A good solid look at this critical subject that is leading the mainstream of the church visible right back home to Rome.
Now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.
Father, Your Word encourages me to not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try me, as though some strange thing happened to me; but I rejoice to the extent that I partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, I may also be glad with exceeding joy. The exhortation speaks to me as to a son: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him.” Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those of us who have been trained by it.
I do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with my weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as I am, yet without sin. For in that Jesus Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those of us who are tempted. God, You are faithful, who will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able.
Thank You, Lord, that when trials and temptations come, You are with me to strengthen me, comfort me, and guide me.
1 Peter 1:6; 1 Peter 4:12–13; Hebrews 12:5; Hebrews 12:11; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 2:18; 1 Corinthians 10:13
Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or instructed Him as His counselor?
Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him,
And who taught Him the path of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge
Or showed Him the way of understanding?
Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket
And are regarded as dust on the scales;
He weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
Before Him all the nations are as nothing;
They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and worthless.
To whom, then, will I compare God?
Or what likeness will I compare with Him? (Isaiah 40:13–15, 17–18)
Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship.
Who among us fears the Lord
And obeys the word of His Servant?
Let him who walks in darkness and has no light
Trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. (Isaiah 50:10)
Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
By Your grace, I want to observe Your judgments and keep Your statutes, to walk in them; You are the Lord my God. May I keep Your statutes and Your judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; You are the Lord. (Leviticus 18:4–5)
May I fear the Lord and serve and obey Him and not rebel against the command of the Lord. (1 Samuel 12:14)
Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal.
May I not imitate what is evil but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. (3 John 11)
Growth in character
Physical health and strength
My activities for this day
Lord, there is no one besides You to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rest in You. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You. (2 Chronicles 14:11)
The poor and hungry
The oppressed and persecuted
Those in authority
Peace among nations
Current events and concerns
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)
I will seek the Lord while He may be found
And call upon Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6)
Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.
I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. (Psalm 7:17)
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be pleasing to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord. (Psalm 104:33–34)
God gives strength to the weary
And increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
And young men stumble and fall;
But those who wait for the Lord
Will renew their strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles;
They will run and not grow weary;
They will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29–31)
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