Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13, NIV)
Forgiving others becomes second nature to most of us. We know that people make mistakes and sometimes it’s easier to forgive and move on. Forgiving ourselves can be a different story. Living with guilt causes us to carry a burden that God did not intend for us. We do not have the power to overcome guilt on our own. Only God can help us to truly forgive ourselves of whatever shame we may be holding on to.
Prayer: Lord, help us to forgive ourselves of both mistakes that we have made in the past and also the ones that we will make in the future. Free us from the guilt that can so quickly become a stumbling block in our relationship with others. In Jesus name, Amen.
When the disciples crossed over to the other side of the lake, they forgot to take any bread. Jesus said to them, “Take care; be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They started discussing among themselves, “He says this because we didn’t bring any bread.” (Matthew 16:5-7, GNT)
I once went on a bread making spree. I was convinced that I could bake and sell enough bread to go on a missions trip. Little did I know, the bread business requires way more work than I had ever intended on putting in. While on my bread-baking-frenzy, I learned very quickly that the type of yeast you use is crucial in the quality of the bread. Bad yeast will not rise – no matter how great of a baker you are. If you want to see quality results, you must use quality ingredients.
We must be careful not to allow bad yeast to slip its way into our lives. If we want to see a great harvest we have to be on guard against things that may hinder what the Lord wants to do. Our time is too valuable to waste! I want God to use us and I want Him to multiply our efforts by thousands. He can only do that if we keep out the bad and embrace the good. Let’s work together to do incredible things.
Prayer: Keep us mindful of the things that may hinder what you want us to do for your kingdom. Amen!
Devotional by Melinda Keays
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17, NIV)
Sometimes we are afraid when the Lord asks us to head out into the battles that we have to face. We will not always have to fight. Some battles can be fought if we just stand firm, listen to what God is telling us and trust that He would never make us go into a battle that we could not overcome.
Prayer: Thank you for your protection when we are in the midst of our trials. I also thank you today for the confidence that we can have in You when faced with life’s setbacks. In Jesus name, Amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays