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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, February 20, 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:
The new Jerusalem is where God lives among his people. Instead of our going up to meet him, he comes down to be with us, just as God became man in Jesus Christ and lived among us. [Wherever He reigns, there is love, peace, security.] (NLT)
Revelation 21:1-7 – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a beautiful bride prepared for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, the home of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.”
And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making all things new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give the springs of the water of life without charge! All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. . . .”
Quoted verse: The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life. –Revelations 3:5 (NIV)
“Story” – José Aparecido (Minas Gerais, Brazil) titled his story “SYMBOLS OF VICTORY;” here is a portion of José’s story:
“I have always followed stories of Olympic athletes with enthusiasm, but the stories of doping and accusations of unfair judges and manipulated results have made me look for other examples of victory.
“Today I prefer to contemplate the small but significant victories that often go unnoticed. I am struck by the effort of a mother who awakens at dawn, uses precarious public transportation, and takes long journeys to support her children. I admire the effort of a person who has lived with addiction for many years to start life anew. I’m inspired by the life of a bricklayer in the hinterlands of São Paulo who had both legs amputated and was abandoned by his wife as I learn how he has resumed his profession, remarried, and finds his work in high demand.
“Whether in sports or in life, I enjoy stories of overcoming challenges through dedication and courage. Perhaps that is why the author of Revelation uses some of the symbols of victory of his day . . . to encourage persecuted Christians to persevere and find victory through faith. When we look to God, we can persevere and find victory over any obstacle.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Obstacles are an invitation to persevere in faith.
Prayer: Dear God, encourage us when we face challenges. Help us to persevere so that we may find victory in you. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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