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On Our Hearts

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FAITH BOOSTER:

On Our Hearts [July 19,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

These commandments . . . are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Deuteronomy 6:6–7

Also Read Deuteronomy 6:1–9(NIV)

After a young boy faced some challenges in school, his dad began to teach him a pledge to recite each morning before school: “I thank God for waking me up today. I am going to school so I can learn . . . and be the leader that God has created me to be.” The pledge is one way the father hopes to help his son apply himself and deal with life’s inevitable challenges.

In a way, by helping his son to commit this pledge to memory, the father is doing something similar to what God commanded the Israelites in the desert: “These commandments . . . are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children” (Deuteronomy 6:6–7).

After wandering in the wilderness for forty years, the next generation of Israelites was about to enter the Promised Land. God knew it wouldn’t be easy for them to succeed—unless they kept their focus on Him. And so, through Moses, He urged them to remember and be obedient to Him—and to help their children to know and love God by talking about His Word “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (v. 7).

Each new day, we too can commit to allowing Scripture to guide our hearts and minds as we live in gratitude to Him.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • What can you do to keep Scripture on your heart?
  • Why is it important to read and talk about the Word with loved ones?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Dear God, thank You for giving me each new day. Help me to keep Your wisdom in my heart and on my mind.

-Witness Ministries-

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

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

Useful Temptation

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Useful Temptation [June 5,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:21

Also Read James 1:2–5,12–21(NIV)

Fifteenth-century monk Thomas à Kempis, in the beloved classic The Imitation of Christ, offers a perspective on temptation that might be a bit surprising. Instead of focusing on the pain and difficulties temptation can lead to, he writes, “[temptations] are useful because they can make us humble, they can cleanse us, and they can teach us.” Kempis explains, “The key to victory is true humility and patience; in them we overcome the enemy.”

Humility and patience. How different my walk with Christ would be if that were how I naturally responded to temptation! More often, I react with shame, frustration, and impatient attempts to get rid of the struggle.

But, as we learn from James 1, the temptations and trials we face don’t have to be without purpose or merely a threat we endure. Although giving in to temptation can bring heartbreak and devastation (vv. 13–15), when we turn to God with humble hearts seeking His wisdom and grace, we find He “gives generously to all without finding fault” (v. 5). Through His power in us, our trials and struggles to resist sin build perseverance, “so that [we] may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (v. 4).

As we trust in Jesus, there’s no reason to live in fear. As God’s dearly loved children, we can find peace as we rest in His loving arms even as we face temptation.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How might an attitude of humility and patience change how you respond to a current temptation or struggle?
  • How is it freeing?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Jesus, I’m saddened when I realize how often I try to face life’s temptations and struggles on my own—as if I’m self-sufficient, as if I don’t need You. Thank You for Your unending love and patience with me.

Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.

-Witness Ministries-

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

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta