Devotional for Friday January 30th

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Your Life Matters”

Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who build his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 (CSB)

Our thought for today: “We find a life of peace, confidence, security, and stability in Jesus.”

Regardless of who you are or what your life has been like, one thing I know for sure about you is that your path through life has not been straight and it has not been easy – nor will it be in the future. It’s true that God has a wonderful plan for each of our lives and that there is a path through life that He wants us to follow, but that plan is complicated and the path twists and turns, it takes us into deep valleys and over high mountains. And then there’s the weather. Sometimes the sun is shining and the birds are singing; at other times the wind is howling, the rain is falling, and it’s cold outside.

Beyond that, there’s the culture to contend with. Culture is never static and peaceful. Instead it’s more like a raging river with a strong current after a storm. It’s easy to get swept up in it and carried away.

That’s just life. One of the reasons people often feel insignificant and lost in life is that they are overwhelmed by all the ups and downs and the uncertainties, and they get swallowed up by the demanding and constantly changing culture. It’s hard to keep up with it all; it’s hard to feel stable and secure and confident.

The solution is to build your life on the solid foundation of faith in Christ, and then rely on Biblical principles as your guide through life. This is the lesson Jesus taught in Matthew 7:24-27. With Jesus you can weather any storm. He will help you to be strong and He will give you the confidence to face the difficulties and uncertainties. And with Biblical principles as your standard for discerning truth, evaluating situations, and making decisions, the deceptions and the pressures from cultural trends and politically correct thinking become much less of a problem.

When your life is built upon a firm foundation of faith in Christ, and it is lived according to a Biblical worldview, you will have a sense of peace, calmness, and confidence as you deal with the issues and situations that are common in every person’s life.

Regardless of the circumstances that may exist in your life, life is always better with Jesus than without Him. Build your life upon the firm foundation of faith in Christ; live according to Biblical principles; then enjoy the sense of peace and security and stability that comes with it.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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