Tag Archive | THE WORD

I Corinthians 15: 57-58 ” But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

In these verses the Apostle Paul is encouraging the Church in Corinth to not give up in doing the Lord’s work, no matter how unimportant it may seem.   Even today in this goal oriented world, we  want anything we do for the Lord to have measurable outcomes.  So if we aren’t achieving specific concrete results, we feel that our work is insignificant.  But Paul addresses this notion earlier in his letter when he writes, ” What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul?  Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (I Corinthians 3: 5-6) We need to realize that God’s purpose is in the process not in His final goal. And each one of us have a unique role to play in this process.  For nothing we’ll ever do in the name of the Lord is futile or pointless….and no matter how big or small the task,  will it ever be a waste of time when it comes to Kingdom work.  For as long as we are obedient and persevere in the race the Lord has laid out before us, we will be victorious.

Exodus 4:13 ” O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

God had gotten Moses’s attention with a burning bush.  But when God spoke to him out of it…Moses still wouldn’t believe Him.  In their short conversation, Moses objected five times, giving excuse after excuse of why he wasn’t the person to deliver the Hebrew children out of Egypt.  Here in verse 13, we find Moses still hesitating…asking God, “Isn’t there somebody else you can send?”  When we have no self-confidence, self-esteem, or self-worth it’s difficult, if not almost impossible, to see in ourselves what God sees in us.  For God sees our potential and we need to be brave enough to trust Him.

Matthew 6:21 ” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus was spending time here teaching His disciples about priorities.  He started out,  by encouraging them not to be worried because they didn’t possess the “things” that the world viewed as valuable.  Jesus instead told them to, “Seek first the kingdom of God.”  In other words, when our priorities are in the right place…God first, Family next, the World last… God will bless and take care of us.

Matthew 6:7 ” And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions and blabbering on like pagans, for they think they’ll be heard because of their many words.”

Are your prayers more of a formula of repetitious words from memory…often without paying attention to what you’re actually saying?  Have they become just a fixed routine of the same prayers repeated over and over again?  Congratulations, you have the gift of religious gab!  But this isn’t how the Lord wants you to communicate with Him.  It isn’t the quantity or intensity of your prayers that He desires.  Rather, it’s the heart-felt, getting real before the Lord, quality He wants.

Judges 17:6 ” In those days Israel had no King; everyone did as he saw fit.”

This verse is repeated several times in Judges…the Jews had no ruler, instead everyone did what they thought was right, just, and pleasing to them.  But we know the definition of “doing as one sees fit” can mean a hundred things to a hundred people.  So what we see here was a form of anarchy…a absence of governmental rule and authority in the country.  And what we also see was growing confusion and disorder among God’s people.

Isaiah 32:8 ” But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.”

When we allow the wise counsel of the Holy Spirit to direct and guide our decisions…our decisions will be excellent ones.  When we listen to that still small voice rather than  blurting out the first thing that comes to mind…our words will be timely and principled.  When our plans align with God’s plans for us…we can stand firm with integrity and strength, knowing we are right where God wants us…in the center of His Will.

Acts 17:25 ” And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”

If you’re still inhaling and exhaling oxygen…God’s not done with you!  If you still have a physical earthly existence…you’re not too far gone for God to work a miracle in your life!  For as long as we have breath, we have hope…and as long as we have hope, we can put our faith in God who can work the impossible.