GOD’S NOT GOING TO JUST BRING YOU OUT…

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

GOD’S NOT GOING TO JUST BRING YOU OUT, HE’S GOING TO BRING YOU OUT WITH ABUNDANCE

For TWENTY years Jacob worked for his father-in-law, Laban, bringing Laban great INCREASE in his flocks. Fourteen of those years he worked to earn Laban’s daughters as WIVES, then six more for his FLOCK. Over that time, Laban was DISHONEST with Jacob and unfairly changed the terms of Jacob’s wages TEN times. DESPITE that, God’s blessing FOLLOWED Jacob, and when he finally LEFT, he had more flocks and riches than LABAN. God SAW the hardship and unfairness, and He was keeping the records STRAIGHT.

God sees what’s unfair in YOUR life. He’s not going to just bring you OUT; He’s going to bring you out with ABUNDANCE. PAYBACK is coming. The bad breaks, the disappointments, and the people who did you wrong are NOT the end. It’s a SETUP. The enemy meant it for your HARM. He’d LOVE to convince you to live discouraged, not pursuing your dreams, and thinking it’s never going to work out. Don’t BELIEVE those lies. It’s setting you UP for new levels of your DESTINY.

Today’s Scripture:

Genesis 31:42, NIV

If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship…

..GOD GIVES YOU MORE….

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

WHEN YOU GIVE, GOD GIVES YOU MORE BACK…..

Oftentimes when we give of ourselves to serve OTHERS, nobody SEES it or even THANKS us. But God sees EVERYTHING. HE’S keeping the records. Jesus says, “What you do in SECRET, God will REWARD in the OPEN.” Don’t worry if you’re not getting credit. Don’t get discouraged if people don’t THANK you. GOD sees your sacrifice. He sees you buying SUPPLIES for your STUDENTS. He sees you taking care of that NEIGHBOR who’s not FEELING well. He sees you getting up EARLY to sing in the CHOIR. HE knows how to thank you. He knows how to open the windows of HEAVEN. You can’t be good to somebody without God being good back to YOU. That’s just the way God IS. When you GIVE, He gives you more BACK. When you show someone FAVOR, He shows you MORE favor. When you make it your business to SERVE, you’re going to see BREAKTHROUGHS, PROMOTION, and doors open that you COULDN’T open. Keep going the extra mile, and the BLESSINGS will come to YOU.

Today’s Scripture:

Matthew 6:4, AMPC

So that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.

WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO FOR YOU…….

In Daniel 3, when three Hebrew teenagers wouldn’t bow to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol, they were thrown into a fiery FURNACE. They SHOULD have perished INSTANTLY, but they were miraculously SPARED. After the teenagers came out unharmed, King Nebuchadnezzar, who had been AGAINST them and everything they STOOD for, was giving God PRAISE. WHY? God displayed awesome POWER through those teenagers so other people would be CHANGED.

That’s what God is going to do for YOU. You can try to CONVINCE some people about your faith, debate with them, but WORDS don’t always AFFECT people. HE’S going to open doors you CAN’T open, thrust you to NEW levels, and cause you to OVERCOME what looks impossible so they will KNOW the LORD is on your side. God is not going to do this all in private. He’s going to give you a PUBLIC sign, something SO amazing that people NOTICE. As with Nebuchadnezzar, they will want what YOU have. Every morning, get up and say, “God, display Your awesome POWER through ME today.”

Today’s Scripture

Daniel 3:28, NIV

Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!”

WHAT GOD PUT IN YOUR HEART…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

PURSUE YOUR DREAMS AND DO WHAT GOD PUT IN YOUR HEART

The apostle Paul doesn’t say that you’re ALWAYS going to be at peace with everyone. Yes, you should go the extra MILE and do all YOU can to live at peace. But if THEY still don’t want to have peace, you need to move ON. You have a DESTINY to fulfill. Life is too short for you to be worrying about people who don’t want to have PEACE with you. Don’t FRUSTRATE yourself trying to make something happen that THEY don’t want. That’s not being disrespectful; that’s being RESPONSIBLE with the GIFTS God has given you.

You WON’T fulfill your destiny if you’re trying to keep EVERYONE happy. Some people demand that you meet THEIR expectations and just want you for what you can do for THEM. Those are DISTRACTIONS. Quit letting them squeeze you into THEIR mold. You need to gradually break AWAY from people like that. You weren’t created to be controlled and not be able to pursue your DREAMS and have time to do what GOD put in your HEART.

Today’s Scripture:

Romans 12:18, NIV

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

HONOR TO THOSE WHO GAVE ALL…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

TODAY, LET’S GIVE HONOR TO THOSE WHO GAVE ALL, SO THAT WE COULD ENJOY THEIR GIFT TO US…..FREEDOM…..

In the Old Testament, God commanded His people to put down “MEMORIAL stones” as reminders of past national VICTORIES. Every time they or future generations passed by a MEMORIAL, they would remember the mighty things God had DONE and HONOR the people who gave their LIVES for others. All throughout the Scripture, we see that God BLESSES an attitude of honor. To show HONOR simply means that you give respect and RECOGNITION to others with your ATTITUDE, ACTIONS, and WORDS.

Today, we recognize MEMORIAL Day as a time when we honor all the brave men and women who have given THEIR lives in service for this COUNTRY. As we REMEMBER them, let’s HONOR the gift of FREEDOM they have given us by saying thank you with our ACTIONS and choosing to love and HONOR others. Let’s also honor all those who are SERVING in our armed forces and THEIR families who are sacrificing so much TODAY. Let’s pray for God’s PEACE, PROTECTION, and PROVISION over EVERY area of their lives.

Today’s Scripture:

Romans 13:7, NIV

Give to everyone what you owe them…if honor, then honor.

