January 2018 Archives

Negative for Positive

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 4:1-23

When we commit to serving God fully, we should expect to encounter opposition. You see, Satan hates it when our lives are dedicated to God and when we share God's love and the message of Jesus with others. I can't tell you how many times I've encountered opposition almost immediately after committing to some sort of project or event that advances the Gospel, or I begin spending more time reading and studying my Bible. And many times that opposition comes from unexpected places and people--sometimes even a fellow church-goer, a family member or someone I consider a friend. So as our relationship with God grows, which means that we will be doing more and more to follow and serve Him, we need to be prepared for the opposition that will arise.

While opposition itself is a negative, we can turn what is meant as a negative into a positive and something good for God. We see this throughout Nehemiah, and particularly in Nehemiah 4. Sanballat and Tobiah wanted to stop the rebuilding efforts, but their tactics ended up having the opposite impact. As Nehemiah and the Jews faced this negative situation, they turned to God and relied fully on Him. The harsh words, ridicule and threats intensified Nehemiah's and the worker's focus on God, strengthened, unified and motivated the group and honed in their focus on the important project before them. What Sanballat and Tobiah meant for harm, Nehemiah and the Jews--with their eyes on God--turned and used for good.

The next time you encounter opposition as you are serving God, how can you respond positively? In other words, how can/will you turn a negative into a positive for God? What encouraged you most from the example of Nehemiah and the Jews, and how might you follow this example in the future? Tami

Opposition

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 4:1-23

Not everyone in and around Jerusalem is pleased about the reconstruction project for the gates and wall around Jerusalem. So as Nehemiah and the Jews begin making progress on the rebuilding, they encounter some intense opposition. Sanballat, Tobiah and others don't like that their position of having the upper hand is being taken away by the Jews gathering together to strengthen themselves and to reassert their claim to the city of Jerusalem. The opposers first try verbal assaults, and when that doesn't stop the work, they then plot physical violence.

Nehemiah and the Jews didn't allow the opposition to stop their progress. As soon as the opposition started, they turned it over to God through prayer, took protective measures and pressed on with the work.

How have you encountered opposition as you've served God? How did you respond? What's one lesson you learned about responding to and/or overcoming opposition from Nehemiah and the workers? Tami

Rally the Troops

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 3:1-32

After arriving in Jerusalem, Nehemiah privately surveys the state of the wall and its gates before communicating his thoughts and plans with any of the Jews. (Neh. 2:17-18). But once he does share his heart and the direction he has received from God with the people, they eagerly offer their support. They are fully aware of the broken-down state of their city, and they know the situation is not good. But until Nehemiah arrives to issue the challenge to rebuild and head up the effort, they aren't of the mindset to rally together to resolve the situation. They didn't even realize it, but they were in need of someone to step up and be a leader--someone to motivate and encourage them to do what they knew was necessary and right. So when the people rally together and begin the rebuilding, which is what we see in Nehemiah 3, the enthusiastic, all-in work effort is impressive and effective!

How might you "rally some troops" for God this week and/or in the coming month? Who do you know that you can encourage to step up and serve God more fully? How does encouraging and urging others to serve, in turn, encourage and motivate you to get even more active for God? Why is it important and what are the benefits for us to work together as we serve God? Tami

Pleasing with Praise

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Today's reading: Psalm 69:29-36

After starting the weekend in Psalm 69, I decided to stay here one more day because there's quite a bit we can learn from David in this song of affliction. As we come to the end of the psalm, David turns to praise even though he's experiencing extreme affliction and difficulties. I was especially drawn to verses 30-31, where we're shown that, more than anything, God desires our hearts and the praise that flows from our heart's love of Him.

"I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs."

What impact does praising God when you're going through difficult times have on your thinking, attitude and actions? Have you offered God heartfelt praise this weekend? Tami

Listening and Moving

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Today's reading: Psalm 69:1-36

The first three verses of Psalm 69 spoke loudly to me because I have gone through some seasons like David is feeling and describing here. The most recent one of those seasons was only a year or so ago. At the time, it felt like my husband and I were never going to get an answer from God about our situation. Our eyes were definitely growing "dim with waiting" (vs. 3). I can't tell you how many teary conversations I had with God where I poured out everything and asked Him to help me stay strong because I knew in my heart that He was good and had our best interests in mind. And although we struggled with feeling weary in the wait, we chose to press forward, trusting God and His timing and continuing to give Him our praise.

