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Monday, July 16, 2018

Daily Devotion for July 8, 2017


Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit

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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.

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Glory to God

Glory be to You, mighty God, for calling me into being;
Glory to You, for showing me the beauty of the universe;
Glory to You, for spreading out before me heaven and earth
Like the pages in a book of eternal wisdom.

Glory be to You for Your eternity in this fleeting world;
Glory to You for Your mercies, seen and unseen;
Glory to You through every sigh of my sorrow;
Glory to You for every step of my life's journey
For every moment of glory.

Glory to You, O God, from age to age.

Amen.

To See Christ

Oh holy Christ, teach me to recognize your face in the people you put into my life today.

Amen.

Prayer of Thanks

Thank you, oh source of all abundance, for surrounding me with good things. But help me to remember that nothing of earthly value owns timeless truth. Let your immeasurable blessings transform how I perceive material benefits. Teach me to appreciate unchanging treasures: the wealth of your compassion, the grandeur of your wisdom, and the richness of reconciliation. Lighten my selfishness with simple faith. Help me to reveal your love more joyously. And strengthen me in grace, oh God, always to give the best that serves you most in humble gratitude.

Amen.

Meditation

[God’s unseen mercies.]


Benediction

I  pray that I may be blessed every step of my path this day by the great God of light. May your sun shine upon me; as the moon moves the tide, may your Spirit move my emotions with every grace and magic; may my heart sing with the voice of your angels and my hearth be warm; and may this and every blessed day You have given me be filled with joy.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


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This Moment

Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to accomplish, your starting point is forever where you are at this moment.


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1 Peter 4:8-11 (ESV)

Using Our Gifts

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies — in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.


Notes on the Scripture

W

e must love each other earnestly, sincerely, deep within our hearts; putting on a show is not enough. And “each other” in this context does not mean just the people we like, just the people who go to our same church or belong to our same denomination. By our nature, we are going to like some people and dislike others, and this is true in any group — even our own families.

Peter says this for the very reason that there are going to be other Christians who we don’t like. But the love he tells us to show and feel is the product of prayer and meditation. We must, in effect, forgive other people for not being more likable. We must realize that in part disliking someone is a product of our pride. In this, as in all things, we first seek to remove the “splinter in our own eye.”

The love that results will cover our sin. Not that it will “cover up” our sin, in the sense of hiding it from view, but cover it in the sense of taking care of it or attending to it. For when we take the effort to love others whom we do not like by our nature, many sins disappear, either totally or in large part: anger, pride, envy, self-righteousness.

Peter then teaches us to use whatever gifts God may have given us in the service of this love, not in the service of our pride or our greed. Teachers, deacons, and such leaders must avoid the pridefulness that our minds force upon us, as humans, when we serve in leadership positions. Christ, remember, washed the feet of his disciples, as a living example of the ultimate humility. The very fact that Christ lived, that he was born of a woman, is an historical act of humility by God Himself.

And those who serve must not be angry or resentful, feeling their pride has been hurt, no matter how lowly they might feel their position is. The reward is the same for all of us. We are all working together, whether or not we have the maturity in our faith to realize it.



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Matthew 6:25: Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


