Keep No Sin in Your Heart

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Verse of the Day: Psalm 66:18

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my voice in prayer.

We all fall short of the glory of God. We are not perfect but what we do when we fail God makes all the difference. Put aside your pride, acknowledge your sin and turn from it. Don’t let sin come between you and God. Don’t let sin destroy your fellowship with Him. Humble yourself before the Lord and confess your sins, ask for forgiveness and He will hear your prayers.

Love Is Not Selfish

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Verse of the Day: Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.

We are living in an age where selfish ambition is the norm. Our culture teaches us to think of ourselves as the top priority and to put ourselves first in everything we do. But the Bible teaches us to be humble and not to think of ourselves as more important than others. True love is not selfish or self-centered. Love compromises, is considerate and thoughtful. Love puts the needs and happiness of others above our own and is more concerned with the needs of others. Nothing proves you love someone more than praying for them and for your relationship.

 

Love Yourself

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Verse of the Day: Mark 12:31

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

Sometimes we forget the “as yourself” part of this verse. We put everyone else’s needs first but the truth is we can’t love anyone else if we don’t take care of our own health, mind, body and spirit. Many of us struggle with loving and taking care of ourselves. We even feel guilty for doing so but loving yourself means we give ourselves a reasonable amount of self-care and self-respect. You are a child of God and it’s okay to love yourself with humility and godliness. Make self-care a priority this year and remember, you can’t pour out blessings from an empty cup.

Serve One Another

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Verse of the Day:  Mark 10:45

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Jesus was born a King, but by His example on how to live, He teaches us to be humble. The Bible says that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. As ambassadors of Christ our lives should exemplify His characteristics and should reflect Christ in us. Let’s follow His example of humility by serving the less fortunate this holiday season and throughout the year. You can touch lives with your kindness and service to others by sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ. If you’re interested in volunteering your time you can find volunteer opportunities near you at www.volunteermatch.org, www.serve.gov, www.allforgood.gov or just enter “local volunteer opportunities near me” into your search engine.

 

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.