January 15 – Lay Aside Every Weight

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1

Praise God for a new year! Half of the first month of it has passed already. Will it be a year of revival, of restoration, of liberty in your life? If you made spiritual resolutions, are they still intact? Now is the time to seek God with all your heart and soul!

Will you also seek to be more:

1) Diligent in prayer and Bible study?

2) Faithful in fellowship and giving?

3) Free in your worship and praise to God?

This year strive to lay aside every weight (hindrance to spiritual growth) and run with endurance the race (vision) that is set before you. There is a great grandstand of witnesses in heaven cheering you onward.

You can believe for the same promise God gave Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3 (paraphrased): I will bless you…and through you I will bless the nations! Notice this is a two-part blessing upon which to anticipate.

PRAY: “Surely, God, You have given me much…and I know now much is required of me.* With Your Spirit’s guidance and help today  I can perform Your will for me.  I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

*Luke 12:48b (paraphrased)

January 14 – I Can

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

Do you ever say “I can’t” when you are asked to do something for the Lord? You may be turning down a great opportunity if you do so. WHY?

1) Because at the end of your ability is where God’s sovereign hand begins. He is waiting for you to reach that point of reliance upon Him so that He can do it through you. I Thessalonians 5:24 says: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (Emphasis supplied.)

2) Because when you do something in obedience to God, there is a great reward in store. (See I Corinthians 3:8.) So let Him help you do it, and then you reap the reward.

Remember too Matthew 25:40 (paraphrased): Inasmuch as you do it unto one of the least (neediest) of your brethren, you do it unto me.

“I can…love my spouse; I can…forgive my enemy; I can…overcome that problem; I can… volunteer for the nursery; I can…correct my bad language; I can…witness to my neighbor.” Do it through Christ!

PRAY: “Father, when I attempt new tasks for You, I know l am totally dependent on Your grace. Help me continue to trust You on repetitive tasks as well. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

January 13 – Stand In The Gap

    “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”  Ezekiel 22:30

God is looking for intercessors to “stand in the gap.”  When someone’s name or face is impressed upon your heart in prayer, God is appointing YOU to the spiritual battle of intercession.

Never underestimate the importance of PRAYER. Prayer is where the ACTION is. It may appear that our battle is with the Amalekites on the field of combat, but the real action is happening in higher places. In Exodus 17:9-11, Moses stood at the top of the hill with the rod of God above his head while Aaron and Hur stood on either side, holding up his weary arms. In a spiritual sense, they were up there PRAYING; and, as long as the authority of God was lifted up, the battle was being won.

Maybe you are not necessarily “out doing” but, rather, “home praying” and standing in the gap through intercession, keeping the rod of authority lifted up by prayer. If so, remember: YOU ARE ON THE WINNING SIDE! Pray in faith, believing your prayer of agreement to produce miraculous results!

PRAY: “Mighty God, I lift up my hands and give You praise. I lift up my nation and ask You to protect it, revive it, and guide its leaders.  In Jesus’ Name, I stand in the gap. Amen.”