Day One – January 4, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Psalms 46:1-2;7 Psalms 61:1-3 Psalms 91:1-10
Topic: Sheltering in God
Last year when we celebrated the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, we had no idea we would be
faced and fully submerged in a global pandemic within a few months.  We were excited to see the
problems and challenges of an old year come to an end and we looked forward to a fresh new start.
Yet our God, who knows the end from the beginning, who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent
was fully aware of everything we would experience.  Throughout 2020, we have seen the shutting down
of the economy, the closing of businesses and churches, a racial divide separating the country that has
not existed since the 1960’s, a food and supply shortage likened to the Great Depression. We have
also experienced the rapid spread of an infectious viral disease that has continued to pose such a
significant risk of severe illness and death that authorities recommended we “Shelter-in- Place”.
When the first orders to stay home and Shelter-in-Place were implemented by local government
authorities, few people understood the concept and necessity for such extreme measures. Shelter-in-
Place is the act of seeking safety within the building or home you already occupy, rather than relocating
to another place or emergency shelter. During an epidemic or pandemic, this strategy is used to
suppress or mitigate the spread of the disease. It focuses on reducing the number of critically ill
patients presenting to hospitals or health care facilities at the same time, which reduces the impact on
health care systems, and the likelihood that a surge in the disease will overwhelm critical care
resources.
Despite the benefits, sheltering in place can be stressful. It may have caused you to lose income, to be
concerned about your ability to care for yourself, immediate and extended family, to develop feelings of
isolation or loneliness, or to become upset and angry about the uncertainty of how long this current
situation will last. Dr. David Jeremiah, President and CEO of Turning Point Ministries, stated in his
book entitled “Shelter in God – “there is no occurrence in our life that is outside the scope and vision of God’s
loving hand”. As Christian believers we cannot think negatively, we must think positively about things
we go through. While the world may view it as sheltering in place, we are actually - Sheltering in God.
In our meditation scriptures today, we see a refuge is a “shelter or protection from danger or distress.”
Taking refuge is like finding a safe place during a storm or getting comfort in a time of trouble. When
you seek shelter in something physical, you are trusting it will take care of you or at least make you feel
safe and secure. When we take refuge in God, we are offering that trust to Him instead.
These verses urge us to depend on God, and to put our confidence in His mercy and grace. Medical
opinions, vaccines, and treatment protocols will come and go, but our trust must be in the true and
living God. Watching CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, or other local news channels may keep us up
to date, but they will not assure our safety. Knowing God is our refuge, especially during difficult times,
helps us to face even the most dangerous situations with confidence, because God is with us.

Day Two – January 5, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Psalms 121:1-8
Topic: Knowing the Source of Your Help
At the end of December 2020, a new stimulus bill should be enacted by Congress for American citizens. The first
stimulus bill included $1,200 for single Americans {$2,400 for married couples), $500 for each dependent child
under16, and it made an additional $600 in supplemental unemployment benefits available to eligible recipients
for up to four months. It also included loans and grants for small business, aid for hospitals and community
centers, assistance for schools and local governments administering food programs, support for treatment of the
disease, and research for the development of vaccines.
While the new package does not provide as much as the previous one - and this has been a point of contention
for those needing immediate financial assistance, it does provide some funds to help to cover expenses such as
mortgage payments, rent, utility bills and other obligations. Funding for small-business loans, state and local
governments, and enhanced unemployment insurance, among other things, are allocated in the newest package,
but unfortunately the spending falls short in almost every category. This compromise measure might be
necessary since the alternative is nothing; but most people agree a far bigger stimulus package is what the
country actually needed.
Depending on the Word of God In times like these, becomes even more important because it encourages us and
reminds us where our help comes from. We can be confident that the Almighty God who made heaven and earth,
who spoke a world into existence from nothing – can do anything. There is no situation, no problem, no difficulty,
no entanglement, from which he cannot deliver us. There is no sorrow in which he will not be with us for He is
touched by “our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15). He knows our weaknesses, our struggles, and that we worry about
how we are going to make it. He knows that we want to have faith, but that we cannot always see beyond our
current state or adversity. God does not want us putting our confidence in anything else but him. – for anything
else is vain, elusive, and temporary.
If you are still pondering what to do – how to stay safe – how to stay afloat financially - in the mist of this global
pandemic; look to the one who never slumbers or sleeps. Look to the one whose gracious power will overshadow
us at every step we take, who will guard us from all forms of evil. Look to the one who will preserve us, not only
our home, our credit, and our reputation, but He shall preserve thy soul; (verse 7).

