SEPTEMBER 17

Hey friend!

Today is a good day! Sometimes you need to remind your soul. One of the big mysteries of life is how much disparity I experience in my initial mood of the day. Sleep certainly helps, but there are some days I just wake up in a bad mood. Can anyone relate?

It’s good to have a few verses in your mind that you can fight a bad mood. One of my favorites is Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Today is the day the Lord has made! I will command my soul to rejoice – even if I don’t feel it.

Maybe today, it’s hard for you to rejoice. Sometimes life’s circumstances really pull us away from joy. This is why you need some reasons to rejoice that are not based upon your circumstances.

Paul gives us a good reason to rejoice in today’s prayer – Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT):

“I pray that from his glorious unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will go down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

There are so many voices in my head that speak against the truth in these verses. Even when I know the voices are lying, they still affect me. These voices speak death. They tell me I should quit. They tell me that I should be further along in my journey. They tell me that I am not good enough. These voices are all lies straight from the pit of HELL!

I need the voice of LOVE spoken over me. And you do, too!

I’m certain that Paul had the same battles, and the people in his churches faced the same struggles we do. I believe this is why Paul prays for us to “experience the love of Christ.” 

Sometimes you need an experience, not just more knowledge.

You can tell me God loves me, but until I experience it deep in my soul, I am not changed.

Nothing will change you and the people around you like encountering love. Love that is not based upon performance or perfection. The love of Jesus displayed on a cross for you to make you right with God.

Let’s ask Him to help us experience that love today.

You might pray something like this…

“Father, we pray that you would help us experience the love of Christ today. Thank you that His love represents your love. Thank you for the fact that your love is too great to understand it fully.

Today, I am not asking to understand it fully. I’m just asking to experience it a little bit more. 

Please help erase the voices of doubt and the accusations in my mind. Please help me be a representation of your true love to others as I encounter your love.

I pray that you would fill The Bay Area with your love! Fill our church with your love. Help us be a voice of love to hurting people all around us!

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Hey, I’m praying for you today. Some of you may be in deep-seated sadness or brokenness today. 

You are deeply loved! You matter to God, and you matter to me.

If I can help you in any way or pray for you personally, please let me know.

With love,

Pastor Andy


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