but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 NASB
Many of you know the power of the word but. Using the word negates everything that comes before it, so much so that you may as well not even said it or thought it. But just as important as what comes before but, is what comes after it just as the text for today proves.
I dare you to insert this verse into your life. After you mess up today, insert this verse. After I do something foolish, I’m inserting this verse. Let us claim the power of our victory through Jesus Christ.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
Colossians 3:12 NASB
One show that I loved watching was scared straight. In the show a group of kids who were doing bad things (i.e. smoking marijuana, claiming gang affiliation, skiping school, etc.) went to a prison and then spent time with the inmates. The whole point being ton prove they weren’t as tough as they thought and to give them a preview of where they were headed. The gang affiliation ones were always my favorite because they would run into real members who called them out for being something they weren’t.
So then I see the text today and what type of character traits Christians should have and it made me think back to the show. Oft times we run around claiming that we are chosen of God but we don’t act like it. We aren’t repping that kindness, compassion and patience. We aren’t down with humility and there is definitely minimal love in our hearts.
Let’s be real people. Let’s be real Christians. God has shared with us what we need to be about, so let’s be about it.
What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
Proverbs 19:22 NASB
In this life we have many choices to make however none may be as crucial as the question of what type of person we want to be. The question reveals the innermost thoughts of our heart. And what this world needs now is more kind people. People who are filled with God’s love. That’s the only way we can be kind in the first place. So let us pray that we will want to be kind to each other.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
Zephaniah 3:17 NASB
There are many promises in the bible that state that God is with us. It’s amazing how often we seem to forget that truth. Here zephaniah shares that God is in our midst a victorious warrior. When warriors were in your midst in ancient times, they were celebrated. Stories of their heroic deeds were shared, songs inspired and feasts eaten. Dare I say that praise was given to them.
Since God is with us and is a victorious warrior, let us give Him praise for all He has done. Let us rejoice for all that He will do. Let us praise Him.
I will say to the Lord , “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
Psalms 91:2 NASB
Trust is a thing that must be built and it can only be built through situations. How else cold the psalmist say these things about God if trials had not come? How can we say these things unless trials come? Only someone who has had a storm can say I need refuge. Only under attack or threat do you need a fortress.
Trials have and will come. Every one of them designed specifically for us to draw us closer to Him.
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
Hebrews 10:35-36 NASB
One of my favorite players of all time, now turned VP of player operations, once said You’ve got to trust the organization. That’s what ran through my mind when I saw the text for today. We have to trust the organization. Not a church denomination but rather God Himself.
Too often we see the storms in our lives and we are quick to abandon ship, to throw away our confidence in Him. He has not changed my friends. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is our God today. He keeps His promises so let us hold fast to the promises and when in trouble remind ourselves of that time, He came through for us.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalms 23:1-6 NASB
Almost everyone knows psalms 23. It’s a comforting passage of scripture, one that I imagine David wrote during a particularly troubling time in his life. I believe that because only in a time of despair could you pen something so reassuring as “although I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me”
Now we know that wherever God is that place becomes holy by His sheer presence. So if that is true, being in the valley of the shadow of death with Him means that place is holy. That place is where you need to be right now. Now if you were by yourself that wouldn’t be so good. But with God leading you, there is nothing to fear.
David put his whole trust in God to deliver him. Let us do the same.