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Devotional - God's Righteousness
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jan 19, 2022
Devotional - God's Righteousness

“Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.” – Romans 10:3


Malcolm Muggeridge was an English journalist and satirist. In his twenties, Muggeridge was attracted to communism and went to live in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, and the experience turned him into a forceful anti-communist.

During World War II, he worked for the British government as a soldier and a spy, first in East Africa for two years and then in Paris. In the aftermath of the war, he converted to Christianity and helped to bring Mother Teresa to popular attention in the West. 

He observed the difference in behavior between Christians and non-Christians, after spending many years in India and Africa, where he witnessed "much righteous endeavor undertaken by Christians of all denominations."  By contrast, however, "I never, as it happens, came across a hospital or orphanage run by the Fabian Society or a Humanist leper colony."

Righteousness only comes from the Lord and it manifests itself in loving our neighbor. Today in prayer, thank the Lord that He is Righteous and seek Him with all of your heart.


“There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who believe they are sinners, the sinners who believe they are righteous.” – Blaise Pascal


God’s Word: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21


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Devotional - The Stumble Stone Of Faith
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jan 18, 2022
Devotional - The Stumble Stone Of Faith

“Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the ‘stumbling stone.’” – Romans 9:32


In March 2012, Zachary Bodish, 46, of Columbus, Ohio, bought what he thought was a poster reproduction advertising an exhibit of Pablo Picasso for $14.14 in a thrift store. He had the print appraised and it was an authentic print signed by the artist himself -- and worth around $6,000.

Bodish, who regularly visited thrift stores, was hidden in a stack of other posters.  

"I see them all the time. There's really no value to them," he said. "But this one looked different because those posters usually have a glossy finish to them and this was matte -- and it was brown."

It was only until he went home and searched online the image that he realized what he might have, later writing about the piece on his blog about thrift store finds, which the Columbus Dispatch newspaper eventually reported.

The previous owner who said he donated the piece to the thrift store reportedly came forward to the Columbus Dispatch, saying a friend gave the print to him as a gift in the 1960s. When he recently decided to re-arrange his home, he donated the work, not knowing its possible value.

Jesus was clothed as an ordinary man, but He is the magnificent treasure we desire. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that when we pursue God by faith, we find all we ask in Christ.


“While I draw this fleeting breath, When mine eyes shall close in death, When I soar to worlds unknown, See Thee on Thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.” – Augustus M. Toplady


God’s Word: “So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’” – Isaiah 28:16


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Devotional - His Providence
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Jan 17, 2022
Devotional - His Providence

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28


During the 1600s, Roger Williams was a popular preacher in Salem and Plymouth, Massachusetts.  At Plymouth, he regularly preached; according to the colony's governor, William Bradford, “his teachings were well approved”.

After a time, Williams decided that the Plymouth church was not sufficiently separated from the Church of England. Furthermore, his contact with the Narragansett Indians had caused him to question the validity of colonial charters that did not include a legitimate purchase of Indian land. Governor Bradford later wrote that Williams fell "into some strange opinions which caused some controversy between the church and him."

In December 1632, Williams wrote a lengthy tract that openly condemned the King's charters and questioned the right of Plymouth to the land without first buying it from the Native Americans. He even charged that King James had uttered a "solemn lie" in claiming that he was the first Christian monarch to have discovered the land.

In August 1634, Williams became acting pastor of the Salem church. In 1635, he was twice summoned to the General Court for the Court's July term to answer for "erroneous" and "dangerous opinions." The Court finally ordered that he be removed from his church position.

 In October 1635, the General Court tried Williams and convicted him of sedition and heresy. After winning a temporary stay from arrest, the sheriff came in January 1636 to arrest Williams, only to discover that he had slipped away three days earlier during a blizzard. He traveled 55 miles through the deep snow and wintered with the local Wampanoags tribe.

