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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 3, 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:
It is often helpful to distinguish between needs and wants. We may have all we need to live but let ourselves become anxious and discontent over what we merely want. Like Paul, we can choose to be content without having all that we want. The only alternative is to be a slave to our desires. (NLT)
1 Timothy 6:6-16 – Yet true religion with contentment is great wealth. After all, we didn’t bring anything with us when we came into the world, and we certainly cannot carry anything with us when we die. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
But you, Timothy, belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for what we believe. Hold tightly to the eternal life that God has given you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. And I command you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, that you obey his commands with all purity. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ returns. For at the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No one has ever seen him, nor ever will. To him be honor and power forever. Amen
Quoted verse: If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. – 1 Timothy 6:8 (NIV)
“Story” – George T. Wilkerson (North Carolina, USA) titled his story “TRUE GRATITUDE;” here is a portion of George’s story:
“Recently I listened to a radio sermon about how we show gratitude by wanting what we have, not by getting what we want. As an inmate on death row, I am under many restrictions about what I can do and have, so I am constantly asking God for more. Recently, however, I have been praying for God to help me be more grateful for what I already have, instead of fixating on what I lack.
“. . . As I smelled the soup’s delicious aroma, my stomach growled in anticipation. I was thankful that I had the soup to satisfy my hunger. At that moment joy flooded my soul, and I prayed, ‘Lord, thank you for the soup and for answering my prayer for gratitude.’ I could sense God’s pleasure that I appreciated the gifts that I had been given. I then realized that God had given me all I need and always would. And I was content.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Gratitude to God helps fuel contentment.
Prayer: Dear God, help us always to appreciate what you have given us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT I HAVE
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