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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Daily Devotion for September 25, 2018


<i>Crucifixion and Last Judgment (detail)</i>, diptych by Jan van Eyck, c. 1430–40.</i>
Crucifixion and Last (detail), diptych by Jan van Eyck, c. 1430–40.

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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.

Amen.

What a great line: “If you’re tired of being the same, If you’re tired of things not changing, It’s time for you to get out the way.”



Praise and Thanks this Morning

Hallelujah! The sun has risen again and it is morning! And I have awoken into it, alive, breathing, thinking, knowing that the Son will rise again and I will be saved. What did I do to deserve this day? It is a gift from you. Glory and praise to you, my God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for filling me with life to live another day, for it is you who made me and not me myself.

I resolve to spend this day in the presence of the Holy Spirit, filled with his joy and energy, that I might accomplish your will, my God, and do what I can to deserve the joys of the day, for I know my time here is short. Be with me, oh Holy Spirit, to fill me with the energy and positivity and comfort that only you can bring. In Christ’s name I pray that thy will be done,

Amen.

To Honor Christ’s Sacrifice

For we are bought with a price: therefore let me glorify God in my body, and in my spirit, which are God’s.

O cleanse me from my secret fault, and keep your servant from presumptuous sins.

Amen.

Dedication

Walk with me, dear Lord, so that I may not be alone as I face this day, but always in your presence. Your joy is a lighthouse in a world often dark with sin, and I pray that I may reflect the light of your truth, to inspire others as I have been inspired. In the name of Christ, bless me this day, and all whom I may meet.

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Which Bible verse tells us, unequivocally, not to speak evil of the ruler of our people?

Answer: Acts 23:5



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Taking Action

“Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”

~ Edmund Burke


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Romans 5:6-11 (ESV)

Peace with God Through Faith
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or while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


Notes on the Scripture

People sometimes give their lives for a good person, a loved one, a cherished cause. But people don’t die to save their enemies. With one exception: Christ.

Crucifixion, Velazquez

In Romans 5, Paul tacitly depicts godless humanity as people waging a war against God. No matter how much God does love us, his wrath descends upon people fighting against him. They have made themselves his enemies. Modern feel-good theology has come up with slogans such as, “It doesn’t matter if you believe in God; He believes in you.” But of course, this is just the opposite of what the Bible says. The Bible tells us that, if we do not believe in God, we will know his wrath.

Humanity was entirely at war with God, filled as it was with sin, when Christ was born. Christ thus died for his declared enemies. Saying that we have gone to war with God, and that he will punish us for it, is not to say that God does not love us with a love beyond our imagination. This is what Paul is saying: Christ, unlike anyone else, died so that his enemies might live. Not enemies by Christ’s choice, for God’s love has never failed us, but rather, enemies by their choice.

Through Christ’s death, we were not simply justified before God; we were also reconciled with him. Justification is a legal concept, meaning that we will be found “not guilty” when we are judged. Reconciliation is a term of relationship. Our sin puts us in an adversarial relationship with God; our faith in Christ, because of His sacrifice, restores us to a relationship of love with God. Even if we made ourselves God’s enemies through atheism, idolatry, or simple lack of concern with righteousness, we can be reconciled through Christ by faith. Given the choice between the world and God, we have chosen God, and part of our reward is an ongoing, loving relationship with him.


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Matthew 10:37: He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me . . . . And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.


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Topic: Devotion for Day of September 25, 2018 | Daily Prayer
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Joe (Canada) says...
Brothers and sisters, i ask you all to please pray to the Almighty for my children whose marriages are spiraling out of control. Thank you so much
Today 9:02am
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Maureen (Tamworth, UK) says...
Please pray for two little girls here in Tamworth
Effy, three weeeks old she has brain damage
But is a little fighter!!
Amealia two years old,
Temperature spiking, which is delaying her second round of chemo,she is a very poorly
little girl thank you and God Blessxx
Today 3:50am
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Annemarie (Macleay island, Australia) says...
I think its vitally important to tell people they must be born again to enter Heaven and that the only way to God the Father is through the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior...God Bless Maranatha
Today 1:03am
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Pat Betterton (Qatar) says...
About a year ago I asked this group to pray for me as my husband was diagnosed with cancer that had spread. Thank God and thank you. He is on the road to recovery. Mason, if I may ask regarding Christ saying,”In my house are many mansions...”. What troubles me most about regions is their exclusivity. We have all witnessed devout and holy people from other religions. Could this not be taken to mean that they too will recognise Christ at their death, and there will be room for them? Again, I ... Read More
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bryan (US) says...
Dear Pat, you'll find your answer in John 14:6
Today 8:41am
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Mason says...
Whether or not any particular person might find Christ in time to be saved, who knows. It is up to God and not for us to know. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." Matt. 7:21 One thing is for sure. Nobody will be saved except through Christ. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6. Not a way; the way. The ... Read More
Today 9:59am
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Mike (Ringtown PA, US) says...
Mason, I have been waiting for an explanation like that. It is so aggravating when people say that all religion is created by man and lump in my faith in Christ. Now I have the right words for a proper response thank you so much. You are truly inspired by God!
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sharon (lower longley, Australia) says...
Thank you and God bless you for daily prayer and inspiration. It is wonderful start to the day.
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Joyce (US) says...
Mason, can't thank you enough for the explanation of the verse in the Daily Inspiration, today. The truth in that explanation of God's Word has certainly resonated with me, today, as I do some humble introspection. May God Bless you and all who make this site such a blessing for all of us who grow through it.
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