WALK THE TALK, TALK THE WALK

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Hi friends! Wednesday is here and I am so very glad. It’s gotten to the point where my weeks are measured by what fun things I have to do on certain days and, of course, Wednesday night church is my mid-week motivation. But moving on from that—keep reading for some devotional knowledge.

So it’s pretty well known that as Christians we are called to actually live out the word of God and follow Jesus’ teachings. In other words we have to walk the talk. We have to take what we read and talk about in church and small groups and among accountability partners and spread it out among the world. And this doesn’t strictly mean performing a huge act of faith. It can be as small and simple as showing Jesus’ love through helping someone who tripped on the stairs, or inviting someone to sit with you at lunch if you know they don’t have a table. There are thousands of opportunities a day to show His love to others and we have to keep our eyes open for those opportunities and seize them when they do come instead of letting them pass us by.

The second half of this devotion is about sharing your faith with others in a verbal way, or talking the walk. While faith in action is much stronger than faith by words alone, there has to be something there to back those actions. And since we are called to read the Bible anyway, why not go ahead and share its message with others? Joining Christian clubs at school or inviting people to come to youth group with you is a great start to talking the walk. Doing this does’t have to be stiff and awkward. You don’t have to shove your faith in other people’s faces, but talking about something personal that God has done in your life might make “talking the walk” a lot easier and natural process.

Thank you for reading friends! Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for opportunities where you can share the word of God/love of Jesus with others. See you on Friday!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

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ROMANS 12:9

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Hi friends! It’s been a rainy weekend and it’s kind of nice to experience some cooler weather along with the rain. So whether it’s raining where you are or not, keep reading for Shebrews Good’s weekly verse.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

-Romans 12:9//NIV Translation

While this verse as a whole has a little more to it, I want to focus in on the very last part. I love that the last five words make up a very direct call. We are being called to look for what is good in the world and stick with it. There is so much negativity today. Everywhere we look there are things that try and pull us down and throw us into bad moods. A negative mindset not only makes people less likely to want to be around you, but also sets us into the routine of looking at everything in a pessimistic way. When we start to do that every little adverse thing that happens just because life is life becomes a much bigger deal than it needs to be.

We should seek the things in life that are good and holy and God-filled because those are the things that are going to propel us forward in life. In other words, we need to cling to what is good. Instead of allowing negativity to fill us up, turn to something good. That can be as simple as seeing something negatively skewed on social media and choosing to look at pictures of cute puppies instead of focusing in on the bad. That’s a very basic example, but one that works. If you’re feeling down and your heart is becoming consumed by the negativity of the world, look up uplifting Bible verses, or better yet open your Bible to a random page and read a passage or two. I promise that you will feel instantly better.

Thank you all so much for reading. Have a great week and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

DANIEL RECAP

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Hi friends! If you didn’t already know, I am making my way through the Bible one book at a time. I finished Daniel last Saturday and I got to thinking that some of my Bible Study posts could be recaps of my thoughts and notes and favorite passages as I read through the Bible. So enjoy this new style of post for your Wednesday.

I tackled Daniel by reading two chapters each night and writing down thoughts and comments and questions for each chapter. So to do an easy and quick recap, I’m going to break this down by each chapter and include the things that I thought were most important out of each one.

Daniel 1:

  • Daniel was willing to go through a testing period knowing it would make his faith stronger
  • He proved that trials lead to greater things at the end

Daniel 2:

  • Daniel opened the king’s eyes to who God really is
  • King Nebuchadnezzar proved that turning your eyes to God and away from worldly distractions will lead you to the truth

Daniel 3:

  • This is for sure one of my favorite passages of the Bible ever  I love the direct proof that standing up for your faith and giving it all to God means that in return He will provide for you

Daniel 4:

  • God shows through the king’s dream that He does not forsake us even in our walk of sin (He allowed the “roots” to stay intact)

Daniel 5: 

  • God does not give us signs or show us the right path by mistake, each thing we are shown means something

Daniel 6: 

  • Connects back to Daniel 3 in that giving it all to God and having complete faith will pay off
  • Stand firm!

Daniel 7:

  • I took this to be a little bit of foreshadowing for the beginning of Jesus’ kingdom
  • Jesus’ kingdom is almighty and cannot be destroyed

Daniel 8:

  • Connects back to Daniel 7, Jesus will put to rest the deceitful and deliver us from oppression

Daniel 9:

  • God keep His covenant with us even when we don’t keep it in return (He always gives us the chance to repent and return to Him)

Daniel 10:

  • Verse 19 is such a direct call and I love when I see these in the Bible

Daniel 11:

  • Evil will meets its end because God’s power will always prevail
  • All the gold and silver of the world cannot raise enough armies to defeat God

Daniel 12:

  • Those who are saved (written in the book) will gain everlasting life
  • We will be judged by how we have lived our lives (by our deeds)

Thank you so much for reading—sorry that you had to scroll forever—and I will see you on Friday!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

MATTHEW 28:20

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Hi friends! Sunday is here once again and so is my ever present weekly verse post. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about this verse and why I thought it was important to share with you all.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

-Matthew 28:20//NIV Translation

What a positive and reassuring verse! I think that it’s nice every once in a while to get a reminder of just how reliable Jesus is. This verse is the perfect example. Jesus is telling the disciples that he will always be with them, no matter what is to come and what the outcome will be. What makes me love this verse even more is the fact that it’s the last verse in the book of Matthew. I think it’s so cool that this is what we’re left with after we finish reading Matthew. It sums up what Jesus is about so nicely, and since we usually remember best what we are most recently told it resonates a very positive message of the light and presence of Jesus that stays with us.

