You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4
The last thing you probably want to think about right now on summer break is math. But, just for the sake of illustration today, let’s think back to the early elementary math that you learned. Do you recall learning about greater than, less than, and equal to? And when one number was bigger than the other, you called that number the greater number?
In the same way, in life, we have something greater. Not a greater number, but you do have the greater one living on the inside of you. That means that when you face a difficult situation, you’re not facing it alone. You’ve got someone to help you, to lead you, and to help you overcome.
When life gets tough and it feels like you can’t make it through, you can be encouraged. You’ve got what you need to be a success and overcome in every area of your life.
Choose today to lean on the help of the greater one living in you. You can know that no matter what you face today, you’re not alone and you can overcome!
Today’s Truth: You’re not alone. You have the greater one living in you!
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” – Eph 1:4 (NLT)
Have you ever been chosen last when your friends picked teams in a game? I wasn’t that great at sports and so when I got picked last for a team at recess I hated it! I always wanted to be better at the game and wished that I could avoid getting picked last.
No matter how good or bad you are at a sport or a team, it doesn’t really matter. It’s being chosen that makes you important. And the good news is, God not only did God choose you, but He chose you first. This verse says that God chose you before he made the world. He chose you first. He loved you and wanted you to be a part of His family. So regardless if you feel unloved, chosen last, or ignored, that’s not the truth. God loves you and He chose you first!
Focus on truth. People might be fickle. They might not love you unconditionally, but God does. And it’s His thoughts about you that matter. So focus on what He says and know that you’re loved by Him.
Today’s Truth: God loves you, and you’re His first choice!
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NLT)
Trusting God can be really hard. Especially when things are not going the way you’d like them to be. Maybe you wanted to go on vacation this summer and you found out you couldn’t go. Perhaps your friend let you down and you don’t know where to turn or who to trust.
Life isn’t easy. However, in the midst of what we’re going through we can still have hope. Even in difficult circumstances, we can believe God for joy and peace.
When we put our trust in God, we can go through the toughest of situations with joy, knowing that we will come out on the other side. So today, take comfort knowing that God is good and that you can make it. Regardless of the difficulty, you can go through it with joy and peace with God on your side.
Today’s Truth: Hope is Never Lost With God on Your Side
Being happy can be a challenge some days, can’t it? You have days when your friends aren’t nice. Then there are days when you hate how you look or just feel plain gross, and sometimes it’s really hard to be happy.
The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. – Proverbs 10:28 (NLT)
Today’s Bible verse is a good reminder to us that the hopes of the godly result in happiness. If we’re Christians and have accepted Jesus into our hearts, then we are godly. So this verse applies to us. We can expect to have happy results.
Not because our lives or perfect, or that we don’t have bad days or trials. Rather, we can be happy because our hope is in Jesus. We don’t base our happiness on our circumstances or on what’s going on around us. Instead, we can be happy and content because we have a hope that isn’t temporary. Our hope is eternal.
We can have lasting happiness because our hope is in Jesus!
Today’s Truth: Lasting Happiness Comes From Hope in Jesus.
Have you noticed how easy it is to lose your joy? It can be over the smallest things too. Like when your friends forget to invite you to go along with them somewhere. Or maybe it’s just that your mom keeps giving you chores to do, and you want more than anything to just relax and enjoy the rest of your summer.
In the midst of all these types of things, keeping your joy can seem really hard. That’s where today’s verse comes in.
In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. – Psalm 33:21 (NLT)
See even if our external circumstances aren’t always going the way we want, and things don’t always seem to be going the way we’d plan, we can go ahead and put our trust in God. God knows us, loves us, and is always looking out for us. Regardless of external circumstances, joy can be found when we place our trust in God and His love for us.
Today’s Truth: We can find joy when we place our trust in God.
Oh, taste and see that the Lordis good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! – Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)
What is your favorite food? Have you ever given any thought to how that food become your favorite? Most of us simply tried new food, realized it was amazing, and now it’s our favorite.
