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the-lord-is-near“The Lord is near.” – Philippians 4:5(b)

How often do we forget this simple fact? Even though God reminds us throughout the Bible he “will never leave” or “forsake” us, we tend to take life head on … alone.

Oh, we may have sought the “wisdom” of family and friends, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, “The Lord is near” and still waiting for us to give him a ring.

In verse four, Paul exhorts us to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Verse six reminds us to not “be anxious about anything” (easier said than done, right?).  Verse seven states, “the peace of God” will “transcend all understanding.” Why can all these things take place?

Because, “The Lord is near.” (We also forget, as His kids, He lives within us – can’t get much closer than that.)

It doesn’t mean we will waltz through life’s struggles or laugh past utter disappointments.

Life is tough.

The struggle is real.

But, “The Lord is near.”

He can give us a reason to “rejoice”, quell the “anxiousness” and provide the “peace” we cannot comprehend, if we only remember He “is near.”


As we travel through the peaks and valleys of life, are we tapping into the power of God that lives inside of us?



“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Everyone has traveled, or is traveling, through the wide gate and on the broad road. Age is irrelevant and Christians are not excluded.

Just because we are saved doesn’t mean we still won’t take the “on ramp” to the world’s highway. It’s a thoroughfare filled with promises of fun, happiness and great times without signaling what lies ahead.

The world’s road is like a playing field with no boundaries. Anything goes. No whistles blown. No penalty flags thrown. With no regulations, it must be more fun than a narrow path with guardrails and warnings? How many times have we become caught up in the chaos of the broad road? The focus is on us or keeping up with the Joneses. Everything must be bigger, stronger and faster. The promises it offers becomes a dizzying frustration leading to disappointment, discouragement or ultimate “destruction.”

Thank the Lord for exits. Exit sign

God promises in Deuteronomy 31:6 He will not “leave… nor forsake us.” As we “merrily” travel the world’s paths, exhausting ourselves along the way, God provides countless opportunities to exit back to the peace, joy and safety of His “narrow” road.

No matter how long we stay on the world’s path, an exit to paradise is always there. Ask the thief on the cross (arguably my favorite person, besides Jesus of course, in the Bible because we are all, in one way or another, a thief).

I think he would encourage us like this: “I was blessed to be dying on the cross that day. I could not have been in a better place. It brought me to my last exit ramp, Jesus.”


What road are we traveling on today, right this very moment? Do we need to exit to the road less traveled? The ramp is there. The choice is ours.




“Remember my chains.”  – Colossians 4:18

In his letter to the Colossians, Paul ends it with a simple request – “Remember my chains.” Paul is under house arrest in Rome and will be so for two years. 

Though Colosse was hundreds of miles away, Paul knew the power of their prayers would sustain and strengthen him during this difficult time. 

Unfortunately, chains have not gone out of style. 

In different parts of the world, Christians suffer major persecution, and are slaughtered because they claim the name of Jesus. Others face the “normal” daily difficulties, troubles, hardships, worry and stress life constantly brings. 

Chains bind, create fear, stagnation and steal the joy and hope God promises to all his “kids”.  

As Paul did 2,000 years ago, brothers and sisters in CHRIST are crying out today – “Remember my chains.” These people are not just a world away. They are right beside us. At work, school, on our teams and even under our own roof. 


Who do we know being weighed down by the chains of life?  Will we take time to remember their chains and bear these burdens with them in prayer today?

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