Devotions Week 15:
If our common life is not a common course of humility, self-denial, renunciation of the world, poverty of spirit and heavenly affection, we do not live the lives of Christians.
|To love and to believe. Though you have not seen Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.||1 Peter 1:8-9
|Spiritual blindness. Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”||John 9:37-39
|Appreciating others. As we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.||Galatians 6:10
|Courage to heal. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.||Mark 3:5
|Obedience and revival. For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.||Philippians 2:13
|Being effective and productive. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.||2 Peter 1:5-8
|Perseverance until the end. …But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.||Philippians 3:13-14
Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil Side; through each choice God speaking to us offers each the bloom or blight, then the man or nation chooses for the darkness or the light .
Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong; though her portion be the scaffold and upon the throne be wrong – Yet the scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, God still stands within the shadow keeping watch above his own.
~James Russell Lowell ~