TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, July 05, 2018:
Sufferer; martyr; a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Our world is rapidly becoming more godless. Violence is on the rise and terrorism is increasing rapidly. Those who believe in God are ridiculed and suffer persecution for their faith in God. It is little wonder that believers in many ways feel they are victims.
God knows that the Christian life is not easy. Many times, we are certain, you have felt you have been the victim of a situation. When you received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, He set you on a course. He mapped out all the bumps, turns, detours, hills, and valleys for you. He knew all the difficulties you would face. He knew long ago when you would become the victim in some situation.
He also knew when you would clash with the world, the flesh, and the devil. But the good news is that He did not just set you on a path hoping you would survive. He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell you, guide you, and encourage you. With the Holy Spirit, if you communicate and listen to Him, He will remind you of God’s faithfulness and power and you can remain faithful to Him through every difficult situation you face.
When the going gets tough, and it will, you can’t run away. You can’t quit. It is important for us to understand that the longer we faithfully obey the Lord, regardless of the circumstances, the stronger our faith becomes. We will become stronger and steadfast. Do not quit but persevere through all situations. You need not feel that you are the victim. You are a child of God who loves you, cares for you and will give you the strength to endure and keep on living for Jesus.
God chose Jeremiah to urge God’s people in Judah to turn from their sins and to return to God. Jeremiah preached and preached but no one listened. By the world’s standards he was a failure. He was persecuted, his life was threatened, and he stood all alone, a victim of his circumstances.
In Jeremiah 1:8 we read God’s promise to Jeremiah: “Do not be afraid of them for I am with you to deliver you.” God does not keep us from encountering conflict with the world but He has promised to be with us and deliver us from those who victimize us because we serve the Lord.
Take a moment today and read through the eleventh chapter of Hebrews where there is listed what is known as God’s Hall of Fame. All of these people endured some of life’s toughest situations. But they kept firm in their faith, not allowing themselves to become victims, and God took them through every ordeal they had to endure.
You are not alone; your sovereign Lord is with you in every situation just as He was with Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David and so many others. Call on Him today to infuse you with His power and wisdom and then obey anything He calls you to do. You are not a victim of your circumstances because the Lord will use everything that happens to you for your blessing and His glory when you are trusting in Him and seeking to do His will.
Our memory verse this week is found in Joshua 1:9.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Help me today to understand that I do not have to be a victim when I face serious situations in my life, but in Jesus I can be a conqueror. I call on You today to infuse me with Your power and wisdom. I commit to You that I will obey when You call. Help my family to stand strong in Your strength and in the power of Your Word. Thank You for Your promise to deliver us and to give us the victory.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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