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Daily Devotion for June 7, 2017


The Crucifixion of St. Peter
The Crucifixion of St. Peter

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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.



Prayer to Live for God's Glory

O  God, lover of Your people, help me this day to live entirely to Your glory. Let me be deaf to unmerited criticism and the praise of men. Nothing can hurt my new-born inner self, it cannot be smitten or die; nothing can mar the dominion of Your Spirit within me; it is enough to have Your approval and that of my conscience.

Keep me humble, dependent, supremely joyful, as calm and quiet as a dependent child, yet earnest and active. I wish not so much to do as to be, and I long to be like Jesus; if You make me right, I shall be right; Lord, I belong to You, make me worthy of Yourself.

Amen.

To Avoid Vanity of Ownership

Oh heavenly Father, who has created all things, you have given us dominion over much of your creation. I have taken this for granted, oh my God, until it seems to be my entitlement. Yet, it is not. The things of this earth and even my own body will not be mine forever, or even for much longer. One day soon my soul will be naked of every possession. They were given to me, and they will be taken from me. “From dust my body was born, and unto dust it shall return.”

Grant me always a sense of eternity when seeking possessions, when dealing with possessions, and especially steer me away from pride of ownership. For it is a temporary thing, and filled with sinful pride, to think that I am elevated by what I possess: my money, my house, my appearance, my intelligence, my achievements -- for all are things of this world. Turn my mind always to eternity and inhabit the forefront of my mind with the only true and enduring possessions I have: Your love, your grace, and your mercy. “The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. ” In Christ's name I pray,

Amen.

Closing

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked will I return. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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.




endless knot

Proverbs 15:13 (NKJV)

A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

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1 Peter 2:11-12 (ESV)

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eloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.


Notes on the Scripture

We are about to read through some of the most difficult passages in the Bible — not difficult to understand, but difficult for many modern Christians to accept. We must therefore keep today’s verses in mind, when reading the rest of 1 Peter, for they create a foundation to truly understand what he means to say.

There are two major points in this short passage. The first is the concept of the passions of the flesh waging war against our souls. These passions are not limited to physical appetites, such as hunger and sexual desire. In fact, most of what follows in 1 Peter deals with a passion that is not physical, but mental, the king of sins: Pride.

Pride sits atop the pantheon of sins in Christianity, because it blocks so much goodness and, of all the sins, is the most likely to create a direct barrier between us and God.

Like almost every sin, it has a natural and good counterpart. Most sin represents an excess or misuse of some natural, God-given instinct. Is it wrong to eat food? No. But when we become obsessed with food and abuse it, it becomes the sin of gluttony. Is it evil to want to buy a new car? No. But again, wanting a new car can lead us into sin, such as covetousness, pride, or gluttony.

Pride is the same. There is a natural and good human pride; there is nothing wrong, for instance, with feeling satisfaction about doing a good job. But this is tricky, because our instincts immediately begin to lead us into temptation: to feel like we are superior to others, to seek higher status, or to boast of our accomplishments. More subtly, natural and harmless pride can lead us to a feeling that we have made ourselves righteous by our good works.

The second concept in today’s passage is the idea of doing good deeds so that others (“Gentiles”) will see them and glorify God. We must avoid sin, because one of the greatest things that drives people away from Christ is the hypocrisy of people who call themselves Christians. Yet, one of the sins we must avoid at all costs is pride, including taking excessive pride in our good behavior! This can be tricky. If we behave well, we cannot let our good behavior make us feel better than others. We must always remember that we are saved by grace, not by our good works, and always examine our feelings pride in our prayers and meditation.



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Matthew 10:37-38 (ESV): He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter 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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