Scripture: You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, “No one sees me”; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me.” – Isaiah 47:10
Prayer: Lord, thank you for seeing us, knowing us fully, and still loving and pursuing us. We are forever grateful for your love, forgiveness and mercy. Amen
Application: Our true self comes out when we think nobody is watching, but God knows us fully, our every thought, and loves us deeply.
How are you working to align your heart, your thoughts and your actions with the Lord?
Scripture: Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32
Prayer: Lord, let our confidence rest entirely in You. May we be in control of our anger and ruler of our spirit because we trust in You completely. Amen
Application: When we lose control of our emotions, becoming frustrated and angry, we are, in a way, expressing lack of trust in God. If we truly believe that His plan is greater than ours, then we should not be troubled by temporary trials and tribulations.
Are you attempting to control external circumstances rather than guarding your heart and keeping your peace? What are you communicating to God by doubting Him?
Scripture: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Prayer: Lord, we praise You, worship You and rejoice in You always. May we never forget that You are always with us and approach each day with a joy-filled heart. Amen
Application: The enemy is constantly working to distract us from the joy and freedom that is promised to us by God. One of the ways we overcome distraction and separation is through worship and praise.
Take this moment to rejoice in the Lord, celebrate the fact that He loves You regardless of your circumstances!
Scripture: They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 2 Peter 2:19
Prayer: Lord, may we honor You and follow the example of Your Son Jesus, following the path of righteousness. Help us to break the chains of our bondage to sin. Amen
Application: This passage reminds us that the world is constantly tempting us to pursue “freedom” by living selfishly. In reality, we become slaves to our own satisfaction, chasing comfort and seeking a world of security and temporary happiness.
Do you have pieces of your life that began as pleasure seeking, and became something you could not break free of? Trust that the love of Christ is big enough to free you from any evil.
Scripture: Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
Prayer: Lord, thank you for showing us what it means to love. We thank you for Your Son Jesus who sacrificed and truly showed us the extent of Your love. May we serve one another in His Holy Name. Amen
Application: God’s love is the greatest power in the entire universe, capable of rescuing us from sin and destruction. We cannot know God unless we know what it means to love others more than we love ourselves.
Bless your valentine today by serving them and reminding them of God’s unchanging, never-ending love!
Scripture: It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. Acts 28:8
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for continuing to heal us through your Holy Spirit, using the faithful to deliver Your message. May we continue to expect miracles that will reveal Your glory in our lives. Amen
Application: This passage is a reminder that miraculous healings continue to occur today through the Holy Spirit. It is also important to remember that the healings occur in God’s timing and for His glory, not simply to make us happy or comfortable.
Are you asking God to move boldly? Are you doing your part by living boldy for Him?
Scripture: We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Prayer: Lord, you loved us before we ever knew You. May we accept Your love into our lives and let it overflow from our hearts and out to our households, our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities. Amen
Application: Parents, bosses, teachers, and leaders can learn a tremendous amount from the example of Jesus Christ. Thousands of years after His death, we are still in amazement at His incredible sacrifice for us.
Why do we love Him and follow Him? Because He loved us first.
Scripture: Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he? Isaiah 2:22
Prayer: Lord, we repent for placing men in high regard rather than looking to You for leadership and guidance. May we prioritize Your kingdom and give to You our very best. Amen
Application: Too frequently we are distracted by societal and political issues, and forget that we answer to a higher authority. Jesus tells us to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s (worthless earthly treasures), but to give to God that which is God’s (your heart, soul and spirit).