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Daily Devotion for September 23, 2022


Resurrection Morn, showing the resurrection of Jesus Christ, by Herbert Schmalz
Resurrection Morn, by Herbert Schmalz (British), c. 1891.

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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.

Classical Friday today! And our music is a “heavenly” rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria by Barbara Bonney.




For the Presence of God

O  God, be present with me always, dwell within my heart. With thy light and thy Spirit guide my soul, my thoughts, and all my actions, that I may teach thy Word, that thy healing power may be in me and in all the saints of thy church universal.

Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father in heaven, creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon me and receive my heartfelt gratitude for all that you have done for me and for those I love. Thank you for all the grace and blessings, both spiritual and temporal, you have bestowed upon me, my loved ones, and this community of prayer: Our faith and religious heritage; our food and shelter; our health; the love we have for one another; and the lives of our Lord and friends.

Dear Father, in your infinite generosity, please grant us continued grace and blessings during the coming day. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, your only son, who has saved me from death.

Amen.

Meditation

“You need to keep on patiently doing God’s will if you want Him to do for you all that He has promised.”

~ Hebrews 10:36


Dedication

Let me not forget you as I go forth into the world this day, blessed Lord; may my every word be a prayer, and my every act be testimony to your love and truth, and may I know your presence every second of this day.

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.



<i>Temptation of Christ (detail)</i> from the Hunterian Psalter, English ca. 1170.
Temptation of Christ (detail) from the Hunterian Psalter, English ca. 1170. This detail of Satan is a wonderful early devil depiction. He is standing on top of the Temple, showing Jesus the riches of the world (Matthew 4:8-10)

Proverbs 12:22 (ESV)

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 28:11-15 (ESV)

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hile they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”

So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.


Notes on the Scripture

The Report of the Guard

Have you ever noticed how a sin that you don’t set out to commit can worm its way into your life by inches? Nobody takes their first drink thinking, “I will become an alcoholic, lose my job, lose my family, ruin my body and mind, and/or go to prison for killing someone while driving drunk.”

Satan is smarter than we are. He is seductive and clever. Daily Prayer has gotten its hands on a top-secret memorandum that explains a lot:


From: The Directorate of Infiltration
To: All Minions
Re: Undermining Christian Resistance - Suggested Steps


1. Curiosity:

Get the Target interested without setting off any red flags.

2. Excitement:

Let the temptation bubble in the Target’s mind; imagination will help here.

3. Ignoring Conscience:

You must, at all costs, lure the Target away from his or her values at this point.

4. Compromise:

Plant phrases like “just this once” or “just a little bit” in the Target’s mind. “I’ll stop tomorrow” can be very effective for established clients.

5. Making a choice:

Once you hear the compromise, you have the Target hooked. Close the sale! Get a commitment for that first order.

6. Forgetting the past:

If this is something the Target has done before, distract the Target from remembering the consequences of prior incidents.

7. Rationalize and Excuse:

People do not want to feel bad about themselves. Help the Target think of reasons why the action was not wrong. You will be surprised how stupid a reason they will accept at this point.

(Note: This is a sensitive moment. Be on guard for an enemy tactic called “conviction of the Holy Spirit”. We have lost a lot of sales to people who suddenly repent and ask Mr. Clean to forgive them.)

8. Reinterpret Scripture:

If Targets read the Bible, convince them it doesn’t mean what it says. Suggest alternative interpretations. Help Targets find a reason that their actions do not conflict with this Book. See #7.

9. Arguing to Assuage a Guilty Conscience:

Have them defend their interpretation of the Bible. Don’t worry how ridiculous it sounds; they will not notice. Put your fingers in their ears. Get them to dig their heels in. Once Targets do this, we have them.

(The idea for this came from The Gravedigger File by Os Guiness.)


Our imaginary memorandum from Satan is fun, but it helps understand today’s verse. The Temple priesthood started out trying to defend God and promote righteousness; but now, they have evidence that this man Jesus, whom they have executed, has been resurrected. If so, it means that He was actually sent from God. It is another chance for them, for they now have evidence that they were wrong and it creates an opportunity for them to reverse course.

Instead, the Sanhedrin slams the door on whatever actual desire they ever had to serve God. They now want to suppress the evidence; it is a supreme hypocrisy.





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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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GregLangsays...

Evil vs. Good in nine easy lessons! You choose. Thanks Mason!

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Neilsays...

For those who enjoyed the excerpt from The Gravedigger File as I did, there is another little book many will be familiar with but some may not. It is “the Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. It also describes the methods Satan uses to make us not feel the effects of sin. It is a wonderful look at the lead up to sin from the reverse perspective.

Thank you Mason for all you do!

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Claudette(Bucasia, Queensland, Australia)says...

Thank you for today's Notes on the Scripture! Absolutely brilliant! Being very aware of the slow infiltration of evil, I have developed an intransigent ethic . . .I flatly reFUSE to bend my religious ethics for ANY reason. And that is why I have lost so many 'friends', who call me a religious fanatic. If believing in the Bible is being a fanatic, then so be it, I am one.

So, while all these so called 'friends' laugh at me, I am very proud to be in the company of all of YOU lot, out there in Ether-Land, praying together every day! I am not alone!

Many blessings to you all! May you all always walk in Christ's light.

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Thomassays...

Way to go Claudette. I'm reading a book right now, Return of the Gods by Jonathan Cahn. He is explaining about all the evils in the world. A repeat of Israel when they turned away from worshiping God. An easy read. Stick to your principals and God Bless you.

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Claudette(Bucasia, Queensland, Australia)says...

Thank you for the support Thomas! It means a lot!

Blessings to you and yours!

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