Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Phil 4:6 (NIV)
This verse tells us to not be anxious about anything. That often seems like a pretty difficult. You might see lots bad things going on in the world. Or feel that you’re under too much stress at work or school. Even in the middle of all of these things, God tells us to not be anxious.
How is that possible? How can you go through life without being anxious? The rest of this verse tells us how to do it. We are to do two things:
When we choose to be thankful, it changes our perspective on the situation. Instead of being stressed out about how demanding your job is, you can be thankful that you have a job. Instead of stressing about whether you’re going to meet the right person to marry, you can be thankful that you’re single and get to spend more of your free time getting to know God. In many cases, being thankful can turn your anxiety around. It’s hard to be anxious when you’re thankful.
Today choose to put aside your anxiety and choose to practice being thankful. You’ll find that as you become thankful, it’s hard to be anxious.
Today’s Truth: It’s hard to be anxious when you’re thankful. Develop a habit of giving thanks.
It’s easy now that you’re back in school to get really busy. Homework, band, choir, sports practices, and friends all take up a lot of your time. In the busyness of life, it’s often easy to neglect your spiritual development.
Today’s Bible verse helps us put a proper perspective on spending time with God.
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. – Luke 5:16 NLT
Jesus often went out by himself to pray. He knew how important time with God was. He went and got recharged spiritually and simply loved spending time with His father.
We are no different. We also need time with our heavenly father. It helps encourage us and should give us pleasure as we spend time in God’s presence.
If you’ve allowed yourself to get too busy for God in this season, see if you can find time to get away and spend praying and reading your Bible. You don’t have to set aside hours upon hours. Just a few minutes before bed, or right when you get up will make a big difference.
Determine to spend time enjoying your heavenly father, just like Jesus did!
Today’s Truth: Find time to spend with God, you won’t regret it.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. – James 5:16
Today’s Bible verse is an awesome encouragement. The last part of the verse talks about the prayers of a righteous person. We know from the Bible that if we’ve accepted Jesus then we’ve been made righteous, so this verse is talking to Christians.
This verse tells us that as Christians our prayers aren’t just some words that we hope that God hears and does something about. No, it shows us that our prayers produce wonderful results.
Today’s Truth: When you pray, God hears you, and your prayers produce good results!
That means when you pray, you can know that God hears you and that your prayers are producing something! Be encouraged today to keep praying and believing God because your prayers work!
Do you ever feel like you mess up all the time? There are times when I feel like I never measure up or do the right thing. Especially when I’m dealing with sin issues in areas I mess up all the time.
Here’s what’s encouraging if you feel like you mess up all the time in your fight with sin.
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. – Psalm 103:12 (NLT)
This verse tells us that Jesus has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. That’s good news for us. Yes, we mess up. Yes, there are sins that we deal with, but Jesus has taken those sins and removed them as far as the east is from the west.
So today, rest in Jesus’s love for you. Jesus loves you, He’s dealt with your sin, and you can rest knowing that your sin is no longer being held against you and you’re totally free from sin.
Today’s Truth: You’ve been made totally free from sin.
It can feel overwhelming to think about being led by God. You might wonder, how do I hear from Him? Does hearing from God take being some kind of spiritually mature person?
Hearing God and being led by God doesn’t take 87 hours of fasting and praying. God wants to lead you. His leadership is available for everyone who believes in Him and is willing to listen to what He has to say. However, it can feel a little strange to think about being led by someone you can’t see, and it can feel weird to trust the leading of Him.
So how do we know His leading? A few days ago, we went over some basic steps to being led by Him. You can learn more here.
God wants to lead you, He’s willing to lead you, but most of the time, His leading isn’t going to be in a dream, vision, or Jesus Himself showing up in your room and speaking to you. The majority of the leading is going to be through peace in your spirit.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. – Isaiah 55:12 (NIV)
What does this look like in real life? Well, let’s just say for example that you’re faced with a decision. Maybe you’re wondering if you should go with your friends on vacation or stay home during Thanksgiving break at school. How do you know what decision is right?
One way you can find out is to pray about each choice. Then get quiet and see which choice you have the most peace about. That is a way that the Holy Spirit leads us is through peace. So if you pray about your options and you have peace about one option over another, know that often God leads you through peace.
