Immanuel Voices
Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99   Entries 7-9 of 297
November 27, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Mental Focus 3


Philippians 3:13-14

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (NLT)

 

Thought for Today

If you have ever competed in athletics you know that often your toughest opponent is the memory of your most recent failure. It causes you to doubt yourself. We so easily fixate on the failures of the past. We are also quick to forget our successes as we press on toward the next hill. Like any great coach, Paul tells us that the secret to success in any competition is leaving the past in the past and pressing on in the things you know you should do. As Christians we have a secret weapon in this battle to leave the past behind, confession and forgiveness. God has declared that when our past is hindering us we simply have to confess our weakness and failure to Him and He wipes it away. God does not hide your past, He removes it , as if it never happened. When God does this, you are free to run your race as if you have never faltered. What a blessing! Let us leave behind the failures of our past and press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You for the cross, where all my weakness and failure are left behind. Give me the mental focus to keep my eyes and heart fixed on You as I run today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. — Saint Ignatius

 

Quote of the Day

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree. — Thomas Fuller

Post a Comment





November 26, 2019, 6:45 AM

Daily Inspiration: Mental Focus 2


Hebrews 2:3

Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. (NLT)

 

Thought for Today

Endurance running involves a certain amount of suffering. In the process you get tired, your muscles hurt, and you want to stop. Paul reminds us that Jesus will never ask us to do something He wasn’t willing to do Himself. Jesus knows what it is like to run this race. He dealt with people who were hostile toward Him and His mission, and thought they were honoring God. Jesus experienced betrayal from a friend He had loved and with whom He had shared His life. After being cruelly treated and beaten by Pilot's guards, Jesus hoisted your cross onto His shoulders carried it to the place where you were scheduled to pay for your crimes against God. There He stretched out His arms and received, not only your nails, but all your sin and depravity. When we look to Jesus in the midst of the suffering we bear for Him it gives us perspective. It allows us to see how great His love is for us and it spurs us on, knowing that our's are light and momentary trials by comparison. So, when you are suffering for the kingdom of God, lift up your eyes and look to Jesus. See how much He suffered for you, and you will have the strength to run the next leg of your race.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I marvel at what You were willing to endure for me. Your great love overwhelms and strengthens me. Help me to endure the suffering of my race to Your glory. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Quote of the Day

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. — Helen Keller

Post a Comment





November 25, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Mental Focus 1


Hebrews 2:1-2

Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (NLT)

 

Thought for Today

I am always impressed by people who engage in endurance events like marathons. The monotony of pushing one leg in front of the other for hours takes great determination. I have been told there is a bit of a trick to it. The trick is to fix your mind on a mantra that gives rhythm to your steps and keeps your mind from focusing on the tedium of the middle of the race. With your mind focused on something else, your legs simply do what they have been trained to do. Serving the Lord can feel a bit like a marathon. Many of the tasks of serving can become monotonous and feel like a chore. Meetings, serving consistently in a ministry, and caring for people who don’t show gratitude can all become a bit routine. How do we keep from giving up in the middle of the marathon of faith? By keeping our eyes on Jesus. He is the greats champion in the history of the marathon of faith! As we see how He served, washing His disciples’ feet, healing beggars, teaching His struggling follower, we find an inspiring example of service. When we come to the foot of the cross we find the grace to continue loving. When we come to worship we receive a burst of spiritual electrolytes in hearing anew His Word and parting in the feast of His Body and Blood. By lifting our minds above the road on which we serve we find rhythm for our steps and a focus for our minds that allow us to run with endurance the race of faith that is before us.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to focus my mind on You so that I may run with endurance the race You have place me in. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The life of faith is a long obedience in the same direction—Eugene Peterson

 

Quote of the Day

A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, 'Today I'm going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep. ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Post a Comment



Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99   Entries 7-9 of 297
Contents © 2019 Immanuel Lutheran Church and School
Church Website Builder by mychurchwebsite.netPrivacy Policy