Day 21- Life

Day 21 - Life

Thank You for life!

God doesn't want us to simply survive, He wants us to thrive. We are to be leaders and be examples in this life by living life abundantly. Let’s stop focusing on what we don’t have. Let’s stop the complaining and negativity. Our world is not paradise. One day, we will live in paradise where everything will be perfect. Until then, let’s take God at His word and live life on earth more abundantly. The definition of abundant is - plentiful, superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon. Let’s thank God for the abundant life He’s given us. You are not ordinary. You are extraordinary! You were made in the image of God. You are a child of the most-high King.

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Prayer

God, thank You for life. By faith I thank You for an abundant life. Help me to be an example to this world by living the abundant life that you promised to me. I thank You for life in Jesus’ name Amen!

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Day 20 - Grace

Day 20 - Grace

Thank You for Your grace that is so amazing.

The New Testament Greek word for grace is defined as joy, pleasure and delight that leads us to Christ. Grace keeps, strengthens, and increases our Christian faith, knowledge and affection. Grace kindles us to exercise Christian virtues. Isn’t that amazing? Unfortunately, there are many people who have a hard time accepting God’s grace. We can walk around feeling like God is mad at us for all the wrong things we have done which makes it hard for us to face God. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that it is God’s grace that leads us to Him and helps us to live for Him. Grace is a free gift from God. You did nothing to earn it, and you did nothing so bad to disqualify yourself from being able to receive it. Let’s receive His grace today and thank God for giving us grace.

Prayer

God, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for leading me back to You. Thank you that because of Your grace, I can live for You and do all the things that You have created me to do. Help me to receive that grace and help me to offer grace to others as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 19 - Forgiveness

Day 19 - Forgiveness

Thank You for Your forgiveness.

The bible teaches us that if we confess our sins Jesus not only forgives our sins but He purifies us. In other words, Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Jesus is the filter that can cleanse us from all the past mistakes we have made. All our sins have been washed away. Although we may have to face the consequences of our poor decisions here on earth, Jesus cleanses us and purifies us the moment we confess and surrender our lives to Him. Stop looking at your past mistakes. Forgiveness is liberating and can free you from bitterness, shame, guilt, anger, and rage that you may be feeling. In a car, there is a reason why the windshield is much larger than the rearview mirror, because we are to stay focused on what’s in front of us. If you confessed your sins to God, He doesn't hold your mistakes against you. Don't let your past rob you of the best days that are still ahead of you. You have been forgiven. Now offer that forgiveness to those who have hurt you as well. Let’s thank God today for forgiveness.

Prayer

God, I thank You today that You don't hold my past against me. I ask You today that You would help me to walk in that freedom of knowing that my sins are forgiven. I also ask that You would help me to forgive those who have hurt me. I’m trusting You today to help me forgive others. Thank you for purifying me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 18 - Compassion

Day 18 - Compassion

Thank You for compassion that gives me a heart for others.

Sometimes people act in ways that can be difficult to manage. One of the last things that we may feel during difficult times of loving others is compassion. We have busy lives and we can often focus on our needs while overlooking the needs of those around us. Jesus was a great example of how to respond to people who are difficult. He had compassion for them. God has given each of us the ability to love others in difficult times. We are His hands and feet in this world and He wants to fill us with compassion to reach out to those around us who need God. Who are those people that God has put in your life that may feel like an inconvenience? It could be that God has placed them there so that you can have compassion for them and show them His love. Let’s ask God today to give us hearts that are sensitive and compassionate to those around us.

Prayer

God, I thank You today for the compassion that You have shown to me. I ask You that you help me to have a heart of compassion for those that You have surround me with in my life. Show me those people in my life today that you want me to reach. Give me the courage to take that step of bold obedience to do what You are leading me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 17 - Health

Day 17 - Health

Thank You for good health today that I am strong and full of strength.

God wants us to be healthy so that we can be strong to do all the things he has planned for our lives. The Bible tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit we are not our own. We were bought by the blood of Jesus that was shed for us on the cross. Imagine if a good friend gave you the keys to their multimillion dollar house to use for the day. How would you treat that house? You would be very careful to make sure you left it in the same condition it was given to you if not better. God wants us to do the same and take care of the bodies He has given us to use here on earth. Where do you need God’s help today to show Him that honor? Maybe it’s making better choices about what you eat. Maybe you need His help to overcome an addiction to food, drugs, alcohol or nicotine. God gives us the power to make wise choices today so that we can be healthy and do more for Him tomorrow. If you are sick in your body because of situations out of your control, God can give you the strength and healing you need today as well. Let’s thank Him by faith for good health.

