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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, May 17, 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:
We are no longer like “cowering and fearful slaves”; instead, we are the Master’s children. What a privilege! Because we are His children, we share in great treasures as co-heirs. God has already given us his best gifts: his Son, forgiveness, and eternal life; and he encourages us to ask him for whatever we need. (NLT)
Romans 8:14-21 – For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family—calling him “Father, dear Father.” For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures—for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse. All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.
Quoted verse: How beautiful your sandaled feet, O Prince’s daughter! – Song of Songs 7:1 (NIV)
“Story” – Jodie Dennis (Northamptonshire, United Kingdom) titled her story “GOD’S LOVE SONG;” here is a portion of Jodie’s story:
“When my husband and I were living in Nicaragua as missionaries, I struggled with the relentless heat. . . . I suffered from migraines and frequently wondered what I was doing there. I wasn’t sure I would ever acclimate enough to be able to do anything useful.
“I wrote today’s quoted scripture in my journal after arriving in Nicaragua. It came to mind one morning as I sat looking at my feet. . . . Reading this verse, I was overwhelmed when I remembered that I am the daughter of the King; precious, loved, cherished, and honored. I know God’s delight in me and love for me. Whenever I doubted what I was doing in Nicaragua, I could look at my sandaled feet and remember who I am. It didn’t matter if I was able to accomplish great things while in Nicaragua; I was precious to God no matter what.
“We are beautiful, not because of what we do or achieve but because we belong to God. May this knowledge comfort and encourage us, reminding us of our purpose regardless of what we do or do not accomplish.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I don’t have to earn God’s love.
Prayer: Loving God, help us to walk through today covered in the knowledge of your love for us. Help us to remember our purpose in you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/