Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-4,
The Christian life involves sacrifice and hard work. Living within the will of God requires the born-again believer to give up any and everything that endangers God’s reputation. We must patiently persevere as we struggle against sin. We are to live an effective Christ-like life by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. We are called to persevere while keeping our eyes on Jesus (Heb.12:2).
A runner in any race may lose ground or stumble when he looks away. As Christians, if we look at ourselves, others, our situations or circumstances that press down on us; we can become mentally, physically, or spiritually weakened. We must remember why we are running and who we are running for. We must keep our eyes and mind on Jesus, remembering we are not running for ourselves.
When hardships or discouragements come upon us, it's easy to lose sight of our purpose. We must remember we are not alone. There is much help, many have gone before us as witnesses and already crossed the finish line. Most importantly, the Holy Spirit is with us, behind us, before us, and in us preparing the way. Many others made it over through suffering and enduring far greater hardships. They were encouraged to persevere. We may have not shed blood for the faith as many of them did, but we must continue to persevere. We must persevere just as Christ did. He never gave up.
Challenges and suffering develop character and patience. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, remain instant in prayer (Rom.12:12). Persevere that you will receive the victory! .All thanks be unto our Lord who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Think on these things.... God Bless you!
Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).
— Sister Catherine Raphael
THE GREATEST GIFT A MOTHER CAN GIVE HER CHILDREN is her example of love and obedience to God. Our sons and daughters need to see godly precepts lived out each day in our words and choices, since we are their spiritual teachers and advisors.
Each child comes into the world with a moldable mind. As we teach and model godly conduct, attitudes, and words, a belief system bent toward God can develop within them. It’s like a sieve that filters everything coming into the mind. A child who has been prayed over and taught God’s ways is more likely to see the world from a biblical perspective. But one who’s been programmed by secular culture or another religion will view life through a distorted lens.
Pastors and Sunday school teachers can help in this process of training a child to know and love the Lord. However, it is primarily the responsibility of parents to invest whatever time, patience, instruction, and love are necessary to grow boys and girls into godly men and women.
Sending a child into the world without a biblical foundation is like throwing him into a lion’s den without weapons or armor. Since children cannot discern truth from error, parents must guard young minds against the world’s onslaught until they are ready to take over the challenge themselves.
The training of children is carried out through the daily activities of life. Use every opportunity to teach them about the Lord and His Word and show them what a righteous life looks like by living one. In other words, be the kind of believer that you hope your child your child will become.
—Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries
This Month's Scripture
In addition to focusing on God’s character, we must also focus on God’s Word in order to resist temptation. Sometimes we don’t understand the importance of the Word and the fact that it is alive and active. We view Scripture like the Queen of England: She holds the top position in the country, but she has absolutely no power. She can’t pass any laws or enforce any decrees. Many of us hold God’s Word in high esteem, but it has no power in our lives. The Bible wasn’t meant to decorate your coffee table or be held under your arm at church. The Word of God was written because of what it can do in our lives. James 1:18 explains that we were brought forth by the word of truth; the Word brought us spiritual life.
The Word saved us, and it can also sanctify us. God’s Word works in the spiritual realm. Temptation exists in the spiritual realm, and only God’s words have power and authority in that arena. When the Devil tempted Christ in the wilderness, he told Christ to “command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). He offered a physical temptation to meet a physical desire for food. But Jesus resisted the temptation by calling on the Word of God. He said: “Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). This is a direct quote from Deuteronomy 8. Jesus knew the Scripture so well that He could employ it to resist the temptation the Devil was throwing at Him. He stood on the authority of God’s Word to recognize that He would trust in God and God’s Word.
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God’s Word is our sure guide to weather the clouds of life, no matter what our senses or emotions tell us.