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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, May 9, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Have you ever been asked, “How do I become a Christian?” These verses give you the beautiful answer: Salvation is as close as your own lips and heart. People think it must be a complicated process, but it is not. If we believe in our heart and say with our mouth that Christ is the risen Lord, we will be saved. (NLT)
Romans 10:5-13 – For Moses wrote that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. But the way of getting right with God through faith says, “You don’t need to go to heaven” (to find Christ and bring him down to help you). And it says, “You don’t need to go to the place of the dead” (to bring Christ back to life again). Salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is the message we preach—is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, “The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.”
For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his riches to all who ask for them. For “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NRSV)
Lynn Moran (Alabama) titled her story “THE BEST PART OF THE DAY;” here is Lynn’s story:
“I have often heard people say that they like to read their Bible early in the morning because it shapes their minds and actions throughout the day. I have not always practiced this habit, but now I feel compelled to reach for my Bible and my copy of The Upper Room as soon as I awaken. Before I begin my reading, I pray the prayer below. I anticipate this practice with great joy; it is the best part of the day.
“When my Bible was new many years ago, I didn’t write in it because I wanted it to retain its newness. Now my Bible is worn and contains many notes in the margins. I frequently underline sentences and paragraphs that are especially meaningful to me. When I happen upon those highlighted words, I read them and feel God speaking to me again.
“Someday when I am no longer here, my sons or grandchildren may find my Bible and read the words that I have marked, gaining insight into God’s special love for them. They may even hear God’s voice speaking to them. In this way I hope that my love for God’s word will be an example to them, even after my earthly life is done.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will spend time with God’s word.
Prayer: Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of your word, that as we read, we may know, understand, and obey your word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WITH NO ACCESS TO BIBLES
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