God’s Will Not Mine

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Verse of the Day:  Luke 22:41-42

He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Jesus gave us the example of how to pray, especially when going through something so difficult and life changing. First, In Luke 22:41 it says He went a little farther leaving the disciples behind so He could be alone. Intense prayer needs privacy, sometimes it just needs to be you and God alone, no one else, no distractions. Second, He knelt down and prayed. Kneeling to God shows humility, respect and honor. Third, He prayed to God saying, “Father if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus, knowing what was ahead asked His Father, if He was willing, to change the outcome that had already been set in motion. Then He relinquished His own will to the will of God. We too must voluntarily hand over our distress, our problems, our worries and our lives over to God and let His will be done. God has a purpose and a plan for your life and He knows everything from beginning to end. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and pray for His will to be done in your life.

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Overlook Offenses

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Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 19:11

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

Wise people are patient when others act offensively towards them. They don’t act or speak without thinking first. It doesn’t mean they accept what is contrary to their values and beliefs. It means they take time to evaluate the situation and act accordingly with patience and integrity. We’re living in a time where everyone is easily offended and are quick to anger, judge and criticize each other. We don’t necessarily have to agree with everyone, but we do need to be kind. Hurt people, hurt people, wise people try to understand. Instead of becoming angry show the offender God’s love and forgive them as God also forgives your offenses.

God’s Ways

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 119:15

I will meditate on your precepts, and contemplate your ways.

A precept is a command or a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought.  Instead of focusing on your problems or things that upset, disappoint or annoy you think about the way God wants you to deal with them. Think about how He wants you to respond. Let God’s precepts direct you in the way you should go. God’s ways are pure and good and they are always better than our own. Keep God’s Word in your heart and let it guide your steps through life.

The Golden Rule

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 7:12

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The concept of the “Golden Rule” is a general truth that is found not only in the Holy Bible but appears in many other religions. It’s so basic and fundamental that we teach it to our children yet, we as adults sometimes forget to act according to the principle, if you wouldn’t want it done to you, don’t do it to anyone else. Jesus’ teaching goes further than not doing to others what you wouldn’t want done to you. He teaches that we should treat everyone with fairness, justice, kindness, respect, mercy and forgiveness just as you would like to have them do to you. He goes further yet and commands, that you love one another as He loves you.

God Has No Limit

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

How amazing it is to know that the God we serve created all things in the heavens and on earth, His power is limitless. As human beings we have limits to what we can do on our own, but with God all things are possible. God can turn your mess into a message, your test into a testimony, your trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory and so much more. Stop putting human limitations on a God that has no limit to what He can do. With God there is hope, peace and fullness of life like you’ve never known. Have faith in God alone because with God all things are possible!

Read the Bible in One Year – November 2019

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November Reading List

November 1: Luke 19-20

November 2: Luke 21-22

November 3: Luke 23-24

November 4: John 1-2

November 5: John 3-4

November 6: John 5-6

November 7: John 7-8

November 8: John 9-10

November 9: John 11-12

November 10: John 13-15

November 11: John 16-18

November 12: John 19-21

November 13: Acts 1-3

November 14: Acts 4-6

November 15: Acts 7-8

November 16: Acts 9-10

November 17: Acts 11-13

November 18: Acts 14-15

November 19: Acts 16-17

November 20: Acts 18-20

November 21: Acts 21-23

November 22: Acts 24-26

November 23: Acts 27-28

November 24: Romans 1-3

November 25: Romans 4-7

November 26: Romans 8-10

November 27: Romans 11-13

November 28: Romans 14-16

November 29: 1 Corinthians 1-4

November 30: 1 Corinthians 5-8

What Does the Lord Require?

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Verse of the Day:  Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

What does the Lord require? Obedience to His Word by faith. Treat others fairly and equally, oppressing no one. Behave in a morally righteous way, not self-righteous, but in accord with God’s laws and virtues. Be kind, merciful, compassionate and forgiving even to those who don’t deserve it. Be respectful, gentle and live modestly, not thinking too highly of yourself. Submit to God’s will and acknowledge Him in every part of your life, not just on Sunday but, walk with Him in every moment of every day. We all fall short sometimes, but God’s grace is bigger than our sins.