2019 Daily Devo 8.20.19

By August 20, 2019Daily Devotional

Week 33 Day 2

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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

Read

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Reflect

This doesn’t mean all the old struggles are gone or that all that made you, you are gone.  It means Christians (“in Christ”) have become a different kind of human. The old engine that drove your life (the flesh) has been replaced by a new one (the Spirit).  We can revert to old patterns but we don’t need to. We can increasingly live in step with the Spirit, we can “work out” what God in Christ has “worked in.”

Respond

Do you have a vision for transformation in your life?  There are three parts to this vision. 1)A belief that transformation in Christ is a “real” thing. 2)An expectation that you can take practical actions in step with the Spirit that impact this transformation. 3)You must make ongoing choices that will lead to real and lasting change. 

What is your plan for transformation?  Is it working? What do you need to do differently?  What do you need to keep doing?  

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:

Philippians 2:3-7
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

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