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Daily Devotion for September 29, 2010

All Saints' Day



All Hallow’s Eve, Sanok, Poland.

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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.

This gorgeous setting of Faith of our Fathers could not be more different from the tune to which it is usually set; and the lyrics are in Russian!




Glory to God

Glory be to You, mighty God, for calling me into being;
Glory to You, for showing me the beauty of the universe;
Glory to You, for spreading out before me heaven and earth
Like the pages in a book of eternal wisdom.

Glory be to You for Your eternity in this fleeting world;
Glory to You for Your mercies, seen and unseen;
Glory to You through every sigh of my sorrow;
Glory to You for every step of my life's journey
For every moment of glory.

Glory to You, O God, from age to age.

Amen.

To Face Future Trials

O  Mighty and Merciful God, I know that I am going to face trials and tribulations in the future, possibly some I cannot even imagine. Help me to prepare myself now for the pain that life on this earth inevitably brings. Steel me with faith, Lord. Plant the foundation of hope, faith and joy so firmly in my being that, like the house built on a rock, I cannot be shaken, no matter what earthly suffering I may endure.

For I know, God, that the harshest life has a happy ending; and that when we see you face-to-face, we shall understand clearly what we now take on faith. Send your Holy Spirit to me, to buoy me up in the hard times of life, and to prepare me for the suffering that even your blessed Son endured, before He was glorified.

Amen.

Benediction

The blessing of the Lord rest and remain upon all his people, in every land, of every tongue; the Lord meet in mercy all that seek him; the Lord comfort all who suffer and mourn; the Lord hasten his coming, and give us, his people, the blessing of peace, this day and always.

Amen.


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Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

According to Philippians 2:8, how humble was Christ?

Answer: “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death . . . .”



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Psalm 1:3 (KJV)

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.


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Romans 8:1-8 (ESV)

Set Your Mind on the Spirit
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here is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


Notes on the Scripture

We must first keep in mind the preceding verses, which described something we all experience constantly. We want to do good but we choose something bad; the spirit is strong, but the flesh is weak. What can we do?

Angel illuminated Bible

Well, we cannot do anything by ourselves. One of the first things they teach in the worst cases of inability to control harmful action — addiction to alcohol or drugs — is to turn to a higher power for help. (In fact, the famous “Third Step” of Alcoholic Anonymous is: “[We made] a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”) God has done what the law could not.

Sin is not going to disappear from our lives or from our actions; we are imperfectable in the flesh. But the Spirit is within us. We can set our minds on the Spirit instead of setting them on the flesh, and it will make us strong in the face of temptation. Our sin will not disappear, but it will fall away.

For the Spirit speaks to us, just as the flesh does. By prayer, by meditation, by reading and study of God’s word, we awaken the Spirit within ourselves. We must “set our minds on the Spirit.”

We know that we should love others as God loves us; but remember, we are one of God’s children also. We must learn to love ourselves as God loves us. Love yourself, be good to yourself; love others, be good to them. To set our mind on the Spirit does not simply please God; it brings us life and peace even amid the tumult of our time on earth. If we live always in the Spirit, we will know a peace and joy in life that we could never have by listening to our flesh.

We cannot fight sin alone; only with the help of Christ can it be defeated. We must let our God feed us. By actively living in the Spirit, we will avoid so much sin that would be impossible to avoid otherwise. To live in the Spirit is to express our love for ourselves, really— to forgive ourselves as God forgives us. When we have full faith in God’s forgiveness of us and see it clearly, loving and forgiving others changes from a chore to a natural act of gratitude for all God has done for us.



<i>Breton Calvary,</i> by Paul Gaugin, ca. 1889.
Breton Calvary, by Paul Gaugin, ca. 1889. Many European locales have a “calvary”, a statue of the crucifixion situated on a hilltop; Gauguin found and painted this one in Brittany.

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