the person I believed in didn’t help me, but someone else showed up. Those moments are God-moments that I can’t forget.   Remember times when you made it even if you don’t know how. That’s God sending someone or opening a door to help you. God is good. I am confident God will show up again and again in various ways. I don’t need to understand how he will do it.

Father God, I thank you for every good thing you did for me in the past. I can’t wait to see your goodness in my everyday life!

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Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:12-14   

Have you ever been taken out of a task?

I have.

It’s happened to most people, even to high achievers and kids. It hurts, and it feels like your effort is wasted, right? It can even make you feel like giving up. Don’t!

It’s not always a human dealing with you. It depends on what you’re facing. Sometimes, it’s yourself doing it to you. Other times, there may be a spiritual enemy on the scene.

However, it’s good for both you and I to remind ourselves that we don’t have one task to do, we have many — small or big ones. The question is, how does the task you’re doing fit in with the big picture?

Here, Paul shows us how he works diligently towards his goal. He doesn’t clearly explain what that goal is. But Paul felt he had not yet arrived and still needed to press on till the end.

Whether you reached your goals or you didn’t last year, you have a new opportunity today. Let go of what happened in your past, good or bad. Did you hear that? Leave it behind.

“I’m pressing forward,” is the motto.

No matter what worked out well or didn’t, don’t permit that past to hold you back. God has not limited his purpose for your life to one task, one workplace, or one group of people.

Grab hold of the opportunity that is ahead of you.

Dear God, help me to leave the past behind whether it’s success or failure. Give me eyes to see what you’ve planned to do in my life and in others through me. Help me be who you’ve called me to be and to impact others positively by your grace.

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For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”  1 Timothy 4:8.

We all have freedom. It’s God-given. But to what extent are we free?

Sometimes, freedom is used for godlessness. It can take only one godless person to ruin many things. Where there is wickedness, someone is unwilling to give honor to whom honor is due.

One mischievous person may cost people their lives or their livelihood. I can’t even stress what it can do to a family and a community. Godlessness hurts oneself and others, whereas godliness can be a great gain to many people.

Be around someone godly and you will feel God’s awesome presence.

No matter how much physical training you and I do to look and feel well, it’s impressive to some extent only. In light of eternity, it’s the way we live that matters the most.

No one can say they never sin, but the godly person desires to become more and more like Jesus in the Spirit’s strength.

Do you admire people who display qualities that are a delight? Even if God allows suffering in their lives to make them beautiful from the inside out, they will continue to trust him. By doing so, they will look attractive to others and to their community as they reflect Christ more and more.

Surely, you and I don’t welcome suffering, but it makes us better people if we continue to trust God. While we may not feel better, we become better.

And God will reward us with the blessings attached to godliness.

Father God, enable me through your Spirit to live in a way that is right in your sight. Thank you for forgiving all my wrongdoings. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Invite the Holy Spirit to direct your thoughts and actions so that Christ’s beauty is reflected through you.

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“I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.”  1 Corinthians 3:6 (NLT)

How much faith do you need to plant a seed and to make it grow?

Planting feels like a lot of work without seeing much results on the spot. Actually, if you’ve experienced planting any seed in your backyard, your front yard, your vegetable garden, even a pot in the windowsill, you know that all you’re doing is burying the seed.

However, all it takes is enough faith to prepare the soil and bury that seed in the soil and cover it. So, the job is done for the person who plants. The question is when we plant, do we plant with a desire to harvest? Harvesting may not be our job in bringing people to salvation. Ours may be just to plant the seed.

Planting is the foundation of sharing seeds.  Once you and I scatter seeds, there’s a need for watering. Sometimes the people who plant are the same as those who water. Yet, in this passage, we have a perfect example of two people looking after the planting and nurturing process—Paul and Apollos.

So, if you believe God has called you to plant, please do. Keep planting. While plants need water, God may use someone else to water those plants. Other times, he can send rain. That’s why it’s important not to worry about the growth of the plant, but to trust God.

God may ask us to water or plant.

Either way, He is the one who makes everything become fruitful. He takes our efforts then works behind the scenes to bring the harvest.

Heavenly Father, please give me enough faith to plant seeds if that is what you have called me to do. Help me to do what needs to be done and to trust you with the rest. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.

Please  read 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (see below) or read the whole chapter to understand the passage further. Where can you plant a seed of the gospel today? Just do it. The result will follow.

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Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.


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“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”   Matthew 6:25 ESV

Do not be anxious? Seriously?

Hearing someone say not to worry may sound unreasonable when you are in need. Maybe you feel the need to know everything so you won’t worry. You want to know God will do it, but he’s not showing you how. All he is telling you is that life is greater than your needs. However, you know as long as you’re alive, you need this and that, right? How will he provide?

I’m assuming that if your supply of that need is drying up, you’re seeking God, right? Since God is infinitely abundant and also good, there’s every reason in the world for us to trust him to provide. He will not just supply our food, drinks, and clothing but he has promised to supply all of our needs. So, believe he will do that because he loves you.

What can you do with your energy while waiting on God to provide? Remember the past. When did God last supply your needs? When did you last eat? When did you drink water? When did you wear clothes? Even if you made so much effort with your own hands to get your provision, God is ultimately still the source of that effort and provision.

