Thursday - July 31, 2014

Diligently Seeking God

The Emptiness of Autonomy (July 30)


“Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20). WHEN GOD DOES NOT OCCUPY HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS, ONE RESULT IS THAT WE SPIN OUR WHEELS IN A FRUSTRATING SEARCH FOR SATISFACTION. Independence and autonomy seem like they would be more satisfactory than a constant state of neediness, but their promise ... Read More »

Captivated (July 28)


“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). IN THE WARFARE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, IT IS THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD THAT IS ... Read More »

Continuance (July 27)


“. . . eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality” (Romans 2:7). PATIENT ENDURANCE IS AN UNDERRATED VIRTUE. Qualities like love and courage and wisdom get most of the attention, but the simple willingness to keep on moving ahead is no less grand. And continuance — that plain, workmanlike ability ... Read More »

Seeking God, Serving Others (July 26)


“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). WHEN WE SEEK ... Read More »

Solid Self-Respect (July 25)


“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). FEW THINGS ARE GIVEN ANY MORE ATTENTION IN OUR CULTURE THAN THE QUESTION OF “SELF-IMAGE.” We use a variety of terms to discuss it — self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect, etc. — but our basic point is usually the same: a person ought ... Read More »

Particular People (July 24)


“By the grace of God I am what I am . . .” (1 Corinthians 15:10). ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS WE EVER TAKE TOWARD WISDOM AND MATURITY IS TAKEN WHEN WE ACCEPT THE SPECIFICS OF OUR OWN INDIVIDUALITY. Much of the first half of life is spent in the luxury of limitless possibilities. There is no place we ... Read More »