The Word for Today

Be Encouraged by Today's Devotion...

A great way to start off your day with a devotion that will encourage, inspire and bring hope for you today. Subscribe here

Love Praying for People?

Join the Vision Prayer Team...

If you're a prayer warrior, we'd love you to join our Vision Prayer team, praying for people who contact us requesting prayer, or praying for this ministry and its staff.

Thank you!

Your Support Changes Lives

Want to read some really encouraging stories of God at work in the lives of everyday Aussies? Here at Vision we hear them every day and we've gathered a few for you right here.

01, March 2018

Text size: A- A+

Secrets of Self-Control (2)

‘With the Lord’s help, they will stand.’ Romans 14:4 NLT

Put your past behind you. ‘One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal.’ (Philippians 3:13–14 NIV) This Scripture exposes a misconception that will keep you from gaining self-control: once a failure, always a failure! You may say, ‘Oh, I tried to quit my bad habit. In fact, I have tried over and over. I guess I’ll never be able to get control of this.’ That is a misconception. Paul says, ‘We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.’ (2 Corinthians 4:9 TLB)

Have you watched a baby learning to walk? They fall down a lot, but they don’t stay down. They keep on trying, and ultimately they succeed. How far do you think they’d get if they just gave up and said, ‘Some people were meant to be walkers, and some were not’? Failure in the past does not mean you’ll never be able to change. But focusing on past failures, however, does guarantee their repetition. It is like driving a car while looking in the rear-view mirror. You’re going to collide with what’s ahead of you. You have to put your past behind you. Few people had more failures than Thomas Edison, inventor of the electric light bulb. Most of us would have given up, but not him. He once said, ‘Don’t call it a failure, call it an education! Now I know what doesn’t work!’

When you realise sin doesn’t work, it’s a defining moment and your springboard to victory. A winner is simply someone who gets back up one more time than they fall down. So, the word for you today is: ‘With the Lord’s help, you will stand.’

SoulFood: 1 Ki 16:1–18:15, Mt 19:1–14, Ps 61, Prov 6:16–19

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

01, March 2018

CALENDAR
Select specific day

SMTWTFS
« FebApr »

SIGNUP
Email or print

Meet Bob Gass

Author of The Word for Today

Recent articles

For the Love of God – John Dickson

“The church has done terrible and beautiful things.But we hope audiences will ask the question, ‘Which of those two things is true to the Founder?” John Dickson.

Subscribe

To The Word for Today

Devotions for Youth

Donate to vision

Over 80% of our income is from the freewill gifts of wonderful people just like you.
So thank you for helping. Your generous support is 'Connecting Faith to Life'.