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Monday, November 28, 2022
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
The beauty of winter snowfall and the warm taste of a hot chocolate are as much a part of everyday life as they are a personal blessing from the Lord. Today, take a second to thank God for the things you might take for granted, like the breakfast you ate this morning, or the fact that your car started. The Lord is just as involved in the everyday blessings of life as He is in miracles. He does, after all, hold the very universe together. Consider it a gift that He holds you together, too, and that He allows good things to happen every day.
Friday, November 25, 2022
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
Like the good and loving Father that He is, God delights in blessing His children. Imagining God as a cosmic killjoy is one of the greatest mistakes you can make. He created happiness, gladness, joy and peace, and He is love. His plan is for your good, and though you aren’t guaranteed a life without hardships, you can expect good things from the Lord. Thank Him today for the blessings He has given you, whether that’s family, food, your home, or hope you have in Jesus. Whether in life or in Heaven, God’s gifts to you are innumerable, because His love is immeasurable.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.
There’s so much to be thankful for, on earth and in Heaven. God is good, death is defeated, and through Jesus we have been given access to eternal paradise. You’re destined for God’s kingdom, and that wonderful truth is reason enough to praise Him every day. This Thanksgiving, be thankful for the kingdom of Heaven, and for the ways the Lord has blessed you in this world. God has saved the best for last, but His goodness can be found in the people you love, the food that you eat, and the life He has given you. Give thanks for the little pieces of Heaven that the Lord has gifted you on earth, and give Him all the glory.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
When was the last time something slipped God’s notice? He has His eyes on every living thing, even the ravens. The Lord knows your needs, and He can provide for all of them, even more than you can ask or imagine. In many ways, He already has. In times of need and in times of plenty, no matter the circumstances, there’s still things you can thank Him for, from the air you breathe to your very salvation. Trust in the Lord’s will. Pray for your wants and needs, and whether you’re full or hungry, don’t forget how much you mean to Him. You are His creation, and you’re worth so much more than you know… certainly more than the birds.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
In the verses surrounding this one, Paul urges believers to give generously to others, not out of compulsion, but from a genuine desire to love people. God doesn’t want you to give reluctantly just to satisfy a feeling of guilt. He loves a cheerful giver, and however much you decide to give, God is able to provide for you. Whether you choose to bless a friend, your family, or churches and ministries with your time and resources, be grateful for what the Lord has given you. When you realize that everything you have was given to you by God, it’s only natural to begin using the gifts you’ve been given to make someone else’s day.
Monday, November 21, 2022
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
God’s blessings are innumerable, and they aren’t hard to find if you look for them. From the food you eat to the clothes you wear, to the country you were born in, the Lord has blessed everybody in more ways than one. It’s easy to focus on the things in your life that could be different, but God has already given you what’s most important: the breath in your lungs and the blood of His Son. Rejoice that your sins are paid for, pray for your wants and needs, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.
Friday, November 18, 2022
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Life is full of constant change on a personal, societal, and global scale. Circumstances change, relationships change, and people themselves change. The one thing that has never changed since the beginning of the world is the Lord. He is always good, always just, and always merciful. Christ is sinless perfection, and in His grace, He rescued you from your imperfections, so that you could one day be in Heaven with Him. He always is, always has been, and always will be the one true God.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
It’s important that you take time to rest your body and mind. Even God rested on the seventh day of creation… however, He never stopped being God. The Bible doesn’t say it’s wrong to feel weary, but it does encourage you not to grow weary of doing good. We are called to be imitators of Christ; a desperately needed light in the world. Life is like a breath, or a season that comes and goes. Take seriously the time that God is given us and do as much good in His name as you can, not growing weary, but persevering until you reach the finish line.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.
The universe we live in is incredibly vast and stunningly beautiful. The colossal planets and stars out in space are a testament to God’s handiwork, but the earth itself, though just a speck of dust on the cosmic scale, is special. God created the sun, moon, and stars in one day, but He spent four creating this world. He set the boundaries of the earth, separated the sky and sea, and filled the planet with life. Winter, spring, summer, and fall are small parts of God’s creation, but their beauty declares that our God is good.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.
God holds the whole world in His hands. Every day is a day that He made and has given to us. The promise that He made to Noah and the world in Genesis 8 was that, until He ushers in the new Heaven and the new Earth, the seasons would continue. Cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. The Lord made the seasons, and He has promised to uphold them until Christ returns, and the world is made new. Just as the rainbow reminded Noah of God’s goodness, let the changing seasons remind you of the Creator, as fall gives way to winter, and winter to spring.
Monday, November 14, 2022
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
God invented time, and He’s given a purpose to every moment of time since “Let there be light.” Throughout history, He has established kings and let kingdoms crumble. He has given blessings to those who seek Him and cursed those who cursed Him. Every spring rain, every summer heat and every cold winter was set into motion by the Lord, who put the stars in the sky to measure days, months, and years. Whatever “season” of life you find yourself in, whether it’s a tumultuous one or a carefree breeze, God gave it to you. You aren’t in charge of your season of life, but you are in charge of what you do in those circumstances.
Friday, November 11, 2022
2 Timothy 2:3-4
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
In his letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul compares living for Christ to being a soldier. It requires focus and endurance: focus on what God wants, not what you want, and endurance to carry out His will even when it’s hard. God has given you a mission and armed you with the proper talents and abilities you’ll need to carry it out. Dedicate yourself to Christ and to the plan He has for your life and keep strong when distractions and difficulties arise. Remember who it is you serve and aim to please Him first and foremost. And today, remember those who have served in our nation’s military to protect our rights, our freedom, and our home.