July 29, 2005

    Today’s Word of Strength

    Philippians 2 (The Message) Version

    3Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside,
    and help others get ahead. 4Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget
    yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
       5Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. 6He had equal status with
    God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status
    no matter what. 7Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and
    took on the status of a slave, became human! 8Having become human, he stayed human. It
    was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a
    selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death--and the worst kind of death
    at that: a crucifixion.

       9Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or
    anything, ever, 10so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—
    This morning I prayed like every morning that God would allow me to benefit His kingdom by
    allowing Him to use me as He desires.  Well, being moved by the Spirit I went into downtown
    Dallas and asked the Holy Spirit to bring to my path someone that God wants to bless.  I
    had a few ministry magazines and I began to pass them out and to talk as I did.  After I had
    given away my last magazine I ran into a young brother that grew up with me in the West
    Dallas projects.  This brother whose name is Ron had just got out of prison and was willing
    it seems to me to be encouraged by someone, anyone.

    The point of today’s message is that we as Christians have to be willing to give our time,
    talents and treasures to those that may have no way of giving back to us.  If we are to be
    truly used of God we must, I must be willing to acknowledge I am nothing, so that I can
    witness and share with those that are spiritually and physically broken.    Let’s not allow all
    of our temporal accoutrements to interfere with the love of God.  Amen.
    I pray this wisdom finds you today.

    In Christ
    Michael W. Roy

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