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 pretty common to hear someone make the comment that people are inherently good (on television, in classrooms, on social media, etc.). 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 personally by receiving Christ as our Savior. From that point forward, God's Spirit dwells within us, giving us the power to combat and overcome the negative pull of our human nature so that we can sin less as we strive to 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

Today's reading: Genesis 8:1-19

One of the things I love about reading the Bible is the way the various forms of text (poetry, narrative, laws, instruction, prophecy, history, etc.) show and reveal God and His character to us. And that's precisely what Genesis 8:1-19 did for me today. Almost from the beginning of the passage I found myself thinking about how wonderful and magnificent God is—His greatness and power along with the fact that He is sovereign over all yet at the same time gives attention to detail and provides extraordinary care for all of His creation (Noah and his family as well as every living creature).

"But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark." (Genesis 8:1)

God's magnificence is so incredible that it's beyond my full comprehension. And isn't that a precisely how it should be when it comes to such an incredible God?

What did you see or learn about God from Genesis 8:1-19? What are three character qualities of God that stood out to you from this passage? Tami

TRUST

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Today's reading: Genesis 7:1-24

After learning of God's decision to "bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven" (Genesis 6:17) and seeing instructions for the building of the ark, in Genesis 7 we are provided with specifics concerning Noah's animal tasks and then given details concerning the actual flood itself. It's a sobering passage, with verses 21-24 being particularly difficult to take in.

I tried to imagine myself in Noah's shoes (or even those of one of his family members'). Emotions had to be running high. Nothing like this had ever been seen or experienced before. I can only begin to fathom how horrific it had to have been to know about for many months, and then to actually witness, the death of not only those close to you (relatives, neighbors, coworkers, etc.) but also cities and countries full of men, women and children. By the time I reached the middle of this passage, one word—TRUST—was in my mind. And as I continued through the end of the chapter, the importance and impact of trusting God above all else filled every inch of my thinking. I am convinced that without fully trusting God, Noah and his family could not have endured and survived through this situation.

When do you find it most difficult to surrender a circumstance to God and trust that He has it under control? Is there a situation that you need to turn over to God today? What does (or would) fully trusting God look like in your life right now? Tami

Serving Well

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Today's reading: Genesis 6:9-22

The account of Noah and the ark is arguably one of the most recognized stories from the Bible. At first glance, it's appealing because there are animals, a big boat and a miraculous, beautiful rainbow. But when we really stop to think about this story, what takes place is quite horrific. All but eight people living on the earth were destroyed because of the great wickedness of man.

It's a regular part of my prayers that God would help, guide and empower me to live rightly and blamelessly (we looked at this yesterday) and that He would use me to accomplish His purposes. And I'm guessing Noah prayed something similar thousands of years ago. So as I took in this life-altering account today and considered the tasks and responsibilities God placed on Noah's shoulders, the weightiness of that regular prayer for guidance to live well hit me full force. Thank you, God, for the reminder of my need to be fully prepared to do whatever tasks you put before me—those I find enjoyable as well as the ones I find difficult.

What's one thing you learned about serving God from Noah's example in Genesis 6:9-22? On a scale of 1-10, how attuned would you say you are to God's prompting to serve Him in a particular area or task? How are you (in what ways or areas) serving God right now? 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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