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Daily Devotion for February 21, 2011


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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 for the Morning

Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.

Amen.

Prayer for Grace and Strength

Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Community of Prayer

Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.

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.

Inspirational Quote

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

~ Epictetus



Blue Latin Cross

John 6:41-51 (CEB)

Bread of Life (3)

The Jews grumbled about him because he said, �I am the bread that came down from heaven.�

They asked, �Isn�t this Jesus, Joseph�s son, whose mother and father we know? How can he now say, �I have come down from heaven�?�

Jesus responded, �Don�t grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless they are drawn to me by the Father who sent me, and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets, And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to the Father and learned from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God. He has seen the Father.

I assure you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that whoever eats from it will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.�

Notes on the Scripture

The passage today is nearly identical to the passage from yesterday. There is an aspect that bears examination, because this section is often cited by those who espouse the doctrine of predestination. Specifically, phrases such as \'nobody can come to me unless they are drawn to me by the Father" seem to indicate that it is God, rather than our free will, that determines whether we will be saved by Christ's grace.

Predestination is especially associated with the Swiss reformer John Calvin and the Calvinist Church. Most Presbyterians will find it familiar territory, as the Presbyterian Church originated in the Scottish Calvinism (although in the United States today, there are a wide range of beliefs among Presbyterian scholars and communicants on this subject, and it is no longer emphasized). Lutherans also teach it in a milder form although, again, it has become much less important over time. Basically, the doctrine of predestination holds that since God knows all things, he knows before you are born whether you will be saved or damned; and since He is all powerful, it is He who decides your fate in advance.

It is a logical and seductive argument, and it has formed a huge body of debate, with a host of associated belief systems. If you like, you can spend your life arguing about predestinarianism, process theology, Pelagianism, Augustinianism, superlapsarianism, Arminianism, and a whole host of philosophical and theological terms and ideas.

But what does it matter? Christ himself has promised us that if we believe in Him, we will be saved. The mind of God is unfathomable to man; we must accept that our minds and thought are insufficient to know God as He truly is. God Himself has spoken directly to us, as one human being to another, in terms that even the simplest mind can understand. It is vain and fruitless to speculate, to argue various ideas about the nature of God and salvation, because there are no ideas in heaven; there is only truth.

And God has given us a truth that we can understand and follow. Believe in Christ, and follow Him, and God will take care of the rest. Jesus has promised that He will be there for us and will never abandon us; he will stand as our advocate and justify us before God. The road to salvation is not thought, but belief.



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  • Daily Devotion Comments • Today's Music

    Thank you Mason for today's song, "You Say" by Lauren Daigle. I need to hear this everyday too. I am so blessed by this site, you and your staff.

    May God continue to bless you and your ministry.



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Dali/David

    I think it had to do with dependence, David had always trusted God for his Kingship, he could have killed King Saul in the cave, but did not because he trusted God to make him King, so by taking a census he was checking his resources, in effect trusting his own logic and judgement on what to do next, .



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Cursing

    I was talking to a fellow sister and she shared with me that hearing cursing even mild cursing upset her and caused her to stumble. At first I thought it was a little odd because we often hear it all the time. Then I asked her is she ever heard me curse and she pointed out that she had - I discovered I often curse to emphasize a point and did not even realize it.
    I share your struggle with this. But listen to the first verse of Psalm 39:
    "I said, 'I will guard my ways,
    that I may not sin with my tongue;" - Mason



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Cursing

    I was talking to a fellow sister and she shared with me that hearing cursing even mild cursing upset her and caused her to stumble. At first I thought it was a little odd because we often hear it all the time. Then I asked her is she ever heard me curse and she pointed out that she had - I discovered I often curse to emphasize a point and did not even realize it.
    I share this for self reflection. In Peace, Eric



  • Daily Devotion Comments • god's will

    The daily inspiration for Feb 22 on God's will is supremely helpful to determining what God's will is in the problems and solutions that come our way. Another "Thank you Jenny". Great insight.



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Loving Me

    Wonderful Words Jenny,I'm really hard on Me,without a doubt it is nowhere near the peace I should have from the words of Scripture but it gives me that thought of a Buffer zone and some added space to fail,the BIGGEST part for me everyday is a feeling of guilt before My Lord Jesus,maybe I need to STOP that somewhat...



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Adds

    I never see ad's on here! And if you are it is based on your own algorithm, your search engine thinks it knows what you want to see.. I emphasize THINKS.. Lol

    Have a blessed day and God Bless...



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Feb 19, 24 Daily Inspiration

    May God bless you Mr. Barge. Thank you for your insight both on todays scripture, but especially for todays Daily Inspiration (and memory verse.) I far too often find myself "leaning on my own, very bent, understanding. Then I fall. May God guide us all with His infinite love and understanding.



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Dali/David

    Isaiah 42:15 In-Context is happening now.

    Why was The LORD so angry with David for taking the census?



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Adds

    Good morning,
    I want to ask why TEMU is part of your adds? TEMU is not a company that is trust worthy or of The US.
    I don't determine what ads you see. They are based on your personal browsing history.



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Heaven

    Thank you, Mason, for the encouragement, and reassurance that I don't need to stretch my brain to imagine the beauty and tranquility of Heaven. It is enough to have faith that God has prepared a home for those who love and obey Him.




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