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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 21, 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:
You will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from Him.
This “fullness” is fully expressed only in Christ. In union with Christ and through his empowering Spirit, we are complete. We have all the fullness of God available to us. But we must appropriate that fullness through faith and through prayer as we daily live for Him. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is also for you. You can ask the Holy Spirit to fill every aspect of your life to the fullest. (NLT)
Ephesians 3:14-21 – When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.
Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” –John 12:24 (NIV)
Linda Jett (Oregon) titled her story “BACKWARD OR FORWARD?” Here is a portion of Linda’s story:
“Driving through a lush, green forest, I rounded a curve to see hundreds of white cylinders studding a bare hillside. . . . Each white cylinder surrounded a tiny hand-planted sapling, protecting it from nibbling deer and harsh winds. In a few decades a forest would again cover this hill. I meditated on the larger truth of this picture: with loss comes space for new growth. Then I thought, How often have I experienced the loss of possessions, people, or jobs from my life? Each time, my immediate response had been anger and frustration. I had wasted energy looking backward when I could have been looking forward to the new life God could plant in that now-empty space.
“Rather than fighting change, we can instead consider how much sooner something new and beautiful could grow if we would only hand over our pride and control to God who longs to bless us. Contrary to the ‘me first’ attitude that the world encourages, God tells us that if we die to our selfish desires . . . we will see doors opening to new growth – ‘far more than all we can ask or imagine.’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – With each loss, God provides an opportunity for new growth.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust you with our losses. Then help us to look forward to the new growth only you can provide. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO BE OPEN TO NEW LIFE
* The world is full of enticements. Daily we are confronted with subtle cultural pressures and overt propaganda. The only way to escape these destructive influences is to ask God to help crucify our interest in them, just as Paul did. How much do the interests of this world matter to you? (NLT)
Galatians 6:14 – As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world died long ago, and the world’s interest in me is also long dead.
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