Every morning I get a Push Notification on my iPhone which literally is just a little vibrating reminder when I haven’t read my devotional for the day. I love it because normally I beat the reminder but on occasion it serves as a little nudge if I haven’t done it yet. It’s something I’ve been doing since I got my iPhone in February and it’s something I look forward to. I’ve done devotionals before but it’s easy to forget your book at home or miss a few days and since you always have your phone on you I like the convenience. I’m mentally talking to God throughout the day but the devotional is more structured and I think that’s a good way to remember how to start your day and to pray.
One of my favorite verses was brought up by a sermon on TV by TD Jakes. The verse comes from Luke 2:52 ESV “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man”. He wanted us to pray that every day and insert our name into it..i.e. And Jessica increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. Unfortunately I haven’t kept up with it but I liked the idea of it. Basically using the word to remind yourself that through God and His Word and Knowledge I will increase in wisdom, stature and favor. That’s an awesome thought!
Another thought from a few months back was in the “Power Thought Devotional” By Joyce Meyer via Bible App “Grace is the power of the Holy Spirit coming to us freely, enabling us to do with ease what we could never do on our own. You might find other definitions describing grace as God’s divine favor, and that is certainly true, but His grace is also the power you need to live in victory. Grace can be received only through faith, and that is one of the main reasons we must resist fear. When we allow fear to rule us, we unwittingly receive what Satan has planned for our lives. But when we live by faith through grace, God is able to work His divine plan in us. Whatever you need to do today, lean on God and let Him empower you to be successful. Power Thought: by God’s grace I have the skills to do all He asks of me with ease.”
In other words when you start your day being aware of not only the wisdom, stature, and favor you will grow into day in and day out by exercising your spirit through the Word and prayer but you will also learn to disarm any fear. Rather than letting the Enemy start His attacks and sow fear and worry into our minds and hearts–we should be building a fortress around us through God’s power. Releasing the power that lives inside of us.
With that in mind I hope to continue to build up and release what I am planting inside of me each morning. Then I will truly be able to “stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life” Psalm 56:12-13.
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