Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

The Danger of Pride

January 7, 2015

“You da man!” friends of Levi cried as he dribbled the basketball down the court. He’d scored over ten points. His team was winning by twenty.
“Go, Levi, go. You’re the best,” others shouted.
As Levi worked his way around defenders, his mind told him, “No one can steal the ball from you. You’re the best. You can make any shot you want.”
He wasn’t watching closely, though, and as he went up for a jumper, the defender snuffed him. Then the defender grabbed the ball and sprinted down court.
A little pride can fell you. That’s what happened to Uzziah. He thought he was such a great guy, such an important person, that he didn’t follow God’s rules anymore. He figured they didn’t apply to him. In his pride, he performed a dangerous act in the temple. God punished him immediately. He became a leper for the rest of his days.
Watch out for pride. It will purr in your heart, telling you how wonderful you are, and then it will stab you in the back.
Prayer: Father, protect me from pride. I don’t want to mess up. Amen.

Do Good

October 19, 2014

Do Good

2 Chronicles 25:2: Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight.

Mark and his mother drove down the street, heading for home. Suddenly, Mark saw a boy he knew from school walking along. “Give him a ride, Mom,” he said.

“Who is he?” his mother asked.

“A kid from school.”

Mark’s mother stopped and they offered the boy a ride. He said with a smile, “Thanks. It’s a long walk home.”

“I forget your name,” Mark said to him.

The boy responded, “Jerry Cranmer. I live up on Livingston Street.”

In a few minutes, Mark’s mother drove into one of the tougher sections of town. They soon found Jerry’s house. The lawn was burned out. Two old rusty cars sat in the front year. And the house looked like it was falling down. Mark said to Jerry, “See you in school.”

When Jerry had gone, Mark said to his mother, “He’s a nice guy. I should get to know him better.”
TO BE CONTINUED:

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What’s First?

September 27, 2014

What’s First?

2 Chronicles 18:4: Then Jehoshaphat added, “But first let’s find out what the LORD says.”

Steph, Shari and Kellie stood at the bottom of the four trees, looking up. “It might be a good place to build a treefort,” Steph said.

“The trees look strong,” Shari answered.

“They go pretty high,” Kellie added.

“Have you seen anywhere else?” Shari then asked.

Steph and Kellie immediately said, “Let’s build here.”

Shari continued looking up. “Maybe we should pray about it? Or maybe we should ask my older brother. He knows about treeforts.”

“Good idea,” Steph answered. “Let’s do it.”

Shari was doing something all Christians should do before they attempt something big and new. The three kids prayed. At other times, they might have done what Jehoshaphat mentioned to his ally. He wanted to consult a prophet of the Lord before going into battle. He had to make sure God was in it.

Before you take a test … before you start a big project … before you buy a gift … before you give money to a cause, you should always consult God. Does he want you to do this? Is he in it? Commit your plans to the Lord, and he will give you success. Otherwise, you could easily fail.

Prayer: Jesus, remind me always to pray before I do anything. Amen.

TO BE CONTINUED:

The writing in this blog is available as a book on Amazon.com under Mark Littleton, Through the Bible Devotions, at http://www.amazon.com/Through-Bible-Devotions-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0784714746/ref=sr_1_38?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406490323&sr=1-38&keywords=mark+littleton

Powerless!

September 20, 2014

The Powerless

2 Chronicles 14:11: O LORD, not one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O LORD, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!

We have no power in ourselves to …
Please God.
Make him listen.
Gain his blessings.
Change ourselves.
Become more like Jesus.
Win a lasting victory.

Did you know that you’re powerless? No one of us can do anything without Jesus. Oh, sure. We might make the soccer team. We might get good grades on our own. We might catch a bass while fishing. But ultimately, anything that’s good and lasts must come from Jesus.

The prayer above was spoken by King Asa as he went out to fight. He knew God had to accomplish the victory. Without God’s help, he could do nothing.

Call on God always to be with you. Then you will succeed. Prayer: Lord, I ask you always to be with me and lead me. Amen.

TO BE CONTINUED:

The writing in this blog is available as a book on Amazon.com under Mark Littleton, Through the Bible Devotions, at http://www.amazon.com/Through-Bible-Devotions-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0784714746/ref=sr_1_38?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406490323&sr=1-38&keywords=mark+littleton

Humble Yourselves

September 9, 2014

Humble Yourselves

2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

What is the key to God’s blessing? How can we pray so that God answers?

There is one way. This is not a formula, but this is what this verse shows us to do:

Humble ourselves. That is, if we recognize that we can’t do anything worthwhile without God’s help, God will bless. When we do things on our own, they may succeed, but they will have no worth.

Pray. Talk to God. Confess your sins. Thank him. Praise him. Pray for others. Let God know about everything that is in your heart.

TO BE CONTINUED:

The writing in this blog is available as a book on Amazon.com under Mark Littleton, Through the Bible Devotions, at http://www.amazon.com/Through-Bible-Devotions-Genesis-Revelation/dp/0784714746/ref=sr_1_38?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406490323&sr=1-38&keywords=mark+littleton

Who Am I?

April 30, 2014

“Who am I?”

 

Exodus 3:11: “But who am I to appear before Pharaoh?” Moses asked God. “ How can you expect me to lead the Israelites out of Egypt?”

 

Carey stared at the assignment sitting on his desk in his cubicle at his company. “Write and then speak without notes a sales presentation you have made up. It can be any presentation about one of our products.” He gulped. Talking in front of the sales team was the one thing that made his legs weak and his stomach about to vomit. How could he do it?

 

Carey explained to his wife what he had to do, and his wife smiled. “You know, Moses had the same problem.”

 

“Moses?” Carey replied. He had heard plenty about Moses in church over the years, but nothing about a speaking problem.

 

“Oh, yeah,” his wife said. “Moses stuttered and stammered and couldn’t get two words out in order. He feared speaking more than anything.”

 

“What happened?” Carey asked. He knew Moses had turned into one of the great leaders of history, guiding the Jews as they left Egypt to their own country.

 

“God told him he would be with him,” Carey’s wife explained. “Go read it in Exodus 3 and 4, I think. He also gave Moses a sidekick, his brother Aaron. But we know Moses was the leader.”

 

As his wife went into more details about Moses, Carey gained confidence. Finally, he gave his presentation to the sales team and got a standing ovation.

 

Are you ever afraid you won’t be able to do something – in school, church, work, or home? Remember: God is with you. Turn to him, and he will lead.

 

Prayer: Lord, let me not use trickery and lying to get my way. Ever. Amen.