2018 -August

8-17

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the lord means safety. – Proverbs 29:25 (NLT) Have you ever been more concerned about what other people thought of you than what God thought of you? Maybe you know from going to church and reading your Bible that something is wrong, but when all your friends are around you do it anyway. You’d rather your friends think you’re cool than to let God down. This Bible verse calls that kind of thinking a dangerous trap. When you get so consumed with what others think that you do things that don’t please God you’re headed down a bad path. Choosing to follow God will keep you safe. When you’re faced with situations where you need to choose between what God says is right and your friends or family, always choose God. When you choose to follow after God you’ll always have safety and be happier.

8-16

Today’s Daily Bible Verse and Devotion is Matthew 11:28 No matter how messed up and crazy life gets we can turn to Jesus and find His rest. Today you can stop trying to do life on your own. Decide today to come to Jesus and you will find rest. This is not only for the unsaved person but also for those who have known the Lord but have gotten stuck doing things in their own strength. Jesus offers a rest that supersedes anything the world has to offer. Jesus’ rest is filled with His love and peace. His rest gives encouragement and guidance. Today stop trying to do things your own way and come to Jesus. Let go of your burdens by giving them to Him. Pray, “Jesus, I come to You. I trust You with my life.” I know You are able to handle these situations, so I give them to You.”

8-15

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. – Romans 8:37

It’s no secret that life can get crazy at times. There can be days when you’re just wanting to scream because things are not going your way or you’re stressed out about something going on. In times like those, this verse is always great to remember. Despite all the things that are going on. Despite the things that are going wrong and despite all the stress you might be feeling, you can experience overwhelming victory through Christ. That’s good news.

This verse tells us that we can experience victory regardless of what we see and what might be going on around us. So in those times when you feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn, take comfort in the fact that you’ve got an overwhelming victory in Jesus.

8-14

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10 ESV

Two of the most difficult words to hear as a child are “be still.”

Everything in us wants to stay in motion…

…physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.

These two words can be equally challenging for us as adults—especially in the midst of the seemingly immediate and urgent details of life.

These words, “be still,” literally mean to let drop, to release, to relax.

You might even be thinking, “How do I do that?”

Even when we put time aside to read our Bible in the morning or evening, we rush through it and check off that activity for the day.

• When is the last time you released the pressing issues in your life to God?

• When is the last time you relaxed in the presence of God?

• When is the last time you were quiet enough to hear the whisper of God?

• What would it happen if you had one hour to “be still?”

• What about 30 minutes?

• What about 5 minutes?

You may be thinking, I don’t even know how to be still for 5 minutes. That’s exactly why you need to do it.

Here’s the simple challenge for today: take the next 5 minutes…

• to let the immediate and urgent drop.

• to release and relax.

• to be still and to be quiet.

• to focus on the greatness of God.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

8-1

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! – Hebrews 10:35 (NLT)

A few months ago, I was eating at a restaurant. I finished eating and was getting ready to leave and realized I couldn’t find my phone anywhere. I went back to the table where I was sitting, looked to see if it fell on the floor or was on my chair. My phone was nowhere to be found. After thinking about it for a minute I realized what must have happened. I must have accidentally thrown my phone in the trash while I was throwing away all the papers and wrappers from eating my food. As gross as looking through the trash was, I knew it was the only way to get my phone back. So I began digging and sure enough a few layers deep in the trash can sat my phone.

It can be really easy to throw something away by mistake, like your phone. In our walk with God, we’ve got to be careful not to throw away our trust in God. It can be easy when something unexpected happens in life to want to question God or not trust Him. So how do we keep from throwing away our confidence in God? It comes by reminding yourself daily of how good God is. Remember the times that God has come through for you. Remind yourself of the fact that regardless of how hopeless things might seem right now that God cannot leave or forsake you.

Don’t make the mistake of losing hope and trust in God. God will not let you down. Continue to put your hope and trust in God and in time you’ll look back and see how God moved mightily on your behalf.

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