Manna For Today: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
How many times have we all promised God something we failed to deliver on? We do that because in and of ourselves we lack the sustainability to keep ourselves consistent or on track without God as our sustenance.
The Bible says that:
• We were given the right to become His children.
John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
• It was God’s pleasure to preplan our adoption.
Ephesians 1:5 – …having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
• We are accepted by God.
Romans 15:7 – Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
• We have been given fullness in Christ.
Colossians 2:9 – For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
• We are one with God.
I Corinthians 6:17 – But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
So it seems our relationship with and proximity to God determines the outcome for us in our lives. The degree to which we face and prosecute the issues of life successfully can be measured by our habits related to God.
Thank God there is a way to grow in Him to the end that we receive blessings from Him.
What are the habits needed to grow in Him?
• Learning to love Him.
Mark 12:29-30 – Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
How do I learn to love Him?
• By spending time with Him daily.
Proverbs 8:34 – Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
What do I do when spending time with God?
• Talk to Him and allow Him to talk to you.
Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
• Read and do His Word.
Psalm 1:1-3 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
What will I glean from reading and studying His Word?
• He teaches me how to love Him and others.
John 13:35 – “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Let’s develop the habits that will enable God’s favor and blessings in our lives. Start today to expect God’s favor!
Peace and blessings!