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August 2, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 4:12-13


Philippians 4:12-13

I know how it be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

 

Thought for Today

This may be one of the most profound things that Paul says. We all struggle to be satisfied with what we have. We look at our neighbor and wonder why they are so blessed. We see the blessings of others and grumble at what we have that feels meager by comparison. When we are in a season of blessing and everything is going well we tend to take all the credit and make sure others know just how blessed we are. Paul, on the other hand, knows the secret to living in times of plenty and want. His secret is that he looks to God at all times. He knows that God loves him and is working out His eternal purpose through Paul’s life. This daily trust in God allows Paul to rejoice in God’s blessing in good times and celebrate what God is doing through him in bad times. This gives him strength. And because he is always striving to see God at work in him he receives the strength sufficient for each task God gives. Are you feeling discontent today? Do your circumstances determine your mood and your strength? If so, lift your eyes to God and make Him your focus and you will find contentment and strength.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to fix my eyes on You and Your beloved Son that my joy and strength would come from You and You alone. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Whenever the strength of God is not recognized as the source of our strength, we are breaking the First Commandment: Do not have any gods before me. John Piper
 

Quote of the Day

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ― Frederick Douglass

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August 1, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 4:8


Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Thought for Today

What do you find yourself focusing on? Whether it what’s in the news, the allegations about celebrities, or your “friend’s” political rant on Facebook, media continually pulls our minds towards the negative. There is so much to fret about. The Apostle Paul encourages us to think about anything that is true, honorable, pure, lovely or commendable. Think about things that build you up and encourages your faith in God and your fellow man. You might have to figure out where to find those kinds of things today. I would encourage you to unplug from all the negativity and plug into the wonder of God, the beauty of nature, great thoughts of deep thinkers, and God’s incredible promises. Plug into whatever encourages you and think deeply about it today.

 

Prayer

Lord, help me to the good, true and pure things in my life to think about that I might be encouraged and uplifted today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. — Martin Luther

 

Quote of the Day

Change your thoughts and you change your world. — Norman Vincent Peale

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July 31, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 4:6


Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

Thought for Today

Nearly 40% of Americans suffer from anxiety and 18% (40 million Americans) have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Anxiety has not gotten better for all our sophistication, medication or advanced coping techniques. This is because at its core most anxiety is a spiritual issue that manifest emotionally and physically. I believe at its base level anxiety comes from a largely subconscious spiritual belief that the world is out of control and bad things are going to happen as a result. When this belief begins to shape the way we experience the world it causes anxiety, worry, fear, and depression. Paul tells us that the treatment for this underlying condition is to remember that Someone is in control. He calls us to take everything to God in prayer. For we know that no matter what our circumstances, God has overcome every challenge and every foe. He is the undefeated Champion of the universe who even took on death and won. There is no problem in our lives that is remotely challenging for Him. More than that, God is crazy about you! He wants nothing but the best for you. It may not always playout the way you expect, but in the end you discover that His divine purposes are always best. God is the One who can drive away our subconscious worry that everything is out of control. This is the truth that conquers our fears and reshapes our world view. Then we know that Someone who loves us is in control and it is all working out according to His express will. Take heart by taking what stress you to God and allowing Him to be in control.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess to You my sometimes overwhelming fear and anxiety. Help me to learn to trust in you by bringing everything to You and discovering that You are trustworthy. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. ― Corrie Ten Boom

 

Quote of the Day

Anxiety's like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far. ― Jodi Picoult



Comments

07-31-2019 at 12:05 PM
Barb Dickenson
I am a worrrier. Before my cancer surgery the Dorcas gave me a plaque with today’s bible verse on it. I read it several times and a kind of peace came over me. All went extremely well and it is now my favorite verse in the Bible
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