By Rick Rose


The kids and I have a daily devotional time.  As we do at times the subject seems to be one of those that seems to have life importance.  Scripture challenges us in these areas.  These are other reasons that compelled us to follow.  These are those subjects:


  1. Set goals in life but always trust the Lord for the outcome. 

We need to be moving forward but…

Anything can happen!


Proverbs 3:5   Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;


  1. Be content whatever the situation.

Half the time in life things will be better than average.

Half of the time they will be worse than average.

Why be miserable half of the time?


Philippians 4:12   I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.


  1. Be able to give a reason for what you believe.

God wants us to pass on the hope that we have.


1 Peter 3:15   But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,


  1. Use difficulties as opportunities to grow.

Learn from them quickly so the lesson doesn’t have to be repeated

  1. Live by “not my will but yours be done.”

                  This was Christ’s example.


Luke 22:42   "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."


  1. When someone mistreats us, God has allowed it.

He is powerful enough to stop them if he would choose to.

He loves us enough to only allow that which will ultimately do us good.

Go to God, rest in His power and love and learn the lesson if there is one.

Don’t focus on the person as the source of your pain.

  1. Satan either wants us fallen down from troubles or forgetting God in good times.

His voice is usually one of the following:

Building us up beyond what we are without Christ

You deserve the best.

If it feels good, you have the right to do it.

God doesn’t care if you sin a little.

He wants you to enjoy life.

Beating us up below what we are with Christ.

You are no good.

You’ll never amount to anything.

You can never be forgiven.

You can’t be used of God.

He appeals to our pride.  He appeals to our innate desire to be “like God.”

You are such an incredibly powerful good person, you can do it without God.

Or, you are such an incredibly powerful bad person that even God can’t help you.


Proverbs 30:8-9   Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.   Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say,  'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.


  1. God’s peace comes from standing on solid ground, thanking God in the good times and trusting God in the bad times.
  2. Sin tempts us because it is deceitful.  (If you ___________, you will be better off!)

This is half true as we may well be better off in the short run.

That short run may last from a few seconds to the rest of our lives.