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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, April 9, 2015
God used many approaches to send his messages to people in Old Testament times. He spoke to Isaiah in visions, to Jacob in a dream, and to Abraham and Moses personally. Jewish people familiar with these stories would not have found it hard to believe that God was still revealing his will, but it was astonishing for them to think that God had revealed himself by speaking through his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the fulfillment and culmination of God’s revelation through the centuries. When we know him, we have all we need to be saved from our sin and to have a perfect relationship with God. (NLT)
Hebrews 1:1-9 – Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it. The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.
This shows that God’s Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is far greater than their names. For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” And again God said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.”
And then, when he presented his honored Son to the world, God said, “Let all the angels of God worship him.” God calls his angels “messengers swift as the wind, and servants made of flaming fire.”
But to his Son he says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal power is expressed in righteousness. You love what is right and hate what is wrong. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”
Paul wrote, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 (NRSV)
Carlitta Cole-Kelly (California) titled her story “STRENGTH IN WORDS;” here is a portion of her story:
“. . . In Grandmother’s response were three simple words that have since carried me through many years of challenges. ‘Tell her not to worry, because she’s strong like me.’ I’d never thought of myself as strong before then. I was just trying to survive each day.
“It’s amazing that words can do. Some tend to wound and weaken us, while others encourage, strengthen, and uplift us. I am grateful for the words of our heavenly Father found in scripture that can strengthen us daily, regardless of circumstances. God’s words are loving and powerful. They never change, and we can carry them forever in our hearts and minds.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s word can change our lives.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please never let us forget that whatever we are going through, we can be strong in you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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