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Daily Devotion for September 29, 2010

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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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Redeem Me

No one can put together what has crumbled into dust, but You, Mighty God, can restore even a conscience turned to ashes. You, and You alone, can restore a soul lost and without hope to its former beauty. You are my creator and my redeemer. You are love. I praise You with all my heart for your power and mercy.

I remember the fall of Lucifer, full of pride, and I pray that You will protect me from his fate. Keep me safe with the power of Your grace; save me from falling away from You. Save me from doubt. Incline my heart to hear Your mysterious voice and to call upon Your power, every moment of my life. For you are present in everything, always.


For Strength of Faith

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Heavenly Father, every life has its trials, and I have my share. Help me to see the challenges of life as opportunities to test my sincere and single-minded faith and to grow, and endure, and persist despite obstacles in my path. For people who have it easy in life develop no strength. As you have told us, the flower of wealth and fame is short-lived, for the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers it, and its petals fall, and its beauty is gone.

Give me confidence and strength in my faith, Lord, for the reward you give to your faithful is true joy and will never fade, but will remain when all flesh has been corrupted and all the things of earth have faded. Let me hold strong and steadfast through every trial and every temptation. All praise and glory to you, mighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Make your home with me today and every day of my life; be with me in all I do.



“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”

~ Ephesians 4:4-6


Now, oh Lord, I pray that you may lift up the light of your countenance upon me, and give me peace; in my going out and in my coming in; in my sitting down and my rising up; in my work and in my play; in my joy and in my sorrow, in my laughter and in my tears; until that day comes which is without dawn and without dark.


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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Psalm 95:1-2 (KJV)

O come, let us sing unto the Lord:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

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Galatians 5:22-23 (Daily Prayer Bible)

Fruits of the Spirit - Joy (Galatians #80)

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.

American Bible

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience under tribulation, kindness, goodness, faith,

23 meekness, self-control; no law is contrary to such things.

DP Parallel Bible (3-Column) - Galatians 5

Notes on the Scripture

In our “granular” study of Galatians, we are going to encounter some terms where the translation of the original Greek is ambiguous; in such cases, Bible translations will usually vary. And if they don’t . . . they should! But the word “joy,” as it describes the second fruit of the Spirit in today’s passage, is universal among translations. The Greek word, charaBy the time of Christ, the ancient root “char-” had developed into two related, but different, words: Chara, meaning “joy”, and charis, with a primary meaning of “grace.” It is charis which was adopted into the Latin as caritas and, ultimately, evolved into the English word “charity.” , is perfectly translated by “joy.”

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Joy is, first of all, an emotion. When we are living in the Spirit, we are settled into an emotional state of immense happiness. Our feeling of rejoicing transcends our transient reactions to events. It never completely dissipates even under the most cruel circumstances life can throw at us.

Whenever I think of joy during adversity, I think of an Episcopal priest whose daughter was a friend of mine. She died in a car crash when she was in her 20s, a lovely, intelligent girl, strong in faith and virtue — the sort of daughter who would make any parent proud. Yet, at her wake, her father did not shed a tear. He did not frown. Rather, he beamed with the joy of Christ, despite the most horrible moment that life can possibly inflict upon us — the death of a beloved child.

Why would this man rejoice at the death of a child? Well, he didn’t. He rejoiced despite the death of his child, for surely it was as painful to him as it would have been to you or I. He was utterly confident that Christ’s love for his daughter would transcend the death of her body. He knew for a fact that she was not in pain and that God was taking care of her.

His joy, in short, overcame his grief. And if we live in the Spirit, our joy will overcome any tragedy Satan can throw at us.

<i>The Dove of the Holy Spirit</i> by Sebastiano Bombelli, ca. 1703.
The Dove of the Holy Spirit
Sebastiano Bombelli, 1703.

I don’t know which is greater: my joy at my own salvation, or my joy in the salvation of someone I love. Salvation is the most wonderful thing we can have; so if we have it, what shall we mourn? It is so marvelous that everything else in life is secondary. Our membership in the holy priesthood of saints outweighs poverty, disease, and death itself. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)

Thus joy, which is an emotion, transcends emotion. Our joy can and should become a state of existence. If our lives have been saved for all eternity, to dwell with God in the perfect happiness of heaven, what then can make us unhappy? The earth and its power cannot spoil our joy, for the earth is temporary, and Christ, who is eternal, has overcome it. We share in his victory. We have been adopted as sons and daughter of God, inheritors of His kingdom, by the power of the cross.

So this is the true joy of the Spirit: The sense of happiness and well-being that our convicted faith gives us, so powerful that it will transcend any hardship or tragedy.

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Deuteronomy 10:17-19: The Lord your God . . . loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

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