I know that right now is a really uncertain time. We all feel afraid and insecure. Fortunately, the Bible talks a lot about feeling afraid and how we don't need to be afraid. Here are a few verses to help give you peace (just click the image to read that post).
2 Timothy 1:7
For another calming Bible read, I suggest reading through Psalms 23. It is a really short chapter, but it gives so much hope, joy, and peace.
Do you know of anyone who could use some encouragement right now? Please feel free to send her this post.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
- Romans 8:28
If you read B's post last month, then you have already heard the freeing words saying that fear is a lie. Do you know what else is often a lie? Doubt. Doubt sneaks into your mind and it lies to you about God. it tricks you and distorts your picture of the world, because it's a close cousin to fear. Doubt is the opposite of faith, the opposite of trust, and the opposite of hope. To put it simply: misplaced doubt is poison to your relationship with God.
I don't know about you, but I sometimes doubt that there is good in a situation. My circumstances can seem so difficult that I lose hope, faith, and trust. Instead of concentrating on the positive, my brain dwells on the negative, which is an invitation for doubt to seep in. That is how this verse fits in.
Romans 8:28 says that all - get that - ALL things work together for good for you. We don't have to look at our circumstances through the crippling lense of doubt. We have the option to go through life looking for everything good and everything worthy of God, and trusting that even if we don't see a positive now, God's plan is bigger than our own. There will be good from this - good in the midst of disaster, disease, and doubt. Our God is a good God - he has so much in store for us, if we will only look for it.
Thanks for joining us!
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the Earth.” Job 19:25
This verse nourishes my soul in a way that I need right now. Can any of you relate? In this rapidly-changing time, sometimes the most important thing we need is something - anything - that remains the same. We crave something positive to break the monotony of bad news. In this verse, we find both of those things.
In the image, I circled the word “liveth” because our savior, our redeemer, our God, is alive. He won’t die, he won’t leave, he won’t abandon you - not now, and not ever. His love is constant in the midst of every circumstance. Our God is just as alive today as he was yesterday and as he will be tomorrow. Take heart and find joy in the fact that he loves you and that he is alive. In the end, we will get to meet our God and he will give all who believe in him their reward. Since we are only one week away from Easter, it seems like the perfect time to declare: He lives!
This verse is a special verse for me because it is such a powerful reminder. We live in a very materialistic world that only values the things of this world. Although there is nothing wrong with finding pleasure in things, we should be careful that our pleasure doesn’t outweigh our pleasure in pleasing God. We should be ECSTATIC about a friend becoming a Christian, or when you finally memorize that Bible verse you have been working on. If you are a Christian, every time you do something that pleases God you are laying up treasures for yourself in Heaven.
If you are not a Christian, please talk to your parents or pastor about becoming one. It is a choice you will not regret.
P.S. Want a cool craft to go with this devotion? Check out my craft post about making a Colossians 3:2 magnet.
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 (KJV)
Last week, B showed us that fear is a lie. This week, I want to build on that by talking about how to survive - and thrive - in difficult circumstances.
In the verses above, I believe that God is giving us a toolkit to weather the storms we face. When we feel like the world is uncertain or when we are ready to give in to fear, I believe that we should still take joy in that situation. We should continue to pray diligently. Tough times don't mean that we need to walk around crying all day! Instead, we can show the world that we have joy and hope in every moment - not just the happy ones. Do you need to make time today to pray? Do you need to find something to take joy in today? Do you need praise God? Your joy comes from the Lord, and he will never allow it to be stolen from you!
Make time - in the middle of your storm - to care for your soul by praying, worshipping and finding joy.
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7
There are many problems we are facing today, problems that many of us fear, but God tells us that he does not give fear. When we are in trouble God gives us power, love and a sound mind to help us through our difficulties.
Fear is a lie. It creeps into the back of your mind and start whispering thoughts of doubt and worry. It moves stealthily around and tells you that God will fail you. It says that you are not prepared and you are doomed. Fortunately for us, fear has weakness that you can use to squash it. The best part is, God gives you everything you need to do so.
All you need is power, love and sound mind. If fear says “God will fail you.” you can say “God loves me.” When fear says “You are not prepared.” you can say “God has power.” Sometimes fear will try to disguise itself and seem harmless. It will say “You don’t need to be afraid. Be careless. Have fun! You can’t get hurt if God is protecting you.” Although God is protecting you, he also gave you a sound mind so that you can make wise decisions. If you are ever unsure about the right thing to do, talk to your parents and pray to God.
If you are God’s child, you have everything you need, so stop living in fear!
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
I know that in previous weeks, we’ve talked about letting your light shine, but the way that this particular verse expresses it resonates with me. In this verse, Matthew encourages us to use our gifts and talents in a way that other people may see them. Great, right? But the verse closes with “and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” This is still great, but it (at least for me) much harder to live out.
God has given us gifts not to hide them, but to use them for his glory. When people see us writing, speaking, drawing, serving, acting, inventing, and singing, they should see what we are doing. But instead of giving us the glory and the praise for that, they should give it all to the heavenly father who gave us these gifts. How can you give all the glory back to God for your gifts and talents?
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise." - Proverbs 6:6 (KJV)
Have you ever seen an ant? The ant is the hardest working creature in the world. She works really hard on storing food, helping other ants, and making her home. We can follow her lead in all of those areas. We need to be working hard to prepare in life, helping other people and working on our lives. It’s important to not be lazy and to please God. Try watching an ant today and follow her lead.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever." - Psalms 111:10
I first want to clarify that this verse does not mean fear as in “to be afraid” but as in “respect”. God is to be respected in the upmost way. He is almighty, all-knowing and all-powerful. This verse promises that if you fear God, he will give you wisdom. Do you feel like the Lord is calling you to do something? Obey today. You never know what blessing of wisdom you will receive.
“Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
Let’s make a few minutes this morning to dive into all of the richness in this verse. It opens with “wait on the Lord”. What does this mean? I think that it means that we should not be too quick to speak or too rash to make decisions. Understand how and where the Lord is leading you before you take matters into your own, human hands. I am very good at trying things my own way and making a mess of them - so pause. Breathe. Wait and feel what God is telling you before you make a single move.
Then, “be of good courage.” Just because the Lord hasn’t answered, doesn’t mean that he hasn’t heard your prayer. Girl, he has heard. He knows. He understands. And he “shall strengthen thine heart”. He will give you the physical and emotional strength that you need to keep standing day after day. He will not allow you to become too weary or too afraid to keep going. He will strengthen your heart.
The verse closes with a final “wait, I say, on the Lord.” You may have heard that God’s timing is truly perfect. He knows the exact right moment to show up in your life or answer your prayer - so have courage, and trust him to draw near while you wait for his response.