Friday

Give Your Burdens to the Lord - Ps. 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7

fears, worries, burdens, the cross of Christ
There was a burden in my life that I carried over ten years.

It wore me down, affected my health, damaged my witness.

Some burdens we create for ourselves. We can unpack those through forgiveness, repentance, or attitude changes. 

But some burdens are placed on our backs by life circumstances, loved ones or enemies and nothing we do will unpack them. They aren’t under our control.

No, we can’t unpack them…but we can unload them.

On Valentine’s Day this year, I gave myself a Valentine.

I drew a picture of myself kneeling at the cross and laying my burden down.

I dated it and signed it, and I plan to look at that drawing whenever I think of picking that burden up again. 

When I reach for the burden, I’m going to grab the cross instead and recommit that burden to the Lord.

Do you have a burden you need to unload?

"Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you." Psalm 55:22 and 1 Peter 5:7


If you want to commit your burden to the Lord, why not write it down so you will have a record of it. 

Date it and place it somewhere you can refer to it - maybe in your Bible. 

Let it remind you that the Lord now carries it, not you.

Or you might want to make this reminder a part of your journal. 

If you'd like to learn more about creative journaling and how it can enhance your quiet time, check out the Bible Love Note's Facebook group Jesus Journaling that has over 1600 members who share their creative efforts and insights.
 
 

Thursday

Have modern Christians lost discernment? Are We Flirting With the Devil?

unconditional love, pornography, homosexuality
I expect a lot of folks will feel pinched by this 1-minute devotion. All I ask is that you read the linked Scriptures and articles and make your choices with prayer. Don't get angry. Don't get offended. Do what you feel God wants you to do. But do it well-informed and prayed up.

Many Christians are embracing:
We must actively pursue purity of faith:

Jude 1:3: contend for the faith

2 Corinthians 10:5: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God

Titus 1:9: hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught

Ephesians 5:11: Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (also 2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

1 Thessalonians 5:21: test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. (also Psalm 101:3; Romans 12:9)


1 John 4:1: do not believe everyone... test them…there are many false prophets in the world.

Dear Christians, let’s quit flirting with the Devil! Let's not see how far we can get from Biblical principles and still be safe. Let's live unashamedly close to the Lord (Mark 8:38).

Wednesday

You Don't Miss it Until It's Gone - So Start Being Thankful Now - Philippians 4:4

gratefulness, Rejoicing in the small stuff
You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

This is true for most of us. 

We typically complain about the bad things and take the good things for granted. 

The Bible tells us to rejoice in all circumstances, even bad ones because we know God will work them for good if we love Him (1 Thess. 5:18; Romans 8:28).

But we often don’t even rejoice in the good things.

Do you have a faithful spouse? 
Good friends? 
Loving children?
Freedom of worship?
Health? 
Eyesight? 
Hearing?
Enough to eat? 
A place to sleep? 
Electricity, heat, air conditioning? 
Hot and cold running water?

You may not have all of these, but think how much you'd miss the ones you have if they were gone.

When was the last time you thanked God for any of them? 

Let’s rejoice in our daily tasks, praying with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:4; Philippians 4:6;  Colossians 3:17).

Tuesday

We Make Time for Things and People We Consider Important

neglected mom, neglected Lord
When we're hurt by the neglect of others, we can focus on our relationship with God...

Many a mom has made significant sacrifices to raise her children only to have her children forget about her when they leave home.

We can understand that human situation, but we often forget about our attitude as God's children.

Our Heavenly Father made the greatest of all sacrifices for us.

We can never repay Him, but we can show our appreciation in significant ways.

So why are we sometimes stingy with our prayers, praise and time in God's Word? Why do we sometimes take Him for granted when He loves us more than any mother could love her children.

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” [says the Lord]
Isaiah 49:15 (NIV)

Today let's ask God to help us become grateful children who daily show Him how much He means to us.
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2012 

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Monday

We Can't Ignore Our Role in Christian Maturity - 2 Thessalonians 1, Philippians 2:12-13

Human effort, God changes us
Paul commends persecuted Thessalonian believers for their faith in the midst of trials (2 Thessalonians 1). 

He then prays a wonderful prayer for them. It’s what I like to call an “Our Part, His Part” passage, of Scripture. 

Paul prays: 

1. That the Thessalonians will live worthy lives – our part

2. That God will give them power to accomplish everything prompted by their faith – God’s part

The “Our Part” of the Bible is often ignored in modern Christianity.

This is partly due to a popular description of God’s love not found in Scripture: “unconditional love.” If God's love were unconditional in every aspect, He'd have no expectations of us. But He does.

God's love is better than unconditional – it’s a love that refuses to leave us in our sin. 

"Therefore,my dear friends ...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling [seriously and deliberately], for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.Philippians 2:12-13

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To read more about the incorrect use of "unconditional love": Better Than Unconditional 

To do a short Bible study on this devotion examining several other "our part, His part" passages, check out today's Bite Size Bible Study.
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