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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Many believers want an abundance of God’s special favor and peace, but they are unwilling to put forth the effort to get to know him better through Bible study and prayer. To enjoy the privileges God offers us freely, we must “come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better.”
The power to lead a godly life comes form God. Because we don’t have the resources to be truly godly, God allows us to “share in his divine nature” in order to keep us from sin and help us live for him. When we are born again, God by his Spirit empowers us with his own goodness.
Faith must be more than belief in certain facts; it must result in action, growth in Christian character, and the practice of moral discipline, or it will die away. A life of faith leads to learning to know God better, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, and loving others. These actions do not come automatically; they require hard work. They are not optional; all of them must be a continual part of the Christian life. We don’t finish one and start on the next, but we work on them all together. God empowers and enables us, but he also gives us the responsibility to learn and to grow. We should not be surprised at or resentful of the process. (NLT)
2 Peter 1:1-8 – This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to all of you who share the same precious faith we have, faith given to us by Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, who makes us right with God.
May God bless you with his special favor and wonderful peace as you come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better.
As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature.
So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8 (NRSV)
Scott Wierenga (Michigan) titled his story “TRY A LITTLE KINDESS;” here is a portion of Scott’s story:
“Many years ago I served as a deckhand on a tugboat in the waters of Tampa Bay. . . .
“I believe it’s fine to invite people to church and to share the gospel. But in most cases the best way to bring others to Christ may be to try a little kindness and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us forward from there.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I follow the Holy Spirit in my actions today?
Prayer: O Lord, guide us as we share your love to make disciples of all people. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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