 

Day Three – January 6, 2021
Meditation Scripture: John 14:1-4; St. John 14:27-29; St. John 16:33
Topic: Peace in Uncertain Times
The information shared with us by the media on local and national news stations can often present a bleak out-
look. There is a barrage of information, both good and bad; true and false. We are constantly being bombarded
with statistical data about the pandemic, reports, and opinions coming from all sides that are perhaps well-
meaning but not always so accurate. By now, most of us are beginning to feel the effects of prolonged sheltering
in place, social distancing practices, and the disruption of our daily lives. This can cause us to feel stress and
anxiety in these uncertain times.
In the 14 th chapter of St. John, Jesus tells his disciples that he will be leaving them soon, When Jesus spoke these
words, he had not yet faced his trial in the Garden of Gethsemane. He had not yet suffered the mocking, beating,
spitting, and torture at the hands of the Jews and the Romans. He had not yet been abandoned by all his
followers, betrayed by Judas, or denied by Peter. He had not yet been hung on a cross – but He would face all of
this because He came to die for our sins (Romans 5:8). He tells them that in spite of what is going to happen,
they will have a peace the world has never known.
Peace is an inner state of well-being and calm. The root of the Hebrew word for peace, “shalom”, means whole
and points to a twofold meaning: peace within oneself and peace between people. It is attained through prayer,

fasting, and meditating on the Word of God. As you are fasting and spending more time with God in prayer, you
will become more mindful of God’s presence; you will begin to see God from a new perspective. You will discover
an increased ability to discern and follow God’s direction. The more you bring your ways into alignment with His
direction, the closer you will move toward the dreams He has placed in our heart.
Today our focus is on peace within oneself which comes with God’s guidance. Peace is like the umpire of our
heart, telling us if we are “safe” in God’s will or “out”, following our own path. As you seek God’s plan for your life,
allow Him to show you if you lack peace in any area. This absence of God’s peace may be in the form of anxiety,
stress, anger, or confusion, and is a strong indicator that you may be stepping out of the will of God. As we
surrender more of our lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ, He will bring us to a place where we experience His
blessed peace on an ongoing basis. Instead of anxiety, anger, or depression, the peace of God becomes the
normal state of mind for the Christian believer.

 

Day Four – January 7, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Colossians 3:12-15
Topic: Restoring the Peace of God
In these verses in Colossians, the Apostle Paul gives us positive traits that believers are to live by. One of the
things he tells us is that Christians are to live in peace. In fact, it is to "rule" in our hearts, meaning it should be
the governing or principal standard by which we live. It is listed as a fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22–23 and is
noted in Colossians 1:2 as coming from God our Father,
Today our focus is on peace between people which is not always an easy accomplishment. Although we may not
set out to intentionally hurt someone’s feelings, or to offend a brother or sister by our word, deed, or action – we
do. The Apostle reminds us that we are all part of a spiritual "body" (verse 15) which is the church. Peace within
the body requires peace between its parts, and to minimize disagreements that arise, we must learn to love,
support, and forgive each other. 
Forgiveness is an important part of the Christian’s walk. When Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my
brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Jesus responded, “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but Until
seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22). Jesus then went on to share the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
with them (verses 23-35). The point of this parable is God expects us to forgive as we have been forgiven—and
our failure to forgive other people can place our own peace and salvation in jeopardy. The forgiveness that God
gives, then, becomes the model for the forgiveness that God expects us to extend to others.
Restoring the peace of Christ in your life is to be the decisive factor in your relationships with others and in your
circumstances in general. Once you are aware of a problem, you are to go and seek forgiveness (Matthew 5:23-
24). Likewise, if someone has hurt or offended you, be willing to forgive them. Stop rehearsing the details of
what the other person said or did, how much it hurt, and all the rest of the upsetting things you remember in
relation to this unforgivable act.  Decide today to let the past be what it was, to leave it as is - imperfect and not
what you wish it had been. Ask God to help you let go of all the bitterness, anger, resentment, and other negative
thoughts and restore His peace in you instead.

 

Day Five – January 8, 2021
Meditation Scripture: St. Matthew 22:1-14; 1st Peter 2:9
Topic: A Call from the Father
Of the different classifications of families in the world - the most prominent is the nuclear family, which consist of
two parents and their children. In this type of unit, the father’s role is that of head of the household, and he is
responsible for the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of the family. He is also the one responsible for
protecting the family and providing for their needs. While most Christians believe the relationship between

husband, wife and children form the basis of the nuclear family unit, others now believe that the nuclear family
has evolved into something more.

In this parable in Matthew, Jesus speaks to those in the Temple at Jerusalem of a father (also a king) who
extended numerous invitations to guests he had invited to attend his son’s wedding. As you can see, the
invitations were not only refused; they were also met with chaos, ambivalence, antagonism, and homicide. When
the king heard this, he dealt with the perpetrators and opened the wedding up to everyone.
The Bible tells us in St, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Our Heavenly Father has extended a
loving invitation to us - how have you received it? Have you accepted the King of Glory’s invitation to be a part of
His kingdom? Do you feel him calling you into a deeper relationship; nudging you even now to pray more, fast
more, or spend more time in His word?
In the last four verses of this parable we see that not all who are called – or invited – into God’s kingdom are
actually chosen or accepted by the King. Why not? Many of us come to church; we sing songs; we listen to the
sermons, and we give our offerings, but are we really engaged in being a Christian, or in being righteous? We
make time to work—to run errands—to associate with our friends—take care of children—clean the house—cook
and wash dishes—pay bills—mow the lawn; but do we spend enough time with God? The truth is that we make
time for the things that we count as important, and sometimes God is at the bottom of the list.
Think about Peter’s words for a few moments. We are a “holy nation,” a specific group of people called out and
set apart from others. He has called us out of the darkness of a meaningless life, and an eternity set apart from
Him, into His wonderful, marvelous light. All because He wants us to belong to Him – to belong to His light. God
is calling you today! How are you responding to His call? Are you ignoring the tugs on your heart – to reach out
to others, to give to someone in need, or are you killing the messenger of His word with complaints and gossip?
As you pray today, ask God to help you heed his call and to do whatever He needs you to do.

