The wicked man borrows and does not repay, but the righteous one is gracious and giving. – Psalm 37:21 (HCSB)
How do you handle your money? Are you always asking others for money to go to the movies? Or are you someone who is looking for opportunities to give?
This Bible verse really shows us how much better it is to be a person who gives. Giving to your church and to others is a great habit to get into while you’re young. Many people put off giving thinking that they will give when they’re making more money. The problem with that thinking is that it doesn’t matter how much money you make. You’re always going to find something else to do with it. If you can’t find a way to give when you have a little, you’ll never give when you have a lot.
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Giving is always worth it in the long run. You’ll find that God will really bless you as you give into your church and the lives of others. So don’t give into the lie that tells you if you give you won’t have enough. That is not the case. When you make giving a habit, you’ll find you’ll always have enough to do the things you want to do.
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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.
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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.
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. – 2 Cor 5:19 (NIV)
A lot of the time, we often view people who are not Christians as outsiders. We think that we are forgiven and they are not.
However, according to this verse, we are very much the same. God is not counting our sins against us or them. The difference is that we know it already and have chosen to receive it. God has given us the wonderful privilege of explaining this great news to others. That’s why it’s called the good news.
Today, thank God for reconciling you through Jesus and forgiving you of all your sins. Look for opportunities today to share this good news with someone that doesn’t know it.
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
– John 2:5 (NASB)
In today’s Bible verse, Mary, Jesus’ mother told the servants at the wedding to do whatever Jesus said to do. This is great advice for any of us who are following God’s plan for our lives. Often, we make following after Jesus hard. We might stress over what career path to choose or who to date. And while those are important decisions to get His input on, following Jesus isn’t always about the big things. Often, following Jesus is about smaller things.
What is that one thing that you feel like Jesus has told you to do? Maybe you feel Him leading you to call a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Perhaps you had an idea to bake cookies for a sick neighbor. Today, don’t over-complicate what you feel Jesus is leading you to do with doubt and fear. Instead, simply do what He told you to do.
Whatever it is that Jesus has spoken to you to do, do it. As you do, He will lead you and guide you into more things. Today, don’t be afraid to step out and do the things He has put on your heart to do.
who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:4
This verse shows us that God cares for us in a deep way. He first cares about our eternity. He wants every person to have the chance to accept Jesus and to be saved. Not everyone will choose to do that, but God’s heart is that everyone would accept Jesus as their Lord.
The end of this verse goes even deeper. God doesn’t want us to get saved and then He forgets all about us. God wants us to get saved and then to learn more about Him. To learn the truth of who He is.
Remember today that God wants a deep relationship with you. He wants you to understand the truth written in the Bible. He cares about you and He also cares about those who have yet to know Him. So spend time getting to know God better and also begin thinking about who you might tell about Jesus. Be willing to be used by God to tell someone else about the truth!
We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23 (GW)
I remember one time I was completing a ropes course to train for a missions trip. One of the final obstacles was to climb up a huge climbing wall. I remember being about halfway up the wall and thinking to myself this was a lot harder than I had imagined. In that moment, I hung on to the side of that wall with all my might. I wasn’t going to let go or give up.
That’s a lot like what we are told to do in this verse. We’re told to hang on to our faith. Whether its faith in Jesus, or believing for a promise that’s found in God’s word. We are encouraged to hold on to those things.
The reason we can hold on so tightly is that we know that God is faithful. The dictionary online defined faithful like this: deserving trust : keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do. That’s why we can hold on to our faith in God. He is a good God who deserves our trust and who keeps His promises.
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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, and trying to get 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.
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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.
From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him in this way.
– 2 Cor 5:16 (HSCB)
Have you ever wanted to get to know a celebrity? Maybe you wish that you could be friends with them or get to hang out with them. But since you don’t really know them, you know them from a far. You know about them from what you read about them online or what you see in a magazine. But in reality, you don’t really know them.
That’s a lot like how your relationship with Jesus was before you became a Christian. You knew who He was, maybe even that He was a good person, but you didn’t really know Him.
Once you accept Jesus into your heart, you now get to know Him in a new way. You don’t know Him in a human way, but you get to know Him in a closer, deeper way. Start the new year off being grateful that you get to know God in a deep way! Make getting to know God one of your new year’s resolutions this year.
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 CEV
Bad things happen to all of us. Right now it probably feels like a lot of bad things are happening all over the world.
The answer from the Bible is always the same- don’t worry, pray. We pray because nothing is too big or too small to give to God in prayer. Often we try to work things out on our own and sometimes make things worse. That’s why we need to come to God about what to do.
To hear from God, however, we have to turn off the phone, turn off the music, get alone with God, and get quiet enough to hear Him speak.
“With thankful hearts offer up your prayer and requests to God” Philippians 4:6b.
Before the request- stop and thank Him for who He is, what He has done for you. As you do that, you will sense His presence. Then out of respect ask Him your request.
Too often we barge in right away with a request- instead of listening to this verse.
Thank Him and then ask Him for the request. Then be quiet and listen for His answer. When He speaks it won’t be loud either. Sometimes when you get quiet and get the problem out of your mind and just tell God you love Him and need his help then out of your heart will come a thought or a picture of what to do.
His answer might surprise you. It might be just praying for the person and don’t say a thing. Or it might be “just take them a cupcake”. Or it might be “just study”. Or it could be a scripture that comes to mind. Whatever it is act on it.
Choose today to do what this verse says. Spend time going to God for help when you need it, it will make a big difference in your life.