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Living Wisely Is Speaking With Grace

Morning Inspiration! Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:5–6
Paul’s instructions echo the teaching of Jesus, to be as wise as serpents & as gentle as doves. We are to be actively involved in our world, but not ‘caught up in’ or carried away by all the fear, anger, ugliness & hate. Our conversations are critically important, so we must focus on being kind, caring & forgiving. We are most effective when our gracious words (& lives) make the Gospel attractive to others. A right response isn’t simply pleasing people, by saying what they want to hear. Practice graciously speaking His Truth in love. That gives glory to God, by making Him more approachable & attractive to non-believers.
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Finding Quiet Confidence In Christ

Morning Inspiration: “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise his voice in public.He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.
Isaiah 42:1-3 Seven centuries before Christ came to earth, Scripture described how Jesus would display the amazing power of The Holy Spirit, & change the world, without even raising His voice. Notice His care & concern for those described as ‘the weakest’ or ‘flickering’. As followers of Jesus, we must always display, the same mix of strength & tenderness today. Speak His truth, with care & concern for the hurting. Live out His love for the unlovable, with the quiet confidence that (as Scripture also describes) Jesus is coming back again very soon, to complete His mission.

We Shouldn't Be Afraid Of Them!

Morning Inspiration: The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe. Isaiah 8:11–14 Written over 2,700 years ago, this sounds like it’s intended for us today! God says not to worry about what others may be plotting against us. As loyal members of His Holy family, we are safe, regardless of how evil their intentions may be. Place your faith in Jesus & strive for obedience to His teachings. The only thing we should fear, is disappointing our Lord & Savior.

What Kind Of Faith Do You Have?

Morning Inspiration: "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn't have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God." Mark 10:14-16 Little children trust us, because they believe in us. Most think their mom & dad can do anything! Jesus says we need that kind of faith in His Father. We don't need to have the answers to all the mysteries of the universe, as long as we completely trust and believe in the One who does! We can rest safely, knowing that the One True God, Who is our heavenly Father, has it under control.

Give Me Eyes To See His Truth!

Morning Inspiration: "Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law. I am but a foreigner here on earth, & need the guidance of your commands." Psalm 119:18-19 Learning to clearly see the the reasons for God's laws, & the wisdom behind them, is an amazing awakening. A loving parent sets guidelines to protect their children, & explains expectations to help them mature. Likewise, our Father in heaven sets out our boundaries, & shows us the way to walk with Jesus. Following His Truth keeps us from stepping into the traps of this world, & safely guides us into His arms in the next.

Life Does Come With Instructions

Morning Inspiration! My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I
will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.
Guard them, for they are the key to life. Proverbs 4:10–13 We often hear the phrase “Life doesn’t come with an instruction book!” Actually, it does!
God’s Holy Word, known as the Bible, is filled with directions to guide us securely through life. Proverbs is an awesome collection of tried & true wisdom, instructions & encouragement. Reading a Proverb every day is a powerful step towards living a life of fulfillment & purpose.

We Share In His Promises

Morning Inspiration! “But as for you, Israel my servant, Jacob my chosen one,
descended from Abraham my friend,
I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:8–10 As our brothers & sisters of the Jewish faith celebrate Chanukah this week, it’s a great time to review Scriptures like this, that point to our common past, & our shared hope in the future. God chose Jacob (later named Israel) & his people to be selected & protected above all others. Through Jesus the Messiah, we Gentiles were grafted into the family tree. So we also inherit these comforting promises. We need not be afraid or discouraged.We are His chosen children & will not be thrown away! Jesus strengthens us through our trials & troubles. He’ll …