Remembering God’s past provisions will help you realize he will provide again and again. God’s hands are not too short to reach out to you. I’m not saying waiting is the easiest thing to do but as long as you keep thanking him, it will remind you of his goodness and perfect timing.

Father God, I thank you so much for every time you’ve provided for my needs. And if it is in your will, I ask you for abundant provision so I can have enough to bless others as well and show them that all comes from you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  John 16:24

How do you face the challenges of life without being taken out?

No one can live a life without ever falling short of what is expected of them. Each one of us is weak in a certain area. The sooner you and I know that, the better it will be. Focusing on our weaknesses is not the goal. It leads to depression

That’s why we should fix our eyes on God, who can exceed what you and I think and dream of. We should aim at strengthening our faith walk on this earth so we can live our best life.

When you and I have access to God’s power, there’s joy. Joy is more than happiness. It’s long-lasting, beyond emotion. It’s an inner peace that is calming and sparkling. Experiencing such inner delight strengthens us to pursue God’s will even more. This helps us to live our best life.

You can receive this joy to make life easier. Not that all the challenges of life will be lifted, but there will be a form of ease that brings comfort to the inner soul while the storm is raging outside.

Do you want this kind of joy? Ask God for what you want out of life. If it’s within God’s will, he will grant your request. If not, trust that there is a reason and that he will provide something even better. Simply ask in Jesus’ name and then believe he is working on it. You will then receive the joy, knowing that he is listening, he cares, and he is ready to meet your needs.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to provide all my needs according to your riches. Give me the joy of living the great life you’ve given me so I can overcome anything that I face, in Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.

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“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”  2 Thessalonians 3:3

When life’s challenges surprise you, do you ever wonder why God did not protect you?

In this world, there are various forms of wickedness. Evil is unpleasant to talk about, but it’s real. Just because we have faith and expect pleasant things to happen, it doesn’t mean we won’t go through anything bad. Life happens. So, no matter how wonderful someone is, they’ll attract an opponent somewhere along the line.

When you face opposition, whether it’s when you’re trying to share the good news or doing something else, it’s important to have an umbrella. Ask God to protect you in your endeavors. That’s your umbrella—prayer.

Even if you’re hurting, pray for strength so you can overcome the pain. While you may think about your weaknesses, it’s better to focus on God’s faithfulness. The more you fix your eyes on God’s faithfulness, the more you will allow him to strengthen you so you can face the trials of life. Therefore, remember, God will not allow you to go through anything beyond the strength he supplies.

As you keep your faith in him and focus on his faithfulness, he may not remove everything you’re going through, but he will help you handle things with grace. God will defend you in his way and at the right time.

His ways are higher than our ways. So, your help may not come the way you imagine. The result may come in a way that surprises you or even humbles you. But the most important thing is that you can count on God’s faithfulness.

Father God, please protect me from evil and help me to face the world every day and everywhere I go. Strengthen me so I can overcome anything oppositional with grace. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

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“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

You might have been in the right place at the right time. Then you saw a boulder in the road not previously there. So, what do you do?

The COVID-19 pandemic showed up around the world without announcing its arrival. Such is life. It is stormy. The climate may not seem ideal. Yet, we don’t need to waste this time. You and I could try to trust in ourselves or do something else but self-confidence is not enough in this global climate. Our best is not enough. Don’t worry.

There’s Someone greater than us that we can look up to during times like these. With what’s happened so far and with what’s happening now, let us put our hope in God. As the above verse states, he’ll renew our strength. Let us see this obstacle as an opportunity to use our time positively in a new way. Let us continue to develop our gifts to answer God’s call in our lives. This will give us hope.

Grow your gift any way you can. Or develop a new gift. Use the resources you have access to, no matter how limited. Believe God Almighty can give us another chance to soar as high as an eagle again and grab hold of the opportunity at hand.

Use what you have at this time of life. You may never get this chance again. You may not work on your vision in the same way as before because of the current crisis. Work with what you have. Make the most of it.

God’s gift and his call will not change. So, let us change and adapt to the situations life brings.

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“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is unhealthy, your body is filled with darkness.”  Luke 11:34 NLT

Have you ever walked into a dark house? As you open the door, you feel fear. Who is there? What is happening in this lifeless space? You want the darkness to disappear. So, the best thing to do is to press the button to light up the room, right?

After you turn on the light you see that only one out of four light bulbs is working. That’s why the room is dim. It’s not a lack of strength in the electricity. Three of the light bulbs are burned out. They need changing.

Likewise, a person may have the Spirit of God living within them and yet not shine brightly for Christ. It’s not a question of how strong the Spirit is. It’s how much fruit of the Spirit will shine when darkness hits. The fruit is our “bulb” — our eyes and our hearts reflect that light of God.

Since light is more effective in darkness, the darker the place, the more light shines. The darker the world becomes, the more the fruit of the Spirit will be apparent. The fruit of the Spirit consists of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These qualities can stir up the heart of a person to see things with purity.

