Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” – Luke 6:38
It can be really easy to get caught in the trap of getting. You might be saving for new shoes, a new phone, or for a new car. Getting things can seem really important at times, however, the Bible encourages us to not make getting the main priority in your life.
Instead, the Bible encourages us to be givers. And the awesome part about being a giver is that God rewards those who give. So when you give, you’re not throwing away your time or money. Everything you give to God is always given back to you in many ways. God wants to reward you for your giving.
So decide today to make giving a habit in your life. Choose to begin to give and see how God will provide and reward you for your faithfulness to give.
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. – Proverbs 29:25
It’s easy to let what people think about you stop you from doing the right thing. When you spend all your time worrying about what others think, you can become trapped. Instead of letting the fear of others keep you from saying or doing the right thing, decide to put your trust in God.
When you put your trust in God, it brings you safety. You can trust that God will always provide the friendships you need.
Today’s Truth: Don’t let the fear of others stop you from doing what’s right
Even when it’s hard, decide to not let the fear of others determine the choices you make. Instead, choose today to do what you know is right. Put your trust in God and see how God can come through for you.
Are you living today thinking about a problem? Are your thoughts pre-occupied with a situation and you keep trying to figure out what to do? I have good news for you. God knows the answer to your problem and knows how to fix it. Why don’t you just stop thinking about it and start to talk to God about it? Excessive thinking can be a symptom of worry.
Jesus said “ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body than raiment?” Matthew 6:25 Jubilee Bible
You may be tempted to “ take thought”- or worry about the situation. But right now I want you to know God cares about it. Why not take a moment and simply say “Father, I’ m sorry I’ve been worried about this situation. But here it is……(state the problem). Father, I don’t know how to fix it but I know you do. So I’m asking you to give me wisdom to know what to do. I’m asking You to work in this situation for me because I can’t do anything about it. And So from now on when I think about it- I say God, you are working on it and I won’t worry about it anymore. Thank You Father and from now on I’m going to set my thoughts on the fact that You care for me and are working this out.
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!
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Eph 2:10
Today’s Bible verse shows us that God didn’t just make you a part of his family. He has also planned GOOD things for us to do.
God doesn’t have bad things in store for your future, only good. You have been created with special gifts and abilities to help others.
Today’s Truth: God has good things in store for you.
In light of that truth, don’t let fear stop you from stepping out and doing the things God has called you to do. Ask God to show you those things. If you stay open, God wants to use you to bless and encourage others.
So today, don’t let anything stop you from doing what God is calling you to do. Be bold and do what He shows you to do.
If you’d like some help in discovering your purpose, check out our awesome e-devotion, The Purpose Planner. It will help you think and pray about the future God has for you.
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
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
– John 3:17 (NIV)
Have you ever thought about the fact that if anyone ever had the right to condemn people it would have been God. Yet, when He sent Jesus His Son into the world, He didn’t condemn people.
God’s desire was to save people.
And we see that desire all throughout the work of Jesus. Jesus continually loved the unlovely and went to great lengths to restore people back to Him.
We often feel that we should tell people what’s wrong with them and that knowing this will drive them to God. Yet, what they really need to know is that God loves them and went to amazing lengths to save them.
Thank God that today He did not condemn you but saved you. Realize you do not need to condemn others but to love them and let them know that God loves them too!
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
One of the hardest things to do is to be kind and forgiving to people. Especially when those people have done you wrong. When someone mistreats you, the normal response is to get back at them. To hurt them like they’ve hurt you, to give them the silent treatment, or just do something to teach them a lesson. That’s what is considered normal. That’s how most people live their lives.
The Bible stands that on its head and tells us as Christians to be different. We’re challenged to not get back at someone, but to forgive them, just like God forgave us. Doing this isn’t normal, and it isn’t easy, but its what’s right.
And we can do it because God forgave us. We didn’t deserve God’s forgiveness, yet He gave it to us anyway. That means that it’s not too hard for us to forgive those who have mistreated us too.
However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be best friends with someone that hurt you or was unkind to you. It means that instead of spreading rumors about that person, or trashing their locker at school, you choose to drop it and let it go. Forgiveness isn’t saying that what they did or how they treated you was right, it’s simply choosing to stop the cycle of unforgiveness and hurt.
Forgiveness is letting the love of Jesus shine through you even when it’s hard. So challenge yourself today to push past what’s easy and choose to be kind and forgive others.
Pray: God, today I determine to forgive those around me who have hurt me. I choose to not get back or get even with them but to simply love them with your love. With your help, I know I can do it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: – Ephesians 1:4
This verse shows us how important we are to God. In this scripture, we see that God chose us. When you get to pick your piece of cake at a birthday party, you don’t pick the sad, small piece. No, you pick the best and the biggest. God is no different. He picked you. That means He wanted to know you. When you realize how much God loves you that can give you a new sense of self-worth.
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The end of the verse tells us that not only did God chose us, but it shows us how He sees us. When God looks at us in the light of what Jesus did on the cross He sees someone who is holy and without blame. He doesn’t see all the areas where you’ve fallen short or messed up. He sees you and He likes what He sees. To Him you’re great. To Him, you matter.
So when you start to get down on yourself or experience a day when you feel like no one cares, remember that God does. He chose you before the foundation of the world. Also, remember that to God you are Holy and blameless. There is nothing that God is holding against you. Jesus’ blood was enough to pay the price for sin and we are now free to live an abundant life in God.
When someone does you wrong, how do you respond? When most people are treated wrongly, they tend to blow up. Usually, they get angry, are mean, and want to get back at the other person. What happens when someone gets the part in the school play that you wanted? Do you get jealous and stop talking to them?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
However, in this verse, we’re encouraged in this verse to be patient, and to be kind. That means that when someone does better than us, we don’t get envious of that person. Acting like that is hard to do in our own strength and ability.
No matter how hard it might seem to love someone when you’ve been wronged there is good news. The Bible tells us God’s love is already in our hearts (Romans 5:5). So what we need to do is let that love dominate the way we act and treat others. The love is already there, its just up to us to bring it out!
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