Daily Devotional

September 22, 2019

MOTHER TERESA – A LIFE OF FAITH AND PURPOSE

Mother Teresa stands out as one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century. She combined profound empathy and a fervent commitment to help impoverished individuals around the world, with incredible organizational and managerial skills to develop a vast and...

"...but he has told me, 'My grace is all you need, because my power is perfected in weakness.' Therefore, I will most happily boast about my weaknesses, so that the Messiah's power may rest on me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9

Daily Devotional

September 21, 2019

MANAGING YOUR MONEY – GOD’S WAY

Almost everyone agrees that the Bible contains great advice about life, from improving your marriage to getting along with your boss at work. But does the Bible really say much about money? Does it really give us advice that...

"He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense." - Proverbs 12:11

Daily Devotional

September 20, 2019

BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED ME

Do you love God more than anyone or anything? Do you love God more today than a year ago? Do you love Him less? Do you love Him about the same? Do you love Christ just as much as...

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.'" - Matthew 22:36-37

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Seeking truth requires persistence and humility. There are all sorts of seekers out there today, searching for truth and life’s answers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Some of the first “truth seekers” were three guys from the East who were searching for meaning and truth. God spoke to them through the heavens with the appearance of a new star. They stepped out on faith, believing that what they were seeing signified the birth of a new king. Along the way, God spoke to them through Scripture, prophesying the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. They stepped out on faith and went out seeking truth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When they arrived, they found the answer to life in a little boy named Jesus. They believed He was God who had become a man... our Savior.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Now, you might be thinking this s,s lol or should be a Christmas Devotion, but seeking the Savior should take place 365 days a year. These wise men found what every seeker needs today — Jesus. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #truthseeker #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #truthDo you love God more than anyone or anything else? Do you love God more today than a year ago? Do you loved Him less? About the same? Do you love Christ as much much as when you first came to know Him? Nothing is more important than us loving the Lord with all of our being?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, what does that have to do with WHY we love God? Well, the first thing to realize is that God loves you!God loves you more than anyone on this earth loves you, more than anyone ever will. In fact, 1 John 4:19 says, “We love, because He first loved us.” You see, we love God because He loved us first! And that, my friend, is why we love Him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In a nutshell, this is Christianity. We love God and love others, but we can only do this when we understand that He loved us first. We don’t naturally love others like we do ourselves. We’re all wrapped up in ourselves, our lives, our agendas, and our priorities, and yet God keeps loving us. His love never changes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s amazing to think that God loves us before we loved Him. And throughJesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross, we can finally understand that the way to know God is to know Jesus. Then we receive the love of God personally. Our lives are transformed and we WANT to love God because we truly see that He first loved us!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Have you experienced that in your life? Don’t waste another day. Experience God’s incredible love found through faith in Jesus Christ today.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #love #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #loveothers #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #lovequotesA mirror reflects. If pointed at the sun, a mirror’s reflection is too brilliant to look at directly. But if pointed at darkness, the same mirror reflects only darkness. The power is in where the mirror is positioned. Sometimes the results are brilliant and powerful and other times not. In the same way, God’s Word calls us ‘image bearers of God.’ When pointed at Him, we can reflect some of God’s glory and brilliance, the question is, what are you reflecting?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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God’s Word says that mankind was created in God’s image. This means that every man, woman, and child; every race, nationality, and ethnicity — everyone has the potential to reflect the character and the nature of God. But we’ve all messed up. And with each harsh word or act of violence towards one another, we dishonor the image of God in that person.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Take your morning coffee for example. When you’re in a hurry and frustrated at a long line or slow service, you’re saying that “I’m more valuable than you.” When someone cuts you off in traffic and you get angry, you’re saying, “My time is more valuable than your time.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What if we viewed each person who crossed our path as an image bearer of God? Would that change how we interact? What if looking in the mirror we saw ourselves as created in God’s image? How would that change our own perception?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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To be made in the image of God means that we belong to God. So who do you see when you look at one another; when you look at yourself? It’s time for some self-reflection — because we’re all mirroring something or someone. Who are you reflecting?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #mirror #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #mirrorselfieLet’s be honest - judging others is easy. Think about how often we immediately judge  a new person’s looks, intelligence, or career compared to ourselves. We place them on a scale, giving them value based on the worlds criteria. Some measure up, while others don’t. But God says that we are to look for HIM in others, whether they appear shingle ordinary or incredibly talented. Why?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Because, through the vast diversity of people and personalities, God is displaying something of Himself through each and every one of us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Think about the smallest and weakest person, according to the world’s eyes.  Even he is displaying so,earning glorious about the character of God. What about that person you constantly disagree with? Yes, even that individual is made in the image of God. If every person we meet is made in God’s image, then we must treat every human being with dignity and honor — including ourselves.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When we understand that our lives are gifts from God, that changes how we live. When we see God’s image in Others, that changes our response to those around us. Our lives are not our own. We were created to reflect God’s image. And whenever we put another down, take advantage of another, cheat, gossip, or judge someone’s worth based on race, class, or political opinion, then we disrespect the image of God in that person.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Are you struggling with judging and comparing yourself to others? Ask God for a perspective shift - because when we view ourselves and others through God’s eyes, nothing looks the same.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Adapted from a sermon by Jason Dees, Christ Covenant Buckhead⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #girlsquadgoals #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #wallart #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #godsimageThe. Ew millennium ushered in a dramatic technological revolution, we now live in an increasingly diverse, globalized, and media saturated society. Couple that with all of the school shootings, cheating by both student and parents, and now, even questioning the use of gender - identification. It see,s evident that today’s problems are growing more complex.