The light coming from within us will not only light up our surroundings; it will also sharpen our vision. We will see things the way God sees them. We’ll be able to make a difference because this genuine light from within shines through our eyes and our lives. When you and I enter a room, it will light up the space.

Dear God, thank you for giving me eyes to see. Strengthen me and keep my eyes healthy so through me, you can fill my space with abundant light. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.  ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’  Acts 9:3-6

Saul got up. He’d lost his sight! Before he became blind, Saul was on his way to imprison people belonging to The Way. But God interrupted and redirected his path. Then, Paul prayed and his sight was restored and he had a new vision for his life.

Paul went in the strength God provided, one step of faith at a time. From mission to mission, he made connections and planted churches. His passion was strengthened.

Paul was stoned and dragged outside the city as if dead. He was put into prison, flogged five times with 39 lashes, beaten with rods three times, shipwrecked three times, and faced dangers from rivers and robbers. Sometimes he was hungry, thirsty, and cold. But trials didn’t stop him. His commitment was unshakable. He pressed forward, focusing on the target — setting people free through the good news of Christ. He fixed his eyes on Jesus, not on his circumstances.

Despite his feelings of inadequacy, he allowed God’s grace to carry him through.

“My grace is sufficient, for my power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 9: 9-10).

He dared to write from prison. A good portion of the New Testament bears his signature.

Paul’s strength did not come from self-confidence but from confidence in God’s power. He stood in Jesus’ righteousness. He focused on the future, not on the past. Eventually, Paul said,

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

Dear Father God, I commit my future into your hands in Jesus’ name. Help me to be courageous and to make decisions in the light of eternity and to see the difference. Amen.

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“For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11

It takes wisdom to lift your head above the deep waters of life. It doesn’t always mean having a head full of knowledge. Knowing what to do when you’re in the deep waters is the key.

The deep waters of life can drown someone. Oh yeah, if you’re not careful, you may drown. However, if you know how to swim, you become like a fish in deep water. The water’s depth may not change, but once you know how to navigate in it, you can swim instead of panic. You can float and rise above that water. That’s wisdom.

When you feel afflicted by something, you need help. The Spirit of God is willing to help you by giving you wisdom. You don’t need to know why you’re in this deep water. What you need to know is how to move about comfortably so you can rise above it. That’s wisdom.

So, ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom. Ask him what you should do and how to proceed. He will guide you. He’s prepared to show you the thoughts of God.

Wisdom takes practice, just like learning to swim. God never promised that we wouldn’t face the deep waters of life. However, if you rely on the Holy Spirit, he’ll be there for you. Applying God’s wisdom to a situation will help you move comfortably. You’ll swim and maybe even explore this new facet of life.

Father God, I ask you to give me wisdom through the Holy Spirit and help me to apply it to my daily life. Help me float in your grace and not drown in the deep waters washing over my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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“He replied, ‘You are permitted to understand the secret of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders.’”  Mark 4:11(NLT)

Why did the best Teacher who ever lived use parables? Some scholars suggest it was easier for listeners of that era to understand because Jesus chose common illustrations from everyday life.

However, you and I both know parables are not always easy to understand. Sometimes they seem too hard to grasp. For years I tried to understand those types of parables on my own.

Jesus makes it clear in this passage that he used parables in public. In private, however, he sometimes explained those secrets of the Kingdom to his followers. I realized then it would take a lot of effort to sit in his presence in order to understand the deeper meanings his parables offered.

Those who are desperate for guidance and are willing to listen carefully will receive in their hearts what the Teacher meant in a particular parable. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the intention behind his words can be clarified.

It is possible for us to see with our inner eyes what Jesus meant but it takes quality time with him to reveal the true meaning of these parables. He enlightens those with undivided hearts and attention. His grace and his Spirit help listeners receive understanding.

What a privilege to get to sit in his presence. You and I get to hear his words as we read Scripture, discern what he means, and apply them to our lives. This will help us to do his will and live in joy.

Father God, help me to understand your written parables. Give me the grace, through your Holy Spirit, to be a doer of your Word. In Jesus’ name, thank you for providing understanding. Amen.

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“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?”  Ezekiel 14:3

Is there anything fighting to claim first place in your heart instead of God?

When God wins your heart, you have no room for idols. Idolatry can take many forms such as a relationship that you value, a loving family, your work, success, or the material possessions you have. Those things are not bad. However, if the desires of your heart for these things are stronger than your desire for God, you need to repent.

Anytime you notice your heart beating stronger for something else other than God, stop and think about it. God doesn’t like it because it can steer you down the wrong path. So, your heart should belong to God above all else.

However, when it happens, there’s a way out of trouble. God sent Jesus to live as one of us so he could identify with our human weaknesses. Jesus died on the cross and was raised from death, not only to redeem us but to cleanse our conscience from all sinful actions, so we can serve the living God with our whole heart. He promises that. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

This new covenant with God has made a provision to redeem you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness, provided you repent. If you’ve noticed that you sinned, be quick ask God for forgiveness. When you do something wrong or your heart’s desires steer you away, always run back to God, who can forgive you and help you move forward.

Father God, forgive me, purify my heart, and cleanse my conscience, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

By Fab Batsakis
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