Devotional Day 1 Sept. 5th 2016

By September 5, 2016September 7th, 2016Daily Devotional

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Pray:

Ask God to orient or reorient you to himself. Confess any known sin.  Thank him for his forgiveness.  Be still and reflect on Jesus and his sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s word.  Pray for others in your life that they too would know and love God today.

Read:

Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Understand:

Two words are key to this verse, trusted and dishonest. A trusted person is faithful, reliable, one who is worthy of full trust. To be trusted means you can be counted on, you’re true to your word. Dishonest is a person who is unjust, unrighteous, a person who is not worthy of trust.

There is a need for us to be faithful before the Lord, faithful with whatever gifts God has given you. Faithfulness is the goal. As we learn to be faithful in the small things, we prepare ourselves to be faithful with even bigger things. But, if we cannot be faithful with the little things, how can we be trusted with much bigger things, things of priceless, eternal value.

Being faithful is a key to growth. If we are not willing to do what is before us, there will be no moving on until we’ve learned to be faithful with what is before us.

Apply:

Faithfulness

What gifts has God given to you and in what ways has he called you to be a steward of them? Think in terms of a single-story life, things like sharing the gospel, your job, family, relationships, the future, group life and money. Are you being faithful? What does faithfulness look like in these areas of your life?  If not, what is one thing you could change to help move you towards a life of faithfulness?

Ask God to forgive you for the ways you’ve fallen short and let his grace wash over you. Clothe yourself in Christ and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to faithfully walk with him in all areas of your life. Set your mind towards walking in faithfulness to Christ.

Live:

(Personalize this prayer for today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.) Ask God to lead you through his Spirit as you go through your day. Ask him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell him “Yes” to his will today and ask him for his power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask him to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today. KEEP PRAYING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY TODAY.

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