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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Paul prayed that the Ephesians would know Christ better. Christ is our model, and the more we know of him, the more we will be like him. Personal knowledge of Christ will change your life
The world fears the power of the atom, yet we belong to the God of the universe, who not only created that atomic power but also raised Jesus Christ from the dead. God’s incomparably great power is available to help you. There is noting too difficult for him. (NLT)
Ephesians 1:15-20 – Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for Christians everywhere, I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people.
I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. — Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Delores Harmon Kight (Florida) titled her story “SEEING WITH NEW EYES;” here is Delores’s story:
“Several years ago, I wanted to adopt a more positive attitude in life. Remembering Philippians 4:8, I thought it might help to memorize the verse and try to follow its teaching. But the task still felt overwhelming.
“Then, I realized I could break down the verse into smaller phrases and focus on one virtue each day. On Monday, I began. If I started to think negatively, I repeated to myself, Whatever is true, think on these things, and I focused on various verses in the Bible since they reveal God’s truths. The process invigorated and energized me.
“On Tuesday, I thought about ‘whatever is noble’ and focused on the selfless acts of others. Thinking about ‘whatever is right’ on Wednesday helped me to make better choices. On Thursday, as I thought about ‘whatever is pure,’ I often reflected on the love of my mother and my mother-in-law.
“Thinking about ‘whatever is lovely’ on Friday led me to look for beauty. To help me think about ‘whatever is admirable’ on Saturday, I looked for the best in other people. Sunday’s thought, ‘if anything is excellent or praiseworthy,’ summed up the whole week, and I searched for the good in all situations and in all people.
“Throughout this process, I began to see with new eyes and to appreciate the goodness of God that surrounds me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The Bible can help us see through God’s eyes.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for helping us see through your eyes. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FOR A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE
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