The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.
Ephesians 4:28 (Holman)
As a student, you might not have a job. Even if you don’t, there is still something that you can do to earn some income.
Maybe you could babysit. Perhaps you could use a lawnmower and mow lawns, or grab a shovel and shovel driveways when it snows. Whatever it is, there’s something you can do to earn a little money.
Then instead of using all that money to buy some new shoes or go to the newest move, think what you could do with part of that money to be a blessing and help to someone else?
There might be someone at school that doesn’t have enough money for decent clothes, you could help get them some. There might be a homeless shelter near you, you could give to that. Or you might begin to give money to a cause at your church. This list can go on and on.
Today you can grow into the true joy of having money. This comes from learning to resist being a moocher and becoming a giver! Pray today that God would help get you a job or an idea of how to make money so that you’ll continually have some to give when a worthy need arises around you.
Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
– Luke 5:13 (NLT)
This man asked a question in the previous verse (Luke 5:12). He said, “I know you can but are you willing”. When faced with a problem, we often know that God can heal, forgive or help us but we struggle with wondering if He is willing. Jesus was God in the flesh and He was showing mankind that He is willing to help, heal and forgive.
We also can be tricked by the devil in believing that God would be willing to do it for others but not for us. We wonder if we’ve been too bad or haven’t done enough good things to receive. However, this is not the attitude of Jesus. He is the reason we can receive anything from God. We receive when we believe in Him and what He did not on what we have done or haven’t done.
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Today is your day to believe God and know that He is not only able to help, heal, forgive and restore you but that He is WILLING!
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.
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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.
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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Tell people about his glory. Tell all the nations about his miracles. – Psalms 96:3 (GW)
Lots of people think sharing their faith has to be hard. Often, they don’t share their faith because they think they don’t know enough or that it’s too hard. Many times, however, you can share your faith in simple and easy ways.
For example, I was out on a walk and I met a young man on a bike at an intersection. Even though he had the right of way, he pulled over and let me go first. I smiled and thanked him, and then he did something really great. He said, “God Bless You”. He said three simple words, but you know what those words did? They immediately got me thinking about God. I started thinking about how great God was.
Granted, I was already a Christian and already excited about God, but what this young man did was extraordinary. He went out of his way to be nice and to let me go first. When he was done, he didn’t try to preach to me, or tell me all about his beliefs. He simply said “God Bless You”. What a great way to share your faith. It’s so simple, and yet so powerful.
What would our world look like if we all did simple things like this young man? What if we took some time out of our busy schedules and let someone else go first in line? What if we helped an older lady carry groceries to her car? What if we bought coffee for the guy behind us in line?
What would it look like if we started doing good in the name of Jesus? It’s simple to tell others about how good God is. You can start by being kind and spreading God’s love to those you meet every day.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: – Ephesians 1:3
Have you ever taken some time to think about the fact that you’re blessed? You are blessed by God in a major way. It doesn’t matter what you see, or what you feel, the Bible tells you that you’re blessed, so you need to begin to believe it and see yourself that way.
Whenever you start to feel like you don’t have enough, or that you just aren’t enough, remember that you’re blessed in a big way. So start to see yourself having enough money, time, energy or whatever you need to do what God has put on your heart to do. Remind yourself that you are blessed!
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Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
Many people use the words mercy and grace interchangeably. However, these two words are different. God’s mercy is His forgiveness and kindness to us. However, when the Bible speaks of God’s grace especially in the new testament, it’s referring to His ability to do what you cannot do.
To really live the Christian life we need both. We need God’s mercy because, without His complete forgiveness, we’d be unable to have any kind of true relationship with Him. However, without God’s grace (His ability working in us and through us) we are not really able to live like Jesus.
To receive this grace (the ability of God) we need to come to Him. Not just once, but whenever we need His empowerment. This often is when we are being tempted. This is the opposite action we’d normally take. Usually, when we are being tempted, we want to sneak off away from God and then come back later.
This verse is saying that we can come to God boldly at any time and we will receive His mercy and grace. Today, don’t be afraid of getting close to God even in times your being tempted. Run to Him and receive His mercy and His grace.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” – Romans 8:1 (NIV)
When you receive Jesus, spiritually you are placed into Him. Everyday God now sees you through Jesus’ sacrifice. Because of that, there is nothing left for God to condemn you over. Yes, you might mess up and sin. And yes, you should want to live in a way that is pleasing to God. However, despite your short comings, you do not lose this wonderful position that only God could provide. You have been placed in Jesus.
So don’t give into the thoughts that tell you that you’re not enough or don’t measure up. Regardless of what others may say about you, the truth is that in Jesus you are not condemned. You’ve been made righteous and you are equipped to do what God has called you to do.
Today you can relax in the fact that you’re not condemned if you’ve trusted in Christ Jesus. You’re free and loved and God wants to use you to help others know this great truth.
…for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NLT)
Today’s Bible verse is really encouraging. First, it shows us our value to God. It says God bought us for a high price. If you’ve ever been out shopping, you know that you don’t pay a high price for something that is junk. If you’re going to pay a lot of money for something it is because its something you really want or something that is very valuable. The reason that God paid a high price for you is that you are someone that God really wanted to know and are very valuable to Him.
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When you begin to realize and believe in the value that God places on you, it then will change how you live. That’s what the second part of this Bible verse talks about. Because God loves you so much and thinks you’re so valuable, then you are encouraged to live up to that value that He places on you. You are to honor God with your body.
Challenge yourself to do what this verse talks about today. Live your life in a way that honors God. God loved you enough to pay a high value for you, so respond to that love and honor Him with your body.
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. – Proverbs 29:25 (NLT)
Have you ever been more concerned about what other people thought of you than what God thought of you? Maybe you know from going to church and reading your Bible that something is wrong, but when all your friends are around you do it anyway. You’d rather let God down than have your friends not like you.
This Bible verse calls that kind of thinking a dangerous trap. When you get so consumed with what others think that you do things that don’t please God you’re headed down a bad path.
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When you’re faced with situations where you need to choose between what God says is right and your friends or family, always choose God. When you choose to follow after God you’ll always have safety and be happier.