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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, September 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:
Healthy self-esteem is important because some of us think too little of ourselves; on the other hand, some of us overestimate ourselves. The key to an honest and accurate self-evaluation is knowing the basis of our self-worth—our identity in Christ. Apart from him, we aren’t capable of very much by eternal standards; in him, we are valuable, capable of worthy service. Evaluating yourself by the worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and thus miss your true value in God’s eyes. (NLT)
Romans 12:1-8 – And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. –Romans 12:2 (NRSV)
Amanda Brechko (North Carolina) [*see below] titled her story “TRUE TO YOURSELF;” here is Amanda’s story:
“I have spent countless hours wondering if I should act, talk, or fix my hair like certain individuals. I see that they are popular, and I think that if I do what they do I will be popular. However, I shortchange myself by not being true to the person God created me to be.
“My mom hangs inspiring quotes on our wall where we can all see them. The quotes encourage us to be ourselves and be happy about who we have become or are becoming. I realize now that unless I include God in my life, things are not going to work out very well for me. I have begun to realize that I do not need to copy someone’s hairstyle, clothes, or lifestyle. I need to accept who I am, love who I am, and be proud of who I am. This is who God wants me to be.
“With so many outside influences, it’s easy to forget who we are. We can pretend to be someone we are not instead of following the path God made for us. When that happens, we need to call on God to help us be true to who God created us to be.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will strive to be true to the person God created me to be.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to discover a focus for our lives so that we may serve you more faithfully. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING WITH PEER PRESSURE
* Recent high school graduate Amanda Brechko enjoys traveling, competitive swimming, & volunteering.
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