In the spring of 1636, Williams and a number of others from Salem began a new settlement on land that he had bought from Chief Massasoit in Rumford, Rhode Island. However, after settling, authorities of Plymouth Colony asserted that Williams and his followers were within their land grant and expressed concern that his presence there might anger the leaders of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The settlers then continued eastward along a river, where they encountered a cove and freshwater spring. Finding the area suitable for settlement, Williams acquired the tract from the local tribe. Here, Williams and his followers established a new, permanent settlement. Under the belief that divine providence had brought them there, the settlers named the settlement "Providence."


The Lord is Lord of All, nothing escapes His divine purpose. Today in prayer, seek Jesus and His will and follow Him with your whole heart.”


“Providence has at all times been my only dependence, for all other resources seem to have failed us.” – George Washington


God’s Word: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13


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Devotional - Hope In Christ
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Jan 16, 2022
Devotional - Hope In Christ

“The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope” – Romans 8:19-20


In his book “Making Sense of God”, author Timothy Keller writes the following: “Imagine you have two women of the same age, the same socioeconomic status, the same educational level, and even the same temperament. You hire both of them and say to each, “You are part of an assembly line, and I want you to put part A into slot B and then hand what you have assembled to someone else. I want you to do that over and over for eight hours a day.” You put them in identical rooms with identical lighting, temperature, and ventilation. You give them the very same number of breaks in a day. It is very boring work. Their conditions are the same in every way—except for one difference. You tell the first woman that at the end of the year you will pay her thirty thousand dollars, and you tell the second woman that at the end of the year you will pay her thirty million.

After a couple of weeks, the first woman will be saying, “Isn’t this tedious? Isn’t it driving you insane? Aren’t you thinking about quitting?” And the second woman will say, “No. This is perfectly acceptable. In fact, I whistle while I work.” What is going on? You have two human beings who are experiencing identical circumstances in radically different ways. What makes the difference? It is their expectation of the future. This illustration is not intended to say that all we need is a good income. It does, however, show that what we believe about our future completely controls how we are experiencing our present. We are irreducibly hope-based creatures.”


Those who trust in Christ have a living Hope who does not disappoint. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that your hope in Him has given you eternal life.


“My knowledge of that life is small, the eye of faith is dim, But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, And I shall be with him.” – Richard Baxter


God’s Word: “However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.’” – 1 Corinthians 2:9


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Devotional - The Law Brings Knowledge Of Sin
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Jan 13, 2022
Devotional - The Law Brings Knowledge Of Sin

“What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do not covet.’” – Romans 7:7


Many people do not know that using a fake name online is against the law. When you’re trying to protect your information online, it seems a lot smarter to create a fake name than give away any real details about yourself. But while you might be safe from hackers, you might not be safe from the law. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has a stipulation that says you can’t use a computer “without authorized access,” which can include not following a site’s terms of service, according to NPR. It would depend on the site’s policy, but if you actually bother reading the fine print, you’ll probably see a line agreeing not to provide false information. Famously, one Rhode Island prison guard had to pay a $500 fine for setting up a fake Facebook page of his boss. The state has since revoked its law against “use of fraudulent information,” though.


Knowledge of the law brings recognition of our own sinful actions. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for His law that through it we can recognize our own sin. And then thank Jesus for His grace; for it is in His grace we have life in Him.


“In the maxims of the law, God is seen as the rewarder of perfect righteousness and the avenger of sin. But in Christ, his face shines out, full of grace and gentleness to poor, unworthy sinners.” – John Calvin


God’s Word: “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:56-57


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Devotional - Sin And Grace
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jan 12, 2022
Devotional - Sin And Grace

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23


MC Hammer, born Stanley Burrell, made an initial commitment to Christ in 1984. With a passion for God, he attended Bible studies and church meetings almost daily.

He was also active on an outreach team with a street ministry. Simultaneously, a Gospel group he formed, the Holy Ghost Boys, produced a single called "Son of the King," which eventually became one of Hammer's biggest hits.

But a change came in 1988. Capitol Records re-released his first album, Feel the Power, as Let's Get It Started. It produced three Top Ten singles and sold over a million copies.

Thankful for the success, Hammer promised God he would include one song of praise on each album. He kept his word, but fortune gradually sucked him into what he calls, "some serious junk." He began to slide into sin and away from God's protection.

