Archive | July 2020

Shining Light

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Shining Light [July 31,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Also Read Matthew 5:13–16(NIV)

I felt nervous about a five-week prayer class I agreed to teach at a local church. Would the students like it? Would they like me? My anxiety was ill-focused, leading me to over-prepare lesson plans, presentation slides, and class handouts. Yet with a week to go, I still hadn’t encouraged many people to attend.

In prayer, however, I was reminded that the class was a service that shined light on God. Because the Holy Spirit would use the class to point people to our heavenly Father, I could set aside my nervousness about public speaking. When Jesus taught His disciples in His Sermon on the Mount, He told them, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:14–15).

Reading those words, I finally sent out a class announcement on social media. Almost immediately, people started registering—expressing gratitude and excitement. Seeing their reactions, I reflected more on Jesus’ teaching: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (v. 16).

With that perspective, I taught the class with joy. I pray that my simple deed becomes a light and encourages others to shine their light for God as well.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have you felt nervous or self-conscious about sharing your deeds and gifts for God?
  • How can your deeds and gifts help others, and what are ways you can share them?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Jesus, empower me to let my God-given light shine so others can see and glorify You.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

Grace Outside the Box

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Grace Outside the Box  [July 29,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons. 2 Samuel 9:11

Also Read 2 Samuel 9:1–7(NIV)

Tom worked for a law firm that advised Bob’s company. They became friends—until Tom embezzled thousands of dollars from the company. Bob was hurt and angry when he found out, but he received wise counsel from his vice president, a believer in Christ. The VP noticed Tom was deeply ashamed and repentant, and he advised Bob to drop the charges and hire Tom. “Pay him a modest salary so he can make restitution. You’ll never have a more grateful, loyal employee.” Bob did, and Tom was.

Mephibosheth, grandson of King Saul, hadn’t done anything wrong, but he was in a tough spot when David became king. Most kings killed the royal bloodline. But David loved King Saul’s son Jonathan, and treated his surviving son as his own (see 2 Samuel 9:1–13). His grace won a friend for life. Mephibosheth marveled that he “deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place” (19:28). He remained loyal to David, even when David’s son Absalom chased David from Jerusalem (2 Samuel 16:1–419:24–30).

Do you want a loyal friend for life? Someone so extraordinary may require you to do something extraordinary. When common sense says punish, choose grace. Hold them accountable, but give the undeserving a chance to make things right. You may never find a more grateful, devoted friend. Think outside the box, with grace.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • Who has sinned against you?
  • How might you hold them accountable while also forgiving them?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Father, I’ve received extraordinary grace from You. Help me show that grace to others—especially to those with a repentant spirit.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta