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Monday
Dec052016

You can lift spirits this Christmas!

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

— Ephesians 4:32

It’s hard to imagine that around 200 years ago, Christmas in Great Britain had almost become extinct. One reason could be that unemployment and hunger were widespread during these days. In fact, The Times newspaper didn’t mention the word “Christmas” even once between 1790 and 1835. 

So what changed? 

Well, in 1843, Charles Dickens wrote his book, A Christmas Carol, which was instrumental in reviving Christmas. His goal was to encourage the wealthy to act with generosity and compassion toward the poor – to not be like the story’s main character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Reading Dickens’ classic work has become a tradition for many during the holiday season, because it embodies the very spirit of generosity and giving that makes Christmas so special.

This Christmas, you can embody the spirit to those around you who need it. Be kind, generous, and warm to others who could use a touch of the Christmas spirit. When God uses you to show His love to others, they’ll be changed!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to help you become a blessing to others this Christmas season through kindness, compassion, and generosity!

 

Questions for Thought:

Think of a time when someone else’s good attitude rubbed off on you. How did it change your demeanor?

As you talk with your friends who might be struggling this month, what’s one way you can help them experience the joy of Christ?

Sunday
Dec042016

What does it mean to be free in Christ?

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

— Galatians 5:1

 

A little boy had fallen ill and stayed home from school one afternoon. His mother was concerned he’d get behind, so she taught him the lesson for the day at home. The subject was prepositions, and the mother told the boy that it’s never okay to end a sentence with a preposition.

After the lesson was over, the boy thought he’d have some fun with his mom. So he came up with a sentence that ended with not one, but five prepositions. He yelled downstairs to his mom, “Mom, what did you bring that book I didn't want to be read to out of up for?!”

Many people think of rules like grammar as hard and fast – things that can never and should never be broken. But the truth is that we break them all the time when we talk to one another. We just have subconsciously agreed with others that some grammar rules can be broken every now and then.

But when it comes to God’s laws, we’re bound. In fact, if we fail to keep them at just one point, the Bible says we’re guilty of breaking all of them (James 2:10)! 

Then what is our hope? Christ. He took our sins upon Himself and gave us His righteousness. So when God looks at you, He doesn’t see where you’ve fallen short. He sees the goodness of Jesus through your faith in Him. Praise God that you can live in freedom, not under Law, because of Christ’s death for you!

 

 Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to reaffirm in your heart the truth that you can live in freedom in Jesus Christ!

  

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think many people constantly slip back into the idea that they earn their salvation through their works? 

How might your attitude change if you truly understood that God loves you not based on what you do, but who you are in Christ?

Thursday
Dec012016

Overcoming the lure of worldly things

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:1-3

One day a mother was trying to teach her daughter a lesson about giving. So she gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar bill before going to church and told her, “Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself.”

After church, she asked the little girl what she had given during the offering time. The little girl responded, “Well, I was going to give a dollar, but then the preacher said God loves a cheerful giver. I knew I’d be more cheerful if I gave the quarter, so I did.”

What is it about us that loves to hang onto our stuff? We know we can’t keep it forever. And most people realize material things can’t make them happy. But for some reason, we have a strong urge to hang onto our things as if they’ll give us lasting joy.

The truth is that no amount of material wealth can ever fulfill us. That’s exactly why God wants to liberate us from our dependence on such things by inviting us to invest them in His purposes. It’s not that these things are bad. It’s that they make terrible gods, but great Kingdom servants.

Keep free from the love of worldly things by using them for God’s glory. When we think of our stuff as really His, we’ll experience much more joy as we give it all back to Him!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and confess that everything you have belongs to God. Ask Him to give you an attitude of generosity when it comes to giving it back.

 

Questions for Thought:

What are some areas of your life where perhaps you’re looking toward worldly things to make you happy?

As you think about those areas, what would it look like to give them completely over to God?

 

Wednesday
Nov302016

Believing in God’s abundance

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

A missionary in Mexico told about a village where he was doing ministry. The villagers here had what he called a “scarcity mentality.” They believed there is only so much of the pie, and the more people you had, the smaller shares of the pie each would get. 

For example, parents would only have one child because their belief was if they have two children, their love would be split in half, 50% going to one child and 50% to the other. So if you had 4 children, each child would only receive 25% of their parents’ love. 

As a result of this belief system, the missionary found it very difficult to reach this group with the gospel because the people were consumed with greed. They believed that since there is only so much of the pie, they had to get as much as they could.

The missionary tried to teach these people about God’s way, and he phrased it the “abundance mentality.” He told them that God does not have a limited supply of love. God’s love is abundant, and He pours it out fully on all His children.

In His limitless nature, God has the capacity to give you far beyond what you could ever ask. And when you live your life with an “abundance mentality,” you have a much better understanding of who God is, and His capacity to love and bless you!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to make you more aware of His abundant blessings.

 

Questions for Thought”

Have you ever fallen into a “scarcity mentality,” where you believe God isn’t able to bless you?

How might your life look differently if you lived with a full “abundance mentality?”

Tuesday
Nov292016

How strong is your spiritual foundation?

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

1 Corinthians 3:11-13

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is slowly leaning more and more. Scientists travel yearly to measure the slow descent. They report that the 179-foot tower moves about a twentieth of an inch every year, and is now 17 feet out of plumb. In fact, if it hadn’t been for counterweights installed, bells removed from the tower, and safety cables harnessed, most believe it would have fallen years ago. 

Significantly, the word pisa in Italian actually means “marshy land,” an interesting thing to consider when you think about the fact that the foundation of the tower is only 10 feet deep. It’s no wonder, then, that the building is living on borrowed time.

When a foundation is shallow, the building will collapse. And what’s true in architecture is also true in our spiritual lives. When we have a shallow spiritual foundation that doesn’t dig deep into the ground, our spirituality will waiver – faltering when hard times hit.

If you want to have a faith that’s unshakeable, build your life’s foundation on the person of Jesus Christ. Because while the world may shift and sway, our spiritual foundation can remain strong when we make Jesus Christ the basis of everything we do!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to help you make Jesus central in every aspect of your life.

 

Questions for Thought:

Think of a time when your spiritual foundation was tested. How did it hold up?

How might your life look differently if you built everything on the rock-solid foundation of Jesus Christ?

Monday
Nov282016

Cultivating a thankful heart

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

— Colossians 3:15

Pastor Warren Wiersbe tells the story about a ministerial student named Edward Spencer. He lived in Evanston, Illinois, and was part of a lifesaving squad on the banks of Lake Michigan. 

One night, a ship went aground on the lake and Spencer was called into action. He waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. And in the process, the sub-zero temperatures left his health permanently damaged. 

Many years later at Spencer’s funeral, it was mentioned that he had saved 17 lives that night, and was left disabled in the process. Someone mentioned, “Those passengers must have been so grateful.” To which a family member responded, “Come to think of it, not one of them ever thanked him.” 

Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. Many people don’t see the value in stopping to acknowledge the kindness of others – or of God, who sent His only Son to die for our sins. 

Take time to cultivate a heart of thankfulness to others, and to God!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to give you a heart of thankfulness for everything you’ve been given.

 

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think many people tend to forget to express appreciation?

What might a stronger attitude of thankfulness look like in your life?

Sunday
Nov272016

What to do when you feel forgotten

What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 

Psalm 8:4

A man from the city was visiting relatives out on a farm. He watched as his uncle whistled at his dog and his dog herded cattle into the corral. Then, the dog latched the gate with her paw. The man was astounded and said, “Wow! That’s some dog. What’s her name?” 

The old farmer thought for a minute before he asked, “What do you call that red flower that smells good and has thorns on the stem?” 

“A rose?”

“That’s it!” the farmer exclaimed as he turned to his wife. “Rose, what’s the name of this dog?”

People can often forget some very important details of life. But there’s one who never forgets anything: God. In fact, He’s so mindful of us that He rescued us from the darkness of sin even though our sin separated us from Him. 

