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We pray that you start and continue to have a blessed and very happy New Year. We  encourage you with this scripture:


Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; ... ~ Hebrews 12:2


Regardless of what we are dealing with, good, bad or just rolling along, we should be doing this daily. He has the answers, the plans, and the way to bring us through.


We remember Jehoshaphat when he readily admitted that he did not know what to do:


neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. ~ II Chronicles 20:12


As the new year begins and indeed just this first day comes, we may need a lot of help and answers. May we be as wise as Jehoshaphat and seek the Lord in all matters.




Toward the end of 2017, we noted a verse from II Thessalonians about how their faith was growing exceedingly. We thought it to be a good goal for us in 2018 that our faith would "grow exceedingly". We said we would delve into this concept when the new year came.


Yesterday we noted: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; ... ~ Hebrews 12:2


This would be a good starting place regarding our faith. This faith is authored, began or put in effect by Jesus. It is finished, completed and perfected by Him. We do not have anything to do with this aspect of it but it is grounds for rejoicing. Jesus provides it, it is not a "second class" product or issue, it is the faith of Jesus Himself.


Remember Acts chapter 3 concerning the healing of the man at the gate. Peter tells the people: And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. ~ Acts 3:16


Peter shares that it was not himself or the righteousness of him and John that caused the miracle. It was faith and the faith was by him (Jesus). We also remember this verse:


... according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. ~ Romans 12:3


Our point again is that God has not given us some faith that does not work. He has given us the same faith that He has. Thus John can write as we have noted before:


... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. ~ I John 5:4


No wonder then we see Jesus talking about the marvelous things that faith will do. But when we read these things that Jesus said perhaps our response might be: Well my faith is not there or I could never believe at that level.


Do not sell the faith you have short. We all might need to grow in our understanding of it, but indeed we want to grow. May we realize that it is God's faith that He has given us, that it does work, and we want to know as much as we can and do as much as we can with it.


Please study on your own and we will continue tomorrow.




We continue to look into the concept of our faith "growing exceedingly". One question that might come up is:


Is it our faith that is actually growing or is it we who are growing in our understanding and use of faith?  Some would say this is a play on words but each would be good - both us and our faith growing and developing is good.


We further would assert from a natural standpoint that in order for something to grow, it has to be alive. Thus is faith something that is living - if not, then is it dead?


We remember the words of James: faith without works is dead ~ James 2:20, 26


Dead faith will not produce anything so it is not worth anything,


On the other hand throughout the Bible we see faith working and producing something. That is what it is supposed to do. Look at Hebrews chapter 11 to see the results of faith at work.


Our point is that the faith Jesus speaks of and what we see in the New Testament is a faith that works and produces. Jesus expected such results from faith. Do we?


To learn about anything, we study it and look into it in every way that we can. May we do this especially with faith. Because it is something we are to live by as Christians (the just shall live by faith), we believe it will please God so see us trying to learn everything about it that we can.


We continue tomorrow.




We continue looking at our faith "growing exceedingly". Any good student of faith will likely look at all incidents and mentions of faith in the New Testament. Today however, we look to the Old Testament.


In the Old Testament we see: faithful, faithfulness, and faithfully used 56 times. It reflects a good characteristic in man and God. We see God commending the faithful in the Old Testament.


The word "faith" is found twice in the King James version. The first time is in Deuteronomy 32:20 and it is not a pleasant verse. The previous verses recount the rebellion of the children of Israel and God describes them as "children in whom is no faith" in verse 20.


The second time the word is used is Habakkuk 2:4: Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.


We know this verse is mentioned more than once in the New Testament to describe how Christians should live today. When know that the word "faith" is not emphasized in the Old Testament like it is in the New. But might we note an example of it in action.


Suppose you had been among the Hebrew people in Egypt when the Passover was about to occur. You received instructions from Moses regarding the Passover lamb and what was to be done. As you and your neighbors are getting everything ready, one of friends walks over and says:


"Do you really believe this is going to do any good"?


There is no telling how you might have answered that question. It may have never entered your mind. The Hebrews really did not have a lot of details as to what was going to occur. They were just given instructions about what to do. They were just responsible to do it - whether they understood anything.


Now consider that you are in the Promised Land with your fellow Hebrews. A number of you are heading to Jerusalem for a feast and to offer a sacrifice. You do all of this as you have done for years. On your way home, one of your brethren walks up beside you and begins a conversation:


"Do you really believe that did any good"?