Sin for Hammer wasn't blatant. He wasn't on drugs, but his business became a drug. Most people who are addicted to success, Hammer told Charisma, "can't identify this 'business' drug. It takes all your time away from God, from the family, from extended loved ones."

Hammer believes he was living an illusion: "You create a utopia around you so you don't have to deal with the reality that you're not in the will of God. You wake up and realize you're a backslider."

The downward spiral continued until he produced a video several years ago, which he doesn't care to name. "That video was definitely over the line," he says.

He knew he was moving away from the Lord: "How can a Christian who's not being obedient make Christian materials?" he asked.

In October 1997 he told an audience on the Trinity Broadcasting Network: "[Tonight] we are officially burying the old man. I want to walk sincerely in the newness of life with Christ."


Our sinful actions would lead to death if it were not for the grace of Jesus Christ. Today in prayer, praise Jesus for His gift of grace and eternal life in Him.


“Grace is not sought nor bought nor wrought. It is a free gift of almighty God to needy mankind.” – Billy Graham


God’s Word: “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:5-7


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Devotional - Be Reconciled
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jan 11, 2022
Devotional - Be Reconciled

“For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” – Romans 5:10-11


On December 26, 2004, an earthquake and tsunami shook a dozen countries in the Indian Ocean killing 230,000 people. It was magnitude-9.1 quake that spawned waves 30 feet high. Meri Yuranda, an eight-year-old girl in Banda Aceh, Indonesia and her sister were put on the roof of a house by their father. The girls were separated, but Meri Yuranda was dragged miles out to sea before being washed ashore.

She lost most of her memory and didn’t even know her name. She was found and “adopted” by a woman who named her Wati and forced her to beg in the streets, sometimes until 1 a.m.

When she stopped bringing in money, Wati was kicked out by the woman. She then set out to find her family, but she had very little information to guide her — only the name of her grandfather, Ibrahim.

In 2011, seven years after the tsunami, Wati wandered into a cafe not far from her hometown. Her grandfather Ibrahim was tracked down but he was unsure if it was actually his granddaughter. He quickly summoned her mother. 

“When I saw my mother, I knew it was her. I just knew it,” said Meri. After seven long years, Meri was reconciled with her mother.


Christ has healed the breach between God and man that divided us. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that He has reconciled the world through the Cross and seek to be reconciled to others.


“Why should the world believe in reconciliation when it doesn’t see the church reconciled? And the church is not going to be reconciled even if it gets all of the issues solved. It will be reconciled only through Jesus Christ. He is the Reconciler.” – Richard C. Halvorson


God’s Word: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19


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Devotional - He Died For Us
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Jan 10, 2022
Devotional - He Died For Us

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8


On June 1, 2021, Wang Hongxu, age 35, a primary school teacher in Chongqing, China was taking his 3-year-old son for a walk. The PE teacher was near the Yangtze River when he saw 2 drowning children.

Without a thought for his own safety, he dashed into the water as he heard their cries for help. With the help of nine other people, who formed a rescue chain by holding hands in the water, the exhausted Wang, who was the last in the chain, saved both children but was unable to save himself. He was swept away by the torrent.

Police officers soon arrived at the scene for an emergency search and rescue. Wang was found dead in nearby waters the next day.

One witness said that Wang might have been able to make it back to shore if he had stopped the rescue effort after saving the first child, the girl, but he insisted on trying to save the boy out of the water also.

Wang’s widow said: “I'm fortunate to have met such a good man like him but unfortunate to realize that our time together was so short.”


We, who accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, are alive today because He died for us. Today in prayer, thank Christ for His death on the Cross.


“There are some sciences that may be learned by the head, but the science of Christ crucified  can only be learned by the heart.” – Charles H. Spurgeon


“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” – 1 Peter 3:18


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Devotional - Faith Is Flying
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Jan 9, 2022
Devotional - Faith Is Flying

“What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." – Romans 4:3


 Henri Nouwen, in his book “The Only Necessary Thing,” writes the following on faith: “The Flying Rodleighs are trapeze artists who perform in the German circus Simoneit-Barum. When the circus came to Freiburg two years ago, my friends Franz and Reny invited me and my father to see the show. I will never forget how enraptured I became when I first saw the Rodleighs move through the air, flying and catching as elegant dancers. 

