January 16, 2017

2 Timothy 4:17-18: “17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen..”

Look at the first three words in verse 17, “But the Lord.”  These words hold so much power and promise of the Lord’s deliverance.  Many of you have found yourself in circumstances that seem impossible to escape.  The loss of a loved one, not enough money in the bank, emotional or physical abuse…the list goes on.  If you are fortunate enough to be on the other side of these circumstances, then you have a “But the Lord” moment in your story.  There was a time when the Lord intervened and brought you out of the miry pit.  He restored you and delivered you from those insurmountable circumstances.  The only explanation is the redeeming power and love of the Lord.

What is your “But the Lord” moment?  Who needs to hear your story in order to find the pathway to restoration?  Take a minute to pray for our brothers and sisters of the persecuted church.  They really need the reminder of this promise of deliverance.    

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