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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 12, 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:
[Life He gives us immediately is abundantly rich, full.]
In contrast to the thief who takes life, Jesus gives life. The life He gives right now is abundantly rich and full. It is eternal, yet it begins immediately. Life in Christ is lived on a higher plane because of His overflowing forgiveness, love, and guidance. Have you taken Christ’s offer of life? (NLT)
John 10:1-14 – [Jesus said] “I assure you, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! For a shepherd enters through the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear is voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they recognize his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t recognize his voice.”
Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them. “I assure you, I am the gate for the sheep,” he said. “All others who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. Wherever they go, they will find green pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. . . .”
Quoted verse: [The gatekeeper] calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. – John 10:3 (NRSV)
“Story” – Raymond Lockley (California, USA) titled his story “MAX;” here is a portion of Raymond’s story:
“My cat, Max, isn’t very smart, but he is very affectionate and loves people. . . . When I get up and go into the bathroom, he comes running upstairs and meows with panic because he can’t see me anymore and doesn’t know where I am. Then, every time, I open the door and call to him, ‘It’ll be okay, Max,’ and he calms down.
“Sometimes my relationship with God is like that. God is always there – close to me every day – but sometimes I lose focus and forget. When I lose my sense of God’s presence I feel disconnected and troubled. But if I cry out, God calls me by name and reassures me. Sometimes I don’t feel very smart, but – out of an abundance of love and grace – God is always patient with me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I am lost, God calls me by name.
Prayer: Dear God, by your grace, help us to listen for and follow your voice. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV). Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE FEELING SEPARATED FROM GOD
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