Monday – That he will recognize the lies of the enemy in his life, and that he will always be guided by the Truth. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) We talk a lot about being positive and relying on God for your confidence when faced with difficulties. The devil knows exactly what you fear and what he needs to say to make you doubt and you better believe he’s going to whisper those things in your ear as often as he can. Our pastor gave a sermon on relationships and mentioned some important truths. One thing he said that resonates with this passage in particular is when there is a gap you can either fill it with trust or fill it with doubt. If we take those opportunities to fill in the gap with trust we are showing that the lies of the enemy do not have control over us.
- Heavenly Father I come before you today to ask that you continuously guide my husband as he faces the challenges of this life here on earth. I ask that you help us to recognize the lies of the enemy and remain grounded in the truth. Help my husband to put on the full armor you have provided through your word. Help us to work together to fill the gap with trust and love. Amen.
Tuesday – That through love we may serve one another (Galatians 5:13) “In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.” Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are to love one another with a selfless love (agape), a love that is guided by the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience (or forbearance), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Notice the fruits deal with our actions toward one another. When we act in love we act with the fruits of the Spirit.
- Father God thank you for such wisdom you have provided through your word. Help us to act in love toward one another, serving one another by embracing the fruits of the spirit. Guide my husband as he faces the challenges of this world. Help him to remain in you and to be guided by your wisdom. Help my husband to feed your sheep. Help me to encourage a life by the Spirit as you outline in Galatians 5. Amen.
Wednesday – That he may cause those who love him to inherit wealth, that he may fill their treasures. (Proverbs 23:4-5) The best way to be blessed is by blessing others. This passage in Proverbs states that we should not “wear yourself out to get rich.” Such wise words. Remember the story of the rich man and the camel? God does not condemn wealth but he condemns selfish behavior. Why are we working ourselves to death for money? What are we doing with the money we are earning? Are we using it to further God’s kingdom? We become wealthy when we have a servants heart. Christ told us to give it all up not because traditional wealth is bad but because a wealth rich in relationships is so much more important.
- Lord, I ask you today to help my husband to discard the trappings of this world and to embrace the true wealth that comes from loving and serving others. Lord, help us to work together to further your kingdom. Help us to remember that you bless us so we can bless others. Help us to remember that we cannot take it with us. Lord, your first Disciples gave it all toward furthering your kingdom. I pray that you guide us to do the same, in your name. Amen.
Thursday – That others would come to know Christ through his courage of faith and conviction. (Acts 4:13) The book of Acts is sometimes referred to as the summary of the life of the Disciples after the Resurrection. In this book we see the many ways the Disciples were confronted with persecution and yet continued to share the good news that Christ had died for their sins and has triumphed over death and granted us with a new and everlasting life in Him.
- Lord Jesus, thank you for your blood. Thank you for the amazing gift we have in you. Thank you for taking on our sin so we may have everlasting life. Help my husband to reflect your love. Help him to live out his daily life with conviction and courage so that others may come to know you through him. Help me to encourage my husband to continually seek you so that your glory will be magnified in us. Amen.