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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, September 7, 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 need only to accept what He has done for us.]
Paul continues to emphasize that the way to receive salvation is so simply that any person who wants to can understand it. Skill and wisdom do not get a person into God’s Kingdom—simple faith does. So no one can boast that personal achievements helped him or her secure eternal life. Salvation is totally from God through Jesus’ death. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation; we need only to accept what Jesus has already done for us. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 – Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom. As the Scriptures say, “The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done.”
Quoted verse: God chose what the world considers low-class and low-life – what is considered to be nothing – to reduce what is considered to be something to nothing. – 1 Corinthians 1:28 (CEB)
“Story” – Bob LaForge (New Jersey, USA) titled his story “ORDINARY HEROES;” here is a portion of Bob’s story:
“In popular literature, plays, and poetry, the common people often have unimportant roles while the exalted parts go to kings, princes, and princesses.
“But the New Testament flips that perception. In God’s story, the common people take center stage. . . . Jesus did not ignore the common people or portray them as buffoons.
“. . . We like to read about celebrities and people who lead glamorous lives, but God often does the opposite of what we expect. God prefers to focus on ordinary people and how they become quiet heroes through loving acts of faith; God invites us to do the same.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God exalts those who act with faith.
Prayer: God of all people, help us to look beyond earthly success. Open our eyes to see the value of all people, just as you do. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO FEEL UNIMPORTANT
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