Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sweet Spirit

Life has loses. Disappointment stays away from no one. We can travel down the road of joy and peace, when a storm unexpectedly rolls in. When the clouds lift, and we assess the damage, we may suddenly find it hard to breathe.

In that moment, how we choose to respond reveals our place of trust. When we lift all the hurt and pain that comes with loss to Jesus, He uses our response to mold our inner character. Some of the sweetest people that live around us, have stories of deep loss.

Kindness, gentleness, humility, and meekness are fruit from the spirit of one who has learned to trust and rest in the truth of God's Word. Circumstances do not need to control our emotions. When laid into the loving arms of our Savior we can know a surpassing peace despite the difficulties of life.

May we lean harder today on the loving shoulders of Jesus, our Savior, and the King of Kings.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Five Daily Gifts

Therefore 
if there is 
any encouragement in Christ, 
if there is 
any consolation of love, 
if there is 
any fellowship of the Spirit, 
if any affection and compassion,   Philippians 2:1 | NASB

Five amazing gifts have been offered here:  encouragement, consolation, fellowship, affection, and compassion.

Consolation is defined in Webster as: something that makes a person feel less sadness, disappointment, etc.

So all five of these gifts, freely offered from the Lord, are ours for the taking, but we need recognize them and be willing to receive them from Him.

Do we truly recognize the way in which the Lord has given these to us on a regular basis? I think we get so caught up in our day that we miss these daily gifts. How do we begin to open our hearts to recognize them?

1) Decide to look for them every day
2) Keep a journal of them
3) Place sticky notes around reminding ourselves to look for them

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Faithfulness

For it is only right 
for me 
to feel this way about you all, 
because I have you in my heart, 
since both in my imprisonment 
and in the defense 
and confirmation of the gospel, 
you all are partakers of grace with me.   Philippians 1:7 | NASB

     It makes sense to Paul to feel the way he feels about the Philippians, because they have proven themselves as brothers and sisters. They have been with him during his freedom, his imprisonment, and have worked in his defense.
     Who comes to mind that brings tenderness to the heart because of their faithfulness?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

His Work in Us

For I am confident 
of this very thing, 
that He 
who began a good work in you 
will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.   Philippians 1:6 | NASB

     The work of Christ in us was sparked by the Heavenly Father. He created us, knew us, and when our hearts were ready to properly respond, He brought into our lives the flame that would ignite a desire for Him. We choose how to respond to the spark and when we say yes, the Lord runs with it! 
     On those days when we royally mess up, repentance opens the door for the Lord to flood His grace and mercy over us. His transformation in us breathes life into every part of our hearts and lives.
    We must never give up, when we sin. Our hatred of sin and surrender to the Lord are evidence of His work taking root in our lives. We cooperate with His work when we honestly face those sinful areas in our thoughts, words, and actions that dishonor others and our Savior and seek His forgiveness.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Doing?

in view 
of your participation 
in the gospel 
from the first day 
until now.   Philippians 1:5 | NASB

     Paul is grateful for the heart of the Philippians who participated in the gospel on a continual basis. We need to not only be known as people who know the Words of Jesus but those who put it to practice. All around us are people who are dying without ever meeting Jesus. 
     What would Paul say about our participation in the gospel if he met us?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Always??

always 
offering prayer 
with joy 
in my every prayer 
for you all,   Philippians 1:4 | NASB

     "Always" is a high expectation but something Paul encourages the Philippians about in regards to his goal for them in prayer. His heart desire is to always be offering a prayer for them. He wants them to know he prays for them.
     What does it do for your spirit when someone not only says they will pray for you, but you actually know they are doing it?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Question?

thank 
my God 
in all 
my remembrance 
of you.  Philippians 1:3 | NASB

     As Paul thinks about the saints in Philippi, he is grateful.  These saints have earned his respect. As we continue our reading through the book of Philippians, we discover the reasons Paul feels this way, but for now these few but powerful words stimulate one question. Do our words and actions stir others to gratitude?