On my personal blog I posted on my New Year’s Resolutions. One area of my life that I hope to grow over the days of 2013 is my walk with the Lord. I aim to increase my daily Bible study, prayer journaling, weekly devotional time in a new women’s study and spend more time sharing my walk with the blog-o-sphere out there through dailycupofgrace.
The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. – Galatians 3:16 (NIV)
Think of the biggest promise that you made. What is to accept a college offer? When you said,” I do” to your spouse? How about when you decided to become a Christian? The weight of the words that are attached to a promise are heavier than the entire mass of the globe. When you make a promise, in my opinion, it better be for real.
I have made many promises that I have not been able to keep and trust between friends, coworkers and family have been broken in my lifetime. Broken promises are not easily healed or replaced. But we are human. There is one promise in our Lord that cannot be broken and supersedes all promises. Jesus will never let you down. Jesus will never break His promise with you. As Christians we should think and act like Christ towards our fellow-man and honor our promises to the best of our ability or forego making them at all.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. – Philippians 3:20-21
Patriotism and nationalism are common themes this week being that it was the birth of our nation on Wednesday. Although I am an American I, as Christians, belong to the Kingdom of Heaven. I often reflect back to my middle school and high school days where I never felt like I belonged. It was hard to face my fellow students and know that I was purposefully being left out. It wasn’t until years later that a good friend told me that we are not of this world. We must remain separate so that we can achieve the transformation that Paul is writing about in Philippians. We must transform ourselves so that we can be worthy of being in the presence of God in heaven. Whether it is attitudes, actions or ideas transformation is never easy. It something that needs to be improved upon every day.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.– Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)
Who isn’t tired these days? With all of the demands and distractions how could we not be? Well, turns out that this has been happening since the time of Isaiah. I used to feel that I connected more to stories in the New Testament and that they were more applicable to my life but this verse alone lends great wisdom from the Old Testament.
The youths were tired and weary, check! The young men stumble and fall, check! Who doesn’t stumble in their walk or even their work for the Lord. The constant battle with secular principles is exhausting. We are only human! And God made us this way. But in the same breath of acknowledging our weakness, Isaiah tells us that the Lord will renew our strength. So why are we not leaning on Him?
I often think about my relationship with coffee. Besides brushing my teeth, making coffee is the very first think I do in the morning. I depend on coffee, drink it multiple times a day and can’t think about going without it. Why do I not recognize God in that way?
Why isn’t praying to God or studying the Bible the first thing I do in the morning? How could I easily avoid finding the time for devotions or prayer in my life? And when I don’t have that in my life, why is it that it takes time to notice? I don’t get a headache that is unbearable. I get a lifestyle and outlook that unbearable. The part that convicts me the most is that knowing all of this, I don’t improve.
Despite that, God still love me. He is there for me when I stumble. He has made a promise to me. The last portion of the verse in Isaiah is that promise. That through God, I will run and not grow weary. I will soar and not grow faint.
Hi. I’m 25 years old and inspired by God. I find it encouraging to notice the small acts of grace in our daily lives, hence Daily Cup of Grace. I intend to combine my personal accounts of God’s grace as well as stories of people that I have come across in my life as middle twenties developing professional.