Day 1 // Compassion

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  2 Corinthins 1:3-4 NIV

 

We have such a gracious God.  The Father gave us his Son. The Son gave us his very life.  The Holy Spirit fills us all with comfort. God is so much bigger than we'll ever be able to comprehend; yet he is full of compassion for us.  It’s his very nature. Scripture speaks of God as the Father of compassion, Jesus as one who sees through the eyes of compassion, and the Holy Spirit fills our lives with that same compassion.  But you have to take it a step further. This unlimited compassion that we receive isn’t meant for us alone. It should fill us and overflow to the lives of others we meet. We are comforted so that we can comfort others.  God never abandons us in our troubles, he looks upon us with eyes of compassion and pours forth a comfort that is meant to flow through us.  

 

Prayer:  Oh, great God of compassion, thank you for the many ways you bring comfort to me.  You are so faithful to not only come alongside me in times of trouble, but to dwell inside of me as my Comforter.  Help me to see the ways in which I can also comfort others as you have so lovingly comforted me. Let me see through your eyes of compassion.  Amen.

 

Day 2 //  Joy

 

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV

 

The Good News that the angels announced to the shepherds in the fields at the birth of Christ was a headline for the ages bringing great joy.  This joy is intended for all people. Oh what a joy it is, this joy of our salvation. It’s a joy that brings strength to our very beings, a fruit of his Spirit living inside of us, and a description of God’s Kingdom.  This great joy is not one that fades with the ups and downs of life. It’s constant strength helps us endure, just as the joy set before Jesus helped him endure the cross. May his great joy fill us to overflowing. May all we do for him and his Kingdom be done out of delight and not duty.  May we live out this acronym and Kingdom principle in all that we do: Jesus, Others, You.  

 

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for giving me your complete joy.  Thank you that this resource of joy is as unlimited as you are.  May it mark my life and all that I do. When I am weak, you are strong in me through your Holy Spirit giving me that joy-strength.  As you fill me with this inexpressible joy, help me find ways to express it to others around me that would point to you. Amen.

 

Day 3 //  Life

 

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”  John 10:28 NIV

 

Life is altogether a vapor, a gift, and eternal.  From the moment God knits us together in our mother’s womb to the moment we enter heaven, we are positioned for eternal life.  Jesus gave his very life and rose again, defeating death and the grave, to make the way for us to have the gift of eternal life.  Each of us longs to live a life not just of surviving, but of thriving. That thriving, unlimited life is only found in a relationship with Jesus.  Before he rose his dear friend Lazarus from the grave, he proclaimed that he alone is the “Resurrection and the life.” This vapor of a life on earth will one day come to an end, and yet, for those of us who have hope in Jesus, that end will be just the beginning.  Let us purpose to live for eternal life, using our time, talents, and treasures for the glory of God and the good of others. With our trust and faith in Jesus, we can be assured that we are indeed secure in his hand. One glorious day he will usher us into his Kingdom, and we will live forever with him.

 

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for giving me the gift of eternal life.  Thank you for holding me in your hand, not allowing anything to snatch me away from you.  You alone have set eternity in my heart, please help me keep it at the forefront of my mind.  Help me to see the ways in which I can share the Good News of your gift of life with others so that they too can experience eternal life. Amen.

Day 4 //  Peace

 

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7 NIV

 

This journey of life will take us over mountains and through valleys.  We will see seasons of calm and seasons of storms. Only God knows the things that we will each face as we step into a new year.  When we face hard moments in life, more often than not we find ourselves asking God, “Why?” We don’t understand why we have to face difficulties, and yet we long to understand. Today’s verse tells us there is something we are positioned to receive yet not comprehend: God’s peace. Jesus, the Prince of Peace freely gives his peace that passes understanding.  It’s the kind of peace that anchors you in the storms of life. The kind of peace that steadies your heart. This peace is available to us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is constant through the ups and downs of life. While God may not give us the answers we are seeking, he is faithful to give us peace.  

 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me a peace that is unlimited.  I pray the Holy Spirit would help me to turn to you when life’s circumstances threaten to unsettle me.  May peace be an abundant fruit of my life as I walk daily with you. Thank you for giving me a peace that guards my heart and mind no matter what I face.  Amen.

