Verse of the Day: 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
The Coronavirus pandemic is all over the news and on everyone’s mind. It’s affecting our physical health, mental health, and our work, home and social life. People are scared and it’s important to take every precaution possible to help contain the spread of this virus. As Christians, we need to remember that God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Jesus said we would have troubles but then He said not to worry because He overcame the world.
Verse of the Day: Romans 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
It’s not always easy being a Christian in the current condition and culture of this world. Even when it seems hard to keep our faith we need to continue to be faithful. It may seem like we are constantly fighting to survive but our sufferings are just a moment in time and our glory will be eternal. Everything we go through here cannot compare in the least to how wonderful heaven will be. We know there will no more death, mourning, crying or pain and it will all be worth it when we get to heaven and are in the presence of God.
Verse of the Day: Luke 5:16
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
God wants you to get away from all the noise and distractions around you to spend some quiet time with Him in prayer. Jesus, as an example for us, chose to get away and pray in private. It’s not always easy to find the time or a quiet place but if you make an effort to be alone with God in prayer it will always be worth it. You are never less alone than when you are alone with God.
Verse of the Day: Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit naturally develops in you as you leave sin behind and seek and become more like Christ. As your maturity in Christ grows so too will these virtues. It won’t be overnight, it takes a lifetime of dedication and obedience to God and His Word as you are led by the Holy Spirit. Fruit grows where roots are deep. Be rooted in Christ and let Him be the foundation of your life and you will see more abundantly good fruit to the praise and glory of God.
Verse of the Day: Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Everything has a time and a season. There will be good times, hard times, growing times, quiet times, every kind of season you can imagine. The most important thing you need to know is that you never have to go through a season alone. God is with you in every season and He loves you more than you will ever know.
Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 10:23
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
Honestly, this is a hard lesson to learn for many, including myself. You may be determined to demand your rights as a citizen of this country but it’s not always what’s best for you as a Christian. Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you. Knowing the difference between your rights and what is right for you as a child of God comes with spiritual maturity.
Verse of the Day: Romans 8:37
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
We may have confidence in knowing that no tribulation, suffering, persecution, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. His love is not earned so it cannot be lost, it is undeserved and limitless. We are not just conquerors, we are more than conquerors, not just in some things but in all things through Jesus Christ!