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Daily Devotion for February 12, 2018


Christ, come to me you who labor and are heavy burdened

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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 Follow God's Will Today (by Chas. Haddon Spurgeon)

O  God, the author of all good, I come to You for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without You I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Your power.

Hold me up O God and I shall be safe. Preserve my understanding from subtlety of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil. May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Your blessing, and in which I cannot invite Your inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments.

Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food suitable for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or be poor, and steal, and take Your name in vain. May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Your will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to You, O God, be the glory.

Amen.

Save Me Lord

My Savior, do you invite me to share in the glory of the resurrection? Stay with me as I struggle to see how accepting the crosses of my life will free me from the power of the one who wants only to destroy my love and trust in you. Help me to be humble and accepting like your son, Jesus. I want to turn to you with the same trust he had in your love. Save me, Lord. Only you can save me.

Amen.

Meditation

[Accepting my burdens in life will free me from Satan’s power.]


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.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


endless knot

Comforts

Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find the readiest course to be rid of our comforts is to set our hearts inordinately upon them.

~ John Flavel


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1 Corinthians 14:26-33 (ESV)

Orderly Worship

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.

Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.


Notes on the Scripture

M

eetings of the early church in Corinth must have been a madhouse. At least several people would talk at the same time, some of them giving personal revelations, some of them giving prophesy or teachings, while some would speak in tongues and, apparently, more than one at a time, with no attempt to “translate.” Today’s passage has little to do with theology. Someone with authority simply needed to set down some guidelines of basic group meeting protocol.

One thing has changed, and possibly for the worse: In these early Christian meetings, unlike most services today, the congregation did not sit passively, without any active participation except to sing an occasional hymn (in most cases, barely audibly) and to pray en masse following a printed text. It is easy to see that individual action by personal initiative would be unworkable in a large congregation. But unless we have a smaller “Sunday School” class, or a prayer group, or something of that nature, we can go our entire lives without ever witnessing to our faith in public.

This is clearly a mistake. Faith in Christ cannot be delegated to a professional worshiper, not completely. If we do not speak our hearts and our faith in public, as an individual, we lose much. There is nothing that reinforces our faith so powerfully as giving witness, nothing that will validate our beliefs and give us a deep feeling of community. We hide our thoughts from the entire world. And we never feel the human support of someone saying “Amen” to our testimony.

This is an odd sentiment to express on an internet devotional site where, by the very nature of the medium, we cannot interact with each other face-to-face. We are relegated to a written “Comments” section. But at least, any of us who want to make personal testimony before others can do it.



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James 2:17: Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.


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TraceyW (Concord, US) says...
Thank you Mason for this site. But, my comment is more of an ask for a community prayer. My 78 year old father, Dave, has just landed in Guatemala on a mission trip. Sometimes he pushes himself too hard (so he can keep up with the younger folks). I ask that anyone that's moved to, to pray for him and his team. This is his 2nd mission trip. The first one was 2 years ago. He's very driven to work for the Lord. I just worry about him :) . Thanks, Tracey
12th February 2018 4:34pm
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Edward (Los Angeles, US) says...
Thank you lord for another day
12th February 2018 10:22am
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Amleset (Denver, US) says...
Thank you Lord for everything I have and for everything I am. I love you!!!
12th February 2018 9:37am
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Philip (US) says...
Praise the Lord and thank you for the work to bring the word of the Lord to someone like me.
12th February 2018 7:27am
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
PRAISE GOD FOR HIS ETERNAL LOVE! I FIND EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE TODAY TO BE ONE OF THE BEST YET. THE EDITORS COMMENT IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH,GOD BLESS YOU SIR! SO MANY CHURCH SERVICES OF TODAY ARE DEAD AND SIMPLY A ROUTINE ORDEAL. BRING THE SERVICES BACK FILLED WITH GOD'S PRESENCE,FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. YOU CAN WALK INTO A SERVICE AND IF YOU DON'T FEEL GOD THERE, THEN HE ISN'T THERE. BUT IF YOU GO TO A SERVICE AND CAN FEEL GOD, THEN OUR LOVING GOD IS SURELY THERE. IN HIS LOVE, ... Read More
12th February 2018 6:50am
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Barbara (Sevierville, US) says...
I believe that God is in all church services but if people enter with the attitude, "Okay, God, I'm here, what do you have to give me today"?, they will probably leave having never felt His love. But even if there is only one person sitting in the last pew that comes and says, "I am here in Your holy presence. May the Holy Spirit come into my heart and show me how to bring others into Your loving house." -- God's love is there.
12th February 2018 10:42am
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Antz Delva (Manchester, US) says...
This app is one of the best, every day I try to do my best to keep up with my reading. The words are just amazing and uplifting. I wish we had this site back in the days. Love it so such. I am learning and growing everytime I get to read a prayer
11th February 2018 9:34am
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Julie (St Clair, Australia) says...
I’m a new member but have been using this site for quite a long time ( honestly can’t renem how long. I’ve only just realised that the “Daily Inspiration “ is a link!!!!! so excited because now I can go back over past days and read them. Thank you for all the hard work that goes into this site. It’s my main link to the Lord as a severe physical disability ( plus other issues with my body) and being wheelchair bound has prevented me from physically going to church. I hope to soon ... Read More
11th February 2018 1:01am
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Laura S (Chicago, US) says...
Thank you so much. I too did not realize daily inspiration was a link. One more piece to add to my daily ritual. Love it. Thanks
12th February 2018 9:06pm
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