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Do you feel lukewarm, or burned out in your faith?

Scripture:

1 John 2:15-16

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world

Breakdown:

Many times we feel our faith is minimal, or lacking. A lot of this “feeling” is because we are measuring ourselves the wrong way. We say to ourselves “if I don’t feel God today then something is wrong”, or “I was grumpy and rude all day something must be of with my faith”. There are times in which we get down or look at ourselves objectively in a way God never intended us to. He simply wants us to focus on him, whether it’s a bad day or a good day just focus on him. This scripture talks about succumbing to the desires of the world and how if you do you are living selfishly and therefor have no room for the love of God to shine though you. This is important to remember when we feel “lukewarm”. Sometimes we are looking at ourselves through the filter of the world which will always make us “feel” farther away from God.

Encouragement:

Continue to press in towards a relationship with God daily. It takes prayer, commitment, and fellowship (you’re not in this alone). You also need to worship regularly and give thanks and praise. This is easier done in a group setting with the support of others. I encourage you to keep going and never stop because there is so much more to life than what you currently experiencing and it’s only accessible through Christ.

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Do you seek to live a pure life?

Question:

Do you seek to live a pure life?

Scripture:

11 He who loves purity of heart,
and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

Breakdown:

It says for the one who seeks a pure heart and speaks with grace will have the king as a friend. God will be pleased with you and will have a growing relationship with you, if you desire these things. Sometimes in our lives it’s easy to want or go after sinister things. Whether it’s watching a bad movie, speaking in a derogatory manner, or letting our flesh get the better of ourselves, we are human and will make mistakes. God values when we speak what is true. (Proverbs 16:13) I like this scripture because it points out what really matters and that’s our hearts. If you try your best and truly desire a life of purity and freedom in God, you will be blessed in return. Our motivation shouldn’t be to get something in return but rather to give glory and honor to God. If we humble ourselves enough we just might be able to see life in a new way, a way that is representative of Gods’ love for us.

Encouragement:

I encourage you to stay strong in your faith no matter how big or small. Life is hard at times but when we surrender ourselves over to Gods love he blesses us, which is the most amazing thing anyone can experience.

Am I missing the blessing?

Question:

Are you wondering if you can hear God, if you getting any direction, or if he’s even there.

Scripture:

PROVERBS 4:20-22

20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them

Breakdown:

Don’t miss the wonderful blessings God has for you by not devoting yourself fully. This scripture shows the true love God has for us by giving us very practical but powerful directions. “Give attention to my word” (read your bible) and do not forget them but make them the reason you see life differently. It also says “for they are life to those who find them”. The bible does this alot in which it takes a practical physical act like reading the word and shows a spiritual connection. I think in every physical action there is a spiritual connection. In this example reading the word daily and seeking to find Gods message, praying and asking him for direction, you will be blessed with life. You will see life, experience life, and understand life in new ways. God does require us to seek him. He won’t talk to you with you never acknowledging. By reading and truly devoting yourself, God smiles and begins to show you his love in miraculous ways.

Encouragement:

Life gets tough sometimes whether in a relationship, at work, or at school. My prayer is that you would find a few minutes at the beginning of your day to devote to prayer. God will see this as a sign of faith and bless you for it. As always:

God loves you; I love you, thanks for stopping by!

Do you feel sluggish in your walk with God?

Question:

Do you feel sluggish in your walk with God?

Scripture:

Psalms 88:13

But I cry to you for help, Lord;

in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Breakdown:

I chose this scripture to point out the significance of praying at the start of your day. It’s not just the act of praying in the morning that’s important, it’s choosing to submit your life to God and renewing your commitment to him first thing, before making any decisions. This allows God to fully advise and guide you in your life and to fulfill the plan he has for you. It says “But I cry to you for help, Lord” I like how this is worded because sometimes we do need to cry out. During times of despair or even when we are just having a bad day or a bad season, crying can be therapeutic. There is a peace and overwhelming understanding of God’s love for us when we humble ourselves before him in the morning and before we go to bed. Recently my wife and I have been starting the day with worship in the car on the way to work and finishing up with prayer time as we lay in bed. By doing this we are making prayer a habit in our lives. We don’t even think about it as a “thing we have to do.” It just happens. God encourages us to communicate with him as much as possible, because he loves us more than we can imagine.

