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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Being made holy is the process of living the Christian life. The Holy Spirit works in us, conforming us to the image of Christ (see below Romans 8:29). (NLT)
1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 – Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already, and we encourage you to do so more and more. For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus. God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin.
* God’s ultimate goal for us to make us like Christ. As we become more and more like him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be. How can we become like Christ? By reading and heeding the Word, by studying his life on earth through the Gospels, by spending time in prayer, by being filled with his Spirit, and by doing his work in the world. (NLT)
Romans 8:29 – For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters.
Brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. –1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NIV)
Claudine Glasgow-Brooks (Tennessee) titled her story “NOT GIVING UP;” here is a portion of Claudine’s story:
“Some months ago I joined my local church’s prayer shawl ministry and began knitting and crocheting with a group of women. . . .
“Following Jesus can be like my experiences with knitting and crocheting. As we seek to grow in our relationship with God, we deal with challenges, and we do not always get it right. This is nothing new for Christians. In today’s quoted verse, the apostle Paul encouraged the believers to continue to increase their faith in God, despite the challenges they faced. The Christian journey requires persistence. We do not always get it right, but we cannot give up.
“. . . My faith journey and this ministry are ongoing, and I am not giving up.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Being faithful to God requires persistence.
Prayer: Dear God, give us the strength to continue serving you even when we don’t get it right the first time. Amen.
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