TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, July 09, 2018:
Determined; stable; steady; unwavering; not open to persuasion.
Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Our world is changing daily and so fast it is difficult to keep up with it. Many people are seeking wealth, better relationships that benefit themselves, and power. What people find out is that these things come and go and there is no guarantee that security will be found in them that will last day by day. No wonder there is so much fear and despair in our world today.
For believers our reality is not based on our everchanging feelings or our inconsistent society. Our reality is built on our trust and hope in the Lord and belief in the unchanging truth of His Word. This gives us a foundation for life and not just for a short time or even just a day. We can find stability and security in our unchanging God.
No matter what circumstances we might face and no matter what happens to us, Paul gives us assurance in Romans 8: 35,37, that our certainty is found in our relationship with God. Bad things may happen to us but we will never lose God’s love. In tough times we may feel that God has abandoned us, but we can be assured that God will never abandon us nor stop loving us. God proved His love for us when He gave His life for us on the cross. It is important for us to understand that we must never allow our circumstances, no matter how difficult they are, to shake our faith in our Lord, because nothing can separate us from Christ’s presence in our life.
Is your faith in the Lord today unshakeable? When difficulty comes your way and circumstances seem overwhelming, can you respond with confidence and strength because of the certainty of your relationship with Jesus? The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 91:2, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” God’s steadfast and unshakeable love provides a refuge of comfort and a fortress of divine protection through all the dangers and trials of life for those who love Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Help each one of us in my family to be unshakeable in our love for You. Guide us to read Your Word in order to grow in our knowledge and understanding of Your unchanging nature. Give us a firm foundation of faith that cannot be shaken even in times of fear and uncertainty. Help us to put our total confidence and hope in You.
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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