Monday, August 12th, 2019

Gentleness is the quality of carefully choosing our words. Proverbs 15:1 says “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” As believers in Christ we are to cultivate an ability to read a situation and know how to appropriately apply the right words with an overall goal of peacefully living with each other (1 Thessalonians 4: 11). Read 2 Timothy 2: 24-26, James 3: 17 and Galatians 6: 1 – how is gentleness in these verses to be applied in times of conflict?

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

READ Mathew 28: 1-10

Here we find Mary Magdalene and the other Mary witnessing one of the greatest events in history. In this surreal moment they are given an important task that we carry on today. In what way were these two women faithful to this task? Are you faithful to share the news of Christ’s death and resurrection with others? Christ’s faithfulness at the cross has freed us for all eternity. Let us be faithful to the gospel as disciples in His name!

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Gentleness as a fruit of the Spirit will result in transformation. Read Acts 17: 1-4 – how much time did Paul have with those in Thessalonica initially? Read 1 Thessalonians 2: 11-13 – this was a church of radical transformation – how does Paul conclude this happened in verse 13? How are you allowing the gospel to abide in you towards radical transformation?

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

READ Mathew 14: 25-31

In this moment we find the disciples in fear for their lives. In a moment of strength Peter is faithful to Christ and walks out onto the water. However, his doubt gave way to fear, and his fear eroded his faith as he began to sink. Where in your life do you find you are struggling with doubt and fear? Has your fear caused you to lose faithfulness? Let us learn to lean on Christ’s strength so that we can be faithful in these moments.

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

READ Exodus Chapters 3 and 4

In chapter 3 verse 10, God says to Moses, “Come now and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” What excuses did Moses have for why the Lord should not choose him? (See specifically chapter 3 verses 11 and 13 and chapter 4 verses 1, 10 and 13). Is God calling you to participate in a ministry area? What excuses are you using?

Monday, August 5th, 2019

READ Galatians 5: 7-9

Paul questions the Galatians as to their “running a good race.” Something or someone has “cut in” and kept them from obeying the truth. This diversion doesn’t need to be a large event, note the leaven reference. Consider yourself, what or who may/might be distracting you from the truth of the gospel?

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

READ John 15: 5 and Mark 10: 18

True Goodness Is IMPOSSIBLE Without God

If God is calling us to be like Him in being good, we do not stand a chance. It is only through Him we can even reflect what true goodness is to others. As we are talking about the Fruit of the Spirit, it is vital to remember that all of these traits are only possible if you are connected to the vine!

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

READ Matthew 25: 23

God Calls Us To Be Good

In Jesus’ description of the Day of Judgement, there are two responses He will give to everyone: (1) “Well done, GOOD and FAITHFUL servant.” Or (2) “I did not know you…” We can sometimes tend to think there will be a third option -- “You have done enough to get by…” This is not the case! Christ calls us to be GOOD! How does this call to be good change how we should live?

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

READ 1 Corinthians 10: 23

Good Things Can Be Perverted

As we know, not everything is good anymore. We have taken what God has made good, twisted it to our own desires, and perverted it. What in your life have you twisted or perverted? Is it a job or relationship that you have allowed to consume your identity? Is it money, health, or a talent that you are grasping onto? Let God search your heart and surrender these things back to the Lord

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

READ Psalm 34: 14

Good Is Not a Measurement, But a Goal

When we think of good, we tend to think of it as a scale. On one side there is “bad” and on the other “good.” What if we just viewed good in the way God views good (see Monday’s Devotional). How would that transform your thinking of what is good? How would it have an impact on the “good” you do?