Tools for Tough Times

Tools for Tough Times

Tools for Tough Times I Daily Walk Devotion

We always want our final words to have an impact. As we drive away or board a plane, we want to say as much as possible to those we love. Paul squeezes in some vital instruction at the end of his first letter to the Corinthians. He wants to give them tools for tough times ahead. We can benefit from these tools when we are struggling.

1 Corinthians 16:12-24

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Be Watchful

The first tool for tough times is “Be Watchful.” Interesting that Paul starts off with this. He knows that being on the alert is something that all Christians should be doing but especially those that struggle with their old lifestyle. Temptation looms around every corner. We can’t be asleep at the post. The enemy prowls around looking for those he can devour. Be aware of what is going on. 

Stand Firm

The second tool for tough times is to “Stand Firm.” The storms of life are coming. Will you endure through them? The temptation is to run for cover when difficult times come. We want to escape any conflict or confrontation. Paul tells us to stand firm. Let Christ be your anchor when tough times come. He wants to be our refuge. Stand firm and watch him work.

Be Strong

The third tool for tough times is “Be Strong.” When Paul tells us to be strong, he is saying be strong in the Lord. Our strength comes from the Lord. Strength is often the attitude inside us that won’t quit. We don’t have to be a rock because Jesus is that solid foundation we can build our lives on. Look to him when you feel weak.

Operate in Love

The final tool for tough times is to “Operate in Love.” Everything we do should be motivated by love. This starts with our love for God. We should be growing in our love and intimacy for Jesus Christ every day. That, in turn, will supply the necessary love for others. If we get the order wrong, we will end up frustrated. There is nothing you can invest in more important than your relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the rock that anchors us. It is His grace that sustains us. It is His Spirit that empowers us. Let your life be marked with love.

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Abounding Grace

Abounding Grace

Abounding Grace I Daily Walk Devotion

Salvation conquers sins grip on our life. We have died to sin because of the abounding grace of Jesus Christ in our life. Some have taken this unending grace as a license to sin. God’s grace will always outpace our sin, but that doesn’t mean that we can keep on sinning. We have died to sin and are to pursue holiness.

Romans 6:1-2

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Set Free From Sin

Grace doesn’t give us the liberty to continue sinning. God desires that we live Holy lives. While we are forgiven of our sins and our eternity is secure that doesn’t give a license to live any way we want. Paul exhorts us to live Holy lives. We have died to the sinful lifestyle we lived before Jesus Christ. We are new creations in Christ. With that comes a new way of living. We are to keep our minds focused on things above and to obey scripture. While we still stumble in sin, we are not supposed to purposely go out and sin.

Abounding Grace

What if you are struggling with sin that you can’t get free from? Does that mean you are sentenced to an eternity in hell? No! God’s grace will always exceed your sin. You don’t keep on sinning because you will be forgiven, but the grace is there nonetheless. As we conform to the image of Jesus Christ the desire to sin should dissipate. The Holy Spirit guides us in our daily walk. If we stumble the grace is there, and it is more than we can imagine. Walk in his abounding grace today.

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Poured Into Your Heart

Poured Into Your Heart

Poured Into Your Heart I Daily Walk Devotion

God’s Holy Spirit has been poured into your heart. Like an empty vessel that is filled to overflowing, that is what the Spirit is for our longing soul. Are you feeling empty today? Ask the Lord, and He will fill you with His Spirit. From that will spring forth this hope that will strengthen us.

Romans 5:5 

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 

Full of Hope

Has the Holy Spirit poured hope into your heart? Does the love of Jesus Christ flow out of you? If not Paul tells us that if we put our hope in Jesus, we will not be put to shame. He is as reliable and the morning sunrise. We can trust his word and look forward to our homecoming with him in heaven. He has defeated the enemy and made us victorious. Never be ashamed to put all of your hope in him.

Full of Love

Has the Spirit poured love into your heart? That hope rests on the love that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This isn’t our love but God’s pure and holy love. Are you full of his love today? If not ask the Holy Spirit to fill you up. There aren’t any hoops we have to jump through it is given to us when we pray. When we are having a hard time loving someone, it is because we are doing it with our strength. When the love of God is put in us through the Holy Spirit that love become an overflowing well that never runs out. Go to the source today.

