Thursday, December 3, 2009

Today's Devotional

TODAY’S VERSE
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
II Peter 1:5-8


TODAY’S THOUGHT
Do you sit around wishing there was something you could do about your Spiritual life? Do you feel helpless to live the kind of life that Christ has asked you to? Girl! Do I have good news for you! We don’t have to be victims of satanic attacks or the pull of our old nature. God in His word has suggested a better way. He tells us to make every effort to “add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” Every effort - I can live with that. Every effort means that we try, really try. It acknowledges that there may be set-backs but that’s okay. Get up, and make every effort again!

That’s what Peter means when he writes that we need to possess these qualities in increasing measure. He is talking about baby steps. We make every effort, fall down, get up and make every effort again. When we do, look at the hope, look at what God promises. He says if we make every effort to increase our faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love in baby steps, that it will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in our Christian walk. You can claim this promise for yourself. Don’t buy the lie. You can live for God today. You can make a difference, I can make a difference – one baby step at a time.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, I want to live for you, but I keep tripping up. Help me take my faith and add to it goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love in baby steps. Holy Spirit, convict me, guide me and give me the discipline to begin these baby steps today - so that I may eventually, progressively walk in Your way and in Your word. In Jesus Name I pray. ~Amen!

Yours, because we're His,

Tamara