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April 22, 2017
1 Corinthians 3:7 KJV So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Thought for today// I want to look at the WORK of watering today a little closer because it has very personal application to the one watering. The Word that’s been planted needs light and revelation that is produced by continuing to hear and be washed by the Word. The Word is seen as water and at the same time is a cleansing agent as well as the tool to gain wisdom, revelation, and knowledge in our life as God’s kids. This is critical to both the young believer as well as the seasoned believer. Remember in John 8 Jesus said, a true disciple would continue in the Word. This means if he/she were constantly watering what they had planted, both in themselves and others, they would grow in revelation, focus, passion, and productivity. You see, my family, the life we now have requires we go by the Word that created that life. Just like our physical bodies need light, oxygen, and water our spirit man needs to be watered on a daily basis with the Word. Perhaps we see in the physical bodies’ need for more water than most drink the reason most people’s spiritual lives are not productive because of their lack of Word water? Honestly, it’s not WORK to drink several glasses of water a day nor is it hard to read, meditate on, and speak the Word over yourself, others and to others. This is huge but the point of the verse is we don’t ever take credit for what is available or accomplished because it is our Father who deserves all the honor and glory.
Pray this// Father, I am so grateful You’ve given me Your life and all I need to grow, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// It is not WORK to hear and apply the Word on a daily basis!
Scripture reading// Isaiah 14//John 13
April 23, 2017
John 8:31-32 KJV Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Thought for today// I mentioned yesterday so I might as well talk about it’s admonition from the Master. The key is, the things we have been told to do are not simply suggestions or good ideas, but the way to more and more life. We seem to have no problem working extra jobs or doing extensive WORK in our houses or on our cars or in our yards, yet when it comes to the Word we see it as WORK that’s too much WORK. I can tell you why that’s the case. Glad you asked! We get sensual gratification almost immediately when we WORK in the natural realm but in the spiritual realm where we are called to walk by faith and not by sight, we become impatient. Impatience has and will continue to rob God’s kids from the permanent effects of working the Word versus the temporary effects of working like the world works. No, I’m not saying we don’t have to naturally WORK, but what I am saying is our spiritual WORK will pay much greater benefits now and in the time to come, just as Jesus said continuing in and working the Word would be the earmark of those who were truly disciples. He even went on to say that those who put in the WORK would experience freedom that could be experienced no other way. Listen, deliverance, healing, prosperity, peace, wisdom, patience, faith, and all that’s necessary for an overcoming life are the fruits of the freedom that comes from working the Word. Don’t be lazy; the wages suck!
Pray this// Father, I will not be lazy but a Word worker, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// I really want freedom, so I will WORK the Word!
Scripture reading// Isaiah 15//John 14
John 6:27 KJV Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Thought for today//I want to take a couple of days and look at some verses from the book of John that have to do with WORK or works from Jesus’ perspective! Jesus made it clear to the disciples that their labor or work should be centered on their relationship with Him and the Father as opposed to the things of this world that would pass away. This is something Jesus talked about frequently because of man’s propensity to walk by sight, or that which he might acquire, as opposed to that which was eternal and found its center in the Word. Remember Jesus had said that heaven and earth, which would include its contents, would pass away but His Word would never pass away. This is really the essence of our walk of faith because it is the Word that must be our focus ALWAYS. Without a purposeful and sincere focus on the Word it is very easy to try and WORK something up or WORK for something. Of course WORK in all its definitions is not inherently wrong but when motivated from between your ears as opposed to from your heart then it becomes a distraction and a waste. The Word of God is all about being able to rest in what’s being accomplished, not try to WORK it up! As we mentioned earlier in the month, the WORK we have been called to be a part of does not create toil! Adam through disobedience brought sweat into the equation but through the Lord Jesus we can have WORK and rest simultaneously through the revelation of our redemption as well as Him now being IN US!
Pray this// Father, I know You’ve taken us from toil to rest, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Everything I do should be focused on the kingdom!
Scripture reading// Isaiah 16//John 15
April 25, 2017
John 6:28-29 KJV Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Thought for today// Moving a little further along with yesterday’s thought, after Jesus made it clear where the disciples’ focus should be they of course had a question. It was a very commendable question having to do with WORK. They wanted to know what WORK was necessary for them to do in order to do the works of God. Sounds reasonable but what is interesting, as often it was, was what the Lord Jesus answered. He said the WORK of God is that you believe on the one He sent. Wow, do you suppose that means more than it sounds like? I believe so, and this is what I believe about that statement. Number one, you need to know the Lord Jesus and the power of His resurrection in order for the power you’ve been given to WORK for you personally. Number two you need to realize what He paid for is paid for so nothing you do is trying to WORK up or WORK for what already belongs to you! Number three as you focus on knowing Him, the Father is able to supernaturally, I said supernaturally, deposit in you His desires as well as His ability for you to WORK with them to bring them to pass. You see my family, only when we see what He has to offer will the WORK we do provide growth for us, bring light to others, and glory for the Father! It all begins with KNOWING THEM and then KNOWING that through that KNOWING your WORKING will make a difference!
