January 27, 2015

Read: Psalm 84:5-7

Strength training seems to be all the rage now.  The benefits are many:  increased metabolism, a more toned body, better mood, extra energy, etc.  Since there is a gym on almost every corner, the process can even be convenient.  I have to admit that I’m not all that diligent about strength training, though I always intend to be!  But on those days when I do overcome my many excuses and choose to work out, I’m blessed.  I really do feel better!

Each morning, I also must choose  from where I’ll get my real strength for the day.  Sometimes I feel really capable  on my own; other days I need a boost and encouragement from a friend or parent.  But on those days that I set out to be guided and strengthened by God, I know that I’m setting  myself up  for a good one. “...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31)  That source, and only that source,  offers long lasting strength that won’t wane when I get tired, but rather will propel me on to accomplish those tasks that He has set before me.

Today, plug into the one source that never fails.


Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for spiritual insight and understanding of His Word.  Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life.  Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.