Devotionals

Why Worry?

Why Worry?

We often have our partners share what the Lord is teaching them by writing a devotional. Check out this week’s devotional by Bethany Brown!

The Word:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

The Story:
There are times in life when we worry about circumstances and situations we may encounter. We are anxious about what the future may hold and lean to our own understanding for guidance. God desires that we let our requests be known to Him. The Lord’s peace will surround us and give understanding. God does not want us to experience worry or anxiety. Instead, He wants us to lean on Him for support and have faith, knowing He will be with us through whatever may occur.

The Reflection:
When have we ever worried and not leaned on God for guidance? What situations are we currently anxious about that we have not prayed to God for support? What will we do moving forward to completely rely on God and allow His peace to continuously be in our hearts?

The Application:
This week, as we journey through our lives and face anxiety-provoking situations, let’s make a choice to take our concerns to God. No matter the situation, He cares and wants to walk with us.

The Prayer:
God, help us to have faith in You, and peace about those things that are out of our control. We know that you are creator of all things and that You are all knowing. Amen.

Stepping out of the Zone

Stepping out of the Zone

We often share a devotional from a partner at One. Check out this week’s devotional by Darlene Drake.

The Word:
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God. For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:7-8 & 12 (NASB)

The Story:
I am always amazed at the different ways God chooses to reveal something to us. For me, it was regarding outreach. I admittedly struggle with the idea of approaching people who I don’t know. I grew up in an environment where fear flourished. As long as I’ve been a believer, it was not until recently that the Lord brought a question to mind, “How did I come to know Him?” A couple of young women sacrificed their time to visit un-churched kids and run a bus route on Sunday to take us to church. They would teach us songs, talk about Jesus, and invest in our lives. I’m sure at times this was challenging. If they had any fear, we never knew it. They just did what God called them to do.

The Reflection:
Like Paul said, we should not be ashamed of the testimony of God but should join in with those who are suffering for the gospel. We can do this because the One who we trust in will take care of what He has entrusted us to do. Do we find ourselves being timid about our faith? How often are we speaking boldly into others’ lives about Christ? What, if anything, is keeping us shackled in fear?

The Application:
When we feel nervous or apprehensive about outreach, we should step outside of our comfort zone and allow God to work through us. The blessing that comes with being obedient is worth the butterflies.

The Prayer:
Father, please help us be sensitive to Your prompting in sharing Jesus with others as to not miss the precious opportunities that You put before us. Amen.

Prayer Produces Peace

Prayer Produces Peace

Each week we present a devotional from a partner at One. Check out the devotional written by Debra Terrell.

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