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Thursday, June 1, 2023
James 4:17
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

“Doing the right thing” doesn’t always mean taking the shopping cart back to the store, or rounding up your total to give to the children’s hospital. Those small acts are wonderful gestures of kindness, and you should take advantage of them whenever you can… but there’s a lot more to doing the right thing. When the Lord gives clear signs that you’re supposed to do something, it might push you out of your comfort zone. His missions aren’t easy, and like Jonah, you can run in the opposite direction. But when God opens a door, you’ll feel the Holy Spirit’s tug. When that happens, don’t waste the opportunity to do what you know is right.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
1 Corinthians 12:12
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

Remove one part of the body, and suddenly you’re in trouble. Without eyes, you can’t see. Without ears, you can’t hear. Take away any single one of your fingers, and suddenly even the simplest tasks become a whole lot harder. The Bible describes the Christian community as the “body of Christ” for that exact reason: each person has their own role to play based on the talents, gifts and abilities God has given them. Some are eyes, some are ears, and some are fingers, but all are equally important. You may not know for sure what part of the body you are, but if you’re willing to be brave and give Him the wheel, rest assured that the Lord can and will use you to tremendous effect.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Luke 16:10
One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

God often presents His children with challenges that are too big for them to handle. He does this so that His power to help you conquer the unconquerable will be made apparent. But whether the Lord entrusts you with the small task of showing kindness to your neighbor, or with a responsibility far bigger than you imagined, He makes no mistakes when assigning duties. If you are responsible with the little things, God will entrust you with greater and greater things. Start small, and from there, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Monday, May 29, 2023
1 Thessalonians 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.

It is appointed to every person once to die, the Bible tells us, because the wages of sin is death. Everyone will have their life taken from them at some point, but many have given their lives fighting to protect the freedom that we enjoy in this country. They valued the future of their nation, friends, and family more than their own, and chose to sacrifice their life for the good of others. On Memorial Day we remember them, honoring their sacrifice and the price that was paid. But we can also smile with hope, knowing that the ultimate price has been paid by Christ, and that those who passed on with their souls in the Saviors hands will be reunited with us in the presence of God.

Friday, May 26, 2023
Proverbs 21:31
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.

While you and I must put on our armor and do our part as characters in God’s story, it is ultimately Him who grants us success. Our efforts and abilities are important… He made you this way for a reason… but they aren’t solely responsible for the things the Lord will accomplish through you. No matter how bad it gets, and no matter how it all ends, the Lord works in all things for the good and victory of those who love Him. If you’re facing a challenge or striving towards a goal, remember to work hard and prepare diligently, but ultimately trust that God will make it happen. With Him on your side, you can have confidence that the battle is already won.

Thursday, May 25, 2023
Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.

In the midst of your most difficult trials, God is with you and fighting for you. You don’t have to rely on your own strength or abilities to overcome challenges. Rather, trust in God’s power and provision, knowing that He saw this hardship coming before you even drew your first breath. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure of what to do, I encourage you to take a deep breath and be still. Trust in God’s love for you and His desire to fight for you. Take refuge under His wing, knowing that some battles aren’t yours to win: they’re His.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Christ’s people have a kingdom to advance and souls to save, and it is important that we are each prepared to stand firm against the Lord’s enemy. Just as a soldier puts on armor before going into battle, you must intentionally and purposefully “put on the armor of God.” One way we do this is by spending time in His word, gathering with other believers, praying, and meditating on what it means to follow Him. These things will help keep your mind centered on what’s important and will give you a foundation to stand on when all other solid ground crumbles away. Take advantage of every resource the Lord has given you and make Him your first line of defense when trouble comes your way.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

Your fight isn’t a physical one, and your strength isn’t material either. Your mission isn’t to win earthly victories, but instead, to live a victorious life that honors God and wins the battles He made you for. And thankfully, your strength does not come from yourself or any worldly means, but from God alone. He has given you access to powerful weapons such as prayer, His Word, and the Holy Spirit to help you pursue what’s right and ward off temptation and discouragement. Trust in God’s power and seek Him diligently, allowing Him to equip you with the weapons you need to win wars. With God on your side, you are more than a conqueror.

Monday, May 22, 2023
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

The Christian life is full of joy and purpose, but it isn’t easy. The more you grow to love the Lord, the more you want to serve Him, which means battling against your own nature. Against pride, selfishness, laziness, greed, and temptation: all things that our “flesh” tends toward. To fight the good fight of faith is to fight yourself, and to chase the version of you that looks more like Christ. You know that eternal life with God awaits you, so live every day of this temporary life for the Lord, doing good works and playing your part in His story.

Friday, May 19, 2023
1 Timothy 1:17
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Nothing comes close to the glory and power of our God. He is the Creator of all things, the Author of history, and His Son is the Savior of the world. He had no beginning, and He will have no end. He deserves all the worship and honor His people can muster, and then some. Every day, find something to praise Him for: the way He rewrites bad things into good, the beauty He put in living things, or the way He died to rescue people who had only ever sinned against Him. He’s a God of limitless kindness and love; the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, to whom we give all honor and glory forever and ever. Amen!

Thursday, May 18, 2023
Romans 13:1
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

In the time this verse was written, the “governing authorities” were far from friendly, especially towards the church. You might not appreciate some of our world’s politicians, but world leaders in Paul’s day were feeding Christians to lions. And yet, the Bible assures us that there’s only one true king, and that He establishes the rulers of the world. You should never put the law of man over God’s law; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego showed us that when they refused to bow to the king’s idol. But honoring God and His subjects means respecting the authority that has been placed over you, recognizing that it isn’t our job to make the rules. There will come a time when the only rules are His rules, but as long as you’re here, you and I must be good stewards of the world God has established, and we do that by showing honor and respect to the ones in charge.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Romans 12:10
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Paul challenges believers in the book of Romans to outdo each other in showing kindness and love, as if it were a competition! That’s some serious dedication, but it’s seldom too much. God wants you to take care of others, and He’s put people in your life to take care of you, too. The Body of Christ is at its best when everyone in it treats each other with love, respect, and care. No child of God is more important than another, and no sinner is too filthy to be forgiven: the understanding that we are all one in Christ is the first step to putting them before yourself.