“Let brotherly love continue.” (Hebrews 13:1 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
I recently saw a church sign that read, “Attitudes are contagious!” How true. I would go one step further and say, “Attitudes are highly contagious!”
Observe those around you wherever you go today. We affect each other in ways we are not even aware of. A smile will cause the next person to smile. Grumbling about the produce will cause others to join in and only make matters worse.
I often told my children that their attitudes were showing. Watch the way one child reacts when another child takes his toy. The fight is on; pulling and screaming ensues.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to be quick to pass on love and peace that comes from You. Thank You for the love that exist in the church. Don’t let this love ever be interrupted but let it continue. In the midst of chaos let me breathe Your name. Amen!
Devotion by Kaye Singleton
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. (Genesis 37:3-4, NKJV)
Joseph’s brothers didn’t like that Joseph was so special in his father’s eyes. They didn’t encourage him, rather, they hated him for how he was treated by his father. They mocked him and ridiculed him for his dreams. Even so, Joseph carried on and didn’t let them stop him from sharing what he felt God wanted for him.
People will not always understand the call God has on your life. Even peers may find themselves questioning what you know God has called you to do. Put your trust in Him and know that if he has a call on your life, it will come to pass if you allow it. When it seems impossible, know that He would never place a call on your life that you do not have the ability to perform.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for boldness today. Help us to trust in the call you have placed on our lives. In Jesus name, amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (James 5:16 from the NLT of the Holy Bible)
Where would we be without the godly mentors in our lives? Between now and tomorrow it is likely that I will fall short in some category of my life. Only God knows how many senseless things I will do within the next year! I am so thankful to have people in my life who I know are praying for me on a daily basis. It is amazing the difference it makes knowing that you are held accountable not only to God, but to people. I would not suggest blabbing your problems to everyone you know. Start with one. Find a prayer warrior who will sincerely take your needs to Him. Knowing that someone is genuinely there for you as you grow closer to God has the power to change your life.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the spiritual leaders you have placed in my life. Only You know where I would be today had I not been under such incredible people. I pray that those reading this devotion would be willing to open up to a godly person in their lives. Use me today, God, to help somebody going through a trial. Grant me the wisdom I need and give me the words to say. In Jesus name, amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays