When you meet someone, how do you identify yourself? Is it by name? Is it by family? Is it by your relationship? Is it by role? Is it by title? Is it by status? How do you self-identify? Does it change based on the audience?
If you were to write a letter to someone and you want to tell them who you are or who the letter was from, what would you put? How does your self-identification set the tone for the letter, for a conversation, for a meeting? Does it set it up to facilitate or challenge? Does it set it up to set the foundation or to qualify? Are you doing it for a purpose? Are you doing it with a purpose? Are you doing it on purpose? Is it important and relevant to the conversation? What characteristics are you going to share about yourself? What qualities are you going to share about yourself?
Who do you say you are? Who do others say you are? Who does God say you are? Do you self-identify based on who God says you are?
Let’s take a moment and meditate on this before we jump into today’s reading:
The 49 week challenge – Day 177
With May in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?
Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:
- Do you give grace and peace to all those you encounter?
- Are you always thankful for what God has done?
- Are you living to reveal who God is?
- God is faithful
- Have you started a relationship with Jesus?
- Are you living to bring unity within your family? your community? your church? your workplace?
- Are you sharing the Good News
- Do you realize the power of the cross? Are you ready to receive it as the power of salvation?
- Will you believe?
- Do you need a sign or wisdom before you can believe?
- Will you live humbly and be used by God?
- Will you walk out thanks to Jesus who has given and made us righteousness, holiness and redemption?
- In the midst of today will you put your hope and your trust in God or something else?
- What will you dream of? dream for?
- Are you walking in God’s wisdom that lasts or the wisdom of man that fades?
- Are you focused on the creator or the created?
- Are you focused on the maker or the made?
- Will you accept the instruction of God?
- Will you accept God’s deliverance?
- Will you follow God’s instruction completely? Full obedience? Partial obedience is disobedience!
- Will you receive the love of God? Will you accept the love of God? Will you share the love of God?
- Put your hope and trust in God!
- Choose to turn back to God and receive Jesus before it is too late and your punishment arrives!
- Turn back to God and humble yourself before you are humbled!
- Pride comes before the fall!
- The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Don’t be crushed by the weight of sin and deception.
- Turn to Jesus for He tell us how His yoke is easy and His burden is light!
As day 177 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?
Today’s devotional that I am following is The 49-Week Challenge comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com