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Daily Devotion for June 13, 2018


<i>Gospel of John</i> with a painting of the Evangelist, Ethiopian Bible ca. 800 A.D.? This Bible is written in Ge’ez, the ancient dead language of Ethiopia.  The Bible is housed in Abba Penwolton Monastery, the first monastery in Africa, built around 300 A.D.
Gospel of John with a painting of the Evangelist, Ethiopian Bible ca. 800 A.D.? This Bible is written in Ge’ez, the ancient dead language of Ethiopia. The Bible is housed in Abba Penwolton Monastery, the first monastery in Africa, built around 300 A.D.

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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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To Belong to Christ

Oh loving Lord Christ, so eager to die that I might live,
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
Put me to doing; put me to suffering;
Let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you;
Exalted for you, or brought low for you;
Let me be full, let me be empty;
Let me have all things; let me have nothing.
I freely and with my whole heart yield all things to your will and direction.
And now, oh glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours. Let this be for eternity, I pray.

Amen.

To Be Free of Anxiety

Set free, O Lord, the souls of your servants from all restlessness and anxiety. Give us that peace and power which flow from you alone. Shield us from all perplexity and distress, that upheld by your strength and secured on the rock of your faithfulness, we may abide in you now and evermore.

Amen.

Meditation

[I am no longer my own, but yours.]


Benediction

Oh God who has made me, oh God who keeps me, oh God who will be my Lord through all eternity, shine down Your blessings and wisdom upon me like the sun upon a field; and may I keep You in the forefront of my every thought and deed, throughout this day, and evermore.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


endless knot

Proverbs 2:7-10 (NLT)

He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.

Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
and you will find the right way to go.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will fill you with joy.


Blue Latin Cross

John 5:41-47 (ESV)

I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.

I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”


Notes on the Scripture

“Glory” is not a word used as much as it once was, because it signifies a kind of praise and honor based on great achievement of moral distinction, not so common in our cynical modern world. It means a distinctly high-minded type of praise, so high that we want to bow down in reverence. Our celebrities today have no glory. We do not “glorify” Taylor Swift, or George Clooney. Some might glorify Donald Trump or Barack Obama, but our morally shattered society will not allow consensus. The one person who springs to mind as “glorious” to me, Mother Theresa, is played down by the media. reflecting the mass of people hostile to Christianity in general, and the Catholic Church, specifically.

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hrist here asks the question, how can we believe in him if we seek glory from others but do not seek the glory that comes only from God? We must remember the Scripture that precedes this passage: belief in Christ is the key to His grace, therefore the key to forgiveness of our sins and, ultimately, to eternal life.

Imagine a perfect person, someone who has never done anything wrong. Would such a person not deserve our highest admiration? Of course he would (and unfortunately, many hypocrites pretend to be sinless just in order to earn the praise of others). But the Bible teaches us that nobody is without sin. Only through Christ’s grace can our sins be forgiven, and only thus might we truly become glorious.

One of the cardinal attributes of belief in Christ is seeking after a deep humility, which poses a dilemma. We cannot advertise our “goodness”; we cannot actively seek the praise of men, if we want the true glory that can come only from God.

So Christ says, “if someone comes in his own name, you accept him; how can you believe (if) you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes only from God?” He does not say that we cannot accept glory from others, or give them glory “in their own name,” but He comes awfully close to it. This is especially true when we consider this passage with other of Christ’s teachings, e.g. “the meek shall inherit the earth.”

And thus we are relieved of our distress over the lack of glory given by society to persons of moral distinction. It is meaningless, for humanity cannot glorify itself. If we seek true glory, it must come from God; and ultimately His is the only opinion that matters.



<i>Jesus Preaching</i>, tinted etching by Gustave Dore, ca. 1875.
Jesus Preaching, tinted etching by Gustave Dore, ca. 1875.

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1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, . . . so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.


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Texas Girl says...
I have decided that when catastrophic events happen or even something significant happening like Trump meeting with Kim Jung Un, I am not taking my eyes off Him who created me and whose word lives in me. I will feel sad or happy for a moment but I am preparing myself for days when terrible surprises unfold to remember that God still reigns! He is not shaken and I will hold his hand by writing a bible verse on a card, putting it in my pocket and clutching it during moments of panic. My husband ... Read More
14th June 2018 10:25am
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Donna (Texas, US) says...
Thank you Mason for today’s Daily Inspiration. I think all of us want to stay in our safe small little worlds. God, however always has something better in mind.
13th June 2018 9:11am
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Lucie (UK) says...
Jenny, let the tears roll... the way you write, so personally and from the heart, are an inspiration to me. Today particularly, really resonates. Thank you and God Bless xx
13th June 2018 5:52am
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Nola Moore (Geelong, Australia) says...
Prayers needed for me to make a God lead decision. I pray that his good and perfect will is made clear to me. Pay with me and for me, in His name,Amen
13th June 2018 5:38am
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Rskshna (Navua, Fiji) says...
Please pray for me as I'm in need of a job which is near to my home. I really need a job please please pray for and pray with me
13th June 2018 2:59am
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Tom Peryer (Bath, UK) says...
The first prayer today is the modernised version of the Methodist Covenant Prayer - a prayer used in the Methodist Covenant service first developed by John Wesley himself at a service in London in 1755, although the form of wording of this prayer may not be that of Wesley himself. In the UK it is often used by Methodist churches at the start of the year. If used again in Daily Prayer, it would be good to give it its title and origin. However the first line in today's prayer has kept in from ... Read More
13th June 2018 2:34am
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Barbara (Sevierville, US) says...
It seems the author and origin of the prayer that you reference is of more importance than the content but not as important as making changes to it. The prayer can always be modified as you wish and recited in your quiet space.
13th June 2018 7:57am
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Mason says...
Tom, thanks for your comments. I like to attribute distinctive prayers. John Wesley attributed this prayer to Joseph Alleine, a Nonconformist (i.e. Puritan). I doubt I'll change it. I use John Wesley's version on Sundays sometimes, with attribution. But I agree with you, it is nice to note where a prayer has historical roots. I will say, I don't give a fig for "ownership" of any prayer. Those I write, which are numerous, I don't sign, but give to the world to use as it ... Read More
13th June 2018 9:13am
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Jimmy (Houston, US) says...
Jenny, I just wanted you to know, that I too have the leaky valve syndrome. YOU are not alone in more ways than one...
GOD Bless You and thanks for your daily inspiration.
12th June 2018 1:31pm
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Lyn (US) says...
Oh Jenny Calvert ......tears.......
12th June 2018 6:21am
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