Monday, March 27, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/27/17

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (NIV)

Nugget: We are blessed beyond measure! Even during our toughest days, there is always something & someone to be thankful for. The blessings that God has given us go beyond what we can see & feel. Jesus dying for us was the ultimate gift, but also the most timeless blessing we could’ve received.

I can definitely admit there are days that I struggle with getting out of bed (we’ve all had the Monday ‘blues’), but then I think of all of the blessings that occurred while I slept throughout the night: I slept through the night, in a bed, in a home, & then God even blessed me afterwards! I woke up, clothed in my right mind, & then moved my arms & legs without an issue!

God continues to bless us in every area of our lives. Our blessings reach to heavenly realms! Just watch & see what God can & will do!

Quote: “Thankful every day. Blessed beyond measure.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/24/17

Scripture: Romans 1:6 And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. (NLT)

Nugget: We are God’s children & belong to Him! He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. We definitely know that there are many who wouldn’t do this to demonstrate their unconditional love!

On those days where we feel down & defeated about what’s going on around us, & even the things that are occurring in our own lives, reflect on God’s love & Jesus’ sacrifice for us. With this love on our side, nothing can keep us down & defeated for long!! We are more than conquerors through Him!

Quote: “The world’s love says, “I love you IF”, but God’s love says, “I love you EVEN IF”. -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/23/17

Scriptures: Daniel 6:4-5 4Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. 5So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.” (NLT)

Nugget: Daniel, along with two other administrators, were chosen by the king to lead the empires, but Daniel showed himself more capable than the other two, & the king wanted to promote him to be over the entire empire (the favor of God was on Daniel!). Daniel’s new appointment didn’t sit well with the other two administrators & they plotted against Daniel, looking to find fault in him, when there wasn’t one; however, they decided to attack Daniel based upon his religion.

There are some people who will not be happy for you when you’re promoted, doing well, & moving forward in the blessings God has given you. Most won’t understand that it’s God’s hand, calling, & favor that elevated you to where you are! But while some aren’t happy for you & are looking for fault, God keeps blessing you! In spite of what the administrators plotted for Daniel, Daniel prevailed through God! God was with him the entire time.

If someone isn’t happy for you & want to find fault, that’s their issue—keep walking in God’s favor. No one can take away what God has blessed you with & no one can remove you from where He’s placed you.

Quote: “Grace carried me here and by grace I will carry on.” –instapray.com

© Lisi P, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/22/17

Scripture: I Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (NLT)

Nugget: There are just some things that we won’t find out until later. We worry, stress, & even have anxiety over things that God has already worked out in our favor. While going through these situations, we will have questions & be puzzled about what’s happening & why, but one day, we’ll see ‘everything with perfect clarity’.

There are things that will take time to happen---God’s time. Where we are now isn’t the end of the road, but the path that we must take to get to the clarity & understanding that will only come with time, living, growth, & God working it out.

One day, we’ll know exactly what we’re supposed to know, at that time. God knows us & His plan will be completed for what He has in store.

Quote: “You are where God wants you to be at this very moment. Every experience is part of His divine plan.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/21/17

Scripture: Isaiah 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ (NKJV)

Nugget: There’s nothing like a friend who’ll be there & who has been there with you through thick-and-thin. We all have at least one who’s been there with us no matter what. Not only do we have at least that one person, but we have our God who’s been there with us always. No matter the fear, circumstance, or situation, God’s there holding our hand along the way. He’s not just holding our hand, but walking beside us & will carry us further than we can carry ourselves.

Don’t waste time & energy in fear or worry; God promises to help us & to be there for us.

Quote: “Dear God, Thank you for always holding my hand.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/17/17

Scripture: Psalm 5:3 Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. (NLT)

Nugget: Anytime is a good time to talk to the Lord, but there’s something about starting the morning off with prayer & time with God. It sets the tone for the day. I think about the days where I started in a hurry, rushing through my morning routine, even saying a quick prayer before heading out the door. Most times, this results in the rest of my morning (& day) feeling hurried.

