BIBLE READING: 1 Tim 5: 19 - 21 19 Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin should be reprimanded in front of the whole church; this will serve as a strong warning to others. 21 I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.
What does this passage say to you today?
BLOG: What does taking a selfie do with your morning devotions? Well, have you ever taken a bad selfie or picture?
You know the one that after you see it, you scream, "You better delete that!" "That better not end up on Facebook!" We all have.
A good picture in all about timing: making sure our eyes are open, and our mouth is smiling. That we are looking at the camera and we've got good lighting.
But more times than not, our face tells the story of our heart.
I've seen plenty of selfies that told more than than I wanted to know.
There is the angry selfie. The person you know is not happy about life. They are not in control, and you better get in line. NOW or else!
There is a sad selfie. This person is not happy about life and has given up on trying to change it. They are descending into depression, and if you're not careful, they will take you with them.
There is the self-absorbed selfie. I'm not talking about someone who takes a good picture. I'm talking about the one who goes overboard to make a great picture. They may take 50 or a hundred pics before they find "the perfect" shot.
You know that person is insecure and probably afraid of life.
So what does your face say when people see you? Do you light up a room or throw a wet blanket on everyone? Do they seek your company or run and hide? So that you don't have a face that intimidates people here is the first key to taking a great selfie.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Let your hope shine through. Sure the moments that you are living in right now may be severe. There may be pain in your life. But that doesn't mean you give up on hope. Your hope is in Christ, and that means you are confident that He will love you, forgive you, accept you, keep His promises and prepare a place for you with Him for all of eternity.
What is your hope today? And if you feel like it. Post a selfie below?
PRAY: Dear Jesus, fill my heart with Your hope today. Amen