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Scripture:   James 1:2-4 ESV

 

Scripture Reading:   Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

 

Thought:   The old adage “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” must have been derived from this verse. At work, in sports, in relationships, and in faith, this statement rings true. Nobody enjoys the struggles that inevitably come with life on earth. But James tells us that we need to embrace the battles of life because when we endure, we become stronger. Whatever trial may come your way, God can use it to make you more like Jesus. To be steadfast is to be fixed and immovable. We can be perfect (mature) and complete (fully developed) in life only when we know Jesus

 

Reflection 1:   Have you ever endured a tough time and come away stronger, feeling a closer relationship with God?

 

Reflection 2:   What trials are you facing today, and how can you embrace them and benefit from them?

 

Prayer:   Lord, I admit that sometimes I’d rather take the easy way out instead of letting steadfastness have its full effect. Today I choose to take the long view, trusting that you are helping me to become mature and fully developed.

 

Contributor:   Cameron Tringale

Scripture:   Philippians 3:12-14,16

 

Scripture Reading:   Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus…Let us live up to what we have already attained.

 

Thought:   Paul studied the life of Jesus and probably knew more about him than anyone else has since. Paul isn’t complacent, thinking he knows it all or has reached his goal. Instead, he is committed to continue pursuing Christ. Whether we are far along in our journey or new Christians, we need to proactively pursue deeper relationships with Jesus Christ. God will continue to grant us new insights, and we need to put that knowledge to work and apply it in our lives. After all, isn’t that the point of learning to grow? As Paul says, we need to “live up to what we have already attained.”

 

Reflection 1:   What realistic commitment can you make that will help you pursue the Lord on a daily basis?

 

Reflection 2:   Are any areas of your life out of step with your knowledge of God and his ways?

 

Prayer:   God, thank you for reminding me that I have a long way to go. You have taken hold of me, so I know you will empower me to reach the ultimate goal.  

 

Contributor:   Cameron Tringale

Scripture:   Colossians 1:11 NLT

 

Scripture Reading:   We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.

 

Thought:   When the apostle Paul prayed for the faithful servants of Christ at Colossae, he revealed what God’s glorious might provides for us. Life on the road, time away from my family, playing a very frustrating and humbling game week after week, the pressure to perform…these things can tear me apart physically and mentally. You and I may not share these same circumstances, but we all go through our share of tough times. But God’s mighty power will give us the strength to endure the physical grind and the patience to endure the mental grind day in day out. Life isn’t a sprint, but rather a marathon. All we truly need is to look to God for the strength to reach the finish line.

 

Reflection 1:   What challenges do you face this week?

 

Reflection 2:   How can you appropriate God’s glorious power for the patience and endurance you need?

 

Prayer:   Lord, fill my body, mind, and spirit with your glorious strength so I have the patience and endurance to press through the marathon of life. All power comes from you—thanks be to God!

 

Contributor:   Zach Johnson

Scripture:   Proverbs 3:6 NASB

 

Scripture Reading:   In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

 

Thought:   Acknowledging God is the best thing we can do for ourselves and for others. Our sinful nature tends to desire things that will give us an immediate advantage or a quick rush. How about enjoying a few too many desserts after dinner or talking about people behind their backs? These indulgences can feel good at the moment, but they will come back to hurt us. To live by God’s objectives, we should be living to give God glory and to honor and care for others. Showing humility, caring for others, practicing patience…these are ways we can acknowledge God.

 

Reflection 1:   Have you ever seen someone acknowledge God in an extremely classy or winsome way? How did that person do it?

 

Reflection 2:   What behaviors can you do today to acknowledge God?

 

Prayer:   Lord, thank you for inviting me to work for your kingdom today.

 

Contributor:   Mark Wilson