Do you realize that God can take mistakes and use them for good?


What the devil planned for evil, God can turn it around and use it for good! He may have gotten us off track, but that doesn’t mean can’t still use it for good? God can use the thread of our life and weave it into something beautiful.

I remember a mistake of not starting to look for a new job when God was prompting me because I felt too comfortable. The comfort got blown up when the org did too and I ended up in a different org with a different perspective and different leaders and leadership styles. The mistake trickled into the experience I have had where I learned the power of forgiveness. God took my disobedience, my mistake, and used it to teach me the power of forgiveness. A mistake isn’t the end if we allow God to use it and work in us through it to His glory! A mistake is an event, it’s not the end of the story unless we don’t learn from it! God was able to teach me thru my missteps and mistakes and also positioned me to speak hope and life into the lives of many others who were dealing with issues that could only be solved through forgiveness. The bigger mistake after not having started to look was to not forgive those who had lied, cheated, mistreated me. God is able to take all of this and turn it around to make the bigger picture more beautiful! He knows all and He has a plan for us that is for good! So He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine! He can take something could have been very ugly and turned it around into something of beauty! So just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean that you are a mistake! So turn to God! Listen to what He has to say! Allow Him to weave the threads of life so that in the end we will find beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and praise instead of despair! Don’t lose hope in the troubles or the trials, keep your eyes on Jesus and remember the tapestry being made through the threads of your life and how beautiful He will make it be!

Job used to be an “oh no, now what” type of story for me. Ever since 2013, my perspective has changed. I started reading Job while I had my old job at the company I had been at since I left university and wondered what God would speak to me in and through it this time. It wasn’t till my last day on the job when I got to Job 42:12 and realized it was to encourage me as I started the next part of my journey and career. It was a time for me to encourage others with the truth that God is alive and speaks to us through His Word even to this day! God was speaking to me that the second half of my life was going to be twice as good as the first half. So I walk each day trusting Him! I walk each day trying to share the joy of the Lord which is my strength with the people God brings into my life! Am I perfect, nope, can’t say that I am! Can I still trust Him, yes, He is faithful and true and and can weave even my mistakes into the beautiful tapestry of life that He has planned and designed.

So as we prepare to jump into today’s reading and devotional, let’s reflect on these words from God’s Word in the Bible…

28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. –from Romans 8:28


God Even Uses Your Mistakes — Day 162: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalm 72, Acts 7:20-43, 2 Samuel 16:15-23, 2 Samuel 17, 2 Samuel 18:1-18


  1. Providence and prayer … Psalm 72

  2. Providence and prophecy … Acts 7:20-43

    • Moses was a ‘type’ of Christ. He foreshadowed and prepared the way. There are at least fifteen similarities between Moses and Jesus:

        • Like Jesus, Moses was ‘no ordinary child’ (v.20). The circumstances surrounding the births of both Moses and Jesus were appropriately extraordinary.
        • Like Jesus (Matthew 2:16–17), Moses was born at a time when newborn babies were being killed off (Acts 7:19–21).
        • Like Jesus (Luke 2:40), Moses was noted for his wisdom (Acts 7:22).
        • Like Jesus (John 7:46), Moses was ‘powerful in speech and action’ (Acts 7:22).
        • Like Jesus, Moses had a season of preparation. We know little about the first thirty years of either of their lives. Both spent this time being trained for the task ahead (vv.22–23).
        • Like Jesus (John 2:16), Moses showed righteous anger at sin (Acts 7:24). However, unlike Jesus, Moses committed a crime. But God, in his providence, even used this mistake.
        • Like Jesus (John 1:11), Moses was sent by God to rescue his people, but was not recognised as such at the time. ‘Moses thought that his own people would realise that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not’ (Acts 7:25).
        • Like Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:19), Moses aimed at reconciliation: Moses ‘tried to reconcile them’ (Acts 7:26).
        • Like Jesus (John 5:22), Moses is described as ruler and judge. It was said to Moses, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?’ (Acts 7:27).
        • Like Jesus (Luke 3:22), Moses heard the Lord’s voice (Acts 7:31).
        • Like Jesus (John 1:14; 2:21), Moses recognised that the holy place was not in a specific religious location, but where God is present. For Moses this was at the burning bush for God said, ‘The place where you are standing is holy ground’ (Acts 7:33).
        • Like Jesus (John 8:36), Moses set the people free from oppression (Acts 7:34).
        • Like Jesus (4:11), Moses was misunderstood and rejected by his own people: ‘Moses whom they had rejected… they rejected him’ (7:35,39).
        • Like Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:10), Moses succeeded in delivering his own people. Moses ‘led them out of Egypt’ (Acts 7:36).
        • Like Jesus (2:36), Moses’ rejection brought God’s judgment, but led to eventual victory (7:42). As the apostle Peter put it on the day of Pentecost, ‘God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ’ (2:36).

