God we thank you for this day and we give you praise. You are an amazing God and we thank you leading in the way we should go each day. For protecting, loving, and guiding through each day! In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen
God, I trust you to guide me each day!
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Luke 12:22-26 NIV
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Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:24-27
You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy, and true. Ephesians 4:24
DOESN’T IT JUST make you mad when
Lots of things can make you mad. Sometimes it can seem like the whole world is just waiting for a chance to get on your nerves. But it’s not.
What is happening, though, is that every day you face a lot of choices that challenge your self-control. Self-control is your ability to control your temper and your actions. It’s not like being double-jointed, though, in that “some people are and some people ain’t.” It’s like any choice between right and wrong: Sometimes you make the right choice (and exercise self-control), and sometimes you don’t.
No matter how many times something or someone gets on your “last nerve,” no matter how often you’re tempted to lose your cool, no matter how much you’d like to blow off some steam, you need to recognize that being self-controlled is a choice you make. And, with God’s help, you’ll be able to choose self-control more and more often.
Self-control is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. (See Galatians 5:22-23.) If you’re controlled by God’s Spirit, you’ll have self-control. Does that make you a robot? Hardly! You still have the freedom to choose self-control or to blow your cool. Someone won’t “leggo your Eggo”? You can choose what to do: get mad or use self-control. You can heed or ignore the psalmist’s warning, “Don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Think about it overnight and remain silent” (Psalm 4:4).
REFLECT: Reread Ephesians 4:24. What do you think it means to be a “new person”? How can that affect your actions? What was the last thing that got you really upset? How did you respond? How could you have responded differently?
PRAY: “Lord, stop me when I start to get angry. Help me to see my choices. And give me the strength to make the right choice.”
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