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If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. – 1 John 4:15 NIV
We sometimes get caught up in the differences between one Christian demonization and another, but God is love, and if we love others, we are of Christ.
God lives inside of us, which means that the Holy Spirit can guide us and give us counsel if we ask. God-given talents that we may have help us to spread the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ to others. We can be joyful when we share our live for Jesus with others.
Sometimes we feel sad, but that emotion passes, and when we take time to reconnect with God’s Word each day, His peace can shield us from giving into worries throughout our days. Each day is a new beginning. Amen.
In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. – 1 Timothy 6:13-16 NIV
The Lord gives life, and life eternal. There is no salvation except through Jesus Christ.
The sun is the brightest object in the sky that we can see, yet the light that can shine from Jesus is even brighter than the sun.
We do not worship the sun, but we are lucky because we worship the God who made it, and everything in existence. Men may chase the fountain of youth in search for immortality, yet God’s treasure in heaven is the best reward we could possibly imagine. Amen.
Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. – Hebrews 7:26 NIV
Jesus can meet all our needs. He knows exactly what to do, even before we ask Him.
Although many people tried to blame and accuse Him, Jesus remained without fault. He is perfect, holy, and pure.
That is reason to rejoice! Amen.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. – Colossians 1:15 NIV
Sometimes I wonder what Jesus really looked like. What would His DNA look like if it was examined? Would it be half of Mary’s DNA and half inexplicably divine DNA?
Some things we don’t quite understand about God, but we believe them just the same. Even if we had all the details, we would still believe in Jesus and love Him for saving us.
At times others may question us about our faith, but we have nothing to prove because we can be confident that the Lord will reveal everything to us that we need to know, right at the time we need to know it. Amen.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 NIV
Becoming a Christian is a life-changing event, and a joyful one.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in Jesus. He brings joy and blessings to my life amidst hardships, so I learn from Him and share His love with others the best that I can.
I can’t claim to know everything about God, but He gives me just the right amount of light to see where I should go. I trust that He will always direct me to the right path and steer me away from the wrong one. Amen.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
– James 1:4 NIV
The Lord never gives up on us. He calls us to follow him and to find joy and peace.
Maturity comes with age, but it also comes when we have overcome difficulties, such as financial losses, illnesses, or even grief after losing a loved one. The Lord sticks by our side during our challenges if we believe in Him.
The Lord does not give us more than we can handle, and He provides us with all the faith we need to see through the darkness of this world. He loves us beyond compare. Amen.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2 NIV
Sometimes we find ourselves grumbling silently about our titles and expert status. Jesus said the first would be last and the last would be first.
When we are so concerned that we don’t want to be known as anything but something important, we forget that Jesus humbled Himself enough to wash the feet of his disciples. Jesus embodied humility.
When we remember that our aim is to become more like Jesus, we see that as long as we serve in the capacity that God calls us, we are on the right track. Amen.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. – King James Version (KJV)
When family members or friends are ill, our heart goes out to them. We can pray for them and also ask our church family to pray for them. Sometimes the Lord restores their health. Other times, He makes us see His perfect will. We may not understand His timing, but it is always fair.
We can also pray for the Lord to show us what actions we can take to comfort those around us. Maybe it is sending a card, placing a phone call, or bringing over some food. We never know how much we can shape the lives of other people, so we can be thoughtful when we consider what we can do to help.
It is important to renew our walk with the Lord every day so that we don’t forget about his blessings. Jesus comforts us and never forgets about us. He is always there when we need Him. Amen.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36 NIV
Jesus gives us freedom. Sometimes when we think of freedom, we assume that we can do whatever we want. When we love our Savior, our thoughts are transformed, and our actions coincidence with that transformation.
Change is an ongoing process. As we meditate on His Word, we can persistently bring our thoughts back to our center: our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV
There have been times in my life when I have had a lot of anxiety. My anxiety didn’t mean that I didn’t have faith, but it distracted me from my faith.
The Lord asks us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. When we speak kind words to ourselves, we can have more compassion for others. When I find myself judging others, I ask myself “to focus on yourself. How would you feel if someone said the same thing about you?” I almost always back off from being angry after reflecting on my own standard of judgment.
When we feel exhausted, our physical state may cause us additional worry, but God is faithful, and He does not forget about us. Amen.