Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Romans 12:1

Have you set goals for the new year? Perhaps you aren’t really into goals. Some people aren’t. But even if you don’t have major ambitions of losing weight or getting your history class grade a bit higher, you should have a few goals as a Christian. Check out this one found in Romans.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1 (NIV)

In Romans 12:1 we see that we are being urged to be a living sacrifice. What in the world does that mean? Are you supposed to hop on an altar like Isaac did in the Old Testament and be willing to get sacrificed?

I sure hope you answer no to that question! No, we aren’t called to be an actual sacrifice. Instead, God calls us to present our bodies to Him. So what does that look like?

Well, presenting your body to Him as a living sacrifice often looks like simply being willing to do whatever God asks you to do. Are you willing to give up some of your free time to read the Bible each day? If God asked you to give your Christmas money to your friend who is going through a tough time, would you be willing to do that?

Being a living sacrifice is just being willing to do whatever God asks. Often when God asks you to do something, it’s not always a huge thing. God many times doesn’t ask you to start a worldwide ministry. Instead, He simply asks you to give up a little time each day to pray for a friend in need.

Will you do whatever God asks? Whether it’s something big or something small. If so, you’re being a living sacrifice for Him.

So today, make one of your goals (even if goals aren’t your thing) to be a living sacrifice. Choose to do whatever He asks you to do, regardless of how big or how small, how complicated or how easy it is. If you do, you’re being a living sacrifice for Him.

Goal #2 – Am I Willing to Be a Living Sacrifice?

Romans 12:1 devotion

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Philippians 3:10

With the New Year comes all kinds of planning and resolutions. You might resolve to eat better, do better at school, practice your instrument more for band. The list could go on. This week, we’ll talk about some goals to consider adding to your list.

Goal #1 – Knowing God.

This one might make you think, well, yeah, of course. But seriously look at this one. Do you know God? Have you prioritized developing a relationship with Him? Or have you put the idea of knowing Him on pause for awhile. Perhaps your job, playing sports, and hanging out with friends has distracted you from really getting to know Him.

The truth is, in everything we do, knowing God should be our goal. Why? Success without God isn’t success at all. If we make tons of friends, do well in sports, and at school, but haven’t known God, what will we have to show at the end of our lives?

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, – Philippians 3:10 (NIV)

Knowing God should be our number one goal. God wants to speak into your life. He will show you things to come, help you out on a math test, and bring blessing and peace into your life in such amazing ways. It’s just up to you to spend some time getting to know Him.

You do this through worship, prayer, and reading your Bible. So in all your goal setting this year, take some time to think through how you’ll make room in your life for the things of God. Don’t get so busy with all the “stuff” of life that you forget that any success without God is empty.

Phil 3:10

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Ephesians 6:18

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)

It’s sometimes easier to not pray. Prayer can seem weird. There can be times when you don’t know what to say. Also, sometimes its easier to talk to someone you can see, than to talk to God who you can’t see. So how do you go about making prayer a habit in your life?

A great way to do that is to just simply start. Don’t worry about whether you say the right things or the wrong things. Just start. Talk to God. Tell Him about your day. Ask for help or wisdom for something difficult that you’re facing. Pray. Don’t worry too much about the rules or saying the right thing. Talk to God. He wants to hear from you.

Yes, there’s all kinds of ways to pray, and it’s good to make sure that you spend some time thanking God for the blessings in your life and things like that, but many times, it’s just best to simply pray out what’s in your heart and what’s concerning you right now.

God wants a relationship with you more than for you to pray the right way. He just wants to fellowship and have you get to know Him. The more you pray, the easier it will become. Also, as you get more comfortable, you can look into some of the scriptures about praying and learn more. But to start, don’t worry about doing it right, just pray. Take a few minutes when you first wake up, or while you’re trying to fall asleep at night and begin to make prayer a part of your life each day.

The more you pray, the easier it becomes.

Goal #5 – Am I Willing to Make Prayer a Habit?

Happy New Year

As the new year approaches, we’re going to take a few days off from writing devotions. However, we’re so thankful to all of you who read these everyday. Your encouragement and feedback make writing them worth it each day.

I’m believing that each of you will have an amazing break from your studies, and get some rest for the new year. I know God has good things in store for each of you in 2023!

Can’t wait to see what God does in the future!

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Luke 1:45

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” – Luke 1:45 (NLT)

When God speaks sometimes it seems crazy. He told Noah to build an ark when they hadn’t ever seen rain before. He told Sarah she was going to have a baby when she was too old. Time and time again, we see God give someone a promise that seems impossible. And yet, in the midst of impossibility, God comes through and brings the promise to pass.

Mary was no different. God told her something crazy. She was a virgin and yet God told her that she would give birth to a child. Mary believed what God told her even when it didn’t make any sense. Mary placed her trust in God above what she could see or feel and she saw God do a miracle in her life.