As I write today, my husband and I are no longer in that waiting period. God is so good, loving and faithful! He was listening and moving all along even though we couldn't see it "Thank you, God, for walking with us always!"

When you're distressed, discouraged and defeated, do you talk candidly with God about what you're feeling? Why is this important? How does talking openly with God bring you strength, peace, patience, encouragement, comfort and draw you closer to Him? What helped or encouraged you from David's prayer today? Tami

Leading

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 2:9-20

Nehemiah's earthly title was a cupbearer to the king. So he didn't hold a position of leadership with regard to his work situation. Yet, as we begin to see in Nehemiah 2 and we will see even more throughout this Book, Nehemiah was an extraordinary leader to the Jews living in Jerusalem whom he gathers together to rebuild Jerusalem's broken-down gates and outer wall.

All of us are leaders in some manner whether we have an official title of leadership or not. I say this because we influence those we encounter (formally and informally) every day. That being the case, as we work through this Book together, don't be surprised if many of my daily blogs focus on and ask us to consider leadership lessons we can learn from this story. If you're interested in becoming a better leader (and I trust we all are), then Nehemiah's story is a must read.

Do you think of yourself as a leader? Why or why not? Take a few minutes to think about different areas of your life (home, work, school, friendships, church, extended family). How have you been and how are you currently influencing, impacting and guiding (leading) others? What's one lesson you learned from Nehemiah about leading from today's passage? Tami

Mightily Ordinary

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 2:9-20

The Book of Nehemiah tells the story of the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem led by a Godly man named Nehemiah. Nehemiah wasn't born into a royal family; he wasn't highly educated; he wasn't wealthy; he wasn't exceptionally skilled or gifted in a particular area. He was a common, ordinary person--who had a right relationship with God. As a result, God raised up Nehemiah and used him to accomplish great things.

Although we've only read two chapters of Nehemiah so far, what have these two chapters shown about how God uses ordinary people to accomplish His work? What has this Book shown you about how God could use you? What does this account reveal about the need for us to have and maintain a strong relationship with God (talking with God through prayer, spending time taking in His Word)? Tami

Thinking BIG

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 2:1-8

I decided to stay on Nehemiah 2:1-8 for a second day because of the inspiring example Nehemiah provides for us when it comes to thinking about our future and acting on our faith. Nehemiah was a domestic servant to a powerful, foreign king. By all appearances, he wasn't in a position to be able to do much for God. Yet when he learned of the dilapidated conditions in Jerusalem--an enormous problem in a place where Nehemiah didn't live and wasn't even free to visit--he didn't let his circumstances limit or constrain his thinking about how he could impact the situation.

Nehemiah was focused on and dedicated to God, which resulted in Nehemiah having God-sized dreams and goals. Who would have ever thought that a lowly wine server to King Artaxerxes would be allowed to leave his servant post to return to his homeland where he would not only materially rebuild a city, but bolster and reorganize its waning Jewish community? Nehemiah's story is real life proof that nothing is impossible--with God. All too often, we allow our circumstances to get in our heads and limit our thinking instead of thinking BIG with and for God.

Thank you, God, for giving us Nehemiah's story to inspire us to never stop seeking after You and dreaming about and pursuing God-sized goals!

Would you say you're a "BIG thinker" when it comes to serving God? What things hold you back from dreaming BIG? What encouraged you the most from Nehemiah's example, and why? Tami

In The Moment

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 2:1-8

After praying and mourning for days, Nehemiah continues to be grieved over the condition of the city of Jerusalem. So much so that when he comes to serve King Artaxerxes his wine, the king takes note of Nehemiah's sad appearance and inquires about what is troubling him. It's a bit of a scary situation for Nehemiah (remember, Nehemiah is a low ranking servant for the king), but Nehemiah pushes forward and makes the most of the situation. He has already been fasting and praying for days prior to this incident, so when the king asks him what is wrong, Nehemiah humbly and respectfully tells the king about the horrible conditions in Jerusalem. The king could have concluded the conversation at this point, but he doesn't. Artaxerxes continues the dialogue by asking "What are you requesting?" (vs. 4).

