Memory Verse, Isaiah 30:15 ESV reads
“In returning and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. But you were unwilling.” It's hard to believe Judah wouldn't take God up on his offer of salvation and strength.
How do you feel about change? I love new things but sometimes it's easier to hold on to the past--to the things that are comfortable and familiar.
This week's memory verse talks about a change promising new birth, a new heart, a new mind, home, and song. Put the past in the past. Read this meditation on 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Philippians 4:12 " I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
This verse was on my journal page this morning. In the past, it has come to mind when I've faced a frightening or difficult task. It's true that we need to rely on God's strength in everything, but Paul used it in a slightly different way.
Paul first thanked the Philippian church for the aid they'd sent him. He was grateful for the help, but also wanted them to know he'd had the experience of plenty and of having nothing, but had learned to be content in every situation. He worked through every instance with Christ's strength--not trying to get out of it--but knowing it was God's plan.
In another letter, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth that God told him "My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God gives the strength needed to accomplish what he asks of us-his tasks, planned in advance for us to do.
This week’s memory verse is one that is repeated by many fearful or sorrowful Christians. Simply trusting and voicing the words encourages the heart and renews strength. This verse restores perspective, as we look at the troubles of this world, compared to our God who loves us.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 ESV
Excuses are: ball games, sleeping in, I can have a relationship with Jesus without attending church services, they are boring, too much to do. Why should we go? Read a few thoughts here:
This verse reaches into hearts with the power to eradicate chaos. Psalm 46:10
The mundane becomes inspiration.