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Hebrews 13:15-25 Devotional – Day 3

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS FATHER
Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9), and the Spirit of God taught us to cry, “Abba, Father,” an intimate Aramaic term similar to “Daddy.” The Creator of the universe cares for each one of us.

Romans 8:15-17
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Praise God the Father
Praise Him that He is a perfect caring Father. Praise Him for His perfect love. Praise Him for His discipline and instruction.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for your friends who do not know Jesus. Ask God to strengthen your friendships and to give you opportunities for gospel conversations.

SCRIPTURE READING:
Hebrews 13:15-25 – New Living Translation
15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.

18 Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do. 19 And especially pray that I will be able to come back to you soon.

20 Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
21 may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

22 I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, to pay attention to what I have written in this brief exhortation.

23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released from jail. If he comes here soon, I will bring him with me to see you.

24 Greet all your leaders and all the believers there. The believers from Italy send you their greetings.

25 May God’s grace be with you all.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

Think of a couple of songs from the past that evoke memories. If you hear one of those songs, you instantly find yourself in a different time and place. These songs are called “The soundtrack of your life.” For many people, especially those who have suffered trauma, songs, smells, or almost anything can trigger memories of past trauma. This can be very harmful for their mental, spiritual, relational, and physical health. Part of working through these terrible “reflexes” is to rewrite their “soundtrack.” The old songs will always be there, but new songs can become louder and more influential than the old ones. Whether you have past trauma or not, we all have these old “songs” that play in our minds and lives. They have shaped us and they are shaping us. We must continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Make thanksgiving the soundtrack of your life. You can, if you will. If you do, your life will become fuller of joy and contentment than you can imagine. If you do, you will grow ever closer to how God has designed your life to be lived. If you do, you will position yourself to respond to difficulties and to see where God is moving and join him there. God is sharing his wonderful “playlist” with you, will you choose to let it play in your mind and life?

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