Encouragement:

Wake up to worship music and humble yourself before God each morning. I promise the love and peace of God will enter your life in an amazing way. Also, don’t neglect to pray before bed. By ridding your mind of all the day’s woes at night you will not only sleep better but be refreshed and ready for what tomorrow brings. This way of ending our day also brings us into the “now” moment and allows us to not worry about yesterday or tomorrow.

How can you be yourself in a world of judgment?

Question:

How can you be yourself in a world of judgment?

Scripture:

Isaiah 42:6

“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,

Breakdown:

Life is tough sometimes and with the added stress of judgment, peer pressure, even social norms being yourself can at times be difficult. I really like this scripture because it shows how God gives us the strength to be ourselves. The second line says “I will take hold of your hand”. I love this because God is saying he wants an intimate, one on one relationship with us. Our heavenly father wants to help us in our daily lives. He wants to give us direction and guidance to navigate life’s challenges. By surrendering our selfish desires and truly seeking him we are able to have a remarkable life changing relationship. The scripture points out being a light, in this case for people who are not following God. This is important because it gives us a lifelong purpose to do just that. Be a light, a teacher, a brother, sister, mother, father, a shoulder to cry on, or simply a friend to people who don’t have a relationship with God. It doesn’t take leaps and bounds to come into a fulfilling relationship with God. (Although it may feel like it at times) God will work with you once you open your heart and ask for help. Asking is believing and we believe by faith not by sight.

Encouragement:

Whether you’re in dire need of God’s provision or you’re doing pretty well. Question not whether you need God in your life or not. Question if you are open and willing to receive his love and experience life abundantly by his grace and mercy.

God loves you; I love you, Thanks for stopping by!

Where does our power come from?

Question:

Where does our power come from?

Scripture:

2 Corinthians 4:5-7

Breakdown:

This scripture begins by talking about how we don’t go around preaching or talking to people about ourselves and the good things we do, but instead we talk about how Jesus is Lord and the source of all good things in our life. The reason this is important in keeping with this week’s theme “being a light for all to see” is because we must recognize we are not the light. The things we have, or the things we’ve done are not the light. No, God the creator of the universe is the light and He chooses to have an intimate, personal relationship with those who choose to seek him. This relationship allows God to shine His light through us and onto others. Since God is the light in our lives, our source, we must not forget where our power comes. The power to get up in the morning, go to school or work, to share our testimonies with others, the power to eat, sleep, and even breathe. Without God we are simply living life going through the motions, and without purpose. Without acknowledging the source of our strength and the good things in our life, we limit ourselves and the work the Lord can do through us. He shines through us and is giving us the power and strength to be the people He has called us to be and to accomplish His purpose for our lives.

Encouragement:

Ask yourself do I give God enough room in my life to control my life or do I make the decisions. God is so much bigger than we can imagine and there is nothing to big or too small he can’t help us with. Keep reading and seeking him daily!

God loves you, I love you. Thanks for stopping by!

Slight Technical Problem

Well folks it looks like Daily Devo Resource has run into its first of probably many technical difficulties. I wasn’t able to post todays video like I wanted because my Laptop simply can’t support the editing. This is ok and I will post it hopefully tomorrow. I am glad to see the daily devo’s rolling out and can’t wait for tomorrows!

Being a light for all to see!

This week’s topic: Being a light for all to see!

Question:

If you are down or struggling with something, would you want someone to press their religious beliefs on you as an answer to your problem? Or would you want to talk to someone who actually cares about what you are going through, even if they can’t offer a solution or completely comprehend the pain your dealing with.

Scripture:

1 John 1:6-9

Breakdown:

This scripture talks about a man sent by God to be a light in the midst of a crumbling nation. Through his testimony, his story, his trials and tribulations, his openness, and his bravery, (cause it takes courage to put yourself out there) others would believe in God. John was not THE light but a witness to the light, meaning he believed so strongly in who Jesus was that he had to tell others that the TRUE light of the world was coming.

I think this speaks volumes for someone who needs help from God but is against the idea of Jesus or Christianity. People may not want to talk to a seemingly unreachable God about their problems. They may just need to talk to other people and hear their story. God gives believers the power to touch others by shining his light through us to other people. This doesn’t mean he’s telling us to shove our beliefs in people’s face; this means God has given us a job to help others by being there and being a friend.

Encouragement:

Start reading the bible daily and ask yourself this question: What can I do to be a light? How will that look to my group of friends, my family, at my job or at my school? How will that affect my alone time, my time spent driving, every aspect of my life?

God loves you, I love you. Thanks for stopping by!

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