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Just For Today Daily Devotional

Sunday, September 21

“Encouraged…by…mutual faith.”
Ro 1:12 NKJV


Paul talks about three things we owe each other. Let’s look at them: (1) “Without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (v. 9 NKJV). An unknown poet wrote, “I was a poor soul in the depth of despair, who climbed to the heights in answer to prayer.” You can show no greater love and concern for someone than to say, “I’m praying for you,” and do it! Prayer invites God into the situation and authorizes the forces of heaven to go to work and bring change. (2) “I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established” (v. 11 NKJV). What did Paul long for? The chance to strengthen his fellow believers, and he was willing to travel a long way at great personal risk to do it. When two people decide to recognize and nurture the God-given gifts in each other, not only are they blessed personally, everybody around them benefits too. (3) “That I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.” Notice the words “encouraged” and “mutual faith.” There are powerful dynamics at work here! First, we pray for one another. Second, we recognize and nurture God’s gifts in one another. Third, we unite our faith and focus on a shared goal. Jesus said: “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Mt 18:19-20 NKJV).

Monday, September 22

“Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home.”
Pr 24:3 CEV


When you’re the parent of a “teen in transition” it’s important to find the right blend of correction, instruction, motivation, and praise. Instead of focusing on behavior you don’t want, praise and reward behavior you want more of. If your child feels like you’re always “on their back” instead of “on their team” about how they dress, their friends, their music, etc., they’ll resist you at every turn. The Bible says about parenting: (a) “Children, obey your parents” (Eph 6:1 NKJV). (b) “Don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them” (Eph 6:4 TM). Use the carrot and stick approach. If you’re all “stick” and no “carrot” you’ll provoke them into rebelling, going undercover, and cutting off communication. And if you grew up in a home where you were never praised or rewarded, you’ll have to work harder to break the cycle. Exploding at your teen just teaches them to handle their own anger explosively. Expect to be shocked, and be prepared to respond constructively. If you take their mood swings and inconsistencies personally, you’ll end up reacting in ways you regret. Do you remember your own adolescence, and how you felt about your parents’ opinions, tastes, and rules? Mark Twain said: “When I was fourteen my dad was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. But when I got to be twenty-one I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years!” If you’re raising a teen, here are two Scriptures worth remembering: “Love never fails” (1Co 13:8 NKJV). “Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home.”