Verses of Strength, Peace and Confidence in the Lord
There are four verses that can shape any Christian’s life. When prayerfully taken to heart (and mind and hands and every other aspect in life) the Lord can use these words to move us forward in peace, in purpose, in strength and in confidence of what the futures holds for us in Christ.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
Although people from every tribe and tongue, race and nationality will behold the Lord in Heaven because of gracious and finished work of Christ (Rev 7:9-10), this verse is a troublesome verse for those not saved… yet. It is a source of extreme comfort to His people, who by grace through faith, trust in Christ alone for their salvation unto eternal life with Him. (Eph 2:8-9)
May the Lord empower us to take wonderful comfort and confidence regarding our eternal future from this verse. May He also lead us to pray for the salvation of those who don’t know Him as Lord and Savior… yet.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Our “fruitfulness” in life is directly related to the prayerful application of this verse. As we abide in Christ and He abides in us there is “much fruit” in our lives. When there is such a close relationship with Christ through His Word and prayerful ( John 15:7) there we find a life that can best be summarized as fruitful.
May the Lord truly help us that we so abide in Christ, and Christ in us that we will be as close to Him, as connected to Him, as a branch is to a tree.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil 4:13)
There are so many commands in the Word that seem ludicrous in the sense that we can actually live them out. But with all my heart I believe that the Lord’s people can grow in the prayerful obedience of His revealed will in our lives.
This obedience will not come about by our sheer will to obey. The only way that we can, “ 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you…” is when the Powerful Lord Jesus Christ strengthens us to do so… enabling us to live out what is commanded and encourage of us.
May Augustine’s prayer be our prayer as we seek to obey the Lord, in His strength, “Oh God, grant what Thou commandest, and command what Thou dost desire,”
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
This verse is either the cruelest joke in all the world or it is used by the Lord to be a powerful source of ultimate comfort and confidence to lovingly move forward in the life that He has for you. All setbacks, all triumphs, all tough times, all blessings, all bruises and all encouragements have been promised by the One who is the Truth to work together for the good for those who love the Lord God Almighty.
A.W. Tozer puts it succinctly, “With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack?”
May the Lord grant us the spiritual eyes to see things from His point of view and to trust Him to bring great good out of hard circumstances. He has promised to do so… May we prayerfully trust Him in this.
May the Lord grant you both a solid and sweet month in Him and with one other.
Thank you for being used by the Lord to be such a blessing to so many, including the Conkels.
Take care, have a wonderful month and worship Him well.
Worship Him well!
Pastor Dean Conkel
Home Bible Study Fellowship - Join us for this time of prayerful, interactive discussion centered in Scriptures that pertain to the daily lives of Dayspring and its people. Each Sunday Evening, 6:00 pm at the Strickland home, unless otherwise stated.
Beginning September 4, at 9:30 A.M. in the Library at the church, a new Sunday School Class will start. "True Woman 101 - Divine Design" This is a study on Biblical Womanhood and is for all teen girls and any other women who desire to study this topic. Let us learn what the Bible says about how God designed women.
October 1 - .Operation Chrismas Child Countdown Event 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Everyone is invited to participate in the Countdown Event to celebrate the shoeboxes and gospel opportunities that have gone out, not only from Dayspring, but from Monroe County to the whole world. You are welcome to bring a friend or two who may be interested in starting to work with shoeboxes, either for a church, an organization, or by themselves - Celebrate with us and be inspired as we approach the National Collections Week (November 14-21).
October 2 - Join the community from 2:30 to 3:30 on the sidewalk along North Lee Street (from I-75 back toward town). Park and meet at 23:20 PM at BB&T bank to obtain your signs. Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for one hour praying for our nation and for the end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Forsyth is one of over 1600 cities to form Life Chains.
The October WIC meeting will be October 3 at the home of Moveen Futch. Susan Leonhard will provide refreshments. November will return to the regular schedule (Second Monday of the month)
October 7 - Parents' Night Out. For more information: http://www.anchorofhopefoundation.org/#!parents-night-out/ofwf3
October 10 - Golf Tournament - The tournament will be hosted at River Forest on Columbus Day. The Early Registration price, $75 per golfer, is effective until Sept. 26. More information: http://www.anchorofhopefoundation.org/#!golf-tournament/lzhat