Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Support One Another

I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. 
—Philippians 4:2-3

Life can get messy with relationship struggles. 

This was the case in the Philippian church. Two faithful servants, Euodia and Syntyche, were in sharp disagreement. 

The apostle Paul wrote to the church to encourage them to work through their problems (Phil. 4:2). 

He also wanted another person to come alongside them with a spirit of gentleness. He wrote, “I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel”.

Realizing we have all made messes in life, we can trust the Lord to help us deal gently with others. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

God is in Control

The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations. 
 —Psalm 33:11

We are not at the center of the universe. 
The world doesn’t revolve around us. 
It doesn’t move at our pace, in our terms, nor in accord with our preferences.

Though we might wish it to be otherwise, life is not all about us. 
Everything revolves around the Lord. 

All nature revolves around Him and His control. 
He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the ocean in vast reservoirs. 
Everything in nature operates in accordance with the laws He has set.

The nations also revolve around the Lord. 
No plan or scheme can stand up against God’s. 
Ultimately, it is the Lord’s plan that will stand forever. 
His intentions can never be shaken.

Finally, the lives of all humanity revolve around the Lord. 
God sees the whole human race. 
He made our hearts, and He understands everything we do. 
He has the power to intervene in our lives and deliver us from situations spinning out of control.

Our life is created to be centered on God, not self. 
How thankful we can be to serve such a powerful God.
He has every aspect of our lives under His control.