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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, April 24, 2020
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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:
[Allow His power to strengthen you moment by moment.]
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. –Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)
It easy to lose heart and quit. We all have faced problems in our relationships or in our work that have caused us to think about giving up. Rather than quitting when persecution wore him down, Paul concentrated on the inner strength that came from the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16). Don’t let fatigue, pain, or criticism force you off the job. Renew your commitment to serving Christ. Don’t forsake your eternal reward because of the intensity of today’s pain. Your very weakness allows the resurrection power of Christ to strengthen you moment by moment. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 4:11-5:5 – Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.” We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to pull on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
Quoted verse: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. –1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
“Story” – Anita Gray (Pennsylvania, USA) titled her story “TERMINAL;” here is a portion of Anita’s story:
“It had been two years since I’d heard the oncologist describe my painful cancer as incurable. I felt as if I were riding on prayers as my friends, family, and church community surrounded me with their love and support. The staff at the cancer center became like family to me, and I looked forward to my monthly visits there.
“As I was taking the shuttle ride from the hotel to the cancer center, a distraught young woman sat beside me. As she talked about her recent cancer diagnosis, I tried to encourage her by sharing some of my own story. She asked me how I could speak so joyously and positively, knowing that I had a terminal disease. I shared my faith with her . . . Through my experience with cancer, I have come to realize that everyone is terminal – no one knows when their last day on earth will be. Every person, healthy or ill, can choose to see each day God gives as a gift.
“I know where I am headed, I know God holds my future, and I trust God to prepare me for whatever comes.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Every day I will live life to the fullest and for the glory of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your promises that give us hope. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE SUFFERING FROM CANCER
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