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Daily Devotion for July 25, 2017


Peace by William Strutt
Peace, by William Strutt, ca. 1875.

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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.




Troubled by Sin

Holy god, Lord most gracious!
Rebuke me not in your anger, nor chasten me in your wrath!
Holy you have called me to come to you.
I feel unworthy, for I have failed you again and again.
I feel like running away, yet you keep calling me.
Have mercy on me, and all of us, O God.
Have mercy!

Holy God, Father most gracious!
Rebuke me not in your anger, nor chasten me in your wrath!
Heal me from my sin, for I am troubled.
Deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
My sins trouble me, O God.
I am troubled by how they have hurt others.
I am troubled by how they have hurt myself.
Your ways are right! O righteous God!
And whenever I have failed to follow them
I have found out how right they are.
Have mercy on me, O God.

Holy God, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
have mercy on me for the sake of your Son,
who died to free us from our sins.
To you be honor and glory!

Amen.

For Those in Pain

Holy Lord God, bless and uphold all who are sick and suffering this day. Console them with your Holy Spirit, and if it is your will, bring their suffering to a quick conclusion. In Christ's name I pray,

Amen.

Benediction

May the God of hope fill me and all of us with the joy and peace that comes from believing, so that we may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

Which verses tell us that Christ surrendered attributes of His divinity, until His death on the cross?

Answer: Philippians 2:6-8



endless knot

Size Counts

“Dear Lord, be good to me...
The sea is so wide
and my boat is so small.”

~ Irish Fisherman’s Prayer


Blue Latin Cross

Genesis 39:1-6 (ESV)

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife [1]

Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.

So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field.

So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.


Notes on the Scripture

T

he captain of the guard was the person in head of the Pharoah’s personal safety. Comparing him to the Chief of the Secret Service in the US would not be accurate, for monarchs were in much more personal danger and their guard more sensitive to bribery. So, for instance, the captain of the guard at the Vatican in Renaissance times was an enormously elevated post; often such a person might sit on the ruling council.

Which is to say, Potiphar was one of the most important and powerful men in Egypt, which was in turn the most powerful and advanced country in the western world. Joseph did well, becoming Potiphar’s steward. He was no doubt a remarkable man, but he had a sizable advantage: God was with him.



Devotional painting of Saint Martin and the Beggar by El Greco
El Greco (c. 1598) depicts St. Martin tearing his cloak, to give half to a beggar.


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Matthew 10:11 (ESV): 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.



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