 

Day Six - January 9, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Psalms 51:10; Romans 12:1-2; 2 nd Corinthians 4:15-16
Topic: Spiritual Renewal
Little did we know that in 2021, we would still be faced with multiple crises such as racial inequality and police
injustice. Crises are abrupt negative changes in social, economic, public health, political, or environmental affairs
and we deal with them in different ways. For example, when you are faced with a health crisis, the natural human
response is to focus on finding medical treatment or to come up with therapeutics to alleviate the danger. If you
lose your job, your priority is to focus on finding another one or a way to replace the income. If your marriage is in
trouble, you focus on your marriage. If you are having trouble with your children, you focus on dealing with them.
Many of our Christian brothers and sisters have presented their ideas about the reason for the global pandemic
and the systemic racism we are dealing with today. Most feel it is God’s revelation and judgement upon the earth.
They have issued warnings stating that the church and mankind should repent and turn back to Christ. Whatever
the reason for these situations, everyone is responsible for their own soul, which means each of us must look
inward and ask God to forgive us, to cleanse us and to renew us.
The bible tells us that when we “confess with our mouths - and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from
the dead” (Romans 10:9), the Holy Spirit immediately begins a new, spiritual work in us (Philippians 1:6). It is the
blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:9) and through his death we can be forgiven, cleansed,
renewed, and refreshed in our hearts and souls every day.
Spiritual renewal is to be a continuous part of our lives, for without it we will fail to be set apart from the present
world and its values. The renewing of our minds is made possible through reading and meditating on God’s
Word; and it is through the Word that we are “sanctified, meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good
work” (2 nd Timothy 2:21). Today let us seek the Lord and ask Him to strengthen and renew us, for it is His Spirit
who will equip us to live for Him.

 

Day Seven - January 10, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Psalms 3:1-8; Psalms 42:1-3
Topic: The Lifter of My Head
Have you ever felt like the illness, suffering or situation you are going through seemed overwhelming? Have you
ever cried out to the Lord over and over and felt as if He didn’t hear you? You waited on Him to speak, but there
was no answer. When those you have witnessed see you going through, have they remarked – “What has
become of your God that you bragged so much about, and thought yourself so happy in - as if he has been
nobody's God but yours?” You may have even felt as if others were talking behind your back, questioning your
anointing, and wondering why you are going through so much trouble.
In Psalms 3, David shares a message of encouragement with us about God’s presence in times of trouble.
Absalom has led a rebellion against David, so he fled from Jerusalem, because most of the people had decided to
follow Absalom. He finds himself alone and void of almost everything: his leadership, his city, the hearts of his
people, and his own son. He has left all his valued possessions behind and fears he will be killed if his enemies
find him. It is in this context that David writes these words: “Thou, O Lord, art a shield to me” (verse 3a). He is
writing this Psalm in a time of excruciating mental and emotional pain – and it speaks to all of us who have been,
will be, or are RIGHT NOW - in the midst of a trial or affliction
The Psalm tells us that God can be a shield for us in trying times. A shield was an instrument of protection during
battle, but it was limited in that it could only protect the front of the soldier wherever he held it before him. David
says of the Lord that He is “a shield ABOUT me.” In other words, he is saying that God surrounds your life and
protects you, as an impenetrable shield!
God is in control and as your “shield” there is nothing that touches your life that He is not aware of. If something
does touch your life, it for a specific purpose; and He will be there to raise your head up, relieve your distresses,
and bring you out of that time of trouble. Wherever you are in your spiritual walk today; whatever your specific
need is, whether it is for salvation, or for God’s help in some specific area of your life, turn to God and say these
words to Him with all your heart: “For Thou, O Lord, art a shield to ME; MY glory and the lifter of MY head.”

