“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5
Tag: Jesus Christ
Today is a new day — and a new day is a new opportunity for God to do something amazing in your life.
You don’t have to wait for tomorrow, for next week, for next month or for next year…
Favor, blessings, healing, breakthrough, increase — they’re all available to you today.
Many times we only have future faith. We believe one day in the future we’ll get a good break. One day in the future we’ll start to feel better. One day in the future the problem will turn around.
It’s good to have faith for the future, but you can become so future-minded you lose sight of the fact that God wants to do something great in your life today.
Today, God wants to show you His favor. Today, God wants to amaze you with His goodness. Today, God wants to provide for your every need.
In the scriptures God is called “The Great I Am,” not “The Great I Was” or “The Great I Will Be.” God is with you in the present…right now.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV) says,
“Now is the time of God’s favor.”
Notice it doesn’t say next week, next month or 20 years from now. No, now is the time God wants to amaze you with His goodness. I like to call it “now faith.”
“Now faith” creates expectancy in your heart. It causes you to go out each day thinking, I can’t wait to see what God is going to do today! Today could be the day for my breakthrough!
Expectancy is powerful in the life of the believer because:
God meets you at the level of your expectation.
When you have this now faith and you go through your day with expectancy, you will see God show up in amazing ways.
The key is this: while you’re waiting, wait with expectancy — believe in your heart that God can make it happen today!
The scripture says that faith pleases God (see Hebrews 11:6). When you begin to have a mindset of now faith, the Most High God takes notice. He will pour out blessings in your life in amazing and unprecedented ways.
God wants to do something amazing in your life today. You don’t have to wait for some time in the future. God is with you right now — now is the time of His favor.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools. —Numbers 21:8
There are some things you can control in life—who your friends are, what you eat, and when you go to bed, for example. There are other things you can’t control, such as what other people say or the flat tire you got last night. The way you respond to things you can’t control helps determine your stress level and your quality of life and health. I have two suggestions about dealing with things you can’t control. First, if you can’t control them, don’t take responsibility for them. And second, I like to say, “Do your best, pray, and let God do the rest!”
People who regularly get upset over small things suffer in many ways. People who shrug them off do much better. Shrugging off certain things doesn’t mean you are indifferent; it simply means you’ve accepted the fact that you can’t do anything to change them at that time. The flat tire has already happened. Calling someone to come fix it makes sense; throwing a tantrum and kicking the tire does not. We need to deal appropriately with each stressor as it arises so that we don’t end up exploding in frustration over the unavoidable bumps on the road of life.
God works in mysterious ways. You never know when He may use some inconvenience or frustration for your good. He is in control, and if you trust Him to work things out, you’ll be able to ride the ups and downs of life with peace, joy, and strength.
Love Yourself Today: Refuse to live in frustration. Take life one day at a time, and when things happen that you don’t like, say, “It is what it is and God is still in control.”
You do not have, because you do not ask. —James 4:2
God has provided a simple way for us to have the things we desire without struggling to get them. The verse for today says that we don’t have certain things because we do not ask God for them. A prayer cannot be answered if it is not prayed; therefore, we need to pray and ask. The type of prayer we pray when we make requests is called a prayer of petition—and this kind of prayer is important because God does not do anything in the earth unless somebody prays and asks. You see, we partner with Him through prayer. Prayer is simply the means by which we cooperate with Him and work with Him in the spiritual realm in order to get things done in the natural realm. Prayer brings the power of heaven to Earth.
If our prayers are not answered quickly, we may be asking for something that is not God’s will for us, or God may be waiting to answer because He is developing our faith and helping us build our spiritual muscles as we learn endurance and patience. We need to petition God and make our requests known to Him instead of trying to make things happen ourselves. We also need to trust His wisdom in how and when He answers. Prayer opens the door for God to work, but our trying to get things in our own effort only frustrates us and hinders God. He is waiting for us to ask and trust His ways and timing. When we do, He will work mightily on our behalf.
God’s word for you today: God wants to do more for you than you can imagine, so start asking boldly.
*Written by Joyce Meyer.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:20–21, NKJV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God never created you to be ordinary. He created you to leave your mark on this generation. God wants you to do something big. He wants you to go further than anyone in your family. You have seeds of greatness on the inside. That yoke of average that’s been around your neck is coming off. God is about to thrust you to a new level of destiny. It’s going to be exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond what you could ever imagine! This is a new day, and you’re going to see the yoke-destroying, burden-removing power of our God like never before!
If you will receive this into your spirit and not talk yourself out of it, it will ignite your faith and become a reality. Let it go beyond being an encouragement and grab hold of it in your spirit. Believe, “This is for me. This is my destiny. Something new is being birthed. Yokes are coming off of me. Chains are being broken. I am stepping in to the fullness of my destiny!”
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for doing exceedingly, abundantly above all I could ask, think or imagine. Break the yoke of average off of my life and show me the amazing plan You have for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen