Daily Devotional for Tuesday December 26, 2017

Scripture:

Philippians 1:28 (NASB) in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God

Observation:

Our walk with Christ will not win us popularity contests, in fact we may lose some of our friends along the way. Today’s verse speaks of being alarmed by our opponents, those who fight against us and speaks of salvation for you from God. These are values we need to keep in mind, but we first must presume that our values are the ones that match up with God’s Word. That we are, in fact, living the values that we share and that takes a good self-examination as to what we stand for. You know the old saying, “People in glass houses…” Is it the Truth that we hold dear to our hearts? Is it more about Him than ourselves? In the quiet moments of our life, when no one is around to check up on us, are we standing firm upon the Rock of our salvation, or do we hold the old line of, “Do as I say not as I do.” I know these are tough questions for morning, but then again nowhere in the Word does it say that following Christ will be an easy road. It wasn’t for Him as He carried the Cross for us. What are we carrying for Him?  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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