Need favor? Got that.

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Inspirational Thought of the Day:

The sting of rejection can impact our souls, but it no longer has a hold on us, because One higher than everyone and everything has given us favor.

Scripture of the Day:

Acts 10:34

“Then Peter started speaking: ‘I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, 35 but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.'”

I stood amongst the group of kids with a dread in my heart. As the team captains each took turns calling names, I knew I would be last. The lump in my throat would not go away, so I faked a smile and looked away in the distance, pretending I did not care. But I did.

That same feeling overcomes me in situations that arise where I am keenly aware that either someone wants my position or perhaps I am not wanted.

The sting of that rejection can still impact my soul, but it no longer has a hold on me, because One higher than everyone and everything has given me favor. Undeserved favor.I love the fact that our God does not show favoritism. He made and loves all people and His creation is beautiful. He does not look at our athletic build, our skin color, our external appearance at all. He is watching over our souls to see if any will look and see His worth, accept His salvation and live for Him.

Do you ever wish you could just make it to the top? Ever wonder why it is so hard to make progress? Or maybe you just want a level of acceptance that makes you feel like you belong. Favor from man is one of those things often coveted. We strive and we long for acceptance, but sometimes even more than that – to be the best.

Getting to the top of the mountain we are climbing seems impossible, but it would not be a worthy achievement if it were not for the rugged climb to get there. This competitive desire to be significant can become idolatry easily enough, but it can also become a catalyst to help us to live faithfully for God.

God chose us to be on His team, but the choice is up to us. We have the favor of God – if we fear Him and do what is right. This is not merit-based, but it is heart-based. We cannot fake living right – God sees it all. His favor does not mean we will not have any troubles. Living godly lives does not mean we will always get our way, either, but the favor of God upon us matters more than our wants.

Oh God! Who are we, that we should have Your favor? Help us to live in a way that honors and reveres You above all else. 

Starting the Year off Right

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Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Consistently reading God’s word is not mere duty. It will change your life!

Scriptures of the Day:

John 8:31-32
31 Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you
continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you
free.”

Joshua 1:8

8 Don’t stop reading this book of the Law, but day and night
think of what it says, so you can be careful to do everything
written in it; then you will prosper and succeed.

Acts 20:32
32 “And now I entrust you to God and his care and to his
wonderful words that are able to build your faith and give you
all the inheritance of those who are set apart for himself.

Matthew 4:4

4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need
more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of
God.’ ”

John 6:63

63 It is not the flesh that gives a person life. It is the
spirit that gives life. The words I told you are spirit, and so
they give life.

Romans 15:4

4 And the Scriptures were written to teach and encourage us by
giving us hope.

John 14:23-24
23 Jesus replied: ‘If anyone loves me he will cherish my word;
my Father will love him and we will come to him and make him
our abode.
24 He that does not love me neglects my words. Yet the word you
hear is not my own but that of the Father who sent me.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us
what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.
It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.

17 It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped
for every good thing God wants us to do.

Hebrews 4:12

12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper
than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost
thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.

 

New year’s resolutions are often broken before they are begun. But there is one resolution that we never want to break – the faithful, consistent reading of God’s word. Consistently reading God’s word is not mere duty. It will change your life!

Don’t believe the lie that it is too hard to read the Bible in a year. Take two or three years, if needed, but getting into God’s word is necessary for us to be able to live a godly Christian life.

I’ll keep it brief today, so we can all get into God’s word. mr-_smiley_face-svg

Here is a fantastic link for Bible Reading Plans. The 52-week plan is my favorite!