James 1:2-4 – Trusting God

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)

The last couple years of my life have been pretty rough, filled with chaos, change and a burdensome feeling of uncertainty about the future. As hard as I tried, I could not escape the overwhelming feeling of stress and the presence of worry in most aspects of my life. I worried about my struggling business, my teenage sons and the decisions they would make, and even my status in the community. Truth is, I worried about everything. Even though I had clearly lived a blessed life, I still found myself always anticipating that next piece of bad news.

Several years ago, a

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Matthew 6:14-15 – Be a Grace Giver

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15 ESV)

The question of genuine forgiveness is one of eternal importance. And why is it, you may ask, so crucial that Christians forgive? For starters, Jesus’ statement in today’s text is quite a compelling reason, for “if you do not forgive others…neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Suffice it to say then, we had better make sure we are forgiving “our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).

Here’s the bottom line: forgiveness is such a central element to Christianity that it is an indicator of salvation! Not that we are saved by any works of our own, such as forgiving others, but that when we are reconciled to God through Christ, our new life will be marked by grace giving and forgiveness.

Remember

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Jeremiah 12:5 – How Do You Handle Adversity

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

“If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are so trusting, what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan? (Jeremiah 12:5 ESV)

How do you handle adversity and great odds against you? Do you cower in a corner and hope it goes away? Do you operate in fear and worry, become fretful and overwhelmed? Do you break down and blame others making excuses?

Jeremiah was dealing with adversity in his life. In short, what Jeremiah endured at the hands of the evil priests who were plotting his death because he remained faithful to the Lord was nothing compared to the persecution to come. If he couldn’t handle persecution in peace time, he was going to fall when the real adversity came.

How are you responding to

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