Month: December 2016

Wednesday Devotional: Content With What He Has Given Us

Better late than never, right? Seriously, I apologize for getting this up so late. The struggle is real being on this side of the world and visiting family and such, so thanks for being so understanding! Anyway, today, we will look at being content with with what God has given us.

The world is designed to develop discontentment within us. I mean, every year there is a new iPhone, a new model of car and the commercials are screaming at us to buy the newest and best thing out there!

The Bible tells us to not be lazy and to work for our money, but it also tells us wealth is a blessing from God, and we should be good stewards of the money God gives us. How do we balance these and discontentment at the same time?

Really, it is our motive behind the money that gets us into trouble. Is it for your own financial gains or personal acknowledgement or do you use the money you have been given to bring glory to God? Do you use it to help people in need or are your using it to keep up with the Jones (or Kardashians, whichever you choose)? Are you seeking security in money rather than in God Himself? Don’t fall into the trap of discontentment of not having enough. Instead, realize what you have is a blessing from God.

The Scripture:

Hebrews 13:5-6, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'”

What It Tells Us:

Temptation in this sense can come at any time, so we need to always be on guard to keep our life free from the love of money. Being content means being happy with what God has given you. Happiness with what you have means not comparing what you have to what others have. It is often a daily struggle to be content with what we have. It also takes having a Biblical perspective to keep your eyes confidently on the fulfillment, which can only come from God.

In order to battle this contentment daily:

  1. First of all, remember everything we have been given is on loan from God. God owns everything He has given us, and we need to keep this perspective in the forefront of our mind.
  2. Also, invest your money where you want your heart to be. If you invest your money in Godly things, your heart will be on Godly things, and if you invest your money in Godly things, you will not have to be in constant fear of whether or not your money will fail. You will be confident your money has been invested wisely.
  3. Furthermore, realize you can’t take your money with you. When you die, your money will not go with you nor will all the things you have bought on this earth. Money is as temporary as our life on this Earth.
  4. Finally, give. Give to further God’s purposes on this Earth. Give to share the Gospel.

Our Prayer:

God, thank you for everything you have entrusted me with. Help me to remember You have given me everything I have. I have done nothing to earn it. In addition, show me how to invest my money in things that will grow my heart more and more for You. Help me to keep focused on You and not my possessions. Show me how to give my money generously where You guide me to do so. I want to keep focused on You and not be distracted by the things You have given me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen. 

A Question:

Let’s start 2017 off right and get our minds on the right track with our financials. How do you need to be in prayer and consider what God is asking you to do with your money and possessions?

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Wednesday Devotional: Strong and Courageous

Sorry I missed last week’s Wednesday Devotional. I was getting over jet lag from traveling to the States. Then I got sick. Ugh! Anyway, I’m glad to be back today. I am excited to be looking at how God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. Don’t forget to check out the last Wednesday Devotional to stay up to date as well.

The Scripture:

Joshua 1:6-9 says, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then, you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

HAVE I NOT COMMANDED YOU? BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DO NOT BE FRIGHTENED, AND DO NOT BE DISMAYED, FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.
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What It Tells Us:

Do you see a theme here? God repeats himself to Joshua 3x, telling him to be “strong and courageous”.

Joshua has much weight on his shoulders as the Lord told him, he will “cause the people to inherit the land” He had promised to them. Joshua has to be careful to lead the people “according to all the law” in order for them to inherit the land.

We all have difficult situations we must face in life also. We may even have to lead others through difficult situations, but God calls us to lead as the Bible tells us-to be strong and courageous as we go through life’s tough situations.

If you have been reading my blog for a length of time, you will know my husband and I serve as missionaries in Thailand. I am also not very fond of the term “missionary”. I am not a missionary just because I live outside of the country where I was born. You are a missionary if you are a Christian, and God has given each of us a mission and a mission field. God equipped you to lead in whatever ministry He has given you. He asks you to be faithful, and He will bless you in your efforts. There will be challenges, but as you meditate on the Word and follow it, God will give you success in it. God commands us to be strong and courageous. He commands us and He goes with us. Therefore, we do not need to be afraid. Thank You, God, for never leaving us!

It is essential, however, to keep in mind, we cannot do any ministry apart from God because He is the one who gives us strength, courage, ability and success. I urge you to take heart in knowing you will never face a problem alone because God will always be with you.

Our Prayer:

God, thank You for never leaving me. Forgive me for not always living strong and courageously. Help me to not be fearful because I know You are always with me and you will guide me. Drive me to constantly be in Your Word to encourage me and build up my confidence in You. Guide me in leading the ministries You have given me with boldness and reckless abandonment for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Question:

So how can you be strong and courageous with what God has given you?

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Wednesday Devotional: Reconciled

For today’s Wednesday Devotional, we will start by jumping into the scripture. We will look at how we were reconciled to God through Christ’s death.

The Scripture:

Colossians 1:21-23 says, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.”

AND YOU, WHO ONCE WERE ALIENATED AND HOSTILE IN MIND, DOING EVIL DEEDS, HE HAS NOW RECONCILED IN HIS BODY OF FLESH BY HIS DEATH, IN ORDER TO PRESENT YOU HOLY AND BLAMELESS AND ABOVE REPROACH BEFORE HIM, IF INDEED YOU CONTINUE IN THE FAITH, STABLE AND STEADFAST, NOT SHIFTING FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL THAT YOU HEARD, WHICH HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED IN ALL CREATION UNDER HEAVEN, AND OF WHICH I, PAUL, BECAME A MINISTER
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What It Tells Us:

The scripture starts off by reminding us we were once alienated from Christ. Not only alienated, but hostile, which means we were God’s enemy.

However, the beautiful thing about God is that even though we are always selfishly thinking about ourselves, He took it upon Himself to eradicate and forgive the barrier we place between ourselves and Him. He choose to take away our sins without us having to do a single thing to deserve it.

Paul points out in order to be reconciled to God, you must first realize you were separated from God by your sins.

He goes on to say that He will make us holy in His sight. Have you ever met someone who was without faults? I can say I have never met someone that has no faults. Neither can I say my life is an innocent one either. Friends, understand when we stand before God on judgement day, He will see us as pure as He sees Himself. Also, as we continue to walk with Christ, He will daily continue to make us more and more like Him. We will sin less because we love Him more. I know we will never be perfect, but God will continue to work in our lives, and we will grow to be more like Him every single day.

Being made holy in God’s eyes does not mean we just coast in faith though. We have active responsibility in our faith too. Our duty is to work on our faith and strive to grow more and more like Him everyday. Studying the Bible daily is essential to growing our faith and staying devoted to the Gospel, and we must share the Gospel with all people. These responsibilities are ours to uphold while growing in faith and growing closer and closer to God.

Our Prayer:

God, thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins in order for me to be reconciled to you. Forgive me for so often forgetting the depths of my sins, and that I placed Jesus on the cross with my opposition to you. Draw me closer to you daily. Give me the boldness to share the Gospel with others and put my faith into action as you draw me closer to you daily. Give me the knowledge of right and wrong and help me to always choose to follow your Will and not my own. I love you, God. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen. 

A Question:

What steps do you need to take to put your faith into action?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you next week! Don’t forget to check out last week’s Wednesday Devotional if you missed it!

Wednesday Devotional: Reconciled to God
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