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Miroslav Mladenovic (Kitchener, Canada) says...
We need to think if someone suffered through his pledge, why he further insisting in trying to do same on new clericals. Is someone really naive and think that pledge is terminated to be broken. Is it enough once to say that this retorical pragmatism should stop. In Religion this is not allowed. Real services like military, police too. If some child felt in hands someones who in structural order doesn't belong to position this could be happen. Pleasently asking everyone to stop with talking ... Read More
8th July 2017 3:33pm
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Pat (US) says...
Are we missing it. We are quick to judge or codemm someone or anything. The bible uses the word practice at Galations 5:21. At 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 will not share or some bible says inherit God's kingdom. Read it for yourself especially verse 11. My take it doesn't matter how or feel or see a situation it is what does God say his word does not change. Yes he loves us all but he requires obedience. We have to stop being luke warm. I say yes pray for homosexual, gossip,liars,adulterous ... Read More
8th July 2017 9:25am
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Linda Sharp (winnipeg) says...
Mason, not a day goes by that I miss reading this site.Forgot about that song smile tho your heart is breaking..
8th July 2017 9:06am
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Jordan Long (Charleston, US) says...
Thank you for this daily study. I have been reading it off & on for the the last two years; it has greatly blessed my life & for the most part it seems scriptually accurate. I appreciate you listening to your recent reader's comment (Julie & later Barbra) in requesting to remove the prayer about homosexuality (which is now no longer on the site). I especially agree w Barbra when she said, "Lets leave the judgement to the One who has all the facts and sees the heart". I ... Read More
8th July 2017 7:56am
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Mason Barge says...
I cannot understand why people think that praying for those who commit homosexual acts is different from praying for those who commit any other sin. It isn't judgmental. All of us need to confess our sin and pray for mercy.
8th July 2017 9:24am
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Thomas Kraft (Concord, US) says...
So, we should lay all standards aside because we might offend someone? We should all march in gay pride parades? Sorry, I'm not going to condone sin to meet your "progressive" standards. You just want to "go along to get along". I have gay and bi friends and I love them to death but they know I don't condone it. It's not confrontational...I'll never bring them to Christ that way. But homosexuality is just the hot button subject these days because progressives ... Read More
8th July 2017 9:55am
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Bruno (Kitale, Kenya) says...
May the grace of the Lord be with you for this great work.
8th July 2017 2:37am
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Julie Cattaneo (US) says...
Hi, I try to read prayers everyday from your site. I've found them to be uplifting and inspirational, especially during my cancer journey. However, today I read that we need to pray for homosexuals because they misuse the gift of sex. That idea is barbaric! I think we should abolish this way of thinking and get with the modern times. God loves everyone, gay or straight. It turns my stomach when I hear or read such nonsense. Please don't print this anymore as you might be turning away ... Read More
7th July 2017 12:48pm
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Barbara M says...
I appreciate your comment. I think we all should look to Jesus as our example of how we treat each other. He did not judge or condemn. He befriended prostitutes and touched lepers. He also forgave the woman who committed adultery with a command..."go and sin no more." No one has any stones to throw at anyone and we would do well to continue to remove the planks in our eyes so we may see clearly. Jesus was the most aggressive with religious leaders who sat in judgement of others. We ... Read More
8th July 2017 4:40am
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Mikey Broaddus (KetteringOhio, US) says...
Barbara ,mis using sex is exactly what it is,God describes exactly in scripture so many parts of Sin that Hurt Us at the end of the day.
8th July 2017 7:38am
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Ian Kirby (Beamsville, Canada) says...
I agree, whilst I could not possibly embrace a homosexual lifestyle myself I see it not as an aberration but as a genetic disposition, no different than being left handed.
8th July 2017 10:13am
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Mason says...
Human desire seems to be the root of most sin. A practicing homosexual is in no different position than a married man in a strip club.
8th July 2017 10:40am
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Ann Brock Ludington (US) says...
You can download on Kindle the book (Lord Jim) for free on Amazon. Mason wrote about the book in his Daily Inspiration (Friday-07/07/2017). Grin
7th July 2017 11:48am
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Gigi (US) says...
The notes on the scripture bring it home. The end is near is often thought to solely refer to the end of the world and the 2nd coming of Jesus. Knowing that the end is near means also the end of individual lives is near and unpredictable manifests the need to live a godly live daily as the end for each person could be NOW. God give us the grace to live according to your holy will and to be ready to hear you say welcome home good and faithful servant. Amen.
7th July 2017 8:27am
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Antoinette power (Greene, US) says...
In my daily life as I travel around my heart breaks at the suffering of my fellow men and women. The homeless, the addicted souls on the streets I know that God is amongst us.one day soon he will gather all of us in his arms and grant us eternal comfort. The suffering around the world is so evident and devastating. Iwonder if we are truly our brothers keeper.we often are so quick to condemn
8th July 2017 6:32am
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