Faith is Personal

Judges 2:8-15

After Joshua’s death, he people of Israel came complacent. The passage says they “forsook” Lord (verse 12), which means they turned away from him. Their turning away wasn’t toward nothing; in their emptiness, they turned to other gods. A result, they suffered.  Why? Because they turned from the living, available God toward empty idols that could not save, help, or empathize.

The truth? We cannot borrow faith. Nor can we rely on our parents’ or grandparents’ faith to save us. Although the Israelites in Joshua’s generation saw great deliverance and worshiped God with abandon, the next generation failed to do so. They didn’t personalize their faith; they chose not to pursue God for themselves. This led to a vacuum of belief.

It is a privilege to actively put our faith in God. Whether you’ve had faith examples through your family or you have no spiritual heritage, right now you have the opportunity to love and worship God with your whole heart.

Ask him to come near, even if you have ventured far. God loves to answer the prayers of those seeking him. He loves you.

Prayer

Lord, I want the kind of faith that continues to chase you all the days of my life. Forgive me for straying. I need you today. Keep me close to you. Amen.

Journaling Prompt

Who in your life has chosen to walk away from God? What happened? Write a prayer for them, asking God to rescue them.

#######################################

Content adapted from the NIV Radiant Virtues Bible, which invites you to discover how the virtues of faith, hope and love are woven through both the stories of the Bible and your own life. Art from the Beautiful Word collection, along with newly created verse art, highlighted verses, journaling prompts, weekly devotional readings and prayers, coloring pages, reading plans, and more, guide you as you explore each virtue and its place in Scripture. From beginning to end, the NIV Radiant Virtues Bible gives you everything you need to grow the timeless virtues of faith, hope, and love in your daily life.

 

See inside with this sampler

 

Bible Study

More
  • What is Scripture Engagement?

    Scripture Engagement is more than just a regular Bible... Read more
  • Faith is Personal

    Right now you have the opportunity to love and worship... Read more
  • Who was Matthew?

    Matthew is one of the twelve disciples hand-picked by... Read more

Comfort

More
  • Encounter God Through Journaling His Word

    Journaling your thoughts, insights, and prayers as you... Read more
  • Be Thankful for Jesus, the God-Man

    As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, only one... Read more
  • Strong in Grace

    Strong in Grace

    In Paul's letter to Timothy, we see the picture of a... Read more

Devotional Reading Plans

More
  • What is Scripture Engagement?

    Scripture Engagement is more than just a regular Bible... Read more
  • The Legacy of Studying God’s Word | NIV Verse Mapping Bibles

    Verse-mapping is a technique of studying the Bible... Read more
  • Guide to Family Worship: Help Your Child Learn How to Handle Fear

    Dear Parent, One of the most common issues of... Read more

Prayer

More
  • teach your children to pray for others

    Teach Your Children to Pray for Others

    This study from the NIV Adventure Bible can help you... Read more
  • Scripture Engagement Practice Picture It

    Scripture Engagement Practice: Picture It

    Picture it, one of the practices found in the abide... Read more
  • Start the New Year Studying Proverbs as a Family

    Many people start the New Year making resolutions on... Read more

SpeakLight

More
  • Romans 8:28 SpeakLight Danny Gokey

    Romans 8:28 / #SpeakLight / Danny Gokey

    And we know that all things work together for good to... Read more
  • James 5:16 - Steven Malcolm

    James 5:16 / #SpeakLight / Steven Malcolm

    Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for... Read more
  • 2 corinthians 5:17 phil joel

    2 Corinthians 5:17 with Phil Joel

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new... Read more

Spiritual Growth

More
  • Faith is Personal

    Right now you have the opportunity to love and worship... Read more
  • How to Pray the Psalms

    Over the years, many Christians have used the Psalms... Read more
  • Encounter God Through Journaling His Word

    Journaling your thoughts, insights, and prayers as you... Read more

Topical Reading Plans

More
  • The Legacy of Studying God’s Word | NIV Verse Mapping Bibles

    Verse-mapping is a technique of studying the Bible... Read more
  • Keys to Revelation

      Key Word: The Revelation of the Coming of... Read more