Don’t be discouraged when you feel forgotten by others. Instead, think of the one who always remembers you and loves you so much that He rescued you from the very sin that separated you from Him. Remember God!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would encourage you when others forget you and thank Him that He loves you and is mindful of you enough to save you from your sins.

 

Questions for Thought:

Think of a time when someone you cared about forgot something important. How did it make you feel? 

What does God’s act of sending Jesus to rescue you say about how He loves you?

Thursday
Nov242016

What Christ’s return will do for you

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:22-23

A music composer had a mischievous son who used to love to get under his father’s skin. Often, he would come in late at night when his father and mother were in bed. Before going to his room, he would go to the piano and loudly play a simple scale, all but the final note, thus leaving the scale incomplete.

The father, hearing the scale minus the final note, would writhe in his bed, unable to relax after hearing the unresolved scale. Finally, he would stumble downstairs to the piano and hit the final note. Only then would he be able to sleep.

It’s called catharsis… that felt need every single one of us has to resolve things that seem out of balance to us. It’s an innate feeling given to us by God to help us work toward and anticipate a time when every tension we have will be released and all things will be made new.

That day will happen when Jesus returns. That event will be the final note in the unfinished scale of history. It will be the day when all the wrongs are made right, all our sadness turns to joy, and our faith is made sight.

For now, we writhe and wait for the final note to be played. But trust in the Lord that the day is coming when all things will be complete and we’ll enter the rest He has for us!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would give you the strength to endure any hardship you face by trusting in the promise of Christ’s return.

 

Questions for Thought:

When you think about Christ’s return, what unresolved problem that you have today are you most looking forward to being resolved?

How does the promise of Christ’s return help you endure hard times today?

Wednesday
Nov232016

Love your enemies?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

Matthew 5:43-44

Corrie Ten Boom in her book, Reflections of God’s Glory, shared the story of a Christian man she met in Africa who had bandaged hands. She asked him how he was injured, and he said, “My neighbor’s straw roof was on fire; I helped him to put it out.”

Later, Corrie heard the rest of the story. The neighbor hated this man and set his roof on fire while he, his wife, and his children were asleep inside. Fortunately, he was able to put out the fire in his house. But sparks flew over to the neighbor’s roof and set it ablaze. 

So this man did everything he could to help his neighbor put out the fire in his house – and that’s how his hands were burned. 

Christ’s call to “love your enemies” isn’t one that’s easy. But when love that surpasses all understanding is shown to those who deserve it least, God does some incredible things. 

So love your enemies even when it’s hard. You can’t do it on your own, but God will help you when you need it!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to help you love your enemies – even when you don’t want to.

 

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think loving our enemies is such a powerful display of the Gospel?

Who are some people in your life today whom you need God’s help to love?

Tuesday
Nov222016

What it means to live a life of integrity

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

Proverbs 12:19

A man went fishing one day without catching a single fish. So, he packed up his gear, went to the market, and picked out three fat fish to take home to his family. As the store manager was about to wrap up the purchase, the man asked him, “Before you wrap them, could you toss them to me, one by one? That way, I can truthfully tell my wife I caught them!”

When it comes to telling the truth, many people like to scoot by on technicalities, half-truths, and word games in order to hide the real facts. They value their reputation over their integrity and do whatever it takes to make sure people think highly of them.

But when we look at the Scriptures, we find that way of thinking is a recipe for disaster. Take King Saul, for example, who directly disobeyed God’s orders in 1 Samuel 15. When he was confronted about it, he continued down his path of lies for no other reason than to preserve his reputation while slowly destroying his integrity.

The old adage is true: Honesty is the best policy. When you live a life of truth, you’ll not only please the Lord; you’ll keep a clear conscience. So be truthful in all you do and maintain a life of honesty and integrity.

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to help you be truthful in all your dealings with others and to value your integrity over your reputation.

 

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think many people place more value on their reputations than they do their integrity?

In what areas of your life have you perhaps let your integrity slip? What can you do to build it back up?