What we read next, caught my attention in a BIG way. The final part of verse 4 says, "So I prayed to the God of heaven." It's only a few words placed in the middle of many details, but it's a critical sentence because it puts before us an example of complete trust in and reliance on God. Nehemiah was in a delicate situation in which he needed God's guidance. So in the middle of talking with the king, instead of responding based on his own thoughts, he shoots up what I call an "in the moment" prayer--a brief but important conversation with God when we're faced with making an immediate decision and we need direction, guidance and protection. I'm a huge proponent of "in the moment" prayers. I utilize them often and God responds mightily, as He did for Nehemiah. Immediately after his short prayer, Nehemiah boldly asks the king to send him to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall, and even asks for letters of approval, lumber for construction and a house to live in during the rebuilding process. God's favor is with Nehemiah, and the king grants every request.

Is it your practice to shoot up prayers to God throughout your day? How do "in the moment" prayers impact your mindset and focus? How are they of benefit to you? Tami

Cupbearer's Prayer

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Today's reading: Nehemiah 1:1-11

Today we're starting a new Book--Nehemiah. If you've never read Nehemiah, you are in for a treat! This Old Testament Book lays out the account of a portion of the life of the man Nehemiah who is a cupbearer in the court of a foreign king. Nehemiah's story is such an encouraging one. He didn't have much going for him as a low ranking servant to King Artaxerxes, but because he was right with God, God used Nehemiah in a mighty way to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.

As we start today, Nehemiah receives word that Jerusalem's wall is broken down and its gates have been burned and destroyed by fire. Broken hearted and grieved, Nehemiah takes his concerns to God. He weeps and mourns for days. He fasts and prays about the situation. His prayer, which is recorded in verses 5-11, not only gives us insight into Nehemiah's heart, but also puts before us a beautiful example of how we can pray. The first two things I notice are that Nehemiah is humble in his approach and has an attitude of complete repentance. I also notice (and love) that he has an obvious knowledge of God's laws and words, and is able to draw on and use what God has said to His people as he talks with God. And then, as Nehemiah concludes his prayer, he verbalizes his complete trust in God as he asks for Him to move on his behalf.

What information and details did you notice about Nehemiah from chapter 1 (I'm asking because this will give us context for what's coming in this account)? What's one thing you learned about approaching God through prayer and/or spending time with God from Nehemiah's prayer? What stood out to you most from Nehemiah's prayer and why? Tami

Today's reading: Psalm 68:1-35

Since Psalm 68 is so rich with information, I decided to spend another day considering what we can take away from this psalm about following God. I mentioned yesterday how this is a praising of God for His provision throughout time--past, present and future. And today as I read, it was that future portion of praise that drew me in. David's song exudes confident anticipation of what God will do (of things yet to take place) going forward. It's an example that we would be good for us to adopt and put into practice.

Is praising and praying to God with confident anticipation of what He is going to do in the future something you do? As you pray this week, will you join me in telling God that you trust Him, and that you are confident about what He is doing in your life and what He has for your future? Tami

Our Forever God

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Today's reading: Psalm 68:1-35

There is quite a bit going on in Psalm 68 which puts before us a praising of God for what He will do, what He is doing and what He has done. What I particularly liked about this psalm was all of the little pieces of information about God and His character that are woven into the psalmist's praise. These three things are what stood out prominently to me:

  • That God, in His goodness, has and will provide for the needy (vs. 10);
  • That God is great and powerful beyond our human comprehension--"The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands..." (vs. 17); and
  • That God, who is our salvation, bears us up daily (vs. 19).

Thank you, God, for showing and reminding me, yet again, that You are trustworthy, You are capable and that You have every detail of my life securely in the palm of Your hand!

Identify two to three things you learned or noticed about God from this psalm? What encouraged you the most from Psalm 68 today, and why? Tami

Walking Rightly

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Today's reading: Proverbs 28:6, Proverbs 28:18

"Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways" (Proverbs 28:6).

"Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall" (Proverbs 28:18).

