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May the Spirit of God flow through your life
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Daily Devotion for January 23, 2017

<i>Jesus Before Pilate, First Interview</i> by James Tissot ca. 1886
Jesus Before Pilate, First Interview by James Tissot ca. 1886 (Brooklyn Museum)



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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.


Prayer for Renewal

As I start this day, oh Lord, I wonder: How will this day be different from any other day? Has my faith in you grown into a stale routine, or will I grow this day, closer to you than I have ever been?

Shake me up, Holy God! Rattle the door of my cage, set off my smoke detector, ring my doorbell until I answer the door! Let me read your Word until something new sinks in; let me pray until I hear your voice, until all smugness has given way to gratitude. By the power of your Holy Spirit, renew me afresh in your Word and power, today and every day, energizing me in your great commission. In Christ's name, I pray.


That the World May Find Christ

Almighty God, whose compassions fail not, and whose loving-kindness reacheth unto the world’s end; We give thee humble thanks for opening heathen lands to the light of thy truth; for making paths in the deep waters and highways in the desert; and for planting thy Church in all the earth. Grant, we beseech thee, unto us thy servants, that with lively faith we may labour abundantly to make known to all men thy blessed gift of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Prayer of Penitence

Almighty God, who does freely pardon all who repent and turn to Him, now fulfill in my contrite heart the promise of redeeming grace; forgiving all my sins, and cleansing me from an evil conscience; through the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus our Lord. And turn my heart to your will at every moment, I pray.


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.

Passion of Christ
Ecce Homo, by Anatoly Shumkin, ca. 2013. (Ecce homo is the phrase Pilate spoke when he brought Jesus out to the crowd; loosely translated: “Here is the man.”)

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Galatians 5:24-26 (Daily Prayer Bible)

Aligning Ourselves (Galatians #83)

24-25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. For if we belong to Christ Jesus, we have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

26 And above all, let us be aligned to the Spirit, not letting our egotism provoke or envy each other.

Verbatim Bible

24 But those of Christ Jesus the flesh crucified with the passions and the desires.

25 If we live by spirit, to spirit also we align.

26 Not must we become vainglorious ee Oddly enough, the compound Greek word is composed of the words “vain” and “glorious”. Although it is generally translated “boastful” (or even “conceited”, which seems a poor choice), the literal translation “vainglorious” (meaning boastfully vain) is far superior. , one another provoking, one another envying.

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Notes on the Scripture


e will use the Verbatim Translation for study today, as it is fairly comprehensible on its own. Verses 24 and 25 act as a summary for Chapter 5. It draws a parallel between our flesh and spirit, and the flesh and spirit of Christ. So initially, we have to see the similarities between ourselves and Christ.

One of the most important and powerful concepts in the Doctrine of Christ is his humanity. As our recent Memory Quotes teach us, Christ emptied himself of his divinity, in order to become more fully human. He had to sleep and eat, he had to learn how to speak Aramaic (and probably some Hebrew and even a little Greek), he had to be potty-trained. Most important, he had to be mortal; he had to die, something that a divine being could not do.

Jesus lived in his flesh, just like you or I. When he exhibited supernatural powers or knowledge, they were given to him by the Father. But although he live “in” the flesh, he did not live “by” the flesh. Where there was any conflict between the desires of his flesh and the will of the Father, he acted in conformity with the will of the Father and not his fleshly desires.

This was true “even unto death.” That is, he acted according to the will of God in going to his death on the cross, without protest (other than possibly in prayer) and without wavering in faith. Since our instinct for self-preservation is, possibly, the most powerful of human (i.e. fleshly) instincts, it was by his crucifixion that he most strongly proved his own faith in God; and in the process, demonstrated the faith that he desired us to emulate.

Christian girl worshipping cross in devotion

Yet we know that he felt the temptation of his flesh exactly as we do. If he saw a beautiful woman, he presumably felt desire for her. When Satan tempted him with making bread from stones, as he was starving in the desert, he felt an enormous temptation to give into his hunger. And above all, he felt as much pain and fear as you or I would feel, if we were beaten, mocked, and hung up on a cross in the hot sun to die.

So we must imitate him. We must allow our flesh to be crucified, despite our dislike of extreme pain and our fear of death — for our lives are going to end, and most likely with great pain. Our desires for wealth and glory in our flesh will be frustrated. Only in our Spirit do we hope to find perfect joy, peace, and life, after our flesh is finally destroyed by sin — be it our own sin or the sin of others.

Paul adds a final sentence at the end. The Greek translation tells us that we must align ourselves to the Spirit, and that this is connected to not provoking and envying one another by our “vainglory” — in other words, our first duty is that we not let our egos create divisions between us. We must “align” ourselves: we must all try to point in the same direction, towards God, rather than wandering off in our own personalities and pridefulness, as if we, rather than God, were running the show.

Living in the flesh leads us to mill about in an incoherent mass, each of us following our own nose. Living in the spirit leads us to move in one precise direction, facing towards God; not one degree to the left or right, in perfect harmony.

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