The OC Daily Minute (Page 67)

The OC Daily Minute (Page 67)

October 21, 2015

Loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ… Philippians 3:7-8 ESV The third component is worshipping.  David is maybe the most intense worshipper we see in the Bible, however, I think Paul sums up for us here in the text above what it…

October 20, 2015

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31) Relational equity is another component that they possessed.  We have all been made wonderfully complex and full of flaws, but until we…

October 19, 2015

After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.” So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said….Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. ACTS 13:15, 38 There are five…

October 16, 2015

Romans 3:25 – whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Psalm 50:15 – Pray to me…

October 15, 2015

Hebrews 12:2-3 – We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God. Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up.…

October 14, 2015

Job 17:9 – The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger. Job may be our greatest teacher when it comes to being tough as nails through loss.  I can’t imagine losing what he lost and then being able to say “the righteous keep moving forward”.  My brother and sister-in-law lost my nephew, Dale Thomas, when he was 3 months…

October 13, 2015

Philippians 4:13 –  I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. Paul speaks in this text to followers of Jesus in Philippi and is speaking directly about the difficulty of being content, but the principal he applies to contentment is one that we can apply to all difficulty this life tries to offer.  In my mind, this goes right in with what we…

October 12, 2015

Job 1:21-22 – and exclaimed: “I left my mother’s womb naked, and I will return to God naked. The LORD has given, and the LORD has taken. May the name of the LORD be blessed.” Job neither sinned nor charged God with wrongdoing in all of this. Wanting to be tough is not a gender thing nor is it a personality thing.  Weakness isn’t attractive to anyone, honestly, but…

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…