Devotional 2/24/18

24- February      Knock and Bring Gifts

Ephesians 4:28  If you are a thief quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

This may seem an unusual choice of scripture for those who are looking for work. But let’s remember that unemployment is a temporary condition—you won’t always be without a job. That’s why it’s important to plan for the way you’ll behave when you start working again. Take a moment and examine your motive for working. Do you still think you’re working for a living, or have you come to realize that you are working in order to give? This Word makes it clear — we work in order to give generously to others.

Declare that as your primary reason for seeking work, put the Kingdom first, and see what God will do to “set you up” as a Kingdom resource for others. John Wesley put it this way, “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” Let’s practice that mindset now and let it carry us into our next position in the workplace.

DECLARE THIS:
• I live to give and know that my Father does the same!
• By faith I believe all my needs are met by God, so I can focus on giving to others.
• I work hard in order to bless others and show God’s love to them.

Devotional 2/23/18

23- February    Knock With Confidence

2 Corinthians 9:10  For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

Many Christian job seekers are afraid they might move in the wrong direction. But look again at this scripture. God puts seed and resources into our hands and works through us to produce something. He knows what He has given us and He knows what He wants to accomplish both in and through us. We need to trust in His ability to do it.

Determine where your passion is and where you want to make a Kingdom difference. Tell God what you’d like to do and ask Him to lead you to a place to make that impact. Then move with confidence knowing that He “who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it.” Expect God’s provisions and supernatural support. That’s how love works and confidence is built.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am a co-laborer with God.
• By faith I move into the workplace in confidence knowing that God goes with me.
• I surrender all my selfish motives at the feet of Jesus and choose to work for the Kingdom of God in whatever I do.

Devotional 2/22/18

22- February      Knock With Thanksgiving

Philippians 4:6  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (NLT)

 

For many of us the idea of praying about all the good things that happen in the day is a new one. We tend to take good things for granted. They may even go by unnoticed. But we’re quick to cry “foul” if something happens that we don’t like. How about trying an experiment? Spend one whole day thanking God for every good thing big and small.

Just reverse the habit of a quick thank-you and a long laundry list of needs and disappointments. Instead, spend all your time thanking God for all he has already done, with a quick mention of the needs you’re still waiting on in faith. As we cultivate an attitude of gratitude the entire world will seem lighter and brighter. We may even realize how wonderful our lives are despite the challenges.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am so thankful for the gift of eternal life and freedom from sin.
• By faith I believe that my needs are met according to God’s riches.
• I thank God for Jesus, the most precious gift of love that the world has ever received.

Devotional 2/21/18

21- February        Knock With Boldness

Ephesians 3:20   Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT)

This great promise also carries with it the message of personal responsibility. We see here that work will get done, but not by God. It will be His power working in us. The wonderful thing is that He will carry us far beyond what we asked for, far beyond what we thought possible. So the only question to be answered is “What is the power of God that will produce such awesome results?” It is the power of Love working in and through us.

We can be bold and walk in confidence when we know that our motives are unselfish and our goal is to be of service. That’s love in action. As we go through the job search process let’s stay mindful that we are “powered by love” and as Willa Cather has said, “Where there is great love there are always miracles.”

DECLARE THIS:
• I have God’s mighty power at work in me.
• By faith I receive this promise that God will enable me to accomplish more than I ever dreamed.
• I thank God that He is able and I give Him all the glory for the accomplishments of my life.

Devotional 2/20/18

20-February      Seek to Stay Focused on Jesus

Hebrews 12:2    …looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NKJV)

If we want faith to grow and be strong (and we do!), we need to be focused on Jesus. I’m using the word “focused” on purpose here. The attention so many of us give Jesus is more like a casual glance in His direction from time to time than the concentrated focus of our complete attention on Him. William Barclay had the right idea when he said, “So often we have a kind of vague, wistful longing that the promises of Jesus should be true. The only way really to enter into them is to believe them with the clutching intensity of a drowning man.” We cannot afford to be casual about this.

Our lives depend upon strong faith and the ability to walk in the power and authority we have been given in Christ. Focus on Jesus. Exercise and build your faith in Jesus and His finished work.

DECLARE THIS:
• I am focused on Jesus and my faith is growing.
• By faith I receive strong faith and my place in Christ at the right hand of God.
• Because I am in Christ, I live a victorious life.

