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Philippians 1:3

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,

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Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong

– 1 Corinthians 16:13(NIV)

 

We should be able to stand firm with God’s help.

Does that seem hard to you?

I know it was hard for me.

I am as independent as the next man.  I know that I am a child of God, but I have always thought that I could stand on my own.  After all, I am a strong-willed man.  I am willing to do what I have to do and make things work.  I am not afraid to work.  I am not afraid to speak up.  I am a man.

But do I really need God’s help?

You better believe it.  

I am not weak.  I can admit that I do not have all of the answers.  I am susceptible to all of the same temptations as any other man.  I can be drawn into the temptations that can conquer me just like anyone else.

But wasn’t Jesus tempted

Look to the Lord.

Look at Him and all that He has suffered for our sake.  He endured merciless torture to offer us salvation.  He suffered ridicule and pain.  He went through bodily pain and eventual death to save us.  He made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Learn from the Lord.

He teaches us how to undergo pain and hardship.  He teaches us how to live life more abundantly.  He shows us how to love others more than ourselves.  He demonstrates how we can love our neighbor.  He provides us proof that He can support and strengthen us through any endeavor.  He offers us the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the Comforter, to dwell within us as true believers.

Lean on the Lord.

Count Him daily.

Go to Him daily.

Share your doubts, troubles and needs with Him.

He will hear you.

He will help you.

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  Hebrews 5:8 (KJV)

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Get real.

God does not want you to lose sight of the good things that He has for you.  You can expect God to deliver just as He says.

He offers you a way to understand how He works.  He provides us with a way to see Him at work.  He works on our behalf.  He works things out without our help at all.

Trust Him today.  He can be trusted.

Call on Him today.  He will surely answer.

God is still in charge.

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Get real.

God does not want you to lose sight of the good things that He has for you.  You can expect God to deliver just as He says.

He offers you a way to understand how He works.  He provides us with a way to see Him at work.  He works on our behalf.  He works things out without our help at all.

Trust Him today.  He can be trusted.

Call on Him today.  He will surely answer.

God is still in charge.

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But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.- 1 Corinthians 12:31

Paul speaks of a more excellent way.  He does not say it to disregard the gifts provided by God.  He says it as means of teaching others.  He says it as a way to share how believers can show the love of Christ with others and not simply get caught up in the diversity of gifts within the body.

We are all part of a body called to function together.  As we function together as one body, we must be certain to function in a way that allows us to see how God can manifest what He has for us among us. 

We can see the diversity of gifts on display among us, but we are better off seeing God’s love on display among us.  By doing so, we show our compassion for one another and edify one another through the proper usage of our gifts.

God is good to us.  We at least ought to be good to one another due to His love that we share with one another.

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But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.- 1 Corinthians 12:31

Paul speaks of a more excellent way.  He does not say it to disregard the gifts provided by God.  He says it as means of teaching others.  He says it as a way to share how believers can show the love of Christ with others and not simply get caught up in the diversity of gifts within the body.

We are all part of a body called to function together.  As we function together as one body, we must be certain to function in a way that allows us to see how God can manifest what He has for us among us. 

We can see the diversity of gifts on display among us, but we are better off seeing God’s love on display among us.  By doing so, we show our compassion for one another and edify one another through the proper usage of our gifts.

God is good to us.  We at least ought to be good to one another due to His love that we share with one another.

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But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.- 1 Corinthians 12:31

Paul speaks of a more excellent way.  He does not say it to disregard the gifts provided by God.  He says it as means of teaching others.  He says it as a way to share how believers can show the love of Christ with others and not simply get caught up in the diversity of gifts within the body.

We are all part of a body called to function together.  As we function together as one body, we must be certain to function in a way that allows us to see how God can manifest what He has for us among us. 

We can see the diversity of gifts on display among us, but we are better off seeing God’s love on display among us.  By doing so, we show our compassion for one another and edify one another through the proper usage of our gifts.

God is good to us.  We at least ought to be good to one another due to His love that we share with one another.

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