Day 5 // Provision

 

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19 NLT

 

From Genesis to Revelation, God shows himself as our provider.  In fact, the first book of the Good Book tells us that being our provider is exactly who he is.  Abraham is about to make a sacrifice that God would eventually make for us all: his son. God rewards Abraham’s obedience and willingness to sacrifice and provides a ram in the thicket.  It is then that Abraham calls God by the name Jehovah Jireh - The Lord will provide. He WILL provide. It’s not a matter of if with God, but when. He cannot do anything apart from who he is, and he is our provider.  We only have to look in the rearview mirror of life to see the countless ways he has brought us provision. As we look to the unknown days of this new year, we can trust in his provision to come.  

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for being the unlimited source of my provision.  Thank you for giving the ultimate gift of your son Jesus. You haven’t just met my deepest need of salvation, but you supply for all that I have need of.  I trust that as needs arise, you already have the provision, and you will bring that my way in your perfect timing. Help me to wait on you and not jump ahead in trying to provide by my own means, for your ways are best.  Amen.

Day 6 // Transformation

 

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV

 

The God who never changes is all about transformation.  He has this beautiful way of bringing beauty out of ashes, bringing dead things back to life, making the old new, and in the end making all things beautiful in his time.  As we walk this faith journey with him, he is transforming us with ever-increasing glory by the indwelling of his Holy Spirit. He changes the Sauls into Pauls, sets the captives free, and heals the brokenhearted.  He is right now preparing a place for us in glory, the restoration of all things is ever closer on the horizon, and his Kingdom Come is just about to dawn. We must not face the circumstances of life, but face the Lord through every circumstance, allowing his Spirit to continually transform us into the likeness of Jesus.

 

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for making a way for my unlimited transformation.  When I opened my heart to you, you came in and changed everything. Thank you Holy Spirit for changing me from glory to glory.  I long to live a life that reflects Jesus to the world around me. Show me the areas where I need your transformation. I submit to you, the grand Potter, mold me and shape me for your glory.  Amen.

Day 7 // Truth

 

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”  John 16:13 NIV

 

Truth is not relative.  It is not something that is situational.  The truth about truth is that it’s actually a person: Jesus.  When he walked this earth, Jesus told us that he was the truth.  As he moved about from town to town, Jesus had a profound way of revealing deep truths of the Kingdom of God through simple parables or stories.  After his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus told his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of them. He revealed that this Spirit of truth would guide believers into all truth.  The world can seem pretty upside down these days when it comes to the truth. We are told that we can name our own truth. As believers we have an internal guide in the Holy Spirit who can lead us into all truth.

 

Prayer:  Thank you Jesus for sending your Spirit of truth to us.  Holy Spirit, I ask that you would fill me afresh daily and lead me into all truth.  Reveal to me the areas where I have believed a lie and replace it with the truth from God’s word.  Reveal the truth of the Kingdom to me as I read those simple stories and parables Jesus taught. Thank you for being an immovable rock; you are not just my life and my way, you are my truth.  Amen.

Day 8 // Wisdom

 

“For our spiritual wealth is in him, like hidden treasure waiting to be discovered—heaven’s wisdom and endless riches of revelation knowledge.”  Colossians 2:2-3 TPT

 

Over 2,000 years ago, the wise men set out on a long journey to see Jesus.  Jesus, the Word of God made flesh has within himself unlimited wisdom. All that we ever need to know can be found in him.  We would do well to follow the example of those wise men from long ago. If we set ourselves on a journey to daily seek Jesus through his Word, he will reveal wisdom to us.  He designed our minds to comprehend a vast array of things. However, God doesn’t just want us to understand things in life, he wants us to walk in wisdom. Wisdom is a character trait that comes from a relationship with Jesus.  The more time we spend with him, the more we will be transformed into his likeness. He gives us free access to the treasure trove of wisdom that is found only in him.