Devotional 1/31/18

31- January   Knock and Be At Peace
 Proverbs 1:33  But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.

The Lord has gifts in mind for believers who are going through the experience of unemployment and job search. He wants to permanently change your life for the better.  One of His key objectives is to give His children continuous and unshakable peace. Not just peace during the time of unemployment but for the rest of our lives. If we can experience His peace during a job search when everything looks shaky and out of control, it is not hard to imagine that we will be able to stay in peace for the rest of our lives, right?

Where will peace like this come from? How can we experience peace in these uncertain and chaotic times? His Word says that we have to listen to Him. We have to hear His word and pay attention to only what He tells us. Isn’t peace worth the effort to do that?

DECLARE THIS:
• I have unshakable peace.
• I listen to God because He is my Shepherd and my Lord.
• I will not be harmed, I am safe and at peace in God’s hands.

Devotional 1/30/18

30- January           Knock and Keep Knocking

Galatians 6:9   So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (NLT)

This is a perfect “job search scripture”! It’s a guarantee that we will reap a harvest of blessing right when we need it. That’s exactly what we’ve been praying for. The deciding factor is “if we don’t give up.” It’s so easy to run out of ideas and contacts and energy. Then what? Find a way to “seed” your talents somewhere. Where can you volunteer your time and gifts? Where can you use your skills and talents to make a difference for the kingdom?

Don’t say you don’t have time. You can’t afford not to give of yourself because there can be no harvest where there has been no planting. Ask God where you can make a kingdom difference. Then watch for God to open up new opportunities for you and help you to harvest the assignment he has in mind for you.

DECLARE THIS:
• I will never quit. By faith I claim a harvest for the seeds I sow in faith.
• I trust in God’s word about seed time and harvest. I give of myself liberally and I reap bountifully the gifts God has for me.
• I have good seed in the ground and I plant continuously.

Devotional 1/29/18

29- January      Knock and Be Encouraged

Ephesians 1:9  God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan. 

Take heart and be encouraged. You are eternally connected to Jesus Christ and nothing can change that. You have been adopted into the royal household of God Almighty and there is an inheritance there with your name on it! God chose you, before you ever set foot on earth, and He is working everything out according to the plan He has for you. That’s not all. Jeremiah 29:11 says His plan is a good one and you’re going to like it.

So relax, God’s got you and He’ll never let you go. Just keep on — knocking on  doors, doing the good works He gives you to do, and loving others. The rest is up to Him and He’s faithful to do what He has promised.

DECLARE THIS:

  •  I have peace and joy because I know how everything turns out.
  •  I am so glad that I am on the winning side and my victory is guaranteed in Christ who always leads me in triumph.
  •  By faith, I receive an inheritance from Christ now, in this life.

Devotional 1/28/18

28- January    Knock and Faint Not!

1 Peter 5:7  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

This just doesn’t seem right to many of us. How can we be adults and not worry? We need to “worry things in for a landing” if we really want them to happen, don’t we? When we get anxious about the future, we excuse ourselves saying “After all, I’m only human.” But that’s not how God sees it. His Word is clear — give your concerns to Him and fear not.

God views worry, fear and anxiety as a vote of “no confidence” in His Word. It’s a clear message from your heart to His that you do not trust Him. Either you believe He cares for you and He is able to handle everything that concerns you or you don’t. Which is it? I think the right answer is pretty obvious. Give God all your cares and get on with other things.

DECLARE THIS:
• I have no cares. I have a good and faithful Shepherd to watch over me.
• God will handle perfectly everything that concerns me.
• I rise up and lie down in peace and without the burden of care.

Devotional 1/27/18

27- January     Knock and Overcome

1 Thessalonians 5:24  God will make this happen, for He who calls you is faithful.

This is an intriguing idea, isn’t it? Could it really mean that the Lord commits Himself to make some things happen; that our job search isn’t all up to us? Absolutely! I find that very comforting. But we have to know what He has said He’ll do.

He promises to give us the right words to say, to make a way where there is none, and protect us from harm. Search for His promises and expect Him to make things happen in, through and for you. We can count on it. That’s good news, if I ever heard any.

DECLARE THIS:
• I will always overcome through the blood of the Lamb because God brings the victory.
• I know God is willing and able to care for me.
• My trust is in the Lord and in the power and authority of His name.