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s not difficult to recognize a tremendous decline of Biblical values in our overall society. So, hat can w do to help our children navigate this new world? I encourage you to look to the Ten Commandments.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You can’t find better guidance for teaching our children how to live a successful life. So, he not begin by teaching the Ten Commandments to your own children? You can find the, in the second book of the Bible, Exodus, chapter 20. Imagine how much society could be transformed if we simply lived our lives according to these guidelines.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #10commandments #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #alwayslearning #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #wiseThere are numerous things we can do and SHOULD do in our everyday lives to help protect God’s creation, such as conserving energy and reducing waste. And that’s a very good thing, because the very first chapter of the Bible in Genesis 1 tells us that one of man’s major responsibilities is to care for the environment. You could say that Genesis 1 is the ultimate environmental manifesto.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Amidst this environmental concern is also tremendous confusion, and it lies with the taking the wrong focus. Some environmentalists worship nature more than the God who created it. Some worship creation more than the Creator. It is as ludicrous as having a greater awe for the painting, Mona Lisa, than for her creator, Leonardo da Vinci. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When nature is supreme, we get confused and misguided. When nature is respected and managed out of obedience to God, the Creator, then we’re able to care for the environment in a way that makes sense — in a way that’s best for all.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #recycle #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #creation #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #environment“I (God) hate, I despise your feasts, and I take not delight in your solemn assemblies....Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:21,23-24⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Wow, that’s pretty strong condemnation. Clearly, this was a time when the children of Israel were engaging in all kinds of sin, such as worshipping idols, adultery, divorcing, and only giving God their leftovers.  They had basically turned their hearts against God and His will for their lives.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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And now, they wanted God’s help. The economy had gone south and their crops were failing. They couldn’t understand why God wasn’t coming through for them. They were (now) worshipping with passion, weeping on the alter, and pleading for God’s mercy and forgiveness. They were bring Him offerings and yet, God wasn’t “fixing everything.” Sound familiar?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Do you ever find yourself asking the same question? Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, “God, I’m always at church on Sunday, I know all the top worship songs, so why are things still going wrong?” Never mind the fact that you’re cheating on your taxes, taking shortcuts at work, addicted to pornography, or mistreating your family. Never mind that i spend zero time with you outside of Sunday.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Here’s the bottom line: WE CANNOT BUY GOD’S FAVOR with our offerings or our actions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We do not impress God with an emotional, weeping, passionate worship, if our lifestyle doesn’t show a heart for God. Because God’s far more concerned with our obedience than our emotional worship. So, where’s your heart, really?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #favor #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureofthedayWhen you lose a loved one, many tend to sink deep into the dungeons of darkness as the colors of life fade away. It often makes life feel meaningless, disoriented, or maybe crust being the normal day to day to a complete halt.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Some of us have experienced the pain of loss, while others have yet to walk through that season —however it’s only a matter of time. So, how can we understand the stages of grief to help us better navigate the journey? Is it possible to find God in the midst of such painful grief?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Grief often begins with a feeling of numbness and denial — an inability to accept the fact that this person is really gone. Once that reality finally settles in, a whole new wave of emotions come crashing in. It’s incredibly difficult and the specifics of how this grief is expressed varies greatly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For many, the loss of a loved one often leads towards anger with God as the world continues on as normal, but you’re left picking up the pieces of your now shattered world — never to be the same again. Feelings of depression might be stirred up as life’s outlook without that person seems empty. Finally, however, there will come a time of acceptance as you come to terms with the loss, beginning to move on With life as you navigate your new normal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The grieving process certainly takes time, but it doesn’t have to crush you. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 calls God “our Comforter”, reminding us that even in the darkest pain and grief, God wants to walk though it with us. Why? So that we can in turn comfort others in their own seasons of grief. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So don’t let grief consume your world; Cling to God’s strength.God knows loss. Let Him help you navigate each day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, how do we fix this? Well, for starters, think back to when you first put your faith in Jesus Christ. In that moment, you were recognizing that doing life your own way wasn’t working. So, you asked Jesus to step in. You were essentially saying, “Thank oh, Jesus for saving me, and for taking charge of my life from here on out.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, when God says that we are to love others... it’s not a suggestion. It’s our responsibility Christians. Now, this doesn’t mean allowing others to walk all over us in the. Are of love. No. Jesus didn’t model that. But it does mean treating others with the same love and respect, believing the best and choosing love over judgement when we disagree. Why? Because that’s how Jesus loves us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus accepted us as we are and where we are. He died for us and forgives us unconditionally— giving us chance after chance and grace after grace. And when we inevitably mess up, Jesus shows up, picks us up, and walks us through the mess. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #lovequotes #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #loveoneanother #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #forgivenessJesus talks a lot about the seriousness of anger. In God’s eyes, we are all guilty of the worst crime against man — murder — when we lose our temper, slander another, or are overly and unfairly critical of others. In God’s eyes, anger is on equal footing with murder in the seriousness of the sin.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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DISCOURAGED. How often have we seen great athletes trying their best to win, when everything falls apart near the end? All of a sudden a fight breaks out. Why? They’re discouraged about how things are going; they lose their cool and fall into the sin of anger.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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HURT. Hurt and betrayal are two big anger triggers. Think about when a spouse discovers that their partner has been cheating, or when a close friend or colleague betrays you. Anger bubbles up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Here’s the point. Keep your guard up when going through a time of stress, fatigue, discouragement, fear and hurt. And when you feel your anger begin to rise, turn to Jesus. Ask God to help you reign it in and keep your anger in check. Just give that “trigger” to God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In Memoriam- George Wright Sr.

