We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Joe Mummert.

 

Bible Reading:

Exodus 15:1-12

1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. 2 The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 3 The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name. 4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea, and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea. 5 The floods covered them; they went down into the depths like a stone. 6 Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power, your right hand, O Lordshatters the enemy. 7 In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries; you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble. 8 At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up; the floods stood up in a heap; the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea. 9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them. I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’ 10 You blew with your wind; the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters. 11 “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? 12 You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them.

Word:

I can remember many times throughout my years as a parent explaining to my children that people’s actions will always speak louder than words. I know it may be a little extreme but the example I always give them is that if someone punches them in the face, says, “I’m sorry,” and then proceeds to punch them again, do they really believe that the person is sorry? Of course not. My kids’ answer is answer is always, “No!”

So I use that to show them plainly how a person’s actions can speak much louder than their words. In this passage from the book of Exodus, we see the song that Moses and the people are singing to God. They aren’t focusing on the way that God has made them feel, they focus on what happens when God goes into action.

Nothing is too big for God. Nothing is too big for him to overcome. Nothing is greater than his strength, and there are many examples given in the passage. Even as true strength relates to the gym…watching someone clean 300 pounds and hearing them talk about it are two different things. I have witnessed some impressive lifts in my short time around the gym… it was way more impactful than hearing someone talk about how much they can lift.

 

Prayer:

God, thank you for the strength that only you can provide. We ask that you empower us with your Holy Spirit to provide that same strength. Help us to realize that our actions speak much louder than our words and that our actions remain righteous only through you! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

Skillwork:

Test the fruit… examine your actions, are they lining up with your words? Are you talking about your strengths or exhibiting them? Focus on the areas you may need work in and stop talking about them and start doing more! Ask for help when and where needed!

 

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