This is more than victory. This is a triumph so complete that we not only have escaped defeat and destruction but also have destroyed our enemies and won plunder so rich and valuable that we can actually thank God for the battle. How can we be “more than conquerors” [Romans 8:37]? We can receive from the conflict a spiritual discipline that will greatly strengthen our faith and establish our spiritual character. Temptation is necessary to establish and ground us in our spiritual life. It is like the fierce winds that cause the mighty cedars on the mountainside to sink their roots more deeply into the soil. Our spiritual conflicts are among our most wonderful blessings, and the adversary is used to train us for his own ultimate defeat. The ancient Phrygians of Asia Minor had a legend that every time they conquered an enemy, they absorbed the physical strength of their victims and added to their own strength and bravery. And in truth, meeting temptation victoriously doubles our spiritual strength and weaponry.
Therefore it is possible not only to defeat our enemy but also to capture him and make him fight in our ranks.
[from Life More Abundantly]
A noted scientist, observing that the early sailors believed the coral-building animals instinctively built up the great reefs of the Atoll Islands in order to protect themselves in the inner waterway, has disproved this belief. He has shown these organisms can only live and thrive facing the open ocean in the highly oxygenated foam of the combative waves. It is commonly thought that a protected and easy life is the best way to live.
Yet the lives of all the noblest and strongest people prove exactly the opposite and that the endurance of hardship is the making of the person. It is the factor that distinguishes between merely existing and living a vigorous life. Hardship builds character.
I AM GOD WITH YOU, for all time and throughout eternity. Don’t let the familiarity of that concept numb its impact on your consciousness. My perpetual Presence with you can be a continual source of Joy, springing up and flowing out in streams of abundant Life. Let your mind reverberate with meanings of My Names: Jesus, the Lord saves; and Immanuel, God with us. Strive to remain conscious of My Presence even in your busiest moments. Talk with Me about whatever delights you, whatever upsets you, whatever is on your mind. These tiny steps of daily discipline, taken one after the other, will keep you close to Me on the path of Life.
[MATTHEW 1:21, 23; JOHN 10:10 NKJV; ACTS 2:28]
REMEMBER THAT THE EVIL ONE attacks you continually with burning arrows of accusation. Even if some of the arrows wound you, do not despair. I am the Great Physician: My loving Presence can both heal your wounds and train you to trust Me more.
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
(Also read: 2 PETER 3:18)
Before You Turn Out the Light:
Use your shield of faith to stop the enemy’s weapons and extinguish their flames.
~ Sarah Young ~
For the culmination of all things is near. [1 Pet 4:7]
I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence. The present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment.
God is our strong refuge; he is truly our helper in times of trouble. For this reason we do not fear when the earth shakes, and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, when its waves crash and foam, and the mountains shake before the surging sea. “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed.”
We have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens.—We are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides. Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish.
[Rev 20:11, 2 Pet 3:7, Ps 46:1-3, Matt 24:6, 2 Cor 5:1, 2 Pet 3:13-14]
~ Samuel Bagster ~
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
[1 Peter 5:7]
Here are eight worry stoppers:
1. Pray, first. Don’t pace up and down the floors of the waiting room; pray for a successful surgery. Don’t bemoan the collapse of an investment; ask God to help you…
2. Easy, now. Slow down… Assess the problem. Take it to Jesus and state it clearly.
3. Act on it. Become a worry-slapper. Treat frets like mosquitoes… The moment a concern surfaces, deal with it. Don’t dwell on it. Head off worries before they get the best of you…
4. Compile a worry list. Over a period of days, record your anxious thoughts. Maintain a list of all the things that trouble you. Then review them. How many of them turned into a reality? …
5. Evaluate your worry categories. Your list will highlight themes of worry. You’ll detect recurring areas of preoccupation… Pray specifically about them.
6. Focus on today. God meets daily needs daily. Not weekly or annually. He will give you what you need when it is needed.
7. Unleash a worry army. Share your feelings with a few loved ones. Ask them to pray with and for you.
8. Let God be enough. Seek first the kingdom of wealth, and you’ll worry over every dollar. Seek first the kingdom of health, and you’ll sweat every blemish and bump… But seek first his kingdom, and you will find it. On that, we can depend and never worry.
Eight steps. Pray, first. Easy, now. Act on it. Compile a worry list. Evaluate your worry categories. Focus on today. Unleash a worry army. Let God be enough. P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L.
Father God, thank you for pouring peace in our lives. When all around us tries to steal our tranquillity, trusting you takes us back to peace. You’ve promised that when we seek you, we will find you. And when we find you, we will find rest for our spirits. Thank you, Lord, for caring about the things that trouble us and try to take our peace. Thank you for being a fountain of comfort, amen.
You did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
~ Max Lucado ~
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? [James 4:12]
God is the perfect judge because He created the law. When we judge other people it is a sign we don't trust God will judge accordingly. Or it is a sign that our own authority is greater than God's. Both of these ideas are far from the truth. If you find yourself looking down on another person, try focusing on your love and appreciation for them. Your love leaves a greater impact than your judgement.