Monday
Nov212016

When less of you is more 

“He must become greater; I must become less.”

John 3:30

Gary Thomas, in his book Authentic Faith, describes a friend of his named Mike. He met Mike when he went to college. Mike was a leader among students. He had everything: a contagious personality, athletic ability, good looks, and natural appeal. And everybody wanted to be around Mike. Everybody wanted to be Mike. 

But a few years after college, Mike suffered a brain hemorrhage, and, as a result, he lost everything: his handsome appearance was gone, his voice was slurred, he couldn’t teach any more. Everything that others admired in Mike was now taken from him.

His treatment required months of grueling therapy, but eventually he was able to function again. The devastating effect on his body was paralleled by an equally powerful change in his spirit. He still attracted followers, but he was no longer focused on himself. He was focused on God.

Gary Thomas says, “In college, when I was around Mike, I wanted to be like Mike. Now, after spending time with Mike, I want to be more like Jesus.” 

Many people get discouraged by the physical changes they experience as they grow older. But instead of letting that get you down, let it motivate you to point more people to Jesus!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to give you a perspective on yourself that keeps Jesus front and center in your life.

 

Questions for Thought:

How has the process of aging impacted you spiritually? 

What are some ways God can use your struggles to draw more people to Himself?

Sunday
Nov202016

Challenge Grant means your #GivingTuesday gift will go twice as far!

Thank you for your #GivingTuesday gift below – which when combined with the $1,000 Challenge Grant – will go twice as far to help seniors embrace the life God intends!

Your gift will be put immediately to work encouraging seniors like David as he encourages others.

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David’s words show what an incredible impact you can make today, so thank you for giving. We’re grateful for you!

Sunday
Nov202016

How you can live free from fear

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

— 2 Timothy 1:7

At one point during World War II, General George Patton met with a high-ranking allied official in Sicily. The man praised Patton for his courage and bravery. But Patton told him, “Sir, I am not a brave man… I have never been within the sound of gunshot or in sight of battle in my whole life that I wasn’t so scared that I had sweat in the palms of my hands.”

Years later in his autobiography, General Patton revealed the secret to his bravery. He wrote, “I have learned early in my life never to take counsel of my fears.”

It’s astonishing just how much fear influences our daily decisions. Think about it. How many decisions do you make daily based on a negative event in the future that may or may not come to pass? And then, how many of those fears actually materialize?

So how can we diagnose fear when we see it? By looking at its source. Fear comes from either a lack of trust in God’s power, or a belief that He doesn’t have your best interest at heart. When you fall into one of those mindsets, you’re operating in fear, not trust. 

As believers, we can overcome our fears in any situation by asking the simple question, “What would I do here if I fully trusted God’s power and goodness?” When we answer that and take action on it, we’ll be well on our way to operating free from fear!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would expose areas of your life where you’re operating in fear, rather than trust in Him.

 

Questions for Thought:

As you think about today’s devotional, what areas of your life come to mind where you’ve been operating in fear rather than trust?

How might your daily decisions look differently if you fully trusted God’s power and goodness?

Thursday
Nov172016

The power of persistence in sharing Christ

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

A young boy was invited to Vacation Bible School by some kids in his neighborhood. He loved it. And for 400 Sundays after that, he went back to the very same church for Sunday school class, faithfully picked up each week by the same bus driver. 

Week after week, he attended church without making a commitment to Christ. Finally, during his senior year in high school, after being picked up more than 400 times by the bus driver, the boy committed his life to Christ. That boy, Norman Geisler, grew up to be one of the most influential Christian thinkers of our day. 

What if the bus driver had given up on Geisler after 395 rides to church? What if he thought, “This kid is going nowhere spiritually. Why waste any more time on him?” 

Stories like Geisler’s illustrate a very powerful truth: As believers, we can’t give up hope that someone may turn his heart to Christ, even if it seems hopeless. That’s because we never know when and how God may reach a person and grant him or her the gift of faith.

