“That’s the most selfish idea I’ve ever heard!”
Those were the hurtful and discouraging words my Mom’s friend whispered to her. They were particularly hurtful since she heard them just after Connie and I shared with our church family how God was calling us to pursue full-time appointments as IMB missionaries. I’m not sure she ever overcame the subtle doubts the phrase stirred in her mind.
I’d been reading “Stand Firm” for a few years at the time because the daily devotionals often touched on a current challenge in my life. In fact, there have been more than a few days when the scripture, the title, and the thoughts for a day surprised me with their pinpoint accuracy. Many times God has used a “Stand Firm” writer to bring clarity to a spiritual struggle at just the right time.
Although I don’t remember specifics, I can tell you that the Monday morning edition spoke directly to the spiritual battle Connie and I found ourselves fighting. The encouragement and resolve it gave me that morning brought a stream of thankful tears.
So, why am I writing this? Simply to bring to your attention a resource you may have overlooked. Maybe the Lord will speak to you through it, too. And, if He leads you to, I’m listing some other ways to use “Stand Firm” or “Journey” to add to your own personal ministry.
Here’s My List…
- To help you get into the habit of a daily quiet time with God.
- To realize that most, if not all, of your struggles, are common to all of us.
- Use it as a springboard to expand your Bible knowledge.
- Begin every day by placing the Word into your hand, your head, and your and heart.
- As a reminder of your in the of the Body of Christ.
- To gain the courage to “stand firm” on your convictions.
- To enrich your abilities as the spiritual leader of your family.
- To gain wisdom, you can use as a spouse, parent or grandparent.
- Give a copy of “Stand Firm” to folks the first time they visit your SS class.
- Give a copy to a neighbor, coworker or friend.
- Use relevant truths you pick up from reading it to start a spiritual conversation with someone in your sphere of influence.
If you are a “Stand Firm” or “Journey” reader, please share your ideas. Or, if you pick one up this Sunday, share what you experience after reading a few entries.
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55: 11