Quiet Time with Jesus – Spiritual Perseverance

Friday, 23 February 2018

Finally, brothers, whatever is TRUE, whatever is NOBLE, whatever is RIGHT, whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY, whatever is ADMIRABLE – if anything is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY – think about such things.
— Philippians 4:8

Paul was pleading with Euodia and Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord (Philippians 4:2). Paul was telling the Philippians to rejoice, be gentle, not to be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present their requests to God. Paul assured them that the peace of God will guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus (verses 4-7). Paul told them to think good thoughts. Paul must have demonstrated the way of Christ and he encouraged the Philippians to put into practice whatever they have learned, or received, or heard from him, or seen in him. He assured them again (in verse 9) that the God of peace will be with them.

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Indeed, we desperately need the Peace of Christ to guard our hearts and our minds. Mahatma Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Thank You for this gentle reminder. Father, we repent and ask for Your forgiveness.

Paul said,

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with SOBER JUDGMENT, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
— Romans 12:2-3

Father, help us to take heed of all comments with discernment and humility. Help us to change, not into what the world expects but into the true image of Christ. We are accountable to You. Help us to yield to the Holy Spirit as He directs us.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.


Spiritual perseverance is actively thinking and practicing. If we experience disappointments, we are merely being purified and perfected to become like Christ. Let us learn not from the world but from the Spirit of the LORD – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and we will delight in the fear of the LORD! To God be the glory!

Lam Yee Ling