Not only does this scripture mention talking to God in the morning, but also giving our requests to Him & waiting with expectation! Who else would get up in the morning hours, listen to us, & then bless us too!? No one, but our God!

Don’t forget to make God a part of your morning.

Quote: “Mornings are better when you talk to God first.” –LoveThisPic.com

© Lisi P, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/16/17

Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:4-6 4But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. 5Then the LORD gave me this message: 6“O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. (NLT)

Nugget: In the verses prior to these, God instructed Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house & that God would speak to Jeremiah again there. Upon arrival, Jeremiah found the potter at work, but the jar the potter made did not turn out as planned; thus, the potter crushed it & started over.

God let Jeremiah know that we’re in His hands & He has the ability to do the same for & with us. After all, we are God’s creations & He had plans for us before we were in our mothers’ wombs. There nothing we can do that will get is so far away from God that He wouldn’t be there for us; even in our ‘mess’, He wants to make us a message for Him. Even when we stray, He always has a way of finding us (God’s GPS system is the best!).

Yes, God broke each mold when each of us were created, but He has the power to recreate each mold! Making designer’s originals every time!

Quote: “The Potter’s hands mend many broken things. Broken things can become blessed things if you let God do the mending.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/15/17

Scriptures: Ezekiel 37:4-7 4Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! 5This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! 6I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’” 7So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. (NLT)

Nugget: In the valley of dry bones, there was no life present; everything was literally & physically ‘bone dry’. God asked Ezekiel to speak a prophetic word to the bones to make them alive again. He did as God instructed, & suddenly there was rattling about the land & the bones came together. The broken pieces attached themselves, there was movement, & action in what was once a dry place.

This is how it can be with us! We may think a situation is dead, a relationship is long over, that we are at a standstill in life, but God may be asking us to speak a prophetic word to these dry situations & relationships. What we speak into existence out of faith could be what brings these things to life again---God is looking to breathe life into us & to make us live again in these areas of our lives.

Are you speaking life & faith into the ‘dry bones’ of your life or are you sitting on them, being discouraged? Your outlook could determine your outcome!

Quote: “Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.” – Thomas S. Monson

© Lisi P, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/14/17

Scriptures: Psalm 140:1-2 1O LORD, rescue me from evil people. Protect me from those who are violent, 2those who plot evil in their hearts and stir up trouble all day long. (NLT)

Nugget: God is on the job, every moment of every day. We face dangers seen & unseen, but one thing is for sure: God & His angels are on guard, protecting us along the way.

This scripture asks God to rescue & protect from those who are evil & who are continuously plotting---we face these types of people at work, on the highways, shopping, etc. Our prayers are answered daily; we can’t forget that God is always our protector & has His hands on us.

Quote: “If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer – His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable.” –John Newton

© Lisi P, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/13/17

Scripture: Exodus 14:8 The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. (NIV)

Nugget: Most of us have heard the story of Moses asking the king to ‘let my people go.” Moses was doing what God told him to do in leading the Israelites to the Promised Land. However, we can overlook that God hand His hand on Pharaoh too; God had hardened Pharaoh’s heart towards Moses & the Israelites. This definitely brings upon questions: Why would God not just free Moses & his people? Why have them go through all of this? God could have easily changed the situation & eliminated all that Moses & the Israelites experienced, but He didn’t.

We can ask God the same questions about our own experiences, challenges, etc. But without most of these occurring, we wouldn’t grow, get into the word, or even know God as much. There are some things that God is allowing to happen for us because without these ‘growing pains’, we have to admit, we wouldn’t be as far along in our faith walk or in our relationship with Him.

Quote: “When it is all finished, you will discover that it was never random.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/10/17

Scripture: Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NIV)

Nugget: There are some things that we’re praying for (& have been praying for) that will not happen overnight. Honestly, these things may not happen in months & may take years to occur, but we have to stand firm in our faith, knowing that God is working it all out for our good.

