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July 9, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 1:6


Philippians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

Thought for Today

Ever feel like you can’t get things done because they have to be perfectly? Maybe you can’t move on to a new project, mission, or ministry because there is still more to do in your present assignment? This is a great verse for people who struggle with perfectionism. God does not say that you have to get it all done perfectly. His calling on your life is to move your assignment forward faithfully. God is the one who is working through you, so He gets to say when it is enough. I think Paul struggled with perfectionism early in his church planting career. He wanted everyone in a city to come to know Christ before he felt ready to move on. It didn’t take him long to discover that this was not his calling. His calling was to gather those who would hear the Good News and get them started in a community called the church. God would take it from there. God would finish the work that He started through Paul. On the Last Day, when Jesus returns, Paul will get to see God’s finished work. Until them it would always feel incomplete. This is true in your life as well. God started the work in and through you, but it is His work to complete not yours. So relax. Listen and follow God. If He tells you to move on or start something new but you feel like the work isn’t finished yet, don’t resist Him. You feel that way because the work isn’t finished. God won’t be through with it until the last trumpet sounds. Marvel at what God has done so far and follow Him.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me remember that I have been invited into Your work, not the other way around. Help me to follow You faithfully doing whatever You declare my part to be. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

It essentially turns out that whatever thing a flawed and imperfect human eye once thought was amazing begins to appear quite wretched. This is why, eternally, God cannot be impressed by mere talents or by mortal achievements. To perfect eyes, I imagine that great is not really that great; rather, humility is ultimately a human being's true greatness. ― Criss Jami

 

Quote of the Day

For small structures may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity. God keep me from ever completing anything. This whole book is but a draught—nay, but the draught of a draught. ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick



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07-09-2019 at 1:37 PM
doris houghtaling
thank you, Just what I needed today
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July 8, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians Ch. 1:1


Philippians Ch. 1

 

Philippians 1:1

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi

 

Thought for Today

Paul is famous for the letters he writes to the churches he planted. He continues to care for them even after he is thrown in prison. In the letter we are studying for July, he writes to the church in Philippi. He calls them the saints at Philippi. When we think of saints we usually think of the most holy followers of Jesus, like Mother Teresa. However, Paul does not send his letter to the elite of the Philippian church, he sent it to everyone. How can everyone in the church at Philippi be a saint? Because their status as saints did not depend of their behavior or obedience, it depended on Jesus. When they came to faith in Jesus all of His holiness was granted to them. Because they have the same amount of holiness as Jesus they are considered saints. The same is true for you. Jesus has granted you all of His holiness. This makes you a saint. Your personal holiness is a gift of gratitude to Jesus for all that He has given you. So as you read Philippians realize you are one of the saints to whom it is written.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me Your holiness and granting me the title of saint. Help me to live a life of gratitude this week. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness. ― St. Augustine of Hippo

 

Quote of the Day

Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. ― A.W. Tozer

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July 4, 2019, 6:25 AM

Daily Inspiration: 4th of July


4th of July

 

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. . .

 

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

 

Notice how their final appeal and authority is consistently on God. My that be our declaration as well!

 

Prayer

God of the nations, we thank You for the land in which we live and the freedoms we enjoy. Help us to stand as courageously as our Founding Fathers did in our day, ever looking to You for help, strength and freedom. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. — Alexander Hamilton

 

Quote of the Day

Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America's storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. — Joe Barton



Comments

07-08-2019 at 3:52 PM
Laura Crockatt
Today and every day these words rightfully reaffirm the importance of God in our government. Thank you for this reminder.
07-04-2019 at 11:46 AM
Melba Layton
Thanks for sharing! Pray for our country
07-04-2019 at 9:15 AM
Tom Balz
Excellent post for this special holiday
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