Friday, March 25, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/25/16

Scriptures: Psalm 139:4-6 4You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. 5You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! (NLT)

Nugget: God knows us better than anyone---He created us & knew His plans for us before we were in our mothers’ wombs. That’s how detailed our God is; He left no stone unturned when He planned our lives, challenges, journeys, & more.

Not only did God plan all of this, He protects us & blesses us along the way. He’s there with us; going before us & following us. Again, this is how detailed our God is! We may not understand everything He’s doing in our lives or why, but there are things that only God himself understands for our life journeys.

As a dear friend reminds me, “God’s got you!” We cannot be in better hands than His.

Quote: “Know that even in the midst of your worst circumstances, you can be still and calm and at peace….because God’s got you.” –JarOfQuotes.com

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/23/16

Scripture: Ephesians 3:13 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. (NLT)

Nugget: In listening to Priscilla Shirer speak in a video recently, she mentioned how we give our peace away. We stress, we doubt, we have anxiety, & these are the opportunities the devil waits for to attack us. There was so much truth in the words she spoke.

So why is it that we hand over the peace that Jesus died to give us in God? Sometimes, it could be out of habit, other times, it can be out of wanting to be in control, but in the end, we know that God has the final say.

Because of Jesus & the faith that we have in Him, we have direct access to God. We can go directly to God in prayer & be in His presence. A lot of times, we do this AFTER we do everything else. So why not put our faith into action & start with the source?

Quote: “Make God your first priority, not your last resort.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/21/16

Scripture: Romans 7:21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. (ESV)

Nugget: Have you ever found that when you want to “do the right thing” that there’s usually some roadblock that appears? That day you come into work, promising to get along with the challenging co-worker who insists on being difficult that day; the day you promise to start back on your workout routine, it’s just a day you’re a little “too tired”. Or even the day you promised to start going to church & reading your Bible, you’re somehow sleepy.

This is definitely how it goes sometimes! Such a reminder for us to stay prayed up for the difficulties & evil that can be around the corner. Whatever your “do right” may be, the devil doesn’t like that you’ve made the choice to walk rightly in God & what He’s called you to do.
 
It’s imperative that we stay prayed up & close to God at every turn; our strength comes from Him, which hinders the acts of the devil. Don’t stop doing the right thing & good that God has called you to do.

Quote: “A God wise enough to create me & the world is wise enough to watch out for me.” –Philip Yancey

© Lisi P, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/18/16

Scripture: Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed. (ESV)

Nugget: Giving back is one of the best things that we can do. There’s something in helping others that should touch our hearts & spirit. In reality, most of us live in excess (I’m not saying everyone does!), but usually there’s that something we can give to help another individual in need (whether it be time, money, clothing, assistance going to the store, etc.). Also, at times, we don’t realize how blessed we are until we see the plight of others.

In what ways has God put it on your heart to help someone? Have you taken the steps to do so?
 
Quote: “When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.” –Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/17/16

Scriptures: Psalm 81:10-11 11“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. 12So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. (ESV)

Nugget: One thing is for sure, God gives us free will! He will step back & let us do our own thing, especially when we choose to ignore His direction. I can attest to this! God will close a door, I’d still want to walk through it. God will remove someone out of my life, it’s easy to want to hold on. The list goes on! But God allowed me to walk in my decisions---mostly, there were a few lessons for me to learn along the way—some very hard ones at that. Oh, but if I’d listened to God’s guidance, it would’ve saved a lot of time.

In what areas can you see God guiding you in one direction, but you want to go your own way? He will step out of the way & allow you to act in free will, but He’s also there giving you His input. The decision is yours, but God is always there to pick up the pieces with open arms.

Quote: “God answers in three ways: 1) He says yes and gives you what you want, 2) He says no and gives you something better, 3) He says wait and gives you the best. -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/16/16

Scripture: Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. (ESV)

Nugget: When we’re going through various challenges & struggles, we have to remind ourselves of what God has already brought us through. In looking back over our lives, God has kept us from many things, carried us through much more, & continues to do so. So why can’t He handle those things we’re facing now? These things may seem big to us, but they aren’t big to our Lord.

God brought the people out of Egypt & carried them on to the blessings that He had for them. There’s no struggle, challenge, or void that God can’t fill.

God hasn’t given up & never will. We mustn’t either.