In the NIV translation that I have above, I like the use of the word surely. He is surely going to be there for you. There is not a single doubt when it comes to Jesus being present for us. He will be there, which is what this entire verse is trying to remind us of. Because Jesus is ever present and there are no limitations to his power and dominion, then there isn’t a single place that Jesus can’t reach you or won’t be. And to further strengthen that point, there isn’t an allotted amount of time that Jesus is fully there for you, He declared that He would be there for you until the end. He’s never not going to answer your call or forsake you. It’s comforting to know that there are no restrictions to His power or any amount of time that He can’t reach you.

So this week remember to keep this in mind. I’ll be back Wednesday, but thank you so much for reading and have a great rest of your Sunday!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

HOSEA 6:3

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Hi friends! I am back with a weekly verse to help kickstart your week. I’m really hoping to get a collab up this Friday but we’ll see if that works out. For now just keep reading and enjoy.

Let us acknowledge the Lord: let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.

-Hosea 6:3//NIV Translation

I think the easiest way to go about understanding this verse is to break it into two parts. The first part being about striving to know the Lord, and the second part being that he is always a sure thing. It’s pretty blatantly stated in this verse (and many others) that we should strive to know God. A good way to start that is by reading the Bible. As we read the Bible and learn more about Him, we start to understand who God truly is. Prayer is another important part of knowing God. How are you supposed to get to know someone if you never talk to them? Prayer is our way of communicating directly to God, and we have to utilize that accordingly. In every aspect of our lives we need to be pushing and moving towards God. We need to read His word, pray to Him, and seek community with other Jesus lovers!

The next part of this verse is such a positive and comforting message. It’s reassuring us that the Lord is always around. He is a for sure thing; there’s nothing about Him that is wavering or shaky. It compares the Lord to the dawn. We know that the sunrise will always come, day after day, and that is the same as God. He will always be there and He is willing and itching to come to us and fill us with good things. The verse explains that God will come to us like rain and water the land. Rain is renewing and necessary for plants to grow. God is the same way and we need God just as plants need water to survive. And the greatest part of our need and craving for the Lord is that we are guaranteed His attention. He will be there for us when we call to Him, there’s no doubt in that.

Thank you all for reading, it is greatly appreciated. I hope that you can carry this message with you throughout the week and devote yourself to getting to know God while remembering that He will always be there in your time of need. And before I sign off, the cover photo is from the app She Reads Truth!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

 

FAITH>FEAR

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Hi friends! Tonight was my very first ever senior Bible study with my youth group and I cannot express the joy that I have after leaving the church and getting to hear such a great message while surrounded by my best friends. I’ve already started brainstorming a ton of new blog post ideas just after this first lesson, so I’m excited for what this year of monthly studies will bring. For tonight I’m coming at you with a prayer categorized post. Enjoy!

Last week’s weekly verse (check it out here) was all about proclaiming His name and your faith to the world; not being afraid to act on what you know you’ve been called to do. And to kind of continue with that theme and with the theme of this weeks verse (here) of not lagging in serving the Lord, I bring to you faith vs. fear.

I think in order to really succeed in not letting fear ruin what we truly would like to say, we have to bring the issue to God. We have to take the time to sit down and confess what fears we have, and we have to ask God to lead us to where fear has no control. In the end faith is greater than fear. But we can’t conquer fear alone, we need God to help us on our journey. God is like the option of “phone a friend” on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The option is always there ready for you to use, but you have to choose to use it. And lucky for us there isn’t a maximum number of phone calls you’re allowed—God is unlimited and our prayer to Him is the same way. So anytime you need a little help making your faith supersede your fear, God will be there waiting to take your call.

Faith vs. Fear Prayer Ideas:

  • Ask God to show you that faith can conquer all
  • Pray for elimination of your fears
  • Pray for a bold heart, an open mind, and a willing mouth in order to proclaim the name
  • Pray for strength to take a step out in your faith even when it seems the most difficult

Those are just a few things that you might include in your prayers to help you get started. Thank you so very much for reading and I will be back again on Friday with another kicking post.

Much love & grace,

Jordan

P.S. I found the cover photo on Google Images. But even cooler than that is the fact that when I searched for that saying, the very same cover photo I used for my Acts 18:9 post came up in the image search. Kind of cool that I made the connection in this post and had it reaffirmed just by searching through Google!

 

ROMANS 12:11

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Hi friends! Yes okay, I am guilty of being a no show this Friday and I am very sorry about that, but will try my best not to let it happen again. But moving on from that…what’s better to kickstart your week than a new weekly verse?

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

-Romans 12:11//NIV Translation

This is a verse that I have been familiar with for a little while now, but I haven’t felt the call to write about it until now. I like that this verse can take on so many different angles. I’ve sought to make this year a year of adventure, and I think the “do not be lacking in zeal” part is a good reminder to not give up on adventure, and to use your journey for adventure as an outlet to spread the word of the Lord.

This verse also reminds us to continue serving the Lord wholly, something you can easily do as God leads you down your chosen path. We should always be zealous people when it comes to the Lord. We should take the “high” feeling we get on mission trips or church retreats and use that to fuel our zeal.

Thanks so much for reading and I promise not to be a flake this week. Maybe this Friday I’ll even try and get a collaboration post up.

Much love & grace,

Jordan

P.S. The next two verses following 12:11 are also great if you want to check those out as well!