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The Upper Room Devotional 1st December 2023 —Courage to Act

The Upper Room Devotional 1st December 2023 —Courage to Act

The Upper Room Devotional 1st December 2023 —Courage to Act

Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for December 1, 2023 Message written by Deb Vellines (Missouri, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.

TODAY’S READING
Mark 8:31-33

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
With God’s help, I can step out of my comfort zone.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

My mother adjusted to her blindness so well that her sight-loss support group asked her to visit new members who needed help. Eventually, we wrote a pamphlet with information for those with low vision. The trouble was that no one wanted to publish it. An editor suggested that I write a blog instead because the information changes so fast.

No. I can’t do that, I thought. Forget it. How could those with low vision even find a blog? I repeated those negative words and believed them for two years. I did not have the courage to step out of my comfort zone.

When I read the words in 1 Peter, I wondered, Is this the way the devil works? Is the devil blocking me from serving God and helping those with vision problems?

Negative thoughts can determine our actions or, in my case, inaction. Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts, we can repeat God’s words of affirmation and love: “Peace be still.” “I am with you.” “I will help you.” “Come unto me.”

Six years and 64 blogs later, I’m glad I listened to these positive words. God’s promises can strengthen our faith and give us courage to act.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Guiding Father, help us to be attentive to your voice. Give us courage to act when we hear your call. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Those with vision loss

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