Quotes: “God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.” –John Aughey

“Everything will be okay. I promise.” -God

© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/15/16

Scripture: Ephesians 4:24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (NLT)

Nugget: In walking with God & for Him, there should be a change in us. We shouldn’t be the same as we were before we knew God. Of course there are things He’s still working on within us, but daily, there should be a shift in us—our thoughts, actions, deeds, etc. There should be that something “different” that happens on the inside, which is reflected outward.

Put on your “something new” that comes from your relationship with God. Praise Him for the things that He’s changed within you & pray on the things He’s continuing to work on.

Quote: “God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, coal into diamonds, using time and pressure. He’s working on you too. -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/7/16

Scripture: Ephesians 4:23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. (NLT)

Nugget: Change, for some, can be seen as a bad thing, but for others, it can be seen as good. There shouldn’t be a day that goes by where we shouldn’t be better in some area or way than we were the day before. Much of this is attached to our attitudes & thoughts.

Why go a day without growth?  Is your mind being renewed daily? Have you turned the things over to God that you want to change, but haven’t been able to? Are your thoughts & attitude in check? These are the things to ask if you’re feeling stagnant & stuck.

There’s nothing God can’t do, but it begins within us, admitting change is needed, opening our hearts to God, & allowing Him to renew us----daily.

Quotes: “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell

“Change is a part of life. Be open to change, because that’s God opening the door to growth in your life.” –www.dailyinspirationalquotes.in

© Lisi P, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/4/16

Scripture: II Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. (NKJV)

Nugget: There are many things & people around us that aren’t as they appear to be. Most times, we’re unable to recognize them because we see them through emotions, feelings, intuitions, past experiences, etc. But even Satan transformed himself into an angel of light! He was deceiving & cunning (think about his words to Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden & what this led them to do!).

There’s an old saying to “be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.” This awareness to can take us so far, but we must also add God & His word to it---these can reveal so much more.

Be attentive to what’s around you, who’s around you, & what disguises exist. Through God & His word, we’ll be able to see more clearly.

Quote: “Be careful who you trust, the devil was once an angel.” –All-GreatQuotes.com

© Lisi P, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/3/16

Scriptures: Mark 10:50-52 50And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to these, blind Bartimaeus was sitting by the highway begging. When he heard that Jesus was going by, Bartimaeus began calling out to Jesus, in order to be healed. He was making so much noise that many were telling him to be quiet. This didn’t stop Bartimaeus. He got Jesus’ attention.

What stood out for me about Bartimaeus is that he didn’t care what people were telling him, he kept calling out, he cast away his garments, & he came to Jesus. Then Jesus questioned him about what he wanted & Bartimaeus didn’t hesitate to say “Lord, that I might receive my sight”. Jesus didn’t waste any time & immediately healed Bartimaeus.

This is how we must be, having that unwavering faith & be so zeroed in on Jesus that nothing can take or shake our attention. How often do we get side tracked by others, our own thoughts (that are in the wrong direction), or even our circumstances?

Even Bartimaeus “saw” Jesus before he received physical sight. What’s hindering us from seeing Jesus too?

Quote: “Your faith will grow not by chance, but by choice.” –Neil L. Andersen

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/2/16

Scripture: Luke 4:22 Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” (NLT)

Nugget: When Jesus was speaking to this crowd, He amazed them. Some people were shocked at the words that Jesus spoke; even questioning if Jesus was indeed Joseph’s son, who they’d seen before. They couldn’t believe their eyes & ears.

Many of us have had similar experiences….the experiences of if we are who we say that we are to if we are who God has changed us to become. Most times, people will remind us of how & who we used to be. BUT GOD has done a work in us so that we are transformed into who we are in Him---going in the direction He’s set for us, shocking others along the way.

Don’t allow your past or the opinions of others to keep you from continuous growth into who God’s created you to be. Let them be astonished & shocked as you walk & change in God---the only thing they should have left to talk about will be God’s goodness.

Quote: “What God knows about me is more important than what others think about me.” –QuoteDiary.Me

© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Daily Scriptures 3/1/16

Scripture: Colossians 2:4 I say this so that no one can fool you by arguments that seem good, but are false. (NCV)

Nugget: We have to know God’s word & Jesus for ourselves. These are imperative to our relationship with God. They also guard us against false words or arguments that others can bring our way or speak to us.

It’s easy for us to get caught up in the wrong things, even thoughts & ideas that appear to be good, but are far from it. No one can fool us if we’re guarded in God & His word. Strength comes from Him, along with the knowledge that He provides.

Quote: “The fact that God is infinite makes the study of His Word a lifetime occupation.” –Billy Graham

© Lisi P, 2016
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