The God who sits on the throne and looks down. The only person elk sent his son to die for you. We just talk this moment to day thank you. Thank you for waking us up today. With out your grace and mercy who would've known where we would have been. I ask that you make our desire to chase after you so strong that it effects others. Thank you for giving us an education Lord. We know there are plenty of people who don't get education but you have given us education. I ask that you help us and teach us to be disciplined in our ways. Be our guide through life father. I thank you for loving us enough to let us have free will. Now allow us to use our free will to glorify your name. Let every gift you have given us direct people right back to you. Let us be the salt in the light for the whole world to see. We thank you for giving us a name that we can call on in the time of trouble. Jesus we call your name on the behalf of our country!!! Save us again God. We honor you and adore you in Jesus name.
Today, I will stand firm in my "YES" and "NO"
Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
The Resource...The Word
Bible Reading: Romans 5:1-5
We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4, NIV
EVERYBODY IS GOOD at something. You may not be able to do long division, but maybe you can stand on your head. You may not be able to touch your nose with your tongue, but maybe you can sing better than anyone in your family. Most people are good at several things.
Take a look at the following list and check anything that you can do fairly well.
_____Throw a football _____Imitate your teachers
_____Eat spaghetti _____Play a musical instrument
_____Play video games _____Read
_____Make friends _____Follow directions
_____Make your bed _____Run
_____Get along with others _____Remember things
_____Solve riddles _____Do cartwheels
_____Spell _____Say no to wrong things
_____Draw _____Say yes to right things
You’re probably good at more things than you thought, aren’t you? Did you check those last two things on the list (“Say no to wrong things,” “Say yes to right things”)? They were the two most important things on the list because if you’re pretty good at doing those last two things, you’re developing a good character.
Character is the ability to say no to evil and yes to good. And do you know how people develop that ability? Through perseverance.
You see, the Bible says that “suffering produces perseverance,” and perseverance produces character (Romans 5:3-4, NIV). In other words, if you learn to keep saying no to wrong things even when it’s hard or even when saying no gets you into trouble, you’ll get better at saying no to wrong things. And if you learn to keep saying yes to right things even when you don’t feel like it, or even when kids make fun of you, you’ll get better and better at that, too. And little by little, you’ll develop a strong character—until you become a champion at saying no to evil and yes to good!
That’s one of the things that’s so cool about perseverance; it develops championship character. And that’s something we could all use.
REFLECT: Do you need to get better at saying no to wrong things? at saying yes to right things? According to today’s Bible reading, how can you do that?
PRAY: “Lord, I know that perseverance is right. Help me to persevere and to become a champion at saying no to evil and yes to good!”
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