Perhaps today there are people in your life who seem like they may never turn to Christ. Don’t give up! Pray for them, continually share Christ, and show them God’s love. Stay persistent in ministering to others because God may just bend the most unlikely knee to Himself!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to give you persistence in praying for, sharing Christ with, and loving those who seem least likely to turn to Him.

 

Questions for Thought:

If you were to think of people who you believe are unlikely to ever turn to Christ, who would you place in that category?

How does the truth that God is the One who draws people to Himself give you hope for even the most hardened person?

Wednesday
Nov162016

When quick fixes won’t work

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…

— Psalm 23:5

A little boy was home with his mom and dad one Saturday afternoon, and he decided he was big enough to go to the bathroom without anyone’s help. He unknowingly locked the door behind him, and couldn’t unlock it when it was time to leave.

He started to panic, and called for help. His dad had to come in through the bathroom window and unlock the door from the inside. 

“Thanks, Dad,” the boy said. And he ran out to play. 

Now a lot of people today see God like the father in that story. We get in trouble, He comes in, bails us out, and sends us on our way. But what happens when God doesn’t unlock the door? What happens when our friends betray us, our finances take a nosedive, or our health worsens?

When we’re locked in that dark room, God still climbs in. But instead of quickly unlocking the door, He sits with us because spending time with Him is more important than quickly getting on with our lives.

So instead of praying, “Get me outta here!” when hard times hit, ask God to sit with you and show you something even greater than a quick fix – His presence.

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to show you His presence in the midst of your trials.

 

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think people typically choose a quick fix instead of searching for God in their trials?

How do you think your attitude toward hard times might change if you focused on finding God’s presence?

 

Tuesday
Nov152016

Turning your mistakes into spiritual maturity

Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place; for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

— Proverbs 24:15-16

As a young entertainer, Will Rogers’ stage specialty used to be rope tricks. One day, on stage, in the middle of his act, he became tangled in his lariat. But instead of becoming frustrated, Rogers laughed and spoke up in his Oklahoma drawl, “A rope ain’t so bad to get tangled up in if it ain’t around your neck!” 

The audience roared at his impromptu response. Encouraged by his warm reception, Rogers began adding commentary and satire to all his performances. It was his commentary, not his rope tricks, that eventually made him famous. 

Had Rogers not become tangled in his rope that day, he might never have discovered his ability to wow crowds with his wit. That’s because, very often, our mistakes open doors to new possibilities that we never imagined had things gone the way we originally intended. 

Understanding this can give us a new perspective on our mistakes. When we begin to see our mishaps as opportunities to learn new things and gain new experiences, it completely transforms our outlook on our lives and ourselves. 

Don’t let your mistakes discourage you. Instead, look for what God is teaching you through them and go in new directions. Being willing to learn from your shortcomings and your mistakes will mature you!

 

Prayer Challenge 

Pray that God would help you to learn lessons from your mistakes that would spur you on to spiritual maturity.

 

Questions for Thought

Think of a mistake you’ve made in the past that has actually helped you. What would have happened if things had gone the way you originally planned?

How can seeing your mistakes as growth opportunities change the way you respond when things don’t go your way?

Monday
Nov142016

What really matters

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

— Matthew 23:27-28

A pastor and his wife received a generous $200 gift card to a very nice restaurant in town. So as soon as they could, they found a free evening, got dressed up, washed the car, and headed out on their date. 

They sat down at their nice candlelit table and enjoyed an incredible meal. When the bill came, the pastor looked at his wife and said, “Honey, why don’t you give me the gift card so I can pay?” 

“I don’t have it,” said his wife. “I thought you had it” 

They had left the gift card at home. They looked rich, acted rich, and even smelled rich. But without the gift card in their hands, none of that mattered. The only thing that mattered that evening was being able to pay for their meal. 

A lot of people are good at playing the part of a Christian. But they miss what’s most important. They look holy, act holy, and even smell holy. But without a relationship with Jesus Christ, none of that matters. The relationship validates everything else. 

Don’t be content with just looking like a Christian. Keep your relationship with Christ first and foremost in your life!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would help you keep your relationship with Him your number one priority in life.

