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Christian Quotes: D.L. Moody

 “If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!”

D.L. Moody

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”

Ephesians 3:20

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Today’s Worship Walk: Deuteronomy 28:13

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The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”

Deuteronomy 28:13

 

I don’t know about you, but there are lots of days when I am tempted to feel less than victorious. Situations in my life may be unresolved, or my dreams fall apart, for example. Those days, I have to be especially aware of my mindset.

The key is not to focus on how I feel any given moment, but on what God says about me. And guess what? He says that if I follow His Word and His Ways, I can be confident in my standing in life, whatever is going on. I can say, like the Apostle Paul, that I am “more than a conqueror.”

You can too. Practice saying, “I am the head and not the tail”with me. It may sound funny at first, but I believe we’ll soon see ourselves differently, and trials will lose some of their power over us!

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: 2 Timothy 1:7

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For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7

It’s easy to feel like our struggles and cares have control over us – they can even effect our thoughts and feelings if we let them. That’s why this verse is so important to meditate on, because it’s where our victory over them lies.

When challenges have come my way in the past, I’ve felt that fight-or-flight instinct, and I’ve chosen flight many times. I used to believe I didn’t have the strength to fight, so running or avoiding seemed like the best option.

I was partly right. I don’t have the power to gain victory over most difficulties that arise in my life. But, God does, and He gives me all that I need to face those things head-on. Think of it: I have an extra measure of God’s power to handle life’s battles, His love to treat others rightly as I go, and His discipline to accomplish my part.

Amazing! And those things belong to us already – we just need to claim them, every day.

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Today’s Worship Walk: Psalm 91:14-16

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Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91:14-16

What a promise the Lord is giving to us believers!

Notice, though, that He doesn’t say there will be no trouble in our lives. I used to read it that way, so I was disappointed whenever challenges came up. No, what God promises is His presence, His protection and His provision in the midst of those challenges.

Two ideas help me cling to the promise of this passage:

– Continuing to acknowledge God, no matter what is in front of me (v.14)

– Keeping a longer view of the situation, knowing it will change in His timing (v.16)

God always honors a heart that’s turned to Him, as He says here with “long life”, and “salvation.” I can’t imagine getting through my days without those, without Him.

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Matthew 14:26-32

 

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But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”

Matthew 14:26-32

I had a big realization yfesterday while lying flat trying to calm a back spasm. It occurred to me that my recent flare ups of arthritis and now this might possibly be connected to the extra stress I’ve had in my life recently. That wasn’t a surprise – anxiety can cause all sorts of physical problems.

But what struck me yesterday as I lay on the floor was something I believe God’s been trying to tell me for a while: that it’s time for my faith to grow.

When Jesus called Peter out of the boat, He knew Peter needed to have His eyes fixed on Him. Peter would have to trust that Jesus would carry him over choppy water. And, of course, the minute Peter looked down, he started to sink.

I’ve been in that moment lately with Peter, praying to God while looking down at my troubles or looking to myself to fix them. That is a kind of faith, but now it’s time for it to mature a bit.

Jesus has been standing close by all this time, gently commanding me to look to Him.  If I do, I’ll see a promise in His eyes: the more faith I place in Him, the more peace angd joy, and the less aches, I’ll have!

 

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Christian Quotes: Ravi Zacharias

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“Having the answers is not essential to living. What is essential is the sense of God’s presence during dark seasons of questioning.”

Ravi Zacharias

 

“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Isaiah 57:15

 

Today’s Worship Walk: Philippians 4:4-9

 

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:4-9

 

When I first read this verse, it felt like a command. Rejoice! Sometimes I got there, usually when things were going well. But I couldn’t stay in that place. I wanted to imitate the Apostle Paul, but often fell short.

I finally realized I was trying to manufacture joy out of thin air, and that was not Paul’s message at all. In fact, in the following verses he lays out a kind of process to follow. First, we need to know that the true source of our joy is the Lord, not any other person or place.

When we understand that, then we’ll want to stay close to that source. How? Paul gives us 3 great examples: lifting up prayers, thinking on God’s Words and Ways, and living out what we’ve learned. If we become more faithful to do these practices, God will make sure our well of joy will never run dry.

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Romans 2:4

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Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”

Romans 2:4

 

In this passage, the Apostle Paul has just warned his readers not to judge others for bad behavior that they themselves do.  Have you ever caught yourself doing that? I have, and it always stops me in my tracks.

I’m reminded of all the times I’ve done things that were definitely not in line with God, like losing my temper or giving into a temptation, or worse! My judgement of someone else usually turns right around into self condemnation.

Verse 4 speaks to both kinds of judging, showing us a better habit. Rather than look down on others or ourselves, we can turn to God in prayer. If we continue to judge, we are rejecting the mercies God wants to give. But focusing on His mercy and forgiveness allows our hearts to be set free – then we will have more of His compassion.

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Proverbs 24:16

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“…for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”

Proverbs 24:16

The Apostle Paul certainly lived this verse out, didn’t he? Reading about all his hardships and even near-death experiences used to discourage me. I thought, “How could he keep going through all that?”

If Paul had been operating in his own strength, he might we’ll have given up. But, thankfully, along with a God-given mission, he had a God-given power to endure through every challenge. He claimed he’d been “struck down but not destroyed,” and he meant that literally!

My own struggles are small in scope compared to Paul’s adventures. But the same power to get up after setbacks and failures is available to me, to all of us.  If we ask, God will make us more resilient than we ever thought we could be.

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Mark 12:41-44

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And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:41-44

I love the gentle reminder that God sees every sacrifice we make. I used to think that my offerings had to be really big and special to be acceptable to Him. But the truth is, He is much more interested in our hearts being right – that is, we are humble and worship-ful before Him.

If that is in place, then God is delighted by whatever we can bring Him at any given moment. I find reassurance in knowing that as long as I’m looking to give Him glory, He’ll take our offerings and use them in mighty ways for His Kingdom!

 

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