      –from Day 162: Bible In One Year 2017

  3. Providence and protection … 2 Samuel 16:15-23, 2 Samuel 17, 2 Samuel 18:1-18

 

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The rest of the story…


Ever heard the radio program where they speak to “the rest of the story” with Paul Harvey? Have you ever realized that just because you are facing troubles doesn’t mean that it’s the end? Have you ever considered when you are struggling or have failed at something that it isn’t the end? The devil wants us to give up! The devil wants us in those moments to feel defeated and quick! Don’t give up! Don’t quit! You successes and your failures are moments in time, don’t allow others to define you or your value! You are important to God! You were created with purpose and on purpose for His purpose! So cling on to these truths about troubles and trials…

“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.” –from John 16:33

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. –from James 1:2-4

So don’t let your troubles or trials have the last word! Give them up to God! Worry changes nothing, and prayer changes every!

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — from Philippians 4:6-7

Are you facing troubles or trials today? Today’s devotional brings to us a hymn to encourage us…

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

–by George Matheson

Don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Remember the troubles and the trials don’t have the last word!


Troubles Do Not Have the Last Word — Day 161: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalm 71:19-24, Acts 6, Acts 7:1-19, 2 Samuel 15:13-37, 2 Samuel 16:1-14


  1. Restored after many troubles … Psalm 71:19-24

    • God does not promise you an easy path. Life can be extremely hard. The psalmist has seen ‘troubles, many and bitter’ (v.20). His troubles, pressures and worries were not occasional or trivial. They were numerous and serious. He gives you a model of how to respond in these circumstances.

      Keep trusting

      It is easy to trust God when things are going well. The challenge is to keep trusting in the midst of troubles. Do not stop believing in the goodness of God: ‘Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you?’ (v.19).

      Keep hoping

      Your troubles will not last forever. In the midst of troubles, there is hope: ‘You will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honour and comfort me once again’ (vv.20b–21). God will use your troubles for good. He will shape your character through them. As a result, he will increase your honour. He will comfort you through them so that you can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4).

      Keep worshipping

      Keep on praising God in spite of the troubles: ‘I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you – I, whom you have redeemed’ (Psalm 71:22–23). The presence of God in worship brings us peace and solace, especially in difficult times.

      –from Day 161: Bible In One Year 2017

  2. Rescued from all his troubles …Acts 6, Acts 7:1-19

    • There is sometimes a temptation to idealise the life of the early church – as if they were the perfect church and had no problems at all. We need to read the idyllic picture of the church in Acts 2 alongside the events of Acts 6 and, of course, not forget all the troubles of Paul in his letters. The early church had plenty of troubles. Do not be surprised by any of the following in the church today:

      Complaining

      Good leaders pick their battles carefully. They do not get involved in everything, but they do take responsibility for everything. The apostles faced a justified complaint that ‘widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food’ (Acts 6:1). Yet they needed to concentrate on their main task: ‘prayer and the ministry of the word’ (v.4). The solution lay (as it does so often) in effective delegation.

      The apostles dealt with the issue by setting aside a group of people who would ‘wait on tables’ (v.2). They chose people ‘full of the Spirit and wisdom’ (v.3). As a result, they kept their focus and ‘the word of God spread’, and the number of disciples increased dramatically (v.7). Good leaders delegate and release others into their God-given gifts and ministries.

      Stirring

      A group of opponents of the church ‘stirred up the people’ (v.12) and ‘produced false witnesses’ (v.13). They twisted Stephen’s words and said, ‘This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law’ (vv.13).

      Fear of change

      Some of the opposition came from a fear of change. They said, ‘We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and changethe customs Moses handed down to us’ (v.14).

