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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, July 31, 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:
[Your Christian faith found in His Word.]
Besieged by false teachers and the inevitable pressures of a growing ministry, Timothy could easily have abandoned his faith or modified his doctrine. Once again Paul counseled Timothy to look to his past and to hold to the basic teachings about Jesus that are eternally true. Like Timothy, we are surrounded by false teachings. But we must not allow our society to distort or crowd out God’s eternal truth. Spend time every day reflecting on the foundation of your Christian faith found in God’s Word, the great truths that build up your life. (NLT)
2 Timothy 3:14-17 – But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the Holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.
Quoted verse: All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16 (NRSV)
“Story” – Andrew Billings (Alabama, USA) titled his story “COVER TO COVER;” here is a portion of Andrew’s story:
“Nearly 20 years ago, I set upon the task of reading the Bible from beginning to end. I’m pleased to say that I did it . . . My desire to know scripture more deeply had backfired as I found myself wishing I could read some previous passages that had spoken to me rather than the three chapters I had assigned myself for the day.
“Ultimately, I learned an important lesson. God’s word does not have to be approached in any order or systematic fashion. Rather, scriptures come to our minds in all sorts of unique ways and times. For everything there is a season, and I’ve grown to feel that way about Bible passages: some verses that speak to me now may not speak to me the same way much later in life. In turn, others may mean little to me until suddenly they profoundly impact my current situation.
“God is revealed to us every day. We need not impose an order to those revelations. Through prayer, devotions, and other forms of worship, we each walk a Christian path that may not follow a direct line from Genesis to Revelation.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What scripture verse can I find new meaning in today?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for revealing yourself to us in unique ways that help us on our Christian paths. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE READING THE BIBLE FOR THE FIRST TIME
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