Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [11/21]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+3%3A1-11&version=NIV
Passage: Colossians 3:1-11
Verse: Colossians 3:1 (NIV)
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

To live as those made alive in Christ is to:

  • Set your hearts on things above [v. 1]
  • Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things [v. 2]
  • Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature [v. 5] and rid yourselves of all such things [v. 8].
  • Do not lie to each other… [v. 9a].
  • Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator [v. 10].

May the joy and peace found when in Christ be yours today.
(inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Nov. 20, 2018

Jesus promises to come back for us and take us to be with him. How great and wonderful will be that day! Let us keep our focus on being like Jesus and following the commandments of the Father. (inspired by John 14:1-3)

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [11/20]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A5-15&version=NIV
Passage: Matthew 6:5-15
Verses: Matthew 6:9-15 (NIV)
This, then, is how you should pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Prayer and forgiveness are two practices that are so central to the lives of followers of Jesus Christ.  The prayer found in this passage of Scripture, often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer, serves as a model prayer for us.  It includes 1) words of adoration for our heavenly Father, 2) an expression of our willingness to do His will, and 3) an acknowledgement of our need for His provision, forgiveness, and protection.  May our prayers of adoration, submission, and need of a heavenly Father fill the heavens!  May we shed from our minds and hearts any unforgiveness we may have toward another.  As we confess any sins of unforgiveness, may we sense the peace and freedom that comes from laying those things down at the foot of the cross. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Nov. 19, 2018

Father, we praise you for all that you are. You are holy. You teach us how to walk in your path. Help us to reach for you each day and to strive to be holy as you are holy. Amen (inspired by Isaiah 48:17)

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [11/19]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+19%3A1-14+&version=NIV
Passage: Psalm 19:1-14
Verses: Psalm 19:1-4a, 7-8a, 11-13a (NIV)

Blessed are we because:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

May we always remember:
The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.

The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.

May we harken to the Word of the Lord!  May the Holy Spirit convict us and guide us to righteousness and holy living.
By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.

 
Praise God!
(inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Nov. 18, 2018

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [11/18]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+7%3A11-22&version=NIV
Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:11-22
Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

The Lord tells us, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What does it mean to be humble?  I immediately think of reverently bowing down to the will, needs, and wants of another… for the sake of another.  I think of wanting to serve, rather than seeking to be served.  I think of graciously following another, rather than needing to be in control or in charge.  Oh, don’t we need to hear from the Lord today!  May we be willing to humble ourselves before the Lord so we may be able to hear His voice.  May we, as His people, plead for His forgiveness because of how we have treated each other and all of His creation.  We desperately need His wisdom and healing touch.  May we not only be humble, but may we PRAY, SEEK, and TURN to HIM. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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