 

Questions for Thought:

Think of a time when looking spiritual was more important to you than your relationship with Jesus. Why was that?

How can you keep your relationship with Jesus your first priority?

 

 

Sunday
Nov132016

How God uses your weakness for His glory

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

A man lay seasick in his bunk one stormy night during a long voyage across the Atlantic. He could hardly move from the severe discomfort. All of a sudden, he heard a cry of “Man overboard!” from the deck above. His first thought was, God help that poor fellow – there’s nothing I can do.

Then the thought struck him, There is something I can do. So he took his lantern and held it up to the porthole next to his bunk. The drowning man was rescued, and the next day he recounted, “I was going down in the darkness when someone put a light in a porthole. It shone on my hand and a sailor in a lifeboat grabbed my hand and pulled me in.”

“I’m too sick…” “I’m too weak…” “I’m not able enough…” Very often, people who fail to attempt anything for the Kingdom of God will use excuses like these. They see their weaknesses as debilitating and never take the initiative to do what they can. 

But weakness is no excuse for not putting forth all of the strength we have for God’s purposes. And the truth is it’s in our weakness that God’s power is often shown the strongest. So whatever situation you may be in today, put forth the effort to share Christ and watch how God will use your weakness for His glory!

 

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would open your eyes to the ministry opportunities He’s placed around you – even when you face tough challenges.

 

Questions for Thought

In your life today, how are you tempted to let your challenges become excuses for not doing the ministry God has called you to do?

How might God use your challenges to make His name great in the world around you?

Thursday
Nov102016

Can all religions be true?

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

A story is told about two men who lived in a small village and got into a terrible dispute that neither of them could resolve. So one night, the first man went to the town sage and told him his version of the story. When he was finished, the sage said, “You’re absolutely right.” 

The next night, the second man went to the sage and told his side of the story. After he’d said his piece, the sage told him, “You’re absolutely right.” 

When the second man left, the sage’s wife scolded her husband. “These two men told you different stories, and you told them both they were right. They can’t both be absolutely right!” 

The sage turned to his wife and said, “You’re absolutely right.” 

In this day and age, more and more people are choosing consensus over truth. Even many spiritual leaders today validate every system of belief as separate paths to God. But the reality is if two people say very opposite things about God, they can’t both be right! 

So what gives us confidence that Christianity is the right path? Quite simply, it’s because all other religions teach man how to reach God, but the Bible teaches that God reached down to us in the person of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus is so different than any other spiritual leader. He didn’t come to show the way; He came to be the Way. Trust in Him alone.

 

Prayer Challenge 

Ask God to confirm in your heart that Jesus is the only way to the Father and thank Him for providing a way.

 

Questions for Thought 

Why do you believe so many people today would rather choose reaching a consensus over finding spiritual truth?

As you think about the exclusiveness of Jesus’ words in today’s Scripture, how do those words motivate you to share the truth of Jesus with others?

Wednesday
Nov092016

Be happy with what you have

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

— Hebrews 13:5

A mother was watching her young son play at the beach one day. All of a sudden, a huge wave appeared and crashed down over the boy. The water receded, and the boy was gone. 

Holding her hands to the sky, she cried, “God how could you? I’m a wonderful mother. And I’ve tried to live a good life. Why would you take my son away from me?” 

A few minutes later another huge wave appeared out of nowhere and crashed on the beach. As the water receded, the boy stood there, smiling, splashing around as if nothing had ever happened. A loud voice boomed from the sky, “Okay, okay, I have returned your son. Are you satisfied?” 

She responded, “No, I’m not. Where’s the hat he was wearing?”

It’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing God’s blessings and provision as less than enough. If we have food, a roof over our heads, and a bed to sleep in, we’re richer than most of the people who’ve ever lived. 

Don’t let greed gain a stronghold in your life. Be content with God’s provision and trust Him to continue meeting your every need.

  

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would give you contentment with the blessings He’s provided for you.

 

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think people always want more than they already have? 

How might your life look if you were perfectly content with what the Lord has given you?