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Daily Devotion for August 12, 2017


<i>Land of Beulah</i>. This is a restoration of a panel from <i>the Moving Panorama of A Pilgrim’s Progress</i>, a project to illustrate John Bunyan’s famous allegory, carried out by Frederic Edwin Church, Jasper Cropsey, Daniel Huntington, and others, ca. 1851.
Land of Beulah. This is a restoration of a panel from the Moving Panorama of A Pilgrim’s Progress, a project to illustrate John Bunyan’s famous allegory, carried out by Frederic Edwin Church, Jasper Cropsey, Daniel Huntington, and others, ca. 1851.

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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.



Light My Path

I  come to you, my God, asking that your Spirit guide me in prayer. Lead me to complete devotion in my moments spent with you, Lord, for your Son has told us to come to you and I want to do so, not halfway, but with my full heart.

I know from Him that prayer is for the good of all. For you, because it is your commandment; for myself, because you love me as no other and want to fill me with goodness; for other people, for I want to love them in ways that are not in my nature and can only do if your power shines fully through my existence.

You have sent us your Holy Spirit; let me know Him in all times and in all places and in every cell of my being. When I am confused, the Spirit will bring me wisdom; when I am angry, peace; when I am afraid, comfort. When I have puffed myself up with pride, the Spirit will gently dissolve my self-deception, so that fear and greed and foolishness will melt away and I will know you, and the security and peace of the only truth on earth: the love of Christ. Let this be, Lord, I pray. Light my path.

Amen.

Prayer for Holiness

Holy God, no one can put together what has crumbled into dust, but you can restore a conscience turned to ashes. You can restore to its former beauty a soul lost and without hope. With you, there is nothing that cannot be redeemed. You are love; You are Creator and Redeemer. I praise you with my every ounce.

I fear the lesson, my God, of the fall of Lucifer, full of pride. I pray you will keep me from such a terrible fate; keep me safe with the power of your Grace; save me from falling away from you. Save me from doubt. Incline my heart to hear your mysterious voice every moment of my life and thus be led to call upon you, for you are present in every thing and every moment.

Amen.

Meditation

[My self-deception.]


Closing Praise

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


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Psalm 88:9-10 (NKJV)

Lord, I have called daily upon You;
I have stretched out my hands to You.

Will You work wonders for the dead?
Shall the dead arise and praise You?


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1 John 2:26-29 (ESV)

Children of God

I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie — just as it has taught you, abide in him.

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.


Notes on the Scripture

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n yesterday’s Scripture, John told us how to identify an antichrist. This is not some horned demon, but simply, a baptized Christian who preaches that Jesus is not the Christ and denies that the only way to God is through Christ. Political correctness, which teaches us that it is rude to state or even imply that a Muslim or Hindu is not going to find eternal life, is damning millions upon millions of souls by separating them from God.

John, having warned the Christian world about such teachings in the previous verses, now shows confidence that his readers will not fall for such lies. He says, in effect, that since his readers had received the Holy Spirit, they already know better. His letter is not to correct a fault that they are committing, but simply to encourage them to abide with Christ.

He reinforces his point about the exclusivity of Christ as the means to God. If we know Christ is righteous, then we know that everyone who is righteous has been reborn in the Spirit through their belief. That is, not only is Christ righteous, but also, the only righteousness is through Christ.

Christianity lite, in which everybody is told that they will see their loved ones again in heaven, is no more than a fairy tale told to comfort a child in the hold of a sinking ship. It is a lie told to make people feel better as they make their determined way to hell, their head planted firmly in the sand so that they won’t have to hear the truth. To truly love someone is to lead them to Christ, not to tell them they don’t need Him.



1725 Russian icon of John the Evangelist

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Matthew 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.


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linda says...
Mason, this is a very sensitive subject.Very difficult for me personally to tell my circle of friends who beleive buddism etc are also, a wonderful way to connect spiritually with God.Me, in a quiet voice will speak up that what I've been taught is no man comes to the father but by me.easy for me, I have the holy spirit.don't want to lose my friends but they are misled.we don't argue or anything but I get silence on the subject quickly.
12th August 2017 9:53am
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A reader (Georgia, US) says...
Concerning John 14:6, I know people who believe different from me. I don't want to judge, so I don't say anything. If they were to question me personally, I would then share my faith. Maybe I'm wrong, but I believe that if they don't question me personally, they don't want to know, but I hope and pray God will reveal this to them because I do believe that Jesus is the way, and the truth and the light and no one comes to the Father except through Jesus. Also, I do not know ... Read More
12th August 2017 11:55am
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Mason says...
This is a way (one of many!) in which most of us fall short. I certainly do! It is a compromise with secular society, with "life in the world." And it is as worrisome to me as it is to you. But at least we do not have to lie to ourselves and believe that we are doing God's will, when we fall short, in this and many other areas. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 Anyway, my sympathy to ... Read More
12th August 2017 2:17pm
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joyce (US) says...
Would please ask to remember my 15 year old grand daughter Bailey in your prayers. Please pray the Lord will hold her up and guide her through this difficult time...also pray for her parents in their efforts to help her, using all resources in the Church and in their faith.
11th August 2017 10:12am
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Marge Paradis (Rockville, US) says...
The commentary today was on target with a recent discussion within my Sunday School class. Some members want to believe that good people, Jewish, and Muslims because of their goodness should not be denied a path to heaven if they don't believe in Christ. I know God has a plan and I hold onto to His Word! Thank you for this blessed reminder.
11th August 2017 6:35am
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