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Friday

May 15, 2015

Overcoming Your Insecurities

Read

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

Think

What are you insecure about? For some of us, our insecurities come along with being a parent; from being nervous about driving our new baby in the car for the first time to doubts about choosing the right school, the right doctor and every other “right” thing.

For others of us, insecurities arise with the pressure of doing well at our job and struggling to not let the job we do define our lives and what we think about ourselves.

But as the verse above says, God is not concerned with our insecurities, but with the condition of our hearts. He created us to be capable, lovable, valuable, and above all, forgivable. So no matter where you think you fall you short in life, remember God created you to live out a specific purpose for your life.

How can you use God’s Word to battle your insecurities? Read what He says about you. Remember the truth of God is more powerful than any opinion or feeling you have about yourself!

Pray

Thank God for His Word and the access you have to Him and what He says. Ask Him to guide your thoughts to His Truth and not your feelings about yourself.

Act

Read Psalm 90 in the Message translation of of the Bible. What does God say here about His relationship with you?

Thursday

May 14, 2015

Understanding Your Insecurities

Read

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Genesis 3:1-3

Think

What do you think the Devil’s greatest weapon is? It’s not physical ammunition or even a legion of demons; it’s his ability to get right to the root of our insecurities and use them against us.

In the garden of Eden, Satan used Eve’s insecurities to cause her to make the greatest mistake ever made. Insecurities cause us to doubt what God says about us, which can result in sinful behavior, allowing old pain to resurface from the past and even incapacitates our ability to carry out God’s plan for our lives.

Eve doubted what God said about her and allowed Satan to get into her head and under her skin. But the good news is that there is a loving God who sees not our insecurities, but our abilities and talents that He has given us to live a life filled with His purpose! The question is, which voice are you listening to?

Pray

Thank God that He sees not our sins but the individual that He created us to be. Ask Him to show you how to live a life inside His purpose.

Act

Write down three things in your life that you are insecure about. Read Philippians 4:6. What does God say here about insecurities?

Wednesday

May 13, 2015

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Read

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” Genesis 2:18

Think

There is no doubt that the genius of God can be seen in everything around us - from the change in seasons to the way cells multiply underneath the lens of a microscope. But God’s greatest creation is neither of these things; it’s us! And within this great design, He purposefully made man and woman to be distinctly different.

Notice in the verse above Gods says He made a helper “fit” for him. This means that He, God, made man and woman not as identical twins, but to compliment each other, even down to the God-ordained neuroscience. The brain of a man and woman were literally created differently, therefore, we think, act, and react in different ways.

But this wasn’t an accident, God created men and women to compliment each other and to add to each other with unique sets of talents and abilities. Now that is something to celebrate!

Pray

Thank God for your spouse or if you are single, for the person He will bring you in the future. Thank Him that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that He created us with the differences to both compliment others and make us unique.

Act

What makes you different from your spouse or best friend? Write down three characteristics that make you stand out from the rest.

Tuesday

May 12, 2015

Our Go-To Manual

Read

“As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.” 2 Samuel 22:31

Think

Instruction manuals can be priceless. These sometimes lengthy guides can teach us everything from assembling a new bicycle to understanding the warning lights in our cars. Do you ever wish that you could have an instruction manual for your wife, husband, or best friend? Well you have one!

God created the Bible to help us better understand Him, ourselves, and those around us. It is the “owner’s manual” to the life that we have here on earth, God’s Word that guides our actions and reactions to daily situations and the relationships in our lives.

However, God’s Word only goes as far as you are willing to use it. Set aside time each morning to read God’s Word, then put what you read into action! You will find your relationships more fruitful, your lives more full, and your understanding of others clearer.

Pray

Thank God for the people that He has placed in your life and what they have added to who you are. Ask Him to guide your relationships with others and to help you develop relationships that are rooted in Him and His church.

Act

Make a short list of the three most important relationships in your life. Write down what value you bring to the relationship, what value they bring, and where you see this relationship in five years.

Monday

May 11, 2015

The Perfect Designer

Read

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

Think

Have you looked at a painting in a museum or watched a movie and thought this about the artist or director, “What were they thinking?” However, once you read a little more about their life you appreciated and better understood what they created.

The same is with you and me. We will never understand why we are the way we are unless we understand our Creator. As the writer in Jeremiah so wonderfully explains, everyone that walks this Earth is here for a God-ordained reason.

How can you understand who you are and what that purpose is? Listen to what the Designer says. The better we know God, the better we get to know ourselves! The Bible is the ultimate guide to understanding ourselves. What opinions and preconceived notions about yourself do you need to set aside in order to hear the voice of the only One who matters?

Pray

Thank God for His purpose. Ask Him to begin showing you more about who you are and what He wants to do with uniquely you.

Act

Read Psalm 139:14-16. What does God say about who you were before you were born and how He formed His plan for your life?