There comes a time when the true believer must take his stand on the oath and covenant of God and refuse to be shaken. He must lift high his happy affirmation, not in arrogance, but in faith and in deep humility. Perhaps his declaration of independence will go something like this:
I am not yet perfect, but I thank God and my Lord Jesus Christ that I am done with the past and I do now trust in my Savior for full deliverance from all my sins. I cannot pray like Daniel, but I shall never...
Bible Verses: 2 Timothy 1:12Philippians 1:6
For Reading and Meditation: John 15:12-27
We continue meditating on the eighth and final Beatitude. One of the questions that has often puzzled people concerning this matter of suffering and persecution is this: Why is it that Christians, when they do good, are often persecuted, while non-Christians who do the same kind of good are adored? One commentator...
Bible Verses: John 15:12-27Philippians 1:1-14Colossians 4:32 Timothy 1:7-8
For Reading and Meditation: Jude 1:1-16
What makes the Christian faith different from every other faith? Prince Charles, who is next in line to the British throne, has let it be known that if and when he becomes king he would like to be regarded as Defender of all faiths rather than Defender of the faith - the Christian faith. Living now as we do in a...
Bible Verses: Jude 1:1-16Philippians 1:1-27Galatians 2:1-81 Corinthians 9:17
For Reading and Meditation: Philippians 1:3-11
We saw yesterday how the psalmist sensed that despite his doubts and failures he was still accepted by God. But there's more - he realises also that God's restraining hand has been constantly with him: "You hold me by my right hand" (Psalm 73:23). What was it, after...
Bible Verses: Philippians 1:3-11Psalms 73:231 Peter 1:1-6Jude 1:24Genesis 28:15
He is not as one who begins to build without having counted the cost. Not as a sculptor who begins to execute a work without having ascertained the impracticable nature of his material. These are the shameful mistakes of men. God is not a workman that will need to be ashamed. He has called together a goodly company of the nobility of heaven to look on, while he brings a holy creature out of your unholy nature. Will he lay down his implements and say, " I miscalculated?"
They that know...
Bible Verses: Philippians 1:6
Bible Verses: Acts 26:1-30Acts 8:1Acts 26:22Philippians 1:6Acts 26:23Acts 26:24Mark 3:21Acts 26:28
Father, I desire that they … whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me. § I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. § He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the...
Bible Verses: Philippians 3:13Philippians 3:14John 17:242 Timothy 1:12Philippians 1:61 Corinthians 9:241 Corinthians 9:25Hebrews 12:1Hebrews 12:2
Truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country … By faith Moses … [chose] rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt. § “The just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who...
Bible Verses: Deuteronomy 17:16Hebrews 11:15Hebrews 11:16Hebrews 11:24Hebrews 11:25Hebrews 11:26Hebrews 10:38Hebrews 10:39Luke 9:62Galatians 6:142 Corinthians 6:17Philippians 1:6
Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. § Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? § Heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.The Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me. § God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.He who...
Bible Verses: Matthew 25:34Luke 12:32James 2:5Romans 8:17John 16:27Hebrews 11:16Revelation 21:72 Timothy 4:8Philippians 1:6
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You...
Bible Verses: John 13:1John 17:9John 17:10John 17:15John 17:16John 15:9John 15:13John 15:14John 13:34Philippians 1:6Ephesians 5:25Ephesians 5:26
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