Why We Need Each Other
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
16h ago
“Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.” 1 Peter 4:10 (GW) Your abilities are for the benefit of other people. The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others” (GW). Nobody is good at everything. You need me, and I need you. Nobody has every talent. There are no perfect people who can say to the world, “I don’t need anybody else.” We need each other. We were made to work in teams! That’s why you need a small group and a church family. We’re better together. Here’s the key ..read more
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What to Do With Unused Ability
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
2d ago
“When the master comes and finds the servant doing his work, the servant will be blessed.” Luke 12:43 (NCV) All of us have unused abilities. But there are three ways that you can start cultivating your abilities so that they are being used for good and for God’s glory. 1. Estimate your abilities.Do an assessment of your life. Do an audit of your abilities. What are you good at doing? Make a list. If there’s one thing I could say to young people today to prepare for their future, this is it: Know your strengths. Know your weaknesses. Consider the capabilities God has given you. Parents, help ..read more
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Serve Out of Design, Not Duty
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
3d ago
“Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves." Romans 12:3 (NLT) The Bible says that God wants you to listen to your heart. To know what he wants you to do, he wants you to look at what you’re made to do. But most people these days are moving so fast that they don’t have time to listen to their hearts. We’ve got to slow down! We’re all in such a hurry, stressed with too much to do, not realizing until later that we didn’t have to do so much. That describes most people today in America. They’re speeding with no direction. But God wants you to slow down and listen to your heart. Romans 12:3 sa ..read more
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Broken Heart? The Lord Is Close
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
4d ago
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV) We’ve all had our heart broken in some way—maybe by disappointment, fear, shame, rejection, or ridicule. I would say to you, as your friend, that I’m sorry your heart has been broken. I really am. I care about the hurt that you have gone through because God cares about it. He hurts with you. What was God doing when you were weeping? He was weeping too. In fact, it is in your pain that God is closest to you, whether you realize it or not. The Bible says in Psalm 34:18, “The LORD is close to ..read more
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To Get More Passionate, Get Closer to God
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
5d ago
“Look, I’m standing at the door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I’ll come in and we’ll eat together.” Revelation 3:20 (GW) God gave you a heart, and he has placed in you passions, desires, and dreams. But unless they are under his control, they will be misused, they will be abused, they will be misapplied, they will be misdirected, and they will be wasted in your life. All around the world, there are millions of passionate people with interests and dreams and ambitions that are being misused and abused. And it breaks God’s heart. That’s why, in spite of their ..read more
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Four Ways to Use Your Spiritual Gifts
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
6d ago
“Give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” Romans 6:13 (NLT) God has given spiritual gifts to every single follower of Jesus. How do you start using the spiritual gifts God put inside of you? Here are four ways to get started: 1. Discover your gifts.You’ve got to know what your gifts are before you can use them. Stop ignoring the fact that inside of you are some dormant gifts that you’re not even using, and figure out what God has put in you. The Bible says in 1 Timothy ..read more
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You’re Not Just Wanted—You’re Needed!
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
1w ago
“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) The reason you have value is because of what God says about you, not because of what other people say about you. Many people lack self-esteem. They don’t feel good about themselves because they’re always trying to pump themselves up by the kind of clothes they wear, the kind of car they drive, or the things they say. They’re constantly striving to feel better about themselves because they really don’t accept themselves—which, really, is rebellion ..read more
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Every Believer Has Spiritual Gifts
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
1w ago
“There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served. There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (GW) When you understand how God has uniquely shaped you, then you know what purpose he has created you for. Understanding that purpose helps you to focus your life and make better use of the time God has given you on this earth. The moment you step across the line spiritually and begin following Jesus, you say, “I’m going to go God’s way ..read more
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Even Your Weaknesses Bring Glory to God
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
1w ago
“My friend, I ask, ‘Who do you think you are to question God? Does the clay have the right to ask the potter why he shaped it the way he did?’” Romans 9:20 (CEV) Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences—these are the five things that make you, you. I call them your SHAPE. Accepting your SHAPE —the unique way God made you that brings glory to him—means you believe that God knows best. It all comes down to a matter of trust. Do you believe that God made a mistake when he made you? Or do you trust him, knowing that he has a plan for your life? Many of us make these kinds of ..read more
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What’s the Big Deal About Your SHAPE?
Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Devotional
by Rick Warren
1w ago
“Bring to me all the people who are mine, whom I made for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7 (NCV) A number of years ago I started using a little acrostic called SHAPE to talk about the five things that make you, you. SHAPE is the way God wired you for your life. Every area of your life is influenced by the way you’re shaped. Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences—these are the five things that make you, you. In that combination of spiritual gifts, you have heart, passion, and interests. Why do you think you have those interests? Because God gave them to you ..read more
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