An Update From Bryant!

 

Many who are part of our Right From The Heart
family may not know that I have been the Senior
Pastor of Johnson Ferry Church in Marietta,
Georgia, for the last 37 years. A few months ago,
I felt the Lord leading me to begin the search
process for my successor, which as I’m sure you
can imagine, wasn’t an easy decision to make!
But, it was clear to me that God was the source
of this change, so the church began the process of
searching for God’s man to follow me in the role
of Senior Pastor. I’m very pleased to say that Clay Smith
has affirmatively answered the call to become the next Sr. Pastor at JFBC.

“So,” you ask, “what happens to Right From The
Heart after you step down from pastoring the
church?” Well, I can assure you of one thing:

I STILL PLAN TO LEAD RIGHT FROM THE HEART!

I’m excited that I will have more time to focus
on our mission to “Reach and disciple people
for Jesus Christ through the use of media.” God
has blessed this ministry in so many ways, and I
know that through your continued prayers, your
financial support, and our dedication to be good
stewards of what God has graciously allowed us
to do, we will be able to reach even more people
with the Good News of Jesus Christ!

In addition, I will be adding new aspects to our
ministry at RFTH in leading Bible study tours to
Israel and Paul’s missionary journeys, as well
as mentoring younger pastors. I humbly ask for
your prayers for all of us at Right From The Heart
as this transition takes place. Thank you and
may God bless each of you!

FROM OUR FOUNDER
Bryant Wright