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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, February 7, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
God hates worship by people who go through the motions only for show. If we are living sinful lives and using religious rituals and traditions to make ourselves look good, God will despise our worship and not accept what we offer. He wants sincere hearts, not praise from hypocrites. When you worship at church, are you more concerned about your image or your attitude toward God? (NLT)
Amos 5:21-24 – “I hate all your show and pretense—the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. I will not accept your burnt offers and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your hymns of praise! They are only noise to my ears. I will not listen to your music, no matter how lovely it is. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry. . .
Michael Lewis (Virginia) titled his story “KEEP FLOWING;” here is a portion of Michael’s story:
“. . . The Lord did not call us to be stagnant but to allow our faith to flow outward like a stream. . . . Water flows, the Spirit flows, love flows. Christ’s love can help us transform our world as we humbly serve others inside and outside our places of worship.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – With God’s help my actions can be just and righteous.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be still in our presence and active in serving others. Amen.
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