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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – Eph 2:10

God has good things for 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.

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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.

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – January 31

Teen Devotion on Jesus wanting to helpJesus 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!

CLOSED for now (a lesson on abstinence)

Devotion for teens on abstinence

I can remember it clearly. I was eleven years old riding in the passenger seat with my mom. I thought I was helping her get the weekly groceries, but to my surprise it became a discussion that was both embarrassing and eye opening. My mom gave me the ‘sex talk’. I tried to change the subject and told my mom that she didn’t need to explain anything to me because I already heard it before. What I didn’t realize was that I hadn’t heard the talk from a positive, Godly perspective. My whole perspective of sex took a different focus when I heard how wonderful sex could be and how it wasn’t something that God had intended to be negative or dirty.

My mom’s sex talk changed my focus from wanting to have sex as soon as possible to waiting until God brought the right person into my life. Here are a few of the things that stood out to me from my talk that day.

1. God created sex and intended for it to be good

Sex is not something that man made up, God did. He knew what He was doing and intended for a man and a women to enjoy sex in the context of marriage.

Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth. -Proverbs 5:18

Hearing this really helped me believe that God had good plans for my marriage and sex in marriage. If learned that if I could just wait for marriage, I could then have a lifetime of great sex and still know that I was being pleasing to God at the same time. How cool is that?

I held on to this hope for 22 years until I finally got married at age 33. There were a few times I struggled and was about to give up on my commitment to be sexually pure until marriage. However, it was this truth that one day it would all be worth it that kept me focused all those years on my goal.

2. When you have sex, you become one

Another point that my mom brought to my attention during the car ride was that when two people have sex, they become one.

And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.” – 1 Corinthains 6:16

When you have sex with someone you join your soul, mind and spirit to the other person. This can open up doors to the enemy that God never intended for you to deal with.

The talk I had that day with my mom in the car was pretty awkward for a pre-teen like myself, but it turned out to be a very positive motivator. It was at that moment I decided that I wanted to wait to have sex until I got married so that I could share that gift of with my wife alone.

Believe me, I was a normal hormonal teenager. So this decision wasn’t easy at times. But, looking back I’m very glad I did. I got to experience sex the way God intended it, just with my wife.

God created sex and intends for it to be great. However, this plan is accomplished by keeping it in marriage. Whether you had sex in the past or waited up to this point, choose to not have sex until marriage. You’re CLOSED for now.