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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 9, 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:
[How you should change so you are living as He wants.]
You can learn how to follow God by thinking about his Word. This means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you’re living as God wants. Knowing and thinking about God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what He says. (NLT)
Psalm 1:1-6 – Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Quoted verse: Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure. – Proverbs 4:26 (NRSV)
“Story” – Peyton Sherlin’s (Texas, USA) story is titled “NEVER ALONE;” here is a portion of Peyton’s story:
“At the beginning of the 8th grade, I played sports, had friends and a girlfriend, and made good grades. However, toward the end of the school year, my friends began venturing into behaviors that made me uncomfortable. . . . I went straight home after practice and stopped seeing them on weekends. Even though they had been my closest friends, I had no desire to join them. I was hurt by the loss of my friendships and until the end of my 9th grade year my days were lonely. I went to school and to sports practice, studied, and slept.
“I had gone to church my whole life, but I had never yearned to know God more than I did during those two years. God was revealed to me more each day. In the evenings, I loved going to church events where I learned about God and made new friends. I stopped hating my old friends and began praying for them.
“In those two years, God showed me that I was never alone. I didn’t have to conform to the world to find community; I just needed to open my eyes and surrender to God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will pray for an old friend.
Prayer: Dear God, we thank you for your mercy, love, and understanding. Thank you for comforting us in every circumstance. Amen.
Prayer Focus: YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE LONELY
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