Wednesday, September 19
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 3:19-24
19 This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows all things.
21 Dear friends, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight. 23 Now this is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps his commands remains in him, and he in him. And the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he has given us.
Our hearts can condemn us. Saying we have good intentions and yet failing to obey will eventually catch up with us, both in eternity and on earth. The eternal consequences for those who never trust Christ and change are eternal separation from Him. The earthly consequences of hypocrisy seem minimal, but they actually bring restlessness to us. In verse 19, we’re reminded that we need our hearts to be reassured, and this happens by putting our faith in action. We all need to be reminded that there is anxiety that comes when we know we should obey and yet refuse.
Father, rid me of all hypocrisy today and reassure my heart.
What do you need to actually do today to move into the realm of obedience?
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.