Daily Devotion for August 5, 2019
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.
In open fields of wild flowers,
she breathes the air and flies away.
She thanks her Jesus for the daises and the roses
in no simple language.
Someday she'll understand the meaning of it all
He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens.
As close a heartbeat or a song on her lips
Someday she'll trust Him and learn how to see Him;
Someday He'll call her and she will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and she'll pray,
I want to fall in love with You. [x4]
Sitting silent wearing Sunday best
The sermon echoes through the walls
A great salvation through it calls to the people
who stare into nowhere, and can't feel the chains on their souls.
He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens
As close a heartbeat or a song on our lips.
Someday we'll trust Him and learn how to see Him;
Someday He'll call us and we will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and we'll pray,
It seems too easy to call you "Savior",
Not close enough to call you "God"
So as I sit and think of words I can mention
to show my devotion
My heart beats for You.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Daniel Mason,
Matthew Ryan Bronleewe, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell
To Keep God in Mind This Day
Lord, let me begin this day in devout meditations, in joy unspeakable, and in blessing and praising You, who has given me such good hope and everlasting consolation.
Lift up my mind above all these little things below, which are apt to distract my thoughts; and keep it above, until my heart is fully resolved to seek You every day, in the path where Jesus has trod before me.
Prayer to Cast Aside Bad Habits
Mighty Holy Spirit, face of the one true God, help me, for I have slipped into bad habits. Something in me defies my attempts to change, and I feel compelled to do that which I do not want to do. I feel weak and ashamed, and I turn to you for help. Help me, dear God. Help me to resist this temptation. Lend me your mighty power to cast it aside.
You have graciously promised that you would not let us be tempted beyond our ability, but instead, would provide an escape for any temptation we pray to resist. Holy Spirit, show me my escape from my bad habit. Let me resolve to work on it, to pray on it, to turn it into a habit of good; for I know how you love righteous conduct, and my love for you longs to please you. Work your power to help me please you, mighty God; for I know that with your help, I can overcome any evil. In Christ’s name, I pray,
“The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.”
Lord, in utter humility I thank you and glorify you, that you might hear the prayer of one so small as myself, amidst the billions of souls among billions of stars in one of billions of galaxies in your universe. Let me go forth in your peace, keeping your Spirit always in my mind; and bless me, I pray, that I might always follow your will and live in the radiance of your blessing.
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.
Psalm 52:7-9 (NKJV)
“Here is the man who did not make God his strength,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
And strengthened himself in his evil desires.”
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
I will praise You forever,
Because You have done it;
And in the presence of Your saints
I will wait on Your name, for it is good.
Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV)
The Creation of Man
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Notes on the Scripture
od created us in his image, and after His likeness. Does this mean we look like God? Actually, we don’t know! Certainly God has appeared to men looking like something other than a human being: A burning bush, a flash of light, etc. But we also see God or his messenger (an angel) very like a human being in appearance. Jesus was God; however, Jesus was made man and “emptied himself of his divinity”, so it would be more accurate to say he was made to look like us—well, he was one of us—than vice versa. Most adults, however, visualize God in more abstract terms, perhaps as existing in the entirety of space.
But the words “in his image” might mean something other than arms, legs and a nose. We have the capacity, of all the creatures known to us, to distinguish between good and evil. We have the capacity to think; we are conscious of our existence. And we have the capacity to exercise free will. We can do something or believe something purely because we decided that it is the right thing to do, even if it is contrary to our animal instincts.
Most Christians believe that these attributes are the image of God. However, we must always remember that a likeness is not identical to the original. We are made in God’s image, but we are not God; if we look in a mirror, we see an image of our ourself, but it is not ourself.
Still, we are special. Of all the gazillion things in the universe, only one of them (that we know of) was made in the image and likeness of God, and that is us. But there’s a catch: all the other people in the world, including the burglar stealing our money and the politician we cannot stand, are also made in God’s image. They are his beloved children and the likeness of God, and it is for that reason Christ told us that we may not judge one another.
One other observation on this passage. We are given the story of Adam and Eve first, telling us that God created the man and then, from his “rib”, created woman. Here, though, the Bible informs us that “male and female he created them” (in his image). For me, this is a safeguard against the toxic male arrogance that can creep into Biblical Christianity. Peter and Paul’s epistles differentiate between roles for men and women at several points, most notably concerning teaching in church and in marriage.
I take these teachings seriously; if we realize that the Bible is the Word of God, we must. But men must always have humility and an attitude of servanthood towards women, as towards one another, for the more fundamental truth is that all human beings are equal in the eyes of God.