Topic: Tell God Everything
Scripture: Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). – Ephesians 6:18 (AMPC)
Message: I encourage you to talk with God about absolutely everything. You can tell Him how you feel, what you desire and what your goals are. Tell Him what you love about Him and about your life and express your gratitude for all that He has done for you.
You can tell God about the things in your life that you don’t like or that are hard for you. Tell Him what you have done that is wrong and talk with Him about all your concerns for yourself, your life, and your loved ones.
You can tell God absolutely anything, and He is never shocked or surprised because He knew all about it before it ever happened. He’s not surprised about anything!
Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for being my friend and listening to everything I have to say. In Jesus’ name, amen.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
HOW DO I STOP JUDGING OTHERS?
In Matthew 7:1, Jesus says, Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (NLT).
I think we often judge other people with our thoughts and words and don’t even realize it. I can remember sitting on a bench at the mall and watching people go by, thinking and saying things like, I wouldn’t wear that outfit if I were her.
Years ago, when the Lord began dealing with me about being judgmental, He spoke to my heart and said, “Joyce, you are looking at everybody else through a magnifying glass, but you look at yourself through rose-colored glasses.”
Wow—that got my attention! It was easy for me to pick other people apart and talk about their faults and wrong motives. However, I was probably a bigger mess than anyone I knew, and I couldn’t see it.
Even as Christians, we can be judgmental about other Christians. We can get full of ourselves and begin looking down on others. And if somebody does something wrong or isn’t as “good” as we are, then they’re “out of the group.”
Humility is a major key to thinking and talking about others in the proper way. James 4:10 tells us to humble ourselves before God so He can exalt us.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can choose to begin thinking and speaking good things about others when we are tempted to judge. In fact, my husband, Dave, and I often make a game out of it. When we’re tempted to speak negatively about someone, we intentionally try to believe the best instead of assuming the worst (see 1 Corinthians 13:7).
So many times, we don’t have all the facts and have no idea what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes. If we knew half of their story or what they’ve been through, we probably wouldn’t judge so harshly.
I encourage you to try it for yourself. The next time you’re tempted to judge someone at home or work, stop for a moment and choose to believe the best.And as you think and speak these good things, you will not only bless their lives, but you will also bless your own.
Joyce Meyer Devotional 22 April 2021 Tuesday Message – Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children