Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
March 25 Scripture Selection: I Samuel 13-15
Food for Thought: I Sam. 14:6, 7
Your faith and positive attitude has an impact on others and actually brings them up to reach higher levels! While they may not have originally thought of the opportunity to apply faith and see God do great things through themselves, you can plant that optimistic seed in them, and, because of it, they will catch the faith, be inspired, and follow you, if you exude confidence.
Jonathan is an example of that. He knew God was not limited to the human circumstances and was quite capable of performing the miracle and using them to defeat a garrison of about twenty Philistines within about a half an acre of land, regardless of the “odds” against them. It just took a few words of encouragement, and his armorbearer went along with him, according to what was in Jonathan’s heart. In so doing, he was blessed by being a participant in the victory, even though it wasn’t his idea to take the enemy on.
Murmuring, expressing fear, and complaining are completely contrary to this and have the exact opposite effect on people. (“Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath (Prov. 29:8.”) So in the face of a challenge, instead of exacerbating the problem, we can encourage ourselves in the Lord, build up our faith by the Word and by bringing to our memory the mighty feats of the Lord, and choose our words wisely. Then, strengthened by His Spirit, we can infuse others with a spirit of determination and faith and see God do once again a mighty work.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):