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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Daily Devotion for September 27, 2010


<i>Christ Triumphant over Sin and Death</i> by Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1622.
Christ Triumphant over Sin and Death by Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1622.

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.



Prayer for the Morning

The night has passed, the sun shines its light upon us, and the day lies open before me. As I rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence fill me with love for you and my fellow man, holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Abide with me, I pray, now and forever.

Amen.

To Remember God During the Day

Dear Heavenly Father, I lower my head before you and confess that I have too often forgotten that I am yours. Sometimes I carry on my life as if there were no God, and I fall short of being a credible witness to You. For these things I ask your forgiveness.

And I also ask for your strength. Give me a clear mind and an open heart so I may witness to You in my world. Remind me to be who You would have me to be regardless of what I am doing or who I am with. Hold me to You and build my relationship with You and with those You have brought into my life on earth.

Amen.

Dedication (from St. Teresa of Avila)

May it please you, my good Lord, that there may come a day when I can repay a little of my great debt to you. O Jesus, strengthen my soul, you who are good above all good; and since you have inclined my soul in this way, show me how I may act for you, whatever it may cost, O Lord. Here is my life, my honor and my will; I have given them all to you and they are yours: use me to do whatever you want.

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 tells us not to beleaguer people who do not want to hear about Christ?

Answer: Matthew 10:14
“And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.”



endless knot

Obedience

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy. . . . It's not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.”

~ David Platt, from Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream


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Romans 3:9-18 (ESV)

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.

All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good, not even one.”

“Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”

“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known.”

“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”


Notes on the Scripture

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aving used both his own witness and logic, Paul turns to another source of proof that the Jews are not righteous before God. The Jews cannot consider themselves righteous, because the Jewish Bible, i.e. the Old Testament, says that they are not. The Old Testament is filled with condemnations of Jewish rebellion against the law.

Paul is not trying to hurt his Jewish listeners here. He is acting more like a caring doctor who is trying to convince a beloved patient with a silent but fatal disease, such as high blood pressure, to take medicine that will heal him.

He addresses primarily the Jews here, but he has already shown that God will judge the Gentiles. The psalm has general application to the entire world. None of us is righteous. We lie, we curse, we get angry and forget God.

At no time has this been more true than today. It is sometimes painful to witness the world we live in deteriorate spiritually, even as it grows in wealth. Schools and universities founded and dedicated to the glory of God seem to have joined the other team. Sixty years ago, a parent complained to the headmaster of St. Andrew's School that he was worried that his son would not get into Harvard. The headmaster replied, “We prepare our students for the kingdom of God, not for the kingdom of Harvard.” I wonder, today, how many educational leaders would say such a thing?



<i>Jeremiah’s Lamentation</i> by Marc Chagall, ca. 1956.
Jeremiah’s Lamentation by Marc Chagall, ca. 1956. In Jeremiah 20:7-18, the prophet laments the persecution and mockery he has suffered from preaching God’s Word to Israel.

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1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB): No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.


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