Tuesday, September 4
The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five.
1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. 7 If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Much of our existence is spent arguing that we’re not that bad. We make the argument to others and to ourselves, both consciously and unconsciously. None of us meets our own standards! This cycle leads to more and more feelings of failure and frustration, then fear that the Lord is displeased with us. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We are better off being honest with God and bringing our sin into the light.
Father, help me overcome the foolishness of hiding from You. I know You know everything about me, so help me stop playing games and be real with you, others, and myself.
Do you notice trying to make yourself feel better by justifying sin?
How does acknowledging sin free us to trust Christ?
Pick Four More Activities
- Listen and Worship.
- Pray a Psalm.
- Read a Book.
- Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
- Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
- Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
- Memorize a Verse.
- List Five Things You're Thankful For.
- Encourage Somebody.