YOU CAN’T FAKE AND HAVE INTEGRITY

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God” -2 Corinthians 4:2

So how do you live without faking it?

You do it by caring more about God’s approval than the approval of others. That’s the only way you’ll ever become a person of integrity. Sometimes God’s way is unpopular or difficult. If you care about what God thinks, you’ll do what’s right. If you care about what other people think, you’ll often do what’s wrong.

One way to live authentically is to read your Bible regularly. Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying your word” (NCV).

You can’t obey God’s Word if you don’t know it. If you don’t spend time reading and studying and memorizing the Bible, you won’t have the strength and stamina to be real and honest with the people around you.

God created you to be you. Trust him, and be authentic.

Talk About It

Where and when are you most tempted to wear a mask? Why?

Whose approval is most important to you? Why? How is seeking that person’s approval good or bad for you?

How do reading, studying, and memorizing the Bible help you live authentically?

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from DAILY HOPE  BY PASTOR RICK.

HE KNOWS YOUR NAME

SCRIPTURE TEXT:

“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish and you shall have it “-John  15:7 (GNT)
MESSAGE

same God who created this earth, this universe – who is bigger than your mind could ever fathom – looks at you in your strongest moments and your weakest moments and says gently to you, “You’re known.” Your name is written on the palm of His hand. He knows the number of hairs on your head. He knows your dreams. He knows your good days and your bad days. And most of all, He knows your heart. You’re known.

He knows the number of hairs on your head! Never fear, you are far more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows. Luke 12:7 (TLB)

He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:27

You know when I sit or stand. When far away You know my every thought. Psalm 139:2 (TLB)

Prayer Thought: “Thank You, Jesus, for knowing every little intricate piece of my heart. Thank You for chasing after me”. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from DAYSPRING BY KATY FULTS.

SHARE YOUR BURDENS WITH CHRIST

SCRIPTURE
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He care for you”- 1 Peter  5:7

MESSAGE
There are many aspects of life that can keep us up at night, but it is when we are facing these problems that we must trust God. Jesus promised never to abandon us. He even invites those who are weary and overburdened to come to Him for rest. He will never turn away anyone who comes to Him.

God does not necessarily offer you instant solutions, or make all your problems simply disappear because you pray. But if you place your faith and trust in God and confide in Him in Prayer, He will enable you think clearly and act positively. In His strength you will be able to handle your problems according to the will of God.

PRAYER
“Soothe my restless heart, O Holy Spirit. Calm the tempestuous storms that rage. Lead me to quiet waters so that I can experience peace of mind”. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

COMFORT THROUGH TEARS

SCRIPTURE
“Record my lament; list my tears on Your scroll – are they not in Your record?”- Psalm  56:8

MESSAGE
Tears allow us to release our sorrow and grief in a natural way. They are not a sign of weakness, but arise from love, tenderness and compassion. Tears alleviate our sorrow and hasten the healing of our hearts. God is moved by our grief and, through our tears, He provides us with a way of dealing with sorrow.

When Jesus wept, God showed us the sanctity of tears. He was powerful enough to remove the cause of sorrow, yet human enough to shed tears Himself.

Thank God for the healing, delivering and purifying power of sincere tears. They soften grief, bring acceptance and eventually lead to joy.

PRAYER
“O Holy Comforter, I thank You that I can find Comfort and solace through my tears; that they make my grief bearable and bring me closer to You”. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

THE BLESSING OF A BROKEN HEART

SCRIPTURE
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”- Matthew 5:4

MESSAGE
If you are lost in sadness and sorrow, remember that your Great Comforter and Friend holds your hands firmly in His. You have a Mediator who died on the cross for you, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven where He interceded for your comfort.

Christ never leaves you in your distress. He is with you in the fiery oven, the stormy seas, and in the valley of the shadow of death.

Trust in Him who will not allow anything to happen to us that will harm us. God Himself said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”
PRAYER
“Jesus, Man of Sorrows, You drank Your cup of bitterness to the lees. Help me to do same”. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

COMFORT AND STRENGTH

Scripture
“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word”- 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Message
When Paul wrote this letter to the church in Thessalonica, he was deeply concerned about the persecution they were bound to face.

