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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, November 12, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Sacrifice was important, but even in the Old Testament God made it clear that obedience from the heart was much more important. God wants us to offer ourselves, not animals, as living sacrifices—daily laying aside our own desires to follow Him, putting all our energy and resources at His disposal and trusting Him to guide us. We do this out of gratitude that our sins have been forgiven.
Paul warned Christians: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world” that are usually selfish and often corrupting. Wise Christians decide that much worldly behavior is off-limits for them. Our refusal to conform to this world’s values, however, must go even deeper than just behavior and customs; it must be firmly planted in our mind: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn, and arrogant. Only when the Holy Spirit renews reeducates, and redirects our minds are we truly transformed (See Romans 8:5). (NLT)
Romans 12:1-8 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
The word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide. . . . You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” –1 Kings 17:2-4 (NIV)
Peter Hulu (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) titled his story “GOD PROVIDES;” here is a portion of Peter’s story:
“When I was in college I had very little money. One Sunday morning I used some of what I had to get to church. While I was in church I felt called to give an offering, and I decided to give all that I had left to the church. I did not think about how I would get back from church or how I would eat that day. I gave what I had to God and continued to worship. After the service, someone approached me and gave me enough money to cover the costs of my day, and even more.
“This event inspired me to think about the way God provides for us. . . . God can help us in unexpected ways and can use anyone or anything around us as instruments of care for us. When we give our best, God will give us more than we can imagine.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can send other people to help me.
Prayer: Dear Lord, teach us to better understand and believe in your promise to provide for us, so that we will not hesitate to give our best to you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
Paul divides people into two categories: those who let themselves be controlled by their sinful nature and those who follow after the Holy Spirit. All of us would be in the first category if Jesus hadn’t offered us a way out. Once we have said yes to Jesus, we will want to continue following him, because his way brings life and peace. Daily we must consciously choose to center our life on God. Use the Bible to discover God’s guidelines, and then follow them. In every perplexing situation, ask yourself what would Jesus want me to do? When the Holy Spirit points out what is right, do it eagerly. (NLT)
Romans 8:5 – Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.