Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Thursday, October 18
“It is God who works in you…to act according to his good purpose.”
Php 2:13 NIV
TIPS FOR TRAVELERS (1)
As you travel through life on your spiritual journey, here are two important tips to remember: (1) With God no experience is ever wasted. That includes the painful and difficult ones. We may impress people with our strengths, but we often connect with them best through our struggles. If you want to motivate someone, don’t just tell them about all you’ve accomplished, talk about the tests and trials you went through to get there. If you don’t, you may seem beyond their reach. Indeed, some of the experiences you’re reluctant to share may be the very things that will cause them to think, “If God could do that for you, then He can do it for me too.” In other words, you’ll give them hope. (2) To succeed in God’s kingdom, you must serve others. Look at Joseph. He used his talent, fame, and fortune to feed the world during a time of famine; his reward came afterward. When your goal is to meet other people’s needs you’ll always be rewarded, and you’ll always have a future. Jesus didn’t tell Peter to go out and gather a crowd together just so he’d have someone to preach to. No. He simply said, “Feed my sheep” (Jn 21:16). Pastor, if too many church pews are empty on Sunday morning, do more than blame the people. Ask yourself, “How’s the food? How’s the service?” As long as there’s a spiritual hunger that nobody else is satisfying, you have a future and a ministry. As you consider these two tips for travelers, pray and ask God to make them part of your life.
Friday, October 19
“In Christ…we find out who we are.”
Eph 1:11 TM
TIPS FOR TRAVELERS (2)
God’s will isn’t simply for you to survive, but to thrive (See Ps 35:27 NKJV). Satan will attack you, but he can’t separate you from God’s love or keep Him from blessing you. Satan will lie and say he can, but he can’t. Imagine his frustration over that! When you know God has promised you something, it gives you strength to overcome things others can’t. All the water in the sea won’t drown you as long as it doesn’t get into the boat. It’s what you allow in that hurts you! So guard your heart. Keep your vision alive and it will keep you alive. If you want the prize, be willing to pay the price. The reason many of us fail is because we trade what we want most for what we want now. No; the greater the challenge, the greater the reward that awaits you beyond it. Paul the apostle had his eye on the prize when he wrote, “Stand your ground. And…don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time” (1Co 15:58 TM). The only thing life owes you is an opportunity to grow. Moses walked away from a palace, Elisha walked away from a farm, and Luke walked away from a medical practice in order to follow God. It’s what you’re willing to walk away from that determines what God can entrust you with. So keep turning the pages, keep pushing ahead, tighten your grip on your God-given purpose. What you don’t have now can be yours in the future if you keep growing, stay focused, and remain faithful.