Verse of the Day: Romans 9:20
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”
We are all unique, one of a kind creations. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We each have been given different gifts so stop comparing yourself to other people and trust that God made you with a special purpose in mind. Love yourself the way God loves you and be the best you, you can be. “A flower does not think of competing with the next flower, it just blooms.” – Unknown
Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 18:4
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
We are the clay, marred by sin, often feeling unusable. But in the Potter’s hands we are transformed into a new creation. If we give ourselves to God, He will mold us into a new vessel fit for His purpose and every good work He has planned for us. We don’t have to be perfect to be used by God, just willing. We might start out broken but God can make us whole.
Verse of the Day: James 2:14
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?
Faith is a verb; it requires action on our part. Faith in God prompts us to do something, it moves us to share the love of God not only by word but also by deed with those in need. (for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13)
Verse of the Day: 2 Corinthians 8:5
And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
Be so full of God’s love and joy that it spills over into the lives of those who also need Him. Give yourself fully to God and allow Him to use you for His purpose, let Him work through you to help others.
Verse of the Day: Isaiah 43:4
Because you are precious in my eyes, you are honored, and I love you.
Are you seeing yourself the way God sees you? You are God’s own creation and we know that He doesn’t make mistakes. You have worth, you are a jewel and you belong to God. You have been adopted into His own family, you are His child and an heir to His kingdom. God has given you gifts and talents to use for His purpose because He has a plan for you. He loves you so much He gave His Only Son so you could have eternal life. Stop worrying about the way the world sees you and start seeing yourself the way God sees you, as His precious daughter.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:19-21
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
There’s nothing wrong with having nice things. The problem is idolizing material things over treasuring what we have in Christ. It’s more important to focus on eternal things which are more valuable than anything here on earth that is only temporary. Using our money, gifts and talents for God’s purpose should be a priority in the coming year.
Verse of the Day: 1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
God gives each of us talents, abilities and gifts that He expects us to use to serve others. Gifts of wisdom, faith, discernment, teaching, administration, service, mercy, hospitality and encouragement have been given to us for His purpose, not ours. If we want to please God we must faithfully use our gifts to bless others and to build His kingdom.