Reading Genesis 5:1-7:24, Matthew 3:7-4:11, Psalms 3:1-8, Proverbs 1:10-19 (NLT)
Matthew 3:8 “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.”
John the Baptist warns the Pharisees that their actions should reflect their repentant hearts. The Pharisees rested in their decadency as sons of Abraham. They assumed they were safe from the fires of Hell because they were “good” Jews, but John warns that that is not enough. God can make descendants out of stones. The way you live your life should show the world that you are a descendant of The Most High.
How do your actions reflect your beliefs? Is your faith visible to those around you through your actions? What can you do in your daily life to shine the light of Christ?
Praying the Psalms
Someone many years ago taught me to “pray the Psalms.” Put simply, this means to read through the Psalms as if you were praying them to God. This I have found to be very meditative and greatly helps calm the anxiety I suffer from. Often when in the depths of an anxiety attack, I cannot think rationally and cannot get a grip on reality, but I can read. When the world is falling apart inside my head, I open the Psalms and begin reading and praying. Sometimes I snap out of the attack quickly; other times it may take hours but reading and praying the Psalms gives my mind something to occupy itself. Praying the Psalms is also a good place to start if you don’t know what to pray or where to begin.
Psalms 3:3 “But, you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.”
Lord, I thank you for being the shield that protects me in my times of despair. I thank you for being the one who holds my head above water when I find myself drowning in the woes of the world.
Your faithful servant,