Philippians 1:3-11 ESV
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
I am not going to go into a lot of detail about this passage of Scripture today in writing, so you will have to watch the video for that part. But I just want to thank all of you who read these devotions, and who put likes on them, and/or who comment, if your comment is kind and not hateful or nasty. And the same applies if you read the poems or listen to the songs, all of which God has given to me to write, and if you watch these videos, too, and if you put likes on them, and if you make kind and thoughtful comments.
I don’t need the views or the likes or the comments in order to do what I do, though. I will still obey the Lord if I have none of them, for I don’t write for the approval of humans. But I just want you to know that I appreciate every view and every read and every listen and every like and all the comments that are not nasty. All of them and all of you encourage my heart. And encouragement goes a long way with me, no matter how small it is, because, as you can imagine, I don’t get a lot of encouragement because of what I share from the Scriptures, which is the truth of the gospel.
And that is because we live in a day and time when the truth of the gospel is being cast aside and rejected in favor of a diluted and altered gospel which is tickling itching ears and which is appeasing human flesh and which is not so offensive to the people of the world and to those who want to continue living in their sins. And since I am a minister of the true gospel, I get a lot of rejection, and I get ignored a lot, and I get some opposition, too, and so sometimes it gets really hard, like it was for Paul, too.
And today is my husband’s birthday. He turned 72 today. And we have been married for over 50 years, but it has not been easy going. We have had some rough times. But I want to thank him today for staying with me, and for all the things he does to help me physically (I am partially handicapped), and for all the help he gives me technologically, where I am lacking. I appreciate everything he does for me, and so I am publicly (and privately) letting him know today how very much I love and appreciate him. No matter what we have gone through, I am glad that we are still together.
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An Original Work / December 24, 2013
Based off Various Scriptures
The Word of God throughout taught.
Some people heard but did doubt.
Still others had faith in Christ.
By grace He purified them.
They turned from sin
And they obeyed Christ.
He opened up their blinded eyesight;
Turned them from darkness
To the true Light;
Forgave their sin by His might.
He strengthened them in their faith.
He said, “Remain my faithful.”
He called them to obedience.
By faith, they were so grateful.
By faith, they were to follow Jesus;
To daily sit and listen to Him;
To have such faith
That mountains could move;
To love those whom He gave them.
Be on your guard; courageous.
Stand firm in faith. Be thankful.
Take up the shield of your faith;
Protect against all evil.
Do not move from
The hope that you have.
Your faith in Jesus let it endure.
Hold to the truth;
Your conscience be clear.
Endure with perseverance.