Good Morning! My name is Danny Jackson and I was asked to give you a devotional thought from the book of Philippians chapters 3-4.
KEY VERSES: Philippians 3:13-14, 4:19-20
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I picked these two passages out of chapters 3 and 4 because they go so well together. They are both giving the cause-and-effect scenario for us. If we are to forget those things which are of the past and strive to work towards the things which are of the future, we will most certainly receive the blessings of God. I have so much to learn from the Word of God since I am only a freshman at college. But every day that I pick it up to do my devotions, I am constantly reminded how amazing my God is and how loving and caring He is to all of us. It says in verse 20 of chapter 4 that we will receive the supply for our every need through Him! How awesome is that!
I know that everybody in the world has needs. I for one am loaded with them. To know that anything I need will be given or supplied for me by God just seems to blow my mind all the time. I know we all have made bad choices in life that are of the past and that we all wish that we could go back and change. I most certainly have things or matters that I wish I could go back and fix up. But the Bible tells us to forget those things because they have already happened and are long gone. We have to look forward and take it one step at a time or, as my mom says, “one day at a time.”
I would just like to challenge everybody to look at life’s challenges with a new look in your eyes. I want you to realize that you are never alone in life. You have your families, friends, and especially the Lord on your side. They are all there to see you through life’s constant trials and will always be there to help you out in any way possible. As one of my college professors told me yesterday morning after class, “We are all in a constant marathon. It is called life. Some of us may stumble and fall back, but we just need to get right back up and keep heading toward the finish line. Our coach is the Lord and He is the one waiting for us at the end of it all.”
Thank you for being a part of the Route 66 Challenge. Thanks for reading, and you have a blessed day.
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Mark 9:23, Proverbs 3:7-8
FAMILY: Mom – Margie Jackson, Dad – Bob Jackson, Grandma – Marge Jackson, Brother – Will, Sisters – Jessica, Amanda, Rebecca, Brother-in-law – David Marko
OCCUPATION: Student at Faith Baptist Bible College studying elementary education, youth ministry, and missions
MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT AT VBC: Disciple town with Jason and Nikki Butcher
DREAM VACATION: Venice, Italy, and Normandy, France
HOBBIES: Bike-riding, artwork, reading