347 – The Word Refreshes
March 24, 1989
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Reaping sounds like a good promise. I’ll take it.
God is teaching me faithfulness in the long haul as I keep on track with Him. I am to bear with my sons and come to Him for inspiration, revelation, joy, strength, empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
My goals for the boys:
Philippians 1:9 that your love may bound in knowledge and depth of insight so you are able to discern good and evil and be pure and blameless!
and be filled with the fruit of righteousness!
v 12 my chains (my struggle to stay upbeat, loving, fair, patient & kind) will encourage others.
My exhortation to myself from Philippians: be set on rejoicing!
v 19 It’s all going to work out through the prayers of the saints and the help of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit will bring my deliverance (the ability to rise above the circumstances which would pull me down otherwise)
v 20 Paul expects he will not be ashamed through all of his trials and he expects he will have sufficient courage to continue so Christ will be exalted through him.
v 21 Christ is my reason for living. All my life takes on meaning and relevance and purpose because of Christ.
v 25 Paul chooses to keep on so they will progress in the faith
so they will be joyful in growing and advancing. (I see this in my sons, a joy and a camaraderie)
NIV note: Paul puts the needs of those he ministers to ahead of his personal preference. Such an example.