The next day, I returned to the circus to see them again and introduced myself to them as one of their great fans. They invited me to attend their practice sessions, gave me free tickets, asked me to dinner, and suggested I travel with them for a week in the near future. I did, and we became good friends.

“One day, I was sitting with Rodleigh, the leader of the troupe, in his caravan, talking about flying. He said, ‘As a flyer, I must have complete trust in my catcher. The public might think that I am the great star of the trapeze, but the real star is Joe, my catcher. He has to be there for me with split-second precision and grab me out of the air as I come to him in the long jump.’

‘How does it work?’ I asked.

‘The secret,’ Rodleigh said, ‘is that the flyer does nothing and the catcher does everything. When I fly to Joe, I have simply to stretch out my arms and hands and wait for him to catch me and pull me safely over the apron behind the catchbar.’ 

‘You do nothing!’ I said, surprised. 

‘Nothing,’ Rodleigh repeated. ‘The worst thing the flyer can do is to try to catch the catcher. I am not supposed to catch Joe. It’s Joe’s task to catch me. If I grabbed Joe’s wrists, I might break them, or he might break mine, and that would be the end for both of us. A flyer must fly, and a catcher must catch, and the flyer must trust, with outstretched arms, that his catcher will be there for him.’

“When Rodleigh said this with so much conviction, the words of Jesus flashed through my mind: ‘Father into your hands I commend my Spirit.’ Dying is trusting in the catcher. To care for the dying is to say, ‘Don’t be afraid. Remember that you are the beloved child of God. He will be there when you make your long jump. Don’t try to grab him; he will grab you. Just stretch out your arms and hands and trust, trust, trust.’”


The Lord rewards men and women who walk and stretch out our arms for Him to catch us. Today in prayer, trust in Jesus knowing that He will catch you.


“Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.” – Augustine


God’s Word: “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” – Genesis 15:6


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Devotional - Become Conscious Of Sin
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Jan 6, 2022
Devotional - Become Conscious Of Sin

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” – Romans 3:20


In the early 1920's Major General George Owen Squier, a retired Army Signal Corps officer experimented with ways to deliver music directly into homes using electrical lines.

His company, originally known as Wired Radio, began transmitting over telephone lines, later expanding its broadcasts into hotels and restaurants. A 1937 study by British industrial psychologists, ''Fatigue and Boredom in the Workplace,'' reinforced General Squier's efforts, finding that under certain “planned sound conditions, productivity in work areas is stepped up.”

Playing to the subconscious, Squier’s “Muzak” began to give ''subtle psychological lifts'' through its specially designed tunes.

Today, Muzak is ubiquitous, found in grocery stores, shopping malls and in elevators. It is used to subconsciously relax the listener, heighten their mood, slow their pace, and coaxing them to make purchases.


Have you been unconscious to your own sin? Today in prayer, ask the Lord make you conscious of sin and repent from it.  


“The conscious mind determines the actions, the unconscious mind determines the reactions; and the reactions are just as important as the actions.” – E. Stanley Jones


God’s Word: “When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular custom.” – Job 1:5


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Devotional - He Is Faithful
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jan 5, 2022
Devotional - He Is Faithful

“What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?” – Romans 3:3


Christian author Philip Yancy writes: “Philip Yancy writes: “I remember my first visit to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Rings of Japanese and German tourists surrounded the geyser, their video cameras trained like weapons on the famous hole in the ground. A large digital clock stood beside the spot, predicting twenty-four minutes before the next eruption. My wife and I passed the countdown in the dining room of Old Faithful Inn overlooking the geyser. When the digitial clock reached one minute, we, along with every other diner, left our seats and rushed to the windows to see the big, wet event. I noticed immediately, as if on signal, a crew of busboys and waiters descended on the tables to refill water glasses and clear away dirty dishes. When the geyser went off, we tourists oohed and aahed and clicked our cameras; a few spontaneously applauded. But, glancing back over my shoulder, I saw that not a single waiter or busboy--not even those who had finished their chores--looked out the huge windows. Old Faithful, grown entirely too familiar, had lost its power to impress them.”