 

Day Eight - January 11, 2021

Meditation Scripture: Psalms 16:8-11; Philippians 4:4; James 1:1-4
Topic: The Power of Joy
The process of learning to respond with joy during times of trials in life is not an easy process. It must begin with
a conscious awareness that God is at work in our lives and that He has a tangible purpose for why we may be
going through these experiences. Life’s trials are certainly not fun, but we can react to these painful situations
with joy if we understand that God is demonstrating His love for us through these circumstances.
In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul speaks about joy and about the Christian’s duty to rejoice over
and over again. This is one of those biblical imperatives that leaves no room for not rejoicing, for Paul says we
are to rejoice always—not sometimes, periodically, or occasionally. He is writing this while in prison and is aware
of the possibility he will be martyred or sacrificed. Yet he tells the Philippian church that they should rejoice
despite his circumstances.
Spiritual joy is choosing to respond to external circumstances with inner contentment and satisfaction, because
we know that God will use these experiences to accomplish His work in and through our lives.  Jesus came to
empower you to maximize your joy because joy is your key to victory and a more vibrant and satisfying life
Christian. Joy is not only healing and restorative; it is a powerful spiritual force.

The latter part of Nehemiah 8:10 tell us -”The joy of the LORD is your strength”. Without joy you can’t be strong;
your soul won’t be healthy; you will be rendered weak and vulnerable. Being joy-deprived is similar to, if not
worse

than, being sleep-deprived! Whenever the enemy steals your joy – and therefore your peace, he emaciates you
and breaks down your emotional immune system, leaving you vulnerable to attack.
Today, think about how you can stir up joy in your everyday life. What can you do to eliminate those things that
would steal your joy? Make a list and a plan to overcome those obstacles that keep you from having real joy in
your life.

 

Day Nine – January 12, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Psalms 23:1-6; Lamentations 3:21-26
Topic: Living Your Best Life – In Christ
Throughout history, there has been much speculation about our human psychological development. There are
theories and studies that are still used to day to explain and predict various aspects of human behavior and to
help us understand our thoughts, emotions, and actions
Dr. Wayne Dwyer, an international speaker, author, and psychologist, was in our city several years ago, and
shared his belief about how the negative impact of early internalized thoughts can interfere with our development
as adults. Negative messages can come in the form of direct statements, but also and more often, as subtle
unspoken rules that we had to abide by. Some examples of these messages might include, “You’re not good
enough.” “No one likes you.” “Who do you think you are?”  “You’ll never be anything” or “You’ll never change.”
These undermining unconscious messages often come from well-meaning parents, teachers, spouses, or friends,
who are simply passing on what they learned. Unfortunately, if we do not recognize their toxicity, and work on
changing how we think and feel about ourselves and the world, it will keep us from fully realizing all that we truly
are.
Psalms 23 expresses David’s delight in God’s great goodness and in his confidence that the Lord will shower him
with loving kindness the rest of his life. As Christian believers, like David, we can be assured of God’s providence
and of His grace. We know His compassions never fail, and that His mercy is new every morning (Lamentations
3:22-23). The Bible also tells us that it is the “goodness of God that leads us to repentance” (Romans 2:4b). It is
only because of God’s goodness that we can have any hope being good ourselves – of becoming our best self.
When we purpose to empty ourselves of thoughts and habits that are contrary to the Spirit of Christ, and to
instead fill ourselves with the knowledge of God and his ways, then we become “full of goodness” (Romans
15:14).
Take a few moments today to examine your life, your habits, your heart, and your thoughts. Are they an
expression of the life of Christ in you? How is your life, habits and thoughts reflecting that you are living your best
life in Christ?


Day Ten – January 13, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:1-3
Topic: Meditating in God’s Word
When most of us hear the term meditation, we get a picture in our mind of someone sitting with their legs crossed,
eyes closed, fingertips touching, humming, or chanting in a relaxing manner. There are several different positions
and methods you can use to meditate, and many have been practiced in cultures all over the world for thousands
of years. While it may be beneficial for individuals suffering from various health conditions to explore these
techniques, meditation is also be used to create a heightened sense of awareness or consciousness for the
practitioner.

The scripture you are reading today does not refer to the use of meditation as we might think of it. These
passages do not mean we are to sit and ponder infinity or to empty our minds so some force can fill it by
repeating a repeated chant or mantra. Meditation in the Bible means reflective thinking on biblical truths, so that

God can speak to us through Word and through the thoughts that come to mind as we are reflecting and reading
the scriptures.
The Psalmist description of the man who is “blessed” in verse 1 – is one who is to be in the world but not enticed
by the things of the world; nor (is he or she) influenced by things that are presently happening in our nation. As
Christian believer’s, our desire should be to become detached from the controlling and hindering influences of the
world and to be more attached to the living God. We can achieve this by reading, rereading, and memorizing the
Word of God.
The Word provides us with details of God's divine plans and purposes for mankind. If we want to really know the
Lord and delight ourselves in Him, then we must gain more insight into His plan by reading, digesting, reflecting.
and meditating daily in His word. We are to continuously feed on His Word by faith so that we may grow in grace
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The more we take time to spend with the Lord the
closer our fellowship with Him will become, and the more we will be captivated by His precious Word.

Heavenly Father it is my desire that I too walk in Your ways
and refrain from foolish compromise with this present world.
Help me to keep my heart set on the Lord Jesus Christ,

so that my thoughts are not influenced by the mind-set of this age, but may I be like the man planted by Your
many rivers of grace and love, joy, and peace, so that Your mercy and compassion may flow through me to the

people around me, in the place where you have planted me.

