I love how God honors our desire to be in His word!
This morning I was starting with Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon. His devotions are not only just on one verse, but only one part of one verse. But often, the Lord uses that verse as a springboard into study of that verse or a larger passage, or even a precept.
We are so blessed in our culture to have simple and almost unlimited access to scripture. And one of the best parts of that is being able to read many different translations Whether it is the printed Word or Internet or e-Sword or an app on your phone, tablet or reader. . . HOLY COW! We are blessed.
Today's scripture was actually Philippians 1:21, but to get a context I started at the beginning of the "passage" with verse 20. I never got to verse 21. And reading in verse 20 of the New Living Translation, I read:
20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.
Here are my notes and prayer from this passage. I'd love to know what this passage means to you.
NLT - Do I have that kind of faith? The kind that says - "I fully expect and hope. . ."AND I TRUST THAT MY LIFE WILL BRING HONOR TO CHRIST." Lord, I want to be confident of that. But I think of the many times it hasn't and I don't know how to be so confident that I say it.
Other translations read differently:
NIV - (still eagerly expecting and hoping) . . .that I will have "sufficient courage" for Christ to be exalted in my body.
NASB - that "with all boldness Christ will even now be exalted."
If I trust you, you will be exalted. If I allow you to live through me, you will be exalted.
If I don't think about my shame, but yours, you will be exalted.
I praise you, Lord that you have given me everything I need for life and godliness. Live through me today.