The Blessings of My Life

Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. Luke 16:9 (NLT) We are commanded to worship the Lord with all our heart and to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). Worship is how we live our lives…

Deciding How to Use our Gifts

I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Philemon 6 (NLT) Generosity is an action and making the plan for how to be intentional with it can sometimes be difficult. How should we evaluate…

Intentional Generosity

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop… God loves people who love to give… God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things…

Seek God First in Life

Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.  Matthew 6:33 (NCV) Seeking God should be your first response, not your last resort.  It’s interesting how we will try a variety of other solutions before consulting God who created heaven and earth.  God wants to provide…

Hear and Do God’s Word

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 (NIV) In the devotionals this week we’ve been discussing spending time with God.  It’s important to spend time in prayer (communicating with God) and reading God’s Word (the Bible).  But as referenced in the verse above, we need…

He Will Forgive You

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 (NIV) God is a loving father who wants the best for us.  In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus explains that there was a son who requested his inheritance…

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your…

Put It into Practice

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But…

Declare Your Decision

“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33 (NLT) While we have a personal relationship with God, we are not supposed to keep it to ourselves.  Jesus…

Changed Life

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ…  2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NLT) When you accept Christ into your life you become a new…

Follow My Example

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.  1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) As parents, we tend to try and set an example of how to behave for our children.  We want to teach them the way to behave and how to treat others.  We teach them how to be independent when they need…

In Advance

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.…

Masterpiece

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) Have you ever seen a work of art that takes your breath away?  You find yourself amazed at the detail the artist included in their work.  It appears much talent…

Give Yourself Away

Those who want to save their lives will give up true life. But those who give up their lives for me and for the Good News will have true life. Mark 8:35 (NCV) The world we live in is full of people who put themselves and their own desires above the needs of others.  It’s…