My word for the day: Actually Try To Do The Deed.
The problems of my day today – I won’t let them take away my joy in Christ. I will not let troubles crowd-out who I really am.
In Christ – I am more than victorious over everything, because God holds me in His Hands, and promises good to me. And when I’m “down”, I’m not “out”. My troubles do not define who I am. He defines me.
Who I am is not “what I’m going through”. Who I am is a constant: I am a child of the King, an heir to The Throne, and nothing I’m going through can make me less. Nothing can take me away from His love for me. 1
I do not live for Christ because He is my Genie in the Sky. He’s more than that! Because He is so Great, His Spirit lives inside my soul. If I commune with Him then I don’t get consumed by life.
Life. It’s not an easy road. But as I live my daily grind, I don’t have to let it grind me down.
Life’s a wild, buckin’ bronco ride. God chose the saddle I’m on, and there’s no gettin’ away from it. You gotta ride what’s under your saddle!
Sometimes I feel I’m walking down a rocky mountain trail, alone… and a pit-bull’s workin’ its way up my leg.
But, each day I am renewed and instilled with new energy and hope when I turn it all over to Him.
My hope is not in being saved from it all. My hope is knowing He is my all. He is my confidence and my hope. Read Hebrews 13:5-6.
18 For I consider
[from the standpoint of faith]
that the sufferings of the present life
are not worthy to be compared
with the glory
that is about to be revealed
– Romans 8: verse 18
- Romans 8: verses 31-39 – If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? 32 He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (His chosen ones)? It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself]. 34 Who is the one who condemns us? Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us. 35 Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 Just as it is written and forever remains written, “For Your sake we are put to death all day long; We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. 38 For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8: verses 31-39