 

Prayer:  Jesus you are filled with all wisdom and revelation knowledge.  Please teach me your ways as I daily spend time in your word and in relationship with you.  Reveal to me your wisdom, which is far more valuable than gold. Guide me as I make decisions in life.  Thank you for sharing what you know with me in your perfect timing. Help me to walk in wisdom all the days of my life.  Amen.

Day 9 // Knowledge

“Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything there is to know about us.”  1 John 3:20 TPT

“…your Father already knows what you need before you ask.” Matthew 6:8 TPT 

God is omniscient. This means that God knows all things; the past, present and future.  God is the source of all knowledge. He knows every person’s thoughts. God’s knowledge is unlimited.  Knowing that God is omniscient should allow us to trust His will, His Word and His timing. Even though we don’t know all the answers, God does.  Even before we say a word in prayer, God knows what we need. He knows the number of hairs on our head. The same way God spoke to Moses and let him know that He had seen the sufferings of His people, we can trust that God sees our suffering, our painful situations, our rejections, and He hears our cries.  He knows. When we don’t understand the issues of life, we should stop and ask God to teach us what we should know. He will give us the knowledge and wisdom we need.    

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. You are omniscient.  You know everything about me. You knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb.  Please forgive me for my unspoken thoughts that did not edify you and things I tried to hide from everyone.  They were not hidden from you. Help me to depend on your knowledge and truth and not my own. Let your kingdom come and your will be done in my life.  Amen.

 

Day 10 // Capacity

 

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect; Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are.  Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:2-3 NLT

 

In life, we can allow our experiences to define us.  Webster says capacity means the largest amount that something can hold.  Have you ever thought “This is all I can handle. I can’t take any more.”   We must change the way we think. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, Jabez cried out to the Lord and said, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory”, (increase my capacity).  Know that God has unlimited capacity and he doesn’t want us to put limits on Him.    

The Greek word for capacity is nous (nooce), the God-given capacity of each person to think (reason), receiving God’s thoughts through faith.  Today, as a child of God, receive the gift of increased capacity in purpose, calling, mission, responsibility, service, in being used by God, in competence, effectualness, and influence.  Seek God for renewal of your mind.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I thank you for transforming and renewing my mind.  I receive all that you have for me, and I put no limitations on you or myself.  I can do all things through you, Christ Jesus, who gives me strength. I receive the fullness of my purpose in life.  Thank you for increased capacity. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Day 11 // Favor

”My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:1-4 ESV

One definition of favor is “demonstrated delight”.  It can be described as “tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord”. Psalm 5:12 in the Passion translation says, “Lord, how wonderfully you bless the righteous.  Your favor wraps around each one and covers them under your canopy of kindness and joy”. That’s you and me. When we favor someone, we delight in them. We connect with them in a way we don’t connect with everyone.  God shows favor to the ones that delight in, connect with and give honor to Him. The Word says in Isaiah 66:2, “These are the ones I look on with favor, those who are humble and contrite in spirit and who tremble at my word”.   When we have the favor of God, we can rest in the confidence that we are within the plan of God, and that he is there with us at all times. I challenge you to really open your eyes and “see” and appreciate the little blessings that you may have taken for granted (God’s favor).
 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I thank you for your favor.  I thank you that your favor surrounds me and your favor shows up everywhere I go. I thank you that you delight in me.  I ask that you awaken the confidence in me that I may receive your unlimited favor and that I may live an abundant life.  In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Day 12 // God

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:30 NIV

Sometimes inadvertently through words, thoughts, or actions we limit God’s sovereignty, limit His love, and even limit His provision.  He is limitless. When we put limitations on God, it’s like trying to put the Pacific Ocean in a glass. We sometimes consider God less than omnipotent.  We doubt his willingness to forgive and bless. We tend to forget the miracles or the signs and wonders in our lives, even though Psalms 103:2-3 says, “Praise the Lord oh my soul and don’t forget all His benefits; who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”  

Don’t limit the extent of what God can do.  Don’t ask for a little of God’s help. There’s no limit to how much Almighty God can help.  His ability to meet your needs is without boundaries.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I come in the name of Jesus with thanksgiving.  Thank you for your immeasurable and exceeding greatness. You are Sovereign.  There is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below. I repent for those times that I have put limitations on you.  You have kept your covenant of love. With your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it. Great are you Lord and you are worthy of all praise,  Amen.

