Archive for July 20th, 2006

Good Intentions

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Please read Philippians 4:12-13 (NRSV) (The Message) out loud if possible.

As you read, consider these questions: What might God be saying to me in this passage? What jumps out at me? At the end of the reading, try to summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two before reading on.

My thoughts on this passage (Morgan Stewart):

A school billboard caught my eye this week. It read: Have a good summer. See you August 21st! Where, oh where, did the summer go? How can it be back to school time already? I’m shocked (nearly horrified!) to find there are but a few weeks before the school bells are ringing again.

I find myself thinking of all the projects I have yet to tackle, and trips and outings I have yet to take. What’s happened? My intentions were so good back in May.

This common situation reminds me of the scripture “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Matt. 26:41)

Often, it’s the same way for many folks regarding their Christian walk. We mean well when we say “I’m getting back to church” but our absences continue. We resolve “I’m going to start giving more to God” but then an unexpected expense appears and nothing changes.

It seems there are always obstacles standing between us and a stronger faith. Satan uses many tools to tear us away from a closer walk with God. In the face of such temptation, we would do well to remember Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” After all, there’s no trial you — together with God — can’t handle.

Thought for the day: God, help me to understand that you are my heavenly partner and eternal source of help and strength. Help me to resist the temptation to distractions and focus on accomplishing all that you call me to do. Amen.

Today, let’s join together in prayer for: Those we know and love who are ill — including Buddy Eaker and Tim Kingston in our congregation.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. Use the item above as a starting point, or consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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