Tag: Psalm 73:23-24

Confidence before Christ!

Scripture reading for September 22nd: 2nd Kings 22-23, Psalm 73, 2nd Corinthians 5

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 5:6-10 “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body, and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

When we walk by faith in Jesus Christ we can be constantly filled with courage and confidence. It does not matter what is happening to us at the moment, whether we are facing death or suffering in this life. We are confident that it will be better to be with the Lord in our eternal home. We can also have confidence to stand before Christ Jesus at His judgment seat and know we will be rewarded for our faith and obedience. Our confessed sins will be forgiven and forgotten. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 73:23-24 “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to glory.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my courage and confidence in this life and for eternity. I am confident to stand before You because of what Jesus Christ did for me. Guide me each day to do Your will!

2nd Kings 23:25 “Before him there was no king like him (King Josiah), who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.”

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Straining towards the prize!

Scripture reading for September 5th:  Philippians 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Philippians 3:12-15  “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.”

Paul recounted his amazing life and the many things he had experienced prior to salvation.  He counted all his accomplishments as garbage for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus, his Lord and Savior.  But he still hadn’t arrived at the fullness of knowledge that was possible or that God desired for him!  So he described for the Philippians (and us!) his own attitude about his life and expectations for his future.  He put his past behind him and eagerly pressed on towards knowing Christ more fully!  This had resulted in his imprisonment and possible impending execution!  This understanding did not deter or distract Paul from straining forward in his quest for more of Christ!

Observations for over-comers:  Knowing Christ Jesus and one day seeing His face is the goal of each mature believer. We can’t live in the past or glory in past accomplishments but must strain forward, embracing the mission and trusting Christ no matter what!  “Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”  (Psalm 73:23-24)


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