Archive for March, 2011

Dear Friends,
Today I want to encourage you to trust the Lord with everything you have going on in your life. When we give Him the opportunity to act and help us He does. I would like to share this devotional that reminds us that God will give us the desires of our hearts when we trust Him. Enjoy!

God Gives us the Desires of Our Hearts
# 303

Psalm 37:4-5 (NLT)

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

God places desires in our hearts. When we delight in Him (take time to be with Him, spend time in His presence, and fellowship with Him), He will give us those desires. When we commit ourselves to do everything unto the Lord, He will help us achieve our goals. In other words, when we spend time with Him, we give Him an opportunity to change us, to exchange old desires with new ones. Therefore, when we desire what He put in our hearts, He will help us achieve those desires because He put them there in the first place.

Are you spending enough time with the Lord to give Him the opportunity to place those desires in your heart? What kind of job do you desire to have? Are you in the industry you desire to be?

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Obey God in Faith

Dear Friends,
It takes faith to obey God—at all times and in all circumstances. In the workplace it is even more difficult because of our desire to fit in versus staying away from situations that may hurt us in the future. Today’s devotional reminds us to obey God in faith and we will experience His blessings. Enjoy!

Obey God in Faith

John 15:14 (NLT)
You are my friends if you obey me.

Luke 11:28 (NLT)

“But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

Jesus went to the cross by faith, knowing it was the only way humanity would be saved. This is the ultimate sacrifice and example of obedience by faith that Jesus as a human did.

Many times God asks us to do things that don’t make sense in our minds. Other times we simply don’t want to do them. It is in those instances we must obey in faith, knowing God always wants the best for us and He orders our steps.

In the workplace, you will have many opportunities to obey or disobey God. For example: if you see a group of employees telling dirty jokes or gossiping, your flesh may want to participate just to fit in, but your spirit will be telling you, “No, stay where you are.” Obey God by keeping your heart pure and not hearing corrupt communications. Remember, it is easier to disobey. But even when it is difficult to obey God’s direction in your life, it is worth it and you will be blessed.

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Complete Confidence

Dear Friends,
Today I want to share with you a devotional that reminds us to trust God in all circumstances—no matter what they are. It asks some key questions we cannot forget when we are in the midst of the storms in our lives and are experiencing difficult situations. Read this devotional and reflect on it today. Enjoy!

Have Complete Confidence and Faith in Jesus
Mark 4:40 (NLT)

And he asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?”

Jesus and His disciples were in their boat crossing a lake when a fierce storm arose. The disciples were afraid they were going to drown and went to wake up Jesus who they found peacefully sleeping in the back of the boat. Then Jesus asked His disciples the question above. It is insulting to Jesus when we have Him in our hearts, yet don’t have faith in Him to deliver us from the storms.

When we accept Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior, we are telling Him we believe in His ability to save us from everything—including going to hell. How can we believe He saved us from eternal damnation in hell, but we don’t have enough faith to believe He can get us through the storms in our lives?

When Jesus was inside the boat with His disciples and a storm developed all around them, He was sleeping in peace. How could He do that? Simply because He had complete confidence in His Father, and He knew that no matter what was going on in the world around Him, the Father would take care of Him. This is a revelation we must appropriate in our hearts.

If you accepted Jesus, then He is in you now and all that He is and represents is inside of you, in your spirit. Having Him in your life means you have His power, His anointing, peace, love, joy, and everything else God wants you to have to be successful in Him.

Meditate on this today and know that Jesus is in you. Have complete faith, trust, and confidence in Him. Know that no matter what you are going through in your life, Jesus is in control, and He will deliver you.

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Dear Friends,
In today’s world we need to continue to learn and hone our skills in order to succeed in the workplace. But we cannot forget that in order to deepen our relationship with God we also must continue to learn of His things and more about Him as our Father. Today I would like to encourage you to adopt a life-long learning attitude both with your work as well as the things of God. Enjoy!

Acquire a Life-long Learning Attitude
Mark 4:25 (NLT)

To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them.

Jesus encouraged His disciples to always be open to listen and continue to learn from Him because the higher their desire was to learn, the more they understood. On the contrary, people who don’t care or listen to the things of God drift away and forget even the little they know.

To be successful in the corporate world and our personal lives, we need to become life-long learners. This is true in the natural as well as in the spiritual area. We cannot grow in our spiritual journey with God if we don’t spend time learning from Him and are not open to His daily teaching to us. Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, is willing to teach us how to live our lives and be successful in every area.

Jesus said those who are open to His teachings will receive more understanding because the things of God are understood with the spirit, not with our human minds. When we open our hearts to learn about the things of God, our spiritual understanding is illuminated and we receive revelation—the moment when we “get it.”

Purpose in your heart to be open to a life-long learning attitude both professional and spiritually. This will ensure a well-balanced successful life here on earth.

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