Stronger than you think

All of us are stronger than we think. In years to come we will look back on this time and see how well we came through and we will be proud. Just like coal turns in to diamonds through pressure and time. We are becoming the people who God intends us to be.

And in years to come we will help many many people because of our experiences in this season. I am the person I am today because of all I have been through, both good and bad. The same goes for you to. Stand strong, you are stronger than you think!

Good and helpful words

Ephesians 4:29 NLT – Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

One thing that should distinguish a follower of Jesus, from someone who doesn’t follow Him, is their language. Someone who is a follower of Jesus should speak words of life, wisdom and encouragement. They should aim to build everyone up that they speak to. Jesus tells us that our words are a reflection of our hearts. So, it is important to let our words be full of Jesus and His Kingdom. Words that build up and not tear down.

Prayer

Dear God, please help me with the words I speak each day. I pray they will be good and helpful. Help me not to use foul and abusive words. I pray that I will be the type of person whose words will be an encouragement to all those who hear them. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Give freely

I was reading these verses as a part of my devotion today. Then I looked at the notes for them in my Bible. I thought I would share them both today…

Proverbs 11:24-25 NLT
[24] Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. [25] The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Notes from Life Application Study Bible
11:24-25 These two verses present a paradox: How can we become richer by being generous? The world says to hold on to as much as possible, but God blesses those who give freely of their possessions, time, and energy. When we give, God supplies us with more so that we can give more. In addition, giving helps us gain an accurate perspective on our possessions. We realize they were never really ours to begin with; they were given to us by God to be used to help others. What do we gain by giving? Freedom from enslavement to our possessions, the joy of helping others, and a deeper relationship with God through an increased awareness of our dependence on him.

Living as God’s children

The next devotion comes from 1 John 3:1-10. It is all about how we should live as God’s children.

Verse 1 says “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” We are reminded that God loves us and we are His children when we come to Christ. We are adopted into His eternal family, now and forever.

In verse 2 it tells us that we will be like Christ when He appears and in verse 3 were are reminded also to live a life of purity because Christ is pure.

John emphasised this point because false teachers were telling the people they could live how they wanted because the flesh was evil and it would be destroyed. They believed you could still be spiritual and live a sinful life.

John strongly condemns this thinking in verses 4-6…

“Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is”.

As we have seen in previous chapters we all sin at times as Christians. When we do, we confess and we are forgiven. Our Advocate in heaven represents us before the Father.

Someone who continues in sin, as the passage talks about, is someone who is not sorry for sin and has no desire for forgiveness and change. They don’t realise that living right is an important part of living as God’s children. John tells us that these people really belong to the devil and don’t really know God (v10).

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

  • Have there been times when you have continued to live in sin and not sought God’s forgiveness?
  • Do you understand that it is important to live right as we wait for Christ to return?

God Bless,
Dave

This devotion is taken from Reflections from 1 John. You can find it here for free https://passionaustralia.org/1JohnReflections.pdf

We need His wisdom

Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT – “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. [9] For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

God ways and thoughts are above our thoughts. He sees everything in relation to His plans and from an eternal perspective. This is why we need to pray and ask His will and His direction. We need to pray and seek His wisdom. The good news is that God wants us to know His will and plans. Proverbs 3:6 says, “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Dear God, I seek Your will for my life today. Your Word says that Your ways and thoughts are above my ways and thoughts. Today I ask for Your wisdom and guidance. Let me know what You would have me do. Show me which path to take. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen