Closing the Gap 2.14.18

By February 14, 2018Daily Devotional

Week 6 Day 3

Pray:

Ask God to 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:

Hebrews 11:11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

Reflect:

You have never seen a road sign that says “road sign here.”  Signs do not point to themselves; they point to something greater than themselves.  If you see a sign that says “Mt. Rainer,” you do not turn your back to the mountain, take pictures of the sign and drive on.  You fix your gaze on the mountain and turn your back to the sign. That is the purpose of the sign: to set your attention elsewhere.  You might take a picture of your family in front of the sign to remember it, but you remember the sign because of what it pointed to…a majestic mountain.  In the same way, miracles are signs that point to God.  We remember them and draw strength from remembering them because of whom they direct our attention to.  When people fixate on signs (miracles), they lose sight of God.  Satan has been known to give counterfeit miracles.  They may actually be “real” in terms of accomplishing supernatural things, but they are “fake” in that they do not do what a real miracle is supposed to do and that is to turn attention and affection to God.  God loved Abraham and Sarah, but he did not provide a miracle son simply for that reason.  This son was a sign that would speak of God’s greatness and his faithfulness through the ages.  If you read of what God did for Abraham and immediately wonder, “what great thing will he do for me?” you are missing the point. When you read of what God did, marvel at God.  Beyond that, reflect on the great thing God has already done for you.  It was through the lineage of Abraham that God brought Jesus the Messiah into the world and into your life.  He can do no greater thing for you than this. Will you set your heart and mind to believing this?  It is in fact true; it remains for you to close the gap on personally believing it more and more.

Pray:

(Personalize this prayer 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 and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today.

 

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