Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. Daniel 1:11-14
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8
But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:9-12
But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:32-36
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Often it is hard to keep going with God and His ways because we get tired of sticking with solid patterns of Godly living and the limitations and difficulties of life. Perhaps we need to take a fresh look at the tried and true components of Godly living that we have known and let God help us get in better shape in regard to these Godly ways. Getting and staying in good spiritual shape in those areas that have been a part of our Christian walk all along, requires endurance and perseverance. In addition, facing the challenge of trials and the suffering of mistreatment, calls for significant endurance and perseverance as well. Such spiritual fitness results in godly contentment with the resources we have for our physical lives here on earth, godly living in the midst of an ungodly world, godly acceptance of the hard stuff that comes at us from time to time. Yes, spiritual fitness will go a long way toward our having the endurance and perseverance we need to pursue and maintain an on “Top of the World” kind of life.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, it is hard to keep going, but I know you will help me to have the victory. I want to keep going with all that you have for me and I know that you will make the difference as I trust you moment by moment in the face of all that comes my way. Amen!
Posted on Wed, March 29, 2017
by Ken Hart