God is faithful and we can depend on Him. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that He is truly faithful in all that He does.


“Cast all your care on God! That anchor holds.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson


God’s Word: “God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 1:9


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Devotional - God Does Not Show Favoritism
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jan 4, 2022
Devotional - God Does Not Show Favoritism

“For God does not show favoritism.” – Romans 2:11


 On September 3, 1957, nine Black students, known as the “Little Rock Nine”, arrived at the all white Central High School to begin classes but were instead met by the Arkansas National Guard, who were ordered there by Governor Orval Faubus. Also greeting the nine teenagers was a screaming, threatening mob. The Little Rock Nine tried again a couple of weeks later and made it inside, but they had to be removed for their safety when violence ensued.Finally, President Dwight D. Eisenhower intervened and ordered federal troops to escort the Little Rock Nine to and from classes at Central High. Still, the students faced continual harassment and prejudice.One of the nine students was Melba Pattillo Beals. She would go on to work in newspaper and television journalism, earn a doctorate in international multicultural education, and teach journalism at the college level. In her latest book, “I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith under Fire”, Melba credits the Lord for guiding her through trying experiences in Arkansas and afterward. 

The Lord alone shows no favoritism in His love. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for His impartiality and pray that you will not show favoritism to others.


“Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.” - Marguerite Gardiner


God’s Word: “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.” – James 2:1


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Devotional - Ungrateful To The Lord
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Jan 3, 2022
Devotional - Ungrateful To The Lord

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” – Romans 1:21


Bernard of Clairvaux, venerated as Saint Bernard, was a Burgundian abbot and a major leader in the revitalization of Benedictine monasticism in France during the Middle Ages. Bernard helped found 163 monasteries in different parts of Europe. His written works emphasize the love of God and walking in humility.

Three of his poems have been translated into hymns which are in many English hymnals today: "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded", "Jesus the Very Thought of Thee" and "Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts".

On the subject of ingratitude, Bernard wrote: "Ingratitude is the soul's enemy... Ingratitude is a burning wind that dries up the source of love, the dew of mercy, the streams of grace."


As we begin this New Year, make every effort to be grateful for all of the Lord’s blessings. Today in prayer, thank Christ for the blessings He has bestowed on you and seek to be grateful to Him and to others throughout the day.


"The man who has forgotten to be thankful, has fallen asleep in life." – Robert Louis Stephenson


God’s Word: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good” 2 Timothy 3:2-3


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Devotional - Living A Righteous Life
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Jan 2, 2022
Devotional - Living A Righteous Life

“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” – Romans 1:16-17


In his book “A Peculiar Glory”, writes the following: “Suppose you meet a man on the street whom you do not recognize, and he gives you a bag with $50,000 in cash and asks you to deposit it in the bank for him. He says that his account number is in the bag. You are surprised because you do not know him at all. You ask, “Why do you trust me with this?” Suppose he says, “No reason; I’m just taking a risk.” What is the effect of that faith in you? Does it honor you? No, it does not. It shows the man is a fool.

But suppose he said, “I know that you don’t know me, but I work in the same building you do, and I have watched you for the last year. I have seen your integrity in a dozen ways. I have spoken to people who know you. The reason I am trusting you with this money is that I have good reason to believe you are honest and reliable.” Now, what is the effect of that faith? It truly honors you. Why? Because it is based on real evidence that you are honorable. The fruit of such faith is not folly. The fruit of such faith is wisdom, and that faith and wisdom honor the person who is trusted.

So it is with God. If God says, ‘Why did you trust my word?’ and we say, ‘No reason, I’m just taking a risk,’ God is not honored and we are fools.”


Living a righteous life is living a life by faith in Jesus Christ. Today in prayer, thank Christ for this New Year and seek to please Him by living by faith.


“The righteousness of God is not acquired by acts frequently repeated, as Aristotle taught, but is imparted by faith.” – Martin Luther


God’s Word: “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” – Proverbs 21:21


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