Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Faithful

The Lord spoke to Jacob: I won’t leave you—I will do all I have promised. ~ Genesis 28:15b (CEV)

Later, when Jacob was about to die, he leaned on his walking stick and worshiped. Then because of his faith, he blessed each of Joseph’s sons. ~ Hebrews 11:21 (CEV)

KEY IDEA:
God was faithful to Jacob and like Jacob, we should remain with the Lord.
PRAYER:
Lord, it's so amazing to think of how faithful you are to your people. I know that I am not always faithful to you. I am easily distracted by other influences and am in need of forgiveness and restoration. Help me to draw strength from you faithfulness so that I can faithfully worship you until the end of my life, too. Amen.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Involved

God, your God, will outdo himself in making things go well for you... ~ Deuteronomy 30:9a (MSG)

God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes. ~ Philippians 2:13 (CEB)

KEY IDEA:
God is involved in our lives.
PRAYER:
Lord, thank you being involved in our lives. You didn't just hand us a bunch of instructions and then walk away. Save me from the kind of doubt that tries to block you out of how I live. I really do want to live out your agenda for me and the world around me. Amen.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Total forgiveness

The 18th Sunday after Pentecost

"...I’ll wipe the slate clean for each of them. I’ll forget they ever sinned!" God’s Decree. ~ Jeremiah 31:34b (MSG)

John writes: My children, I am writing this so that you won’t sin. But if you do sin, Jesus Christ always does the right thing, and he will speak to the Father for us. ~ 1 John 2:1 (CEV)

KEY IDEA:
God's forgiveness is total.
PRAYER:
Gracious God, thank you for sending Christ into the world to sacrifice his life so that we can experience your forgiveness. It means a lot to me to have my slate washed clean -- over and over again. Even when I don't take my sin seriously enough you go way beyond what might be expected of a forgiving God. Help me to recognize what you are doing for me and to honor you in the right way. I'm going to live as a Jesus-forgiven person. Amen.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

God is trustworthy

God can always be trusted to bring justice. ~ Deuteronomy 32:4b (CEV)

Jesus told us that God is light and doesn’t have any darkness in him. Now we are telling you. ~ 1 John 1:5 (CEV)

KEY IDEA:
God can be trusted to always do the right thing.
PRAYER:
Just and righteous God, I'm grateful that you can be trusted to be who you are. Although sometimes I feel that you aren't totally fair. You are way too kind to bad people. That bothers me. Help me to trust that your light will purify all that is bad and harmful. I want to be able to trust you and your grace. For you are totally trustworthy. Amen.