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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, February 10, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
To neglect Christian meetings is to give up he encouragement and help of other Christians. We gather together to share our faith and to strengthen one another in the Lord. As we get closer to the day when Christ will return, we will face many spiritual struggles, and even times of persecution. Anti-Christian forces will grow in strength. Difficulties should never be excuses for missing church services. Rather, as difficulties arise, we should make an even greater effort to be faithful in attendance. (NLT)
Hebrews 10:19-25 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. This is the new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us through the sacred curtain, by means of his death for us.
And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s people, let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. For our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near. –Hebrews 10:25 (CEB)
Floyd Twilley (Maryland) titled his story “STAYING CONNECTED;” here is a portion of Floyd’s story:
“I was responsible for maintaining a large aquarium at our church. Recently, because of a busy schedule, I became negligent in the regular care of the fish. . . .
“While tending to this work, I turned to God. ‘I’m sorry, Lord,’ I prayed. ‘I’ve neglected this tank, and the fish have paid the price.’ I realized then how important it is to pray and read the Bible daily so that we do not lose contact with God. Failing to join in weekly worship and fellowship isolates us from our family of faith. To be faithful disciples of Christ requires constant care and attention to our connection to God and to our family of faith. Without these connections, we are in danger of dying spiritually and missing out on all that God has in store for us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Moving toward others with love is moving toward God.
Prayer: Thank you, dear Lord, for your abundant care and love. Help us to remain true and faithful, always ready to serve you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/