The OC Daily Minute (Page 66)

The OC Daily Minute (Page 66)

October 9, 2015

Another way that joy comes is from the sanctifying effects of tribulations. “We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope” (Romans 5:3–4). We started this week with Paul giving us an example of being “overflowing with joy”. If we are not yet like Paul, he calls us to…

October 8, 2015

This joy also comes from seeing and knowing Jesus as Lord. “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4) and from fellow believers who work hard to help us focus on these sources of joy, rather than deceitful circumstances. “We are workers with you for your joy” (2 Corinthians 1:24). We are going to talk about this in detail this weekend, but our ability to manage our…

October 7, 2015

This joy we are talking about also comes from belonging to the kingdom of God. “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). It also comes through faith, that is, from believing God. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13). “I know that I shall remain…

October 6, 2015

This joy also comes from the Holy Spirit, not our own efforts or imagination or family upbringing. “The fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy” (Galatians 5:22). “You received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1Thessalonians 1:6). Take a minute today and consider your countenance and attitude. Do you find yourself regularly describing all of the…

October 5, 2015

In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy. (2 Corinthians 7:4) I believe the 2 primary ingredients that got the church out of the first century are the same elements that hold true today for us. Jesus said “the gates of hell wouldn’t prevail” against His bride and I’m pretty sure that at times it had to FEEL as though prevailing was exactly what was happening.…

October 2, 2015

I Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. This has been lots of thinking this week, hasn’t it?  Ok, so let’s end with some serious, necessary action if our character development is…

October 1, 2015

1 Corinthians 6:20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. We have been given freedom from the very beginning of our existence starting way back with Adam and Eve to make choices.  We all, wouldn’t you know it, decided to go with our own character development plan which was “my wants and desires are more important than my character”.  Jesus,…

September 30, 2015

Isaiah 40:25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. So, now that we have our minds moving in the direction of the kind of men and women that we want to be, let’s consider two theological tenets that will help us form a working definition of what integrity and character would look like.  Obviously, from the text on Sunday, we…

September 29, 2015

PHILIPPIANS 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Yesterday, I kind of left you hanging with the thoughts of what you might not want someone to find out about.  I left you there on purpose because I didn’t want you to act to quickly and just start cleaning up after yourself because sometimes we go into damage control as…

September 28, 2015

  PROVERBS 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. Step by Step was a popular song when I was younger.  I just showed my age, didn’t I?  Oh well, I might as well tell you the artist now too and get my man card revoked, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK.  I may or may not have seen a concert at Kings Island with the…

September 25, 2015

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Possibly the two most powerful words in this text are “And when”.  It gives this sense that the power was waiting to be released.  I mentioned in the message that when Jesus is a…

September 24, 2015

Acts 4:29-30 –  And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Asking for boldness is so mature and courageous.  I must admit that I am one who can’t help but naturally…