April 22
“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap” (Ecclesiastes 11:4).

To be successful givers, we must avoid getting distracted by whatever is going on around us. Focusing on the wrong things can actually persuade us not to give.

April 23
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).

The foundation of every edifice, and everything we do in life, is always the most important part; without a solid foundation, anything is bound to crumble and fall. God offers us a foundation based in His righteousness, and when we accept it, we’ll have His security and strength.

April 24
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).

When our identity is based on our behavior or on the world’s constantly-changing standards, we will always be confused about who we really are. When it’s based in Christ, our actions do not determine who we are. Our identity is permanently sealed by the Holy Spirit, and it can never be revoked.

April 25
“And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand” (Genesis 39:2, 3).

We don’t have to possess all the fancy external trappings of the world to be prosperous. When Joseph was sold as a slave, he had absolutely nothing, yet he still prospered. This was because God was with him.

April 26
“And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all” (Genesis 14:20).

After Abram defeated his enemies in battle, he immediately acknowledged who was ultimately responsible for his victory, and he gave out of gratitude and thanksgiving. As Christians, having the same reflex action in our giving blesses us as well as others.

April 27
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16, 17).

Under the old covenant when the people lived under the law of Moses, they were required to rest on the Sabbath day. This was a foreshadowing of Christ. Now that we are under the covenant of grace, Jesus Himself is our Sabbath and our rest.

April 28
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4).

Joy comes from what we know, and when we consider all that the finished works of Jesus has made available to us, we feel that joy. When we encounter situations that test our faith, putting patience to work helps us to endure and overcome what defeats others. This type of patience builds character.

April 29
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35, 36).

Resting in the finished works of Jesus requires patience, and it positions us to receive the manifestations. Patience isn’t simply “putting up with” adversity, but confidently persevering and remaining the same until we see results.

April 30
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in His way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass” (Psalm 37:7).

We were not created to operate out of stress or worry, but out of rest. Just like rubber blocks electricity, our doubt and anxiety block any manifestations of what God wants us to experience.