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Don't let anyone steal your joy!!!
Don't let anyone steal your joy!!!

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I just finished day 13 of the @YouVersion Plan Christmas Encouragement By Greg Laurie. Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/K5

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So proud of my son Jordan!!

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The Plank in Your Eye

Lie #3: I’m a much better person than you.

You must believe two things in order to fight this lie. First, there is nothing about your fallen self that is “good.” The Bible clearly says that all of us come into the world with an inclination toward badness, which is referred to as the “flesh,” or “sin nature.” Paul especially knew his sin nature tainted everything about him, not just certain areas of his life.

What I’m trying to emphasize is that you need to stop denying you are flaws across every dimension of who you are. There is nothing about you that your bent toward badness hasn’t stained. Let me put it a different way: You need to get off your high horse and stop believing that there is anything about you that is perfectly good. There isn’t.

Secondly, you have to believe that you are not a better person than your spouse. Each of us comes into the world with a bent to do sinful things, so if you think you are a better person than your spouse, you’re basically saying, “My badness isn’t nearly as bad as my spouse’s badness.” Do you really want to argue that?

You may not like this, but I need to say it: Even if you would never do the same grossly sinful thing your spouse has done, in your natural bent toward sin, you are capable of doing the same thing or have already done the equivalent. God wants you to compare yourself with the only truly good person who ever lived, Christ.

If you want a healthy and thriving marriage, you need to do three things: (1) turn away from the crazy notion that you are basically good and turn toward the biblical view that your natural bent is to sin, (2) accept that you are no better or worse than your spouse compared with Christ, and (3) ask God to help you be humble (have an accurate sense of who you really are) when you interact with your mate.
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I just finished day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan The Lies Couples Believe. Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/SL

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And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.
Romans 7:18-19 NLT
http://bible.com/116/rom.7.18-19.NLT

http://bible.com/116/pro.12.25.nlt Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

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http://bible.com/116/psa.100.4-5.nlt Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

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http://bible.com/r/I.13 I just finished day 65 of the @YouVersion Plan New Testament Epistles and Acts. Check it out here:

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If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. (NLT) -Ecclesiastes 4:10
Work on growing your relationship with someone near to you. Maybe it's a friend, neighbor, sibling, or parent. Maybe it's your spouse, and life events have been pulling the two of you apart. Spend valuable time investing in these relationships, and not only will you get further in life than you would by yourself, but you will feel rewarded in being part of another's life story.
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Then Jesus said, "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed.  Life is not measured by how much you own." (NLT) -Luke 12:15
Greed is so difficult to identify in ourselves, yet so easy to call out in others. This verse is most powerful when we apply it to our own selves. When you feel an impulsive thought to take advantage of a situation for your gain, take a moment. Think through your actions thoroughly and look at who loses with your gain. Will your action bring you closer to God or further away from depending on Him?
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