2019-06-10 – Philippians 4:13
Verse of the Day: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Have you ever felt that you needed to do something, but could not because you did not have the strength? I think we all have. This can be very frustrating if we know we must get that ‘something’ done. The apostle Paul knows full well what this is like.
Look at 2 Corinthians 11:21-28, “Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” It is amazing how he suffered so much at the hands of men, but was able to do all he did, not through his own strength, but that strength given him by Christ.”
God does not show favoritism. If you are doing the Lord’s work, He will give you all you need to accomplish it, including the strength needed to finish. Do not give up when you grow weary. Pray for His strength and He will provide it. He will never command us to do something we are incapable of accomplishing. Tap into all He gives you and make it happen.
2019-06-11 – Nahum 1:7
Verse of the Day: Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
This is another verse that speaks of the Lord watching out for His own. However, those who are enemies of His or His own He will address. Look at verses 2-3. “The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.“ These verses show that He will not quickly become angry, however, if they do not turn to Him, they will suffer great consequences.
We who are His children, will be protected. He watches over us and when we find ourselves in trouble, He is our stronghold. Think of a great fortress where evil people are doing all they can to get to us, yet we are inside with no fear; knowing they cannot get to us. When the enemy comes against us, having placed our whole life in His hands, he will never reach us for the Lord is our stronghold and fortress. Always remember, when the enemy comes against us, we will overcome through the power of God.
2019-06-12 – Philippians 3:20-21
Verse of the Day: Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
As Christians, we may be living down here, however, this is not where our citizenship is. Jesus put it like this, “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” John 17:14 The world is against the truth and therefore is against us and our belief.
There is coming a time in the future whereby we will go to our new home. It is the place where God dwells, and we will no longer have to deal with the world. So, stand strong and uncompromising. Do not let anyone cause you to be embarrassed or start to question your beliefs. We are here for a time and then we go home. Look ahead at this time and understand that things may be tough now, but a glorious eternal future lies ahead. Rejoice in this.
2019-06-13 – Galatians 5:9
Verse of the Day: Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.
Paul is writing to the Church in Galatia and in the above verse, he is telling them not to succumb to any so-called small sin, or any sin for that matter, for it will have an impact in their Christian walk. Look at the two verses just before our daily verse. Galatians 5:7-8, “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.” Something they bought into was hindering their growth. And it had nothing to do Christ.
This is very important for us to see. Many times, we think we can get away with things that are wrong because we are strong in the faith. It may be simply in our thought life, maybe it is in our desires. Or maybe, it could be in our prideful attitude. These things will have a negative effect on our relationship with Christ. It is important that we stay in constant contact with God so we can hear what He wants us to do, but first so we can hear from Him where we are off. A little sin accepted can destroy your walk, just as a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.
2019-06-14 – Isaiah 26:3
Verse of the Day: Isa 26:3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.
This is a very well-known and popular verse I hear many times. A more familiar version of this is; “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
How often do we get worried or frustrated? I wish I could say never, however that is not the case. I think we all get that way at times. However, the prophet Isaiah has given us the way to be at peace in every situation. It is easy to understand but not necessarily easy to do. God wants us to be in perfect peace, and He has provided a way. That is to trust Him in everything.
Isaiah says, perfect peace comes to those whose mind is steadfastly focused on the Lord. During these difficult times we need to continue to stay in touch with God, focusing on the fact that He loves us and will never leave us or forsake us. Paul in his benediction in 1 Thessalonians said the following, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Why can we do this in the tough times? Because we trust Him. We know He has our best in mind. And He will bring it about.
Remember what the Lord spoke through Solomon. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5 Our own solutions do not work, only His will. Just trust Him.