What Is Required

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV) With all the choices we have to make sometimes, it can seem difficult to make the right decision. At times, we…

Surprise!

Don’t brag about tomorrow! Each day brings its own surprises. Proverbs 27:1 (CEV) Life is full of surprises. Sometimes they are good such as a smooth drive into work or an unexpected call from an old friend. Other surprises are not as good such as a leaky bathroom pipe or the death of a loved…

A Clear Path

With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. Proverbs 3:5-6 (CEV) God has a plan for your future. He created you for a purpose while you were still in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).…

The Future Is So Bright

…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) We need to stop looking back. Our past served a purpose. It made us who we are today. It taught us lessons…

I Have All I Need

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses,…

A New Purpose

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) God has called…

A New Creation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 After we become Christians, we may face times when we focus on our past and let those thoughts hold us back. We didn’t say or do the right thing. We…

Share The Gift

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit….Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners…Those who…

God Is Faithful

If we confess our sins, (God) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NIV) Many times when we make a mistake, we want to hide from it. We don’t want to face our mistakes and we want to keep them covered up. When…

East To West

How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west! Just as parents are kind to their children, the Lord is kind to all who worship him. Psalm 103:12-13 (CEV) We have all made mistakes. Some of them are large and known by others, while some are small…

Time For A Break

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:72 (NIV) God brought Peter to a place where he knew he made a mistake. His sin was obvious to…

God Knows Your Future

So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it. Matthew 16:18 (CEV) Peter was one of Jesus’ twelve best friends. Jesus knew Peter would later disown Him the night He was arrested. Peter didn’t think that…

You Are Complete

…and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:10 (NLT) When we compare ourselves to others, it makes us feel like something is missing. We feel as if we don’t measure up. But what are we trying to measure up to? God tells us we are complete…

Who Are You Trying To Please?

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 (NIV) There are times we are focused on winning the approval of people. We do and…

Do Your Own Work

Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others. Galatians 6:4 (CEV) It is so easy to get into the habit of comparing ourselves to others. Is what we are doing measuring up to others? Does our home and yard look as nice…

You Are On My Mind

But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.…