Your response: "Did what do any good"?


The brother: "All that sacrifice stuff. How do we know God forgives or that it even means anything anymore"?


You likely get the point we are trying to make. The person going to Jerusalem and making the sacrifice likely just took it for granted that it would work. On what basis would he do that? He did it on the basis of God's word.


This person is unconsciously showing his faith in doing what God said. He is not "trying to believe", he is acting on what God said. He is being a doer of the word he had at the time. This is good instruction for us New Testament folks.


Remember that Abraham is often described as the father of faith. There is no verse in the Old Testament that has the word "faith" regarding Abraham. Yet we note these verses from Paul:


And he (Abraham) received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. ~ Romans 4:11-12


Verse 20 says that Abraham was "strong in faith".


And we remember this verse: For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. ~ Romans 4:3. This comes from Genesis 15:6


Though we do not see the word "faith" often in the Old Testament, we see it demonstrated in the lives of people. When we do the word of God, act upon it, endeavor to obey it; we are showing forth faith and what we believe.


Often we struggle trying to convince our minds to believe something. Remember that God's faith is of the heart. Remember in salvation that we believe with our hearts while our minds may understand very little about salvation at the time.


We pray God open our eyes further in regards to faith, and  to understand our acting on His word is a demonstration of faith (or believing what He said). May we also see the results more and more that He promised.




In the past few days we have been looking at faith. In fact we are endeavoring to study it. We earnestly encourage you to do the same. To learn more about something, to study it makes good sense.


We are told to: Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ II Timothy 2:15


We are to be "workmen" in this area. We hope we have shown and that you will see in your study that faith "works" - it does a work, it produces a result.


We remember the verse: For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. ~ Galatians 5:6


The word "work" above is the Greek word: energeo


The word means to be operative, to put forth power, to accomplish, to perform. We get the word "energy" from it.


We emphasize again the concept that faith is "doing" something. We see it below - the same Greek word talking about the word of God actually working (doing something)


For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. ~ I Thessalonians 2:13


Along with the word "faith" in the New Testament, we see the word "believe" used in the same way. Jesus put a lot of emphasis on believing God and His word, and strongly rebuked unbelief. The Greek word for faith found in the Bible is "pistis". The Greek word for belief is "pistis" as well. The Greek word for believe (the verb) is "pisteuo"


All of these words have the meaning of confidence and putting trust in. The next time you read the New testament or come across the word 'faith" or "belief" in some form, see if you note some type of action, work or results. We all want good results from the actions we take.


May we continue to "grow exceedingly" in these areas we have mentioned, and enjoy the journey as well. Let not the pitfalls and potholes deter us. We thank God that He is with us and  it is God which worketh in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~  Philippians 2:13




Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14


Psalm 19 contains some thought-provoking words and concludes with verse above. This is a very powerful prayer should we pray it, mean it, and assess our day with this being the standard.


It is interesting that these two areas are targeted - the mouth and the heart. These are two major areas where our actions and our plans are often determined. What we mediate on shapes our thinking, feeds our desires, and molds our character. Jesus went on to say that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak.


Many of us can remember either in our own lives and/or in the lives of others when either our heart or mouth or both went in a wrong way. Oh if that could be done over! We mention this just to emphasize the consequences that result in the negative.


We need to recognize that the blessing of the positive side of verse 14 is just as real. It will bring gladness instead of sadness. The first thing is to get started - then to consider these two areas and determine how we might improve.


This is yet another way to draw near to God, to put away a carnal mind and seek a spiritual mind, and to be a doer of the Word of God. It will be a life-long process that will not be complete until we reach heaven, but the blessings and rewards will come as we proceed on the journey.




The following is from a Kenneth Hagin exhortation on joy:


The teachings contained within the Psalms are the greatest on turning your petitions into statements of praise. Praise is not only for when things are going great, In fact, the treasure in praise is found when all hell is breaking loose. Verses such as these:


Then will my head be exalted above the enemies who surround me, at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy, I will sing and make music to the Lord (27:6)


God is ascended amidst the shouts of joy (47:5)


People of praise are not pushovers. They are not weak-willed, flowery people who are just nice and never get ruffled. NO! They know how to fight and what is worth fighting for. Joy is your inheritance -  don’t let the devil steal it.


Whether it is in our daily lives here or whether we would be on the mission for the lives and souls of others - we are encouraged to treasure the truth, to trust in the Lord, to be thankful, to be creative, learn how to smile, and realize that joy is for the benefit of others as much as yourself. Your joy can be a light to others - and bring hope into a life that may be surrounded by darkness.


