Daily Devotion for July 5, 2017
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.
Well, I believe in my soul
And I'm going on home;
Hallelujah, oh Lord, I'm moving, move up.
When this life is over
I'm going to stick my sword in the sand;
I'm going to go on home to Jesus
Over in glory land;
I'm moving to the sky
In a heaven, on a high.
Well, all my life I want to know
Is why my Jesus loved me so.
Yes, oh Lord, I'm moving, move up;
I'm going to move up to the sky
To my home on a high.
I'm going to see my loving mother;
I'm going to see my father too.
I'm going to sing with the angels,
Tell them how I made it through.
Well, I'm going to move on up in glory,
Move on up in glory,
Move on up on glory,
After a while.
One of these mornings -
And it won't be very long -
They're going to look for me down here,
And I'll believe I'll be going on home.
I'm going to walk with my father,
Settle with the son,
Tell him all about this world,
That I've come from.
I'm going to see my loving mother,
I'm going to see my father too,
I'm going to walk around in glory,
And spread the news.
Well, all my life I want to know
Is why my Jesus loved me so.
Yes, oh Lord, I'm moving, oh Lord,
Move up, oh Lord.
Music and Lyrics: Traditional
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.
A Prayer by Anne Bronte
My God (oh, let me call Thee mine,
Weak, wretched sinner though I be),
My trembling soul would fain be Thine;
My feeble faith still clings to Thee.
Not only for the Past I grieve,
The Future fills me with dismay;
Unless Thou hasten to relieve,
Thy suppliant is a castaway.
I cannot say my faith is strong,
I dare not hope my love is great;
But strength and love to Thee belong;
Oh, do not leave me desolate!
I know I owe my all to Thee;
Oh, TAKE the heart I cannot give!
Do Thou my strength — my Saviour be,
And MAKE me to Thy glory live.
For Those Praying with Me
Heavenly Father, there are people praying with me, right now, whom I will never meet. I don't know their names, or what country they live in, or what they may look like, but I will know their souls, for we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that we might be united in the Holy Spirit, and that I will know and feel the kinship and love, in my spirit, of those who share these prayers with me.
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 be conformed to the present age?
Psalm 55:16-19 (NKJV)
As for me, I will call upon God,
And the Lord shall save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
For there were many against me.
God will hear, and afflict them,
Even He who abides from of old. Selah
Because they do not change,
Therefore they do not fear God.
1 Peter 4:1-6 (ESV)
Suffering and Sin 
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
Notes on the Scripture
The theme of this passage begins in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit . . . .” In fact, Peter wrote his first epistle largely to instruct and comfort suffering Christians; he addressed it to persecuted Christians who had fled from (or been driven out of) Rome.
e tells us that those who have suffered have “ceased from sin.” This must be put into context. First, his audience has suffered precisely because of their faith in Christ and their refusal to renounce their faith under threat of punishment. Their suffering “in the flesh” does not mean just physical suffering such as beatings; it encompasses all kinds of physical, mental and emotional suffering, for they had been impoverished, had been separated from loved ones, and had lost their jobs, homes, and even family members.
For clearly, we can suffer and continue to sin. Suffering in the flesh comes to everyone, for all kinds reasons or, even, no apparent reason at all. A Christian weak in faith may even be driven to sin by suffering. How many Christians have cursed God when faced with terrible life event, blaming God for their loss (and forgetting that what they have lost was given to them by God to begin with)?
So Peter’s statement that his audience have “ceased to sin” implies that they have suffered for their faith and have remained steadfast. It also implies that they have not been led into sin by their suffering by cursing their tormentors, but have defended their faith “with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:13-17)
If we can take this passage to heart, it gives us a model, a goal, a basic blueprint to become members of God’s own holy nation, living stones from which Christ can build His church. We must ask ourselves one basic question: If we suffer a great loss, is our primary prayer that God undo or avenge our loss? Or do we first pray that God give us such strong faith that our loss is made less painful by it, and we are comforted by the great joy to come?