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

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Malachi+3%3A6-18&version=NIV
Passage: Malachi 3:6-18
Verse: Malachi 3:7b, 10b (NIV)
Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.

“Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough for it.”

Malachi 3:6-18 is the full passage.  In the NIV version of the Bible, the passage is preceded by the heading, “Robbing God.”  I do not know about you, but I do not want to be accused of, or found guilty of, robbing God.  Other portions of Scripture speak to the consequences of robbing God.  I would rather turn to Him, lay down my time, talent, treasure, and ties… for His use, and trust in His promise to bless me in some way for my faithfulness.  May we honestly look at what we offer the Lord and faithfully give as He would direct us to do.  (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Nov. 10, 2018

What are you focusing on? Praise God and be thankful. (inspired by http://www.hearttreasure.net)

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [11/10]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+2%3A11-25&version=NIV
Passage: 1 Peter 2:11-25
Verse: 1 Peter 2:24a (NIV)
 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness….”

Does anyone have a problem submitting to authority?  Submitting to authority, in this passage, is linked to doing the right thing.  We are told, in verse 15, it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.  Sometimes, how we handle an injustice or wrong done to another does silence the oppressor.  In addition, it can be a powerful witness, for those that are experiencing persecution or prejudice, to see someone that is willing to stand and do right.  Verse 12 tells us to live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.  While we may never get words of encouragement or support in this world, may we live for the righteousness of Christ in our lives and in our Christian witness.  When all is said and done, may we hear “well done, good and faithful servant.” (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Nov. 9, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [11/9]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+2%3A4-10&version=NIV
Passage: 1 Peter 2:4-10
Verse: 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

The heading for this passage is The Living Stone and a Chosen People.  While Jesus may have been rejected by many during the time He walked upon the earth, He is the precious cornerstone of the spiritual house being built by God.  To those of us who believe in the sacrifice by Jesus Christ, on our behalf, we have become the chose people of God.  We have been grafted into the family and have become a part of a holy nation.  Thank you Lord Jesus!  Praise your holy name!  May we help others to come out of the darkness and into the light.  May we extend mercy to those who have yet to choose to walk in the light of Christ. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Nov. 8, 2018

When some things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for the many more things that are still going right.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [11/8]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+1%3A13-2%3A3&version=NIV
Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-2:3
Verse: 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV)
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

We are to be holy just as God is holy, but how can we do this?  We can’t; it is God who can make us holy.  However, we are to be obedient.  In this passage, we learn that obedience requires us to guard against our “evil desires.”  We are to love one another and rid [ourselves] of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind [v. 2:1].  What an impossible thing for us to do, but all things are made possible through Christ.

In addition to what is written of in today’s passage, let’s look at a couple of other Scripture verses that tell us what it takes, generally, to be sanctified or made holy.  In John 17:17 Jesus prays for His disciples.  He asked the Father to “sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”  Obedience, to what is written of in the Holy Bible, makes us holy.  We, however, are unable to be obedient on our own.  We need power from the Holy Spirit.  In John 17, Jesus continues to pray for His disciples.  He said, in verse 19, it is “for them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” To be holy, we need the atoning sacrifice made for us by Jesus Christ.

May we desire to be holy.  May we be obedient to the One who has called us to be holy.  May we accept God’s grace, Christ’s redemptive sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit’s power.  (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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