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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Daily Devotion for March 1, 2015


<i>Adoration in the Forest (detail)</i> by Fra Lippo Lippi, ca. 1459.
Adoration in the Forest (detail) by Fra Lippo Lippi, ca. 1459.

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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.



For the Spirit of Prayer

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord. Let your Holy Spirit guide me in my prayer and in thought, and grant me the grace to listen and hear your Word. Soften my heart, that I may be directed by your truth, and not the devices of my body and mind. In the name of Christ I ask this,

Amen.

A Lenten Prayer

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help me, who is assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of myself and all people, let all of your servants find you mighty to save; in Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

Covenant Prayer

I  am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.

Benediction

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; Make me perfect in every good work to do your will, working in me that which is well pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.

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.



stained glass window of Apostle Simon (“The Zealot”) Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California
This gorgeous depiction of the Apostle Simon (“The Zealot”) is found in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California. Little is known about him; he is depicted with a saw, because legend has it that he was martyred by having his body sawed apart.

Psalm 51:1-4 (NKJV)

Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.


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James 3:1-5 (NASB)

The Power of the Tongue

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.

3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.


Notes on the Scripture

We have a guest commentary today, from Dr. Ken Boa of Atlanta.

The first chapter of James develops the theme of the tests and trials of faith. It encourages us to gain a proper perspective so that we can respond to these trials with wisdom. The second chapter illustrates the first and exhorts us to unify belief and behavior in our lives.

At first glance, James 3 seems to have little to do with the first two chapters, but a closer look reveals that it is actually a specific application of the needed unity between faith and works. This chapter concentrates on what is simultaneously the most valuable and dangerous member of the human body--the tongue.

Our speech is perhaps the clearest index of our moral and spiritual character: For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart (Luke 6:44-45).

Whimsical creature from illuminated Bible

Chapter three begins with a warning to those who wish to be teachers of the Word. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment” (Jas. 3:1). The church needs teachers, and the Spirit of God endows certain believers with this spiritual gift. But it is tempting to desire this position for the wrong reasons, and our Lord often denounced those who became religious leaders to gain prestige and authority. Those who aspire to be teachers should examine their motives and calling, knowing that they will be held accountable for what they say. Because of the power and influence of the teaching ministry, there is a real possibility of leading others astray.

As James says, all of us make mistakes, and this is especially true in the things that we say. “For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well” (Jas. 3:2). Mastery over one's speech is a mark of true maturity, because no other area of life is as difficult to control.

James strengthens his point with a string of analogies. The first two relate to the power of the tongue in proportion to its size. “Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they may obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder, wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things” (Jas. 3:3-5a). Control the bit and the rudder, small as they are, and you control the horse and the ship. In the same way, the tongue can direct the course of a person's life and exert great influence on the lives of others.

Dr. Boa is devoted to a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England. I highly recommend a visit to his website, KenBoa.org, which is filled with free videos, written commentary, newsletters, etc.



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