Monday, February 22 – “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” (Luke 12:15) This week is all about your perspective or point of view, concerning your life. What is the focus of your greed or your intense and selfish desire for something? Are you greedy when it comes to your money? Are you greedy when it comes to your relationships? Are you greedy when it comes to your free time? Notice that Jesus directs you to be “on your guard against all kinds of greed.” This isn’t just about money. Greed concerns anything and everything that you consider your possession. It is this perspective of what you consider “your possession”, that Jesus is calling you to examine.
Tuesday, February 23 – “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.” (Ephesians 6:13) The time to prepare for “the day of evil” is right now, when life is good and things are calm. This is the time to make deposits into your spiritual and emotional bank account. So, when the bad times come, and they will come, you will be spiritually and emotionally ready. If you don’t make deposits today, when life is good, when the bad times come you will have nothing to withdraw. For your spiritual and emotional bank account will be empty. When life is good, worship. When life is good, pray. When life is good, study the Bible. So that when life is bad, you will be spiritually and emotionally strong.
Wednesday, February 24 – “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (1 Timothy 6:7) Why do you do what you do? Why do you work? Why do you save money? Why do you spend money? Why do you have children? Why don’t you have children? Why do you go to school? Why do you live where you live? Why do you like a certain type of music? Why do you read a certain type of book? Why do you like to vacation in a certain place? Why did you get married or why aren’t you married? Someday, you are going to die. What do all of these seemingly innocuous decisions, that you make every day, say about the life that you are living? And, if given the chance, would you like to change any of your answers? If so, why?
Thursday, February 25 – “Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands.” (Ecclesiastes 5:15) What is your perspective regarding material things? Now, compare that answer with this one: What is your perspective regarding God? Never be fooled into thinking that the material things of this world came to you from this world. God gives and everything you are and everything you have is a gift. A gift that is undeserved, and unable to ever be achieved. Wondering about your answers to the perspective questions above? Here’s a hint: The giver is and will always be greater than the gift.
Friday, February 26 – “But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:36) This proverb is talking about wisdom. Wisdom is simply using the knowledge that you already have. People who don’t use the knowledge that they already have “harm themselves”. People who hate using the knowledge that they already have “love death”. Remember, this week has been all about your perspective. So, what is your perspective concerning the knowledge that you already have? Do you use your knowledge, your life experience, to inform your life today? Or do you continue to make the same mistakes over and over again, expecting different results?
Monday, March 1 – “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37) Do you realize that you have already drawn a line in the sand? The question for you is if you are satisfied with where your line resides? What influences your decisions? Are you one who always needs to make others happy? Are you someone who doesn’t consider anyone else in any of your decisions? When you say “Yes” do you mean it? When you say “No” do you mean it? Or when you answer, do you merely say what you think you should say or what someone else wants you to say? Today, practice making your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” meaning “No”.
Tuesday, March 2 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) What does this look like in your life? Maybe today you need to say a little prayer before you make any decision? Maybe today you need to pay attention to that “gut feeling” that you have? Whatever the case may be, you need to trust in God, for he knows that plans that he has for you. God will lead you the right way. Where we all hit a wall is when the right way, in which God is leading, is in the opposite direction from where the world is leading. When this happens, it is very important to know where in the sand your line is drawn.
Wednesday, March 3 – “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) Who do you serve? Do you serve yourself? Do you serve your family? Do you serve money? Do you serve another god? The question is not if you serve, for we all serve someone or something. The question for you today is who or what do you serve? This is the power of the choice. For a relationship that you make the choice to be in is so much deeper than a relationship that you have to be in. Draw your line in the sand and allow God to meet you there.
Thursday, March 4 – “Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’” (1 Kings 18:21) Drawing a line in the sand is about getting real. Until you get real with God, God will never be real to you. Even if your realness reveals that you aren’t following God, confess it today. God can handle it. In fact, what God can’t handle is your wavering. No more back and forth. No more wishy-washy faith. Who are you following? Who do you want to follow? Speak it and allow God to meet you right here and right now, regardless of where you have drawn your line in the sand.
Friday, March 5 – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Because Ruth drew her line in the sand, when her mother-in-law Naomi decided to go back to Bethlehem, Jesus was able to be born in Bethlehem. If Ruth hadn’t drawn her line in the sand, where she did, we would have a different story of salvation. Yes, Jesus would have been born. Yes, we would still be saved by grace through faith in Jesus. But Ruth wouldn’t have had the privilege and the honor to be remembered as the one who took a chance on God. Just like Ruth, God is inviting you to participate in his-story.