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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which 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:
If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are of little value to God. If we are too much like the world, we are worthless. Christians should not blend in with everyone else. Instead, we should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food. (NLT)
Matthew 5:13-16 – [Jesus said] “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
The King will reply [to those at his right hand], “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” –Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
Jeanne Carper (Maryland) titled her story “A SMALL WORLD;” here is a portion of Jeanne’s story:
“As a child I was fascinated by maps. The world then seemed so big. Recently a charitable organization sent me a map of the world, and I was struck by how small the world now seems. . . .
“I believe that as citizens of the world, we are called to make a difference with whatever we have and however we can. As the colored arrows on my map have increased to include all the continents, I smile as I realize that even if I can’t travel to all these areas I can still do something to help people there. I may never meet any of them, but I am certain that God is directing my resources to those who need my help.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will follow God’s nudge to help where I can.
Prayer: Dear God of all, empower us to help those who are struggling in difficult situations beyond their control. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE LACKING NECESSITIES OF LIFE
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