Forget the past; focus on the future
July 26, 2012

TODAY’S VERSE: Philippians 3:13(b),14,15(a)
“…But I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward–to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.”
[The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H.  Peterson]

TODAY’S MESSAGE:
If you have been laid off like me and you’re struggling to get back on track, I’m sure you’ve experienced day-dreaming moments of wishing for the “glories” of the past: those times when we were pretty much comfortable with our job and lifestyle. Regardless of how unfair work conditions might have been (in many cases), how low the wages received compared to our outstanding performance, and despite all the sacrificed personal time we had to put in for an employer that might have not thought it twice to lay us off, our human tendency is to hold tight to our comfort zone… and we keep wishing that our reality is not real and that we are not experiencing today’s lack of employment and a steady income.

Unfortunately, as we all know, the past is the past, and there’s no way to bring it back. However, as we accept our new reality, we can bring the future to our present by focusing on new goals and trusting God for a better tomorrow under His guidance and care. Since our earthly life is a non-stop once-in-a-lifetime race that always moves forward, why not concentrate on the opportunities that await us for us ahead and every chance we get to make a difference in someone else from now on?

Despite my current circumstances, I am convinced that God has something much better for me –and for you if you believe and trust Him. That’s why I continue to write and encourage others; that’s why I volunteer as a resume coach in a nearby non-profit organization; that’s why I freely serve as a worship leader at my local church every Sunday. All because I believe and trust the True God Who is a loving and caring Father and Who knows best everything that awaits for me ahead.

Are you ready to trust Him and keep running your race?

TODAY’S PRAYER:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your unfailing love and care for me despite what circumstances may show. Although I cannot always understand why my present conditions are the ones I am experiencing right now, I believe that You do care and are working on my behalf to bring about something more beautiful and better than what my past was able to offer. Teach me to be patient enough to wait for Your green light. In Jesus’ Name I pray and rest in Your everlasting promises, amen.

Where’s your confidence?
July 24, 2012

TODAY’S VERSES [from the Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman  Foundation]:

Exodus 14:13(a)
“Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today.”

Joshua 1:6(a), 8(b)
“Be strong (confident) and of good courage; …meditate on [this Book of the Law] day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” [brackets added]

Psalm 4:5(b)
“Trust (lean on and be confident) in the Lord.”

John 16:33 (Jesus speaking)
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”

TODAY’S MESSAGE:
When we have a respected education, up-to-date licenses and/or certifications, and a professional profile full of top-notch qualifications, skills and results, it is very easy –and seems pretty logical– to place our confidence in all these great achievements to succeed in life and reach a higher level in sync with our life dreams. However, when it comes to finding the right job opportunity in the midst of a hurting economy with scarce openings for thousands of other well-qualified professionals competing for those same chances, confidence in the greatness of our past performance might mean nothing. And if we add to this the reality of rapid-changing technology and employment trends waving at us while passing by at lightning speed, our confidence and hope for a brighter future have a reason to simply become null.

This is exactly where I’ve personally been in eleven of the past twenty-one months… not a desirable place to be, unfortunately. However, I have decided *not* to place my confidence on myself or my human achievements anymore but trust and lean on my Heavenly Father, the One Who designed me with a purpose and Who has promised to take care of all my needs through my relationship with Jesus Christ if I place as priority #1 His Kingdom and eternal purpose. Not an easy thing to do under present circumstances, but given the historic track record of God’s faithfulness, combined with His everlasting love and guidance, I am sure it will work.

Perhaps this is the ideal time for us to switch from a self-confident mentality to a God-confident perspective, and allow our Heavenly Father to prove His Word once again.

TODAY’S PRAYER:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for everything You have already provided for the benefit of Your children through faith. As Your child and believer in Jesus, I am determined to follow Your guidance and trust You in every decision and circumstance I face. I believe You are a loving God Who will always fulfill Your promises, and I trust that you will take care of opening the right doors for me. In Your Son Jesus’ name I stand and claim my victory today, amen.