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July 22, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3:8


Philippians 3:8

I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him…

 

Thought for Today

This is no empty platitude for Paul. Paul had everything a young Jewish man could want in his day. He was from a well-to-do family. He was the best student of the most sought after teacher in all of Israel. He was among the best Pharisees of his day and was on the fast track for a future position on the Sanhedrin, the ruling counsel over the people of Israel. When he says he was willing to lose everything for the sake of Christ, he meant it. He left a life of privilege, wealth, and power to become an itinerant preacher, with no visible means of support, planting churches around the world in the name of Jesus. What a powerful witness! His testimony was as much about what he was willing to give up as what he gained in Christ (more on this later). If someone asked you what you have sacrificed, or counted loss, for the sake of Christ, what would you tell them? I don’t ask this so you can prove your faith through sacrifice, but rather to recognize what a powerful witness this is to others. What you have given up you have deemed of lesser values than that which you have gained in Christ. This can be eye opening to those who do not yet know Christ.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge all that You have given up for me and know that my sacrifices for you are meager by comparison. Therefore, use my sacrifices powerfully to point others to the richness of what I have gained in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

All that men will serve God with must be done in faith, that is, in the Spirit. It is the Spirit that makes the work perfect and acceptable in the sight of God. All that a man undertakes and does in faith, he does in the Spirit of God, which Spirit of God does co-operate in the work, and then it is acceptable to God. —Jakob Bohme

 

Quote of the Day

Less is only more where more is no good. — Frank Lloyd Wright

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July 21, 2019, 12:20 PM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:12-13


Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 

Thought for Today

I struggled with this passage for a long time. If salvation depends wholly on what Christ has done for me, what work must I do? Paul is quick to clarify, “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” This goes along with James’ conversation of the role of faith and works in chapter 2 of his letter to the churches. “What good is it, my brothers if someone says he has faith but does not have works?. . . faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead” (James 2:14, 17). You see, faith calls for action. It is easy to say you believe; it is hard to live it out. Paul encourages us to do the hard work of actually living out the ramifications of what you say you believe. Paul calls for us to struggle with the living out of the call of Christ on each of our lives. It is hard work. It can be scary. The good news is that it, too, is the work of God in your life. As you struggle to be obedient to Christ in both word and deed, you partner with God who is already at work in you to will and to do what is pleasing to Him. So press on with the struggle. Fight the good fight in your heart and spirit and rejoice knowing that when you do, you fight with God. Where have you been tempted lately to throw in the towel? To give up the work? To say you obey without acting it out? Press on! Don’t quit! God is fighting with you!

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, thank You for the work You are doing in my heart and life. I know the areas where my obedience is in word only. Continue to struggle with me that I may will and do all that You desire in and through me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We should know that faith is a gift of God…Thus all the good which we have is of God; and accordingly, when God rewards a good work of man, he crowns his own gift. —John Wycliffe

 

Quote of the Day

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. —Jean Paul

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July 18, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 2:9-11


Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

 

Thought for Today

It has been said that the path to greatness is through humility. There is no greater example of this than Jesus. Because He willingly humbled Himself to the point of dying for God’s beloved children the Father has lifted Him up to the highest place of worship and praise. That is to say that the Father now assumes the place of humility by elevating Jesus above Him. This is why we worship Jesus when we gather on Sunday and why we pray in His name. This is not offensive to the Father, it glorifies Him. When you think of truly great people, people who have impacted the world for good, they are almost always humble. God honors humility because humility honors God.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for willingly taking my place and making me right with our Heavenly Father. Be glorified in my life today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being. — James E. Faust

 

Quote of the Day

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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