Friday, March 29, 2013

Week 13 of 52!!!

“Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

This verse holds the Answer for many of our problems. So often, we try to face all of our problems by relying on our own strength (which is weakness) instead of looking to Christ and relying on His strength. What problem are we facing today? We must stop trying to master it in our own strength and look to Jesus – because “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

I noticed that this verse fell on the weekend of Resurrection Sunday – what a beautiful reminder!

What verse have you learned by heart this week?
How does it speak to you?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Week 12 of 52!!

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1

Romans 15:4 reminds us, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” In Hebrews 11, we read of many men and women who lived by faith. Then, we reach Hebrews 12:1, which exhorts us to not give up but to continue. I know that it is an encouragement for me to read through the many men and women of faith who the Lord strengthened to live as He would have them to. The God Who shut the mouths of Daniel’s lions, Who protected Joseph through various troubles, Who kept David safe from the enemies next to him, and Who protected Noah in the ark is the SAME God that I serve today!

What verse did you memorize this week?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Week 11 of 52

 “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” Colossians 3:25

In context of Colossians 3:24 (“Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”), we have choice to make – a choice with known results. If we do right, we will be rewarded by God, but if we do wrong, we will be punished. There is no exception. Today, the choice needs to be made: for Whom will we work (see Colossians 3:23)?

What verse have you memorized this week?
What does it mean to you?
Have you been reviewing your other ten verses?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Week 10 of 52!

“Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:24

This verse begs the questions:
     ~For whom am I working /serving?
     ~Why am I working?
     ~Am I working for a temporal or eternal reward?

If we can honestly answer the following, then I truly believe that we are on the right path:
     ~I am serving Christ, 
     ~I am working for His glory to be known
     ~I am not expecting a reward down here

I cannot answer those questions as I should, but am praying that God will help me so that one day I can.

What is your first verse memorized for March?
Does it spur on any questions?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Week 9 of 52!

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23

This is a verse that I memorized when younger, but as time has waned, only had it “half-way” memorized. As I meditated on this verse, I began to realize that I have never fully embraced the meaning of this verse. I always thought of the “doing it heartily” part, but that is not the whole. As believers, our tasks should be done “as to the Lord.” That means that when I unload the dishwasher, I am not doing it for Mom; I am doing it for the Lord. When I rebel against helping my sister make her bed, my attitude isn’t against her but against the Lord. This puts a new perspective on my work. I should view every task as an opportunity to show my love and obedience to Christ (John 14:15).

What is your verse this week?
Has it spoken to you in a new way?
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