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May the Spirit of God flow through your life
and the joy of God uphold you day and night.


Daily Devotion for April 26, 2018


<i>Annunciation</i> by Andrea Della Robbia, ca. 1475.
Annunciation by Andrea Della Robbia, ca. 1475.
This glazed terracotta masterpiece is in its original location, an isolated convent in Tuscany called the Sanctuary of la Verna (Santuario della Verna).

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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.




For a Cheerful Disposition in All I Do Today

Holy God, who has filled me with the joy of your grace and salvation, assist me this day that I may do all things I am called to do without grumbling or disputing. I call on your Spirit to assist me, that I may be blameless and innocent, a child of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation.

Let me follow holy Christ and all his saints: Let me shine as a light, a beacon in a world where darkness seeks to overcome us in every thing and at every moment. And help me to hold fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ’s return I may be proud that I did not strive in vain.

I pray this not for my own glory, but in all humility before you, to whom be all glory and honor,

Amen.

For Those Who Protect Us

Almighty God, I commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women who put themselves in danger for our protection. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Closing

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked will I return. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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

Name a Bible verse that specifically tells us, that our suffering on earth cannot compare to the joy that awaits us?

Answer: Romans 8:18
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”



endless knot

Psalm 25:1-2 (NKJV)

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.
Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;
Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.


Blue Latin Cross

John 2:23-25 (ESV)

Jesus Knows What is in Man

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.


Notes on the Scripture

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ere again we see John using the word “signs” to refer to the acts, miraculous or otherwise, that Jesus had begun to perform. People who see or hear about the signs begin to believe in him and actually, “believe in his name.” Believing in his name indicates a deeper kind of belief. We can believe in someone simply because we trust their nature or their abilities, but to believe in someone’s name? That is a religious matter; it indicates that they consider Jesus to be holy so that the knowledge and use of his very name has power.

It is not simply Jesus’ teachings that are important; it is his person. He teaches about God, but he also embodies God. He will bring good news to mankind, and teach many people — all who can hear him, who have not shut out the Word. But again, it is his person that is most important, because the physical suffering and resurrection of his body is what will come to define him most vividly.

The words “did not entrust himself to them” is a bit difficult. Literally, he did not put himself in their hands because he knew what was in their hearts; he didn’t trust them because he already knew them. But man also refers to Christ himself. He did not need witnesses because he already knew what was within him.

Also, we might conclude that he didn’t want to start a religious movement in Jerusalem, with a group of people who would start spreading his word, because they weren’t the people he wanted as the foundation of his church. He would entrust his teaching mission, and the spread of his story after his death, to only twelve carefully chosen apostles, not to whoever in Jerusalem decided that Jesus was their new rabbi. He knew that his apostles would remain faithful to his teachings; but he knew that, if he allowed the people who had come to him in Jerusalem to spread his word, they would corrupt it, because he could see into their hearts.



<i>Church on Lenox Ave.</i> by William Johnson, ca. 1944.
Church on Lenox Ave. by William Johnson, ca. 1944. (Lenox Ave. is the famous main street of Harlem, the African-American neighborhood in New York City.)

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