Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 6-18-19

June 18, 2019

Ephesians 5:15-20 New Living Translation (NLT)


This morning I had to ask myself, “Mary, do you make the most of every opportunity?”  Then, I had to answer myself honestly, “Yes” and “Not always.” “Yes,” I do a lot in the natural to get things done, because I wear so many hats of responsibility.  “Not always” because it has only been in recent years that I have looked at everything I do in the natural with a spiritual eye to discern a way to bless God and further his Kingdom.  I want everything about me and what I do to reveal to God and the world whom I worship and adore.  I want to exalt my God with my life.  I believe, if I lift up and exalt Jesus in my life, he will draw others to himself through me.  With every aspect of my day, I seek to view it as a way to live as Christ. Yet, honestly, some days I do that better than others.  


Always remember, everything you do has a spiritual opportunity attached to it, because we must choose to serve one of two masters:  Wisdom—the Christ or Foolishness—the World.  Every moment counts in a race; we are in a faith race with Christ to overcome evil in this world.  When we lay our hands to any task or responsibility, we either glorify God, self, or the enemy.  So, do you make the most of every opportunity?  Press in to the Spirit who gives us the victory.

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Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 6-17-19

June 17, 2019

Ephesians 4:7-16 New Living Translation (NLT)


The standard for Christian maturity is Christ, so the Holy Spirit brings supernatural transforming work to make us like Christ in our character.  The Spirit works through all of us in order to bring us to unity in the faith.  In other words, we help one another grow up.  Every member has a part to play; Christian service to the body is everyone’s calling.  Each of us needs to be operating in wisdom, so our faith is not shaken and we are not vulnerable to the work of the enemy.  Wise Christians know better than to allow themselves to be isolated from the body, because spiritual strength comes in numbers and together we identify and stand against the work of evil.


In our passage today, the Apostle Paul teaches the early church at Ephesus about the gracious gifts of Christ and the need to help other believers grow in love, truth, and wisdom.

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