We may need to pray a little harder, fast a little longer, believe like we’ve never believed before---while all of this is going on, God has His own way of turning our hearts towards Him, preparing us for what He sees for us, & even preparing the things & people who we’ve prayed for.

Continue to call those things that be not as though they were; believe that you have what you’re seeking---in God’s will & timing, He makes all things happen according to His plan.

Quote: “God is making things happen for you. Even when you don’t see it, even when you can’t feel it, even if it’s not evident. God is working on your prayers.” –ImForeverFaithful.tumblr

© Lisi P, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/9/17

Scripture: I Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (NIV)

Nugget: God loved us so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. God’s unconditional love was shown not only in His giving up of Jesus, but also in Jesus knowing His purpose & not backing down from what He was put here to do. We can say that not many, if any, would give up their child to die for another or if we were in Jesus’ shoes would’ve went through with it.

This is one of the reasons why love is one of the greatest experiences one could have. We have an example of what unconditional love is. In loving others, we have the opportunity to be an example of the love that God shows to us. Love doesn’t have to have conditions attached; it’s accepting people unconditionally as they are. Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean to be taken advantage of or to put ourselves in anything unhealthy, but to love others as God loved us---this could mean loving some people from a distance!

Quote: “God’s love is unconditional, unlimited, and complete.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/8/17

Scripture: Romans 13:11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (NIV)

Nugget: Most times, we think that we have until “later” to give our lives to God & accept Jesus as our Savior. There’s even that feeling that we have to be perfect or doing things completely right in order to walk with Him (this is definitely what I thought for a long time). However, God accepts us just as we are. He made us & knows where we need improvement & also knows His plans for us; the plans that cannot happen without Him in our lives.

There’s so much going on in today’s time that we can sense that our ‘salvation is nearer now’ than ever before. The need to pray, walk with God, & seek Him are necessities to make it through the days & experiences that come upon us.

We don’t have to be perfect to accept God & His calling for us. Instead of thinking the time is later, consider that the time is now.

Quote: “When I put my faith in Jesus Christ as my savior, and I asked Him to forgive and to come into my life, and He does - from that moment forward I have established a personal relationship with God that I have to develop, you know, through Bible reading and prayer, and living my life for Him.” –Anne Graham Lotz

© Lisi P, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/7/17

Scripture: Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. (NKJV)

Nugget: This scripture mentions some very important truths: to owe no one anything & to love. However, there are many who owe others something (whether it be money, time, etc.) & expect love in return, but this isn’t how it’s meant to be.

Things shouldn’t be borrowed that can’t be returned or paid back, & we shouldn’t expect love in return for the things that we do; especially concerning the things that God has put on our hearts or has told us to do. The importance of any action should be a reflection of God & His love---this includes the things, money, jobs, etc. that He’s blessed us with.

Is the unconditional love of God & for others the motivation for your actions (including loving, borrowing without repaying a debt, etc.)? If not, a self-check should occur to align with Him. Being a reflection of God & His love shouldn’t include actions that are unlike Him or have conditions attached.

Quote: “Instead I ought to be grateful to Him who never owed me anything for having been so generous to me, rather than think that He deprived me of those things or has taken away from me whatever He did not give me.” -RenĂ© Descartes

© Lisi P, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/6/17

Scripture: II Corinthians 13:8 For we cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth. (NLT)

Nugget: Many of us have heard the saying, “The truth will speak for itself.” Basically, the truth will come through loud & clear; also, it has a way of coming out when some want it hidden. Although it can be difficult for many, it’s usually best to walk in the truth from the beginning rather than to hide behind a lie/etc.

The ‘truth’ in this scripture can relate to so many things in our lives: the truth of God & His word, the truth about things that are hard for us to face, the truth about our situations & circumstances, & the list can go on and on. But when we walk in the truth, face it with God on our side, things have a way of coming together in our favor---even with the road being tough at times, don’t underestimate the power of the truth & how you can grow from it.

Quote: “The best evidence of our having the truth is our walking in the truth.” –Matthew Henry

© Lisi P, 2017
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