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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Daily Devotion for September 26, 2018


Stained glass depiction of the Pentecost.
Stained glass depiction of the Pentecost.

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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.

Prayer for Unity Among Christians

Heavenly Lord, let me be part of the solution to Christian unity and not part of the problem, I pray. Let me put first your command, that we bear with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Let me not be made angry or self-righteous by doctrine, but remember always who our true enemy is and direct my efforts to the defeat of atheism and the death that comes from living in the flesh. In the name of Christ, hear my prayer,

Amen.

Meditation

[“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”]


Parting Prayer

O  good shepherd, seek me out, and bring me home to your fold again. Deal favourably with me according to your good pleasure, until I may dwell in your house all the days of my life, and praise you forever and ever with them that are there.

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.



endless knot

Proverbs 6:32-33 (The Message)

Adultery is a brainless act,
soul-destroying, self-destructive;

Expect a bloody nose, a black eye,
and a reputation ruined for good.


Blue Latin Cross

John 14:15-24 (ESV)

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit [Part 1]

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.


Notes on the Scripture

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oday’s verses, and those of the next few days, deal with one of the most puzzling aspects of Christianity: The Holy Spirit. With the exception of people who worship in Pentecostal or Charismatic denominations, the Holy Spirit takes a distant third place to the Father and Son in most worship. People may pray to the Holy Spirit, and believe that he is a part of the Trinity, but still — the Holy Spirit is harder to understand than the Father or Jesus.

In today’s lesson, Christ really begins to speak in earnest about how his followers will live after his death. They will have difficulties. One of the benefits of Christ was that people could see him. He was right there in front of them, a regular man, preaching a wonderful message of hope and performing miraculous deeds. His loss, like the death or disappearance of any great leader, would create an enormous difficulty in continuing his work. It is human nature. People rally around a leader.

So Christ promises that, even though he will go where nobody can follow him (for a while) and nobody can see him, he will give them a Helper. Christ will “manifest himself” in those who love him.



Light of the World by William Holman Hunt, ca. 1854. This very early Preraphaelite allegory shows Christ knocking on a door, disused and overgrown with vines. It references Revelation 3:20 — “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

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“Promises, Promises”

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Matthew 10:37: He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me . . . . And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.


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