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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Daily Devotion for January 17, 2018

Jesuit school for refugee Haitian children.
Jesuit school for refugee Haitian children.



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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Secret Garden, a Norwegian Christian group, is not as well known as they deserve; they wrote and first performed both this song and You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban’s great hit.

To Live in the Knowledge of Christ

Dear Jesus, I can open up my heart to you. I can tell you everything that troubles me. I know you care about all the concerns in my life.

Teach me to live in the knowledge that you who care for me today, will care for me tomorrow and all the days of my life.


For Strength of Faith

Heavenly Father, every life has its trials, and I have my share. Help me to see the challenges of life as opportunities to test my sincere and single-minded faith and to grow, and endure, and persist despite obstacles in my path. For people who have it easy in life develop no strength. As you have told us, the flower of wealth and fame is short-lived, for the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers it, and its petals fall, and its beauty is gone.

Give me confidence and strength in my faith, Lord, for the reward you give to your faithful is true joy and will never fade, but will remain when all flesh has been corrupted and all the things of earth have faded. Let me hold strong and steadfast through every trial and every temptation. All praise and glory to you, mighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Make your home with me today and every day of my life; be with me in all I do.



[People who have it easy in life have difficulty developing strength.]


Finally, let me go forth in thanks for the victory I have been given through our Lord Jesus Christ. May I be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and always remembering that in the Lord our labor is not in vain.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

endless knot

Before an individual can be saved, he must first learn that he cannot save himself.

~ M. R. DeHaan, M.D.

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1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (ESV)

Spiritual Gifts [2]

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Notes on the Scripture


ome people treat the Holy Spirit like an unattractive relative. They know he exists and must be invited to family events, but they try to ignore him, our of embarrassment, as much as possible. Primarily this occurs when people with quiet, more dignified personalities associate the Spirit with loud, florid outbursts of speaking in tongues or falling on the floor, the practices of some Pentecostalist congregations.

But Paul solves this (and other) puzzles for us, in today’s Scriptural passage. We do not, and we are not intended to, experience or even appreciate all manifestations of the Spirit. They come from the same God, but they are different in every person.

Some people find the Spirit sitting alone in a quiet room; some in a quiet church service; some in their workplace, in a classroom, in nature; some in a raucous revival. We must know that this is the same Spirit, and even if we do not relate to the expression of faith, understand and sympathize with others who are not like us; for it is the One God who is present, the same Holy Spirit who we know in our way.

The gifts we are given with which we may serve God are also different, as different as the people in which they occur. This is easy to see in the ministry. We have all known a priest or minister who was wonderful at dealing with the sick and bereaved, but whose attempts to give a sermon are agonizing. There are revivalists who can inspire us to heights of faith, and yet, they are helpless to explain theology. Some Christians can work at a charity for the poor, dealing directly with downtrodden people, but cannot lead a Sunday School class.

We must use the gifts we have, not bemoan the ones we do not, or feel envy or even defensiveness or repulsion, at those with other gifts. God’s view is the one that counts, and it may be quite different from ours. He may value the janitor sweeping the floor of a homeless shelter with dedication and love, practically unnoticed by everyone else, while a bishop sitting in his chair may have a troubled spirit.

We must do the best we can with what we are given, and God will judge us by our hearts and spirit, not by our earthly status.

Charity, St. John's Episcopal Church, Somerville, NJ. The piece was created in the Tiffany Studios ca. 1900.

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Comments (13)

Topic: Devotion for Day of January 17, 2018 | Daily Prayer
Coleen (Georgia, US) says...
This is one of the best interpretations I have seen for 1Cor.12:4-11. Actually, r it may be the best! Thank you!
Today 4:33pm
Ann Brock (US) says...
Paul stated: "When I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan,I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all ... Read More
Today 8:44am
Robert Sexton (Aston, US) says...
SmileEach day I open up my day by going to this site.On the Inspirations most always when I start reading them I can tell if you wrote it.You are one of the best. Keep up the "LORDS"work as you have been and may "GOD" bless you.You speak of the Amish often, we are in the South Eastern Pa. area and spend time in the Amish connunity. Good people.
Today 10:02am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Thank you for your most kind words. They are very encouraging. I am very familiar with the Amish people and their culture because I grew up in a County in Ohio that has many Amish families. To this day there are many who have remained my friends. May God bless you as you walk each day hand in hand with our LORD. Grin
Today 6:27pm
Gessy (Florida, US) says...
Praise God each and everyday, seek Him in all, joy, trials, despair, hope and faith to endure and patiently waits for Divine mercy and grace through all.
Today 8:11am
Michelle Greenfield says...
The lesson on scripture today about the Holy Spirit came from God but we all interpret Her in different ways was an answer to one of my prayers. Thank you for this passage on this day. God always knows what I need when I need it. Love this site. ✝️
Today 6:33am
Natan Asefa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) says...
Today 4:03am
Jane (Nairobi, Kenya) says...
I need urgent payers. The whole family due to immigrate to USA. Briefcase with all documents missing. Due to leave on 19th January . Pray with us to locate the documents intact
Yesterday 8:32pm
Stella (US) says...
Jane, praying you find your papers and God brings the best outcome for you and family. Please let us know what happens.
Today 8:38am
Victoria Jarvis (Saint Simons Is, US) says...
God bless you. Remember that during this dangerous time that our Father "...will detain you where He wants you to be."

Today 6:49pm
Ann Brock (US) says...
D. L. Moody stated: "If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!" Smile
Yesterday 3:51pm
John McFadden (Sparta, US) says...
God is awesome, He wants you to ask big, Ask the impossible.
Today 6:12am
Mason says...
My favorite: "If God is your co-pilot, switch seats." Smile
Today 10:27am
Bob Sullivan (Fairview, US) says...
Lol! Too funny and so true!
Today 7:57pm
Kimberly (US) says...
Great quote! Thank you, I needed that today.
Today 5:44pm
Michelle (Simsbury, US) says...
...could not edit previous comment...I meant Spirit
Yesterday 5:46am
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