Today's Verse: Philippians 3:17

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

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This week our focus is on living by the Kingdom of God standards.

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Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.
— Philippians 3:17

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Some critics of preaching and preachers say, "I would rather see a sermon any day than hear one." I'm not distressed because people want to "see a sermon," but because some who preach don't "practice what they preach." Their hypocrisy discredits the message of Christ in the ears of our critics. As leaders — whether as friends, parents, or in positions of authority — our primary tool of influence should be our life of faithfulness, character, and compassion. Do you practice what you "preach"? All of us who seek to influence others redemptively, MUST! Why? Because most folks need to both hear and see the message before it becomes a part of them.

My Prayer...

Lord God Almighty, please forgive me, equip me, and make me fit for your service. Please help me, dear Father, as I try to live a life worth imitating and to lead others to Jesus. I know I can't do either of those without your power and grace transforming my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Philippians 3:17 — Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.