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“The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands.” John 3:35

As the Father entrusted Jesus with everything, we are called to put all that we are and all that we have into His hands as well. That requires a great deal of trust and the heart to believe. The term “believe” is the greek word pisteuo which means to be fully invested in Jesus.

Do you believe in Jesus enough to actually invest yourself, your belongings, and all that you have in Him? God does. God is a smart investor. Make Him your advisor, and put your money where your mouth is. Invest everything you have in Jesus. Perhaps you feel like you don’t have much. Look what He can do with a couple of loaves and fish! A small boy give him his lunch and he fed thousands. And He will take whatever you give him and make something amazing. He is doing that for two broken bloggers… He will do it for you, too! We invite you to pray with us…

Jesus,

I believe in you. I am putting my belief into action by placing all that I have and all that I am into your loving, strong, capable, faithful, competent, unfailing hands. I give you all that I hold dear.

I give you my family. It is written,

“No weapon turned against you will succeed.” (Isaiah 54:17)

I trust in you to care for each one of my family, to lead each one, to protect each one, to teach each one, and to draw each one to yourself.

I give you my future. It is written,

“For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

I trust you to lead me day by day into the destiny you have ordained for me before I was even born. Thank you that the path you are leading me on is one that will give me joy, for nothing gives me greater joy than the life you offer.

I give you my finances. It is written,

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

I place all my resources into your hands. Be my counselor, advisor, and provider.

I give you my fears. It is written,

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” (Psalm 23:4)

I trust you to deliver me from the things that cause me to lose my footing. I take hold of the faith I have, and I will grow in faith by listening to your Word and obeying it.

I give you my home, my work, my health, my relationships, my hopes and my disappointments. All that I am I place in the hands that reached out to the ends of the earth to draw all people to your heart of perfect love. I leave all these things in your safe-keeping and await your instruction. I will do as you say, for I have made you the Lord of my life. Thank God I am not my own anymore!

In Your Name, Amen.

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Revelations 3:15,16

What does it mean to be fully committed to the Lord? There are no part-time shifts in the Kingdom. It is all or nothing. It’s not a weekend gig. Either He is Lord, or I am.

Ironically, Exodus 24:7 reminds us to be 24/7 followers: “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”

No matter what it costs me to obey, it costs far more to miss his best. To neglect His Word, to reject His call is too high a price to pay, sacrificing great joy, an excellent life, His healing presence, His provision for our needs, and a life that is full – void of emptiness.

We are 24/7 followers or followers not at all.

Father,

I commit myself to relationship with You, to live for You, to live with You, to live a life of devotion to You and love towards all people in my life, friend or foe. I commit myself to read Your Word with ears to hear how you want to change me. Reveal my blind spots, unleash my potential, grant me my destiny, and forgive all my errors and pride. Make me a 24/7 believer.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

As we chose our next President of the United States, let’s take a quick look at some virtues that constitute excellent leadership and pray for a leader who reflects them well.

“The Lord and his anointed one are my witnesses today,” Samuel declared, “that my hands are clean.” 1 Samuel 12:5

Integrity.

Samuel was retiring from his leadership position in Israel. A King would now replace him. Before he faded into history, he wanted to take the opportunity to right any wrongs he might have committed. “Have I cheated anyone, oppressed anyone, perverted justice for anyone?” he asks. 
“Have I ever placed myself above the law to achieve my place politically?”

“No,” his constituency answered in unison.

Imagine a politician that can leave his/her office fully satisfied that they did their very best to walk in integrity. That’s the kind of leader we can pray for.

“God is not a human, so he does not lie.” (Numbers 23:19)

Honesty.

Politicians have created a reputation for themselves; they often speak in half-truths and outright falsehoods. David prayed in Psalm 119, “Keep me from lying to myself.” Perhaps our leaders would be truthful with the world if they were first honest with themselves.

Imagine a politician whose words are so trustworthy that we can literally bank on what they tell us. That’s the kind of leader we can pray for.

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

Humility.

Saul, the first King of Israel, proved to be a dismal failure. Although he was a brilliant military leader, he was plagued with insecurity as well as pride – a recipe for domineering leadership. Insecure people often over-compensate with boasting and self-congratulatory speeches. Saul set up a monument to himself and felt at liberty to bend God’s rules when it was convenient for him.

Imagine a President that doesn’t feel the need to toot his/her own horn but just lets his/her good judgement speak for themselves.

“The greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Love.

One brilliant definition of love is, “To fight for another’s highest possible good.” Imagine a President that loves our country so much that every decision is based not on political gain, legacy-building, or cover-up.

Imagine our POTUS with love-based impetus. One who asks the question, “What would love do?” Love would fight for its constituency. Love would speak the truth to its constituency. Love would set aside personal gain for the sake of its constituency.

It may be a lot to ask for a leader with these virtues. Who reading this (or writing this) can possibly live up to these standards? We don’t need a politician with a record of perfection, nor do we need a leader who is an expert in all things Biblical. But it would certainly be a blessing to have a leader whose character is moving in this trajectory – one who is seeking after honesty, integrity, humility, and love.

Father,

Please give us a President with keen self-awareness, with sincere intentions. Grant us leaders who rule themselves with integrity, honesty, and transparency.

Give us a leader whose heart is self-aware.

And Lord, I can’t expect these things from my leaders without taking a good, long look in the mirror. Today I renew my commitment to be a godly leader in my sphere of influence (small though it may be). Continually transform me into the likeness of your dear Son, Jesus.

In His Name I pray, Amen.

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!” Psalm 107:2

The Psalmist in chapter 107 outlines four basic types of people that need redemption. To one degree or another, we all have fallen into at least one of these four categories. All dilemmas equally desperate, the remedy is the same: cry out to God for help. A simple prayer is all he is waiting for. Why doesn’t he intervene without our prayers? Perhaps because God doesn’t go where He is not invited.

Group one. Psalm 107:4-9
These people lost their bearings. They wandered away from God and became destitute. They were homeless, lost, hungry, and thirsty. But when they cried out to God he rescued them and “led them straight to safety,” satisfying their hunger both literally and spiritually.

Group two. Psalm 107:10-16
These people lost their mind. They turned from the blessed promises of God and found themselves in a very dark place emotionally and intellectually. This led to a season of brokenness in which they became enslaved and hopeless. They cried out to God, in desperation and he led them out of their darkness and gloom, snapping the chains of their slavery, setting them free.

Group three. Psalm 107:17-22
These people lost their health. Foolish decisions led them to turn their backs on God which led to illness. They cried out to God, and he “sent His Word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.”

Group four. Psalm 107:23-32
These people lost their moorings. They were busy and distracted with their work and travel. One storm came up and they just about lost everything; they were terrorized with fear. They cried out to God and he calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. “What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor!” (verse 30)

If you have lost your bearings, your mind, your health, or your moorings, cry out to God with us today.

God!

Help! I need you desperately. I’ve somehow lost my grip on you, and it has proven to be a deadly misstep on my part. Please forgive me! Please rescue me as your Word promises. And I will from this day forward set aside my foolish, negative, rebellious, and self-centered ways and walk with you.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

Watch how God rescues you, and “say so” by telling someone – or commenting below – what God has done to rescue you!

 

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