John 3:16-17 Memory Verse

Work on memorizing these verses this week:

John3-16-17

As you memorize this verse, think about how it can affect your life. What does it mean to you?

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Jeremiah 10:7 No One Like Him

Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. Jeremiah 10:7

Over the years, there have been various leaders who have risen up to be considered great leaders. Some of these were leaders of nations, others were leaders in the business world or in the church. Some of these leaders are known to most people in their nation and sometimes even around the world, while there are many other leaders who are never known outside of their small sphere of influence.

One of the common things among all the great leaders that have ever existed is that they each gave of themselves for a greater cause. They were able to take a bad situation and turn it around. The wisdom of some of them in the way they led is astounding to most people.

Yet, as great as all these people were and are, there is no one that is completely like God, Himself. God is the one who made the heavens and the earth, and everything in them both. He created every person and gave them breath to breathe.

Think about how great the universe is and how many things and people there are on this earth. The amount is overwhelming to think about, yet, God has perfect control of everything that is going on.

And what leader is willing to give of himself in order to save a group of people who hate and despise him? God loved the people of this world so much that He gave His own life in order that they may live, and this was done while everyone hated Him.

As you realize what God has done for you and everyone else,  you need to give Him all the praise. Fear only Him. Trust in God for everything. He is the wisest and the best. Do not look to the leaders of this world, they will fail and lead you wrong, God will not.

Along with praising Him, strive to be like God. Be a leader as God is a leader. Put the needs of others first. This shows God’s true love, compassion and mercy for every person on this planet.

I pray today that you will know God as your leader; that you will follow God in all His ways; that you will fear no person on this earth; and that you will strive to be a leader that leads as God does.

Isaiah 60:1-2 Shine Bright In The Light

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isaiah 60:1-2

Israel had walked away from God, so they were cast into captivity. However, after a set time, God brought them back out of captivity. In this passage God is pointing out to them that their light has come. God had begun to show favor to them. The rest of the world was still in the dark, but Israel could see the light.

Along with being brought back out of captivity, this passage is also looking forward to the time of Jesus. When Jesus came into the world, He was called the light of the world and He called Himself the light.

Although nearly two thousand years have passed since Jesus walked on this earth, things have not really changed at all. The world is still living, as a whole, in darkness. People live as though there is no God, and as there is no hope. All over the world people are committing suicide all the time, because they have lost all hope. They feel as though there is nothing to live for.

If you are believing in and following Jesus, you have a hope that the world does not have. Though they do not have that hope, they can see it in you. You are a shining light in this world.

You shine because you are different. You have a love and a joy that is different. Being different is what makes a person stand out. It is what the world wants, but does not have or know how to get it. The world seeks those things in temporary, worthless things, rather than in Jesus.

As this world lives in darkness and despair, you live in the light and glory of God. God’s favor is on you, even while going through extremely difficult situations in life. As you go through those situations with a hope, the world will see it and desire it.

Are you willing to let the world know what this hope it?

Are you willing to let the light of God shine through you to everyone around you?

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know God’s glory in your life; that you will shine with the light of Jesus in this world; and that you will be a witness to everyone of who Jesus is.

Isaiah 49:6 A Big Job To Do

He says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

Once again, Isaiah speaks God’s word of a prophecy about Jesus. Jesus would not be just a servant to bring back the people of Israel, but would also be a light to the Gentiles all over the entire earth. In the Old Testament, God primarily worked with Israel and focused on them alone, although at times working with other nations. Once Jesus came, the focus then went out to every person around the earth. His final words to the disciples were to go into all the earth to be His witness.

Being a witness to one’s family and friends is the beginning of being a witness for Jesus. A person must be willing to reach out and be a witness to others. Although a person may have a lot of friends, there are many more people a person meets that he does not know.

Salvation is supposed to be for every person on this earth, not just a select few. The sad part is that many believers in the church do not even witness to their friends, much less to those they don’t know. They go to church and witness in the church, but never outside of the church.

All around you are people who are in the process of dying without knowing Jesus. They are on the road to dying without any salvation, because no one has told them that there is a problem.

Your job as a believer is to be a witness for Jesus wherever you go, to whoever you meet. Just being a witness to your few friends is not big enough, branch out, expand your territory. As you go through a store or some business, witness to every one you can. As you travel from one place to another, be a witness in all of your words and actions.

If you take the job of being His witness seriously, you will never run out of opportunities to be His witness. Only a very small portion of people in this world believe in Jesus, don’t let the rest die without a chance to know Him. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; and that God will show you ways to touch the lives of all you meet.

Romans 12:2 Knowing God’s Will

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Many believers want to know what God’s will is for their lives. They will go to the pastor asking for guidance in this area or read many books on how to know God’s will. Paul puts it very simply–do not be like the world and transform your mind.

It is seen all over the country how many churches are becoming more and more like the world. They change their witnessing tactics to be just like the world. They offer all types of things or services to draw people into the church and “trick” them into hearing the gospel message. While doing this they don’t really preach the gospel message, it is watered-down to please the people. The world likes to do all of these things. Doing these things is knowing the will of the people, not the will of God.

As believers do these things, they get confused as to why they cannot hear God or really know what His will is.

When a person becomes a believer he is supposed to die to his old self and old ways and come to life in Jesus. With this new life, there should be a change in the mind. The change is in how you think and what you think.

The old person thinks about how to build up self and please self. The new person in Jesus thinks about how to build up others and please God.

What are you thinking about today? Are you thinking about yourself and what you can do and accomplish for yourself? Or are you thinking about what God can do in and through you?

Focus on what God wants in your life. Change your mindset to focus on God. Let go and be led by His Holy Spirit in every area of your life.

As you do this you will learn and know what God’s will is for your life. In the end you will see that His will is always good and pleasing. It is these things because it is also perfect.

I pray today that you will allow God to change your thinking; that you will think about the things of God; that you will not conform to the pattern of this world; and that you will know and follow God’s perfect will for your life.

Romans 1:8 Reported Faith

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” Romans 1:8

As Paul begins his letter to the church in Rome, he gives them some thanks. The thanks that he gives was not for something they gave him or did for him. It was for their faith that was being reported everywhere.

At this time in history, Rome was not known as a Christian or God fearing city. They worshipped many gods. This city was also the major city of that part of the world and the capital of what became one of the largest empires in history.

Hearing of their faith was an encouragement to Paul. Think about when you hear of the testimony of someone. You hear about how someone walked in faith for God and God did a great work in or through them. It is encouraging. It builds your faith.

This is especially true when it is about how they held onto Jesus through a difficult situation that you are now going through yourself. When you hear about how a person held the faith of God’s provision during a time of need, it strengthens your own trust in God’s provision for your own needs.

No one knows what details were being reported around the world that Paul was hearing, but it was about their faith in Jesus.

Your faith may or may not reach around the entire physical world, but it can reach many people. With the internet and social medias of today, it can easily reach around the world instantly.

What are people talking about when they talk about you? Are they talking about how successful you are? How big of a house you have? What kind of car you drive? Your work that you do?

Or are they talking about how you believe in Jesus? How you always talk about Jesus? How you give Jesus the credit for everything?

Life is not about you, but about Jesus. Are you lifting Him up today? What are you talking about today? How are you living your life today?

May those you come in contact, both physically and through the internet, be talking about your faith in Jesus.

I pray today that Jesus will build your faith in Him; that you will be open about your faith in Jesus; that you will live a life of faith in Jesus; that the reports of your life will be about your faith in Jesus; and that many will know Jesus through your testimony.