Full of the Spirit

The most important ingredient to this whole equation is the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit which produces the fruit in our lives. He is the source of hope and love which Paul is talking about. If we aren’t filled with the Holy Spirit, the rest is all in vain. We need to be full of the Spirit and continuously go back to him for more. The Spirit provides the avenue for hope and love to flow out of our lives. Be filled with the Spirit so that the love of God can be poured into your heart.

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Live in Peace

Live in Peace

Live in Peace I Daily Walk Devotion

Christians are to live in peace with everyone. Peace isn’t easy, but as a Christian, we can live in peace even if the person we are at odds with doesn’t see eye to eye with us. Peace comes from our maker. He fills us with peace as we pursue him and model the behavior of his son Jesus Christ.

Rom 12:16-18

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Harmony and Humility

Harmony and humility walk hand in hand. For peace to be possible in our lives, we need to walk in humility. Humility understands that we are sinful humans beings in need of a savior. It is also taking our focus off of ourselves and placing it on others. When are able to walk in humility harmony often follows close behind. The enemy to humility is pride. The NIV uses the word haughty, which means to think highly of oneself and less of others.

Be Content

Paul also tells us to associate with the lowly. This in itself is a humbling experience, but it reminds us of our need to be content with what we have. Contentment is a big part of being able to live in peace. If we are constantly striving to climb the ladder, we will never be content. Being around those who are lowly not only gives us an appreciation for what we have but it shows us what we are supposed to be about. Jesus came and served those who were needy, not those who had it all together.

Do the Honorable Thing

Finally, we need to do the honorable thing. What is the honorable thing? Paul tells us what it is not. Being wise in our own eyes and wanting revenge on those who have hurt us is the opposite of it. The honorable thing is letting go of our need for justice, it is resisting the urge to tell everyone how smart you are. Even when you do the right thing, and walk humbly there will be people you can’t live in peace with. Never stop striving but understand that we are responsible for our end.

Persistent in Doing Good

Persistent in Doing Good

Persistent in Doing Good

Growing up we are told, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” As we get older, we are told to be persistent in doing good things, it will come back and bless you. Finally, we are told that if we live a good life we will make it into heaven. Being a good person is a goal for a lot of people. Does doing good works and being a good person get us into heaven? Paul answers that today.

Romans 2:6-8

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking[a] and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

A Responsibility to Serve 

Reading this verse you would think that being a good person gets you into heaven, but it doesn’t. Paul is talking to self-righteous Jews who are judgmental towards Gentiles. They act entitled because of their heritage. Paul tells them that doesn’t eliminate their responsibility to love and serve those around them. This is a danger for those who have been in the church for a long time. They could easily have the mindset that they have served their time and its time for the new people to take their place. Paul reminds us that we should be persistent in doing good.

Be Persistent

Sometimes doing the right thing takes persistence. Sometimes loving those who are hard to love takes more than you have in you. It’s easy to sit and judge other people. There comes a time where we have to be persistent in doing good. That means that we push through and just do it because it is being obedient to God. People will criticize, and you will question yourself but be persistent and do the right thing. Be a person who pursues peace, shows kindness, and spreads love.

Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed I Daily Walk Devotion

What in you are you so bold about that you will stand your ground no matter what? As a Christian are you bold in your faith? Can you say, like Paul, that you are not ashamed of the Gospel? We are called to live our lives with boldness, declaring the good news of Jesus Christ. If we are fearful of what others might say it will diminish our boldness.

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.

Follow Me as I Follow Christ

Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. He doesn’t just say it here in Romans but he lived it. 2 Corinthians 11 tells us all the suffering he endured for his boldness. The Jews wanted him silenced, the Romans eventually killed him. None of this ever diminished his passion for the Gospel. He was full of zeal for those who didn’t know about Jesus.

A Passion for the Gospel

There needs to be a certain amount of boldness in each Christian. There needs to be a fire burning for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our passion should be to see our lost loved ones come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior. We should look out over our city and weep because so many don’t know the saving truth. The Gospel transforms our lives. God sent his only son to die in our place so that the penalty for our sin could be paid. When this debt is removed it is replaced with true righteousness that brings about a union with God. We can now go to Him freely and worship him. Don’t be ashamed of your faith. Ask for a boldness for the gospel of Jesus Christ that will compel you to share it with others.

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