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As You Cling

January 18, 2019

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As You Cling

As Paul sat in prison  for preaching God’s word,  he wrote a letter of encouragement  to the Philippians,  urging them to keep focused,  no matter what was happening  in this life.     In Philippians 2:14-16,  Paul wrote,

Do everything  without complaining or arguing,  so that  you will be blameless and innocent,  God’s children  with whom  nobody can find a fault  in the middle  of a crooked and perverted people,  among whom you shine like stars  in the world  as you cling  to the Word of Life.      

God’s children need  to be  “blameless and innocent”  in the eyes  of this “crooked and perverted”  world.     Why?     So that we can  “shine like stars”  to everyone around us.     Stars give light  to a night  of total darkness.     In this sin darkened world,  God’s word puts a light  on His love and salvation  in Christ Jesus,  so that we can put our faith  in God’s offer  of forgiveness and eternal life.     God’s children are  to give light and hope  to all those  in spiritual darkness.

People use the stars  to navigate around the world.     God’s children are to be examples  in this world,  so that others may come  to know  how they should be living  as they travel their life’s journey.

Stars are also evidence  of a Creator  who is almighty,  so that people are led  to search  for the Lord,  as they face their challenges  in this world.     Are we evidence   to the world  that we know our Creator and Savior?     Do others want  to learn more about God  from us?     Here we do need  to keep in mind  that there many  who rejected even Jesus  simply because  they did not like the truth  He stood for.     Also,  Paul was sitting  in prison  because there were those  who did not like hearing God’s word.     But,  that did not stop Paul  from striving to live  as God’s children should live  —  as a star  of light.

We can shine like stars”  only as we  “cling to the Word  of Life”.     If we don’t hold onto Jesus  as our Savior,  the world will see just another person  in this world — not a child of God,  who can help lead them  to salvation  in Christ.     So,  are we clinging to Jesus,  “the Word of Life”?

It makes a big difference.

As we hold onto Jesus  every step of our way,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your ways are so beautiful,  good,  and right.     You make us righteous  through Your shed blood  for our salvation,  and You strengthen us  to walk  in Your righteousness.     Thank You!”

Love,
Margaret

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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