Word: You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2: 3,4.
Thought: In our day to day lives we have the challenge of loosing few pleasures to live a life for Christ, but we are called to endure these as a soldier of Christ because the place we are in is only the battlefield and we need to win over the world and try to win the world for Him. Just as a soldier who does not entangle himself on his own pleasures, we are also called to live in a way which is pleasing in His sight. We are ambassadors of Christ in the place where He has placed us – our workplace is one of the important battlefield for us: we have different affairs of life which is pleasing to the eyes and ears. good to do, but are we abstaining ourselves – it might be a gossip to a marketing white lie to a eye pleasing work or a social drink or pleasure which the world calls as fashion. We, as a soldier of Christ are called to live a life which is pleasing to Him who has enlisted us a soldier and we should not adapt to the walks of the world which should be the alien nation for the soldier of Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to walk in you and to live a life which is pleasing in thy sight. Help me not to the entangled by the works of the world, but lean on you and bear good fruit in you. Amen.
Word: “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord,“Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit,That they may add sin to sin; Who walk to go down to Egypt,And have not asked My advice,To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh,And to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Isaiah 30:1,2
Thought: Due to the enormous knowledge we gain from many other sources than the true pure word of God, we tend to move to Egypt and try to live in the Strength of the pharoah. We devise strategies and great plans with masterminds and the counsel of mighty men, but forget to seek the advice of God in our ways. It might be in our secular world, family or ministry, we should always listen to God who is best counselor and greatest adviser of all times and all situations. When we tend to rely on strengths of people, we move away from the path of God and fall to sin our trust is the Lord shifts to trust on people and we are deceived. We should be very careful in our walk in all walks of our life to walk with him in all our ways and listen to his plans, else we fall to strategic plans which are not from the spirit, but according to the flesh which causes us to sin and move away from him. Wait on the Lord, get the plans devised by him and have him as your strength and receive the counsel from the spirit which will lead you according to the will of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord. help me today to walk in your way and to have you as my strength in everything and let my strength not rely on the people of the world. Let your spirit advice me on the path I should take and counsel me on the way I should go. Amen.