31 Days of Praise | Day 16 God is Our Victory

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

2 Corinthians 2:14

Praise be to God because in Him we have victory! Nothing can stand against us. God’s plan will prevail as He works in and through us. The good news of Jesus will continue to advance through territory and through time, until all those who will be redeemed receive salvation.  God is our Jehovah-Nissi (The Lord My Banner).

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As believers, we can live triumphantly because Christ has overcome all that we shall ever face. In Him, we have victory. We can live life abundantly, expressing love and joy as we claim the peace accompanying His promise.

What a great God we serve! Lift your Banner High!

Hallelujah!

The Devotional Guy™

 

Morning Prayer 11 | Peace

Morning Prayer

The Apostle Paul follows up love and joy with peace.  Peace is an inner quietness marked by a freedom of worry. Peace is an elusive state in our modern, hyper-connected world. There’s so much to worry and fret over that having our souls rest in stillness, free from anxiety, seems like an insurmountable task.

Something is always on. Disturbances threaten our tranquility at every turn. I think our restlessness spurns our yearning for spiritual growth. It’s what causes us to go looking for a better way. Amid all the chaos, can I remain calm, content within the realm of space I occupy? Yes, I believe that it is possible.

When we lack peace our minds run-on forever, never resting. Our brain jumps from one thought to the next, sometimes juggling multiple thoughts at once. Our heads feel like they are going to explode. Our lives are overwrought with tension, stress, busyness, and pressure, both at work and at home. Can you imagine your life free of worry, anxiety, and fear?

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

You can know peace. It is possible to reduce the worries, anxieties, and fears that keep you up at night and wear you out during the day. By nurturing a deepening personal relationship with the Lord qualities like love, joy, and peace can manifest themselves in us and be expressed in our daily interactions with those we encounter in the world. We can become known for our loving, joyous, and peaceful spirit.

May the peace of God go with you today!

The Devotional Guy™

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Morning Prayer 10 | Joy

Joy. What a great word. Joy is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune. It is also the emotion that comes by the prospect of possessing what one desire. Joy is delighting in something or someone. Think of the first time you held your child in your arms, your wedding day, or that promotion you attained after all the hard work you put in week after week.

Paul follows up the first fruit of the Spirit, love, with joy. To experience joy, we must know love. None of us can be truly joyful without experiencing love. Love brings us joy. Through joy we can fully experience the inner-goodness of God and the inner-goodness of the people in our lives. We can rejoice about the inner-goodness God has bestowed upon us through faith and grace. You see that’s where the fruit of the Spirit stems from…grace and faith. We need God’s grace and we must have faith if we are truly going to abundantly experience all that the Lord has to offer. What a great feeling joy is!

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

JOY

I’ve heard it said that God delights in us when we are most satisfied in Him. He takes joy in us being fulfilled by Him. God rejoices when we choose to join Him in the work He is doing all around us. He delights in us when we seek to live our lives according to His will and purpose for our lives.

What are things that bring you joy?

Heavenly Father, thank you for the joy You give us. We live our best life when we remain totally satisfied in You. What a delight it is to serve You. What a joy it is to be loved by You. You are SO good to us. Amen.

The Devotional Guy™