Remember also that joy is a power on the inside, so do not look to external things to bring you joy. Oh we like the good things that we receive in the natural - thank God for them. But they are not the source of our joy. So often the power on the inside seems to weaken because we are not concentrating and putting effort toward our spiritual lives and the realm where this power comes from.


Sometimes we have to stir ourselves up toward the things of God. Often a word like this will remind us to do it. May the joy of the Lord indeed be your strength today.




Yesterday's post was about joy from a Biblical standpoint. We like to be happy, feel joyful, and experience good times and situations. But what about when bad times and bad things come? Can we experience and do something towards joy when we feel awful or when something devastating comes?


We all have been there and we could describe the feelings that we do not want. We know things can hit our emotions hard, tears flow, and anguish may rush upon us. Is there something we can do?


We are all different and likely respond differently. Some are more emotional than others. Some hold it in, some let it out. Some want to be by themselves, some want company and compassion of friends.


All have likely seen that the bad things often bring pressure into a life. Relieving that pressure can be very helpful - a good cry is beneficial. Help from others to relieve burdens is a great blessing. May we all be mindful of doing for others who are hurting during a crisis.


From a Christian standpoint we know that God has promised to always be with us. We remember these verses regarding Jesus:


Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. ~ Hebrews 2:17-18


For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. ~ Hebrews 4:15


It is interesting that this verse tells us that Jesus is very acquainted with the human condition and the feelings we have. It is also interesting that because of this, we have the privilege of the next verse which is so familiar to us:


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (v 16)


This is one of the things God tells us to do when the bad times come.


Another thing we mention is that in the hard times, the good things that we have in Christ have not gone away. Indeed many of the good things we have naturally may still be with us. Yet we know the bad that may have come before us. May God help us focus on the good and deal with the bad as necessary. We note this verse in this respect:


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


As Jesus was dealing with everything regarding the cross and the crucifixion, He likely "felt" no joy, but He focused on the joy that was set before Him. We can only imagine and ask God for an understanding of what it was like for Jesus at that time.


But further, may He give us an understanding and the help needed to not cast away our confidence and trust in situations that may be awful.


We remember the words of Paul who listed many things that he endured:


Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:37-39


Thank you Father for amazing grace in every situation.




Honesty is a characteristic that is greatly appreciated. Most of us can think back to our childhood when our parents gave us instruction in this area - maybe because we had violated it in some way. We know how we feel when we are treated dishonestly, and we know the ripple effect that can occur when such a thing happens. Family members and friends are often impacted when dishonesty occurs.


If you have ever given someone a performance review or recommended someone for a job, the question of honesty will always come up. It should certainly describe anyone who would call themselves a Christian.


Honesty and words like integrity are seen throughout the Bible as characteristics that should be readily apparent in the lives of God's people:


Let us walk honestly ...  ~ Romans 13:13


That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. ~ I Thessalonians 4:12


Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. ~ Hebrews 13:18


Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. ~ Acts 6:3


Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. ~ Romans 12:17


Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. ~ II Corinthians 8:21


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8


Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. ~ I Peter 2:12


Honesty is something that will readily enhance our testimony for Christ.




Many are familiar with the story of Joseph in the Old Testament.  We particularly remember Joseph's words that what his brothers meant for evil, God meant for good - to save many people.


This same theme was repeated by Nehemiah:


On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever; Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing. ~ Nehemiah 13:1-2


Many will remember the story of Balaam and that he did end up blessing the children of Israel. This and other stories describe how God is able to turn situations around that would be impossible (or past finding out) for the human mind.


We enjoy learning this things and put our faith out for those things we deal with in life. But when we are in the middle of it ourselves and the pressure is on, we often struggle to "keep the faith" as the expression goes.


Keeping faith in the tough times is another one of those good spiritual habits we should all work on developing. Work on it before the crisis comes. May we develop in being strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Let us pray and stand for the breakthroughs we need - find some good faith and Word people to hook up with you.


As we do this, we will see the demonstration of the scripture: If God be for us, who can be against us ~ Romans 8:31. The stories mentioned above certainly attest to this. May God grant us such a testimony.




Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. ~ Proverbs 10:12


In these few words we see the strife side and the love side. In the course of a day, situations arise that we must respond to. Often they come quickly and unexpectedly and perhaps we react without much thought.


