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Daily Devotion for September 24, 2010



Scenes from the Life of Mary (detail) by Hans Memling, ca. 1530. (See Full-size)

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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 Walk with Christ Today

Dear Heavenly Father, I am learning to understand what your Word says. Yet so often I simply hear it or read it and think about applying it, but get no further. I want to do it and intend to do it Lord, but it is gone from my mind so easily. I am deceiving myself if I simply hear it and do not make it a part of my life.

Nathaniel Currier|Christ Walking on the Sea

Please help me today to take one truth and apply it to my circumstances. Oh blessed Holy Spirit, nudge me, remind me throughout my day, again and again, for I know I will find freedom in obedience to your Word. I pray, show me what I need to focus on, right now and wherever the day might take me.

Change my vision. Embolden me to practice what you reveal to me, for I am confident of the blessings that come from life in harmony with your Word. My life is yours: I give it to you, of my own free will, and pray you to take it up and show me your path. In the name of Jesus, I pray this with all my heart,

Amen.

Freedom from Depression and Fear

O  Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and I feel my weakness and helplessness, give me the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help me to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry me, for, living close to You, I shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.

Amen.

Meditation

“No cross, no crown.” (William Penn)


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.

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.



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Faith

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”

~ Helen Keller


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Romans 6:12-14 (ESV)

Grace Expressed in Righteousness
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et not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.


Notes on the Scripture

We see what happens to people who do not believe in God. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, their lives are given over to baseness. In our society, we have a shared morality, but it didn’t come from the minds of men; it came from centuries of slow growth in a society where people were ruled by Christ.

Moral atheists do not understand where their morals came from. In Roman times, murder was not inherently wrong, because human life was not thought to have intrinsic value. There is no natural law proscribing the killing of another human being. Atheists who believe that murder is immoral do not understand that their belief came from God; and because they do not understand the origins of their morality, they do not understand that the secularization of morality must ultimately destroy it.

Without God, there is no morality. It has no anchor. In the Jews, it lived in the law; and in Christians, it lives in grace. We are dead to sin; as Paul previously showed, we died to sin when we were baptized.

If we have God’s grace, then, why would we offer our bodies to Satan? We know that we will sin sometimes, because death to sin comes from grace, not from a spotless life. Grace is forgiveness of sin, not its total absence. But this does not mean we should give ourselves over to it.

Much the contrary. Once we are given God’s grace, it is up to us to lead our lives as if we were the children of Christ. How can we preach God’s righteousness if we do not show it in our own lives? How can we plead Christian values if we do not live them ourselves?



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L’Apparizione (The Apparition) by Henri Martin, ca. 1895.

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Matthew 6:25: Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.



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