Monday – Psalms 27:1–3 …whom should I fear? There are evildoers in the world whose main goal in life is to spread their darkness to all. Though an army deploys against me, my heart is not afraid. How did the Psalmist get to the place where he could say these things with full confidence? He was completely sure God would save Him from all the darkness around him. The Lord is my light and my salvation… Can you say that? He becomes our light when we seek His answers to all our questions. He becomes our salvation when we seek His solution to all our problems. With our questions and our problems fully committed to Him, our faith becomes sight. Read 2 Cor. 5:7. If you were blindfolded would you climb a dark mountain? If you were blindfolded would you walk a narrow footbridge? That’s what it feels like sometimes in our life decisions. And that is why we must completely depend on His Word and His Spirit to strengthen, comfort, and encourage us. When we do, we will know that there is no man and no situation that we need to fear. Pray with me. Lord you are both my light and my salvation. You light my way and you also hold my hand. You lead me when I cannot see my way to take another step. I love you, Lord. I am so thankful, that you are with me and I fear no evil. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Tuesday– Ps. 84:11 What is integrity? It is important that we know because He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity. The focus here is what happens on the inside of us and how it relates to those around us. Do you remember when Jesus said, “out of the depths of the heart, the mouth speaks”? He was talking about integrity. People with integrity say things that build others up. They are peacemakers. How about you? Would those who know you best, say that you were a person of integrity? Think about it for a minute. Now don’t think about what you know. Don’t think about what you think. Think about what you actually do. Think about what comes out of your mouth. Integrity follows people who have fully committed their lives to be doers of the Word. Read James 1:22-25. How does that challenge you? I know every time I read it, it judges me, even inside the deepest places of my being. List three ways that you need to be a doer of the Word and share one of them with the group. Then have someone pray for the group to be doer’s of the Word.
Wednesday – Psalms 104:1-4 Picture that! Picture the Lord Jesus Christ, taking ahold of the sun and wrapping himself in light as if it were a robe. That is going to happen, you know? In Rev. 21 and 22 Jesus Himself becomes the source of all light and literally chases all darkness away. Not one solitary corner of the universe will be dark. Darkness will have become an antiquated term. It will only apply in the past, not in the present, or the future. Jesus is the Light. He said it over and over again. Read John 9:5. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the World. When Jesus first made this statement 2000 years ago, He wasn’t going to be in the world much longer, but He knew that there would come a time when He would forever be the Light of the World for His people, the Redeemed. And when He returns and destroys all darkness, it will be forever, and forever, and then some more. No more darkness.
Thursday – Isaiah 9:2 Who is walking in darkness? Everyone. God does not prefer one person over another. He doesn’t favor on child above another child. He doesn’t bless one color more than another. “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” So we all live in the land of darkness, before we come to know Jesus. You may have experienced walking in a strange place in complete darkness. Spiritually, God considers us all just that helpless without a Helper. Thank God, the people walking in darkness have a seen a great light; a light has dawned… Read Luke 2:8-11. …the glory of the Lord shone around them. Is it any wonder that the birth of the Light of the world, was heralded by angelic messengers surrounded by the blinding Glory of the Lord? No, God didn’t want man to miss the good news of great joy that will be for all the people. So He prophesied 700 years beforehand what was witnessed by the shepherds, at the birth of the Light of the World. Pray with me. Jesus, Light of the World, light my way and guide my feet on the path of righteousness. I surrender all the dark places in my life to You. I give all my sin and all my shortcomings over to You and I ask You to light up my life, my family, my job, my home, and all that I do. Be lifted up and exalted in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Friday – Micah 7:7-8 Wait. When we pray that is not the answer we would want to hear. And yet, so many times, when we call on God, He calls us to wait. We know that My God will hear me. But sometimes we must wait on the answer to our prayers. While we wait it may seem to those around us that we are alone. That our God has not responded to our pleas. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will stand up; Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. The Bible assures us many times and many ways, we are not alone. He is with us. When the darkness is the darkest, the Light is the brightest. Shine in us, Lord.
Saturday – Daniel 7:9-14 The beauty of this passage is overwhelming. His throne will be set in place and the Ancient of Days will take His seat. A mighty throng of thousands upon thousands served Him…the books were opened. This passage in Daniel parallels the story found in the Book of Revelation. All the evil in this world will be destroyed, even as the earth itself will be destroyed…and replaced with a brand new one. A perfect earth without death and disease will become our new home. And we will all see One like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven…He was given authority to rule, and glory, and a kingdom; so that those of every people, nation and language should serve Him. We know the end of the story. So what happens during our chapter? What is our part of the story? Read Matthew 28:18-20. All authority has been given to me on heaven and earth. Not Jesus will receive authority, but when Jesus said, “It is finished” on the cross, all authority was given Him. He will not be victorious, He already is victorious. Not, He will be crowned Lord, He already is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. We will see Him. We will see the revealing of His victory at the end of the age. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed. Pray with me. Lord, thank You for the joys of life. Thank You for the liberty we live in. All that we have been given we are thankful for. But we would trade it all to see You, coming as the victorious King to set everything right and to make everything new. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. In Your Name we pray, Amen.