Most of us probably think that we haven’t lost anything by choosing to be a Christian. Most of all, Paul has lost his freedom as he was imprisoned more than once. He had been beaten and run out of town more than once. For most of us, this is not an issue. Yes, some will lose friends, especially if they want us to participate in immoral or illegal activities. If this causes a person to stop being in your life, they are not friends. True friends only want the best for a friend. Paul has chosen to have faith in Christ to “attain” the resurrection of the dead. Paul was more concerned with his eternal life than his earthly life and encouraged his followers to do the same. He is also enabling us to do the same. What is there on earth that we can bring with us into eternity? We can’t get money or the latest electronic toy. We can’t bring the latest model of our favourite car, or our house or anything else. What we can get is a heart full of love. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he talks about the three things that last: faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. God is love, and the more we love, the more we know God. Once we die, we no longer need faith because we will know all we need to know. We will no longer need hope because we have attained what we had hoped for. What we do bring with us into heaven is love. The righteousness we desire is born of the love we have for Jesus and is witnessed by the love we have for others.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Lord! We would love it if you could help us out by showing us how to walk in the light of your Word while keeping our unique circumstances in mind.
We know that our circumstances should not be an excuse to compromise your truths, but they may impact how we apply them in a given situation.
So, we kindly ask you to give us your wise guidance to see what you would have us do in every situation and the bravery to act on it.
This word “circumspectly” is an old English term meaning “with awareness of one’s surroundings.
” It indicates to walk wisely, prudently, and with due regard for the dangers.
Christians should walk as in the light, not stumbling about in darkness unaware of our duty to God and our example to other men.
Consider the power of compassion.
With a heart full of empathy, one can achieve great things.
This piece was inspired by the reading of Mark chapter 8 in the Bible.
It tells the story of Jesus teaching a crowd, and when his disciples asked him to let them eat and come back, Jesus was moved with compassion to provide food for them.
With what was offered to him, he blessed and had it distributed to feed 5000 people!
What are you compassionate about for God?
PRAYER CLAIMING VICTORY
Heavenly Father, we thank you for our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we have victory over Satan.
Help us to be aware of the lurking dangers around us and the tactics that Satan darts towards us.
May our faith be found on solid ground even during the darkest times of our lives.
May we put on the whole armour of God against every trap and every temptation that is planted against us by Satan
Help us to recognise that our real enemy is not our loved ones but the powers of this dark world.
We stand united and resist every attack against us, for Jesus alone rose victoriously over Satan.
We are sealed and protected by Christ, and Satan must flee now.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen
Did you know that there’s nothing you can’t do? That’s right, no thought can be hidden from you!
An engineer always pays attention to every minute detail when designing a structure because even minor oversights can compromise its integrity, and eventually lead to safety concerns.
Similarly, when we pray, we must be confident and sincere in our approach, leaving out no detail.
Our Lord already knows our thoughts and desires us to come to Him honestly, speaking heartfelt words regarding our sins.
Confident communication enables us to recognise all our sins, ask for forgiveness, and seek guidance in removing temptation from our lives with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence.
Dear Lord, we come to You with honest hearts. We seek Your will and choose to follow You all the days of our life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.⚜️⚜️