Proverbs Devotional 4.22.20

By April 22, 2020Daily Devotional

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: Proverbs Chapter 22

Reflect:

Proverbs 22:2

2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all. 

This proverb gets right down to the brass tacks! Oh, multiple things make us different, like race, ethnicity, personality, language, likes and dislikes, wealth and poverty. They may seem important to many people, but in the end, they mean very little. The truth is, all of us, no matter our background, have one thing in common—we were created by God!

Psalm 139 says, “You [God] made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (Psalm 139:13-16 NLT). 

And here’s some mind-blowing news: He made us in His image! Nothing else in all of God’s creation reflects His image! We are unique among everything He has made. Think about that—it means that you and I were made to resemble God’s image! However, the image was marred when Adam and Eva rebelled against God. But here is the interesting thing: even though the image is marred by the scars of sin, we (humanity) still bear the image of God. 

Bearing His image Isn’t based on our status in life, who our parents were, what country we’re from, whether we’re rich or poor. None of that matters! What matters is that we were made by Him and for Him. 

The news gets even better! He has come up with a plan for restoring us back to the original image we were created to be. He is giving us a new life, a “new nature, that’s created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (Ephesians 4:24 NLT) But this new life can only be experienced through God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ! Through Jesus, we become new creations in the likeness of God. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)

Respond:

There are two responses to this truth. First, if you’ve not given your life to Christ, do it now! By faith, put your trust in Him and allow Him to make you into the image we were created to be. Second, if you have already placed your trust in Christ, thank Him for His redemption!

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 Week’s Scripture Memory:
Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

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