Monday, July 7, 2008

July 4th weekend and a good devo

I had a really good July 4th weekend. It was pretty busy but I did get to chill with my family on Saturday and also last night. I was pretty exhausted last night though so there wasn't much connecting with my kids and wife. On the other hand, God is planting some great vision in my heart for our church and I'm very excited about our future. Yesterday I talked about going back and facing our problem as we started our series on the book of Philemon. My delivery of the message was below average and it wasn't my best day but the amazing thing is that the Holy Spirit still works in people's lives. As you face your problems today, I found a good devotional that I though would encourage you.

Thriving Every Day
Today's Scripture

"...I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance, to the full, till it overflows" (John 10:10 AMP).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

God doesn't want you to live with a "barely-get-by" attitude. He has new seasons of increase in front of you. He wants you to thrive, to live an abundant, overflowing life. Sometimes when things seem difficult, it's easy to slip into a "survival mode." When times get tough, it's tempting to just hunker down and settle where you are. If you're not careful, you'll develop a survival mentality that will keep you from growing and releasing your faith. You'll be happy just to "break even." But as God's children, we're not supposed to just break even; we're supposed to break through to a new level! We're supposed to believe for more of God's favor, increase, and promotion no matter what is happening in the world around us. Make up your mind today that no matter how difficult things seem, you are going to thrive every day! Take hold of God's promises and declare that you are rising higher. As you continue to expect His favor and increase, you'll see His hand of blessing in your life, and you will thrive and live in victory all the days of your life.

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, thank You for giving me life. I choose today to agree with Your Word which says I can thrive and enjoy my life to the full. Help me see Your hand at work more and more each day. I bless You and give You praise. In Jesus' Name. Amen.