Thursday, September 23, 2021

DOING GOOD

MALACHI 3:18 (CEB)
You will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked,
between those serving God and those not serving him.


GALATIANS 6:9 (CEB)
Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Keep up the good work that you're doing.

PRAYER
Lord, we're grateful that your love for us doesn't depend on how good we are. Forgive us for thinking that your grace excuses us from pushing forward with the good that you are doing through us. Fill me with energy for right living so that I might bring honor to Christ the righteous one. Amen.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

THERE'S A WELCOME HERE

ISAIAH 40:1 (CEV)
Our God has said:
     "Encourage my people!
     Give them comfort."


LUKE 9:11 (ABP)
Jesus welcomed the crowd that was following him. He told them about God’s kingdom and healed those who were sick.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
It's good to know that God welcomes people like us and even has an encouraging word.

PRAYER
Thank you, God, for your warm welcome and encouraging words. Forgive us for thinking of you as stern and aloof. Give me an encouraging word to say about what you're up to -- and the wisdom to know when and how to speak it. Because you're in charge of my life I'm going to encourage those around me in the name of Jesus. Amen.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A LIFE OF PRAYER

PSALM 44:8 (CEV)
We boast about you, our God,
and we are always grateful.


1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-17 (TPT)
Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
Make your life a prayer.

PRAYER
Honorable God, it is a privilege to approach you. Forgive me for embracing distractions that keep me from using my life as a prayer to you. Turn it around for me. I want the entirety of who I am -- everything I think, do, and say to be an expression of my gratitude to you. Amen.

Monday, September 20, 2021

ALIVE IN CHRIST

PSALM 118:17 (MSG)
I didn’t die. I lived!
And now I’m telling the world what GOD did.


GALATIANS 2:20 (MSG)
My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

SUMMARY SENTENCE
I live because of what God does.

PRAYER
It's a relief, God, to know that my life doesn't hinge on how well I perform. I can't keep it up. Forgive me for pretending that I can. Help me to embrace the life of Christ in such a way that I'm allowing his life to bubble up through mine. I am alive because I'm connected to your life. Amen.