Day Eleven – January 14, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Proverbs 19:20 – 21; James 3:13-18
Topic: Seeking Divine Wisdom
There is an old adage that says “wisdom comes with age” which is not always true. An older or elderly person is
supposed to be wiser and more mature when it comes to making decisions because they have lived and hope-
fully learned from their experiences. On the contrary, there are many people who go through life repeating the
same mistakes over and over again. This can be something as simple as misplacing an item, procrastination,
rushing, being late, or spending too much money and overtaxing your finances. It can also be serious as the way
you interact with other people – such as being inconsiderate, selfish, snobbish, dismissive, demanding, and
ungrateful.
People possessing a great sense of wisdom have keen mental discernment and judgement. They are skilled
experts when it comes to making and executing their plans and decisions. According to French playwright, actor
and poet, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, “A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best
reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.” In other words, a wise person can handle anything that
comes their way with grace, patience, and decorum.
Throughout your life, you have probably received all kinds of advice and counsel from your parents, teachers,
friends, and from natural and spiritual family members. Although their words were based on their love and
concern for you, they were still limited in what they can share. Our best resource is the one who is unlimited – the
God who made heavens and earth, and who loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). He loves us so
much He sent Jesus to the cross to die and save us, and now He continues to show His love by counselling us.
God's counsel is in His Word and it becomes a beacon of light, revealing His instructions to believers for all areas
in our life.

God tells us in Psalm 32:8 – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My
eye upon you.” Whatever you need help with today; whatever decision you need to make – seek God’s
counsel first. Ask Him to direct you and let His counsel be your guiding force.

 

Day Twelve – January 15, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-6; 2 nd Corinthians 5:7
Topic: Faith versus Fear
Faith as described in Hebrews 11 refers to being "certain of what we do not see." It is an absolute belief that God
is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there is no tangible evidence to
support that fact. Faith is not something that we can produce in ourselves; it is a gift given to us by God
(Ephesians 2:8-9.). Having Godly faith means we see things differently in our mind; and we are convinced of a
future, potential outcome that does not yet exits.
There is nothing on earth that compares with the power of our faith in God. It is faith that changes our very
circumstances, alters destinies, and fuels miracles. Faith will keep us rooted and grounded; it will give us power
to endure because our confidence is in a God who loves us; who knows our thoughts, and who cares about our
deepest needs.
Fear on the other hand, is unbelief or weak belief. If we are going to walk by faith – then faith and fear cannot
exist together. If we allow unbelief to take hold of our thoughts; it will also take hold of our emotions.
If you want things to change in your life this year, then don’t set your mind on people or circumstances that limit
what you desire to see manifested in your future. Your ability to harness your imagination determines whether
life’s opportunities will shrink or expand. Exercise your faith by believing God will make a way out of no way and
that He will provide what you need to overcome any obstacle.

 

Day Thirteen – January 16, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:7-8
Topic: The Purpose of Power
In social science, the term power is the capacity of an individual to influence the actions, beliefs, or
conduct/behavior of others. Similarly, the term authority is often used for power that is perceived as legitimate,
that a person or a group of persons consensually possess and practice over other people. Power then can be
used to reference a variety of ideas relating to ability, capacity, authority, and strength. In human relationships, for
example, the role of a boss, president, or police officer each bring a different type of power to mind. Likewise, our
own political system has allowed us to bear witness to leaders who are in authority but demonstrate little concern
for the welfare of the people. They have knowingly allowed the people to suffer; they have encouraged the
destruction of fundamental government traditions; and they have used their power for their own personal gain
without remorse
The images that exist among Christians concerning "power" depends upon the Hebrew and Greek translations
with which they are associated. For example, the Greek term exousia is often translated "power" in the King
James Version but it is almost always translated "authority" in modern versions. The term dunamis refers to
strength, power, or ability, but not just any power. It refers to God’s miraculous power or marvelous works.
The power of the Holy Spirit is literally the power of God and it is given to us to conform us (Romans 12:2) to the
likeness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, those who believe in Jesus
Christ are saved, filled, sealed, and sanctified. The Holy Spirit reveals God’s thoughts, leads, teaches,
and “guides us into all truth”, including knowledge of what is to come (St. John 16:13). It equips us to do His
work, to live a holy life and to spread the gospel.
Beloved, we need the dunamis power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, and we can experience His presence if we
will seek Him until He fills us afresh today.

