For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. – Romans 3:23 (NLT)
We can often get caught up in the busyness of life that we don’t take time to recall all the good things Jesus has done for us. Being thankful and realizing the goodness of God is really important for us, and brings us joy and fulfillment.
Today’s Bible verse reminds us that we all have sinned. We’ve all lied. Each of us has done things that are not right and those sins cause us to fall short of God’s standard.
And as hard as we try to do good and be right, we can’t in our own strength. Continually we mess up and need God’s forgiveness.
That’s why knowing Jesus is so amazing. Because we couldn’t live good enough lives. We couldn’t do enough good to meet God’s standard. We deserved hell but got grace. That’s the goodness of God. It met us where we were when we least deserved it.
So today, take some time out of your busy life to thank God. Realize that you didn’t deserve what God gave you and thank Him today for His goodness in reaching out to you!
Today’s Truth: The goodness of God meets us where we least deserve it.
Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. – Matthew 20:32 (GW)
Have you ever taken some time to stop and think about what you’d like to see Jesus do in your life? Lots of times in life, we just take things as they come or get so busy that we forget we can go to Jesus with the things we need. This Bible verse encourages us to ask Jesus for what we want to see in our lives.
So what would you like to see in your life? Do you want Jesus to be more real to you? Do you need wisdom or help in any area of your life? Do you need healing from a hurt? Then do what this verse says and ask Jesus what you want Him to do in your life. When you ask Jesus to get involved with what you’re facing, you’re able to do much more than you could do on your own.
Today’s Truth: Don’t get so busy that you forget to go to Jesus with the things you need
God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. – Romans 8:16 (MSG)
This Bible verse talks about one of the most important things you can know in life, who you really are. When you know who you really are, it changes how you feel about yourself, how you treat others, and how you relate to God.
Who you really are is who God says you are. Your value comes from what God says about you. It’s no longer about what you’ve done or what has been done to you. It’s all about your value to God.
Today’s Truth: It’s not about what you’ve done, it’s about your value to God
So, when you feel unloved, when you feel like no one cares, you can take comfort that God always does. He always tells us who we really are. When we get a picture of how God sees us it will change what we think, say, and do. God sees you through the cross and the blood of Jesus. He sees you as someone who has value because He was willing to give everything He had to know you.
Today be encouraged by what this Bible verse tells us. We are children of God.
Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life. – Ephesians 3:17
I learned some HTML programming while in school. One fun thing I learned was how to go to source view in a browser. When viewing the source, you can see all the HTML code that makes up a web page. If a link to a stylesheet wasn’t typed properly, a page could look horrible. I realized quickly in my basic web programming class that the source mattered.
In our lives, this is true too. Our source matters. Where do we base our happiness? When we feel down and unworthy, where do we go to find our value and worth? The things we look to be our source make a huge difference in the trajectory of our lives.
Today’s Truth: Look to Jesus to be the source of what you need for life.
Often, we discover the source of our worth and happiness when things are tough. When things are good, it’s easy to say that Jesus is your source. It’s when things get really hard that we struggle and often realize that perhaps we hadn’t made Jesus our true source. So today, regardless of what you’re facing, be encouraged. Jesus loves you. He wants to be your source. So look to Him. Read your Bible and put in the effort to make Jesus the source of all you need in your life.
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ – Phil 3:8 (NIV)
As a teenager, you probably love the idea of being in charge. If you’re like most teens, you’re excited for the day when you’re an adult and you get to call all the shots in your life.
Even if you don’t get to call all the shots in your day-to-day life, in your relationship with God, you are in charge.
Today’s Truth: You are the only person who determines how well you know Jesus.
Your relationship with God isn’t based on your parent’s faith or relationship with God. Rather, you’ve got to choose to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him.
And you’re in charge of that! You get to choose how well you know Jesus. The good news is that nothing is stopping you from getting to know Him more.
So don’t wait until you’re older. Instead, choose to follow Jesus today. Get into God’s word and learn how much He loves you and desires a relationship with you.
Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV)
God is always there. There’s no place too far away from Him. There is No place where you can go that He doesn’t care and see you. God loves you, cares about you, and wants to help you through whatever it is that you face.
Right now, it might feel like you’re going through the most difficult thing you’ve ever faced. It might cause you to wonder if God is really there, or if He cares. The truth is, He’s there. He sees your pain, He sees you and loves you. He wants to sit with you in the middle of your storm.
