Month: May 2014
Devotion for the week of 5/26/14-6/1/14
When the Bible talks about beauty it is mostly talking about the beauty that comes from within. The Bible does not want to mislead us to believe that outer beauty is more important than inner beauty. Which is why 1 Peter 3:3-4 says ‘Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight’. Often times we get caught up in how our hair looks and how our outfit looks. But here we are told that God doesn’t care about those things. He cares, instead, about us being humble, kind, loving, and tender. God made you, and you are beautiful in his eyes. So quit worrying about how you look to others, because that doesn’t matter. Instead focus on being a good person on the inside. For that is way more valuable that being pretty. Proverbs 31:30 says ‘Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised’. Even if you are pretty now, you won’t always look like that. Eventually, your beauty will fade and your charm will become known as deceitful. It is then that having a good heart and respecting the Lord will be what will draw people to you. Don’t rely on your good looks, because you won’t always have them. Rely on being a sweet woman who loves God and that will get you places. I, too, am guilty of worrying about and focusing on my looks. We’ve all done that. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t care about how you look. I’m saying that you shouldn’t care too much about how you look. You should still go out in public looking respectable, but you shouldn’t spend a ton of time trying to make yourself look good for others. Honestly, you can’t please everyone. So just focus on pleasing God. Be beautiful! Not just on the outside, but on the inside too. Because, ladies, that’s what really matters.
*For all you guys who are thinking that this doesn’t apply to you, it does. You are just as guilty of focusing on how you look. Also, girls are going to want to spend a lot of time making themselves look good for you if you don’t let them know that they’re beautiful just the way they are. Instead of making girls feel like they need to be pretty, show them that what’s really important is that they are beautiful on the inside. And, guys, you too should focus on being ‘beautiful’ on the inside.
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Devotion for the week of 5/12/14-5/18/14
Everywhere you go you are likely to hear people cussing or even simply saying ‘Oh, my God!’ You may even be one of the people who says those things. Well I am here to tell you that the Bible says that we should not say those things. 2 Timothy 2:16 reads ‘But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.’ What that means is profanity may lead to ungodliness. Those words you say everyday that you think nothing about, or those words that you hear everyday, are ungodly words that can lead to you being an ungodly person. I know you may think that they are harmless words and they aren’t hurting anyone. Sometimes people cuss and it does hurt others, but sometimes it really does seem to be harmless. It’s not. Imagine this: imagine God wincing every time you cuss. Every time you cuss imagine Him sitting up in Heaven wincing and thinking ‘I wish they didn’t say that.’ You may think it’s ‘normal’ or ‘cool’ to cuss. Drugs, alcohol, and sex are also considered ‘normal’ and ‘cool’ but that doesn’t mean they’re okay. At least not in God’s eyes. The phrase ‘Oh, my God’ is one that is casually thrown around everywhere. You may not think there’s anything wrong with it but one of the Ten Commandments specifically tells us not to say it. Exodus 20:7 says ‘You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.’ Other versions refer to it as ‘taking God’s name in vain’. However you want to say it, it means the same thing. Using God’s name as a curse or an exclamation is misusing it. His name is not meant to be used in that sense. It is meant to be praised and loved. In my life I have slipped up and cursed (those times are few and far between), but I have never said ‘Oh, my God’. I just cannot bear to say it. The words can’t even come out of my mouth unless they are part of a worship song. I just can’t imagine saying something that misuses God’s name. I would never do that to Him. I would never use His name in an ungodly way. I just can’t even… Yet everywhere I go, literally everywhere, I hear people saying ‘Oh, my God’. Even at church I hear it. Most people don’t think of it as bad. But it is. Typically people like hearing their name; from their friends and their family. But it doesn’t feel so great when your name is used in a not-so-nice context, does it? You don’t like when someone says your name followed by an insult, do you? Even though you aren’t purposefully insulting God when you say ‘Oh, my God’ it is misusing His name just as people misuse your name when they insult you. Therefore, it is an insult to God. I know you’ve probably never thought of it like this before, so I wanted to make you aware. Cussing and saying ‘Oh, my God’ are things that God does not like; things that lead to ungodliness. So, please, don’t have a dirty mouth.
Devotion for the week of 5/5/14-5/11/14
When I was about eight years old my family and I were driving home from church. When we had just pulled out of the parking lot I remember telling my mom that I wanted to be a Christian because she was a Christian and she seemed so happy. It was because being a Christian made my mom a happier person that led to me becoming a Christian. You will find that Christians are often joyful people. That doesn’t mean they are always happy and never have anything to bring them down. It just means that since they have God they have hope, and that brings them joy. Romans 15:13 says ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Being a Christian does not mean that you don’t have problems anymore. Christians face trials just like anyone else. But, with Christ in their hearts, they have the strength to get through them so that it won’t seem so bad. 2 Corinthians 12:10 reads ‘For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ God gives us strength. It is said in John 16:22 that we will rejoice after our sorrows are gone, and that no one can ever take away our joy. God gives us a joy that we will have forever because He loves us so much. And love gives us joy. Love gives us hope. His love gives us those things eternally. Non-believers sometimes aren’t willing to become Christians because they like the way their life is and they don’t want to change. In the movie God’s Not Dead, one man visits his mother in a mental hospital. They have a brief talk, and this is what is said between them:
Mark: You prayed and believed your whole life. Never done anything wrong, and here you are. You’re the kindest person I know. I am the meanest. You have dementia. My life is perfect. Explain that to me!
Mark’s mother: Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want people turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day time runs out and the door slams shut and suddenly it’s too late to get out.
People in this world are comfortable sinning. It doesn’t bother them and they don’t want to change, nor do they believe they need to. These people’s lives aren’t always great, but they don’t mind much because they get to do what they want and be who they want. Some view Christianity as a cage. They think that it keeps you from being able to have fun and be happy. When, in reality, Christianity brings you more joy than a life with no restrictions. It brings you a deeper, stronger joy. Sin is the real cage. So while they go on living their lives as they do, perfectly content with the decisions they make and who they are, they are losing their chance to be free from that life that is actually a cage. They are losing their chance to experience real joy. Christians should rejoice knowing that having Jesus in their hearts and in their lives gives them joy. We should live our lives in such a way that people see us and think ‘I want to be that happy! Can God really make you that happy?” We should live our lives so that they know that the answer to that question is yes!