Tag Archives: Philippians

Stay True

Good morning, Father! I’m so glad that we have this time together. Draw me close to Your side. Envelope me in Your love and presence. “Make me, mold me, fill me, use me” “Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.”

Philippians 3:17-4:1 (<<click here)

“…stay true to the Lord…”

Committed, dedicated, going the right way – not veering to the right or left.

Lord, as I ponder Paul’s admonition to “pattern [our] lives after [his]” it brings to mind our great tendency as human beings – to follow people, to pick up their mental processes and the way they do things?

What a great responsibility I have! I know that people have their own responsibility to follow You, Jesus but many times they follow what they can see. Lord, enable me to be the kind of leader that You need me to be, staying true to You. I must remain committed to Your call on my life – not just as a pastor, though that is very important, but as Your follower. My life must be dedicated to embracing Your mindsets and attitudes as my own daily, minute by minute. This journey I am on must be aligned by You – You are my TRUE north, as such. You must be my aim, my goal. The only way for me to lead – is to follow! Please help me to “stay true” to You!

May 30th, Sat, 6:30 am

Press On!

Press On!

Abba, You are so gracious to wake me every morning. Thank You for Your love and watching over me. Help me to focus on You throughout my day and to hear and heed what You would have me say and do and think upon. I praise You and I lift Your name on high where it rightly belongs!

Philippians 3:12-16 (<<click here)

Lord Jesus, enable me to mine the riches of this passage this morning – clear the cobwebs, block the distractions, please.

“Press on” “possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me” “focus on…forgetting the past… looking forward to what lies ahead” “press on…to the end of the race” “hold on to the progress…already made.”

Don’t just sit back and pray it happens – push ahead! Lord, You know what I need. “Before the creation of the world, You knew me (and loved me! )” You know the perfection You have for me. Help me to diligently “press on”! – to put all my energy and effort into pursuing that and to coming to a full knowledge of what that means!

There’s nothing I can do about my past – failings, bad decisions, things which I think were undeservingly done to me – my goal TODAY is to focus on “looking forward to what lies ahead.” “Press on!” to what You have yet for me to do, to what I have yet to learn, to a still deeper relationship with You! I don’t know what all of that is or means but help me to trust You with it all!

Help me, give me the tenacity to not lose ground but to “hold on to the progress… already made” You’ve helped me come so far from where I was, Lord and I know my apprenticeship is nowhere near complete. I give You all the credit for progress made and cling to Your grace and mercy to carry me forward, upward- higher and higher! Solidify my grounding in You – strengthen my foundation. May the roots of my life delve deeper into You – fortifying me, feeding me the richness of Your resources. Storms will come. I pray you will enable me to stand tall, to not fall, and to get myself upon the “Rock that is stronger than I” Help me to be a lighthouse for You that will endure. Persevere! And because of that endurance that my light would shine all the brighter, constantly, deliberately drawing others to You!!

May 29th, Fri, 6:09 am

In searching for a picture for this post I was reminded of this song by Building 429 – check it out! 

♪♫♪ Press On ♫♪♫

Sometimes this world starts breaking me down
I get so lost I think I’ll never be found
And there are moments of fear and doubt
Even the best fall to the ground

I am a mess, I am a wrecking ball
I must confess that I still don’t get it all
Lord I believe that all Your words are true
Doesn’t matter where I’m going if I’m going with You
I press on, I press on, I press on
When I still don’t get it

I see the world through my jaded eyes
I get frustrated when there is no Why
I put my focus on worthless things
Even the strong fall to their knees
God only knows what we all need

Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
I press on

Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I press on

Publishing: © 2013 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing /Havery Publishing (BMI), Pneumatic Man (ASCAP)
Writer(s): Jason Roy, Rob Hawkins

I’m Yours, Lord

ISurrenderAll

Father thank You for helping me get some sleep last night. To You alone be the praise and glory for Massey making it home. Thank You for working out all the details!

Philippians 3:4-11 (<<click here)

Lord, in many, many ways I am tremendously blessed and I am grateful and give You all the credit. But I do struggle – am I using the gifts you have given me in the right way? I know You use me, I’m so glad that You are able to touch people through me in all the areas of my life. It weighs on my mind that I would be hesitant to give up Kohl’s to serve in “ministry” full time. I’ve sure gone back and forth with it enough! I feel that You use me where I am in life and that I am where You want me to be. I do want to make it very clear though that you can do with me whatever You please. Take Kohl’s from me if that is what’s best. Place me wherever You need me. I know that You will take care of me and my future – beyond a shadow of a doubt. Help me to be the best instrument possible that will be useful to You at Kohl’s , at church, in my home, on Facebook (and now my blog) – everywhere. I want to be used by You. Please keep it at the forefront of my mind and heart! My desire is to be used by You in all I say and do!

May 28th, Thurs, 9:58 am

Why I Do What I Do

Good morning, Father! Each of these mornings proves your faithfulness. You wake me up at just the right time. Thank You for caring about me so much. Help me to draw closer to You through our time together and throughout the day. Strengthen my resolve to not yield to the things that take me away from You. Forgive my weaknesses. Help me to focus on You.

Philippians 3:1-3 (<<click here)

My study Bible* sums up this passage well by stating “…don’t think that you will satisfy God by feverishly doing his work. God notices all you do and will reward you for it, but only if it comes as a loving response to his free gift of salvation.”

When it comes to my responsibilities in preparing for worship services I would say I work feverishly, diligently, even doggedly, it is very important to me that I do so. But…do I do it “as a loving response to Your free gift of salvation” to me, Lord?

I think my overarching mindset is that I allow You to guide me in what I put into our worship services but I have to admit that I do not consciously ask for Your direction very often. The element You added this last week as a call to worship for Pentecost was very meaningful to me and others (Thank You!) Help me to seek out weekly what You would have us do. You know what will impact us. You know what will touch our hearts and draw us closer to You. Help me to be sensitive to listen, then to act on Your guidance.

May 26th, Tues, 6:13 am

* The New Living Translation, Life Application Study Bible

Use Us Where We Are

Father, thank you for such a wonderful day yesterday. I am thinking particularly about Your presence at church but am also grateful for Your presence being with Karen and I for the rest of the day. I humbly request that You will always keep me close to Your side – help me not to be so “prone to wander.” I love You and want to be with You!

Philippians 2:25-30 (<<click here)

This morning, Lord, You have prompted me to prayer for those who give of themselves sacrificially to serve where I cannot be, not necessarily because I couldn’t be, but because I am being used by You here.

I think of the Radcliffs – they’ve sacrificed comfort and conveniences by going to Papua New Guinea (though it’s better than it used to be). They’ve given up being close to family in the states (the Steven’s have sacrificed, too). They’ve foregone good salaries (I’m sure they have debt from their education). Please protect them and direct them, keep them safe, and enable them to touch lives for You as no others can do. Draw them close to You so they will remain true to You in their own hearts and minds.

I think of the Gideon’s and Wycliffe Association who are diligently working to get Your Word to the world.

I pray for the many Christian organizations working in Tibet providing comfort and support to those who have lost so much. I think of the men and women who serve in our armed forces across the globe – help them to be close to You today – protect them, help them to serve You in all they do. I pray for Massey and the Cypress Bible Church (TX) crew as they finish up the house today. I pray that this experience will have a lasting impact on the workers and the homeowners. Be with the crew as they head back home and please keep them safe.

May 25th, Mon, 6:04 am