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July 25, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3;17


Philippians 3:17

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

 

Thought for Today

Who are you imitating? We know developmentally that babies learn largely by imitating adults. Young Christians grow much the same way. It has rightly been said that if you want to know who you will be in 5 years just look at the people you surround yourself with today. You will imitate them for better or worse. Paul knew this. Therefore, he commends us to be intentional about who we are following and imitating. Of course, the best person to imitate is Jesus, but, in truth, this is difficult because we can only read about Him. It is easier to imitate someone you can watch, study and converse with. So Paul says, “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). So I ask again, who are you imitating? Are they worth imitating? Are they following Christ in a way you want to? If you are intentional about who you imitate you will become the kind of person someone else will find worth imitating, and I can’t think of a better way to glorify God.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, show me who is following you nearly in my life. Help me to imitate them as they imitate You so that I might grow to be more like You, too. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

For years I thought my assignment, or the Church’s assignment, was to articulate the Gospel and nothing more. Now I believe that if we don’t support the verbal expression of the Gospel with physical demonstration of compassion, we are not imitating Jesus. — Max Lucado

 

Quote of the Day

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another — Voltaire

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July 24, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3:13-14


Philippians 3:13-14

One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Thought for Today

Isn’t it amazing that when we look back on our lives we often dwell on our moments of failure, regret and the times we came up short. We have had our share of triumphs, joys and victories, but these are slow to come to mind. Dwelling on the past tends to drag us down. This is why Paul declares that he focuses on the future. He certainly had his share of failings, even as a church planter. I am sure he remembered every conversation with an unbeliever who left unconvinced, every person he thought he reached for Christ who walked away, and how short the churches he planted came from his vision when he started. Paul could have let these things drag him down. Dwelling on them would have made him walk away, convinced he was a failure. Instead, Paul always focused on the next challenge God placed in front of him. He was constantly pushing forward to the upward calling of Christ in his life and in the church. He understood that God simply called him to be faithful with the charge he was given in that moment. The past was in God’s hand. He could only impact today and plan for tomorrow. Don’t let your past failure define your future. Keep your head and heart pointed to the future. Your past is in God’s hands. God simply calls you to press on with Him into the future.

 

Prayer

Lord God, thank You for calling me to press into the future with You. Help me to keep my focus forward. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Young men, trust God, and make the future bright with blessing. Old men, trust God, and magnify Him for all the mercies of the past. — Charles Spurgeon

 

Quote of the Day

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino



Comments

07-24-2019 at 4:33 PM
Rachel Hammond
I was having a particularly bad day at work today, with a major error that my team made and this message helped me to focus on the fact that the past is the past, we need to continue to focus on the present and press to the future. Thank you!
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July 23, 2019, 5:56 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3:9


Philippians 3:9

…not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith…

 

Thought for Today

All his life Paul had been told that the Law found in Old Testament was the only way to be righteous before God. He had to know the Law and keep the Law in every point to be righteous. He was told that this was the only hope he had of going to heaven. To that end, Paul did everything in his power to keep God’s Law. He would later lament that for all of his efforts he was still the chief of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). He knew, even while he struggled, that he was coming woefully short of being righteous in God’s sight. This is an amazing confession from one who worked so hard for his own righteousness. The only way a Pharisees’ Pharisee could make such a confession is if he came to the astounding realization that his righteous standing didn’t depend upon his good works after all. Paul’s righteousness depended wholly on God’s work for him. What a relief this must have been! Have you realized this wonderful news yet? Do you truly know that your righteousness depends on Jesus’ work and not yours? What a relief to know that God’s love for you doesn’t depend on working hard enough or following rules perfectly. His love for you depends on His choice to love you. A choice He made at the very moment He first imagined of creating you.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing to love me. I know I don’t deserve it. I rejoice that because of Your choice You worked in Christ to make me right before You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Rest assured: Before God, the righteousness of Christ is all we need; before God, the righteousness of Christ is all we have. — Tullian Tchividjian

 

Quote of the Day

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. — Confucius

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