Pray this// Father, I see all my focus needs to be on You, the Master and the Word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Because I sincerely believe on the Lord Jesus I will do the right WORK!
Scripture reading// Isaiah 17//John 16
April 26, 2017
Colossians 3:23 KJV And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Thought for today// What we endeavor to stress about WORK of any description whether secular or church is that our motives, purpose, and passion always be the same. There will always be things that aren’t as naturally enjoyable as others but it’s up to us to stay passionate about the WORK we do regardless of the setting. One of the things that has happened over the last fifty or sixty years is a decline in people’s willingness to WORK as if they really gave a rip. Back in the day it was something people took pride in, not bad pride but a sense of ownership for all they did. This was true whether in secular circles or church circles. People actually enjoyed what they did and took pride in the companies they worked for and what they contributed to their communities. Even the church world held a place of higher esteem because of people’s willingness to be a part and get involved with things that would promote the gospel. You, in your twenties and under have never been exposed to what I’m talking about, and I’m not saying that there aren’t people today who are serious about what they do and how they do it, I’m just saying it’s not as prevalent! Here’s the point, you and I as the family of God are supposed to be the most conscientious in all we do including our WORK. Why? Because we are God’s kids, and we should keep our standards in line with His plan and not what the world says we can get by with. Let’s take all the time we have left in this life to do what we do as if we were doing it directly for the Father. Oh, wait a minute we are! Don’t forget everything you sow including WORK will produce a harvest!
Pray this// Father, I see all I do as working for You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// I will WORK motivated by the Father’s rules.
Scripture reading// Isaiah 18//John 17
April 27, 2017
Colossians 3:17 KJV And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Thought for today// In our verse yesterday we saw where successful anything comes from, our heart; from the place that holds the Word and our devotion to it comes the reservoir of life necessary to WORK, speak, and do all that brings glory to the Father. As God’s kids we should be seen as the very best in whatever we put our hand to. That was a promise from the Father to the people of Israel and it holds true for us today having a better covenant based on better promises; because of our relationship with Him, the WORK we do as unto Him excels and produces supernatural results. This is not because we are necessarily more skilled than those around us but rather because of the anointing that abides within us. The anointing is the grace we’ve been given to do what we do so when we do what we do it produces far beyond our capabilities. How did David kill the giant? The anointing! How did Paul shake off the viper? The anointing! How did Peter walk on the water? The anointing! The anointing is the presence and grace of God in us to do what we do in an efficient and effective way. Don’t be deceived into thinking that what you do is because of you, but because of Him and His desire for you to be all He has called you to be. I pray as we grow together as a family that we all understand that the life of God, returned to Him in all the WORK we do, causes what He has for us to show up right on time.
Pray this// Father, I want all I do to bring glory to You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// I am committed to WORK as if the Father was looking over my shoulder because He is!
Scripture reading// Isaiah 19//John 18
April 28, 2017
Luke 19:13 KJV And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
Thought for today//Jesus told a story of a master who had ten servants whom He left in charge when he went to another country. He told them to do business or occupy until He returned. This assignment is actually the one He has given each and every one of His children. Whatever we have, whatever we know, whatever we’ve been told, it is up to us to WORK in such a way that when He returns we have something to show for what we were left. We’ve talked about it before and should realize that it’s not what or how much you have but what you are willing to do with it. How about the promises of God we’ve been given as His kids? Are you demanding of yourself that you take advantage of the things Jesus paid for? Are you unwilling to suffer with things that Jesus already suffered for you? That my friend is part of occupying until He returns. It’s not just doing what you can with what you have but using what is now yours without hesitation or doubt. We talked about it early on in the month, WORK is a part of life and we must be willing to take responsibility for whatever we have been given. WORK puts us in a position where the Father can bless us abundantly because of our covenant. Don’t be intimidated by anything or anyone. You have the greater One on the inside of you and when you’re doing what you’re told He will make you more than a conqueror! Put your head up; keep your heart up so the Father can show up on your behalf as you do the WORK you’re assigned and He then confirms His Word in your life!
Pray this// Father, I will WORK and fight for what the Master paid for me to have, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// I will do my part to handle my portion of WORK.
Scripture reading// Isaiah 20//John 19