Sunday, May 31, 2020

Press on toward the goal


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Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But 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.
Philippians 3:12-14 ESV

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Please join me this week in praying for the determination needed to do what God calls us to do. Let's pray for the faith needed to hear His voice and follow Him without question.
 
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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Spiritual milk



Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, 
that by it you may grow up into salvation—
1 Peter 2:2 ESV

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Determination in love


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I love Ruth. I was thinking wouldn't it be so great if we all had a Ruth in our lives? Someone who loved us so much; someone who was so determined to be with us all the days of our lives? But then I thought, wouldn't it really be awesome if we were all like Ruth? To be that person for our loved ones? And then, it occurred to me, Ruth is being Christlike here. She is showing her undying love to Naomi just as Christ shows His undying love to us. He never leaves us. He is with us through everything. He gives us hope just as I'm sure Ruth gave hope to Naomi.

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. 
For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. 
Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 
Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. 
May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything 
but death parts me from you.” 
And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, 
she said no more.
Ruth 1:16-18 ESV

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hope through Scripture



For whatever was written in former days 
was written for our instruction, 
that through endurance 
and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:4 ESV

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Runners run


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Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Fight the good fight



I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 ESV

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Faith and determination


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Last week I wrote that I wasn't able to find the words to write. Every time I tried to write it was a struggle or just came across sounding pessimistic or preachy. As a result, I also haven't been writing/working on my book, or submitting to magazines/contests. Yesterday, I spent a lot of time in meditation about it. This one contest I really wanted to submit to because it is just so "me." It's about using meditation as a function of your art. I do that all the time. I always ask God for words, guidance, and inspiration. Then I try to focus only on Him; shut out the rest of the world and listen for Him. I'm calling the article, "Be Still", as in Psalm 46:10.
     I started writing and thinking, "This is terrible. I should just give up. Why am I doing this?" Then, I got a notification of a tweet from David Jeremiah which read: "Perhaps one of the reasons we have been sheltered at home is so God can quiet us." I saw that as, 'so we can be still,' which I saw as a sign to get back to work. Then, I worked for a while and started to doubt again and I got an email that one of the articles I submitted is going to be published! I saw that as a sign, too!
     During our online worship services Rick has been devoting some of the service to our Kids' Corner and frankly, I've gleaned a lot of good stuff from his messages. The past few weeks have been about determination. So, in light of my day yesterday, I saw that as a good topic to pray for. 
     God gives us spiritual gifts. He gives us the means and resources we need to use them, but sometimes, we're like Moses standing before God Almighty, being told what He wants us to do and yet we have the audacity to say, "No, Lord; I can't do that. You've got the wrong person." God doesn't always give us an Aaron to help out, but He does promise to always be with us. When God is with us, who can be against us? 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 ESV

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