Dwell in my midst!
Scripture reading for February 10th: Exodus 25-27, Psalm 90, Philippians 1
Philippians 1: 27-30 “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.”
Even though Christ has called us to an abundant life here and for eternity, and dwells with us through the Holy Spirit, there is opposition that can cause us to fear. Paul, called of God, was in prison and facing possible death for preaching the Gospel. He wanted to encourage God’s people and wrote to them that even in this trial, those who were holding him had heard the Gospel. His firm stance without fear of death was a sign to those who opposed him of their destruction and of his own salvation. The holy boldness was from God indwelling Paul and it is the same for us. God is calling us to live lives worthy of the Gospel, free from fear and standing firm in our faith and confession. Our simple faithfulness will produce fruit and bring God’s favor and power. Try it! You will be blessed!
Exodus 25:8-9 “And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, an of all its furniture, so you shall make it.”
Prayer: Father God, in response to Your great Gospel, I have opened my life to Your indwelling Presence. Strengthen me today to boldly witness of Christ Jesus and not be hampered by petty fears. Unite me with Your people of old like Moses and Paul who stood firm and prayed for the people of God. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and favor to reach those needing the Good News!
Psalm 90:15-16 “Let Your work be shown to Your servants, and Your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands.”