CHOOSE TO HONOUR GOD


Friday, 18th June 2021

Job 1:21 – “The Lord gave me everything I had, and they were His to take away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

What would happen if every single thing in your life went bad? Would you still trust God if your plans didn’t work out? If everything fell apart? If you lost it all? Would you be able to honor God even in your pain?

The whole book of Job in the Bible is about answering that one question: Will you worship God when everything in your life goes wrong? For Job, almost everything that could go wrong, did, but he was faithful. He worshiped God by honoring Him, even when he was wounded.

So how do you honor God when you don’t understand what’s going on in your life? How do you keep your eyes on God when they’re full of tears?

You honor God, not by thanking Him for your problems but by thanking Him in the middle of your problems. You do what Job did.

Job 1:21-22 tells us how Job responded: “‘I came naked from my mother’s womb,’ he said, ‘and I shall have nothing when I die. The Lord gave me everything I had, and they were His to take away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all of this Job did not sin or revile God”.

At each point in your life, you can find reasons to praise God. Life is never all good, and life is never all bad. In every moment you have good and bad together.

Throughout the book of Job, Job finds the good for which he can praise God, even in the middle of the bad. You can use this list to help you praise God, no matter what’s going on. Here’s what you can praise God for:

– That He is good and loving (Job 10:12)
– That He is all-powerful (Job 36:22, 37:5, 23)
– That He notices every detail of your life (Job 23:10, 31:4)
– That He is in control (Job 34:13)
– That He has a plan for your life (Job 23:14)
– That He will protect you (Job 5:11)

Whatever is going on in your life today, choose to honor God in faith.

SHOW FAITH AND GRATITUDE IN YOUR BATTLES


Wednesday, 16th June 2021

2 Chronicles 20:21 – “Then [the king] chose men to be singers to the LORD, to praise him because he is holy and wonderful. As they marched in front of the army, they said, ‘Thank the LORD, because his love continues forever.’”

When Israel and their king, Jehoshaphat, were outnumbered by three enemy nations, the king chose not to worry. Instead, King Jehoshaphat led his people to worship God in various ways.

It was almost time for the battle to begin. You’d expect Israel’s troops to begin arming themselves and lining up to march into the fight. Instead of choosing warriors to lead the troops into battle, the king assembled a choir.

Can you imagine what those men thought as they walked, singing and unarmed, onto the battlefield? Can you imagine what their enemies thought?

Despite the oddness of the strategy, the men obeyed. The choir marched in front of the army, declaring God’s unending love and thanking Him in advance for delivering them.

This is how God wants you to approach your battles, too. God wants you to thank Him in advance for solving your problems. When you thank Him afterward, you’re showing gratitude, which is important. But if you thank Him in advance, you’re also showing faith.

In the next verse, we see the effect of this unorthodox battle plan: “And at the moment they began to sing and to praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to begin fighting among themselves, and they destroyed each other!” (2 Chronicles 20:22)

God’s people didn’t even have to pick up a weapon. That’s what God wants for you, too.

He wants you to lay down your weapons (all the ways you’ve been trying to solve your problems on your own) and trust Him as you face your enemy. Then thank Him for deliverance and watch in gratitude as God fights on your behalf.HIPI: THE GLORY DEVOTIONAL

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SHOW FAITH AND GRATITUDE IN YOUR BATTLES

Wednesday, 16th June 2021

2 Chronicles 20:21 – “Then [the king] chose men to be singers to the LORD, to praise him because he is holy and wonderful. As they marched in front of the army, they said, ‘Thank the LORD, because his love continues forever.’”

When Israel and their king, Jehoshaphat, were outnumbered by three enemy nations, the king chose not to worry. Instead, King Jehoshaphat led his people to worship God in various ways.

It was almost time for the battle to begin. You’d expect Israel’s troops to begin arming themselves and lining up to march into the fight. Instead of choosing warriors to lead the troops into battle, the king assembled a choir.

Can you imagine what those men thought as they walked, singing and unarmed, onto the battlefield? Can you imagine what their enemies thought?

Despite the oddness of the strategy, the men obeyed. The choir marched in front of the army, declaring God’s unending love and thanking Him in advance for delivering them.

This is how God wants you to approach your battles, too. God wants you to thank Him in advance for solving your problems. When you thank Him afterward, you’re showing gratitude, which is important. But if you thank Him in advance, you’re also showing faith.

In the next verse, we see the effect of this unorthodox battle plan: “And at the moment they began to sing and to praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to begin fighting among themselves, and they destroyed each other!” (2 Chronicles 20:22)

God’s people didn’t even have to pick up a weapon. That’s what God wants for you, too.

He wants you to lay down your weapons (all the ways you’ve been trying to solve your problems on your own) and trust Him as you face your enemy. Then thank Him for deliverance and watch in gratitude as God fights on your behalf.

REMEMBER WHO GOD IS AND WHAT HE HAS DONE


Monday, 14th June 2021

Mathew 19:26 – With God everything is possible.

When you’re facing tough times, worry is a natural human response. But, instead of worrying, God wants you to worship. One way you can worship God is by believing who He is and what He can do.

In the book of 2 Chronicles, King Jehoshaphat and Israel found themselves in a tough spot. Three enemy nations were on their way to make war against them.

Though he was afraid, the king’s first response was to gather his people to pray. He stood before the whole nation and prayed aloud. His prayer is a great model to show you how to pray when you feel stressed out and overwhelmed.

First, when you pray during a stressful time, remind yourself of who God is. Focus on his strength, character, and power. God can handle anything, including whatever you’re facing right now.

King Jehoshaphat knew this is true. He reminded himself of it as he prayed, “Are you not the God who is in Heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you” (2 Chronicles 20:6).

The king’s enemy was coming against him. But he chose to take his eyes off the problem and instead put his eyes on God’s strength and power. He reminded himself of who God is.

After you remember who God is, remind yourself of what He has done. Remember when God has helped other people and when He has helped you. Recalling those things will give you confidence that God will handle whatever you are facing.

When King Jehoshaphat prays, “Did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel?” (2 Chronicles 20:7), he’s remembering when God through Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. That gave him confidence that God will do it again.

What are you worrying about today? Instead of worrying, spend some time in prayer, remembering who God is and what He has done. Believe He can handle whatever you’re facing.

HAVE AN AMAZING WEEK

GOD’S PURPOSE IS GREATER THAN YOUR PAIN


Thursday, 10th June 2021

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 – Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

“Why me?”

If you’ve never asked that question, then good for you. When life becomes really hard, most people will eventually ask, “Why me?”

But this is the wrong question to ask during your dark days. Instead, try asking, “God, what’s your purpose in this?”

Nothing comes into your life accidentally. God does not cause evil. But He can bring good from every single thing, even from evil. Trials reveal your character, maturity, security, values, and faith (1 Peter 1:6-7).

One of the major figures in the Bible is the apostle Paul. He devoted his entire life to serving God. But, in many ways, Paul’s life was worse than you can imagine. He was stoned, shipwrecked, beaten, left for dead, imprisoned, whipped, and robbed.

But he was never bitter. Instead of asking, “Why me?” he looked for and trusted God’s purpose. He learned to trust God in his problems, even when he didn’t understand.

What is the secret to his persistence? “This is the reason why we never collapse . . . For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

You can hold on to hope because God has a purpose and even a reward that exceeds your pain.

When Jesus died on the cross, His followers thought it was a senseless tragedy, a total mistake. But what they couldn’t see was God still on His throne, carrying out a bigger purpose.

God’s purpose for your life is always greater than your problems. Trust Him. He loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections. He specializes in hopeless situations.