      They found they could not keep their eyes off Stephen, whose ‘face was like the face of an angel’ (v.15). He gave his defence. He recited the history of the people of God and cited the parts of history that were particularly relevant to his own situation. He said of Joseph, ‘God was with him and rescued himfrom all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom…’ (7:9–10), just as God was clearly giving Stephen wisdom (see 6:10).

      Stephen’s own rescue came only in martyrdom. He ‘saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God’ (7:55), and Stephen was rescued for all eternity.

      –from Day 161: Bible In One Year 2017

  3. Refreshed in the midst of troubles … 2 Samuel 15:13-37, 2 Samuel 16:1-14

    • David’s own son Absalom has turned against him, and David is told that the ‘hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom’ (15:13). This must have been devastating news. David, a great man of God, a king for God’s people and a ‘type’ of Christ (indeed, an ancestor of Christ), faced many troubles in his life. If you face these kinds of troubles in your life, do not be surprised by them or think that you have done something wrong. Sometimes troubles come simply because you are doing something right.

      Tears

      We see just how upset David was. He ‘continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot’ (v.30). All the people were also ‘weeping as they went up’ (v.30). Indeed, ‘the whole countryside wept aloud’ (v.23).

      Disappointment

      Not only did David’s own son turn against him but Mephibosheth was also disloyal to him even though David had gone out of his way to help him. He stayed in Jerusalem because he thought, ‘Today the house of Israel will give me back my grandfather’s kingdom’ (16:3). Disloyalty is always so disappointing.

      Criticism

      Shimei shouted insults, threw rocks and cursed David. David does not seek revenge. Rather, he chooses to leave the matter in God’s hands (vv.11–12).

      Exhaustion

      David ‘and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted’ (v.14). When we read of what David went through it is not surprising that he was genuinely ‘exhausted’.

      The Christian life is never without troubles, tears, sadness and disappointments. However, what distinguishes the people of God is their relationship with God.

      In the midst of all his troubles, David prays, ‘O Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness’ (15:31). His prayer is answered – but not in the way he expects. Ahithophel gives good advice, but it is rejected. So God answered the spirit of the prayer (see 17:14).

      In the midst of his exhaustion, David ‘refreshed himself’ (16:14). ‘They restedand were revived’ (v.14, MSG). Sometimes you just need to take a break and rest to be revived and refreshed physically, spiritually and emotionally. We are not told how David did this exactly. However, if the psalms are anything to go by, we know it was through his close relationship with God that he found refreshment.

      No doubt David was emotionally refreshed by the loyalty of his friends Zadok (15:24 onwards), Hushai (v.37), Ziba (16:1–4) and Ittai, who said to him, ‘Wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be’ (15:21).

      –from Day 161: Bible In One Year 2017

 

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Loyalty is a combination of love and faithfulness.


Are you someone who is loyal? Are you loyal to your marriage? Are you loyal to your family? Are you loyal to your boss? Are you loyal to your friends? Are you loyal to your church? Are you loyal to your pastor? Are you loyal to your coworkers? Who else are you loyal to? What allows you to choose to be loyal to them? How important is loyalty to you? Is it who you are or do you need someone else to do something? Is it you or is it a response? So in life how important is loyalty to you? How important is it for you to live it? How important is it for you to receive it?

Are you being loyal to God? You realize that God is loyal right?

8He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God,who has called you into fellowship with His Son JesusChrist our Lord, is faithful. 10I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree together, so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be united in mind and conviction.

–from 1 Corinthians 1

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

–from Deuteronomy

God’s loyalty is most visible in the truth that…

8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. –from Romans 5

Do you see what happens when loyalty is missing? Do you see what it will do to the family? Do you see what it will do to churches? Do you see what it will do to businesses? Do you see what it will do in politics? Do you see what it will do to a nation?

A house divided will fall! Without loyalty, division and treachery are at hand! When you think of people disloyal, what comes to mind? Would any of these words resonate?

betrayal · disloyalty · faithlessness · unfaithfulness · infidelity · breach of trust · duplicity · dirty tricks · deceit · deception · chicanery · stab in the back · backstabbing · double-dealing · untrustworthiness · treason · two-timing · perfidy

So what will you nurture today? How will you choose to live? How will you build today? How will you choose to live your relationship with God? How will you choose to live your life with everyone else? Let’s put first things first and seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!

