Tuesday, February 21, 2012

--8 of 52--

"Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."
Philippians 2:14-15

We are called to be lights in this world.

As I read Philippians 2:13-14, the questions popped up: "Is it possible that our light dims because of our murmurings (or grumbling) and disputings (debates)?" Then, a more serious question, "How often to others look in and see me murmuring or disputing about something that I thought did not go right?"

Many times, the world looks at Christians through a magnifying glass and are very willing to point out our errors and say, "See, you claim to be a Christian, and yet here you are moaning about everything!" In these verses, we are challenged to live our life blamelessly and above reproach. How am I living mine?

Remember to share  your verse with us!!
Also review your other verses and work on any rough spots in them.


YaashaMoriah said...

If actions speak louder than words, so do attitudes. Thanks for the reminder that attitude counts. I once heard a quote (I believe it was attributed to St. Augustine): "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words when necessary."

Here is my verse for the week:
(Ephesians 6:17-18) "And take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."

My guess is that salvation is the helmet because it protects the "headquarters" of the body and guards our minds. I've also seen the sword/word at work before, doing things that were supposedly impossible and literally slicing through lies (even in my own life). The word of God is indeed like a two-edged sword! This admonition to pray in the Spirit ties in so well with my memory verses from a few weeks ago, Romans 8:24-27. I am so excited to learn how to pray in a way that is backed by the power of God.

Talitha said...

I love your verse this week. We were recently talking about that verse with my youth group. :) Here is my verse for week 8:

Psalm 119:9-11

"(9) How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your word.
(10) I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
(11) I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You."

In this day and age, it is so important for us young people to stay on the path of purity. We must live according to God's word, hide His word in our hearts, and wholeheartedly seek Him, so that we can remain pure.

Miriam said...

Ah, I really like that verse! I just might put that verse on my list to memorize during this challenge. ;)

Well, I have always really been encouraged by Joshua 1:7-9, so I decided to memorize all three verses during this challenge. I am memorizing verse 7 this week.
"Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest."

Carol said...

I've been grumbling this past week. Even if its by myself it effects my outlook on others, I need to work on that

My verse this week, 1 Corinthians 15:58 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.

Serving Christ is not a useless activity. We are taking part of a winning cause. Our reward is coming. Hummmm I wonder if memorization would be considered work?

Amanda said...

Verses 7 and 8 were Galatians 5:26 and Romans 5:17. I posted about them here: http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/2012/02/verses-78-of-52.html.


Kelly-Anne said...

Wow! So true!

Here is my verse for this week and last week:


Lots of love,

Lily Marie said...

Well, Recently I've been working on staying calm through stress and not complaining so much (also speaking in a soft voice, etc...) I never realized how much I need to work on that, wow!
Sorry I haven't been getting back to you...my memorizing is going great! For this week I have Colossians 3:9. I have the first 8 verses down. I'm so enjoying this challenge! I'll try to keep you updated more, sorry for not doing it sooner! =)
Love in Christ,

Rebecca said...

"Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another."
Galatians 5:26

This verse has really woken me up to the fact that each time I do something, I need to look at motives. Many times the good things I do are done simply because I desire praise and recognition. I also find that I will sometimes do good things simply to provoke someone else, or to make them not look as good or as spiritual as I. Big lessons, hard to learn.