Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 22, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
January 22, 2017 SOMETHING TO BOAST ABOUT
We all have been around people who like to boast. Boasting is an attempt we or others take to make ourselves look good. We may boast about our jobs. We may boast about our family. We may boast about what worldly things we have or the money we make. These types of boastings are not from God and do not make us look good at all. However, the boasting God wants us to do is about Him, what He has done for us and what He can do for others. The riches we boast about will not last. But the love of God is certainly something to boast about and it does last forever.
James 1:9-10 "Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field." (NLT)
1. List some things you are proud of.
2. Write down accomplishments you have made.
3. Know boasting about ourselves is not what God wants us to do.
4. Stay focused on God and boast only about what He has done in your life.
Dear Lord, help us stay aware of what words come out of our mouths. We don't want to boast about how good we are. We don't want to boast about all we have. We don't want to boast about what good we do. Help us to boast only about You and give You the glory for all we have. Help us only boast about You and how much Your love can help all people. Thank You for Your miracles, Your love, Your peace, Your grace, Your mercy and everything else You do for us that we surely don't deserve. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Boasting about our greatness doesn't make us look great at all.
When we boast about the money we have, we merely look like fools.
Romans 15:18a "Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me" (NLT)
We should only boast about what God has done in our lives and give Him the glory.
We can boast about knowing God and understanding His word and tell others how they can do the same.
Jeremiah 9:24 "But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!" (NLT)
God is worthy to boast about. We are not. We are nothing without Him.