Today I am reading day 352 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:
God Says You’re Capable
Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
I’ve met all sorts of people who are considered highly successful according to the standards of the world. And yet a lot of them feel incompetent, insecure, and incapable.
How about you? Perhaps you look at your life and think it’s working. Sure, you have your problems, but compared to others, you’re probably considered successful. Yet, inside there is still a gnawing, inner insecurity and a lack of confidence and a feeling of incompetence. Why is that?
It’s because you’re still listening to old tapes from your past, and they are no more true now than they were then. Old tapes that say things like, “You don’t matter.” God says, “Yes, you do!’ Old tapes that say, “You’re a loser!” God say, “No, you’re not!’ Old tapes that say, “You’ll never amount to anything.” God says, “You are important to me!’
You need to quit believing those lies and start believing God. Quit looking in a distorted mirror of what peers and partners and parents have said to you. Start repeating what God says about you: “I am acceptable, I am lovable, I am valuable, I am forgivable, and I am capable.”
Who are you going to believe? What other people say about you or what God says about you.
Today I am reading day 335 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:
The Width of God’s Love
Ephesians 3:18-19 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
The width of God’s love extends across the entire world and includes everyone he has created: “The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.” (Psalm 145:17 NIV, emphasis mine)
God never made a person that he didn’t love. He made you; he loves you; and God doesn’t make junk! He loves you unconditionally. He loves you very, very much.
Everybody matters to God; in fact, we see in the life of Jesus that he even loves the unlovely, and those who may feel unlovable. Do you want to know the secret of self-esteem? Here it is: If you want confidence, then understand how much you matter to God. If God loves you, who cares what anybody else thinks.
Because God loves you, there’s no need to prove yourself worth. We don’t have to wear certain kinds of clothes to make us feel like we’re okay, or drive a certain kind of car to prop up our faltering egos. We don’t need status symbols anymore.
Today I am reading day 331 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:
From Condemnation to Confidence
Romans 3:23-24 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Many of you have been condemning yourself, maybe because of some unresolved guilt, maybe because of some unrealistic expectations, maybe both. The Bible says, “All of us have sinned and we all fall short of God’s ideal; yet, now God declares us not guilty if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness, freely takes away our sins.”
Would you like to have that burden removed? Would you pray, “Jesus Christ, I want to ask you to forgive me for all the things I’ve ever done wrong.” If something specific comes to mind right now, just agree, saying, “Yes, and that… and that…” As those pictures go across your mind, say, “Lord, I ask forgiveness for that, and I accept your forgiveness because of Jesus Christ.”
Then would you pray, “Lord, help me to relax in your grace, to realize that you don’t expect perfection. There is no condemnation in Christ. You’ll never love me any more and never love me any less because of what I do.”
“Father, I want to walk in your grace. I want to take off the yoke of guilt and put on the yoke of grace today. Lord, help me to eliminate the negative self-talk in my life. Help me to focus my mind on the positive things. Help read my Bible every day and memorize it and meditate on it. And as I read it, remind me again and again how much you love me.”
Today I am reading day 188 of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional:
Confident About the Future
Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
2 Corinthians 5:6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
How long is forever going to last? Forever! Someday your body is going to die, but you aren’t! You’re going to live forever in one of two places – heaven or hell. They’re both real places. You will spend eternity in heaven or hell.
Why should Christians be the most confident people about the future?
“Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:6, 8 NIV)
For Christians, death is a transfer, a promotion. It’s on to better things; no more problems. You’re not ready to live until you’re ready to die. You don’t know how to live until you’re ready to die. Only a fool would go all through life totally unprepared for something that everybody knows is inevitable.
You’re going to die – someday. If you’ve accepted Christ, then you’re going to go to heaven. You’ll be released from pain, from sorrow, from suffering, from depression, from fear: “He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good – tears gone, crying gone, pain gone – all the first order of things gone.” (Revelation 21:4 MSG)
Joseph Prince – Find Security, Confidence And Hope In God’s Covenant With You – 20 Jan 13
Published on 23 Jan 2013
Did you know that God’s not mad at you, but loves you and wants to protect and provide for you today? Be blessed by this encouraging message as Joseph Prince uncovers God’s heart for you through the touching story of David and Jonathan. Discover how as David cut a covenant with Jonathan, God cut a covenant with Jesus, for your benefit—to show you His kindness. Learn how wrong believing about God can rob you of seeing His goodness in your life, but how hearing and believing right about the covenant you have with Him will open the door to every blessing you need!