DEFY THE ODDS…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

GOD’S FAVOR WILL HELP YOU DEFY THE ODDS…..

In the Scripture, Nehemiah had a DREAM to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem. They had been torn down, and the people living there were UNPROTECTED. This dream seemed IMPOSSIBLE. Nehemiah was living in EXILE a thousand MILES from Jerusalem, working as a cupbearer to the KING. He didn’t have any INFLUENCE, CONNECTIONS, resources, or FUNDING, but when GOD gives you a dream, HE lines up EVERYTHING you need. When Nehemiah asked the king for permission to GO, for protection in his TRAVELS, and for all the SUPPLIES and MONEY for the project, the king GRANTED his request. When YOU face situations that seem impossible, do as Nehemiah did and start DECLARING, “The gracious hand of GOD is on my life.” The dreams that GOD has put in your heart, you need to speak FAVOR over them. Those problems that LOOK impossible, declare that the FAVOR of God is turning them AROUND. His favor will help you DEFY the odds. The QUESTION is, are you going to ACTIVATE this FAVOR?

Today’s Scripture:

Nehemiah 2:8, NIV

And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.

JEALOUS PEOPLE…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

JEALOUS PEOPLE CAN’T KEEP YOU FROM YOUR DESTINY…..

In 1 Samuel 10, after Saul was chosen to be the first king of Israel, MOST of the people were HAPPY and CONGRATULATED him. But when Saul went back HOME, SOME of the people spoke of him with contempt and DESPISED him. They said he didn’t have what it took to be KING, and they tried to push him DOWN. Saul refused to waste his TIME with these small-minded people who didn’t VALUE who he WAS or respect the TALENT and FAVOR on his life. He simply chose to IGNORE them.

If you’re going to reach your DESTINY, you have to get good at ignoring negative COMMENTS, CRITICISMS, INSULTS, and NAYSAYERS. They don’t CONTROL your destiny. They are DISTRACTIONS to try to keep you from God’s BEST. Instead of being upset over who’s NOT for you and frustrated over who’s trying to make you look BAD, IGNORE them. Jealous PEOPLE can’t keep you from your DESTINY. Small-minded people can’t stop your PURPOSE. That’s not a battle YOU have to FIGHT. Let GOD vindicate you.

Today’s Scripture:

1 Samuel 10:27, AMP

And they regarded Saul with contempt and did not bring him a gift. But he ignored the insult and kept silent.

FIRST THING EVERY MORNING…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

FIRST THING EVERY MORNING, YOU HAVE TO STIR UP YOUR HEART

God says that He is looking for PASSIONATE people, people who are full of PRAISE, people who SEEK Him with all their HEART, not HALF. He’s talking about people who worship Him in SPIRIT and TRUTH, who are EXPECTING to find Him and His favor. You can’t be indifferent, lethargic, and passive in SEEKING Him or in reaching your POTENTIAL. You have to have some FIRE in you. Don’t let what didn’t work out, the disappointments, or the bad breaks cause you to become HALF-hearted in your praise, half-hearted in your MARRIAGE, or half-hearted at WORK. That’s why you have to STIR UP your heart. You’re not going to wake UP EVERY morning excited about seeking God and reading His Word or ENTHUSIASTIC about your DREAMS. You’re going to have to do as DAVID did and say, “This is the day the LORD has made. I will REJOICE and be GLAD in it. With my whole heart I will SEEK You.” If you keep SEEKING Him like this, you’ll FIND Him at levels you never DREAMED.

Today’s Scripture:

Jeremiah 29:13, NIV

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

GOD’S DREAM FOR YOU…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GOD’S DREAM FOR YOUR LIFE IS MUCH BIGGER THAN YOURS

MOST of us believe that God wants to provide for our daily NEEDS, but HIS dream for your life is much BIGGER than your own. He has UNCOMMON blessings, unusual INCREASE, and unprecedented FAVOR for you, but you can’t just ask Him for the ORDINARY. You have to ask for dreams that look IMPOSSIBLE, for INCREASE that seems out of REACH, for FAVOR to overcome obstacles that look too BIG. If you only pray SMALL prayers, you’re going to see small RESULTS.

How many of YOUR big prayers are going unanswered because you never ASKED? You never had the BOLDNESS to say, “God, take me where I CAN’T go on my own. Open this DOOR that looks IMPOSSIBLE. HEAL me of this SICKNESS. Turn my CHILD around.” If you’re not asking for something that’s over your HEAD, that you don’t have the RESOURCES for, that the experts say there’s no WAY, you’re not believing for the far-and-beyond FAVOR that God wants to SHOW you. Go ahead. DARE to ask Him.

Today’s Scripture:

James 4:2, NLT

Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

GOD IS THE SOURCE…..

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

GOD IS THE SOURCE FOR EVERY GOOD THING IN YOUR LIFE

Are you thanking God for every good THING in your life? Are you recognizing the SOURCE? When doors opened that YOU couldn’t open, when somebody gave you a good BREAK, when you were at the right place at the right TIME, when you met that PERSON and fell in LOVE, that WASN’T a coincidence; that was the SOURCE. You weren’t being LUCKY when that person put in a good WORD for you and you got the PROMOTION. GOD SPOKE to that person, telling them to be GOOD to you. Every GOOD thing comes from your FATHER. They may not have even KNOWN it was God, thinking they just suddenly had the DESIRE to help you–to stay LATE and introduce you to that FRIEND, or to wave the POLICY and put the LOAN through.

Don’t get so caught up in the RESOURCES God uses that you forget HE is the SOURCE who is making it happen. There are NO lucky breaks or coincidences. The Most High GOD is the One who PUT them there.

Today’s Scripture:

2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.