Posts from January 2019

Posts from January 2019

January 31, 2019

Work with everything.   What are you holding back? What is it in your life that maybe you haven’t handed over to God? Is there something that still lingers in the back of your mind that you don’t truly want him to have?   When we give everything to God it’s with the knowledge that we may not reap in this life, but we will be rewarded in the next. We know…

January 30, 2019

We live as examples.   Believe it or not,  and like it or not, people are judging all of us because of you. If you claim Jesus, if they know you go to church, everything you do is automatically assigned to the rest of us. It’s not really fair. It doesn’t make sense. That doesn’t stop it from happening though. I cannot tell you the countless number of…

January 29, 2019

You’ve got to work at it. Sometimes I think we expect it to just happen. Like one day we’ll wake up and want to read our Bible. Like, one day we’ll roll out of bed and the desires will be gone, the struggle will be no more, and we’ll just listen to God with ease. And truthfully that will happen, but only in eternity.   In this life, listening to God and choosing his…

January 28, 2019

There is a constant struggle between flesh and spirit. There are things I know I want, but there are things I know God wants for me. This can create a real war within us to determine who we will follow. This week we’re going to be talking about how we can learn to follow God’s leading and be Obedient rather than succumbing to the desires of our flesh. Today, before we…

January 25, 2019

James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.   We’ve got to check our hearts regularly. It’s too easy to let these things creep in and cause issues. It’s too easy to just go on autopilot and hope things work out in our faith. If we glean anything from this passage in James it should be that…

January 24, 2019

Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”   Everything that Jesus has called us to do for others can be summed up quite simply as “love your neighbor as yourself.”   This tells me a few things. First, the way I treat the people around me needs to be loving. I need to be a loving factor in the lives of…

January 23, 2019

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.   Sometimes selflessness comes in the form of forgiveness. It’s realizing someone else has definitely done something wrong and deciding to let it go. It’s knowing you have the right to be angry, the right to want justice, and you…

January 22, 2019

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.   We are competitive people. We really are. We put our kids in sports at a young age and drive them to win. We’re a culture built around the idea of winning. While there is nothing inherently wrong with good competition, we tend to make a competition out…

January 21, 2019

While we took a break from our series this week for our guest speaker, we’re going to spend this week in our devotionals looking at different scriptures that encourage us to think a little more about others and a little less about ourselves.   Monday Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great,…

January 18, 2019

Pray for them.   In the epistles, Paul was constantly asking and reminding the churches to pray. He wanted them to pray for him, to pray with him, to pray for each other, and to be constantly in prayer.   One very easy and selfless thing we can start doing today is praying for the people around us. We can pray for their safety, for their relationship with…

January 17, 2019

Send a kind word.   As a culture we’re not really that great at encouraging others. We don’t take a lot of time to build each other up. We may think something positive or encouraging about someone, but how often do we take the time to say it?   Today, go out of your way to say something encouraging to someone else. Tell them you appreciate them, tell them…

January 16, 2019

Donate to charity   Put your money where your mouth is. Donate. Find a cause, a charity, or even a person and give to them. It doesn’t have to be much. Even a few dollars is a cup of coffee for a homeless person. You can donate to Origins or someplace else. One organization we love is Yield Coffee. They sell coffee, they all work for free, and all the proceeds go to…
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