Four Letter Words

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1 Peter 1:14-16 says, As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Have you ever noticed both holy and obey are four-letter words?

1 Peter 1:14-16 says obedient children need to live holy lives. In verse 16, God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.”

What does it mean to be holy? The dictionary defines it as, “dedicated or devoted to the service of God”. Obey means to “follow commands or instructions.”

If I am living a holy life I will obey the instructions God gives me, because I am set apart for His service. He loves us. He died for us. He forgives us. He asks us to obey so we are truly free to live holy lives.

So let’s rethink those four-letter words; obey and holy. There is another four letter word that makes them both possible. LOVE. Let’s be holy and obedient through Christ’s love today.

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)

I Love You

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1 John 4:11 says,Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

When my mother was around while my brother and I engaged in sibling rivalry, she disciplined us. We were told to hug each other and say, “I love you”.

At the time, it was YUCKY! But what do you know? To this day I DO love my brother.

Sometimes he was annoying! Sometimes he made me so mad! Sometimes I wanted to slug him, and there were times I wished I didn’t even have a brother. Can anyone relate?

But God’s word tells us we should love others because He loves us. So here are a few ideas of how we might go about doing that.

  • A busy clerk needs a word of kindness.

  • A worn out teacher needs a hug and a smile.

  • Someone you meet today may need to hear the words, I love you. Perhaps they have a need where you can provide answers or aid.

Find someone you can love on today.

And there you go.

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!

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