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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, February 7, 2019
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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:
How to praise God; we can sing about Him, tell others about Him, worship Him, give Him glory, bring offerings to Him, live holy lives. (NLT)
Psalm 96:1-9 – Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; bless his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be revered above all the gods. The gods of other nations are merely idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come to worship him. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him.
Quoted verse: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord . . . . It is the Lord Christ you are serving. –Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
“Story” – Heather Artushin (Michigan) titled her story “FAITHFUL SERVICE;” here is a portion of Heather’s story:
“As a new social worker, I quickly realized that counseling teens through trauma, anxiety, depression, and conflict can be draining and overwhelming. I began to feel discontent with the job I had dedicated years of education to and was discouraged by the problems that never seemed to be solved in the lives of my clients.
“When I started attending a new church, I wondered about their logo – a series of arrows pointing upward. The pastor talked about the idea of ‘vertical living’: doing everything for the glory of God. . . . Going to church, reading the Bible, praying, donating to those in need – these aren’t the only ways to bring glory to God. When my view of doing everything for the glory of God expanded to include the mundane details of my life – cleaning the house, taking care of my family, showing love to my friends, and even going to work every day – the burden of being unable to solve all of my clients’ problems lifted. I realized that my role was not to solve every problem but to be the light of Christ in their lives, to bring God the glory through my faithful service. That has brought new meaning to my life’s work, no matter how mundane at times – eternal meaning that surpasses any earthly satisfaction. To God be the glory!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will work for the glory of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to commit every moment of each day to you. Walk with us, and guide our words and actions so that we show your love to all. Amen.
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