That’s the God we serve. He’s not a God who is far away from us and hoping that one day we figure it all out on our own. No, He’s right there, ready to lead the way, show us what to do, give us wisdom on how to make our situation better and comfort us in the midst of whatever we go through.
Today’s Truth: No matter where you are, God is right there.
So today, encourage yourself that God sees you where you are. He loves you and wants nothing more than to be your help through to the other side.
Have you ever known someone who tried to make salvation a really difficult thing? Maybe they thought they had to be really good to get saved, so they worked really hard for salvation. Perhaps you know someone who doesn’t even realize that heaven and hell are real, so the idea of salvation doesn’t make much sense to them either.
Here’s the thing, the Bible tells us that it’s faith in Jesus that saves us. When we believe in Him, believe that He was raised from the dead, and His life was the payment in full for our sin, and speak it out, that’s when we’re saved.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9 (NIV)
Salvation isn’t difficult to obtain, but it can feel difficult because it’s so easy. It’s easier to not think about eternity and never make a decision for Jesus. It’s easier to try to do lots of good work to earn your salvation.
The Bible shows us, however, that we can’t do enough good to earn heaven. We needed Jesus. And that’s why Jesus came to the earth. To help us in our weaknesses. He did what we couldn’t do.
Today’s Truth: Jesus Did What We Couldn’t Do – He Made us Right With God.
So today, first make sure that you have made a personal decision to follow Jesus. Next, believe that His sacrifice on the cross was sufficient payment for your sin. Then determine to make sure that the people you come into contact with know that too. There are people all around you that might not know that Jesus paid the price so they don’t have to spend eternity separated from Him.
This summer, we’ve been going through some scriptures that show us our need for Jesus. It’s easy in our world to think that as long as we’re pretty good, there’s nothing to worry about. However, that’s not what the Bible teaches us. We see in today’s verse that the wages or payment for sin is death.
Death is what we deserve as sinners. However, I’m so thankful that God doesn’t give me what I deserve or what I’ve earned. Instead, He extends His grace and His mercy. God chose to give us eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23 (NLT)
We don’t deserve it, but God saw fit to give us eternal life in Jesus. That’s good news. The gospel isn’t about following rules or doing enough. It’s about how we could never do enough, and instead, we need to fall at the feet of Jesus and accept His love and mercy. It’s through Jesus only that we find eternal life.
Today’s Truth: The Gospel isn’t about following rules, it’s about falling at the feet of Jesus and accepting His love and mercy.
No other religion can offer what Jesus can. Only Jesus can make you truly free and allow you to experience eternal life in Him.
So today, spend some time thinking about this verse. Take a moment to thank God for not giving you what you deserved (death) but instead extending mercy to you, and giving you eternal life in Jesus.
Have you ever met someone that said they were a good person? Maybe they try to do good things, and would probably say they’re a good person. But will that be enough? Will that person spend eternity in heaven? And the answer is no. No matter how hard you or they try, there isn’t enough good that you can do to earn God’s love or salvation.
We all have sinned. Even the best of us.
since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, – Romans 3:23 (AMP)
The good news about all this is that God knew this about us. He knew we’d continually mess up. That we’d never be able to do enough good on our own. And that’s why He planned from the beginning of the world a solution.
Today’s Truth: God loved you enough to do whatever it took to bring you back to Him.
The solution would be something that cost Him everything. And yet, it was worth it to God. Because He loved you and me. He had such a passion to bring us back into right standing with Him that He was ready to pay whatever the cost.
Knowing this helps you see your value. You can begin to realize that even if you’ve missed it and messed up, to God, you’re worth everything. He loves you and gave all He had to help you out of your sin!
We’ve got another summer scripture for you today. Yesterday, we looked at how Adam’s sin brought the curse and death on the world. That’s the bad news.
And there’s even more bad news. Because of Adam’s sin, death spread to each of Adam’s descendants. That means that you and I are sinners.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. – Romans 5:12 (NLT)
Realizing that you’re a sinner is an important step in your relationship with God. Not that you spend all day beating yourself up for the ways you fall short, that’s not the point at all. Instead, the point is coming to the realization that you need help to obtain God’s righteousness.
Today’s Truth: You Need Help to Obtain God’s Righteousness
That means that being a good person isn’t enough. As hard as you try to be good, it’s never enough. You need another solution. A better way. And that’s what God himself provided. God in His love cared so much about you, His creation that He made a solution for your sin. What you couldn’t do in your own strength, you didn’t need to do. God Himself was coming to make a way for you to be righteous. Keep on with us, we’ll learn more about that in the upcoming days.