“Equipped by Faith”

Equipped by Faith

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Every Scripture is God-breathed…so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work”
(2 Timothy 3:16–17, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

God has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny through His Word. The Scripture tells us that as believers in Jesus Christ, we are anointed. The word “anointing” is the power of God which gives you courage, strength and ability. When you put the Word of God in you, you are receiving that anointing, you are building your faith, and you are being equipped for every good work.

The next time you start to wonder if you have what it takes, go to God’s Word and stir up your faith. Focus on His truth which says you are well able to do what He has called you to do. You can accomplish your goals. You have the ideas, the creativity and talent to be successful. You can overcome every obstacle! You’ve been armed with strength for every battle, and the forces that are with you are greater than the forces that are against you!

Today, don’t settle where you are. Don’t settle for a weak, defeated mentality. Instead, have the attitude that “I am anointed. I can accomplish my dreams. I can overcome any obstacle. I am equipped and empowered by the Creator of the universe! I am able to live the abundant life God has in store for me!”

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, thank You for equipping me. Thank You for empowering me. Help me stay focused on Your Word and Your plan for me today. Help me understand Your anointing so that I can do all that You’ve called me to do. I bless You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

“We Just Exist When We Aren’t Serving”

“We Just Exist When We Aren’t Serving”
by Rick Warren

“Each of us will have to give a personal account to God.
Romans 14:12 (NLT)

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At the end of your life on earth you will stand before God, and he is going to evaluate how well you served others with your life. The Bible says, “Each of us will have to give a personal account to God.” (Romans 14:12 NLT)

Think about the implications of that. One day God will compare how much time and energy we spent on ourselves compared with what we invested in serving others.

At that point, all our excuses for self-centeredness will sound hollow. “I was too busy” or “I had my own goals” or “I was preoccupied with working, having fun, or preparing for retirement.” To all excuses God will respond, “Sorry, wrong answer, I created, saved, and called you and commanded you to live a life of service. What part did you not understand?”

The Bible warns unbelievers, “He will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves,” but for Christians it will mean a loss of eternal rewards.” (Romans 2:8 NLT)

We are only fully alive when we’re helping others. Jesus said, “If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will never know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35 (LB); see also Matthew 10:39; 16:25; Luke 9:24; 17:33)

This truth is so important that it is repeated five times in the Gospels. If you aren’t serving, you’re just existing, because life is meant for ministry. God wants you to learn to love and serve others unselfishly.

“Having All That You Need”

Having All That You Need

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”
(2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

We serve a God of abundance! He is more than enough! No matter what is on your “plate” of life, God wants to pour out His abundant grace upon you. One of the meanings of grace is God’s good will, loving kindness and favor. His grace keeps us, strengthens us and causes us to increase. In fact, He’s already extending that grace to you right now; all you have to do is open your heart and humbly receive it by faith.

Humility is an important key to receiving God’s grace. If we are seeking our own way, it blocks Him from working in our lives. But when we are humble, then He will empower us by His grace. Notice in this verse that by His grace you will have everything that you need at all times…that’s living in abundance! And when you are living in abundance, you are equipped to be a blessing to those around you. Today, seek His ways first and allow Him to empower you by His grace.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father in heaven, today I humbly come before You. I surrender my heart, will, mind and emotions to You. I ask that You pour out Your grace on me today and equip me for every good work. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

“God Created You Help Others”

“God Created You Help Others”
by Rick Warren

“Now you belong to him .. in order that you might be useful in the service of God.
(Romans 7:4 TEV)

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Your call to salvation included your call to service. They are the same. Regardless if your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service. A “non-serving Christian” is a contradiction in terms.

The Bible says, “He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose.” (2 Timothy 1:9 TEV)

Peter adds, “You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you.” (1 Peter 2:9 GW).

You are called to serve God. Growing up, you may have thought that being “called” by God was something only missionaries, pastors, nuns, and other full-time” church workers experienced, but the Bible says every Christians is called to service. (Ephesians 4:4 – 14; see also Romans 1:6-7; 8:28-30; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 9, 26; 7:17; Philippians 3:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3)

Anytime you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling. The Bible says, “Now you belong to him .. in order that you might be useful in the service of God.” Romans 7:4 TEV)

How much of the time are you being useful in the service of God? In some churches in China, they welcome, new believers by saying “Jesus now has a new pair of eyes to see with, new ears to listen with, new hands to help with, and a new heart to love others with.”

