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Pray for an Open Door

“And at the same time pray for us also, that God may open a door to us…” – Colossians 4:3

In this life, we are blessed with so many opportunities and privileges. In this day and age, we have tools and resources to figure almost anything out. It’s easy to just depend on our own natural ability to make things happen. But God wants to be intimately involved in our lives. He wants us to come to Him, depend on Him, and allow Him to show Himself strong on our behalf. He wants to open those doors for you, and He wants you to know that He is the one working behind the scenes on your behalf.

Today, if you are looking for an open door, turn to God. Pray and ask Him to direct your every step. Keep asking, keep knocking, keep believing because God will open those doors before you. He will lead you and guide you into the abundant life He has in store for you!

Continue in Faith

“If indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard…” – Colossians 1:23

Have you been holding on to a promise or dream in your heart that seems to be taking a long time? When things don’t go the way we’ve planned, it’s easy to get discouraged and feel tempted to give up. But God wants to breathe new life into your dreams. He wants to breathe new hope into your heart. But you’ve got to do your part and shake off any negative, self-defeating thoughts. Instead of saying things like, “I’m never going to get there;” “I’m never going to break this addiction;” “I’m never going to get out of this problem;” your declaration should be, “I am closer than I think;” “I know I can do all things;” “I can overcome this sickness;” “I’m going to continue in the faith!”

I encourage you to get up each day knowing that this could be the day you get the break you need. This could be the day you see your health start to turn around. This could be the day your child comes back home. Don’t give up now because God is about to open supernatural doors for you. Continue in the faith; keep your heart and mind focused on Him, and watch what He will do on your behalf!

Called to Excellence

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” – Colossians 3:23

In today’s society, many people have accepted mediocrity as the norm. They do as little as they can to get by, always looking for the easy way out. If the boss isn’t watching, they’re playing on the computer. They simply go to work to pick up a paycheck, then wonder why they’re not promoted and don’t see increase. It’s because God doesn’t bless mediocrity; He blesses excellence.

Whatever we do, we should do it to the best of our ability and set the standard. Remember, you are ultimately working for the Lord. He’s the one who put those talents and abilities in you. You are a steward of the gifts He’s given. Other people may show up late. They may complain. They may cut corners. But don’t sink down to their level — you are working for Almighty God. You are called to excellence!

I encourage you today, stay determined. Stay focused. Whether you’re a waitress, a driver, an executive, a manager, an architect, a police officer or a CEO, do it to the best of your ability. God is the one who brings promotion. When you set the standard, He will raise you up and pour out His blessing all the days of your life.

Alive with Christ

“When you were dead in your sins … God made you alive with Christ”(Colossians 2:13).

On the Saturday after Jesus was crucified, His followers must have felt utterly defeated. Meanwhile, the Pharisees felt they had silenced a critic, the Romans felt they had quashed a rebellion, and the governor had washed his hands of the whole

Then Sunday morning dawned, the gravestone was rolled away, and history was turned inside out. The news—Jesus is alive! — was almost too good to be true. Yet it was undeniably true. So true that His disciples dedicated the rest of their lives to
telling the whole world the Good News about Jesus Christ.

On the cross, He died for our sins. In the tomb, He defeated death. Nowhere else in this sin-sick world can we find such everlasting hope. … Every day we have on this earth is a gift from God, but ultimately everyone has to be prepared to face
death and judgment. Through the triumph of the cross and resurrection, Jesus has already dealt with both of those.

Positioned to Receive

“If you believe, you will receive…” – (Matthew 21:22, NIV)

All through the Bible, there are so many promises of what God has already done for us. It says in Ephesians that “God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.” It says in Colossians that “God has made us worthy.” There is mercy for any mistake we will ever make. It’s already been taken care of. He paid the ultimate price through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. He’s done His part. Now it’s up to us to do our part. We have to start believing it so we can receive.

In the natural, when someone gives you a gift, what’s the first thing you usually say? “Thank you.” When you give thanks, it’s a sign that you are receiving the gift. Today, start receiving what God has given you by saying, “Father, thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for supplying all of my needs. Thank You for Your goodness in my life.”

As you learn to give Him thanks, you are learning to receive from Him. Open your heart by faith today and thank Him for all the blessings He has prepared for you!