Know Your Influence – Part 6
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:13-16
Key Verse: John 15:4
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
Picking up where we left off in yesterday’s devotional, in our daily quiet time with God, after we ask for His help, we then confess our need for forgiveness. We must add to that confession a promise: we will forgive those who have hurt us. Finally, we conclude our prayers with recognition that we need His help facing the temptations of this life. Jesus said to ask that we would be led away from temptation and be protected from the evil one. We must acknowledge that some days we must be tested. However, Jesus seems to be saying that we may be facing more temptation than necessary because we simply don’t ask for His protection. Daily prayers are an essential part of remaining in Jesus!
Another thing that must be part of our lives is Bible reading and study. If prayer is us speaking to God, Bible reading is allowing God to speak to us! The Bible says of itself: “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Be sure to add to your daily quiet time the reading of scripture. It can be scripture in devotionals, like this one. Some people read one Psalm or one Proverb a day, from the Old Testament. Others read through a book in the Bible, taking small portions each day, making sure they understand what they are reading. God is not concerned or impressed with the amount of reading, but rather the truths that we are living out from our reading! How can anyone truly remain in Jesus if they are not learning the truths that He taught His followers to live by? We must read the Bible regularly!
Father, I want to influence others to follow you. I will pray and read your Word, daily! In Jesus’ Name, amen.