Backward Confidence

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Today's reading: Psalm 54:1-7

As David finds himself in yet another dangerous situation on the run from Saul, he calls out to God to protect and defend him. In the middle of dire circumstances, David recalls Who God is and how He has delivered him through all of his troubles in the past. As a result, we see a confident, trusting and expectant David even when he is surrounded by danger and chaos.

When has God delivered you from trouble in the past? How does looking back and recalling His protection and provision help you in the present? Tami

Presenting Jesus

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Today's reading: Psalm 53:1-6

It's not uncommon to hear someone make the comment that people are inherently good (television, classrooms, social media). That's simply not the case. We are all born with a sinful nature that dominates and rules our hearts and thinking...until we come to know God and receive Christ as Savior. From that point forward, God's Spirit dwells within us, giving us the power to overcome the negative pull of our human nature so that we can live rightly for God.

Who do you know that doesn't yet know and have a relationship with Jesus? Will you step out and introduce them to Him this week? Tami

Freedom

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Today's reading: John 8:31-32

As we finish out the week thinking about God's truth, I felt we had to look at and consider John 8:31-32 which says:

"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

These two verses convey much. First, our need to be taking in, considering and living out God's Word. And, second, that when we choose to spend time with God through His Word, a major benefit to us is spiritual truth which gives us spiritual freedom (freedom in Christ).

Take a few minutes to think about how knowing God's truth has impacted your life. What's an example of one of the freedoms knowing God's truth has given to you (For example-freed from feelings of guilt and shame, freed from some sort of addiction, free to love all people, freed from living in fear, etc.)? How often do you thank God for giving us His true and perfect Word to live by? Tami

Life Giving

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:142-144, NLT

I had the opportunity to speak on the subject of "truth" this past weekend at my church. As you might imagine, the focus of my talk was on the absolute and perfect Truth that is only found in God's Word, the Bible. The title of my message was "Truth is Life" because regularly taking in God's Word and putting each of the truths we encounter into practice is foundational and key to living a joy-filled, fully committed life for God.

"Your justice is eternal, and your instructions are perfectly true. As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live" (Psalm 119:142-144, NLT).

How does spending time in God's Word impact or influence your daily life? As a follower of Christ, what does "truth is life" and David's words in verse 144 (help me to understand so I may live) mean to you? Tami

God's Useful Word

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Today's reading: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)

2 Timothy 3:16-17 is a foundational passage for me. I frequently read it because it reminds me of the precious and valuable gift that God's Word is to us, and because it reinforces how important it is to be intentional about filling our minds with God's true and perfect thoughts.

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT).

Do you view and think about the Bible as being a gift from God to you? How have you experienced what Paul sets out in this passage with regard to your own spiritual journey (Realizing what's true and what's wrong from spending time in God's Word; being motivated and equipped to do good things for God through engaging Scripture)? Tami

About Me

Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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I'm passionate about engaging God's Word! And my blog is about just that--giving you opportunities to receive, reflect on and respond to Scripture. Each day you'll find a short passage as well as thoughts, challenges and application questions for you to think about and respond to. I look forward to interacting with you and learning together, so post comments as often as you'd like. You can even sign up to get the blogs delivered to your inbox each day!

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