“He Laughs in the Heavens”

He Laughs in the Heavens

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“He Who sits in the heavens laughs…”
(Psalm 2:4, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Have you ever imagined God laughing in the heavens? Think about it for a moment. Right now, God is on the throne. He’s not mad. He’s not worried about the economy. He’s not upset with you and me. God is full of joy and laughing on the throne. It goes on to tell us in Psalm 37 that He’s laughing because “He can see the destruction of the enemy coming.” In other words, the reason God laughs is because He knows the end of the story. He knows the final outcome. The good news is that you and I win. God always causes us to triumph!

Imagine watching the Super Bowl when you already know the outcome. You already know who is going to win. No matter how far behind the winning team falls, no matter how bad it looks for them, you wouldn’t get upset. You wouldn’t be worried. Why? You’ve got inside information. You know the final outcome. That’s what God is saying to us today. When it gets tough and things don’t look like they’re going to work out, we know that with God we are on the winning team! Today, you can laugh with Him knowing that He has favor, strength and victory in store for your future!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father in heaven, I choose to rest and trust in You. Thank You for bringing victory in every area of my life. Give me opportunities today to share Your joy and love with the people around me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

“He Gives Good Gifts”

He Gives Good Gifts
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father…”
(James 1:17, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

God has so many good and perfect gifts in store for you. Not only does He offer eternal life through His Son, Jesus, but the Bible is filled with His generous and abundant promises in this life. He wants to bless you with provision and supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. He wants to pour out His abundant favor on you and cause everything you touch to prosper. He wants to bless you with spiritual gifts and make you strong in your inner man. He wants you to enjoy your job and be proud of your work each day. These are all gifts from God.

Every good gift from God is meant to draw us closer to Him. Often times, people have an idea about God based on past experiences. But today, I encourage you to let go of old mindsets and see God according to His Word. He is good and faithful, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! Seek Him today and experience the life of blessing He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father in heaven, thank You for Your good and perfect gifts. I open my heart to You today and ask that You help me see Your goodness so that I can know You more. Fill me with Your peace and joy as I follow You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

“Four ‘Hearing Aids’ for Receiving God’s Word”

“Four ‘Hearing Aids’ for Receiving God’s Word”
by Rick Warren

“Accept the word planted in you.”
James 1:12 (NIV)

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If we’re going to be blessed by the Word of God, we need to be receptive. All through Scripture, God’s Word is compared to seed. When Jesus told the parable of the sower, he said, “The Word of God is a seed and it’s planted in our hearts” (Luke 8:11-12).

Now, why is it possible to take two seeds that are exactly the same, plant them in two different locations, yet, get more fruitfulness from one seed than the other? It is because one is planted in soil that is prepared to receive the seed and the other is planted in soil that is not prepared.

So, why is it that you can take two people, put them in the same church service – where they hear the same message – yet, one person gets blessed by it and the other person says he didn’t get anything out of it. It is because one heart was prepared and one wasn’t.

James says there are four “hearing aids” that help us receive the Word of God —

1. Be careful. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak …” (James 1:19 NIV) I must have a careful attitude. Many of our problems are caused because we’re quick to speak rather than being quick to listen. Be ready. Be intent to receive God’s Word.

2. Be calm. “And slow to become angry …” (James 1:19 NIV) Be calm if you’re going to receive God’s Word and be blessed by it. A relaxed attitude increases receptivity. If you’re relaxed, people can communicated with you more. We don’t hear much when we’re angry, upset, bitter, or resentful. Bitterness is a barrier, an emotional block that keeps us from hearing God’s Word. Some may ask, “How come God never speaks to me?” Maybe you’ve got some resentment in your life you need to get rid of.

3. Be clean. “Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent ..” (James 1:21 NIV) When you have a sin in your life, it blocks your hearing and prevents God’s Word from getting into your heart. He says get rid of the evil, anything that we know that isn’t right in our lives.

How can we be clean? By confession. “If we confess our sins, He’s faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 John 1:9 NLT)

4. Be compliant. “Humbly accept the word of God planted in you ..” (James 1:21 NIV) Be teachable, yielded, humble, willing to be changed. Don’t act like you know it all. If you know it all, God’s Word can’t get through to you.