Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [3/22/19]

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.  The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. John 7:6-7 (NIV)

Passage: John 7:1-13

Timing is important.  We tend to rush things and often want things to happen right now!  Jesus knew the political climate of His day and understood the circumstances He would soon be facing.  Sometimes we need to follow Jesus’ example; we need to step back, watch patiently, and plan our next moves carefully.  We may face situations that are similar to the one described in today’s Scripture verses.   If so, may we have sufficient discernment to be able to avoid unnecessary setbacks.  May we ask for and receive a sense of God’s timing for all things.  May we persevere… and in the end – stand. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Mar. 21, 2019

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. Oscar Wilde

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [3/21/19]

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. John 6:57 (NIV)

Passage: John 6:52-66

Have you ever “feasted” on every word that came out of the mouth of a respected mentor, friend, or family member?  It can seem to sustain us.  But, we must remember where our true sustenance really comes from.  Matthew 4:4 tells us that man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  We are also told in the Old Testament that in the beginning was the Word and the Word was God.  In John’s gospel account, we are told that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.  Jesus is the Word of God come alive!  In our understanding of the Trinity, as Christians, we describe God in terms of three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  May we feast on the Word of God as found in the Scriptures.  May we feast on Word of God as seen in the living example of Jesus, the Christ.  May we feast on the Word of God as expressed through that wee, small voice that lives within each of us, as believers.  (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Mar. 20, 2019

Father, thank you for your instruction to us in your word. Help us to be doers of the word not just hearers. Amen.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [3/20/19]

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 (NIV)

Passage: John 6:34-51

What is it that sustains us?  Is it a loaf of bread or the Word of God?  Oh, we need nourishment, but not only for the body.  We need nourishment for our spirit.  May the Spirit of Christ live within us.  May our thirst for understanding be quenched by the wisdom and knowledge imparted to us by the Holy Spirit. May this understanding be the foundation of our belief in Jesus.  (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises Mar. 19, 2019

James 1:25 (NIV)
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [3/19/19]

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. John 6:27a (NIV)

Passage: John 6:25-33

In other portions of Scripture we learn that we are not to live by bread alone.  May the Word of God, as is found in the Holy Bible, be the bread of life we seek.  By living out the Scriptures in the way we live our lives, may we honor the Lord, our God.  May the choices we make lead to eternal life with Jesus. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)

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