Day Fourteen – January 17, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Acts 3:12-19
Topic: Times of Refreshing
Do you feel there’s a bit of chaos in your life, or that you’ve lost a bit of motivation? Do you feel the need to be
more focused, organized, or to regenerate some forward momentum again? Refresh" occurs a few times in the
Old Testament as the translation of naphash, meaning "to take a breath," or "to be refreshed" (see Exodus
23:12 and 2 nd Samuel 16:14). It also occurs in the New Testament as the translation of anapauo, meaning "to
give rest" (1 st Corinthians 16:18) and "to invigorate," and "revive" (2 nd Timothy 1:16). A search of modern
dictionaries reveals definitions such as “having the power to restore freshness, vitality, or energy; or something
pleasingly fresh or different”. When you think about being refreshed you might envision a cool glass of ice water,
a nice warm shower, or even a relaxing vacation on a beautiful beach.
In the scripture today, the Apostle Peter is addressing a crowd about how a lame man had been healed by the
power of Jesus Christ. He told them that they had rejected and murdered the very One responsible for this
miracle, but that they had done so out of ignorance (verse 17). He urged them to repent so their sins could be
“blotted out” and added there was no hope of salvation except through the One they had crucified (Acts 4:12).
This message of repentance is just as important today as when the Apostle Peter spoke of it. We often do things
that might not please God out of ignorance, but as long as we feign ignorance or blame others for our sin, we will
never repent. True repentance goes beyond merely saying you are sorry for something; true repentance results
in changed behavior and attitude. It is the blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:9) and through
his death we can be forgiven, cleansed, renewed, and refreshed in our hearts and souls. Times of
refreshing come from ‘the presence of the Lord and we can receive this refreshing every day.
Heavenly Father, the promise of “times of refreshing” from you, our Lord, is so timely and inviting. We
don’t want a single event of refreshing; we want multiple seasons of renewal and joy to fill our souls.
We desire many prolonged reviving encounters with your Holy Spirit, so that our hearts will come alive
again, to the unsearchable riches of your transforming grace. Though our repentance does not
purchase our refreshing, it opens a gracious spigot through which you may flood the dry fields of our
souls with living water. Father, you have already completely wiped out our sins by the cross of Jesus,
but we now appropriate our once-and-for-all forgiveness for our very-present-and-obvious sins.

In the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, I pray. Amen.
Taken from “A Prayer for Times of Refreshing from the Lord” by Scotty Smith – July 8, 2011

Day Fifteen – January 18, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Psalms 5:1-12; Proverbs 30:5
Topic: The Significance of God’s Favor
The favor of God can be described as a divine kindness, or an act of true compassion on the part of God Himself
toward the Christian believer. In the bible – the word grace – is defined as God’s unmerited favor and is
something God extends to all men and women who choose to follow Him. In simple terms, we can define God’s
favor or grace as God giving us the ability to do something which is humanly impossible for us to do.
David writes this beautiful Psalm while he is again experiencing hardship. He speaks about how his enemies have
sinned against him, and when he speaks of God's favor, he is talking about how God defends his righteous
against the evil intentions of others. The concept of favor in Psalms 5:12 then, has little to do with being
successful in life or becoming wealthy. Rather, it speaks of God’s promise to defend us spiritually against the
powers of this world.

Like David, the trouble in our lives may come in different forms in 2021. It may be problems with our health, loss
of a loved one, an employment shake-up, betrayal, or some other form of persecution. Or it may be something
we’re already aware of, but something we thought would be mild or temporary. Life can bring us things that
make us feel like we’ve been knocked down or literally thrown face down to the ground. The circumstances may
be devastating; the pain excruciating, and try as we might, in that moment it may be difficult to grab hold of any
semblance of joy or hope.
Yet the Lord is faithful. He has given us powerful truths in His Word to hold onto when we are down — truths that
help us get up again. The apostle Paul wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are
perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 nd Corinthians 4:8-9).
We can rejoice because God’s favor will protect us – He will be a shield around us.
Mighty God, thank you that there is nowhere I can go that is beyond your presence. You have promised that when
I call on you in prayer, you will listen to me. Hear my prayer and pour your favor and blessing upon my life. Let the
majesty of the Father be the light that guides me, the compassion of the Son be the love that inspires me, and the

presence of the Spirit be the strength that empowers me.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Taken from Connect Us: 25 Short Powerful Prayers for Favor and Breakthrough by Natalie Regoli, November 18, 2018
 

Day Sixteen – January 19, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Esther 2:15-17; Esther 7:2-5
Topic: Positioning Yourself for God’s Favor
The scriptures today take us to the story of Esther to continue our look at the importance of having
God’s favor in our lives. Esther was one of the young women brought to King Ahasuerus’ palace when
he was looking for a new queen. The bible doesn’t state whether she chose to go of her own will; it
does tell us a decree was sent out and her guardian complied with its orders.
All the women who were to appear before the king were given the opportunity to adorn themselves with
whatever they desired before being brought for an audience. You can imagine most of them chose
lavish attire to draw the King’s attention and to ensure they were one selected. Oftentimes we do
things in own strength and the strength of the world to gain advantage, position, or favor. Esther
however was different; she didn’t request anything but chose instead to rely upon the advice of the
king’s eunuch. She didn’t trust in her own efforts, so she submitted to the one person who would know
the king’s preferences best. The results speak for themselves. Not only did she obtain favor in the
sight of all who saw her - the bible tells us she “obtained grace and favor” in the king’s sight, and he set
the royal crown upon her head and made her queen.” (verse 17)
When we depend upon the Lord’s guidance, we are no longer looking to ourselves to succeed; rather
we are trusting In His favor. Psalms 75:6-7 says “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from
the west, nor from the south.   But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” We
don’t have to fight for ourselves, God knows the correct time to promote us and to give us increase. It
doesn’t matter what you do, God wants to help you do it. He wants to favor your business plan, your
political campaign, your manuscript, your lesson plan, your legal brief, your film, and your sales pitch.
All you have to do, is position yourself for that favor by acting in obedience. If you give God all the
glory, He will bless you beyond your ability, beyond your resources. The Lord will promote you and
give you the influence to be a blessing to the people around you.