So first let’s be loyal to God! By doing that we will love God and love our neighbors!


Stay Loyal — Day 160: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Proverbs 14:15-24, Acts 5:12-42, 2 Samuel 14, 2 Samuel 15:1-12


  1. Loyalty to God in our plans … Proverbs 14:15-24

  2. Loyalty to Jesus in our words … Acts 5:12-42

  3. Loyalty to each other in our hearts … 2 Samuel 14, 2 Samuel 15:1-12

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Could morals be as simple as right and wrong? true and false? having absolutes?


Take a look around and what do you see? Do you see everyone working on the same truths? the same values? the same morales? Do you see people thinking there is no such thing as right and wrong? Do you see people who don’t believe in good and evil?

There is a war taking place but it’s not flesh and blood, but it’s against the power and principalities of darkness! The battle belongs to the Lord!

Do you believe in absolutes? Do you believe there can be right and wrong? Are things relative to you? How can you know what to do when you can’t have sides? How can you decide quickly what to do if you don’t have an internal compass that can tell you right from wrong? How can you decide quickly what to do if you don’t have an internal compass that tells you which road to take or which fork in the road to go down?

Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe that He is the son of God? Do you believe that He is God? Do you believe that what He spoke was true? Do you believe that what He taught was right? Do you trust Him? Have you received Him?

Do you believe that the Bible is the Word of God? Do you believe that the Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind? Do you believe there is only one true God, revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity)? Do you believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s son Jesus was both human and divine? Do you believe though originally good, man willingly fell to sin ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world? Do you believe every person can have restored fellowship with God through salvation (accepting Christ’s offer of forgiveness for sin)? Do you believe and practice (1) water baptism by immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation? Do you believe the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special experience following salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times? Do you believe the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues, as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles? Do you believe sanctification initially occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike? Do you believe the Church has a mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ? Do you believe a divinely called and scripturally ordained leadership ministry serves the Church and the Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers the Church? Do you believe divine healing of the sick is a privilege for Christians today and is provided for in Christ’s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins)? Do you believe in the blessed hope. When Jesus raptures his Church prior to His return to earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever? Do you believe in The millennial reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. At that time many in the nation of Israel will recognize and accept Him as the Messiah, the Savior who died for them and all mankind? Do you believe a final judgment will take place for those who have rejected Christ and that they will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire? Do you believe and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him and that we will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. ‘And so shall we forever be with the Lord!’?

Will you choose to turn to the Bible for the source of truth when faced with a decision? Will you seek wisdom from God when you are faced with a decision? Will you trust in God and His Word as the voice of truth in the midst of the swaying of society? Will you lean on God in the midst of the complex problems and situations that come your way?

Today’s devotional closes with this fact about the Bible reading for today…

The reality of right and wrong are very clear in today’s passages and there are stark contrasts between the two.

–from Day 159: Bible In One Year 2017


No Shades of Grey — Day 159: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalm 71:9-18, Acts 4:23-37, Acts 5:1-11, 2 Samuel 13


  1. Finishing well vs perishing in shame … Psalm 71:9-18

  2. Filled with the Holy Spirit vs filled by Satan … Acts 4:23-37, Acts 5:1-11

    • Notes from today’s devotional
      • First, we see the results of being filled with the Holy Spirit:

        Boldness

        Peter and John are not put off by the threats made to them (4:17,21). Rather, ‘they raised their voices together in prayer to God’ (v.24). They prayed, ‘Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness’ (v.29). ‘After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly’ (v.31).

        Unity

        ‘All the believers were one in heart and mind’ (v.32a). They were all filled with the same Holy Spirit. A mark of a Spirit-filled community is unity.

        Generosity

        They had a liberating attitude to their possessions: ‘They shared everything they had… There were no needy persons among them’ (vv.32,34). Those who could afford it helped support those who were in need (vv.34–35).

        Power

        They had prayed, ‘Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus’ (v.30). Their prayer was answered: ‘With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus’ (v.33a).

        Grace

        ‘… much grace was upon them all’ (v.33b). Experience of God’s grace should lead to a community of grace and graciousness.

