Tag Archives: Philippians

Beyond Belief

“We’re content to pitch our tent
When the glory’s evident
Seldom do we know the glory came and went

Moving can seem dangerous
In this stranger’s pilgrimage
Knowing that you can’t stand still, you cross the bridge

Leap of faith without a net
Makes us want to hedge our bet
Waters never part until our feet get wet

There’s a higher place to go, beyond belief, beyond belief
Where we reach the next plateau, beyond belief, beyond belief”

This song is a great reminder to me to live by faith, not by sight. Because, after all, He’s got this…

Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

The Gift of Peace

Peace

I came across this devotional and read it to our family during our recent vacation. Thought I’d share it here with you today as well.

Winning peace: Real peace is not won by avoiding or denying conflict. Conflict may be necessary to achieve peace. That’s why Jesus Christ fought and defeated the Enemy of our souls, freeing us to live at peace with God. “For he himself is our peace, who has … destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14). No wonder the angels proclaimed “on earth peace to men” upon Jesus’ arrival in the manger (Luke 2:14).   

Receiving peace: Jesus told His disciples that He gives peace of a different quality than the world gives (John 14:27). The world can achieve a temporary absence of conflict through a change in circumstances. But lasting peace is received as a free gift from the One who defeated death and sin. It is not something we can obtain through our own efforts, nor something that can be taken away by life’s difficulties or conflicts. In Jesus’ words: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Experiencing peace: We can, however, rob ourselves of the peace that Christ offers. That’s why we are commanded to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). How? By replacing anxiety with prayer and thankfulness. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” The result? “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Click the link above or click here to read more. You’ll find some key points and additional readings to go along with this topic.

There is nothing like the peace of God! It can get you through anything and keeps you steady when the waves of the world might otherwise toss you around. It’s available to you at no cost – the price has already been paid. What an amazing gift.

Have a great day.

Only A Mountain

Another day, another fight
It always feels like an uphill climb
Another step, another mile
The story of your life

You’ve gotta find a second wind
It’s not as high as you think it is
Don’t give up and don’t you quit
You gotta climb if you wanna win

This is only a mountain
You don’t have to find your way around it
Tell it to move, it’ll move
Tell it to fall, it’ll fall
It’s only a mountain

I hope this song and its lyrics will encourage you today.

Life has a way of bringing what seem to be mountains into the path of where you are and where you feel your happiness lies. Those mountains can look mighty tall, I’ll attest to that from personal experience. But you’ll make it. Like the song says, it’s not as high as you think it is.

And remember, you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil 4:13) so hang in there. Choose to find the joy in the moment you’re in, even though it may be hard to do it. It will serve you well, and that mountain will start looking a lot smaller before you know it.

Have a good day.

Can Do

Happy Monday everyone.

Just a little encouragement today, to take a ‘Can Do’ attitude into the week ahead.

Whatever it might be that’s presenting a challenge in your life, believe that you can do it. Whether it’s something in your work life, your personal life, or whatever it is…you can do it and you can do it well.

God has given you all the strength you need. You just have to believe it.

Have a great day.

All Your Needs

“You can’t always get what you want.”

The Rolling Stones took that line and made it famous with their hit song 40 or so years ago. It still applies today and it always will here on Earth.

Life can seem really unfair sometimes. We all go through times when we simply do not get what we want – for some, it may seem like this happens all too often.

Whether it’s a promotion at work that doesn’t materialize, asking someone out and getting turned down, a coveted toy as a kid that never makes it to the living room, or something far more serious…as we go through life we are going to encounter times when what we want is not what is planned for us. It doesn’t make a lot of sense and it can be frustrating and lead to some pretty rough sailing.

I can think of plenty of times in my life when it felt like I just wasn’t getting what I thought I should get. Pretty sure I’m not alone, there. It’s tough to swallow and it can be hard to look on the bright side, especially if it’s something you’ve tagged with a high level of importance.

There are some powerful words that help me at times like this. I’ve come to really love and cherish this verse and I wanted to share it with you today.

Philippians 4
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

The part that always makes me feel better is when it says that all of my NEEDS will be met. There isn’t anything in there about all of my WANTS being met, but it specifically says that God will take care of what I need.

I think it’s easy to lose sight of this. I am frequently guilty of it. But it’s written right there, that despite my unfulfilled wants and all of the things that don’t seem to come to fruition at times…God has and is going to continue to give me what I need.

It’s a reminder that I have so much more than I deserve and more than I could have ever earned through any actions of mine. It’s all provided to me because of Jesus and I’m so thankful for it.

I hope this verse helps someone out there today who might be having a hard time or struggling to see the positive side of a situation when it doesn’t seem like you’re getting what you want. Just remember that with Him, you’re always going to have what you need 🙂

Have a great day!