Day 13 // Goodness

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6 ESV

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him.”  Psalm 34:8 NLT

God’s goodness, it’s not just what he does; it’s who He is.  God by nature is inherently good. Our goodness comes from God.  In Genesis 1:31, it says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” I believe this is a personal invitation for us to “try and experience” or discover God’s goodness for ourselves.  This is not something we can earn. This is what He chooses to do. We experience these “taste and see” moments when he provides for us, protects us, heals us, and takes care of us in every way. This is unlimited goodness. Also sometimes good can come disguised as adversity or hardship.  Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Everything God does is for our good. 

 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus, and I say thank you.  Thank you for your unlimited goodness, your mercy and your grace. You are a good, good Father.  You are everything that my soul longs for. I give you those areas of my life that concern me. I know that all things work together for the good of those who love you and are called according to your purpose. Help me to see the good.  I love you. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Day 14 // Access
 

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6 NLT

When Jesus died on the cross, there was a veil in the temple that separated the Holy of Holies, where God’s Spirit was, from where man was.   When Jesus died on the cross, God ripped that veil from top to bottom, symbolizing that there was no longer a barrier. We now have direct access to God.  The word access is defined as a means of approaching or entering a place, a way in. Jesus Christ, who is the Way, has given us a way in. You don’t have to pray through someone else.  You don’t have to confess your sins through someone else. You now have the opportunity to come to the Father, develop an intimate relationship with him, fellowship with him. He wants to hear your voice saying I love you. Why did God save you? He saved you so that you would serve him using your gifts, talents and treasures.  And in serving him, you would want to serve others. If you are not saved, if you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, please know that Jesus loves you. You can have unlimited access to Him. 

  

Prayer:  Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness.  I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son. I believe that he died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead.  I turn from my life of sin and I invite you to come into my heart and my life. Help me to do your will. In the name of Jesus,  Amen. 

Day 15 // Glory

 

“ The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”   John 1:14 MSG

 

Shekinah is a Hebrew word meaning dwelling or settling and denotes the dwelling or settling of the divine presence of God.  It also means God’s manifested glory or God’s presence.  In the New Testament, Jesus is the manifestation of Shekinah glory.   Jesus’ ministry is the ultimate encounter of Shekinah Glory that God has ever had with man on earth.  Jesus was made to be both God and man in one person in order to act as our High Priest so that he could be the embodiment of redemption of our sins. Upon His death, the veil separating the holiest of Holies in the temple was torn, therefore, we are able to abide eternally in God’s presence through a new covenant, with the Holy Spirit residing in us.   Moses asked God to show him his glory. God said, “I will make my goodness pass in front of you”. As we seek God’s glory, know that he has given us a place to stand, on the Rock, Jesus Christ. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I thank you that you sent your only begotten son that I may have eternal life.  Please remove the veil from my eyes that stops me from seeing your true glory. I ask you today, show me your glory, your goodness. In the name of Jesus,  Amen.

Day 16 // Holiness

“Who is like you O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds doing wonders?“  Exodus 15:11 NLT

“For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”  1 Thessalonians 4:7 ESV

Holiness is the character of God.  Holiness is the pristine nature of God.  God’s holiness is a powerful presence that must be treated with respect.  God is perfect in every way possible. He is perfect in mercy, perfect in justice, perfect in love, perfect in everything.  This is directly connected to the holiness of God. Jesus Christ, who is God’s holiness in human flesh, went out into the land healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out demons.  I Peter 1:16 says, “You are to be holy, because I am holy.” So on this journey with Jesus we are to pursue holiness. We hunger and thirst for His presence. We must fully give our life to Him, accept Him as Lord and Savior.  A part of God’s holiness resides in us making it our mission to spread the holiness of God. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come before you in the name of Jesus.  I reverence you. I bow before you with honor and adoration. Thank you for your unlimited holiness.  I am on holy ground and you surround me with your love. As I quiet myself in your presence, I breathe in new life. Dwell in me, this temple that you have created.  Search my heart and if there is anything that is displeasing to you, please remove it for I desire to live in holiness. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Day 17 // Power

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

 

It is God’s power that supports us when we are under trials, His strength is made perfect in our weakness. It is in those moments when we are walking through the valleys, when we are at our lowest moments that we see the Lord’s power. He strengthens us to put one foot in front of the other. We may not be able to see the destination, but we can see the road our feet are on, and it is he who gives us the power to forge ahead even if it is one step at a time.

