Devoted to Prayer – Colossians 4:2

Verse:

​Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Colossians 4:2 NLT

Takeaway:

Prayer is one of the coolest parts about being a Christian. We have a straight-shot connection to God the Father through Jesus. This verse says we should devote ourselves to prayer, but not just any kind of praying. We are to have an alert mind and a thankful heart. When we engage our minds with the things of God, it transforms our entire lives from the inside out. Then the next part, when we have a thankful heart, that guards us against so many things (i.e. bitterness, jealousy, offense, etc…).

Action:

Think about your prayer life. Are you always “alert” when you are talking to God, or do you just pray before meals and as you’re drifting off to sleep? How thankful are you for what God has put in front of you?

Be intentional about your prayer. Engage your mind and be alert when you pray. And when you pray, thank God for the things He has blessed you with instead of asking Him to give you more or to fix the things you are uncomfortable with.

Leave a comment below and share how this verse is going to impact your prayer life.

A Sound Mind

Verse:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:7 NKJV

http://bible.com/114/2ti.1.7.NKJV

Takeaway:

God will never motivate is by fear. That spirit is the exact opposite of what God gives us. Have you ever heard of the phrase “peace of mind”? The Bible also says that God gives us a peace that passes all understanding. We follow His peace.

I believe God put this verse in the Bible to open our eyes to the lies told to us by the enemy. Knowing that fear is not God’s way frees is from being led down the wrong path. It’s a simple way for us to know if something is from God or not.

Action:

Do you have a sound mind? Are you making decisions based on fear, or are you being led by God’s peace? Ask God to open your eyes to see if you’ve been making decisions out of fear. If you have, it’s not too late to get that sound mind that God freely gives. Ask Him to help you.

The Golden Rule – Common Sense

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Verse:

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

LUKE 6:31 AMP

Takeaway:

I’m not sure what I could say here that could possibly make this verse hit home any more than it already does (or should). If you consider your actions and always put yourself in others’ shoes, it will help you make better decisions. This can also help you decide to do nice things for others as well. It’s not just about not being mean or rude to folks. What if you were hungry and homeless on the side of the road holding a cardboard sign?

Action:

Everything you do to others, try to think about how it would make you feel if someone did that to you, whether good or bad. Ask God to help you see people through His eyes today.

God Desires

Delight yourself also in the Lord , And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:4 NKJV

http://bible.com/114/psa.37.4.NKJV

Not only does God want to give you the desires of your heart, but He also wants to be the One who puts those desires there in the first place. Who better to give you what you need than the One who created you? He knows what you’re good at and what you will enjoy the most.

So all we have to do is delight ourselves in the Lord. Turns out that’s actually an enjoyable thing to do! God is for us, and He wants us to have an abundant life.

What desires are in your heart now? How did they get there? Ask God what His desires are for your life. You won’t be disappointed.

Why Do We Love?

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Verse:

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:8 NKJV

Takeaway:

Love. It’s a beautiful thing, but why do we love?

“I love you because…”  You can fill in the blank.  There are many “reasons” why we love someone. “I love you because you’re beautiful!”; “…because you make me feel great!”; “…because you care for me!”.  What happens when those “reasons” are stripped away?  Do we still love?

Walking in God’s kind of love is freedom.  Freedom from expectations and reasons.  There’s no reason why He loves us.  He just does.  God is love. (1 John 4:8)

God loved us so much he sent his only son to the earth to suffer and die in our place.  Unconditional love never changes.  There’s no expiration date.  God’s love is eternal just as God himself is eternal, because God is love!

Love is a state of being.  Love is a choice.  If we look past all the reasons for loving someone, what do you see?  What does God see?

Action:

Man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart! (1 Samuel 16:7)
Be willing to look past all the reasons and see the heart!  You may just find a diamond in the rough! (Ephesians 5:25)

Finding Rest Is Easy and Free – Matthew 11:28

Verse:

​Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NLT

Takeaway:

It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Matthew 11:28 shows us that Jesus is the cornerstone of our peace as Christians. Finding rest really is easy and free! Anything that burdens you can be brought to Jesus in exchange for rest. We simply aren’t made to carry everything ourselves.

We all desire rest from carrying our heavy loads in life, but it’s not always obvious how to do that. I have always heard people say, “give it to Jesus” when referring to something that is troubling. It finally made sense to me one day when I visualized myself actually handing something to Jesus. When you give up a burden, you no longer think about it or worry about it. Your burden is no longer in your hands. It’s being handled in the best way possible, and it’s worry-free!

Action:

What burdens are you carrying that you weren’t created to carry? Meditate on this verse and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what you’re carrying. Come to Jesus with it, and let him take the weight of it for you.

Give.

​Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

When you understand how God’s economy works, you no longer worry about lack. You don’t give to get, but this verse tells us that we will be provided for if we obey what it says to do. The very first part of the verse is the command: give. This applies to everything in our lives, including (but not limited to) money.

What is God saying to you through this verse? Ask Him what area(s) of your life need a shift in giving. Do you need to give more of something? Or maybe you need to start giving in an area you haven’t been giving in at all yet.

First Things First

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

This is one of my favorite verses. If we keep this in mind it will alleviate so much stress and wasted time in our lives. Seek God first, and everything else will work out. Another verse to add to this would be Romans 8:28.

Meditate on this verse today, and consciously make a decision to seek God first today.