Who do you know that models or demonstrates walking in integrity? Based on these verses, what is God's view of integrity? How would you explain the importance of having integrity and living according to it to someone? Tami

Instruction Needed

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Today's reading: Proverbs 13:1, Proverbs 13:10, Proverbs 13:18

"A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke" (Proverbs 13:1).

"By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom" (Proverbs 13:10).

"Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored" (Proverbs 13:18).

Part of living wisely is being open to receiving instruction from other people (people who have experienced things we haven't, people who have training in particular subjects or areas, people who have a strong relationship with God, people who are gifted in the areas of discernment and wisdom). Yet all too often, we get caught up in thinking that we know best. It's not a wise mindset and it can lead us off course pretty quickly. So I was thankful for the reminder today that if we want to live wisely, we need to be seeking out and then taking in advice and instruction from wise people around us.

How open are you to receiving advice from others? Who do you know that would be a good source of advice or instruction for you? Think back over the past year or so. What's one example of where instruction or advice you received and acted on was of benefit to you? Tami

Planning For Joy

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Today's reading: Proverbs 12:20

"Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy" (Proverbs 12:20).

The final few words of Proverbs 12:20 seemed to jump off the page at me this morning. As we start out each day, we all have some sort of plan in mind. We know when we need to get up, we have a routine of getting ready for work or school, we know how we're getting where we need to go, and once we arrive at our destination, our day is structured with routine until it's time for us to once again fall into bed so we can do it all over again the following day. Sounds pretty mundane and boring... but it doesn't have to be, which leads me to Proverbs 12:20.

What Proverbs 12:20 shows us is that in the midst of all of our daily schedules, routines and plans, we should also be thinking about and planning how everything we do can be accomplished with God's peace--speaking kind and encouraging words, having a loving approach, maintaining a generous and helping attitude, thinking about the needs and interests of the people around us. When we're intentional to make living with God's peace part of every detail of our daily lives, the result will be having joy in and through all of our circumstances.

How have you experienced the words of Proverbs 12:20, "but those who plan peace have joy"? Who do you know whose lifestyle models this verse? What's one thing you can/will do to "plan peace" into your schedule this week? Tami

Healing Power

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Today's reading: Proverbs 12:18

"There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" (Proverbs 12:18).

There are a number of things I like about Proverbs 12:18--the descriptions used and how they immediately bring clear and understandable images to mind, the message conveyed of the power of our words and how they can be harmful or restorative, and lastly, the point that a wise person will choose to offer words (in content and in tone) that bring healing.

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being low and 10 being high), where would you rate yourself with regard to using "healing words" in the past week? How can and will you improve this number going forward? Who in your circle of influence needs to hear some "healing words" from you? Tami

Ten Seconds

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Today's reading: Proverbs 29:20

"Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him" (Proverbs 29:20).

Over the years I've learned that taking time to pause before responding to someone is a good practice. Practicing this pause is especially important when the conversation involves a disagreement, discipline or giving counsel or advice. A good friend of mine refers to her practice of pausing before responding as "the ten second rule." I like that name and use it often.

Ten seconds may not sound like much time, but it can literally make or break a situation. Those few seconds where I'm intentional about holding my tongue allows me, first and foremost, to shoot up a prayer to God asking for wisdom. It also allows me to further assess the emotions, demeanor, body language and attitude of the person(s) I'm talking with. I can then gather my thoughts before offering my response.

In what type of situations are you most tempted to be "hasty with your words"? Do you utilize something like the ten second rule? How has holding back and not responding immediately been of benefit to you? Tami

Vibrant in Praise

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Today's reading: Psalm 66:1-20

As soon as I read the first few verses of Psalm 66, I started smiling because praising God through singing is one of my favorite things to do, and this psalm makes it clear that God likes that kind of praise too. If you've ever been unsure or wondered about how to praise God or what praising God should look like, Psalm 66 is a great place to go because it quite plainly tells us that we can be verbal and demonstrative with our praise, singing and shouting for joy to God.

"Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard..." (vs. 8)

How often do you praise God as described in Psalm 66--shouting for joy, singing, verbally proclaiming what God has done? What does vibrant and joyful praising of God look like in your life? Tami

Abundant Provider

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Today's reading: Psalm 65:1-13

As I took in Psalm 65 today, the fact that God provides for everything we need seemed to jump off the page. In the beginning verses, we see God providing His grace and salvation, then we read of His calming strength and protection, and as we come to the end of the psalm, His provision is shown through the description of the fertile and productive earth He's given us to live on. The fact that God is in control of all things and that every detail of our lives rests in His hands was absolutely evident.

