Paul wrote this in a letter after he left Philippi where he had gone through some very difficult times, yet he chose not to focus on the things that had caused him pain. The holidays can be a difficult time for people who have lost loved ones but as Christians we have the hope that we will see them again someday. We should try to be like the Apostle Paul and stay focused on the positive things in our lives and appreciate the great memories we have. Thank God for giving you the strength to get through difficult times and for the great memories of the wonderful people God placed in your life. Don’t forget to pray for the people who have helped you along life’s journey while you celebrate each day.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Jesus was born a King, yet by His example, He teaches us to be humble. The Bible says that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. As ambassadors of Christ our lives should exemplify His characteristics and should reflect Christ in us. Let’s follow His example of humility by serving the less fortunate. You can touch lives with your kindness and service to others by sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Although Covid 19 has changed the way we may be used to volunteering there are still ways you can safely be of service in your community and remotely. Do good, be rich in good works, ready to give and willing to share. (1 Timothy 6:18)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
How amazing it is to know that the God we serve created all things in the heavens and on earth, His power is limitless. As human beings we have limits to what we can do on our own, but with God all things are possible. God can turn your mess into a message, your test into a testimony, your trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory and so much more. Stop putting human limitations on a God that has no limit to what He can do. With God there is hope, peace and fullness of life like you’ve never known. Have faith in God alone because with God all things are possible!
My flesh and my heart may fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
We are not perfect, we make mistakes and we fall to temptations and tribulations. No matter how much we want to do better we sometimes fail, we sometimes let God and ourselves down. Sometimes we question God’s reasons for why things happen and sometimes we let our faith waiver. But we serve a loving God and no matter how many times we fall, He picks us up. He continues to love us because His love never fails. He loves us not because of who we are but because of who He is. Our body and spirit may fail us, but God never will. Draw near to the Lord, put your hope in Him, for He alone is our strength and our ever present and never failing refuge now and for all eternity.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
We’re not always good at waiting, it’s just our nature. We get impatient, frustrated and start to doubt God’s will in our lives. Instead we need to be confident in God’s love for us. We need to wait on the Lord’s timing, hope in His mercy and believe in His promises!
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
A soul on fire for Jesus is a heart that has moved from knowing who God is to having a personal relationship with God. It’s a soul that has been so changed by the love of God and the gift of salvation that it lacks no zeal. It’s a soul that’s passionate about sharing the Word of God and the love of God with hurting people. Be sure to cultivate the flame with daily prayer, by studying the Word of God and by using and improving the gifts God has given you to help bring salvation and hope to the lost.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
As we go through life there will be times when, for whatever reason, we will encounter difficulties, pain or sorrow. Be comforted in knowing that no matter what you may be going through it’s only for a night (a season), it will not last forever. The mercies of God are new every morning and you may be weeping now but joy will come soon. Things may seem dark and hopeless now but with the dawn of a new day the sun rises once again and light breaks through the darkness. Hope is on the horizon. If you woke up this morning that means you’re alive and breathing. You have something to be thankful for so keep praising the Lord.
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
When you are born again, you have a new identity in Christ and you are no longer a slave to sin. You no longer have to give in to your sinful nature. You are no longer under the command of Satan for sin, but under the command of God for righteousness. (Matthew Poole) Because you have been set free by the precious blood of Christ, you are now able to surrender your mind, body and soul to God. Devote yourself to righteousness and offer yourself to God in cheerful obedience as an instrument of faith, joy, hope, peace and love to be used for His purpose.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.
Hope is confidence in God’s love, His promises and in His Word. Hope is the anticipation of drawing closer to God. Hope is the optimism you have in knowing that no matter what may come God will get you through it. Hope is the assurance you have in knowing that with God all things are possible. Hope is the confidence you have in the Savior and the expectation of spending eternity with our heavenly Father. Hope is a blessing from God and when you put your hope in Him you won’t be disappointed.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Faith is believing in and completely trusting in the one true God, His Word and His promises. It is the foundation and firm belief in the power, faithfulness and love of God. It is the core belief of what we hope for even though we cannot see it now we know it is to come. Faith lives in the heart and mind of every believer and even though they cannot see God with their physical eyes they still believe and see Him with their spiritual eyes. Faith is what helps us get through life knowing that by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and that by the power of the resurrection, someday we are assured and expect to be in heaven with God for all eternity.