By: Sandra Dilley
Encouragement for those who are struggling with identity and who you are hearing lies from the enemy….hear this/know this TRUTH about who you are in CHRIST:
The teacher says “he talks/disrupts class”, “jumps out of his seat”, “too social”….GOD SAYS: Matt 5: 14-16 “You are the light of the world, let your light shine before men.” Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; the plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days are ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
The boss says “your position has been eliminated, we no longer need you”…GOD SAYS: Matt: 20: 26-28 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is Christ you are serving.” Romans 12:4-6 “Just as one body, and each member belongs to all the others, We have different gifts, according the grace given us.”
The spouse/significant other says “I don’t love you anymore”…GOD SAYS: Jeremiah 31:3-4 I love you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt. Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever…”
The friend(s) makes fun of you, rejects you, doesn’t “like you” anymore…GOD SAYS: John 15:13 “Great love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Proverbs 18:24 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 17 “A friend loves at all times…” Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever…”
JOHN 3:16 -17 “For God so loved the world that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON that who so ever believeth in HIM SHALL HAVE EVER LASTING LIFE! FOR GOD DID NOT SENT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT TO SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH HIM. WHOEVER BELIEVS IN HIM IS NOT CONDEMNED!! “
By: Morgan Johnson
One of those moments you are reading your children’s Bible to your daughter and the Lord starts to speak to your heart… “Abraham asked his son to climb on top of the wood. Isaac didn’t understand, BUT he KNEW HIS FATHER LOVED HIM. And so HE TRUSTED HIM. He climbed up onto the altar and Abraham tied his boy to the wood. Isaac didn’t struggle or try to run away, he just lay their quietly and didn’t make a sound.”
Most of the time, when I hear this story shared, I hear about Abraham’s love for his son, and Abraham’s obedience to God. However, what gripped my heart as I read this to Bella Grace was Isaac’s confidence in his Father’s love. This children’s Bible points out that as he bound him up and put him on the altar, the Bible doesn’t state any struggle. I believe Isaac trusted in his father’s voice, just like Abraham trusted in God’s voice. I believe that the scripture was hiding such a beautiful lesson in the beloved Isaac. He was God’s promise to them, and Abraham’s only son. What volumes that speaks to me as a parent to two beautiful children and to me as a daughter. I want to be found faithful listening to my heavenly Father’s voice, even when I don’t understand because I know that He LOVES me. As I obey the Lord and love my child, the Lord will lead us through every situation. I want to obey every command out of LOVE trusting and knowing God has my best interest in mind. I want to love my children well that they know every decision we make as a family comes from love. Clearly, the situation looked bad, but as he yielded to what his father told him to do the Lord honored both the son’s obedience to his earthly father and Abraham’s devotion to God through loving his son.
By: Morgan Johnson
Luke 5:4-11 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.One of my favorite stories……..Why? We try so hard and get nothing, then we lend an ear to Jesus. Jesus tells us how to do it. We listen, then obey and he knows how to fill our nets so much it’s over flowing, bursting, we won’t know what else to do other than be amazed!
Beth Moore says this story shows her:
1.) “Christ knows more about our jobs than we do.” -Praise God!
2.) “Christ honors our submission even when our only motivation is obedience.” -yikes!
3.) “The same job subjected to Christ’s authority can yield entirely different results.” -now that’s what I’m talking about!
4.) “Christ’s willingness to empower us can overwhelm us.” -Amen!
Verse of the Day
Throughout life, we encounter hurdles, obstacles and distractions that take our attention away from God. Today, when you come up against these things, take a breath and instead focus on the things described in Philippians 4.
Philippians 4:8 : Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things.
Verse of the Day
As you prepare for the week ahead, remember how God asks us to treat others, displaying His love and grace to ALL we come into contact with.
1 Peter 3:4 : You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.