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I’m not saying I do a great job of this, but I hear frequently that it is important, “as we age,” to strengthen our core muscles. I’m certainly not trying to build my “abs,” but I do work out at times just to keep my strength.
Regardless of age, we all need to keep strong spiritually so that we can stand against the attacks of Satan and not fall.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Eph 6:10-11 ESV
As you begin your day today, put on the whole armor of God, truth, righteousness, faith, the gospel of peace. All of these have to do with God’s word. Grow in knowledge and your armor will be stronger so that you not fall spiritually.***
Today is a day that so many think of love. By the way men, don’t forget your wife today. Back to the thought for the day. Valentine’s day is here. For several weeks you have been reminded to buy this and buy that for the love of your life. Love is more than buying. Love is giving yourself, and of course the greatest love is that of God. He gave His Son.
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:8-10 ESV
...but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:8 ESV
Give thanks to God today for His great love. It is because of that love that you have the hope of eternal life. And remember, that life will be spent in the presence of the loving God. What a wonderful thought.
What will you do today for the One who loved you so much that He gave His Son to die for you?***
Soldiers who have put their lives on the line in war and have been wounded receive the purple heart for their service. They deserve that honor. Many athletes receive medals and other awards for their accomplishments in the Olympics or on the professional field and court. They deserved the honor bestowed upon them.
There is one who is worthy of honor, not because of what He has done, but because of who He is. He is God Almighty, exalted above the heavens and the earth as God Most High.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised. Ps 18:3 ESV
Humbly bow privately before Him today as you approach His throne through the Lord Jesus Christ as High Priest. What a privilege to honor the One who is worthy of all praise and adoration. Even more so, recognize the importance of publicly assembling with the saints on the first day of every week to proclaim praises to the Great I Am, Jehovah, the eternal God.
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