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David Jeremiah (May-26-2022) Daily Devotional: Crown of Life

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12

 Recommended Reading: Revelation 2:10-11 - Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

The Olympics began in ancient Greece. But the spirit of prowess and competition didn’t disappear when Rome replaced Greece as the dominant Mediterranean power. The Romans tested themselves with training and competition just as the Greeks had—all for the glory of winning a crown, a wreath of leaves to wear on one’s head.

Two prominent biblical themes have their roots in athletic competition: the idea of testing and the reward of a crown. Both passages in the New Testament where the “crown of life” is mentioned are in the context of testing, or temptation (James 1:2-12; Revelation 2:10-11). James 1 is the well-known section on joyfully facing spiritual tests, concluding with the promise of the “crown of life” for all who persevere. The same is true in Revelation 2:10-11. The church in Smyrna was about to undergo testing, after which the “crown of life” would be given to the faithful.

Even if tests lead to death, we have the promise of eternal life—a reward leading to praise of Christ (Revelation 4:10).

[Christ] went by the cross to the crown, and we must not think of going any other way. - Matthew Henry

Rick Warren (May-19-2022) Daily Devotional: Your Choices Can Change Your Life

“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good." - Romans 8:28 (The Message)

As Psalm 139:14 says, God made you “wonderfully complex” (NLT). So, to fulfill God’s purpose for you, it’s essential to look at every dimension of your life and understand the five factors that influence your identity. 

For the last few days, we’ve looked at how your chemistry, connections, circumstances, and consciousness affect the way you are shaped.

If these factors are like the five cards you’re dealt in a game of poker, then the fifth factor would be your wild card. Why? Because the fifth factor is your choices, and that wild card affects all your other cards. You can’t control the hand you were dealt—but you can use your wild card to change your life by the choices you make.

The Bible says you were created in the image of God. No other creature was created in the image of God! Dogs have instincts, but don’t know the difference between right and wrong. Elephants have no moral compass. But you get to choose to do right or wrong. The freedom to choose is humanity’s greatest blessing; it’s also our greatest curse because we make poor choices all the time that harm us and everyone around us.

What does a wild card do? It can change the suit and number of the other cards you are dealt. You didn’t choose your chemistry, but you can choose what you do with your body. You didn’t choose your connections, but you can make new relationships and mend or nurture the ones you already have. You don’t choose all of your circumstances, but you do choose how you respond to every circumstance. You can’t change the fact that your consciousness—your thoughts—control your life, but you can choose what you think about.

The Bible says, “Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” Romans 8:28 (The Message). It may be hard to see the good that can come out of some aspects of the hand you were dealt in life. But the good choices you make are one of the ways God works those difficult parts of your identity into something good.

Your identity is shaped by your choices. What choices will you make today that will positively affect the rest of your life?

Talk It Over

  • What difficult circumstances in your life have made it hard for you to make good choices? What do you need from God today to help you overcome those difficult circumstances? Pray and ask him for the help you need.
  • What negative thoughts have you been dwelling on? What positive things can you choose to think about instead?
  • What steps can you take today to choose to mend or nurture your relationships?

Rick Warren (May-15-2022) Daily Devotional: Four Ways to Live a Healthier Life

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones." - Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)

Some people tend to think of their body as completely separate from their spirit. But the truth is, there is a direct connection between your spiritual health and your physical health. In fact, the Bible is full of health advice you’re probably not going to read about in a nutrition book. 

Here are four things from Scripture you can do to live a healthier life.

Trust in God. In life, you’ll either worship or worry. You’ll either pray or panic. The Bible says in Psalms 116:7, “I said to myself, ‘Relax, because the Lord takes care of you’” (NCV). God wants you to trust him and relax. He will take care of you!   

Confess your sin. One of the healthiest things you can do is to receive God’s forgiveness. Don’t repress or suppress your sin. Instead, express it to God. If you don’t talk to God about your sin, you’ll take it out on your body. This happened to David: “When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long . . . My strength evaporated . . . Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt . . . And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone” (Psalm 32:3-5 NLT).

Give generously. It’s not a mistake that the words “miser” and “miserable” have the same root. Misers are miserable; they’re always sad. But givers are always glad. Proverbs 11:25 says, “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed” (NLT).

Did you know there are more promises in the Bible about giving and generosity than about any other subject? God is a giving God, and he wants you to learn to be like him. Every time you give, your heart grows bigger—and you break the miserable grip of materialism.