 

Day Seventeen – January 20, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Matthew 13:24-20; Matthew 13:37-42
Topic: Weeds Among Wheat

There is an abundance of wisdom in God's Word about the laws of sowing and reaping. All the Gospels contain
some scriptures about it, but this particular parable has an interesting twist. In Jesus’ narration, he details what
each represents – the sower, the seed, the field, the weed, and the enemy. He explains that the weed
(zizania—bearded darnel) in its early stages closely resembles wheat, making it difficult to tell the difference
between the two. Side by side, the difference is not apparent because the plants look the same; but the darnel is
bitter and mildly toxic.
As the plants mature, the roots of the weeds and wheat become intertwined, which makes them almost
impossible to separate. Any attempt to pull the weeds from the ground will also pull out the wheat. Thus, early
separation would only produce a smaller harvest; if any harvest at all. However, if not removed prior to milling,
the darnel will ruin the flour. The usual solution is to separate the grains after threshing by spreading them on a
flat surface and having people remove the darnel, a different color at that stage, by hand.
What is this passage telling us? We cannot sit in judgement of others just because of how they look, or what they
wear, or how they talk, or where they live. Only God knows people’s hearts—or where their lives might take
them—or their potential for redemption. God has not equipped us with the insight necessary to weed the field and
any attempt to achieve it now, will not only prove disastrous— but will destroy the good with the bad.
Charles Reade described the law of sowing and reaping in this manner – “Sow a thought and you reap an act;
sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny”. If
you are to fulfill your destiny in Christ, you must understand this concept, beginning with your thoughts, your
words, and your actions, especially those you say about others

Day Eighteen – January 21, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Romans 8:26-27; Romans 8:34; 1 st Timothy 2:1-4
Topic: New Levels of Intercession
Today we are going to take a new look at intercessory prayer. Most of us know that prayer is an
essential part of the Christian believer’s walk with God and it is an effective way of communicating with
Him. In prayer, we talk to Him and listen as He talks to us. To help us know how to approach God in
prayer, .Jesus provided us with an example of a model prayer in Matthew 6:9-15 and Luke 11:2-4.
Matthew's version is part of the Sermon on the Mount, while Luke's version is in response to a
disciple's request to teach them to pray. The prayer is not a formula. We don't have to pray the lines
verbatim. Rather, we can use this prayer to inform us, teaching us how to pray
There are many promises in God’s Word to encourage us to pray, and the Lord instructs us to pray not
only for our own personal needs, but to reach out and pray for others as well. In fact, interceding
(intervening on another’s behalf) - is what intercessory prayer is all about. Right now you’re probably
saying – “I already know what intercessory prayer is” – but are you really fulfilling the instruction God
has given us to pray, intercede, make supplications and give thanks “for all men;… that we may lead a
quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”?
When is the last time you prayed for those who talked about you, betrayed you, cursed you, hated you,
lied on you, despitefully used you, manipulated you, disrespected you, violated your trust, cheated you,
stole from you, hurt or wounded you? My brother or sister, it’s easy to pray for “Kings, and for all that
are in authority; (verse 2), especially when you don’t know them personally and they are not involved in

your life on a day-to -day basis. It’s a little more difficult when someone is doing something negative
and it’s up close and personal.

God wants us to stretch out on the floor (our bed or chair) and cry out to Him in a way we never have
before. He wants us to open our mouths and “cry out in the night”, and open up our hearts and “pour
out thine heart like water” (Lamentations 2:19), He wants our prayer for others, our intercession for all
men – from the nation’s President to the awful co-worker to the next door neighbor – to be heart-felt
and real, True intercessory prayer seeks not only to know God’s will and see it fulfilled, but to see it
fulfilled regardless of whether or not it benefits us and regardless of what it costs us. True intercessory
prayer seeks God’s glory - not our own.

