Daily inspiration: Every person has been given a gift from God. What is your gift? Lord, have I thanked You?
Daily Scripture & Reflection: Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23
A Time to Think: Positive thinking is how you think about a problem. Enthusiasm is how you feel about a problem. The two together determine what you do about a problem. —Norman Vincent Peale
A Time to Act: Change your thoughts and change your life.
A Time to Pray: Father, a positive attitude is one of the greatest spiritual gifts. Help me to remember: Praise! Praise! Praise!
Birth Verse for January 11: and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:11
PrayFit Devotional: Get Your Voice Back: Jan 10, 13; Read: Luke 1
“How can I be sure this will happen? I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” –Luke 1:18
Not his best moment. Zacharias has just been given really great news; news of eternal significance. He’s been told that Elizabeth will bear him a son. And he will go before the Lord with the spirit and power of Elijah, no doubt. He’ll be the frontrunner! And not only that, the courier of this miracle message wasn’t a neighbor. It wasn’t a trusted uncle or even the High Priest. No, Zacharias heard this first-hand from – wait for it – none other than Angel Gabriel himself.
Now, all things being equal, you’d think it would prompt Zacharias to simply rejoice, trust and obey. But as you read in today’s verse, Zacharias chose to respond like you and I often do.
Who me? I’m not qualified for that job, have you seen my resume?
Who me? A missionary? Have you read my laundry list of weaknesses?
Who me? Regain my health after years of negligence? What good can this body accomplish?
There’s no telling how effective we would be for the Lord if we trusted the things God lays on our hearts. You know, Zacharias’ little faith spoke volumes, so Gabriel made him mute. Months later, on the day of his son’s birth, those standing around Elizabeth objected to his given name. But Zacharias — still mute — boldly wrote on his tablet: His name is John.
In that instant, the bible says he got his voice back. –Jimmy Peña
Question: When you and I let fear and doubt cloud our hearts and minds, we too become mute. What has God put on your heart that you need courage to accept? With the New Year well under way, what roadblocks and barriers to a healthier 2013 are already rearing their head? What is your plan? Do you have your voice back?