Prayer

God, today I thank You that you are helping me make healthy choices. I confess that I have made some poor choices regarding my body. Thank You for Your grace and mercy today that covers me and heals me. Help me to remember today that my body is not my own and that Your Holy Spirit is living in me. By the power of Your Spirit, make me strong, heal me, and protect me in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 16 - Love

Day 16 - Love

Thank You for Your love that accepts me.

God loves us so much that even while we were living in our sinful ways, He came and made us alive with Christ. God’s love is not like our love. The love we have for others can be conditional. If someone loves us and treats us with respect, we love them back. If they are disrespectful and unloving, we often walk away from that relationship. God loved us first and He initiated a relationship with us while we were at our very worst. Stop trying to earn God’s love. You already have it. Let Him love you today. Receive His unconditional love. You cannot give what you have not first received yourself. RECEIVE IT!

Prayer

God, I thank You for Your unconditional love. I ask You today that You help me to receive that love. Fill me with the confidence of knowing that I am loved and accepted by You. Give me a fresh revelation of the power of Your cross. Help me to see myself as you see me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 15 - Favor

Day 15 - Favor

Thank You for giving me favor in all things at all times.

The Old Testament Hebrew word in this verse for favor defines it as pleasure, delight, goodwill, and acceptance. Isn't that an encouraging thought to picture yourself being surrounded with a shield of God’s pleasure, delight, goodwill and acceptance? The shield the Bible is talking about here is one that completely surrounds you, kind of like being inside of a tank. God loved us so much that He sent his son Jesus to pay the price for our sins so that we can be made right before God. If you have committed your life to Jesus, you can be confident today that you are being surrounded with a shield of favor. God’s favor enables you to walk around in Godly confidence knowing that you are loved and accepted by the Almighty. Because you are now His child, you have an incredible inheritance awaiting you in heaven. Let’s thank God for His favor today.

Prayer

God, thank You for surrounding me with a shield of Your favor. Help me to walk in that confidence today in everything that I do. Thank You that you accept me. Thank You that You love me and surround me with Your favor. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 14 - Wisdom

Day 14 - Wisdom

Thank You for giving me wisdom beyond my years to live and lead well.

Do you need wisdom today? The Bible says that if we lack wisdom that we should ask God and He will give us a generous portion of it. Who should I marry? What job should I take? How do I discipline my kids? Where do I go from here? What school should I attend? Where should I invest? What should I do? Life is filled with so many decisions. Godly wisdom can give you the ability to make the right choices. Wisdom from God leads us to the right answers and helps us avoid making costly mistakes. All we have to do is ask God for wisdom. Let’s thank God today for giving us wisdom.

Prayer

God, You said that if I lack wisdom that I should ask You, because You generously give to all without finding fault. So I’m asking, God, that You would give me wisdom today. I believe that Your Word is true. I thank You now for Your wisdom. Help me today to walk in wisdom in all areas of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 13 - Ability

Day 13 - Ability

Thank You for the ability to do all things that You have assigned me to do in your name.

God has an assignment for our lives. He has given us the ability to do all the things that we need to do to fulfill the plans that He has for us. The problem is when we look to our own ability rather than looking to Him to carry us, we can feel inadequate. There is not anything that you can’t do if you look to the Lord. You have the ability to be the spouse God created you to be. You have the ability to be the parent God created you to be. You have the ability to be the friend, employee, student, leader…. you fill in the blank. Let’s thank God today for our God-given abilities to be who He has created us to be for the task He has placed before us.

Prayer

God, thank You for giving me the ability to do all things through You. Today, I look to You and Your strength. Thank You for helping me to be the __________(you fill in the blank) that You created me to be. Remind me, in those times of frustration when I feel like I’ve missed the mark that You have given me the ability to do everything that I need to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 12 - Joy

Day 12 - Joy

Thank You for the joy that gives me strength.

Joy is something that goes much deeper than happiness. Happiness is a mental or emotional state. Joy is what causes you to be happy. Joy is the source of our strength according to God’s Word. That source is the Lord. God doesn't just want us to be happy. Happiness comes and goes but joy comes from the Lord. Today let’s thank God that our strength comes from the joy of the Lord and not the happiness found in this world. If you feel like you have no reason to be joyful, remember that the Lord is our place or means of safety, our protection, He is our refuge, stronghold and deliverer.

