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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Daily Devotion for January 22, 2018


<i>I Will Make You Fishers of Men</i>, by Edward Armitage, ca. 1858.
I Will Make You Fishers of Men, by Edward Armitage, ca. 1858.

Prayers

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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.

A message we all need to hear, from Kirk Franklin.



To Be With God Today

Oh Father God who made me, open my eyes that I may see your hand in all of your works this day and most especially in those you have made in your image. Oh Lord Christ, open my heart that I may see your holy presence surrounding me; blanket me in an impenetrable luminous cloud of godly love. Oh Holy Spirit, let me hear your voice like the uninterrupted roar of a great waterfall that cannot be silenced and cannot be stopped and cannot be overcome by any temptation of flesh.

Draw my heart back to your love the instant I begin to hate. If I am proud, drown my pride in your glory. Teach me to be careful in nothing when it comes to you, Holy God, and let me know and shine forth the truth: that all things are possible in Your Son, Our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Prayer for Fellowship

Oh Holy God, who has taught us that we should not be yoked with unbelievers, and that righteousness has no fellowship with unrighteousness; I pray that you will send into my life people who confess the name of Jesus Christ, people who love you and follow you and seek to grow in your Spirit every day. Let me be honorable and worthy before the profane world, dear Father, but also let me find more friends of sincere convictions, that I may follow your command to be in fellowship with other saints, and thus be reinforced in the holiness and purity of Christ to which I aspire.

And let me live in harmony and unity with other Christians. Let me know them and spend time with them, that we might share the blessing of your love. Grant that I might never feel lonely in my faith; and help me to let others feel the comfort of Christian community. In Christ’s name, I pray,

Amen.

Prayer of Resolve

I  bind myself to you this day, oh Christ, in your truth and in your sacrifice. I give to you my anxiety and my fear, my depression and my doubt, for you have promised to take them if we only ask; and I take upon myself your burden, for it is light and your way is gentle. May I keep this in my heart and mind all this day.

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

What Bible verse informs us that God’s grace “is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”?

Answer: Ephesians 2:9



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Psalm 96:7-9 (NKJV)

Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.

Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.


Blue Latin Cross

1 Corinthians 12:21-31 (ESV)

One Body with Many Members [2]

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require.

But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

And I will show you a still more excellent way.


Notes on the Scripture

In creating the content for this website, I have become acutely aware of the staggering amount of human time, work, and devotion that people have put into the work of doing Christ’s bidding. Simply the amount of scholarship and commentary on the Bible is unfathomable, and the people who have done all of this have included some of the greatest minds of the past two thousand years.

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ut, in considering those who have devoted their lives to Christ, we must also think to those who have done so much in other ways. Most all of them are forgotten by us. Paul was surely a great missionary of the 1st Century A.D., but we know him almost only because his writings and the Book of Acts became part of the canonical Bible. A handful of other early missionaries, we know slightly because they were canonized, and the occasional student of Christianity might read their story in a hagiography, or an artist might have remembered them in a stained glass window or painting.

But the vast majority of them did their work, and possibly died as martyrs, nearly anonymous to us humans. Of course, they served God, and they are remembered by the only one who counts. But it is important to us to remember that they existed. And they continue today, missionaries who dedicate their lives to the Gospel, practically unknown except to a group of villagers or homeless somewhere in the world, and to their sponsoring organization.

And if forgotten missionaries are legion, what of the number who simply gave their work in other ways? The sextons who swept the floor in thousands of little churches? Whenever Christians gather together for a meal in His name, someone cleans the dishes. They are, according to today’s teaching, given greater honor by God, that all the members of the body of the faithful “may have the same care for one another.”

We are fortunate in our situation, to have so many who have gone before. Let us remember occasionally, in our prayers, the millions who have served Christ, not only for their own salvation, but to clear the path for us, that we might join them in eternal light and love.



Devotional painting of Saint Augustine in his Study by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1490
Saint Augustine in his Study by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1490

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