This morning my new 365-day devotional, “To Love Jesus,” became available at Amazon.
Everyone needs encouragement each day. Without the proper perspective when dealing with difficult people and demanding situations, we can easily lose patience and feel frustrated. Starting the day with a few peaceful moments, thinking about how much we are loved and cared for, can change everything.
Having peace in the midst of storms is only possible when we have sat with the Prince of Peace, listening to His calming words and wonderful encouragement.
What if Jesus could speak to you about the issues that concern your life, and show you a path through every difficulty and obstacle?
When Paul wrote to the Christians at Corinth, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 3, he said that he wanted to speak to them as mature believers, but he was unable because they were so heavily weighed down with the things of the world.
Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. ~v1
Although the members of this church thought that they were well grounded in Christ, Paul said that they were still being controlled by their old sin nature, not by the Holy Spirit.
For you are still controlled by your sin nature…you living like people of the world ~v3
Paul wanted to help these believers go on to greater spiritual growth in their life, but until they were ready to take steps towards maturity they would remain like the people of the world.
The way into maturity, as the followers of Jesus, is by learning a new life. The world lives by the desires of their flesh. The spiritual person is controlled by the Holy Spirit who lives in them. For the person who genuinely desires a greater love for Jesus, learning to live the way that Jesus lived His life is our priority.
This devotional is written to challenge you. Each day you will be confronted with issues that concern every part of your life: how you interact with difficult people; how to see things that take place from a spiritual perspective; how to see yourself in the light of Jesus’ love for you and plans for your life.
Starting gently in January with encouragement and ending with real changes by the end of the year, this devotional will take you day by day into spiritual maturity.