This reminds us to begin our day asking the Lord to help us respond correctly. We are not always to be sugary sweet - we are told to season some of our responses with salt:


Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. ~ Colossians 4:6


We must always remember to speak the truth in love and a soft answer turns away wrath. When we have to spread a little salt, may we do so as gracefully as possible.




Search me, O God, my heart discern

Try me, my inmost thoughts to learn

Help me to keep from sin, I pray

Guarding my mind throughout the day


May we realize how important it is to guard our minds. Most actions that are wrong come from thoughts that are wrong. Certainly there can be "spur of the moment" words and actions that can get us in trouble. But more often we have taken the time to plan out things in our minds that take us down a wrong path.


Consider when an absurd thought comes to mind or something is brought up that you would never do - you can change the channel in a heartbeat. In other words we can put it right out of our minds.


From the Christian standpoint we are told to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God ~ II Corinthians 10:5


Wouldn't you like to see this in your children? Every time someone comes to them with an idea or thought that will get them in trouble. But they cast it down, will not even consider it, or may even laugh at the absurdity. We want that for our children, ourselves and others we are concerned about.


God has given us the ability to control our minds and thoughts - let us make good use of it.




Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~ Psalm 119:11


Many are familiar with this verse and memorized it as a child. When was the last time we actually did it? This would be a good checkup on ourselves.


We could take a verse and on purpose hide it, sow it, and apply it in our hearts that the fruit of it might grow. This would indeed be daily bread to us. There are so many verses and principles that we could use.


Perhaps one of these connects with you today, and may God help us to know just the right way to apply it when the need arises:


Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21


Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. ~ John 14:1


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:27


Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. ~ I John 4:4


May you enjoy acting on God's word today.




It is interesting how some things have not changed:


But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. ~ Matthew 11:16-19


Today, as in the time when Jesus was on the earth, we see the professional critics - people who can find fault with anything.


Yes we can challenge, critique, and say that something is wrong. But we should do it with a motivation to improve a situation, help someone,  or offer a good and better alternative.


Anyone can criticize something or someone. As Christians we should be looking for the Godly and proper thing to present and implement - and be willing to help get it done if we can.




As we enter in to 2018, new opportunities are often a part of what people hope for. We must realize that sometimes the new opportunities do not come wrapped in a pretty red bow. Often these opportunities have to be worked on and developed.


Sometimes they come looking like problems or their appearance is one that seems threatening. When Paul and Silas were thrown into prison, we wonder what kind of answer Paul would have given to the question: Is this imprisonment a problem or an opportunity?


It could be both depending on a person's attitude or perspective. Certainly it was not pleasant and they had been wounded. But their response was to pray and sing praises to God ~ Acts 16:25. They knew to seek God in this situation - to get their attention and focus on Him. That was where the answer was coming from regardless of how they might analyze their situation of being in prison.


Of course we know the results were miraculous and we rejoice in that. But we also see the rejoicing came before they saw anything worth rejoicing over. There was no use complaining - we can see how that would be a natural response but it is just the opposite of seeking God and giving Him praise for being the answer in every situation.


This is a great lesson to us. We are daily confronted with things that may be difficult and appear as problems without an obvious solution. Yet we know the source of all wisdom Who told us to ask for wisdom when we need it. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." ~ James 1:5


Lord, regardless of what we face, help us to see it from Your perspective. Show us the right way to handle it, that good would come out of it, that the kingdom of God would be promoted, and show us the opportunity in it to be a help and a blessing.


Let us train ourselves for this when the pressure is not on so to speak. We want the right attitude and spiritual outlook to become such a part of us that is just flows out - like rivers of living water that Jesus spoke of.




Yesterday we did a song from Isaiah 40:31 ~ But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;


Throughout the Bible we see that God wants His people to be strong and that He wants to strengthen them.


In Joshua chapter 1 God repeatedly tells him to be strong and of a good courage.


In Ephesians 6 Paul writes that we: Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.


Ephesians 3:16 Paul prays that: God would strengthen us with might in our inner man


Colossians 1:11 ~ Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, - we see all might and glorious power.


Notice this strength comes from God - it is His power. We do not have to rely on our own ability.


May God help us to understand and walk (live) in this more and more. We will continue on this theme tomorrow.




Yesterday we began looking at "strength" in the Bible. Our basic premise was to show from the scripture that God desires His people to be strong.


