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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, that as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
What do we do when we don’t feel like obeying? God has not left us alone in our struggles to do His will. He wants to come alongside us and be within us to help. God helps us desire to obey Him and then gives us the power to do what He wants. The secret to a changed life is to submit to God’s control and let Him work. Next time ask God to help you desire to do His will.
To be like Christ, we must train ourselves to think like Christ. To change our desires to be more like Christ’s, we need the power of the indwelling Spirit, the influence of faithful Christians, obedience to God’s Word (not just exposure to it), and sacrificial service. Often it is in doing God’s Will that we gain the desire to do it. Do what He wants and trust Him to change your desires. (NLT)
Philippians 2:12-18 – Dear friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into actions God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.
In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless. But even if my life is to be poured out like a drink offering to complete the sacrifice of your faithful service (that is, if I am to die for you), I will rejoice, and I want to share my joy with all of you. And you should be happy about this and rejoice with me.
Let us . . . make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. –Romans 14:19 (NIV)
Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois) titled his story “COMPLAIN OR CONTRIBURE?” Here is a portion of Wayne’s story:
“One Sunday morning after worship I overheard a brief conversation between two parishioners. One of the men said, ‘I didn’t get much out of the service. Did you?’ ‘Not much,’ the other replied. It was disconcerting to hear, though I have to admit that I have made similar complaints. Often we go to church wondering, What am I going to get out of it? But do we ask ourselves, What can I put into it?
“Perhaps our experience of church can be re-energized if we complain less and spend that energy encouraging one another. One Sunday a woman whose husband was hospitalized approached me as I was entering the sanctuary. She told me excitedly that her husband had spoken to one of his nurses about his faith in Jesus Christ. After he prayed with her, she accepted Jesus as her Savior. Shen then shared her experience with others. Her excitement was contagious. . . .
“Her story showed me that we can contribute to the community of faith in many ways. We can compliment others for their service, volunteer when opportunities arise, give generously, seek out and help to meet the needs of others, and give assurance of our prayers.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How could less complaining and more caring change my faith community?
Prayer: Dear God, forgive us for our self-centered attitudes. Show us how we can encourage others. Amen.
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