The same is true with getting to know God. To really get to know Him, you’ve got to try Him. Obviously, you can’t try God like you would try the food, but you can get to know Him. You can pray, read your Bible, listen to teaching on YouTube, or a Podcast, and find out for yourself that He’s good.
The closer you get to God the more you realize that you can trust Him. God isn’t up one day and down the next. He doesn’t have days when He likes you and days when He doesn’t. God is always the same. He’s faithful, and as you get to know Him, you begin to trust Him more.
Today’s Truth: As you get to know God, you begin to realize how good He is!
Choose to make getting to know God more a priority. Decide to put the effort into finding out that He is good!
Have you been busy this summer? Summer vacation can end up being a really busy time for us. We can get involved in a part-time job, or perhaps attend lots of baseball, choir, and volleyball camps. Those things can be really fun and a good time to get to know some other students. However, it’s easy to get so busy that we forget to take time for the most important relationship in our lives.
That’s obviously our relationship with God. We should be striving each day to get to know God more.
All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, – Philippians 3:10 (CEV)
So today, make sure that even if you’re busy, you take some time out of the day to spend with God. Getting started is the hard part. Once you do, you’ll begin to realize that it’s actually fun to read the Bible each day and spend some time praying.
Today’s Truth: My Goal Is to Know Jesus More
Determine today to make getting to know Jesus a priority this summer. Be sure to take time to love Him and get to know Him more and more each day.
And my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness, Your praise all day long . – Psalm 35:28 (HCSB)
How often do we talk about what is going wrong in our lives? We talk about how things didn’t turn out like we thought, how we have too much stress in our lives, or how we are just disappointed about something. We often let the hurts, disappointments, and stress in our lives become the majority of what we say.
What do you think would happen if we decided instead of talking about all that’s going wrong rather to talk about how good God is? What if we spent some time every day thanking God for all the blessings in our lives and for all the awesome things He has done for us?
A change like that would affect our whole outlook and attitude on life. Instead of walking around without heads down, and being sad, we would have something to be happy about.
We would instantly feel some of the stress of life just leave all because we took some time to speak life-giving words and remind ourselves of all the things we have to thank God for.
Today’s Truth: Choose to change your outlook on life! Be thankful for all God has done.
Challenge yourself today to take some time to praise God for all He has done in your life.
Let those who want my vindication shout for joy and be glad; let them continually say,” The LORD be exalted. He takes pleasure in His servant’s well-being.” – Psalm 35:27 (HSCB)
Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that God gets pleasure when you are doing good? Most of us don’t really have this operating in our lives. We don’t spend time getting excited when others do good. We wish it was us that was doing good, not the other person.
However, the good news is this isn’t how God feels. Instead of jealousy, God gets a kick out of seeing us succeed, be blessed, and do well in life. God desires for us to prosper in the things we do.
Today’s Truth: God likes seeing you succeed, being blessed, and doing well in life!
So be encouraged today that God wants you to do well in every area of your life. If you will trust him with your time, finances, and future and you’ll see that He will bring good things to you!
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. – Hebrews 11:1
The concept of faith can sometimes seem complicated. It sometimes feels hard to understand what the Bible means when it is talking about faith. However, today’s Bible verse helps us understand a little better what faith is.
It shows us that faith is the confidence that the things we hope for will happen. For example, we know that in the Bible, God promises us things. One promise is that those who call on the name of Jesus will be saved. So in this case, faith is believing that we are saved when we call on Jesus, even though it’s not something we can see with our eyes. It’s the confidence we have that God’s word is true and what God promises is ours.
It can be difficult to live by faith sometimes. It’s not always easy to believe things we can’t see or feel. As you get to know God more and spend more time reading the Bible, you’ll build your faith. When your faith grows, your confidence in God and His ability to do what He promises grows too.
Today, choose to spend more time in God’s word. Grow your confidence in God and His ability to do what He says He will do.
Today’s Truth: Faith is confidence that what God’s word says will come to pass in our lives.