 

Day Nineteen – January 22, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Psalms 29:1-2; Psalms 63:1-5
Topic: Topic: Giving God the Glory
Many Christian believers think Praise and Worship are synonymous, meaning the same. While praise may be a
part of worship, worship goes way beyond praise. Worship is the act of humbly submitting ourselves and our life
to God’s control. While praise honors God for what He has done, worship honors God for who He is.
When we praise God, we are expressing our admiration for Him; we are lifting Him up in exaltation.  We are telling
God and others how wonderful He is - expressing our praise for all His wonderful virtues, traits, and
characteristics.  Praise is boisterous, joyful - the exuberant thanksgiving of all that God has done for us. The bible
tells us in Psalms 9 verses 1 and 2 - “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your
wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High”.
When we worship God, we go further – we express our love, devotion, and faith to God. It is often combined with
the lifting of ones’ hands, bowing, or kneeling and is more somber; more humbling. That is because worship
comes from a different place within our spirits; it gets to the heart of who we are, and it should be reserved for
God alone (Luke 4:8).

 

It is the art of losing oneself in the adoration of another. To truly worship God, we must be
willing to humble ourselves before God, to surrender every part of our lives to His control, and to adore Him for
who He is, not just what He has done. It is through true worship that we invite the Holy Spirit to speak to us,
convict us, and comfort us. Through worship, we realign our priorities with God’s and acknowledge Him once
more as the rightful Lord of our lives.

You deserve the glory and the honor
Lord we, lift our hands in worship
As we praise your Holy name
For You are great
You do miracles so great
There is no one else like You
There is no one else like You
Written by Eva-Lena Hellmark 1985.

Day Twenty – January 23, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Psalms 33:6-12
Topic: Fighting for the Soul of a Nation
Today, President-Elect Joseph R. Biden will be sworn in as the 46 th President of the United States. The ceremony
is scheduled to take place at 12 Noon in front of the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. President Biden

will deliver his inaugural address shortly thereafter. His campaign slogan during the 2020 election with Vice-

President-Elect, Kamala Harris was – “Fighting for the Soul of the Nation”. When asked to explain what was
meant by this term, he said “we have to restore this country’s honor and fundamental decency; we have to rebuild
the backbone of this country, and we have to unite this country.”
Presidential historian Jon Meacham, who has spoken often with Biden about the slogan says he is not using it
religiously but as a synonym for character. He said Biden’s message has been one of broader morality, versus
specific policy or ideology. Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Community Partners in Boston
paraphrased it this way: “We are eager to see political leaders at every level regardless of party, demonstrate
concrete, actionable plans to address these issues of inequity around health and race, and to do so in a way that
is concrete and has outcomes to which they can be accountable.”
Historians have said that this country was founded on religious principles which is why our currency displays the
message “In God We Trust”. The founders also wanted to ensure the right to religious freedom and did so when
they wrote it into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. With such a guarantee, as Christian believers we should
rejoice whenever we have opportunity for there are many countries that do not have that choice. Rejoice means
to be happy, to be glad, to be full of joy. Philippians 4:4 tell us that we should “always rejoice in the Lord.” Our
joy should not be restricted because of who is in power or in a government position. It should be given freely to
God because He is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), and His power supersedes the folly and
mischief of any who are not chosen by Him. He “maketh the devices of such people of one effect” (verse
10b). Their persecutions, slanders, falsehoods, are like puff balls flung against a granite wall--they produce no
result at all; for the Lord overrules the evil and brings good out of it.
Praising God in this day and age cannot always be done inside a building; however, that should not hinder our
praise. The psalmist encourages us to “sing a new song” to gather instruments and to let our praise go forth
whether we are in the congregation (Psalms 149:1) in our cars, our homes, or outside in the earth.

 

Day Twenty-One – January 24, 2021
Meditation Scripture: Zechariah 7:9-10; 1 st Peter 3:8-9; 1 st John 3:16-18
Topic: Love in Action
As we come to the end of our 21-day fast and look back over this month’s journey, hopefully you can feel the
presence and love of God near/with you. He is a compassionate God. and He is always there for us. Whether
we are afflicted with disease or pain; grieving the loss of a loved one; confused and pondering which direction to
take or decision to make; or even feeling alone or mistreated – He is there to care for us. When we dredge
ourselves into the mire of sin, He grieves over our us, and when we harden our hearts and become stiff necked,
He forgives us because He is a compassionate God.
Compassion can be defined as a “deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it.”
It is the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it. It is the
quality that causes us to take on the care and concerns of those around us. It is what binds us together as “one
body” and what causes us to want to bear one another’s burdens and “weep with those who weep.” Compassion
is love in action and it is a quality God wants us to share with our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as family
members, and friends.
Compassion encompasses mercy, kindness, justice, wisdom, generosity and patience and it is part of the nature
of God. What better way to share the love of God than to be a blessing to others, especially with our words and
deeds. Words are not simply benign puffs of air; they contain life-giving power to move the receiver forward to
fulfil their purpose. A simple word of encouragement can make a difference in the life of someone who is
discouraged. A small act of kindness can bring a harvest to a person that is in need.
Today, open your heart and mind and ask God to reveal those in need around you. Tink about how you might
respond to them – perhaps a phone call, a card, a virtual visit, a bouquet of flowers. You may not have money or
time to invest, but you always have a kind word – and there is no better investment than that.

In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Taken from: Knowing Jesus, Verse of the Day. https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/psalm-1-2 

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