Today’s Truth: Your situation is not too impossible for God!

The same is true for you. You might feel like you’re in an impossible situation. The truth is that God has spoken promises in His word to you. It’s just up to you to believe those promises. When you choose to believe God’s promises and stand in faith,  you’ll see great results.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotional – Romans 1:1

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God – Romans 1:1 (NIV)

Paul says in today’s Bible verse says that he is a servant of Jesus. The interesting thing about a servant is that they seek the desires of their master before fulfilling their own. Fulfilling God’s desires was Paul’s approach to life after He met Jesus. He desired to please God above anything else.

We also see that Paul declares he is a servant of Jesus before he mentions any of his titles and what he was called to. You might feel that you are called to be a missionary or serve God as a musician. Those things are great, but first, you should strive to be a servant of Jesus Christ.

It’s exciting to have a God-given dream and to use your talents for Him but you cannot truly serve Him if you are not first a servant of Him.

So today, decide to follow in Paul’s example and become a servant of Jesus Christ. God has done so much for you it’s the least you can do for Him.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Luke 1:37

Teen Devotion on things being possible with God

For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37 (NLT)

What would you do if you really believed this verse? Would your life look different than it does now? What if you believed that what God spoke to you could be possible?

That’s what Mary did in this verse. God had spoken a promise to her, told her something about her future, that she would be the mother of Jesus. Mary did an amazing thing when she heard the news. She listened to what the angel said. He told her that nothing is impossible with God.

Because Mary believed what the angel said, that nothing was impossible, she walked out the things God was calling her to do.

The same is true in your life. If you’ll choose to believe that the things that God tells you to do are possible, you’ll be able to walk them out. If you choose to believe in God’s possibility, you’ll see great things come to pass in your life.

If you believe with God all things are possible, you’ll see great things come to pass in your life.

Choose to be like Mary and see that all things are possible with God.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Isaiah 9:6

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

This Christmas season, challenge yourself to think about what Jesus is to you. He’s done many amazing things, but what is He to you? Is He your savior? Your friend? Today’s Bible verse outlines some of the great things about who Jesus is.

Don’t just glance over today’s Bible verse and not let it affect you. Jesus is so many things. He’s powerful, yet He’s a counselor when we need it. He’s everlasting, and yet He’s also the prince of peace. There’s so many things that Jesus is. So don’t just chalk Him up to savior, or friend and leave Him at that.

Ask Jesus to show you a new part of himself this Christmas season. Ask Him to make himself more real to you than ever before.

We wanted to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas! We will be taking a few days off from writing Bible verses to celebrate Christmas as a family. We thank God for each one of you and pray blessings over you this Christmas!

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Corinthians 1:21

There are lots of people who think they’re wise. But as we learned yesterday, any wisdom or learning without Jesus, isn’t really true wisdom. Why? Because the world’s wisdom doesn’t know Jesus. And Jesus is the point of everything.

God’s wisdom is different from the world’s. The wisest people in the world are limited in their knowledge because they don’t know like God does. God knows how the world started and how it will end. He knows everything about everything. No human can do that. So God’s wisdom is better than the wisdom in the world.

Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. – 1 Corinthians 1:21 (NLT)

God’s wisdom brought us Jesus. Jesus will save us, but we have to not rest in our own wisdom to receive salvation. Instead, we have to believe Jesus and what He has done.

What Jesus did can sound like foolishness if you really think about it. Why would someone choose to die on a cross? Why would that death be the payment for sin for all time? These things sound crazy if you think about them superficially. However, God is wiser than we will ever be. He knew what needed to happen to pay the price for sin.

And so God did what we would have never thought to do. He sent His own son to be the payment for sin. He sent His own son so that we could experience eternal life in Him.

Today’s Truth: The World’s Wisdom Doesn’t Know Jesus

Our job is to simply believe Him and what He has done. When we do, we are saved and can walk in the good life God has planned for us. So today, choose to not follow the wisdom the world gives. It can look enticing, but in the end, the wisdom of God is way better!

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – 1 Corinthians 1:20

Have you ever been telling a story to someone and they didn’t get it? And after explaining it several times you ended up frustrated and misunderstood? I hate it when you try to tell someone something, and yet they totally miss the point of what you’re trying to say.

In the same way, many people today are missing the point as well. Many people live their lives for themselves. They attempt to explain the world without God. But any attempt to learn or explain the world without God are empty and totally miss the point.

So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. – 1 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT)

Why? Because Jesus is the point of everything. Any learning, any success, anything you do without Jesus will be empty without God’s wisdom included in it. Instead of gaining simply knowledge, decide to gain God’s wisdom. Let the creator of the universe help you understand the things that confuse you. Make knowing Him your number

So today, realize that any attempts you make in learning, sports, or a job will be missing the point if you don’t include Jesus in them.

Today’s Truth: Wisdom Without God is Foolishness

Wisdom Without God is Foolishness