Paul never sugar-coated true Christian discipleship. Above all, he wanted Christians to be willing to endure affliction for Christ’s sake.

This prayer reveals a fatherly concern, prayed from his heart for the congregation because he could not always be with them. He prayed for God to comfort them and to give them strength. These special promises are meant for all God’s children. We, too, can draw near to God and ask Him to comfort us and give us strength.

Prayer
“Lord Jesus, comfort our hearts and give us strength to do and say only what is right and true”. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

GOD IS YOUR FATHER WHO CARES

Scripture
“There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place”- Deuteronomy 1:31

Message
Life is seldom smooth, problem-free road; times of peace and calm alternate with frustration, disappointments and setbacks.

If you yield to the temptation of being controlled by these feelings, your life will become empty and aimless – robbed of its joy, purpose and meaning.

Nobody escapes the disappointments of life , but people who have faith in the promises of God know that He is with them during the hard times.

When a crisis occurs in your life, the wise thing to do is to turn to God. “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Prayer
“God, in times of crisis, I turn to You because I know You love me and will help me, no matter what I face”. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

FESTIVE SEASON OF THE SOUL 

SCRIPTURE
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ.”Luke 2:11

MESSAGE

The world is filled with the sounds of Christmas. You can hear festive songs, bells and laughter. And if you listen with your soul, you will hear the angels singing, the joy of anticipation and the sacrificed sound of holy silence. You will hear the whisper of the eternal word that became flesh in Jesus Christ.

Christmas is a continuous season of the soul, and Bethlehem lives forever in your heart. Through God’s grace, the eyes and ears of your heart will be opened and you will hear the joyful sounds of celebration because of the word that came to live among us.
PRAYER
“Savior and Friend of sinners, thank You for this season of the soul when we can listen to the soundless Word that became flesh”. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

CHRIST-FEAST 

Scripture
“Do not be afraid. “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.- Luke 2:10
Message

The world has eliminated Christ from the festivities of Christmas to make room for worldly pleasures. As Christians we need to rectify this travesty.

Christmas must not be allowed to degenerate into cheap tinsel, shining lights and superficial emotions. We must look beneath the trappings and uncover the core of Christmas, letting the Light of the world shine in our lives.

Christians have more reason to celebrate Christmas than others do. The true glory of Christmas is to be found in our hearts – not in the malls or at parties. Let the world see in us the true spirit of Christmas so that they too can come and worship the King.

Prayer
“Holy Spirit of God, this Christmas guide me past the external trappings to the true inner  joy that can only be found in Christ”. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT.

YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Scripture
“You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden”. Matthew 5:14 (NLT)

Message
No one loves Christmas more than my dad. My parents had a way of making it magical every year, and a huge part of that experience was the decorating. There was only one kind of Christmas tree to buy: the biggest one we could find. And there was only one place to put our humongous Christmas tree: in front of the biggest window in our home.

My dad decorated with the neighbors and passerby in mind, and his joy came from seeing others enjoying his work. I have many memories of going outside, in the dark and cold, to make sure that our tree looked as good from the road as it did from the living room. There could never be too many ornaments or too many lights. In fact, if the house couldn’t be see from a mile away, it just wasn’t lit up enough.

When Jesus teaches that we, as His followers, are to be the light of the world, I picture our house all lit up on Christmas Eve. The light of our faith is not for our benefit only. There are too many people living in darkness for us to selfishly hide our light. In fact, Jesus says that a town built on a hill cannot be hidden. We can’t help but illuminate the paths of those around us.

The light of our faith should be as evident from the road as it is from our living room. We are to be the  light of the world. Let’s shine Jesus every day of the year!

Prayer
“Lord, it was never Your intention that I hoard Your light for myself, Help me to step out of my comfort zone and seek to brighten some of the darkness around me.” Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from FAITH GATEWAY.