Don’t overcomplicate it, keep it simple!


Faced with a situation do you try to break it down into its simplest parts? Faced with a problem do you try to break into simple parts? Face with a crisis do you stop, be still and evaluate, and then lean in on God for instructions, directions, wisdom, and discernment to help you get through it? Just because a problem is complicated doesn’t mean it can’t be broken up into simpler pieces.

In life you will find some people take something simple and overcomplicate it. You will find people take complicated things and overcomplicate it. You will find others who are problem solvers who will look to simplify in order to make progress and solve the problem. What do you do? How do you respond?

The devil wants to overwhelm you. The devil wants to keep you from achieving. The devil wants to rob you of what you have and what you could have. The devil wants to kill you, your dreams, and your goals. The devil wants to destroy you, your plans, your dreams, your success. But that isn’t God’s plan!

Jesus tells us: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

In this world we will have problems but Jesus shares the truth about when we have problems to face when He tells us: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Just because we face problems doesn’t mean we can’t overcome them. Just because we face trials of many kinds doesn’t mean we can’t have joy. We learn through God’s Word about facing trials when it says in the Amplified translation: ‘ Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.’James 1:2-4

So don’t grow weary in doing good! When we are feeling weary or weak, let’s turn to God because He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. So let’s keep it simple! Let’s not overcomplicate the situation! Let’s not get pulled into the lies and deception and distractions the devil will throw our way!


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 29th


Plain and Simple


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. ‘

I John 5:11-12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you think your destiny is based on a grade?
  • Do you think your destiny is based on your ability to be sinless?
  • Do you think your destiny is based on your service and good deeds?
  • Do you think your destiny is based on how well you avoided sins and did good?
  • Do you think your destiny is based on being able to pass the test?
  • Is your destiny based on you or on God? or both?
  • Your part is to believe and receive! Jesus already paid the bill in full!
  • So have you believed and received Jesus into your heart and started living life in relationship with Him?
  • Do you have Jesus in your heart?
  • Do you hold onto the promises and truth of Jesus rather than the balancing act of good acts vs sinful acts?
  • Do you believe God’s Word where John shares with us that it isn’t about balancing the good and the bad but rather it is about having Jesus!
  • Do you have Jesus in your heart?
  • Salvation is a gift from God that we get to choose if we will accept and receive it or not!
  • We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ!
  • We aren’t saved by works or else we could become prideful and start to boast about it!
  • We can’t earn salvation, we need to choose to receive it!
  • It is in our humility in realizing that we can’t do enough good things to buy salvation!
  • So we have nothing to offer and yet Jesus is offering us salvation!
  • We come with empty hands and an open heart and accept the gift of God, Jesus Christ, into our hearts which provides us with salvation!
  • So let’s put all of our hope and trust in Jesus who paid it all! He paid it once for all when He gave His life, His sinless life, on the cross as the payment for you and me to be able to receive salvation!
  • Will you accept the gift of Jesus and His gift of eternal life with God, as a member of God’s family?
  • Will you turn from your own ways, turn back to God, and embrace Jesus and live out the rest of your life in relationship with Him?
  • John’s message today keeps things plain and simple!
  • Don’t get fooled by the devil trying to tempt you or cause you to become prideful!
  • Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! He is the only way to the Father!
  • Jesus is all we have!
  • Jesus is all we need!
  • By having Him in our hearts, it overflows into the things we do!
  • Remember from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks, right?
  • So when we have Jesus in our hearts, the overflow is good words, good works, good service, fellowship with other believers. Not in order to check boxes or get good grades but rather because of the love that is in our hearts is overflowing into the world around us!
  • So can you be confident of your final destination? Have you invited Jesus into your heart?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How can someone know that he or she “has the Son”?
    • It is a decision they make to invite Jesus into their hearts and follow Him all the days of their lives.
    • We can see evidence of it by the fruit that is produced
  • Do you? How does your grasp of the simplicity and humility of your faith in Christ affect your attitude and actions?
    • Yes
    • It helps me through the good and the rough days
    • It helps me to lean in and spend time in God’s Word
    • It helps me to serve others better
    • It helps me to stand firm upon the rock of Jesus Christ!
    • It helps me find joy everyday! Happy Today!

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“All self effort is but sinking sand, Christ alone is the rock of our salvation.”

Henry Allen Ironside

“Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with a person — Jesus Christ.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Isaiah 55(sefaria.org)
    • Ho, all who are thirsty, Come for water, Even if you have no money; Come, buy food and eat: Buy food without money, Wine and milk without cost.
    • Why do you spend money for what is not bread, Your earnings for what does not satisfy? Give heed to Me, And you shall eat choice food And enjoy the richest viands.
    • Incline your ear and come to Me; Hearken, and you shall be revived. And I will make with you an everlasting covenant, The enduring loyalty promised to David.
  • Isaiah 56 (sefaria.org)
  • Isaiah 57 (sefaria.org)

So are you ready to simplify things and keep it plain so that people can understand it? Are you ready to take hold of the reality and the truth in order to keep things plain and simple? Are you ready to accept and receive eternal life? Could today be your day?

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen

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