Have fun. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not merely endured. In fact, the Bible says that God created everything for your enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17 says, “They should place their confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (GW).

You’ll often hear people say, “The family who prays together stays together.” That’s true. But it’s also true to say, “The family who plays together stays together.” You need to enjoy life. You need to have fun.

Friends, it’s not just what you eat that matters. It’s what eats you. You can take the best probiotics and eat fresh, healthy, and organic foods. But if you’re resentful against your dad, envious of your friend, or guilty about something you did yesterday, it will rot your bones: “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30 NIV).  

But when you look to God—with trust, confession, generosity, and fun—he fills you with peace.

Talk It Over

  • What is your first response when you start to worry or panic? If it’s not trusting God, what steps can you take to make trusting God a habit?
  • In what area do you need to receive God’s forgiveness? How has not confessing your sin affected your health?
  • Describe how generosity has filled you (and others) with joy?
  • What’s one way you can incorporate fun into your life today?

David Wilkerson - Watch Sermon: Why God Allows Troubles in a Christian Life

Joyce Meyer (May-10-2022) Daily Devotional: A Big, Rewarding Life

People with low confidence are double-minded, indecisive people who constantly get frustrated with life. If they do make a decision, they are tormented by self-doubt. They second-guess themselves. As a result, they don't live boldly. They live little, narrow lives, and they miss out on the big, rewarding lives God wants them to enjoy.

You may be aware of some of God's promises for His people—promises for peace, happiness, blessings, and so on. But did you know that all of God's promises are for every person?

That's right—when it comes to fulfilling promises, God does not discriminate. However, God requires us to approach Him in faith—the deeply held confidence that God is trustworthy and will always make good on His promises. God loves you; He wants you to relax in the knowledge of that love. God wants you to experience the peace of mind that comes from resting in His love and living without the torment of fear and doubt.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I hate all the second-guessing and the wavering that come with a lack of confidence in You. I know that You want me to enjoy a big, rewarding life, and I know that Your promises of blessings and joy and peace are for me. By faith I receive all that You have for me now. Amen.

Peace in Your Life. Have Faith in GOD - Bill Winston. In his this series 'Have Faith in God' Dr. Bill Winston sets the record straight on why it is vital that every believer have 'real' faith in God. There are some things that God can't do for you until you truly believe. Begin living a life full of the miraculous and the supernatural when you wholeheartedly begin to have faith in God!

Joyce Meyer (April-29-2022) Daily Devotional: How to Live a Balanced Life 

Listening to the Holy Spirit will keep us balanced in every area of our life. The Spirit will tell us when we're spending too much money or not spending enough, when we're talking too much or not talking enough, or even when we're resting too much or not resting enough. Any time we are doing too much or too little of something, we are out of balance.

The verse for today states that we are to be well-balanced so Satan cannot take advantage of us. For years, he took advantage of me because I was not balanced in my approach to work. I felt that my whole life should be arranged around work. As long as I was working and accomplishing something, I didn't feel the guilt that the devil used against me. But that urge to work all the time was not from God; it did not push me toward godly balance in my life. Work is a good thing, but I also needed to rest and have enjoyment.

Each day as you seek to hear from God, ask Him to show you any area in your life that is out of balance and work with Him to make adjustments. We have many things in life to juggle and therefore it is easy to get out of balance, but God is always available to help us in this area. Simply ask Him if you are doing much or too little of anything and make the changes He recommends.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I rejoice today that you will give me all the tools I need to stay balanced in every area of my life. I worship You, and I receive from You all the grace that I need for this day, amen.

Thursday, 28 April 2022 08:02

Keys to a Happy Life - Jentezen Franklin

Jentezen Franklin - Watch Sermon: Keys to a Happy Life

Thursday, 28 April 2022 01:16

Keeping Strife Out of Your Life - Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer - Watch Sermon: Keeping Strife Out of Your Life. Joyce Meyer shares how letting go of pride and embracing humility promotes peace and unity in our lives as believers.

Saturday, 23 April 2022 23:56

Iron Man and the Purpose of Life - Frank Turek

Watch Frank Turek - Iron Man and the Purpose of Life. Tony Stark had everything he could possibly need or want–sex, money, and power–so why was he still so unhappy? In this video, Frank explains why the character development of Tony Stark is one of his favorites in the entire superhero genre and gives us a sneak peek of some of the Biblical lessons we can learn from, YES… Iron Man!

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