Monday, December 1st:
Read: Matthew 7:11
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Jesus sets up this comparison between us (who are sinful and evil) and God (who is perfect and holy). And the point is clear. What parent does not want to give good gifts to his children?! If God is the perfect Father why should we doubt that His intentions and desires for us are any different? In fact, His desires and gifts to us far outweigh what we can give our children.
What are some ways you have seen the goodness of God the Father in your life (maybe even make a list)? Thank God today for being a good Father who gives good gifts to His children.
Pray and ask God that His goodness demonstrated towards you would push you to be generous.
Tuesday, December 2nd:
Read: Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Think about that for a second. God promises to supply all of our needs. How many times do we doubt that? How many times today have you doubted that? Rest assured. God promises to meet our needs – He has done so foremost in Christ – and He will do so in every other dimension of our lives.
- Today, confess any doubt, worry, or fear that you have regarding God’s ability to meet your needs.
- Pray that God – through His Spirit – would empower you to trust Him. Why…because He’s trustworthy.
Wednesday, December 3rd:
Read: Matthew 6:19-24
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Sometimes we just need a little perspective. In these verses, Jesus gives us perspective….eternal perspective. He reminds us that the things of this earth are passing away…they are fleeting. But the things of God are eternal. Let’s remember this week that the mission of God as lived out here at Mercy Hill is eternal.
- Ask God to search your heart today and ask yourself the question…what master do you serve?
- Honestly pray today and ask God to help you think about involvement in the “For His Name” initiative. Ask for wisdom and guidance according to the kingdom principle from today’s verses.
Thursday, December 4th:
Read: James 1:17
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Note James’ emphasis on every. Sometimes we’re guilty of thinking that God’s gifts are things like salvation, Bibles, and K-Love (well maybe not that one). But the Bible is clear that everything we have is a gift from God. Can you sit today in that truth? Can you allow the reality that everything you see, possess, and own is a gift from God?
- Today make a running list of all of the ways that God’s grace has been poured out over your life (job, house, car, kids, education, etc…).
- Spend the day thanking God as you continue to add to your list.
Friday the 5thand Saturday the 6th:
Read: 2 Samuel 22
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, 3 my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. 4 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”
In this chapter we get an up close look at a heart that is overflowing with worship. Davis is reflecting on the person of God and the actions of God. And what comes out is pure worship. Our hope as a church is that in reflecting week in and week out on the gospel our lives would overflow with worship.
- Go through 2 Samuel 22 and note: the examples of God’s goodness, where David talks about God’s provision; and examples of God’s generosity.