Monday, February 2nd

Monday, February 2nd

Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:1

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

Writing the Deep Six after the message has been a good thing. We have been doing this since this past September. This has allowed the Deep Six to become a stronger tool for helping our people go significantly deeper with Pastor Ben's messages. Since the first of the year the Deep Six (check it out: go to and then click on Discussion Notes) has included a Daily Devotional. The Daily Devotional is being provided separately from the Deep Six as well so that now many more people are finding help for going deeper with Pastor Ben's messages on the other six days of week whether they use the Deep Six materials or not.

So, this morning I am not only glad to be writing Monday's devotional after the message but after the Super Bowl as well. I had been wondering beforehand whether the emphasis this morning would need to be one of comfort or celebration. For a number of reasons I am glad we are on the "celebration" side of things. Celebration certainly fits in better with our focus this week.

Just like the Patriots and Patriot Nation fans are celebrating their Super Bowl victory, Christians everywhere have a victory to celebrate. It is a unique "celebration of victory" and it gives us a powerful foundation for living life as believers here on planet earth. The foundation is Christ but more specifically it is the fact that through him we can be strong in the game of life so that when all is said and done we will be victorious in the way we live and the final outcome of our living life.

The victory that we celebrate now is that in Christ we have been given a way to live life with true strength. The verses above are not as much commands to be strong as they are affirmations that in Christ we can be strong and will be strong. On our own we cannot be truly strong. On our own we cannot muster the kind of strength needed for competing well in the game of life here on planet earth. Throughout the week we will be helped to be strong in the game of life as we go further with the 5 coaching tips the Apostle Paul gives Timothy in the rest of our 2 Timothy 2:1-6 passage. But for today let's celebrate this victory: Jesus Christ has come into our lives and we possess his strength and therefore we truly will be strong and will compete well in the game of life.

Lord, you are awesome! We love you and worship you. We bless you and thank you. You saw how totally helpless and without strength we were for living life well and victoriously here on earth and you gave us the gift of your Son. Lord Jesus, forgive us for how we have minimized the impact of your presence in our lives. Help us to celebrate your presence and the strength that comes with your presence in our inner being. We do believe that we are strong because of you and we celebrate the victory of our new life in you.

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