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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, March 21, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
We feel both the presence of Christ and the pressure of sin. We enjoy the peace that comes from being made right with God, but we still face daily problems that often help us grow. If we remember these two sides of the Christian life, we will not grow discouraged as we face temptations and problems. Instead, we will learn to depend on the power available to us from Christ, who lives in us by the Holy Spirit. (NLT)
Romans 5:1-5 – Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Donna Eliason (Washington) titled her story “THE CHOICE IS OURS;” here is Donna’s story:
“Our daughter Julie’s doctors have diagnosed her with an aggressive type of brain cancer, and they expect that she has only two years left to live. Despite this difficult diagnosis, Julie* has decided to put her faith and confidence in God’s word. (See her meditation [tomorrow].) Each morning and evening she listens to Bible passages and meditates on them throughout the day and night. She has decided to stay positive and to trust God to love and guide her throughout her life. Several people have expressed surprise with her attitude, but Julie knows that God is taking good care of her.
“Life is filled with surprises, uncertainties, and challenges. How we respond is our choice. We can become angry or bitter, or we can choose to trust the promises of our loving, heavenly Father. We don’t know what’s ahead for Julie, but we do know that no matter what the future brings, God is present with her and with each of us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can trust God in every situation.
Prayer: Thank you, God, that we can trust in every situation and circumstance. We don’t know the future, but we do know your love never ends. Thank you for your promises that give us peace and hope. Amen.
*Julie Douglas died while this issue was in production.
Prayer Focus: THOSE SUFFERING WITH CANCER
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