Worry, worry, worry! How many Christians lose their joy and peace because of worry! In this chapter, Paul tells us that the secure mind—the mind that is guarded by the peace of God—frees us from worry. Of course, the believer who does not have the single mind (chap. 1), the submissive mind (chap. 2), and the spiritual mind (chap. 3) can never have the secure mind. We must first live what Paul describes in the previous three chapters before we can claim the promises and provisions of this final chapter.
Certainly Paul’s circumstances were anything but joyful! He had been arrested illegally, taken to Rome, and was now awaiting trial. How was he able to have such joy in the midst of uncomfortable circumstances? Because happiness is based on our happenings while joy is based in Jesus! He had the “single mind”—his concern was not for Paul, but for Christ and the Gospel.
The other day I saw a car with a magnetic advertising sign on the back. It listed the company name and the agent’s name and phone number. The thing that caught my attention was the slogan: “Anything worth doing is worth doing rite.”
This 'book of tears' has been called the funeral of a city (Jerusalem). Every chapter is weeping from A-Z (Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters). Jeremiah was called to remain back and minister God's love for His people in the midst of chastening. Whatever you do - don't miss chapter 3... it's the key to the … Continue reading Lamentations
The problem of sin has brought the consequences of the curse – one of which is that the ‘new’ never lasts (or costs too much to keep new). New houses lose their magic after a mortgage payment or two. The new car smell generally wears off after about two weeks. Honeymoons don’t last forever. Even in the spiritual realm, the newness of conversion and church wears off all-too-soon! The only exception is what God does in the lives of His children. 2 Corinthians 5 speaks about how God seeks to renew us, if we will allow Him. During my sabbatical, I made this a serious matter of prayer…
Nehemiah is the book of restoration and rebuilding (of Jerusalem's wall & its people). Teaches us the power of repentance, prayer, vision-casting, organization, and endurance.