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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, May 20, 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:
Jesus commands us not to worry. But how can we avoid it? Only faith can free us from anxiety caused by greed and covetousness. It is good to work and plan responsibly; it is bad to dwell on all the ways our planning could go wrong. Worry is pointless because it can’t fill any of our needs; worry is foolish because the Creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need. He promises to meet all our real needs but not necessarily all our desires. (NLT)
Luke 12:22-34 – Then turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For life consists of far more than food and clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! And don’t worry about food—what to eat and drink. Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you. These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
“Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe—no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.”
Quoted verse: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. – Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
“Story” – Hassan A. Bello (Kaduna, Nigeria) titled his story “GOD WILL MAKE A WAY;” here is a portion of Hassan’s story:
“I am a banker and a pastor. Recently, I was faced with the possibility of dismissal from my job. My first reaction was fear and concern for my wife and our young son. . . . I tried to act as if all were well when I was at work, but I was deeply troubled by my situation.
“Before I went to sleep one night, I took my concerns to the Lord in prayer. When I woke up the following morning, a word from the Lord came to remind me of God’s ability to feed the birds of the air and to clothe the lilies of the fields so they never have to worry . . . This reminder of God’s blessings relieved the heaviness in my heart and reminded me of the possibilities and provisions of the Lord. This insight continues to sustain my belief that God will provide for my needs even if I lose my job.
“When we are faced with scary possibilities, it can be easy to worry and feel as if we are alone. During times of worry and uncertainty, we can cast our cares on God. The Lord opens pathways for us when we don’t see a way on our own.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Each new day brings reassurance from God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for making a way for us. Help us remember to trust you when we begin to worry or fear for our future. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST A JOB
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