My flesh is weak


The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
(Mark 14:38; NIV). 

My flesh is weak,
And my way is long,

But my faith is firm,
And my spirit, strong.

My steps are slow,
And my path is steep,

But my hope is bright,
For our love is deep.

🖤

My beloved is mine and I am his.
(Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).


 

Lose yourself in God

We know how much God loves us,
and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

1. Lose yourself in God:
Live in faith, like Christ.
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Find yourself in God:
Walk with him today.

2. Lose yourself in God:
Live in hope, like Christ.
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Find yourself in God:
Talk with him each day.

3. Lose yourself in God:
Live in love, like Christ.
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Find yourself in God:
Join with him today.

4. Lose yourself in God;
Live in him, like Christ.
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Find yourself in God:
One with him, each day.

🖤

I have given them the glory you gave me,
so they may be one as we are one.
(John 17:22; NLT).


References

1. Walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT). 

2. God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

3-4. The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT). 


 

Joined

When I wake up, you are still with me (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body?
(1 Corinthians 6:15; CSB).

Wake with Jesus, joined in love;
Talk with Jesus, joined in prayer.
Go with Jesus, joined in hope;
Serve with Jesus, joined in care.

Laugh with Jesus, joined in cheer;
Weep with Jesus, joined in grief.
Eat with Jesus, joined in thanks;
Rest with Jesus, joined in peace.

Learn with Jesus, joined in truth;
Kneel with Jesus, joined in praise.
Live with Jesus, joined in faith –
One with Jesus, all your days.

🖤

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
(1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

 


Faith, hope, and love

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

1. Give faith
To the faithless, Lord,
I pray,

2. Hope
To the hopeless,
Far away,

3. And love
To the loveless,
Every day,

4. Then all
Will be joyful –
Come what may. 

🖤

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy.
(2 Corinthians 6:10; NLT).
 

 


References

1. By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; ESV).

2. You were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the people of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who previously were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:12; NASB20). 

3. As God says in Hosea: “Those who are not my people I will call my people. Those who are not loved I will call my loved ones” (Romans 9:25; GWT). 

4. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour -yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:9-11; NLT).

Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy (Psalm 22:26; NLT).

 


 

Give and take (#1 of 2)

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will leave this life.
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; CSB).

God gives us everything we have:
Kin, and friends, and neighbours.

He gives us everything we have:
All we regard as “mine”.

He gives us everything we have:
Health, and strength, and senses.

He gives us everything we have:
Flesh, mind, heart, soul; time.

God gives us everything we have:
Faith, and hope, and courage.

He gives us everything we have:
Think about this, and pray,

For we must prepare
To surrender each gift,

As Almighty God
Takes them away.

🖤

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
(Matthew 26:42; NIV).

 


Bear fruit

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Lord,
May my doubting
Wither, and decay;

But, may my faith in you
Gain strength each day.

Lord,
May my anguish
Fade, and die away;

But, may my hope in you
Increase each day.

Lord,
May my sins
Reduce, and cease, I pray;

But, may my love for you
Bear fruit each day.

🖤

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5; NIV). 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

 


Through darkness

He lit up the way before me
and I walked safely through the darkness.
(Job 29:3; NLT). 

Jesus,
Help us when we falter:
May we share your steadfast faith.
Lead us when we walk through darkness:
Show us, Lord, your narrow way.

Jesus,
Help us when we stumble:
May we share your constant hope.
Guide us when we live through darkness:
Teach us, Lord, your truth today.

Jesus,
Help us when we suffer:
May we share your changeless love.
Hold us when we pass through darkness:
Give us, Lord, new life, we pray.

🖤

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Love each other deeply with all your heart. For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.
(1 Peter 1:22-3; NLT).

 


 

You give me faith

By grace you have been saved, through faith –
and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
(Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

You give me faith,
So I can pray for others.

You give me strength,
So I can help them, too.

You give me love,
So I can serve with joy, Lord.

You give me hope
That I can grow like you.

🖤

The Lord – who is the Spirit –
makes us more and more like him
as we are changed into his glorious image.
(2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 


Pray

Never stop praying, especially for others.
(Ephesians 6:18; CEV).

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT). 

Pray for those you read about,
And everyone you see;
For those you only hear about,
And people on TV.

Pray for those you pass each day,
And everyone you greet;
For those who stop to chat with you,
And all who never speak.

Pray for those you’re glad to know,
And all you’d rather shun;
For those who want to put you down:
Yes, pray for everyone.

Pray for all your family;
For those you trust as friends;
And pray for all your enemies
Until your life here ends.

Ask the Lord to bless each one
With faith, hope, love, and health;
Then, when you’ve prayed for all the world,
Pray, lastly, for yourself.

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Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last,
and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).