1 Corinthians 16

Yes, Lord! My life is in YOUR hands.
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“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” (16:13-14 NIV)
“Keep your eyes open, hold onto the faith with all you’ve got, stand up like a man, develop your muscles. Let your every act be an expression of love.” (16:13-14 Cotton Patch Version)
“Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (16:13-14 MSG)
“Keep alert. Be firm in your faith. Stay brave and strong. Show love in everything you do.” (16:13-14 CEV)

These words were some that You moved Paul to pen just as he wrapped up his first letter to the Corinthians, Lord. He was encouraging their steadfastness as they awaited his visit. How applicable these words are for us today, as we await Your return visit to us!

“BE ON YOUR GUARD” — Keep me aware of the tools the enemy uses to undermine or attack my faith in You.
“STAND FIRM IN THE FAITH” — Let nothing move me from the conviction that You are faithful to all that You say.
“BE COURAGEOUS” — Fill me with a boldness that draws its strength from knowing who I am in You and because of You.
“BE STRONG” — Strengthen me with Your power by Your Holy Spirit as You guide me in facing anything.
“DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE” — Continually shape my nature so that this is a natural part of who I am. Make me a reflection of Jesus. Amen.

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