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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
God is our Creator; we did not create ourselves. Many people live as though they are the creator and center of their own little world. This mind-set leads to greed, and if everything should be taken away, a loss of hope itself. But when we realize that God created us and gives us all we have, we will want to give to others as God gave to us. Then, even if all is lost, we still have God and all he gives us.
God alone is worthy of being worshiped. What is your attitude toward worship? Do you willingly and joyfully come into God’s presence, or are you just going through the motions, reluctantly going to church? This psalm tells us to remember God’s goodness and dependability, and then to worship with thanksgiving and praise! (NLT)
Psalm 100:1-5 – Shout with joy to the Lord, O earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! –Psalm 150:6 (NRSV)
Paul Juby (England) titled his story “I’M HAVING FUN!” Here is a portion of Paul’s story:
“I was working in Malaysia, and my parents were missionaries in Sierra Leone – on their last tour before retirement. Then I received news from my father that my mother had Dengue fever and was not expected to live. Her last message to my sisters and me was, ‘Tell everyone that I am having fun!” Then, in the mission hospital, she passed into eternal life.
“To some, those last words might seem strange. But I knew that my mother’s faith led her to look ahead with spiritual excitement. . . .
“As Christians we are filled by the Holy Spirit, who gives us passion to serve others. Our life on earth is an adventure, and it’s exciting because we have Jesus as the Lord of our life. Our faith gives us a certainty that even when sadness overtakes us, all will be well because of the love of Jesus.
“Following my mother’s example, we can find joy in allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in serving others. We can also look forward with faithful anticipation to our heavenly future.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Christian living is an adventure with Christ.
Prayer: O God, show us the excitement we can have when we follow your will. Lead us through this life to life eternal. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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