Do you view God as being your abundant provider? How has God provided for you and your family over the years? Would you join with me today in thanking God for being our all-powerful, all-providing God? Tami

Words Of Life

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Today's reading: Proverbs 18:21

I've been traveling for work the past week, and one of the things I enjoy doing when I'm on the road is to watch people. So as I boarded on and off planes and shuttles, waited in lines for food, coffee and rental cars, I was able to observe hundreds of interactions between various people-friends, families, co-workers, business colleagues, strangers. I couldn't help but notice the power of our words. Proverbs 18:21 tells us:

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits."

There's nothing more enjoyable than receiving words of life. Words that compliment, word that support, words that express respect, kindness, care, and empathy, and words that convey love. Even a few positive and encouraging words have the power to change a person's perspective and can literally change the course of their day.

Who will you encourage with your words today--at home, school, work, on Facebook, as you're out running errands? Will you be intentional about offering encouraging words of life to those you encounter this weekend? Tami

1 John Wrap

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Today's reading: 1 John 1-5

The letter of 1 John is full of powerful messages and lessons for us to consider and draw upon for our daily lives. As I looked back over this Book, the message that impacted me the most was that as Christ-followers, our faith gives us victory over the world (1 John 5). Although I didn't specifically write about it, 1 John 4:4, states this well.

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."

What message stood out to you the most from 1 John, and why? How will you use what you've taken in from John's letter--personally and as you interact and talk with others? Tami

We Can Know

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Today's reading: 1 John 5:6-21

One of the primary purposes served by the letter of 1 John is to present a strong and reasoned defense that our salvation rests securely in the hands of God, not on our actions. In other words, once we make the decision to turn our lives over to Christ and receive Him as our Savior, our salvation is sealed and secure. John wrote this letter so we may know that we are saved.

"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life" (vs. 13).

What confidence do you draw from this passage as well as the Book of 1 John? What does the fact that God wants us to know, with certainty, that He is firmly and securely holding us in His hands, reveal about God's character and His love for us? Tami

Victory

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Today's reading: 1 John 5:1-5

Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns. But once we make the decision to follow Christ and become part of God's family, our circumstances and what's taking place in the world no longer have control over us. What a comfort to know that with God at the helm of our lives, we can stand strong

"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith" (vs. 4).

What encouragement did you draw from John's words in 1 John 5:1-5? What's one example of how your faith has given you victory over the world? How would you explain being victorious (and perhaps use your example from above), in a spiritual versus worldly sense, to someone who doesn't yet have a personal relationship with God? Tami

Filling Required

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Today's reading: 1 John 4:7-21

One of things that brings me joy is to extend love to those I encounter through encouraging words, being kind, offering support, helping with a task or need. And what I've come to realize over the past several years is that in order for me to do this well, I must first make sure that I am filled with God's love because I can't give away what I don't possess. So in order for me to be filled with God's love, I must be deliberate and intentional about spending time reading, studying and considering the Bible and then believing wholeheartedly what I've taken in. So this morning, I was thankful for the message woven throughout 1 John 4:7-21 of how being filled with God's love is a must (a prerequisite) to fulfilling God's command to love others.

What are you currently doing to make sure that you are filled with God's love? How does knowing that God loves you--completely and just as you are--help you extend love to those around you? Will you join me in making it our goal to be intentional about extending God's love to everyone we encounter this week? Tami

Today's reading: Psalm 64:1-10

Although it may seem to us like evil and sinful people are succeeding, God is aware of all that is taking place, He is in control and He will ultimately make things right. (Thank you, God!) So when we choose to trust in God and relinquish control of our circumstances to Him, we can live confidently and proclaim, as David does in verse 10:

"Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!"

