“Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”
Luke 10:23-24 (NLT)
Here we are reminded of how incredibly blessed we are to know Jesus and the truth of the Gospel. The kings and prophets of the Old Testament looked forward to the coming Messiah and longed for His deliverance, but they were never able to see, hear, or experience God in the same way we can today. We have been forgiven and reconciled to God so that we may approach God’s throne with confidence and receive grace and mercy (Heb.4:16). Today, praise God for the privilege we have to know Him, to hear from Him, and to see His hands at work around us. Ask for the chance to share this great news with others, and pray that many more lives will be eternally changed through His saving grace.
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“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
Are you a hard worker? Someone who does there best in whatever they do? In I Corinthians 10:31, we are commanded, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This is something that we often brush to the side and don’t think much of because we get so caught up in things. We must remember that the Lord wants us to be hard workers, and do everything to the best of our ability. We are working for the Lord, and because of that we have to act like we are. If we commit to doing something, the Lord wants us to pursue it to the best of our ability, working hard in all we do as Christ would. Sometimes we have so much on our plate that we just want to rush to get through them so that they can be crossed off of the list. While sometimes that is nice, and less stressful, we aren’t putting our best into those tasks. It is also to recognize your limit and what that is. It is better to have few tasks and do a better job at them than to have a list full of things that you can’t put your time and effort into. Today, I want to challenge you to take a step back, look at your priorities, and pursue them wholeheartedly. Pursue them in ways that the Lord would, and work at it with all of your heart. Your hard work will pay off, trust me.
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“When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to Him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use Your name!” “Yes,” He told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning!”
Luke 10:17-18 (NLT)
Jesus knows our enemy, and He is stronger. He has complete control over Satan and his demons, and He is the one directing our lives. So what have we to fear? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) Today, be encouraged that the Creator of the Universe is on our side. Pray that He will keep the enemy away as we seek to share the Gospel with those who are lost and desperately need hope. Also pray for wisdom, so that we may discern the Lord’s voice and not fall prey to the enemy’s traps.