"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Pictures for the Days

Posted by Emma on April 19, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Life's Race,Picture Perfect,Strength

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Cor 9:24

Often we will be the odd one out. The orange in a world of silver and green. We, as Christians, should expect to be different from the world. We are called to be the orange in a world of silver and green, to be righteous in a world of wickedness, to be godly in a world of ungodliness. We should stand out. Live in God’s will and stand out. Be different than the world.

1 Chronicles 9:13

Posted by Emma on March 15, 2009 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Strength

“besides their kinsmen, heads of their fathers’ houses, 1,760, mighty men for the work of the service of the house of God.” 1 Chronciles 9:13 

This verse stood out to me earlier today. Throughout the first several chapters of Chronciles, mighty men are mentioned. But up until now the mighty men have for the most part been mighty men of war. We are now told about mighty men for the work of the service of the house of God. I would not mind being described as mighty for the work of the service of the house of God. That is something I want to be know for and I want even more to be know as mighty for the service of God, since the Temple, God’s house is no longer around. We are told however that Believers are the temple of the Holy Spirit, so I can be mighty for the service of that temple by servicing other believers. Doing good to those that are of the household of faith and to all people. Although it will take a lot of work and effort, I think living so that we will be known as mighty for the work of the service of God and the house of God would be a good goal to have.

Mighty Men part 2

Posted by Emma on January 27, 2009 | Filed under: Character,Strength

2 Samuel 23 goes beyond just describing the mighty men. It also includes an act that the three mightiest of the mighty men did. I’ve been contemplating that act for the past few days. It is a very daring feat.

“And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David longed, and said, ‘Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!’ And the three mighty men broke through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord. And he said, ‘Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives?’ Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.” 2 Samuel 23:14-17 

These mighty men had character. In this story we see that they were willing to risk their lives for the wishes of their authority. David did not order them to go get him water. He merely wished to have a drink of that water. These three men picked up on that wish and worked together to see it accomplished. How often do I hear my authorities wish something and just brush it aside because it does not seem reasonable or it is not convenient. I do not think it was very convenient for the these men to break through the host of the Philistines and draw some water. It would have been very easy and acceptable for them to do nothing about that wish. They had something unique in them. Maybe they did not know what easy was. They did a lot of hard things. But I think it was more than that. I think they honored, respected and loved David enough to do whatever was required to please him. I know I do not always have that kind of love for my parents, but what would happen if I did? If I want to be mighty, I need to work on honor and respect. I need to not pass by the wishes of my authorities. I must do what I can to see that they are fulfilled, even when it is not convenient or does not seem possible. I should look for the possibility. Not only should I be carrying out the wishes of my authorities on earth, but more importantly I should be carrying out the wishes of my heavenly Father. I should seek to fulfill His wishes with all my might and serve Him with all my strength. That is a way I can be mighty and use that might for a good purpose. 

Mighty Men part 1 | Mighty Men part 2