Sunday, December 28, 2014

God With Us

by Dave

Today's Scripture:
“Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel—which, when translated, means, God with us.”(Matthew 1:23, AMP)
Today's Word:
In scripture, Jesus was called by many names according to His attributes. In today’s verse, He is called Emmanuel, which means God with us. He’s not far away; He’s looking down on us; He is closer than the air we breathe. That means you never have to be alone or feel afraid. You never have to wonder where God is! But, we have to do our part. In the natural, you can have someone sitting right next to you and never really know them. It’s the same way with God. We have to take time to acknowledge Him as Lord and talk to Him throughout the day. When you draw near to God, He will draw near to you! 

Today, take some time to meditate on this verse. Be aware of His presence around you. Praise Him and thank Him for being Emmanuel—God with us!
Prayer for Today:
Father, thank You for being close to me today and giving me Your comfort and peace. I acknowledge You and yield my heart to You so that I can bring You glory in everything I do in Jesus Your Son’s name. Amen.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

He is Not Limited by Your Limitations

by Dave

Today's Scripture:
"Is anything too hard for the LORD? …"  ( Genesis 18:14, NIV )
Today's Word:
If you could see what God has stored up for you, the people you’re going to meet, the places you’re going to go, the good breaks that are going to find you, you would be amazed. It’s going to be the surpassing greatness of God's favor. But too often, we make excuses. We come up with reasons why this is not going to happen for us. “Well, that sounds good, but I don’t have the training, the talent, the connections.” Or, “I come from the wrong family. I’m the wrong nationality. I'm too short. I'll never come into my garden.”

No, God is not limited by your circumstances, your family or who is against you. When God breathed His life into you, He put a blessing on you that overrides anything that comes against you! The blessings God has stored up for you cannot be stopped by people, bad breaks or injustice. God has the final say. Be encouraged today because God is taking you to a place of blessing. Don’t focus on your circumstances; focus on your God because He is not limited by your limitations!
Prayer for Today:
Father, thank You for blessing me beyond what I can see. Thank You for empowering me to rise above my circumstances and any limitations to boldly embrace the blessing You have for me in Jesus Your Son’s name. Amen!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Receive Grace

by Dave

Today's Scripture:
"It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations." 
( Romans 1:5 AMP )
Today's Word:
Do you want to see more of God’s favor in your life? Receive His grace. Grace is God’s favor, but it’s also His supernatural empowerment. When you have God’s grace and favor, it enables you to accomplish more and be more effective both in your own life and in building the kingdom of God.

This verse says that God’s grace enables us to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples among all nations. Maybe you can’t go to all nations today, but you can make a difference in the lives of the people around you. You can “promote faith” by being an example to others. God wants to empower you with His grace so that you can show love and encourage the people in your life—your coworkers, your family, your friends.

Receive His grace today by simply opening your heart and thanking Him for it. Thank Him for His grace that empowers you. Thank Him for a gift of faith in your life. Let Him empower you to walk forward in the favor and blessing He has prepared!
Prayer for Today:
Father, thank You for Your promise of grace in my life. Thank You for unmerited favor. I receive Your grace and power right now and invite Your love to flow through me today in Jesus Your Son’s name. Amen.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Eternal Glory

by Dave

Today's Scripture:
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."  ( 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV )
Today's Word:
Troubles and trials are only temporary! In fact, this verse tells us they are momentary. Compared with eternity, our troubles won’t last long at all! When you stand strong in faith during the difficult times, you are building faith in your life and also achieving eternal glory.

If you are in the middle of tough times today, look to God. The Bible says that He is the Author and Finisher of your faith. He is the one who writes faith on your heart and then develops it to completion on the inside of you. Your part is to open your heart and choose those words of faith and victory. Remember, your words set the course for your life. As you remind yourself that your troubles are only momentary and declare your trust and hope in God, you will see His hand moving in your life. It won’t be long until you’re past those momentary troubles and experiencing His eternal glory!
Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your eternal glory at work in me. I cast my cares on You, knowing that my trials and troubles are temporary. Thank You for Your eternal blessing on every area of my life in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How would God have you help?

For 14 years, L.I.F.E. Recovery International has been helping God's people break the chains of addiction, empowering them to become who God has called them to be. We can continue to do this, only with financial support from caring individuals like you.
You can help us continue on our mission to free God's children by making a one-time donation, by pledging a monthly donation, or by increasing your current monthly pledge.
Please pray for L.I.F.E. Recovery, and ask God how He would have you support the ongoing work of this ministry.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

From the Desk of Bob and Johna Hale

It seems that each year more and more is happening here at L.I.F.E. Recovery. Some key accomplishments include launching new guide covers, updating L.I.F.E. Guide formatting based on feedback from recovery warriors in the field, and re-launching our website this month with a new look.

Several L.I.F.E. Guide covers have been updated to match the new branding we established last year. We strive to continue moving forward with our look and feel to match what those seeking recovery are looking for.

Looking back at L.I.F.E.’s 14th year, we continue to be amazed in what God is doing through this ministry. We have seen many touched as they entered recovery. We have helped those on the road to recovery move on to the next level in their lives.

As you know, L.I.F.E. Recovery is a 501(c)3 non-profit and while we do generate some revenue from the sales of our materials, we still depend heavily on tax-deductible donations.

Please pray about how God would have you financially support L.I.F.E. There are opportunities to pledge a monthly donation, or make a one-time year-end gift of support.

Anyone who makes a donation of $50 or more will receive a $10 e-certificate for use in 2015. Anyone who pledges a donation of $20 each month will receive a 10% discount off all purchases during 2015!

Thank you in advance for your financial support and your continued prayers for the ministry, and give praise to Him for His Grace upon those in addiction recovery.

In His Service,
Bob and Johna Hale    
President and Executive Director 

PS – Don’t forget that a $50 one-time gift gets you a $10 e-certificate for use in 2015. And a pledge of $20 monthly gets you 10% off all year long!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hidden in Him

by Dave

Today's Scripture:
"For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock."(Psalm 27:5, NIV)
Today's Word:
What a wonderful promise we have that when we seek God, when we serve Him with our whole hearts, He will hide us in His shelter. That means you can be so connected to Father God that you are untouchable and invisible to the enemy! You are hidden in Him! No matter what is happening around you, you can have strength, confidence and rest. Challenges may come your way, but you won’t be worried about them. You know that ultimately, things are going to work out for your good. You know that no weapon formed against you shall prosper.

People may be talking, trying to make you look bad, but you don’t even give it a second thought. You know that your future is too bright to be distracted. You know they don’t control your destiny. You just keep on being your best, walking in integrity, meditating on the Word and worshiping throughout the day so you can stay hidden in Him!
Prayer for Today:
Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I surrender every area of my life to You. Mold me into Your image and keep me hidden in You. I bless You and praise You today and always in Jesus Your Son’s name. Amen.