Daily Courage – October 20

 
from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

If we endure, we will also reign with him. (2 Timothy 2:12)

Pastor Samuel Lamb

Endurance means suffering here. In English the word “patient” is the same for a sick person and for a person who endures. A sick person cannot choose. He must be patient. As we suffer for Christ we have to be like the patient who must be patient.

Those who endure suffering for Christ’s sake are patients who are very healthy. They secure blessing upon blessing and will reign with Him in glory.

When we share in His sufferings we will also share in His glory. Do not complain about your sufferings – but pray for endurance. “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Not just prison doors but also spiritual doors of darkness and defeat. So that we might walk in the light.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Writer for the month – Samuel Lamb from China. This noted pastor was in prison for over 20 years. He is still under great pressure from the authorities. Hundreds attend his so-called House Church, especially young people. His story is available in a book Bold as a Lamb published by Zondervan, 1991.

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Overcoming the Comparison Trap – Beloved Women – October 20, 2020

Overcoming the Comparison Trap – Beloved Women – October 20, 2020

READ: “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” (Proverbs 14:30 ESV)

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: Social media is an extremely powerful tool to stay connected with close friends, family, and for networking. However, it can also be a dangerous comparison trap. When we scroll through polished pictures and meticulously crafted posts, it is easy to compare, and fall into the trap of wanting what “they” have. When we take our eyes off God’s blessings and have envy, it is important that we repent. God desires for us to have our hearts focus on the life giving ways in which God is moving in our own lives.

Today’s verse reminds us that envy and comparison will ultimately eat away at us. Today, I invite you to exchange comparisons for the sweet contentment in God. The enemy attempts to use comparison to steal our joy and distract our focus from God. Despite the enemy’s tactics, God has given us the strength to overcome envy and comparison.  Continue to give God praise for the abundant blessings in your life and celebrate how God is moving in the lives of others.

PRAY: Dear God, thank you for helping me find contentment in You alone. Please forgive me for times I have compared myself to others. Thank you for helping me to continue to celebrate the gifts of others, while continuing to use the gifts You have given me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

REFLECT: What is one area that you desire for God to help you overcome the need for comparison?

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Family Talk Night Light for Parents

GODLESS CHATTER

Turn away from godless chatter. 1 Timothy 6:20

In the past two weeks we have talked about cultural dangers facing your family today. One of the roots of these troubles is a philosophy called postmodernism, also known as moral relativism, which teaches that truth is unknowable. Nothing is right or wrong. Nothing is good or evil. The postmodernist is convinced that God, or anything resembling ultimate values, simply doesn’t exist. One of the foremost proponents of this philosophy is Peter Singer, a tenured professor and “bioethicist” at Princeton University. Singer wrote, “Very often it is not wrong at all [to kill a child once it has left the womb]. Simply killing an infant is never equivalent to killing a person.” This is where the postmodernists are taking us—to an almost total disregard for the value of human life.

We point out these disturbing developments to emphasize the influence of ideas on your kids and their behavior. Scripture says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7, nkjv). If your children begin to believe that they are the result of nothing more than happenstance, it undermines their motivation to be moral, lawful, respectful, and thankful—and to trust in an all-knowing, merciful God.

The apostle Paul urged Timothy to “turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Timothy 6:20). That is good advice for families, too.

BEFORE YOU SAY GOOD NIGHT…

Have you taught your kids that right and wrong exist and are defined not by the culture, but by the King of the universe?

How can you keep “godless chatter” from influencing your kids?

Almighty God, we unequivocally affirm Your place as the only authority on truth! Thank You that Your unchanging Word transcends the conflicted and evil concepts that dominate our day. Show us how to teach our children to reject any ideas that do not come from You. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Quotes from Peter Singer, Practical Ethics, 2nd ed. (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1993), 191, and Paul Zielbauer, “Princeton Bioethics Professor Debates View on Disabilities and Euthanasia,” New York Times, 13 October 1999, B8, as quoted in Family News from Dr. James Dobson newsletter, May 2002.