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Friday, August 12, 2022
Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Everything you and I do in life is for the hope of building a good future. We make choices, take risks, and hope that the outcome of those risks is a good one. If only you could see into the future and know what your life holds… but then, you would miss out on being able to trust God with your life, and experience firsthand the twists, turns and blessings He gives. The Father is writing a story with your life, and not knowing how the story ends means our faith, trust and patience is put to the test. So be hopeful for what you can’t see yet, and in whatever season of life you find yourself in, await God’s purpose with patience.

Thursday, August 11, 2022
Psalm 37:7
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

In the book of Psalms, King David laments many times about how his wicked enemies seem to prosper, but he reminds himself and us that evil wasn’t made to last. In one way or another, the Lord punishes those who do evil, and blesses those who love Him and keep His commandments. So be still before the Lord, waiting patiently for Him to arrange all the pieces of your life that you can’t see yet. In the end those who don’t fear God will come to ruin, but no matter what happens, those whose salvation is found in Jesus will inherit an eternal reward in Heaven, and nothing can compare to that.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
James 1:19
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.

It isn’t wrong to be angry, but anger can often lead to wrath and sin. It causes you to lash out at people, doing and saying things you’ll regret, and seldom does that ever solve anything. Not only does it damage relationships, acting in anger puts you in danger of undermining the “good fruit” God has produced in your life. Do not let the sun go down on your anger, but instead remember to be patient in all things, treating everyone with the love and understanding that Jesus would have shown them.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Patience is the opposite of worry. It’s remaining calm and trusting that God has a purpose and a plan behind whatever trial or frustration you’re facing. In times that test your patience, be thankful to God for what you do have, and for the grace that He has shown you. Keep praying, making your requests known to God, because there’s no request that goes unheard, and no prayer that He can’t answer. To be patient in a season doesn’t mean hiding your burden of stress, but rather, giving it to the Lord.

Monday, August 8, 2022
Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Don’t get tired of doing good things for God. Always be ready to follow His will and do the things He wants you to do. An evidence of your faith being alive is that love, joy, peace, patience, and many other fruits of the Spirit will be produced naturally by you. The good fruit your life bears makes the world a better place and makes our Father in heaven smile. Be patient during your life on earth, and never tire of doing good things with the time the Lord has given to you

Friday, August 5, 2022
Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.

Christ has the power to save, and the power to heal. There is nothing your God can’t do, and if it’s in His will, He can heal sickness and cure disease. However, no matter what He chooses to do, be content and recognize that what the Lord allows, He allows for His purposes. Some of the most inspiring stories are ones where people faced a terrible crisis of health, but instead of letting it wear down their spirit, they used every minute to glorify God. Whether the Lord chooses to intervene or not, He is close to those who cry out to Him, and there is no situation, no matter how hopeless, where He can’t show His goodness.

Thursday, August 4, 2022
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Christ lives within you. When you repented and asked Him to wash away your sins, you accepted God into your heart, and with that became a “temple” of the His spirit. A temple is an important place, and your body should be treated as such! To defile your body is to let God’s temple fall into disrepair; so in whatever you do with your life and body, bring glory to God. Your body is the temporary vessel God has provided for you to walk through life, so use it wisely!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Romans 12:1
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

You’ve got a mission here on earth; a mission that the Father has given to you uniquely. Who knows what His plans are for your life, but whatever the future may hold, be ready to serve God in whatever way He calls you. The Word implores that you offer your body and life as a sacrifice to God; a lump of clay that He can mold into whatever He wants. By doing this, you aren’t

conformed to the same patterns and limitations as the rest of the world. Instead, you become a tool for God; a chisel that He can use to change lives and give shape to His plans.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Psalm 139:13-14
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

God made you, weaving you together in your mother’s womb before anyone else knew what you would be like. He made you just the way you are, fearfully and wonderfully, with all the quirks and traits that you might love or hate. It’s your duty to take care of that wonderful creation so that you can live the life God wanted you to live. You may not have control over your time on earth; at any moment the Lord could call you home. But while you’re here, live every day as a new creation, woven together by the one true God and born again through your redemption in Christ.

Monday, August 1, 2022
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

Being physically healthy and being emotionally healthy aren’t so different. Both follow the same pattern: if you take in good things and practice good habits, you’ll feel better! Being healthy is good for the soul, and while there are some things you can’t control when it comes to physical health, you can always keep your eyes on God. Finding joy in the Lord and the life He has given you isn’t just spiritually healthy, but actually has an effect on your physical body too! When your heart is set on good things, it’s only natural for other aspects of your life to follow.

Friday, July 29, 2022
Titus 3:1-2
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Our job isn’t to make the rules, but to obey God’s rules. The Lord wants us to be ready to treat others with respect, including the rulers and authorities that He has placed over us. The Word tells us that every ruler on earth is under His thumb, and unless their laws contradict God’s commandments, we should be obedient to those whom the Lord has put in charge. More than that, God wants us to avoid quarreling, show gentleness and courtesy, and to never miss an opportunity to do good. Traits like these come naturally to a person living for God, and that light is what separates you from the dark world you live in.

Thursday, July 28, 2022
Luke 6:31
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

It’s important that we treat others the way we, ourselves, want to be treated. The greatest commandment, second only to loving God, is to love your neighbors as yourself. If you want the love, respect and grace of others, you must be willing to treat them the same way. If you want others to give fair thought to your beliefs and to hear your voice speaking out for God, be willing to treat them fairly as well. Gentle words can end battles, and a soft answer turns away wrath.