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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, December 4, 2014
Daniel Topalski (Ruse, Bulgaria) wrote the story in The Upper Room titled “OPPORTUNITY.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The closer we are to people in need, the closer we are to God.
Prayer: Dear God, give us loving hearts to serve others. Amen.
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Is Christianity against rational thinking? Christians clearly do believe in using their minds to weigh the evidence and make wise choices. Paul is declaring that no amount of human knowledge can replace or bypass Christ’s work on the cross. If it could, Christ would be accessible only to the intellectually gifted and well educated and not to ordinary people or to children.
God is our source and the reason for our personal relationship with Christ. Our union and identification with Christ results in our having God’s wisdom, being acceptable to God, being pure, and having the penalty for our sins paid by Jesus. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 – Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom. As the Scriptures say, “The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done.”
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