What do the first six verses of this psalm reveal about human nature and what we can expect to encounter as we live in a sinful world? What encouragement do you draw from verses 7-9? Tami

Searching Questions

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Today's reading: Psalm 63:1-11

Psalm 63 always prompts me to do a little soul searching. As I progress through this beautiful song verse by verse, I like to ask myself questions based on the descriptive way David is telling God that he needs and loves Him. Here are a few examples of the questions I might ask myself:

  • Am I earnestly seeking God?
  • Does the phrase 'my soul thirsts for you' describe how I feel about God?
  • Are my lips praising God?
  • When do my lips praise God?
  • Do I believe that God's love is better than life?
  • Am I satisfied in God alone?

Working through the verses in this manner is helpful because it reminds me just how much I need God, and it reveals the state of my relationship with God at the moment. I always come away encouraged and motivated to draw closer to Him.

Will you join me in working through Psalm 63 asking yourself questions based on the text? What did God impress on your heart as you worked through this psalm? Was there a particular verse or phrase to stood out to you and why? Tami

Check It Out

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Today's reading: 1 John 4:1-6

I had the privilege of working with and taking in the teaching of Dr. Woodrow Kroll for almost ten years during my tenure at Back to the Bible. One of the things he would regularly tell his radio listeners was that we shouldn't simply accept what he or any other teacher was saying. Rather, we should be verifying and comparing the content of any teaching we receive with the Bible. He was adamant about urging and encouraging everyone to be in God's Word so that we could know God's truth for ourselves.

John delivers a similar message in 1 John 4:1-6 as he charges his readers to "test the spirits to see whether they are from God" (vs. 1) because there are many false teachers in the world.

Do you check the spiritual content of messages you hear, read or see with the Bible? Why is this important? What does this passage convey about the need for us to regularly be taking in God's Word? Tami

Loving With Actions

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Today's reading: 1 John 3:11-24

Loving God and people is a core principle of being a Christ-follower, which is why we see teaching on love and the command to love others in many places throughout the Bible. The Book of 1 John is one of the places where we're given specific instruction about what it looks like for us to love other people. John lets us know that loving those around us needs to go beyond our words and prayers to include taking action, whenever that's possible.

"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth" (vs. 17-18).

Think back over the past month (Christmastime). What's one example of how you demonstrated love to someone around you "in deed and in truth"? How does taking action to help another person impact and benefit you? Who can and will you help this week? Tami

Our Practice

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Today's reading: 1 John 3:1-10

Once we make the decision to receive Christ as our Savior, we are a "new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17) and part of God's family. That means that our actions and behaviors should start changing. Our desires should shift from pursuing worldly pleasures to pursuing God and living a life that is pleasing to Him. In 1 John 2:6, John tells us that once we become a Christ-follower we "ought to walk in the same way in which he [Jesus] walked." Becoming more and more like Jesus is an ongoing process that requires us to regularly spend time with God--taking in His Word and talking with Him through prayer. While we'll never attain perfection on this side of heaven, as we fill our minds with God's truth and our relationship with Him grows, we will sin less and less.

Is it your practice to regularly spend time with God in His Word and through prayer? How has and does spending time with God impact your thinking, actions and words? What changes have you noticed in your actions and attitudes since you've committed to following Christ? Tami

For Christ

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Today's reading: 1 John 2:18-29

Over the past several decades, the spiritual climate of the world around us has been changing. It saddens me that there has been an increasing turning away from God, and particularly the Gospel message of Jesus. We need to be aware that we are living in an "anti-Christ" environment which can pull us off course from God if we're not careful. So I am thankful for Paul's encouragement to stand strong and to remain faithful to what we know is true regardless of the message of the world around us and opposition we may encounter.

How prepared are you to give an answer for your faith when you encounter someone who questions or challenges you about following Christ? What does this passage reveal about the importance of regularly reading and taking in truth from the Bible? Tami

Wonderful Word

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:129-136

With the start of another new year, I decided to pause our journey through 1 John for a day so we could think about the importance of taking in and then living out God's Word in our daily lives. Psalm 119 is a favorite of mine because of the way it highlights God and the importance of His Word. Since the chapter is quite long, I only selected one stanza (verses 129-136) for us to focus on today. My prayer is that through these verses God will increase your desire to spend time with Him in 2018.

What's one thing God impressed on your heart from this passage? Will you join me in committing to consistently spend time with God in His Word in 2018? 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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