This 31 Day devotional guide will help you focus your daily prayer and devotional time each day. Each of the devotionals were written by IFC staff and leaders. A new devotional will be released each day until February 6th.
It has been said that the GPS is like the Bible and the voice that navigates us while we are driving is like the Holy Spirit. However, unlike the GPS on our phones and in our cars, this GPS always knows exactly where we need to go. Whether there is road work, detours, or traffic, our own personal navigator will never leave us stranded anywhere or confused.
I heard these words a million times while growing up. These words came from people I loved dearly. “YOU CANNOT DO IT!” because you are too small, too skinny, too poor, people disqualified me due to my appearance. Those words were impregnated in my mind and heart and that was all that I believed and they changed me forever.
How often have we experienced worry, concern over a situation, or gone through the “what if’s” of life? Too often to count. 1 Peter 5:7, is an important reminder of how God wants us to treat our worries, concerns and anxieties. He wants us to give them ALL to Him! Yes, ALL of them!
The future...I don’t know about you but when I think about that subject I can start to feel some anxiety. From thinking about what might happen to what might NOT and everything in between. But when I think back to being a kid, I don’t remember worrying about the future the same way that I do now as an adult.
Praise delivers powerful results! If you’ve been petitioning God regarding a need in your life but have not postured yourself into a position of praising God for the answer, it just might be time for you to throw a praise party!
Did you know that your life has a purpose? Your life was never meant to be dim or dark. In fact, your life is actually supposed to be radiant. The word radiant means to glow. There is a story in the Old Testament of when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the 10 commandments that his face was actually glowing.
Legacy is living a life that outlives you. It refers to something handed down from the past by a ancestor or predecessor. Every person reading this is a product of someone else investing in your life. We all are standing on the shoulders of someone else.
Jesus gave His life so we’d have eternal life, so we could have a close, personal relationship with God and so we could live free on this earth, free of worry, anxiety, depression, apathy, discouragement, bitterness, pride and the list goes on.
Psalm 91 gets louder in my heart as the world becomes more chaotic. Fear is very high because we hear of wars, gun violence, drugs, depression, etc. We watch negative news at the click of a button. I sing this song to the Lord when all things around me are awry:
At the core of any business is the need to profit. A business who does not profit is not sustainable. According to the above scripture, God not only wants you to profit, He wants to show you HOW to profit. He is approachable, actually inviting you to ASK Him to teach you and to show you.
Honor all people; three short words. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It’s easy to honor people we’ve decided are honorable, but that may not include all the people in our life. God’s Word commands (not suggests) us to honor all people, it’s the foundation for building and maintaining our relationships.
There is much going on in our world and communities that could steal our joy and peace, and sometimes we do let it. But we can easily get that peace back. Paul wrote to the church at Philippi to give encouragement and instruction on maintaining their peace.
“Have you had your happy juice?” When I heard those words it meant that I was letting the stress show on my face. I was on the management team at Starbucks and when things got intense the staff knew that a little espresso would help me shift into hyper-speed and smile brilliantly: happy juice!!!
My son recently got a “Thomas the Train” train track set as a gift. I opened up the box, took out the pieces, laid them out, and followed the instructions. This was all done in secret as he took his nap. When he woke up and saw the train tracks, his face was filled with joy as he walked around amazed.
We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. One of our co-workers just lost their job… and our first thought is “What If” I lose mine? It’s flu season and we think to ourselves… “What If” I get it? We didn’t lose our job… we didn’t get the flu… but yet we substitute the “What If” from the “What Is”.
In His Word, God makes it clear that He has a plan for our lives and has called us to a higher purpose. We are called to be diligent with our time and the resources that we have been given, and this means that we are to be good money managers.
Faith always begins where the will of God is known. In order for us to receive our healing, we need to believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God wants us well. No one can receive something they don’t believe belongs to them. They will always hesitate in the receiving if they don’t believe it is theirs.
A community is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. It is also described as a feeling of fellowship with others, a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Have you ever heard the saying that “marriages are made in heaven?” Sounds wonderful and who wouldn’t want that, except that these marriages that are made in heaven, have to be lived out here on earth. Herein the challenge lies.
Most of our children attend non-Christian public and private schools that forbid prayer and Biblical instruction. As Christians let’s look at the school systems as our partners in education and not our enemy. We do our part to instruct our children in God’s Word (Bible knowledge, Biblical principles, and Godly values).
Did you know that God wants to bless you? Many people live their whole lives with a misconception of who God really is and how He thinks towards them as His children. This Scripture tells us that because we are in right standing with God, that His favor actually surrounds us everyday.
Before the foundation of the world, you were on God’s mind. Before you were in your mother’s mind, you were on God’s mind. Today’s verse should fill you with a sense of destiny. It’s your spiritual birthright as a follower of Christ.
“Have it all Lord!” I have prayed and sang this phrase more times than I can count. I have said it passively, as a cute religious phrase, such as “God is good” (I know you’re responding in your mind….”all the time”).
I have dealt with an autoimmune disorder for most of my life and there have been times that “all” of me has been so broken, weak and so tired that I didn’t even want it.
“I have a prepared place for you”. That is what I heard after looking at the 15th house in our search for a home in New England. I was getting discouraged, everything was so pricey and so much work needed to be done to make most of the homes livable. I knew I didn’t want to live in a construction zone for years...because that is how long it would take to save the money and do the necessary work to make it “home”.
A church is more than a building. It’s a place, a community, a family where people are nurtured, loved, cared for and supported by one another. In a spiritual sense, we understand, from scripture, that the Church is God’s body; His Holy Habitation, His household.
God has given us a command to pray for (Kings and those in authority) our President, members of Congress, the Senate and other elected officials. This is a fundamental privilege and calling we have as Christians. This is mentioned over 20 times in the Bible.