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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, February 23, 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:
When things go wrong, don’t grumble about each other or blame others for our miseries ([see below] * Genesis 3:11-13). Blaming others is easier than owning our share of the responsibility, but it can be both destructive and sinful. Before you judge others for their shortcomings, remember that Christ the Judge will come to evaluate each of us. He will not let us get away with shifting the blame to others. (NLT)
James 5:7-12 – Dear brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who eagerly look for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They patiently wait for the precious harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. And take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.
Don’t grumble about each other, my brothers and sisters, or God will judge you. For look! The great Judge is coming. He is standing at the door!
For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. Job is an example of a man who endured patiently. From his experience we see how the Lord’s plan finally ended in good, for he is full of tenderness and mercy.
But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned for it.
Quoted verse: Do not grumble against one another. –James 5:9 (NRSV)
“Story” – N. Vijaya Vani (Hyderabad, India) her story is titled “FROM GRUMBLING TO FORGIVENESS;” here is a portion of N. Vijaya’s story:
“One night I woke up suddenly with a pounding heart and a dry throat. In a bad dream I had been arguing with my husband over a family issue. Some time back I had been deeply hurt by one of our family members. Over time I thought I had forgotten the experience and had forgiven the one who had caused me such mental and emotional anguish. But in my subconscious I was still resentful of what had happened and harboring a grudge – so deeply that I was continually grumbling about it to my husband.
“. . . through this bad dream, God spoke to me in the words from James above. As I pondered these words, I began to experience the cleansing spirit of love, which flowed into my mind and heart, bringing with it God’s peace.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can help me move beyond grumbling to forgiveness.
Prayer: Our God and Father, we need your healing touch in our lives. Help us to remember your countless blessings so that we will do less grumbling and complaining and more loving and forgiving. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FAMILIES IN CONFLICT
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* When God asked Adam about his sin, Adam blamed Eve. Then Eve blamed the serpent. How easy it is to excuse our sins by blaming someone else or circumstances. But God knows the truth, and he holds each of us responsible for what we do. Admit your wrong attitudes and actions and apologize to God. Don’t try to get away with sin by blaming someone else. (NLT)
Genesis 3:11-13 – “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
“Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Then the Lord God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?”
“The serpent tricked me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”