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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, September 20, 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 must take God’s great message of salvation to others so that they can respond to the Good News. How will your loved ones and neighbors hear it unless someone tells them? Is God calling you to take a part in making His message known in your community? Think of one person who needs to hear Good News, and think of something you can do to help him or her hear it. Then take that step as soon as possible. (NLT)
Romans 10:11-15 – As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his riches to all who ask for them. For “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Quoted verse: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. – 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
“Story” – Jewell Johnson (Arizona, USA) titled her story “THE GREATEST WITNESS;” here is a portion of Jewell’s story:
“When I became a Christian, I resolved never to miss an opportunity to share my faith with others. One day as my husband and I were admiring our newborn son in the hospital, another patient, Vi, was wheeled into the room with her newborn girl. I said a prayer for boldness to witness to her.
“. . . in the evening after our babies were asleep, Vi talked about the difficult circumstances of her life. And I listened.
“In my interactions with Vi, I learned much about witnessing. I know it’s important to witness by talking to people about Jesus. However, this experience taught me that listening to the deepest heart-cry of another person is also important. In those times, we may be a link in the chain that eventually connects that person with God.
“. . . As the nurse wheeled our son and me down the hall, I thought, I didn’t outline the plan of salvation for Vi. I didn’t pray with her or share a scripture.
“But the Lord reminded me that I had shown love. And that can be the greatest witness of all.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Compassionate listening is one way I can show God’s love.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to take any opportunity we have to share the love of Christ in any way we can. Amen.
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