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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
By referring to these days as evil, Paul was communicating his sense of urgency because of evil’s pervasiveness. We need the same sense of urgency because our days are also difficult. We must keep our standards high, act wisely, and do good whenever we can.
Paul contrasts getting drunk with wine, which produces a temporary “high,” to being filled with the Spirit, which produces lasting joy. Getting drunk with wine is associated with the old way of life and its selfish desires. In Christ, we have a better joy, higher and longer lasting, to cure our depression, monotony, or tension. We should not be concerned with how much of the Holy Spirit we have but with how much of us the Holy Spirit has. Submit yourself daily to his leading and draw constantly on his power.
When you feel down, you may find it difficult to give thanks. Take heart–in all things God works for our good if we love him and are called by him. Thank God, not for your problems but for the strength he is building in you through the difficult experiences of your life. You can be sure that God’s perfect love will see you through. (NLT)
Ephesians 5:15-21 – So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CEB)
Sharamae I. Cea’s (Quezon, Philippines) story is titled “GRATITUDE STONE;” here is a portion of Sharamae’s story:
“Every day I put a stone in my pocket or wallet. It was given to me by my spiritual mentor and serves as a reminder not to let a day pass by without thanking God.
“. . . Most of the time, we see what’s missing in our lives rather than what we have. We complain more than we give thanks.
“. . . We can find a symbol or recall a verse of scripture to remind us to give thanks to God in every situation. Such a practice can help us turn complaints into words of gratitude.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Giving thanks to God is better than complaining.
Prayer: Dear Lord, teach us to utter words of thanks in every situation. Amen.
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