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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, May 30, 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:
You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. – 1 Peter 2:2 (NLT)
One characteristic all children share is that they want to grow up—to be like big brother or sister or like their parents. When we are born again, we become spiritual newborn babies. If we are healthy, we will yearn to grow. How sad it is that some people never grow up. The need for milk is a natural instinct for a baby, and it signals the desire for nourishment that will lead to growth. Once we see our need for God’s Word and begin to find nourishment in Christ, our spiritual appetite will increase, and will start to mature. How strong is your desire for God’s Word? (NLT)
1 Peter 2:1-6 – So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing. You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him.
And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ. As the Scriptures express it, “I am placing a stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in him will never be disappointed.”
Quoted verse: Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. – 1 Peter 2:2 (NIV)
“Story” – Shirley G. Brosius (Pennsylvania, USA) titled her story “FLEDGLING CHRISTIANS;” here is a portion of Shirley’s story:
“Over a period of time, I watched a pair of robins build a nest, hatch their eggs, and feed their young. . . .
“As Christians, we can take a few lessons from those birds about nurturing new believers. Just as the birds provided a safe nest, congregations provide a safe place for new believers to ask questions and express doubts. Through worship, sermons, and Bible studies, we feed new believers what they need to understand and practice their faith. Through one-on-one conversations and friendships, mature Christians are role models who show new believers how to live out their faith. And just as the parent robins worked as a team, so members of a congregation show teamwork as they exercise their spiritual gifts – giving, teaching, encouraging.
“New believers need the church, and the church needs new believers to carry on its mission. What a privilege and joy to hold new believers close to our hearts, to feed them God’s word, and to protect them until they’re ready to fly on their own. Someday, they – in turn – will nurture other new believers.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Whose faith will I nurture today?
Prayer: Dear Lord, open our eyes to the needs of those new in the faith. Amen.
Prayer Focus: NEW BELIEVERS
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