Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Saturday, August 1
“Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”
Ro 8:37 NLT
MAKING YOURSELF LOOK GOOD (2)
Everyone has problems. The only people who don’t—are in cemeteries. The real problem is—how we handle our problems. Often we try to solve them with our own power. How can you tell when you’re doing that? Because you’re tired all the time! You’re like the guy who said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Or we’re like the lady who said, “Just about the time I try to make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.” We say things like, “I’m doing okay under the circumstances.” Well, what are you doing under them? Someone has said that circumstances are like a mattress; if you’re on top you rest easy, but if you’re underneath you suffocate! What’s the answer? Take your focus off your problems and put it on God’s promises. Here’s one of them: “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble?” (v. 35 NLT). Paul answers, “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” The word “conqueror” means “one who overcomes by gaining control.” And Paul says that we are “more than” conquerors (NKJV). To be a conqueror means to fight a battle and win. To be more than a conqueror means to win a battle without having to fight. Jesus fights on your behalf; He does it in you, and through you, and that makes you “more than” a conqueror.
Sunday, August 2
“I will strengthen you and help you.”
Isa 41:10 NIV
THE POWER TO CHANGE
We go to seminars and conferences looking for a painless cure by which our lives can be zapped and changed. We go on diets. We join health clubs, and our enthusiasm runs strong for about two weeks. Then we fall back into the same old rut. We don’t change. We read self-help books, but the problem with self-help books is that they tell us what to do but can’t give us the power to do it. We are told things like: ”Get rid of all your bad habits. Be positive; don’t be negative.” But how? Where do we get the power to change? The word “power” occurs fifty-seven times in the New Testament. It is used to describe the most powerful event that ever happened—the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And that resurrection power is available to change your life today. The most important thing in life is knowing Christ and experiencing the power of His resurrection. Paul writes, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection” (Php 3:10 NIV). Again he writes, “I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead” (Eph 1:19-20 TLB). The Greek word for “power,” which is dunamis, can be translated in two ways: (1) “Dynamite,” which is an explosive force. (2) “Dynamo,” which is a constant flow of power. And in Christ, you have both. Through Him you can break the chains that bind you and the limits that constrain you, and walk victoriously in His power today.