And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” – Acts 20:35 (NLT)
How often do you take time to think about how you can help others? Do you ask God daily how you can be a blessing to those around you?
Or do you compare what you have to your friends and feel like you don’t have enough, don’t measure up, and are lacking in some way? It’s so easy to compare yourself to those around you and become focused inward. You might feel like you don’t have the best clothes or the best summer vacation story. And if you focus on those things, it will steal your joy.
Today’s Truth: You find true happiness when you begin to help others.
Instead, find happiness in helping others. Ask God to show you a need around you and how you can meet it. Look for ways to show God’s love to others and help others in need. As you begin to live a generous life, you’ll find that you a happier and more fulfilled.
Do you know what’s great about God? He doesn’t want you troubled by the cares, concerns, and worries of life. That’s an amazing thing to think about. God doesn’t want you concerned about the friends at school that aren’t being nice to you. He doesn’t want you troubled about the unrest in the world around you.
Why? It’s because He promises to take care of those things for us. We don’t have to be concerned about the future. Jesus tells us to not let our hearts be troubled or to be afraid in John 14:27.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 (NIV)
Doing what this verse says isn’t easy. We are wired to want to worry. It’s easy to want to take the troubles of the world around you and let them cause you to be upset. However, that isn’t God’s best for you.
God wants you to rest in Him, and to walk in His peace. So regardless of what is going on around you, you can be at peace knowing that God will take care of you and watch after you.
Today’s Truth: Walk at Peace Knowing God Will Take Care of You.
Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others – 1 Timothy 6:18 (NLT)
There was a time in my life when I always expected people to give me things. I wished that someone would give me some money so I could buy better clothes. I became angry with my parents because I felt they didn’t give me enough money to go out to eat or watch a movie. Many times, I was frustrated because I felt that no one was giving me what I thought I needed.
At one point, I remember reading my Bible and thinking about giving. I was challenged to stop living my life waiting for others to do good things for me and I began to purposefully give to others. For example, if I was going out to eat, I’d try to buy a friend’s meal. One time I felt led to give money to a friend at school, and I gave them some money.
Once I started the lifestyle of giving, it was amazing the change in my outlook. Instead of being frustrated, I began to experience real joy as I helped give to those around me. Using your money to do good can really help you get more joy out of life.
Today’s Truth: The more you give, the more joy you experience
Begin today to live a life of generosity. Ask God to show you how you can use what little you have to help someone around you. It might be something as simple as giving a friend a coupon you found on the ground instead of using it yourself. Whatever it is, be open to doing what God tells you and you’ll experience the joy that generosity brings.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. – Psalm 119:105
How many times in life do you just wish that you knew the ‘right’ thing to do? You might be faced with a decision on where to go to school, who to date, or which sport to play this year. All of these decisions have consequences and you wish that someone would just tell you what to do.
When it comes to making decisions, it’s often easy to ignore what this Bible verse tells us. It says the Bible is a lamp to guide our feet and a light for our path. This verse tells us that when we don’t know what the right choice is, we should rely on God’s word for help. God’s word can be the answer to your questions. It can be the light to show you which path to take. The key is to spend time in God’s word and get to know what God says. God’s word will bring light and help you make the right decision.
Today’s Truth: If you spend time reading the Bible you find that the decision you need to make is much clearer.
If we spend time reading the Bible and getting to know Jesus, we find that often the decision we are to make seems much clearer. So the next time you’re faced with a tough decision, do what this Bible verse says. Spend some time in God’s word and let it guide you into making good decisions.
What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
We all like new stuff, it’s just human nature. Whether it’s getting those new shoes you’ve been wanting or trying the food at a new restaurant, there’s just something exciting about things that are new.
Have you ever thought about the fact that when you become a Christian, you’ve become new? Your hair doesn’t change color, and you don’t get some crazy new personality, but the old life you had before Christ is gone. Now when God sees you, he sees you new, perfect, and free from sin.
Knowing this changes the way you see yourself. You might look in the mirror and see someone who has messed up and is imperfect. The truth is, God doesn’t look at your failures. He looks at you through Jesus. In Jesus, He sees someone who is perfect. Today, choose to see yourself as He does. Choose to look past your shortcomings and see the person that God sees. A person that is full of potential and made new in Jesus.
Today’s Truth: When God sees you, He sees you perfect and free from sin!
Take a few moments today to thank God for making you new!