James‬ ‭1‬:‭13-15

 
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭13-15‬ NLT)

Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭10-11‬ 

 
 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭10-11‬ NLT)

Facebook Inspiration

On Sunday a friend challenged m and her sister on Facebook to post a Bible verse a day for a week, a challenge extended to her and accepted. Since I do this almost every day it was no big deal to join in the challenge, or so I thought. 
I made my usual post and added to it about the challenge, tagging the Sister that challenged me, and added my two folks names to the list that I would challenge.
The next day both of the young ladies I had challenged accepted , posting their verses and the names of friends they challenged, too. By Tuesday evening it seemed like a movement, if you will had started: Christians young and not-so-young (I’m not old! LOL) were posting a verse to entire passages on their timelines for the world and, more importantly, their friends to see. 
Now, this might not be “new” but it was to me; I’d seen all kinds of challenges on Facebook but not one like this. Imagine how many live and impressions this 7-day challenge can reach; it is almost overwhelming to me think about the potential of it. (And it doesn’t need to stop at a week either I might add.)
Seeing all these folks, many who I don’t know (yes, I’m clicking on names and trolling around to see who’s participating), sharing God’s Word, often with short notes of what the verse means to them so blessed me that I felt compelled to share it today with you. This event is an inspiration to me; it shows us how easily we can live our faith out loud, witnessing for the Lord, possibly reaching thousands, millions combined, in a few seconds a day. It also made me think about Paul’s statement to Timothy, which I share as today’s daily verse. 

“So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News. That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.” (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭8-12‬ NLT)