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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, October 12, 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:
When you do your very best, you feel good about the results. There is no need to compare yourself with others. People make comparisons for many reasons. Some point out others’ flaws in order to feel better about themselves. Others simply want reassurance that they are doing well. When you are tempted to compare, look at Jesus Christ. His example will inspire you to do your very best, and His loving acceptance will comfort you when you fall short of your expectations. (NLT)
Galatians 6:1-10 – Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.
Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.
Those who are taught the word of God should help their teachers by paying them.
Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.
Quoted verse: Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else. – Galatians 6:4 (NIV)
“Story” – Joshua Berrier (North Carolina, USA) titled his story “HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT;” here is a portion of Joshua’s story:
“While working at a large chain store as a vendor . . . I soon noticed one of the customers. He was in the store several times a day, walking around talking to people, but rarely did he buy anything. As the months went by, I would see him sitting in his vehicle for hours at a time with lots of clothes stored in the back. I thought, He doesn’t look homeless. I spoke to the man a couple of times, and he told me of his many college degrees and his work history.
“One day I felt a strong urge to approach the man and to offer help. Like many Christians, the fear of offending him entered my mind. I said a quick prayer for guidance and offered to help him. He refused the help, though later I learned he was in fact unemployed.
“Stepping out of our comfort zone is not easy, but Jesus teaches us to help those in need. When God calls us to lend a hand to someone, it may not be in the most comfortable situation, and we risk being rejected. But isn’t the risk worth it?”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will offer help to those whom God has placed in my path.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to pour out your love to people in need, knowing that our small acts of kindness may change the course of someone’s day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO SEE THE NEEDS OF MY COMMUNITY
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