Do Not Conform

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DAILY VERSE

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

 

DEVOTION

When we’re young, we get our cues about what’s important in life from our parents. As we grow older, we’re influenced by our friends and society as a whole. But if we get our identity from what the world says is important, we are sliding down a slippery slope. God’s word tells us who we are, we are truly loved by our Creator. As His truly beloved, we should get our cues from Him. God’s word lays out example after example of how we should live and what we should deem to be important. As much as that differs from what the world says, these things will bring about a peace and fulfilment the world can never offer.

Believe!

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DAILY VERSE

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:24

Mark 11:24

 

DEVOTION

When you pray do you feel like a child throwing out a request hoping that one will stick, or do you fully believe that God can and will answer your prayers? When I was a child, that was my logic with my parents, “What are they going to say, no?” I don’t approach God in the same way, but then again, my requests are unattainable apart from God, but I know He is the only one who can accomplish them.

Forgive Yourself

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DAILY VERSE

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

DEVOTION

So often we hear from (or know of) people who feel as if they’re unworthy. “No one could love me because of my past.” With repentance, God wipes away EVERY sin, “as far as the east is from the west.” The only thing our past should do is motivate us toward forgiveness of others as well as ourselves. By releasing yourself, as God has, from the bondages of your past transgressions, you can truly live.

Be Generous

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DAILY VERSE

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Luke 6:38

 

DEVOTION

Each of us has been greatly blessed. If we have shelter, food, and family we have much more than some in other countries. How often do you reflect on the blessings God has bestowed upon you? It’s right to be grateful and for those with excess, it is good to be generous. God has blesses us with enough, but if He’s blessed us with an abundance we should share those blessings with those less fortunate.

Mind Your Tongue

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DAILY VERSE

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Ephesians 4:29

 

DEVOTION

The word sarcasm is derived from the Greek verb sarkazein. It literally means “to tear flesh like a dog.” When we speak to others let our words exhort and not tear down. The world, especially the entertainment industry and political realm, seem to have forgotten that words matter. We need to honor God with the words we speak, it will set us apart and encourage others.

Holding Judgement

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DAILY VERSE

You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Matthew 7:16

 

DEVOTION

Notice the word here is “identify”? So often we can catch ourselves “judging” others rather than looking at the fruit they produce. The true character of a person cannot be observed in a moment. We should always strive not to judge but rely on the discernment of the Holy Spirit.

Keep Knocking

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DAILY VERSE

And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

Luke 11:8-9

 

DEVOTION

These verses are preceded by the story of a man persistently asking his neighbour for some loaves of bread to help feed his guests. Hospitality was of great importance in Jesus’ time. This story was meant to illustrate how God hears our prayers. As we continually bring things to Him, He hears us and answers our prayers. His timing requires trust and patience, but His timing is always perfect.