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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, September 23, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
When we look at the vast expanse of creation, we wonder how God could be concerned for people who constantly disappoint him. Yet God created us only a little lower than himself or the angels! The next time you question your worth as a person, remember that God considers you highly valuable. We have great worth because we bear the stamp of the Creator. Because [God] He has already declared how valuable we are to Him, we can be set free from feelings of worthlessness. (NLT)
Psalm 8:3-9 – When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have set in place—what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us? For you made us only a little lower than God, and you crowned us with glory and honor. You put us in charge of everything you made, giving us authority over all things—the sheep and the cattle and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.
O Lord, our Lord, the majesty of your name fills the earth!
Quoted verse: You are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. – Galatians 4:7 (NRSV)
“Story” – Philip Rice (Michigan, USA) titled his story “THE OLD COIN;” here is a portion of Philip’s story:
“An old and somewhat rare coin fascinated me, so I bought it. . . . The coin has two values: the value that the government stamped on it and the value that a collector might pay for it.
“It seems to me that it is the same way with people. We may feel that society gives us a value based on our social status, income level, or appearance. But God values us as beloved children for whom Jesus Christ lived, died, and was raised again. God is the supreme collector who seeks to gather all of us into the kingdom of compassion, peace, and justice. When we accept and treat others as people of intrinsic worth who are endowed with dignity, the kingdom of God draws a bit closer. The lives of others are blessed and, by the grace of God, so is ours.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I am worth more to God than I can imagine.
Prayer: Help us, Holy One, to see the worth and dignity in everyone we meet, remembering that we are all your beloved children. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO SEE WORTH IN EVERY PERSON
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