Don't we want the same for our children and the people we love? We know what happens when symptoms of weakness set in - we first realize that something must be wrong. When we are weak we are more vulnerable, susceptible to more problems, more apt to make mistakes, and we are "not at the top of our game". When we are weak we will look for the way to get our strength back. We see the benefits in our bodies and in our minds when we are strong.


Consider what happens when a person "gives up". We know that can take many paths and mean different things. But we know it often means they are "down", in the "doldrums", and it is often a dangerous place that we want to get them out of. We note also that most of it will start on the inside. We see from the Bible that God often starts on the inside - out of the heart flow the issues (forces) of life ~ Proverbs 4



We have all heard the saying: Keep your strength up. This is very practical and beneficial - spirit, soul and body. May God remind us and help to exercise in all three of these areas, that we may be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might each day.




Did you grow up hearing and learning the Bible stories from the Old Testament? We can check our memory bank and recall the stories of Noah, Moses, David, Samson, Daniel, and so on. As children they may have been read to us and perhaps we saw the story in a picture book. It is certainly one good way to lay a Biblical foundation in a child's life.


As we grow we begin to recognize and see principles in these stories that will benefit us - we search for these nuggets of truth that God wants us to see in these stories.


One we want to share today is the David & Goliath story. There have been a lot of analogies to us as Christians facing our own Goliaths. Like David, we sometimes face situations that in the natural may be more than a match for us.


Such was David's case. In the natural he was out-manned. He was not physically a match for Goliath. However, he ran toward Goliath because he recognized that he was not facing Goliath in his own strength:


 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. ~ I Samuel 17:45


When we recognize that the battle is the Lord's and we take unto ourselves the full armor of God, we are ready to fight the good fight of faith. If often takes prayer and hearing from God to see exactly how to face the Goliaths that come our way.


David had to hear from God regarding exactly how to deal with his situation, and it is interesting that he used something he was very familiar with - a sling. We pray God help us to become skillful in the word of righteousness (Hebrews 5:13-14) that we might successfully stand and win.


So as we consider these Bible stories that we may be very familiar with, let us search for the nuggets of truth and the principles God wants us to see as we face new challenges in the days ahead - just like David did on that day.




For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; ~ Colossians 1:9-10


Paul prayed this for us and we encourage you to pray it for yourself and others = and believe we receive when we pray. It would please the Lord and be a great blessing to us to walk in the verses above.


For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13


Thank you heavenly Father for Your good pleasure in us today.




In what we call the Lord's prayer, we remember that Jesus taught to hallow (give reverence) to the name of the heavenly Father. We also know the honor and respect we should give to the Name of Jesus. We note this verse from the Old Testament:


I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified (exalted) thy word above all thy name. ~ Psalm 138:2


Here we get a glimpse of where God stands regarding His word and the esteem He places upon it. May He help us do the same.


Further, we would ask if we place the same value on our word? We should give good consideration to this. If our word is no good, our name would be no good. Our integrity would be lost and few people would put any trust in us.


 We should want (end expect) the exact opposite. Don't we expect honesty and truth in the words of others? May we give all diligence to speak the truth and be people of integrity that others can trust. It is a great way to demonstrate love and be a blessing.




We encourage you today in something very practical - taking care of your physical body. For Christians, our body is the temple of God. We know in looking at the scriptures regarding that statement, the emphasis is usually to keep our body from sin.


But further, because it is the temple of God, we should treat it properly in all other areas as well. We should particularly apply good maintenance, rest, a proper diet, etc. - all to be at our best.


When we do this, we are better able to function and perform which will then be a blessing to everyone - both God and man.




We want to note some verses today that show we are in a fight


Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. ~ I Timothy 6:12


I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: ~ I Corinthians 9:26


I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: ~ II Timothy 4:7


For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ~ II Corinthians 10:3-5


This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; ~ I Timothy 1:18


We note here a striving or contending against something - the goal being to win and come out victorious.


In three of the verses above, we see Paul writing about a "good fight" and a "good warfare". In all three instances the word "good" is translated from the Greek word "kalos" meaning: (1) of that which is well adapted to its circumstances or ends, and (2) of that which is ethically good, right, noble and honorable.


Thus it would seem in God's eyes that a good fight or warfare is one that has a basis of good and an end that would be good. We see from the verses above that much of it involves a fight in the spiritual realm against the forces of darkness. We further remember that it is a "fight of faith"


... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith ~ I John 5:4


So let us strive to stay strong in faith so that it will work in our "good fight" to bring good results. May the eyes of our understanding continue to be enlightened in this area.




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