Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know
that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character,
hope. - Romans 5:3
The post “Path of Righteousness” discussed the path a
person should go in reaction to things that are meant to bring them down;
insults from others, difficulties, and road blocks along life’s journey can be
overcome if first met with perseverance.
I’m reminded of a sermon from my
pastor who pointed out that God’s way is not always the easiest but His way
always allows you to finish strong so follow God day by day and do not quit but
persevere; keep going and God will stir up a passion in your heart. He will be
with you to finish the race strong.*
If someone insults you, keep on
being kind and working hard. Take the path of righteousness and look forward to
a great reward. Along this path are beautiful meadows and majestic
mountaintops. It is the path that leads to immortality.
So the lesson for us today is
that even in difficulty, we can rejoice. Life goes on so we can be inspired
towards a future in which God is in control. What we should do is what the song
Press On by Building 429 says to do.
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will
soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and
not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31
The post “His Strength in Me” contrasted positive and
negative qualities in our daily living. Contrasting the bankruptcy of a world
with dishonesty, pride, gossip, and material gain to the rewards of integrity,
humility, and eternal riches.
Let us seek to ingest these
positive qualities so they are in our heart. As long as the Holy Spirit is in
us, no one can take that away. The Spirit of Christ is with us everywhere we
As the song In Me by Casting Crowns points out,
when we are weak, God gives us strength and brings victory because of Christ
and the power of the Holy Spirit.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. – Philippians
In the post “Advice for Life”, highlighted is that being
on God’s side gives a tremendous advantage. The scripture above and other memorized
scriptures can be very useful when faced with pressure moments in life.
I once heard about a field goal
kicker in football that repeated over and over in his mind scriptures like the
one above before kicking a field goal. This gave him poise as he got set to
perform the winning kick in the last seconds of the game.
One thing about sports that is
related in life is how we all compete against time. We all set priorities in
the use of our time. As we plan out each day, two questions must be answered: What
is it that needs to be done? What is most important?
The amazing thing to me is that
efficiency is thought of highly in sports but not so much these days in
government, organizations, and businesses. Each sports team competes and the
coach puts players in a position where they can do the best for their team. In
government and in some businesses, people seem to be put out of position. They
are put in a position to fail and organizations are run in such a dysfunctional
We all win some and loose some
but the most important thing is you give it your best. If God is with you
through all of it, then you’ll end up victorious. Here’s a song to inspire us
toward a winning day: Through All of It
by Colton Dixon.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God. - Ephesians 2:8
The post “Wisdom’s Call“ highlights the difference
between wisdom and folly. One way leads to much despair and the other way leads
us to God’s blessings.
Many may say that God’s Word is
outdated and not useful in today’s world but it’s a lie. Insight is gained from
reading the Bible and God’s
plan for us is revealed. By accepting what Jesus did for us on the Cross,
we receive the greatest gift of all and we can step out in faith.
Like the song Holy Spirit – Francesca Battistelli
gives attention to, by accepting Christ as Savior we also welcome the guidance
of the Holy Spirit to fill every aspect of our life. We accept the great reward
of God’s presence and guidance.
All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised Him to life. - Philippians
The post “Desire the Ways of Wisdom” tells us to
accept wisdom’s call because wisdom helps to meet our challenges in life. The
wisest choice is to accept Jesus because this choice is more valuable than
silver and brings knowledge worth more than gold.
In this life, knowing Christ
brings victory. No other choice can match up so accept the ONE who is much more
valuable than the ace picture in the World Series, the great quarterback on the
final drive of the game, or the great basketball player that brings victory on
the last shot of the game.
We have a lot of challenges in
this world but fortunately, we have the ONE who brings the advantage. Our
Savior was there in the beginning and He will be there in the end as the song 10, 000 Reasons by Matt Redman points
out. In between the beginning and the end, there are so many reasons to worship
His Holy name.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to
all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. - James 1:5
The post “System of Wisdom” presented ideas for
becoming informed. Like in the song
Word of God Speak by MercyMe, the Word
of God speaks to us with wisdom from up high that rains down on earth and
collects in the reservoir of our heart and mind.
The wisdom we gain from God’s
Word from our experiences and from each other brings us knowledge and
understanding. Let us take this wisdom, bind it on our finger tips, and write down
what we learn in the tablet of our heart.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and
has no one to help him up! - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
The post “Being Industrious” gives some thoughts
after reading Proverbs
6 about the importance of working together to make the right moves in life.
The importance of setting goals and managing our time. We also received
instructions in good relationships and how to handle our personal lives.
Our moves in live may not always
line up with how God tells us to live but remember that the King of kings
always has one more move before the game of life is over. The blood of Christ
is the extra move God gives us for the path to victory. Then each day we can
study God’s Word for continual cleaning. We can also hold each other
accountable, share ideas, and encourage one another.