Paul writes: "For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us." (vv. 8-10). For Paul, what looked like the end of the road was just the beginning of a fresh infusion of God's power and favor into his life. As a result he went on to say that through it all he learned not to trust in himself, but in God "who raises the dead." It's when your plans look dead that, God's resurrection power begins to operate in your life in greater measure. As long as you have a loving heavenly Father to call on, a word from the Lord to stand on, and faith to activate it, you have every reason to rejoice. So come on—start calling on God today! Arid do it in faith—not doubt. Expect Him to release His power on your behalf; then watch as He turns your situation around. Why? Because now you're starting to trust the One who can really do something about it! Always remember that no matter how strong or successful you are, there'll never be a time in your life wl ieri you don't need God's grace and guidance. And the sooner you learn that, the better off you'll be.
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:29)
Whether we are Jew or Gentile, enslaved or free, male or female, so long as we are Christians then we are of Abraham's seed which God so long ago promised. So long as we find our identity in Christ, the True Seed of promise, we are the spiritual descendents of Abraham.
Week #30 schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 16-18
Monday: (History) 2 Kings 11-15
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 84-86
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 11-12
Thursday: (Prophecy) Ezekiel 31-36
Friday: (Gospels) Luke 21-22
Saturday: (Letters) Colossians 3-4