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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run patiently, and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We will stumble if we look away from him to stare at ourselves or at the circumstances surrounding us. We should be running for Christ, not ourselves, and we must always keep him in sight. (NLT)
Hebrews 12:1-3 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up.
Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. – Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
Sue Carloni (Wisconsin) titled her story “SPIRITUAL LIVES;” here is a portion of Sue’s story:
“. . . When I opened Cindy’s card this year, I was eager to hear of her latest family activities. Her chatty letter began, ‘How is your spiritual life?’ What an odd way to start a letter! I always write, ‘How are you?’ . . . Her new question made me wonder, Doesn’t she care about our physical health? I have multiple sclerosis and my husband, Kurt, has brain cancer. Her question annoyed me.
“However, as the new year approached, I pondered, Which is more important: our physical health or our spiritual health? Of course, I immediately knew the answer: the condition of our spiritual lives. God knows my spiritual life and how I’m doing.
“But Cindy’s question made me realize that I need to be more aware of my spiritual life. Do I read my Bible daily and spend time with other Christians? Does my love for God show in my words and actions? Are my thoughts fixed on Jesus? Do I remember to thank God as well as making requests? These and other concerns will lead each of us to great spiritual health.”
Prayer: Lord God, help us remember to examine our spiritual lives each day to make sure we are living for you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FRIENDS WHO HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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