Encourage One Another

It takes a good team of people who have diverse backgrounds and talents to really make a project successful. It takes communication and encouragement to strengthen the team and help them succeed. We all have talents and skills that are needed in our work, our communities and our church. We should use them to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. When we worship, we should understand each other’s abilities and encourage one another.

1 Corinthians 14:26 “Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.” (NLT)

Dear Lord, help us when we meet together to worship You. Help us to know we all have different abilities. Help us to focus on doing the best with have with what You have given us so we can strengthen as a group and do good works for You. Help us not to worry about what we don’t have or what others have but encourage each other with the talents and skills they have so we can all make a difference in worship, in our work and in our communities. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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We Are Not Alone!

No matter how we feel, we have to remember no one is any better than another and no one is exempt from sinning. We all have our faults. Some have the same to deal with while others have completely different issues. We may feel, at times, we are alone in a situation. We may feel we have the worst luck or we are stuck in something and we can’t find a way out. Yes, we all sin and have problems, but we have the option to go to God, be obedient and praise Him and He will help us through the struggles.

Exodus 15:2 “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him!” (NLT)

Dear Lord, we know when we feel alone or unworthy You still love us. We know when we feel like we have done wrong, we can turn to You and You will welcome us back into Your arms and comfort us. We know when we have had feelings of jealously, loneliness or anger, we can turn to You, ask for forgiveness, praise You and You will give us strength. We know we mess up but we are never alone. Please help us today, Lord, to remember You are with us and You will give us victory if we are obedient to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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When Your World is Caving In

We all have days where we just feel like the world is caving in on us. We may have health issues. We may have money problems. We may have relationships where we are feeling used or neglected and wonder if anyone really cares about us at all. God wants us to worship Him in the storms. When we take time to worship God when we are struggling, He will draw us close and show us how to get through whatever we are dealing with.

Psalm 30:11-12 “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” (NLT)

Dear Lord, we know You can turn our sadness into joy. We know we have to trust in You and continue to worship You in the good times and the bad. We know we can get through anything when we stay focused on You. praise You in all things and never give up. Help us through the storms and thank You for all You do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Sing His Praises

Most of us have our favorite type of music. When we hear certain songs, they remind us of special memories. Music can make a difference to many people. Music is played in many places to liven up the group or event. When we use music to worship God, we can come before Him joyfully singing. When we sing to God, we can worship with gladness and adoration. Music used to serve and worship God will lift our spirits like no other music can.

Psalm 100:2 “Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.” (NLT)

Dear Lord, we know we may not have the best voices but we also know that doesn’t matter to You. We know you want us to serve You and worship You in all things. Help us to find the right songs that will honor You so we can worship You with gladness and song. Fill us with joy as we sing praises to You. Help us all to keep a song in our hearts and give us an attitude of joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Have Confidence in God

When we choose to put our confidence and hope in other people, we will be disappointed. It is not always because others intentionally let us down but because they are human just as we are. They make mistakes and wrong decisions. When they let us down, we can choose to turn to God or turn away from Him. There are only two choices of who we can choose to put our trust in and worship. One choice will continue to let us down and the other choice will give us joy and eternal life.

Psalm 40:4 “Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.” (NLT)

Dear Lord, we know You are our strength and we want to worship You alone. There are times when we are disappointed in others. There are times when we feel all alone because of how we are being treated. There are times when people can’t help us get through what we are dealing with. We want to trust You, have confidence in You and worship You. Help us today Lord to look only to You in all we do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Step Away

We weren’t meant to keep to ourselves and be alone in the world. We all need to get out and meet others so we can find ways to help them and build relationships with them. We have an opportunity every week to go to a place where we can not only spend time with others but we can also worship God, think about His word, and feel His presence and unfailing love for us.

Psalm 48:9 “O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple.” (NLT)

Dear Lord, we know our worship time with You when we are alone is so special. We also know when we gather together to worship You, Your presence and love can be felt throughout all Your people. Help us to take time this week to worship You in Your Home. Help us to step away from our daily routines so we can meet with Your people and worship in Your Temple. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Dirt and Clutter

When we don’t take time to clean off a dirty surface before we begin to work, the layers of dirt and filth will continue to build up and the clutter will continue to pile up. We have all had an opportunity to clean something that had been neglected for a while. We really can’t do our best work when the surface is dirty. When our hearts are not right with God and our minds are cluttered, we can’t do good work for Him either.

1 Samuel 15:25 “But now, please forgive my sin and come back with me so that I may worship the LORD.” (NLT)

Dear Lord, please help us today to recognize our sins. Please help us today to come before You and ask for forgiveness so we can completely worship You. You know where we fail and what are struggles are. Please forgive us of our sins, cleanse us and allow the Holy Spirit to dwell within us so we can properly worship You and so we can live for You today making a difference and giving You all the glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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In All Ways

We need to worship God in all we do. We need to worship God at home, at work, in the store, on the freeway, on the computer. In all ways acknowledge Him. If we only worship Him in church and live like we want in the other areas of our lives, we are living two lives. We are living a lie. We need to be honest with God, ourselves and others. The most important things we need to do is to honor and worship God in all we do.

John 9:31 “We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.” (NLT)

Dear Lord, help us have the right heart and attitude today. We know we sin. Please forgive us. Help us to be sure to worship You in all we do. Help us not to lie but to be honest with ourselves, others and especially You. We want to worship You everywhere we go. We know we will be distracted and tempted by the things of the word, so we are asking You to help us today to stay focused on You and worship You in all areas of our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Multitasking

Multitasking. We have either watched someone do it or we have done it ourselves. It has become rampant among many especially the young. There are those who can do four or five things at the same time and do them well while others struggle with staying focused on one thing at a time. In some situations, it is a good thing but there are other situations where we need to be focused. When we worship, God doesn’t want us multitasking.

Psalm 95:6-7 “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.” (NLT)

Dear Lord, we come to You today asking for focus. Help us to take time away from all the distractions of the world to completely worship You. Help us to remember to bow down before You and worship. We thank You for watching over us and taking care of us. Help us to take time to remember You every day and worship You as You want us to. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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We Have The Strength!

Those of us who work out know that we are building muscles and strengthening our bones. We know when we are committed to a regular work out we will continue to have strong muscles and bones. When we are committed to worship, we can have strength through God. When we are committed to worship, we can know God will watch our back and give us strength in all we do. Physical strength is great to have to keep our bodies healthy, but the strength God gives us is far more powerful and exciting as He can help us truly make a difference.

1 Samuel 17:45-47 “David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!’”

Dear Lord, we know because of David’s worship and belief in You, he was able to win the battle with Goliath. We know we have that same strength in us if we will only worship and believe. We come to You today, Lord, in worship. We want to honor and praise You. Please give us strength throughout this day to conquer the enemy and make a difference. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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