Prayer

God, thank You for joy today! I pray that You would fill me fresh with the joy of the Lord. Help me today to remember that my joy is not based on what happens around me but rather on what You are doing in my heart and in my life. I pray that I would overflow with joy today. I pray joy would be contagious to those around me. Let the joy from You show on my face. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 11 - Hope

Day 11 - Hope

Thank You for giving me hope.

Paul says hope is the anchor for our souls. Hope is what keeps us firm and secure even when we are facing some of life’s most difficult situations. When everything around us appears to be hopeless, we are encouraged knowing that, as believers, we have a hope that keeps us anchored no matter what we are facing. In what areas of your life do you need to have hope? Hope is firm assurance. It’s the assurance that even though you may feel sick in your body, you are standing firm on the hope that you will recover. Maybe you’re facing a financial situation that doesn't look good. Whatever you are facing, you can be confident in knowing that you are firm and secure, full of hope in Jesus’ name!

Prayer

God, thank You that You give me hope when everything seems hopeless. Help me today to remember that I am firm and secure in the hope that comes from You. Enable me to see today through the eyes of hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 10 - Faith

Day 10 - Faith

Thank You for the faith to believe in You for the things that I can’t yet see.

Faith is simply having confidence for what you hope for. In the U.S, we have insurance. We spend thousands and thousands of dollars during our lifetime to be prepared for what might happen. God doesn't give us insurance. He gives us assurance and all He is asking us to do is to have confidence in what we are hoping and praying for. What are you unsure of today? Maybe it’s faith that your marriage will be filled with passion again. Maybe it’s faith that your children will serve God. Maybe its faith to believe God will help you in school. Maybe you need faith just to believe that God loves you and has a plan for your life.

Prayer

God, I thank You today for giving me the faith to believe You- to believe in the things that I cannot see. I confess that I have doubted and even given up in certain areas of my life. Today, I ask that You stir up a mountain-moving faith in my heart. Let faith rise up with in me to walk in that confident assurance that You are moving in big ways on my behalf. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 9 - Vision

Day 9 - Vision

Thank You for giving me vision to see beyond my circumstances.

Having a vision is seeing things as they will be and not as they are currently. Do you have a vision for your life, family, career, ministry, or church? If you have a vision for something specific then you will begin to take the specific steps that will make that vision a reality in your life. If you have a vision for more, you will take steps to get more in your life. If you are focused on less and what you don’t have, your vision may be negative, keeping you from seeing what else God has for you. God’s vision for your life is so much bigger than what you can see. Abram in Genesis chapter 15, was a 75-year-old man trying to have children.

Naturally, Abram doubted that he would have any descendants. God’s answer to Abram was to look up and count the stars in the sky to see a glimpse of the vision that God had for the number of descendants Abram would have. God knew that Abram would need to focus on a vision of possibility for his situation to change. What is God telling you to “look up” and see today? Where do you need a clearer vision in your life? Ask God to show you His vision for your life.

Prayer

God, thank You for giving me “big vision” today to see beyond my current circumstances. Help me today to see things as You see them. Stir up within me “big vision” for every area of my life. Keep me from limiting You based on what I see. Give me vision beyond myself. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 8 - Discipline

Day 8 - Discipline

Thank You for helping me apply discipline to my life today.

When we pray, God answers and speaks to us. When we read His word, God gives us the instructions we need to live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, we can get so wrapped up in our day-to-day routines that we neglect the very disciplines needed to grow daily in our relationship with God. God wants us to say “no” to the wrong things so that we can position ourselves to experience the great things God has in store. In what areas do we need to be more disciplined today? Maybe it’s turning off the T.V. so we can spend time reading His word and praying. Maybe it’s getting to work on time so we can position ourselves well in the eyes of our employer. Maybe it’s making safe and healthy choices about our bodies. Maybe it’s staying home instead of going out to the places we know could be harmful to us. 

Prayer

God, I confess to You that I have not always been disciplined. I thank You for the grace and mercy that You give to me, even when I fall short. Help me today to make better decisions. Help me to say “no” in my weak moments. Stir up in me a passion for Your Word. Help me to grow deeper in my relationship with You. Give me the desire to pursue You more than the things that only satisfy me temporarily. I love You and I ask this In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 7 - Authority

Day 7 - Authority

Thank You for the authority that You have given me through Your name.