Prayer:  Lord, We pray for your infinite wisdom and power to be poured down upon us as overflowing oil that covers every part of us. Let your power strengthen us and lift us up from our weakest moments to set us back upon our feet so that we can fight the good fight of the faith and we can run the race you have marked out for us. Let us not grow weary, but have perseverance, fixing our eyes upon you. May your power endure and keep our feet on your foundation.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Day 18 // Love

 

“Let all that you do be done in love.”  1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

 

This is such a simple verse but it is packed with so much truth and power. The Lord didn’t say do some things in love, He said, “let all you do be done in love”. How many of us can say that we practice love in all that we do? It’s not an easy answer, is it? As I read this verse, the Holy Spirit tapped on my heart and I felt convicted because there are times when I haven’t acted in love but rather in the flesh which I’m not proud of. However, God’s grace and mercy washes over us. His love for us is like no other. I encourage you today to stop and meditate on how you can do more things in love. Let God’s love shine through us to others we come in contact with.   

Prayer:  Lord, help us see others as you see us, so that we may pour out your love on them. Help us identify those areas where we need to exercise more love and kindness. Grant us the eyes to see and the heart to feel what you feel towards us as your children. Your word says that faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Help heal those areas that need healing in our hearts and minds so that we may love others more abundantly. There is no fear in love.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Day 19 // Grace

“No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”  Acts 15:11 NIV

Grace is unmerited and available to all believers. I like how John Bevere says, “God’s grace is sufficient to help us overcome any hardship, for grace empowers us to go beyond our natural ability. God’s grace is his empowering presence in our lives, we are able to take up the weapons he has placed before us.” Grace never fails us. God’s grace is sufficient and abundant for each and every one of us. We don’t have to shy away from God because of our sin; He paid the ultimate price and by His grace, we are able to enter into his throne room.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for your sacrifice on the cross so that through your grace we may be saved. Your abundant grace covers over a multitude of sin so we no longer have to be ashamed and turn away from you, but rather run towards you. It is by your grace that we are healed as your word says that your grace is sufficient for us. We praise you in the good and the bad times because you love us as we are.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Day 20 // Mercy

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT

Have you stopped to ponder that the Lord’s mercy never comes to an end? It is everlasting. God is known to be a God of mercy and grace. Are you not in awe of God right now? Isn’t he a wonderful God? How he loves us so. We are all sinners and do not meet the standards of righteousness that God intends us to have. But, through his mercy and grace, he provided a way for our sins to be forgiven through our acceptance of Christ Jesus. Regardless of what may have happened today, his mercy never comes to an end; it is renewed every morning.

Prayer:  Lord, your love for us is steadfast and never ceases. Your mercies never come to an end and are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness and great is your name. We thank you Lord for your love, your mercy, your faithfulness, your forgiveness, for your sovereign heart, O Lord. You are King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the Alpha and the Omega. You are our redeemer, our healer, our Jehovah Elohim, our Abba Father. You are the bread of life and the living water. Let us chase after you with all of ourselves so that we may dwell in your house forever and ever.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Day 21 // Hope

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” 

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

God doesn’t want bad things for his children. His promise is for a future and hope, but what is hope? C.H. Spurgeon once said, “Hope itself is like a star – not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” Sometimes it is the adversity that we face that brings out our hope even more.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you that you are the God of hope. Thank you that our hope is rooted in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thank you that just as you raised Jesus from the dead, one day you will raise us with him to full and eternal life. May our hope, bring joy and peace to our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit. That same Spirit that lives inside of us and reminds us of the joy and peace we have in Christ daily.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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