        By stark contrast, in the second half of today’s passage we see the results of being filled by Satan. Peter uses very strong language when he says, ‘Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart’ (5:3).

        There was no necessity for Ananias and Sapphira to give away their property or money: ‘Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?’ (v.4). They were not criticised for a lack of generosity.

        Rather, the evidence that Satan had filled their hearts is not only that they lied(which could be a spontaneous act), but also that they conspired together to lie. Peter says to Ananias, ‘You have lied to the Holy Spirit’ (v.3) and he says to Sapphira, ‘How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord?’ (v.9). This conspiracy was premeditated and prepared.

        God gave Peter a ‘word of knowledge’ (vv.3–4). This exposed their sin. The fear of God came upon the people (vv.5,11). This type of fear was not fear of human beings or a slavish fear, but rather a holy fear. They ‘had a healthy respect for God. They knew God was not to be trifled with’ (v.11, MSG).

        This is not an easy story to read, and many of us struggle with the severity of God’s judgment in the passage. Ultimately, only God knows the secrets of our hearts, and we need to trust that his judgments are fair and just. It reminds us though of the awesomeness of God’s presence in our midst. The sense of God’s presence was so great that people feared that their sin might be exposed. But this presence of God and the Holy Spirit also brought about extraordinary conversions, healings, signs and wonders.

        –from Day 159: Bible In One Year 2017

  3. Love vs hate … 2 Samuel 13

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In this world we will have troubles…In this world we will face trials…What tempts you?


It’s a given! It’s not a possibility, it’s a given! So we need to be prepared and learn how to deal with them. We have three key things we can grab a hold of when we face trials or troubles or temptations…

Troubles:

“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.”

–from John 16:33

Trials:

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

–from James 1

Temptations:

13No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

–from 1 Corinthians 10:13

41″Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

–from Matthew 26

12Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the LORD has promised to those who love him.

–from James 1

We need to make sure we set up safeguards to keep us from falling into temptation! We need to have accountability partners who can be aware and whom we can speak to about what is going on and help be another layer of safety! We need to come up with a plan to keep us from getting into situations that would trip us up or cause us to fall into some type of moral tailspin! We need to hold on tight to Jesus and overwhelm the darkness with light!

Keep your eyes wide open and realize that the enemy is out there and his plan is to steal, kill, and destroy us which goes against God’s plan to give us life and life to the full! Just as when Jesus was fasting for 40 days and the devil kept coming at Him, we need to be prepared for the thing he will throw at us…Jesus had an answer for each time…

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
11Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

–from Matthew 4

so let’s get prepared by spending time in God’s Word!

Let’s get prepared by putting on the full armor of God!

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

–from Ephesians 6

Let’s get prepared by clinging onto Jesus! Let’s not allow the trials or troubles of this world to get us down! Let’s respond with the hope that is within us! Let’s shine the light and love of Jesus into this world around us! Let’s start our day filled up, prayed up, and ready for what today will bring! Yes, in this world there will be troubles – not might, not possibly, there will be troubles, so we need to face them by taking heart because Jesus has overcome the world! Similarly when we face trials of many kinds, we need to consider them pure joy because of the world they are and will do in us! Don’t start your day without being filled with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit! Don’t start your day without putting on the full armor of God! And realize that the higher you can start your day the great the chance that the things of this world won’t be able to take you down or as I sometimes put it when speaking to people at work if you don’t start high enough you might hit the ground before the end of day or if too low, before noon.

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!


Trials and Temptations — Day 158: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalm 71:1-8, Acts 4:1-22, 2 Samuel 11, 2 Samuel 12


  1. Take confidence in the Lord … Psalm 71:1-8

    • In the psalm we see three key aspects of what that reliance on God involves:
      • Prayer

        Here is a prayer that you can pray: ‘I run for dear life to God… get me out of this mess’ (vv.1–2, MSG).

      • Patience

        Once you have cried out for help and cast your burdens on the Lord, the next step is to hope in him with confidence (v.5): ‘You keep me going when times are tough… I’ve hung on you’ (vv.5–6, MSG).

      • Praise

        You can praise God before, during and after battles you face: ‘I’ll never run out of praise’ (v.8, MSG).

  2. Take courage from being with Jesus … Acts 4:1-22
  3. Take care to please God … 2 Samuel 11, 2 Samuel 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

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