What would you say if I told you that God has already given you all the authority you need? Those who have authority can walk in confidence knowing that they have some higher authority backing them up. Sheriff’s deputies have the authority of the badge that was given to them to represent the Sheriff and his or her authority. Soldiers walk in the authority of orders passed down to them from their superiors. Jesus Christ has given us all the authority to overcome all things and nothing will harm us! Isn't that encouraging? Let’s walk in that humble confidence today. Let’s thank God today for His authority. In what areas of your life do you need to use your God-given authority? 

Prayer

God, I thank You today for the authority You have given me through Your son, Jesus. I ask that You would show me the areas in my life that I have allowed to overtake me. Help me today to walk in the authority that You have given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 6 - Strength

Day 6 - Strength

Thank You for the strength You are providing me today.

Are you feeling weak? Stop trying to solve your problems on your own. That is why you are feeling weak. When you attempt to do anything apart from God, you will find yourself burnt out and fatigued. I have good news for you! The Bible says that God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak; if you feel weak you are in the best position to be able to receive strength! We can tire ourselves out trying to get strong on our own. The strength God gives us is the strength that gives power to our bones. Deep inside of us, God fills us so we can be strong to do all that He has planned for us. You are strong. You have everything you need in His strength today.

Prayer

God, thank You today for increasing my strength. I receive Your strength. Help me to remember in my moments of feeling weak that you increase the strength within me. Keep me from looking to other things to fill me with what only You can satisfy. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 5 - Peace

Day 5 - Peace

Thank You for the peace that you are providing me today.

Jesus knew that we would need peace in this world so He left His peace with us. Often times we get so caught up in what we are doing that we become overwhelmed and anxious. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Let’s thank God for His peace that He has promised us. Let’s receive that right now and ask Him to make us more aware of His peace in our lives. Jesus has the ability to give us peace in the midst of the trial and the storm, not just in the absence of storms.  

Prayer

God, thank You for taking my anxious thoughts and filling me with peace. I pray today for help to remember that the challenges and struggles I face are opportunities to be filled with peace. I ask that You would help me to be more aware of Your peace in my family, my church, and in my life. I thank You for the peace that You have given to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 4 - Relationships

Day 4 - Relationships

Thank You for the relationships that You have provided.

In Exodus Chapter 4, Moses felt insecure about doing what God called him to do, so God connected Moses with Aaron. In Acts Chapter 9, God used a man named Ananias to pray for Paul before he stepped out and started his ministry.  Throughout the Bible, we see these God-connections that enabled individuals to do great things that they felt unable to do on their own. Are you trying to make things happen on your own? God isn't looking for a “lone ranger”. He wants to connect you with the people around you. You were never meant to do life alone. God wants to connect us through relationships so that we can grow stronger. All of us together can do so much more than any of us individually. Are you missing out on the relationships that God has surrounded you with?  Let’s thank God today for the relationships that He is providing. 

Prayer

God, I thank You so much for the relationships You have provided for me. Thank You for helping me make the right connections today in my job, with my family, with my community, and in my church. I thank You for the connections that I will continue to make throughout the year. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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DAY 3 - Resources

DAY 3 - Resources

God has created us in His image. No other animal or object that God created has been given the resources that He has given to us. We are the only part of God’s creation made in God’s image. God has made all resources available to us to be able to build His kingdom here on earth. What are the resources you need? Everything belongs to God and He can easily connect you with the resources that you need to fulfill the purposes God has for your life.

Prayer

God thank You for creating me in Your image. Thank You that You have given me every resource I need to do all that You created me to do here on earth. Today, I thank You specifically for _________________ (list what your personal need is). I’m trusting in You for the resources that I need. Thank You for meeting all my needs. I love You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

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Day 2 - Creativity

Day 2 - Creativity

Thank You for the creativity You have given me to see the possibilities in my life.

God created earth out of absolutely nothing. “Let there be…” and there was. God sees what we don't see. Where do you need to change the “it can’t be” to “let there be” in your life? When you seem to be facing an impossible situation with no solutions, God sees solutions. God gives us creativity to see the possibilities in an impossible situation. God can give us ideas that propel us beyond our limitations. Limitations force us to become creative. Creativity is simply leveraging perceived limitations. Where do you need creativity? Maybe it’s parenting a difficult child or a difficult relationship. Maybe it’s in your career or your ministry. Wherever you are, God can give you your “let there be” moment to make something happen out of nothing. 

Prayer

God thank You for helping me to see beyond what others see. Give me big ideas that will help me to see things differently. Increase my creativity so I can do so much more for You and help lead others to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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