2019 Daily Devo 6.20.19

Week 24 Day 4

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I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:

Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now past to you.  It is yours.  I give the day that is to come to you; help me to see where you are working and to join you there.  Speak to me during these moments.  I commit them and myself to you.”

 II. Prayer of Confession:

“Lord, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you.  I confess my sin(s) of ______________.  Thank you for forgiveness.” (1 John 1:9)

III. Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
“Thank you, Father, for _________________.  Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.”

IV. Scripture Reflection

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Mark 8:27-38 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.  He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Reflect

Focus your attention on this verse:  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Jesus is doing a compare and contrast here.  He is stating what should be obvious but often is not.  The whole world, meaning all the power and wealth in it, are not worth a single human soul.  They are not worth your soul.  In addition all the power and wealth in the world could not purchase a human soul.  He is addressing the fact that people are trying to trade their very souls (lives) for the things that don’t ultimately matter.  Jesus is challenging the status quo that says it is a good trade to pursue power and wealth and pleasure with your life. He is stating that the status quo is very, very wrong.

Respond

You could do a quick search of all the famous, wealthy, and powerful people who have taken their own lives in just the past year or two.  You don’t have to actually do it, but you could very easily if you chose to. Certainly some of them had mental health issues or were under the influence when they died.  But it remains true that the trajectory and outcomes of their lives demonstrate that gaining the “whole world” was not enough to satisfy their souls. You have in Christ all you need for your soul(your life).  You may “want” more than Christ, or think that you do…but you do not “need” more. What does this actually mean for your spiritual, mental, relational resiliency? How does taking this reality to heart make you better able to “bounce?”

V. Prayer for others:

Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others. 

VI. Prayer of commitment:

Lord God, I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself.  Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.”  (Luke 10:27)

This Month’s Scripture Memory:

Matthew 6:25-31
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

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