Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 7-12-16

Daily Reading: 7-12-16

1 John 3:11-17 The Voice (VOICE)

 

Every day is a gift from God. How we live out each day is a choice. We can choose to live out the day by practicing good (loving God and others) or we can live out the day by practicing evil (loving only self). According to the Word of God, since the beginning of the Garden the choice to practice good and evil was made available to every human being. God said, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life!” (Deuteronomy 30:19). If we choose life we choose love; they go Hand in hand. Jesus who is Life and Love takes our hand and lives His Life through us to Love the world.

 

As we look at our world, it becomes obvious that not everyone takes the Hand of Jesus by choosing Life and Love, but we cannot stop releasing both because heaven and earth witnesses our choice. If every follower of Jesus would choose TODAY to release Life and Love, the media would light up witnessing accounts all over the world; because earth would witness our choice. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the media to be shaken with reporting Good! The Love and Life of Jesus on the move…because He alone overcomes evil.

 

1 John 3:11-17

11 The central truth-the one you have heard since the beginning of your faith-is that we must love one another. 12 Please do not act like Cain, who was of the evil one. He brutally murdered his own brother. Why would he do something so despicable? Because his life was devoted to evil and selfishness, and his brother chose to do what is right.

 

13 Brothers and sisters, don’t be shocked if the corrupt world despises you. 14 We know that we have crossed over from death to real life because we are devoted to true love for our brothers and sisters. Anyone who does not love lives among corpses.

 

15 Everyone who hates other members of God’s family is a murderer. Does a murderer possess the beautiful life that never ends? No. 16 We know what true love looks like because of Jesus. He gave His life for us, and He calls us to give our lives for our brothers and sisters.

 

17 If a person owns the kinds of things we need to make it in the world but refuses to share with those in need, is it even possible that God’s love lives in him?

 

Prayer: Father, I must remain devoted to my part in choosing Life and Love, because You have made the Savior available to me. Jesus, take my hand, today. Holy Spirit, help me to release Christ’s Life and Love in a powerful way so that heaven and earth witnesses my choice. May my choice become filled with the muchness of You! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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