Beth Moffatt

Becoming Mature and Complete

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James 1:2-4 says,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.”

Let’s face it. To get in shape physically, it takes perseverance and sometimes, a great deal of pain. But if we want to be completely fit, we must remember, “No pain. No gain!” I go to a trainer two times a week for thirty minutes, which frankly isn’t fun for me. I really like my trainer, but it seems she is only happy when I am sore. She has explained this is the only way she knows the exercises are working. Can you relate to that?

Spiritually, I believe the trials of life work the same way. James 1 says we should, “consider it pure joy” when we face trials of many kinds. Why? Because the testing of our faith develops perseverance.  

Perseverance must finish its work so that we will be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Sometimes I wish it could be easier, but remember, our Father always knows best and He loves us! I admit it’s often hard for me to find joy in the trials of life. Maybe it’s hard for you too. But in the end, we will forever be fit, complete, and mature.  

Today, let’s thank God for trials that come our way because we know we are going to radiate God’s glory when He finishes with our training! The finish line is in view and the crowd of saints is cheering us on to victory!

And there you go!

(Today’s blog is an excerpt from my new devotional series, Perseverance Seriously! You can order it today by clicking HERE)


Lessons Learned in the Minivan

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Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

It was challenging at best to get all five kids out the door each morning. They had places to put their stuff but someone had inevitably misplaced something just as we were about to leave. One morning I was yelling at them to hurry and get in the car. I then proceeded to yell at them all the way to school. By the time the last one got out I was bawling my eyes out! I said out loud, “God, why did you even give me these kids?”   

As soon as I the words left my lips I knew I was in trouble.

God answered me with a question, “Valerie do you love these children?”

“Yes sir, I do,”  I said. Now I was sobbing.

“And Valerie, do you know that love covers a multitude of sins?” he asked.

“Yes sir, I do,” I replied.

I then asked Him to forgive my angry outburst. Later that day, I asked the kids to forgive me as well. God in His merciful discipline restored me that day. Maybe you, like me, are in need of forgiveness today. Ask and you shall receive!

And there you go!

Spread the Light!

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1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

We have the amazing privilege to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light! We are chosen by Him, made a part of the royal priesthood, declared holy as Christians, and have been designated as people of God’s own possession. What a wonderful opportunity the Lord has given us!

But what do we tell?

Are we proclaiming Jesus and how amazing He is? Or are we proclaiming how hard our circumstances are?

And if our circumstances are hard, do we still proclaim that God is good and that darkness will not overtake us? God has called us to share His gospel and bring His light to a dark world. That is His plan! And it is going to move forward.

And we have been called to declare it! Won’t you do your part in sharing this excellent news? Spread the light, dear Christian, spread the light!

And there you go!

Open Your Eyes

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2 Kings 6:17 says, “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

The prophet, Elisha, prayed to God for his servant’s eyes to be open so he could see that the Lord was ready to take on the battle before them. This is my prayer for you today.

Are you overwhelmed with your circumstances? I pray God will open your eyes so you see His hand at work in your situation.

Feeling depressed and defeated? I pray God will open your eyes to His hope and unfailing love.

Are you discouraged? Perhaps bound by sin or unable to forgive yourself or others? I pray God will open your eyes to the healing that He alone makes available to you.

Oh my friends, look up! Lift up your head! Our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28b). If we will only let God open our eyes.

And there you go!

What Do You Treasure?

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Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I treasure Jesus most of all. I feel certain you would say that too, if asked. But sometimes we treasure what we think will make us happy. I treasure things such as:

  • My kids’ safety 

  • My heart’s desires

  • My wants for the future

  • My accomplishments of the past

But what if these were taken from me? Would I still treasure Jesus the most?

Jesus is my boss and He is your boss also if you know Him as Savior. He is a great boss because He cares about our children, our desires, wants and accomplishments.

Our God cares for each of us and wants what is best for us, our life and the lives of those we love. In fact, He loves them more than we do. Granted, it may be difficult to understand how He works sometimes, but we can be sure He can be trusted with everything.

Let the words of this hymn be your prayer today.

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

For where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. 

And there you go!

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