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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, August 15, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Being humble involves having a true perspective about ourselves. It does not mean that we should put ourselves down. Before God, we are sinners, saved only by God’s grace, but we are saved and therefore have great worth in God’s Kingdom. We are to lay aside selfishness and treat others with respect and common courtesy. Considering others’ interests as more important than our own links us with Christ, who was a true example of humility.
Paul encourages us to guard against any selfishness, prejudice, or jealousy that might lead to dissension. Showing genuine interest in others is a positive step forward in maintaining unity among believers.
Jesus Christ was humble, willing to give up his rights in order to obey God and serve people. Like Christ, we should have a servant’s attitude, serving out of love for God and for others, not out of guilt or fear. Remember, you can choose your attitude. You can approach life expecting to be served, or you can look for opportunities to serve others. (NLT)
Philippians 2:1-11 – Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together I the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.
Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Ivette Rivera (Puerto Rico) titled her story “GOD’S PROMPTING;” here is a portion of Ivette’s story:
“Recently, during a meeting of our prayer group, our pastor asked us to share our experience of accepting Christ as Savior. Many in the group talked about dramatic experiences in their personal journeys: tears, laughter, strong renewal of faith, hope for the future, and above all an immediate transformation in their lives. Many also spoke of hearing God’s voice.
I can honestly say that my experience was not as vivid or dramatic. In fact, I feel that God has never spoken to me directly. However, I do know that God’s prompting led me in a new direction when I felt a strong desire to serve people in need. . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I serve God when I serve my neighbor.
Prayer: Loving God, we are grateful for the prompting of the Holy Spirit to help those in need. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. They kingdom come. They will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.
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