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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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Nov. 17, 2018

God promises that if we come to him when we are weary and burdened, he will give us rest for our souls. May we stand on that promise. (inspired by Matthew 11:28-30)

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [11/17]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A14-22&version=NIV
Passage: Revelation 3:14-22
Verse: Revelation 3:19-20 [pt] (NIV)
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in….

This portion of Revelation speaks of the seven churches.  In particular, this passage, writes about the church of Laodicea.  Just like we might want to spit out lukewarm water on a hot summer day, the Lord God might want to spit out the church of Laodicea because it is neither hot nor cold.    We, as His church, need to stand clearly for His holiness and His righteousness, rather than allow the world to water down or temper the message and teachings of Jesus, the Christ.  We must accept that He will rebuke and discipline us, if necessary, when we look more to the world for our sustenance than we look to Him.  May we remember, 1) that whoever seeks the Lord will find Him, 2) that the Lord will open the door for whoever knocks and seeks to enter in, and 3) that the Lord will enter in and have fellowship with whoever invites Him in to do so.  May we seek, knock, and enter in to eternal life with the Lord.  (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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