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Daily Devotion for September 26, 2010

<i>Jesus Heals Ten Lepers,</i> Greek icon-painting, date unk.
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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.


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Rise Up!

Rise up, oh children of light, and let us give glory to the Lord, who alone can save our souls. O Lord, as you withdraw sleep from the eyes of my body, grant me wakefulness of mind so that I may stand before you in awe and sing your praises worthily, all of this day.


Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.



“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

~ Andre Gide

Parting Prayer

Oh Lord as I face creation
Let me see with eyes made clear
By Your promise of salvation,
Never to return to fear.


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.

<i>Veil of Veronica</i> by Dominico Fetti, ca. 1612.
Veil of Veronica by Dominico Fetti, ca. 1612.

The Importance of the Bible

I seek the will of the Spirit of God through or in connection with the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also.

~ George Mueller

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Galatians 5:22-23 (Daily Prayer Bible)

Fruits of the Spirit and the Law of Moses (Galatians #88)

he Spirit, on the other hand, produces fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, fidelity, tolerance and self-control. In this, the Law and the Spirit agree, because the Law does not forbid such things.

DP Parallel Bible (3-Column) - Galatians 5

Notes on the Scripture

This comment by Paul, concerning the fruits of the flesh and the fruits of the spirit, might seem odd. The very fact, that Paul finds it necessary to say it, shows how sharp the friction between Christianity and Judaism was in the 1st century B.C. The Jewish leadership, of course, had murdered Jesus and large numbers of His most vocal followers. In fact, Paul’s conversion occurred when he was headed to Damascus for this very reason, to round up Christians for punishment.

Conversion of Saint Paul

But decades later, Paul finds it necessary to fight against a more subtle means of destroying Christianity: an attempt by Judaism to co-opt Christianity, by trying to convince Christians that, to find God, they had to follow the Law of Moses. Contradicting their efforts forms the core purpose of the Epistle to the Galatians. Paul’s main argument is directly antagonistic to Judaism. The Jews are not, we are taught, the inheritors of God’s promise to Abraham; there is only one primary heir, who is Jesus Christ, and we become inheritors as His adopted brothers and sisters and/or children. (E.g. Luke 20:36; Romans 8:15.)

One might think that Paul’s remark — that the Law and Spirit agree about “fruits of the spirit” — appears, at first blush, to be motivated by a desire to make his message easier to swallow. After all, his audience were people who had been convinced, or were at least considering the merits of serving the Law, as a necessary part of their path to salvation. One might think he is saying, “Look, you can do this and be at least partially amenable to the arguments of the Judaizers.”

But having called them anathema, which is about the strongest curse possible, it is probably more accurate to think Paul had no good word to say about them. Rather, having (hopefully) convinced his audience that Judaism was a “curse,” he now wants to bring them back to see the moral foundations of Christianity in the Law, as well as the historical and narrative foundations.

My Father’s business
“My Father’s business”

Jesus Himself taught that He has come to “fulfill” the Law, not to “abolish” it. If, as we believe, the purpose of the Law was to show us our sin, it did so by giving us correct rules about God’s will for the way we live our lives. In fact, Jesus’ arguments with the Pharisees, etc., never really contradicted the Law of Moses itself.

Rather, He showed us that the ritual was subordinate to the meaning. Marriage is a ritual; but the ritual can be empty words. The meaning transcends the ritual: when a man takes a woman to himself, and vice versa, they take their monogamy to heart, to become one flesh, not to lust after others, etc. We worship God in a ritual of some sort; but the meaning of worship is faith. God does not want to hear the words of love and praise; he wants us to experience love, joy and humility in relation to Him, within our deepest being.

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