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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
1 Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.

You haven’t seen Christ in the flesh, but you love Him. You didn’t see Him nailed to the cross and resurrected from the dead, but you trust that He paid for your sins. That’s because faith is the assurance of things we haven’t seen. Rejoice with glorious, inexpressible joy in knowing that, even if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, God can. Place your happiness and hope in what you haven’t seen yet, instead of focusing on the difficulties that seem all too

present. Your present sufferings cannot be compared with the wonderful things that the Lord has in store for you.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Acts 2:28
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.

God gave us instructions in His word on how to walk the “paths of life.” The fullest life is one lived with the Lord’s will as a first priority: that means refraining from sin, loving others, and obeying when you feel the Holy Spirit tugging you. After all, what real joy could you ever have in life, if in the back of your mind you know that you’re ignoring His calling? His presence in your life will bring joy and gladness, but in order to be present, He must also be relevant. If you want to experience the supernatural joy of the Lord, make Him a part of your every day through prayer, obedience, and keeping an ear open for His voice.

Monday, October 3, 2022
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

It’s saddening to see people living without joy, especially when joy is so readily available in Jesus. God is a God of overflowing love and everlasting peace; imagine having a relationship with Him and being called His own child! Those whose sins are covered by the blood of Christ have become new creations, and their destiny is guaranteed. Heaven awaits, so while you’re living this brief life on earth, pray that God would fill you with joy and peace. Not only can you be hopeful as a Christian, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can abound in hope.

Friday, September 30, 2022
1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.

No one likes when someone is a show-off… not even God. He’s the only one in existence that deserves unending praise, and everything else has been put in its place by Him. Even the angels, when they appeared to people, knew to redirect all the praise and worship to the Almighty. Remember, you’re a human being, sinful by nature and made from dust. Be humble, but don’t forget that you are also God’s child, and that in Christ, you are a new creation.

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

When Jesus walked on this earth, He spent time with the lowly. The cripples, the lepers, the blind and sick; people who were seen as being “beyond repair” whether because of their physical condition, or because of their multitude of sins. But Christ looked past their weaknesses and shortcomings. Many of them He healed, and we remember to this day how power was given to the faint. Jesus may not be walking the earth today, but the Word still holds true: He will provide your strength when you have no strength of your own, if you put your faith in Him.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

There’s nothing that you can’t do with Christ by your side. He will comfort you, equip you, and guide you as you serve Him with your life. History is full of people who obeyed God faithfully, and when they did, He helped them accomplish things that they could have never imagined doing on their own. You can do all things through Christ… because, in reality, you can’t do anything without Him. Every breath in your lungs comes from the Lord, and if you allow Him to strengthen and steer you, there are no limits to what you can accomplish in His name.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
2 Corinthians 12:10
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

As a Christian in a sinful world, expect hardships and persecution in your life. But be content in all circumstances; this earth is not your home! If you’ve accepted Christ’s payment for your sins, your destination is Heaven. Anything that happens here is just a stone in the road, and if you persevere and obey God even when it’s hard, He will bless you… whether that’s in this life, or the next. Through weakness, hardships and calamities, your strength will be your devotion to Christ.

Monday, September 26, 2022
2 Corinthians 12:9
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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

You are finite, but your God is infinite. There is nothing that He can’t equip you for, and your weakness gives Him more opportunity to demonstrate His goodness. Many times in the Bible, God chose people who seemed the least equipped to do the greatest things. Moses struggled with speaking, David was the smallest in his family, and an angel found Gideon hiding in a well. What makes the heroes of the Bible stand out isn’t their natural talent; instead, it’s their trust in God, even when they don’t feel that they can trust themselves. God’s power is made perfect in your weakness, and if you obey Him and remain humble, He will use you for amazing things.

Friday, September 23, 2022
Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

It’s long been believed that anxiety and sadness wear down the body, and science continues to prove that it’s true. God created people to live in harmony with Him, not to be heartbroken and stressed. If you allow yourself to be anxious about the things you can’t control, you could spend the rest of your life worrying. But God is good, and He sees every circumstance in your life; He has promised never to leave you or forsake you, and if God is for you, who can be against you? Anxiety will always weigh you down, but the Word of the Lord makes the heart glad.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Romans 8:5-6
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

When you came to know Christ, He made you a new creation. The old you melted away, and the new you took their place. You don’t belong to the world or to “the flesh” anymore, so don’t live like it! Live and breathe as the Holy Spirit guides you and focus on the things He leads you to. How can you serve God? What is His will for your life? Who can you share the gospel with? If your thoughts and intentions remain on the temporary aspects of this world, nothing good will come of it; but if your heart is set on the Lord, you will be serving and pleasing Him, and will experience life and peace.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

What you let into your heart is generally what comes out of it. In other words, “you are what you eat.” The Bible warns us to guard our hearts and minds, because the things we say and do flow out of what’s inside us. Christ called you to be an example of Him, and you can’t do that when what flows from your heart isn’t honoring to God. Proverbs urges us not just to guard our hearts, but to guard them with all vigilance, because from it comes your attitude, your conscience, and your joy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

The things you worry about on earth aren’t going to matter in ten thousand years. One day in Heaven, after you’ve lived for millions and trillions of years in perfect paradise with God, the short time you spent on earth is going to be so incredibly miniscule in comparison. Knowing this, the Bible tells us to set our sights on Heaven. If your aspirations are to build up treasure in Heaven and save souls for God’s kingdom, they’re the only aspirations that will matter in the end.