A godly and biblically-based devotional to help people with their faith and confidence; to encourage, educate, and inform. Come everyday for inspiration. Almost everybody is going through something and you can get through it with Jesus. I am a witness to that fact. Never give up on the great blessings God already has lined up for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
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A Giving Spirit
Tis' the season, isn't it?
It's the time when we see more obvious giving than normal and although that's a good thing, it would be great to see it more often.
In my blog post (November 17, 2016) I talked about Dave Ramsey's book, The Total Money Makeover. In that book Dave talked about what he calls Baby Steps, which are 7 steps to becoming financially/debt free. Step 7 is the point where wealth is achieved and giving/helping people is more abundant.
That is the point that excites me the most, because wouldn't it be great to just be able to help others who are helping themselves or to help those who are less fortunate? Wouldn't it be great to set things up that blesses people and their families? I believe those are some of the reasons God blesses us. He wants us to be a blessing for others. That's what God told Abram when he told him to leave his family and go to an unknown land. God was blessing Abram to be a blessing to others and Abram went in faith (Genesis 12). Abram's name was eventually changed to Abraham and he was a giver. He gave of himself more than anything, he went on to become one of the most anointed leaders of all time and his name was made great. That's a great example of why the bible tells us to "give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
So I'm serious when I say that we can all do much to help people. That is one of the main reasons I strive to live in my purpose. My purpose is to uplift others in some way, shape, or form. What about you?
Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post.
How are you feeling today? What kind of head space have you been in lately? I ask, because I'm just wondering if anybody feels like me -- free like me. Free as an eagle. Free as can be. That's right, out with doing business the old stale way and in with a fresh new operation. It's a shifting happening in the atmosphere of Sharon's life and I'm moving on to the big and awesome things God has for me. What do you say for yourself? What are you speaking over your life? What it is for you?
For me, I am no longer afraid to go out in the deep end. I am no longer afraid to fly higher, I am no longer concerned about what I have or do not have, and I am no longer concerned about what anybody thinks or says. Who the heck cares anymore? I don't. Because God tells me he doesn't give me a spirit of fear or timidity (2 Timothy 1:7), but He gives me a spirit of love, confidence, power, self-control, and joy. And I…
Do you know that no matter what you may be going through, you can encourage yourself in the Lord? And the Lord will give you the strength and power you need in order to get through? Yes, He will do it. He did it for David when David probably found it difficult to understand how he would endure. But, guess what? God was with him and God blessed him too. There are so many things I love about David. One of those things is that he encouraged himself in the Lord beyond the challenging circumstances he found himself in (1 Samuel 30:6).
When it seemed all was lost, David didn't give up. When everyone turned their backs on him, he stayed with his vision. When his family and community were taken, he went forth with what God told him to do. David never left the Lord in spite of his circumstances. I love that he did the opposite of what some of us would do, he stayed with God, he didn't run away from God. And he didn't try to take matters into his own hands. He ran towards the order…
Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post."Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
I just want to encourage you to keep looking up, keep following the light, and to keep the plans God has for your life, front and centered. Continue to look up towards heaven no matter what you're going through. If you're not going through anything, then that's good, just continue to ensure your gaze is still on the Lord. No matter where we are in life we have to keep God as the center of our lives and not get too busy for the He, the Father. We must remember that what He did for us and the blood He shed for each one of us to be here today is something to be worthy, something to be praised, and something to appreciate and be grateful for.
Looking up ensures we are looking towards the light, because Jesus is the Light and He sits on high. That's a fact, so…